Posted in Genealogy, Lifschitz, Lifshitz, New York, Paley

Mollie Lifschitz: Updated

In my last post I wrote about Mollie Lipschitz daughter of David Lifshitz and Ida Paley. I had been waiting on her death certificate to arrive, which it has. Quickly recapping ~

Mollie was born sometime between 1869 and 1872, with dates differing depending on the document. She immigrated from Poland/Russia between 1888/1889. I can not find any records for her immigration.

Mollie married Hyman Cohen/Cohn on Dec. 24th, 1892. At the time of her marriage she was living at 72 Orchard St., N.Y.C., and Hyman was at 47 Henry St. Witness  to the marriage was a Abraham and Jacob Goldberg (I have no clue who these men were)


We know from the wedding announcement for Mollie’s brother Ike (1903) that their mother Ida was alive and in New York attending Ike’s marriage. I could not locate anything that indicated Ida was here for Mollie’s marriage.

Clearly recorded beside  ‘Number of Bride’s Marriage’ is the address 177 E. Broadway. I just had to stop and take a look at this address. This address, is the church to the left of The Forward Building, home to the socialist newspaper begun in 1897 by 50 Yiddish speaking socialist who had formed three months prior as the Forward Publishing Company. Wikipedia reports “it was one of the most influential American Jewish Publications”  You can see the cross at the top of the building which I imagine back then housed the Congregation Ezras Achim Anshei, Kiev.


Hyman and Mollies first son Joseph was born in 1897 and their second son Jacob was born in 1899.

Mollie Cohn nee Lifschitz passed away on the 10th of March, 1922. Her death certificate says she was 53 and passed due to chronic myocarditis with acute gastritis contributing. She was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Queens, New York.


Please meet Mollie ~

MollieLifshitzPhoto courtesy of Jane

Posted in Brooklyn, Genealogy, Lifschitz, Lifshitz, Lipschitz, Lipshitz, New York, Paley

Mollie Lifschitz daughter of Davis/David Lipschitz and Ida Paley

Continuing with the family of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipshitz I am moving on to his sister Mollie Lifschitz born March of 1872. At this point in my research she appears to be the second oldest child of David/Davis and Ida/Yetta Palay. Mollie was born with in the Russian Empire with no exact location identified at this time. She married Hyman Cohen on Dec. 24, 1892. The only record I could find (and thankfully so) for the marriage was from

Mollie Lifschitz and Hyman Cohen  

Name Hyman Cohen
Spouse’s Name Mollie Lifschitz
Event Date 24 Dec 1892
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York
Father’s Name Joe Cohen
Mother’s Name Ettie Sheiewitz
Spouse’s Father’s Name Davis Lifschitz
Spouse’s Mother’s Name Ida Paley

Those early years right after the marriage produced the only 2 children I have been able to find for Hyman and Mollie. Son Joseph was born in Dec. 1894 followed by Jacob in May 1898.

By 1900, the first census for the family, their address was 133 Henry St., NYC. Hyman’s (30), Russin/Poland, profession: foundry; manufacturer. His immigration year was noted as 1889, here for 11 years. Noted for Mollie (30) also from Russia/Poland, married 8 yrs with 2/2 children. Joseph (5) and Jacob (1)

according to
“Performs any combination of following tasks in foundry concerned with melting metal, pouring metal into molds, removing castings from molds, dressing castings, moving foundry materials, and cleaning equipment and work areas: Moves sand, castings, flasks, or other materials about foundry by hand, using wheelbarrow or …” 

133 Henry Street 

133HenryA quick google search also revealed this building was built in 1900. It seems they were one of the very first residents in this new building of its time.

By 1910, remaining in Manhattan, the family had relocated to 550 West 144th St. Another google search on this location revealed it was built in 1910. I found it interesting, a move to another newly built building. Hyman (42) and no longer working at the foundry and was now working in manufacturing/clothing.  Mollie (38) with the notation that she had immigrated in 1889, the same year as Hyman, now naturalized. I have been unable to find any record for this. Joseph (15) and Jacob (11) had nothing else noted. Also by 1910 their last name spelled Cohen changed to Cohn on all census and death records found.

550 West 144th St. 


1920 arrived and the family again made another move to 620 West 149th St., N.Y.C.. Hyman was in working on his own account in wholesale clothing, noted partner. Both of his sons,  Joseph (24) and Jacob/John (20) were also listed as wholesale clothing, partner. I am assuming that the three of them were in business together.  The family must have been doing well. They employed a servant by the name of Bella Shiner (25) from Austria. What ever happiness and success the family had was shattered with the death of Mollie on March 10th, 1922. She was 53 years old.  (I have sent away for her death certificate and hopefully we can learn what caused her death)

Death record for Molly Cohn 


Name Mollie Cohn
Event Type Death
Event Date 10 Mar 1922
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Gender Female
Age 53
Marital Status Married
Race White
Occupation Housewife
Birth Year (Estimated) 1869
Birthplace Russia
Burial Date 12 Mar 1922
Cemetery Mt. Carmel
Father’s Name David Lifschitz
Father’s Birthplace Russia
Mother’s Name Ida Palay
Mother’s Birthplace Russia
Spouse’s Name Hyman Cohen
Citing this Record”New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch( : 10 February 2018), Mollie Cohn, 10 Mar 1922; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,028,040.

Three years after the death of Mollie, 1925, Hyman Cohn (57) was now retired. Joe (30) still home with his father was now working in ‘loans’. Jacob had moved out. Hyman still employed a ‘domestic servant; her name was Methilde Ramberg (27) from Hungry. They were still at the 620 West 149th St address. A short five years later it appears that the partnership between Hyman and his sons had dissolved, not only had Hyman retired but now Joseph was in entirely different field, loans, but what happened to Jacob who was listed as John. With  Cohn/Cohen an extremely common name it was impossible for me to pin down anything concrete for him however I did find 1 record that matched his age perfectly. Listed on the 1925 census for the Central Islip State Hospital there was a John Cohen listed, notes said born New York City, N.Y., white, male, 26, day laborer, nationality US and citizen. Could this be our Jacob who had been listed as John on the 1920 census? The spelling of Cohn had the added ‘e’ which was the original spelling. I can not be sure with any certainty. Central Islip was a psychiatric hospital that opened in 1899 and closed in 1996.

By 1930, Joseph (33) was still living with his father Hyman (62) at 143 73rd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam) at the Hamilton Hotel.  Hyman was listed as a retired merchant  and Joseph as a salesman – bonds. The Hamilton Hotel was built in 1919 in the neo – Renaissance style fitting of the Upper West Side. By the 1970’s the building had become mainly a welfare hotel. The owner of the building wanted to turn it in to a luxury building but community groups lobbied the city to have it transferred to Project Find for Senior housing. You can read more about this building at 

I can find no identifying information to locate Joseph or Jacob/John from this point on in my research. There are simply to many records that could be either of them. However I was able to locate Hyman (70) in the 1940 census. He was now living at the Jewish Sanitarium for Chronic Disease at 830 E. 49th Street, Brooklyn, New York. He was listed simply as widower.

Hyman would live another 3 years before passing away on the 29th of October, 1943.

Both Mollie and Hyman are buried at Mt Carmel Cemetery, section 1 at 83 -45 Cypress Hills Street, Glendale. I made a phone call to the cemetery to request photo’s and learned they are both interred in a family crypt with a contact name of Abraham Males. Who is Abraham? The burial society was Unity Synagogue. Along with them in the crypt is an Esther (d. 1945) Jack (d. 1952) Joseph (d. 1962) Samuel (unknown death date) and Sydney (d. 1953). I did locate a Jacob Cohn (with the e) buried in section 1 as well, not in the crypt, but with the same burial society with a death year of 1948.


Posted in Belarus, DNA, Genealogy, Lifshitz, Lipshitz

DNA Connected: Something Clicked

This post has been updated and changed from its original posting.

In my last post I wrote about Fanny Lifshitz, daughter of David and Yetta. At the suggestion of Amy Cohen of   The Brotmanblog: A Family Journey   I created a simple chart to try and bring some clarity to my thoughts and help with some of the confusion.  What in the world had I been trying to say?  Simply, I believe that Fanny Lifshitz (daughter of David and Yetta) may have married a cousin named  Israel Lifshitz. All we know about him from the death certificate shared in the previous post is that his father was named Benjamin Lifshitz and his mother Eva.

This chart shows the children of David Lifshitz and Chai Palley, along with the grandchildren. Solomon is shown alone as his mothers name is different. Solomon is connected to this family in some way. Benjamin was living with him in 1913 prior to getting married to Kate Rosen.


I contacted Debbie, another DNA found cousin who I have been corresponding with for a few years now. She has had Fanny and Israel on her family tree since we first connected. However, we  had no idea how we tied in together. Up until now, we simply had a 3/4 cousin match that we believed was with our Lipshitz name and no other connecting information.


Something  clicked after the last posting – Jane realized if ‘we’ had this close DNA match and I had a close DNA match with Debbie and her mother Ann, granddaughter of Fanny, then Jane would have a match with Debbie and Ann as well. Of course, why hadn’t I thought of that already – well actually I had looked and saw the shared matches but it had not clicked. We both took a look and it all clicked. Jane, Judy, Debbie, Ann and myself all have very close cousin matches.

Jane had also shared with me when we first began this research that she believed one of Fanny’s daughters had married a Puchkoff.  Infact it was one of Fanny’s daughter’s who married George Puchkoff – daughter Esther. That is an interesting last name and one not easily forgotten, again helping to tie this all together. I feel very comfortable with the connection of Fanny as a sibling to Isaac/Ike, Simon, and my great grandfather Benjamin.

Meet Fanny Lipshitz Lifshitz and all combinations of spelling

29Photo Courtesy of Debbie ~ Thank you so much for allowing me to share this fantastic photo of Fanny.






Posted in Bronx, Genealogy, Jewish History, Lifshitz, Lipshitz, New York, Palley

Fanny Lipshitz daughter of David Lipshitz and Yetta Palley

While fresh, I wanted to continue with the discovery of the siblings of Benjamin Lipshitz. In my last post I wrote about brother Simon Lifshitz and his wife Annie Dinofsky.  Still left to research is Mollie, who married to Hyman Cohen, another brother named  Samuel along with a sister named Rachel/Rae. For a while now, I have been stumped on this sister named Fanny which has totally thrown a wrench in my research. In fact I am still stumped on a few things and this post is a way to sort through the information I have.

If you have been following this family you may remember that recently I had connected through a DNA match with a 3/4th cousin on Ancestry named Jane. That led to a internet intro to her 1st cousin Judy. From this match we realized our connection was through our shared Lipschitz/Lifschitz family and from there we were able to begin to round out the family/siblings for my lone ancestor, my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz. I will be concentrating on his sister Fanny in this post. I found a record for her on  I immediately noticed the names of her parents, which matched my Benjamin’s parents and this was my first clue I was on the right track. But the age difference between Benjamin and Fanny raised a flag.


The marriage certificate for Benjamin


Looking at Fannie’s and Benjamin’s records I was able to see that there was a almost 20 year gap in there ages. Fanny was born 1867 and Benjamin in 1887 ( however I do have records placing his birth year as far back as 1883) Not impossible to be siblings with that age difference but it raised the question.  – was the birth year be off?  Had they made an error listing Fanny’s parents?  If it was correct, could Benjamin and Fanny be siblings? It appeared so from the names of the parents as listed. Fanny was a Lipshitz before marriage and had married a Lipshitz.  If the document was right Fanny was clearly a Lipshitz when she married.  My next thought was how and were and could Israel and Fanny be related? cousins? I remembered I had a death certificate for an Israel Lipschitz from some research I had been working on before? Could this be the same person? I got that record out and after finding the record for Fanny on, I was able to locate a death record on and sent away for her death certificate. Once received I was able to  connect them both together.

Below are the death records for Fanny and Israel.




From these two documents we have both sets of parents names. Israel was the son of

Benjamin Lifshitz m Eva LNU

And Fanny was the daughter of  David Lipshitz m Yetta Palley

Now the question really was were the parents of Israel (1866) and Fanny (1867) ; Benjamin Lifshitz and David Lipshitz brothers making them cousins? I don’t have that answer.

The age for Israel seems to confirm that the age recorded for Fanny is correct which leaves the huge difference in ages between my Benjamin and his presumed sister.

(Just to confirm, my DNA connected cousin Jane did confirm a sibling with the name of Fanny  (however she was not aware of Benjamin).

I had done some pre research on Israel and Fanny and had them and their family in my radar for some time. I had however no idea that Fanny was ‘their Fanny’  I had mentioned working on the Israel Lipshitz earlier.  I connected with an other DNA cousin through Ancestry (2014).  Her name is Debbie and she descends off of Israel and Fanny. We had never been able to find our connection. And now it seems the connection continues to be a mystery because Jane is not sure this is her Fanny. From Debbie I had learned that

Israel Lifshitz (15 Jan 1867) was born in Slutsk, Minsk, Belarus (same as my Benjamin) and Fanny (Abt 1870) simply Russia, were the parents of 5 children, Esther (1890 Slutsk), Jacob/Jack (1894 NYC), Samuel (1895 NYC), Benjamin/Barnett(1900 NYC) and Dorothy (1906 NYC – who Debbie descends from)

I had shared this information with Jane and Judy (their parents both brothers, sons of Ike Lifshitz) I shared photos of the children of Israel and Fanny and all the information I had but Jane was sure this was not her family or had no knowledge of them.

Let me back up just a moment: I want to add one more person into the information and his name is Solomon Lifshitz (b. abt 1867/73 d. 1935) Solomon is important because he lived at the 1268 Park Ave NYC  address that Benjamin lived at with Solomon and family at the time Benjamin  married Kate Rosen. From Solomon’s death cert. his parents are recorded as David Lipshitz and Rachel Rifkn not a Pallay I have never been sure of the connection between Benjamin and Solomon, was he his uncle? a cousin? a brother?

Many turns and twists with this research. Jane had said/thought there was a sibling named Rae. What I did find for the name Rae was a daughter named Rachel aka Rae, of Solomon/Simon and his wife Anna Dinofsky, who I wrote about in my past post. Rae married Samuel Charles Aaronson on 16 Aug. 1916.

The questions for me at this point are: was there a sister named Rachel/Rae? or was she the daughter of Simon and Anna? Was this daughter named after a sister?

The name Rachel certainly ties in with the family. Especially taking into account that on Solomon’s death certificate his mother’s name was Rachel Rifkin.  The question continues with was this a daughter named after an aunt or the grandmother?

Back to this stretch of birth years and parent names. Could Solomon’s (1867) father David Lipshitz have lost (death) his wife Rachel Rifkin, then David remarries our Pallay going on to have the other children? This could explain the large age differences. If so that could make Solomon a sibling, but nothing is proven.

I feel like I am left with more questions than answers and this is getting very confusing.

Going back to Ida Lipshitz nee Palley,  mother of this clan. She was  alive, and on the marriage invitation for son Isaac/Ike. We know that her husband David had passed away, when and where remains unknown.

On the 1915 census record Ida (70) was still alive and living with Israel (50) and her daughter Fanny (50)  at 59 E. 102nd St. NYC,  however she was listed as ‘sister in law’ to Israel (mislabeled?) If Fanny and Israel were cousin’s she was Israel’s mother in law and also the wife of his Uncle David. That is not sorted out yet. In fact if Ida was David’s 2nd wife and Fanny was the daughter of his 1st wife Rachel Rifkin then what would that make Ida? Would that be recorded as sister in law, I feel that is an error. I have not located a death record for Ida either.  That is a key piece of info that I hope to locate.

1915 Census


The story continues with this Israel Lifshitz and Fanny Lipshitz connection. Their family connects with me through the information and connection with Debbie and the family connects with me through the information and connection with Jane. In addition I connect via DNA with a few others falling off of the descendants of Israel and Fanny. I feel very confident in saying at this point that this is the Fanny Lipshitz daughter of David and Yetta Palley, aka Ida, Gittel and Edith; sister to Isaac/Ike, Solomon/Simon and Benjamin….I still need to continue to gather information on the others to connect this whole family together. This post and all these thoughts have had my head spinning for the last 2/3 weeks.  I hope there was so clarity and not a confusing mess of jumbled thoughts. In my next post I will continue with their story and hope to sort some of the questions out. I would love to hear from you, your thoughts, ideas, and direction.





Posted in Bronx, Brooklyn, Genealogy, Jewish History, Lifshitz, New York

Simon and Annie Lifshitz DNA Twist and Son Moses and the Big Surprise

The rabbit holes I have fallen into continue to get deeper, totally taking me off task and into new directions. After the last post, I heard from another DNA connected cousin (with an unproven line of connection) regarding a few things that rang a bell for her. Her name is Gail Samowitz and we met via the FB genealogy page Tracing The Tribe back  about 2015. We have corresponded off and on over the last few years but have never established our shared connection. Fast forward to the last post when we began looking at records together and sharing thoughts and ideas.

1940 Bronx Census Simon & Anna Lifshitz 

m-t0627-02477-00738.jpgYear: 1940; Census Place: New York, Bronx, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02477; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 3-654 Source Information Title 1940 United States Federal Census


Above is the census document for Simon and Annie. The address is 1422 Minford Place, Bronx. They were occupying this address since 1935 according to the census. This was the home they came back to after living in New Jersey where Simon was tending to the chickens business.  Simon had resumed his profession as a tailor and their grandson Charles Joffe was living with them. Charles was listed as a new worker.

They were renting at this address from the owners of 1422 Minford Pl., Bronx.

The owners were Benjamin (59) Saltzman and his wife, his new bride, Dora Saltzman (58).  They were also living at this address with Simon and Annie. Benjamin was the proprietor of a candy store. However, the home at 1422 Minford Pl., actually belonged to Dora and would be passed down through her family. Gail and I have established that Benjamin and Dora were married sometime between 1933 – 1935 after the passing of her husband Israel Schulman on April 13, 1933. No marriage certificate has been found at this time for Benjamin and Dora Saltzman.

Living at this same 1422 Minford Pl. address was Dora’s sister Goldie (55), her husband Benjamin (55) Samowitz and their son Abraham (28). Benjamin was a machine operator in a cloak factory and Abraham was a stock clerk at a knit good factory. What connects all this is that Benjamin and Goldie are Gail Samowitz’s grandparents and Abraham is Gail’s father. The home at 1422 Minford Pl. belonged to Dora and her husband Israel and not to Benjamin Saltzman, that is why it passed eventually to her nephew, Gail’s father Abraham.

Lets not forget that Gail and I have a DNA connection.

Coincidence or family connection? That is what we are trying to figure out.

From 1915c up to some time prior to 1925c Dora and husband Israel were living just 2 doors away from – yes, Simon and Annie at the 1422 Stebbin’s Ave at 1426. What kept these two families living so close together?

Goldie and her son Abraham arrived in 1922 joining her husband Benjamin Samowitz who was already here establishing a home for them. As if I haven’t already established an interesting connections – Benjamin’s WWI draft record throws an additional interesting twist into the story. Benjamin’s last name was originally Chanowitz. Very similar to Haimowitz, often seen as Chaimowitz, and all variants of endings vici, vitz, witch, vitch, the m as an n, the i missing…..I know I am stretching; but trying to look at everything. At some point the name was changed. I don’t want to get to far off track with this post but here are the two draft registration records Gail believes are for her grandfather. I agree.



Gail reported that a Frieda Samowitz Blum lived at the 394 New Jersey Ave., Brooklyn address. Gail has a definite DNA match with the Blum family as well. Below, the 1920c record lists Benjamin Samowitz living at the 38 Jefferson St. address, the same as on his WW1 draft record. The only reason I am adding this record at this time is to point out that Benjamin is living with Sam and Rose Lippman. Could Lippman have been Lipschitz It just seems to open up and continue the dialog of between the connection of these families.


So the question remains and Gail and I will continue to try and put together the possible connection of the Lipshitz and Samowitz families and our DNA connection.

Now on to ~~~~~~~~Moses with the discovery of the most interesting information


Moses/Moe Lifshitz, oldest child of Simon and Annie Lifshitz

While rechecking and working on the ‘above’ somehow and I don’t know how, I noticed a record on ancestry for Moses, the oldest and first son of Simon and Annie Lifshitz that peeked my interest. Simon is the brother of my great grandfather Benjamin, my great uncle and Moses is my 1st cousin 2x removed. Born 24 March, 1896, he passed away on 24 July, 1955 in Seagoville, Texas.

But first let me tell you a little bit more about Moses before he died.

As I began digging into his life I was able to piece together quite a story. Born in 1896 at the age of 26, Moses now using the name Moe, married Fray (Fay) Parrer. Moe’s age was not 26 but more like 34 at the time. The error with his age will come clear later in the story. (this record seems to have a wrong marriage date)

Moe Lifshitz

Name Moe Lifshitz
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 16 Jan 1930
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Event Place (Original) Manhattan, New York, New York
Gender Male
Age 26
Marital Status Single
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1904
Birthplace N.Y.C.
Father’s Name Siman Lifshitz
Mother’s Name Anna Danufsky
Spouse’s Name Fray Parrer
Spouse’s Gender Female
Spouse’s Age 26
Spouse’s Marital Status Single
Spouse’s Race White
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated) 1904
Spouse’s Birthplace N.Y.C.
Spouse’s Father’s Name Louis Parrer
Spouse’s Mother’s Name Anne Aeronson
Citing this Record “New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940,” database, FamilySearch( : 10 February 2018), Moe Lifshitz and Fray Parrer, 16 Jan 1930; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,653,973.

Below is the 1930 census for Moe Lefshitz (34) and Fay (26) with 1 son, David (6)  They are living at 1818 79th St. Brooklyn. He was working as a clothing salesman. Married in 1930, son David was already 6 yrs old. At first I thought perhaps Fay had David before marriage or from a previous marriage. (David’s age seems to confirm the wrong marriage year with other evidence to follow)

1930 Census for Moe and Fay Lifshitz 

4638810_00402.jpgTitle1930 United States Federal CensusAuthorAncestry.comPublisherOnline publication – Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,

By 1940, another picture had begun to emerge. Fay (36) was now divorced and working in Millinery as a saleslady. Son David was 16 and her sister Shirley Luskin (31), married, was living with then at 1511 Sterling Pl., Brooklyn. So where was Moe?

1940 Census Fay Lifshitz 

m-t0627-02599-00757.jpgTitle1940 United States Federal CensusAuthorAncestry.comPublisherOnline publication – Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627


Moe (44) was living at Clinton Prison in Dannemora, New York. “It is the largest maximum security prison and the 3rd oldest prison New York” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1940 Census Clinton State Prison, Dannamora, New York  

record-image_3QS7-89MY-K442“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 April 2018), Moe Lilshitz, Dannemora, Dannemora Town, Clinton, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 10-18, sheet 15B, line 71, family , Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2516.

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This of course led to the question – what in the world did he do? Why had Fay divorced him?

From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle 16 Oct 1936 Fri pg 15 


I was totally blown away after finding this article, rereading it quite a few times. There were a few things that stood out in the article for me. The year of their marriage (1922 according to the article) contradicted the marriage record for them (see record) 1922 would make more sense siting the marriage date to Betty Wexelman of Feb. 1, 1930 and the age of son David.

Rebecca Wexelman Joseph M. Schiffman Marriage

Name Joseph M. Schiffman
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 01 Feb 1930
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Event Place (Original) Manhattan, New York, New York
Gender Male
Age 34
Marital Status Single
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1896
Birthplace N.Y.City
Father’s Name Samuel
Mother’s Name Hannah Leibowitz
Spouse’s Name Rebecca Wexelman
Spouse’s Gender Female
Spouse’s Age 21
Spouse’s Marital Status Single
Spouse’s Race White
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated) 1909
Spouse’s Birthplace N.Y. City
Spouse’s Father’s Name Hyman
Spouse’s Mother’s Name Sarah Klabyak

Citing this Record”New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940,” database, FamilySearch( : 10 February 2018), Joseph M. Schiffman and Rebecca Wexelman, 01 Feb 1930; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,653,974.

Locating the 1930 census (April 24, 1930) for Betty Wexelman (21 & married) I found her  living back at home with her parents Hyrum (Hyman)  and Sarah at the 85 Penn St. address.


Before I found the newspaper article I had asked myself, had Moe learned his lesson?  The answer was undoubtably no. Bigamy and the forging of a $20 check led to a life of crime and prison. It was in Seagoville, 1955, at the Federal Correctional Institution that I found the death record for Moses/Moe, now under the name of Morris Lifshitz. He had only been in prison for 6 months before he passed away. Notice his parents names of Simon and Annie (Danufsky) confirming our Moe. It also appears his body was removed and returned to Hartford, CT.

Death Certificate for Morris (Moses/Moe) Lifshitz: July 14, 1955  




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Finding these type of family stories seem to give a jolt of adrenalin to push forward to see what else can be uncovered. It also reminds me that the ancestors of my past were truly flesh and blood, experiencing true joys and very deep lows in their lives just as we do. Their parents and siblings, children were real and deeply affected by each others actions. What happened to Fay and their son David? What led to Simon forging a $20 check…..$20 and bigamy that led to Sing Sing and Dannemora which led to the Federal Correctional Institution at Seagovolle, Texas. Looks like I am falling down that rabbit hole again.




Posted in Belarus, Bronx, Genealogy, Lifschitz, Lipschitz, New York

Simon Lifshitz and Family

As I continue to dig into the family of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz, more and more questions and surprises have met me at each turn. The rabbit holes I have slid down continue to get deeper and more complicated. After days of continued research I thought I had a ‘ah ha’ moment only to slide further down. Lipschitz, Lipshitz, Lifschitz, Lifshitz, there are just to many variables with the spelling and then there are all the possible spelling errors, as in locating an Ida Liphshitz. I thought/still think this could possibly be the mother to Benjamin and his siblings. Time to give her research a break and return with fresh eyes and mind at a later date.

The next sibling of Benjamin that I would like to write about is Solomon Simon Lifshitz. 

If this name sounds familiar to anyone who has been following this blog you may remember Zalman Hillel/Solomon/Simon Lifschitz (his name created quite a stir) married to Sarah Marie/Mary Kinoy with children Elias, Isidore/Isaac, Anna (Michle) , Minnie (Chaje), and Emanuel (Mendel). Solomon and Mary lived at the 1268 Park Ave address between the time span of 1915 – 1930, over lapping with and there at the same crucial time Benjamin was married.  In addition, I have multiple 3/5 cousin DNA matches off of this Solomon and Mary Lifshitz branch, linking this Lifschitz with me and now this new branch. I had first assumed that Benjamin must have been living with Solomon and Sarah prior to marrying. I can no longer make that assumption as this new Lifschitz family with it’s DNA match has been discovered and it seems more likely that he was living with his immediate family now. The question still remains, what is the connection with Zalman/Hillel/Solomon/Simon to Benjamin and now to this Solomon Simon.

And so back to our current Solomon more commonly known as Simon Lifshitz. The first mention or find that connected him to the family was a marriage record from It identified his father as David Lipshitz and his mother as last name Paley.

“New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940,” database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Simon Lipshitz and Annie Dinofsky Or Dynoffski, 24 Nov 1895; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,493,451.

I immediately ordered their marriage certificate to get a better look at this amazing find. Notice the spelling as Lipshitz both on the familysearch record above and the document below. You can distinctively see it is not as ‘f’ comparing the letter to the ‘f’ in Annie’s name and Sheriff address. The marriage date was 24th of Nov, 1895, recorded on the 27th.


Simon Lifschitz married Annie Dinofsky and went on to have 5 children. Moses/Moe (Mar. 1896), Rachel/Rae (Feb.1897), Esther/Estelle (Nov. 1898), Dora/Stella (1903) and Charles (1909) and the mystery Anna (1911)  The spelling of their last name and the names of the children changed often which added to some confusion as well as the names being so common for the time period.

Date’s for immigration differ between the census records and I have still not been able to find an actual immigration record, nor have I found a specific town or city name for this family. The date on Simon’s naturalization index says 1902. An alien must live here at least 5 years before he/she is eligible for citizenship. The index record says he arrived on Oct 5, 1888. Wolf Horowitz, his witness on his petition states he has known Simon for 13 years. Ellis Island officially opened as an immigration station on January 1, 1892. It is more likely he arrived at Castle Garden since he states he arrived at the port of New York in New York.

 “Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America’s first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City.” A search of Castle Garden yielded nothing close.

 The Naturalization Index card for Simon


Here is Simon’s Petition for Naturalization



Five years into their marriage I located Simon (26)  and Annie (22) in the 1900c living at 56 Monroe St. NYC, the same address as the records above. Note the ages are off in comparison to ages on wedding cert.. This would have made Simon 21 and Annie 17 at the time of marriage. Simon was working as a tailor and Annie had given birth to 3 children, Moses (1896), Rachel (1897), and Essie (1899).

Built in 1899, the gray building is 56 Monroe St. N.Y.C. wedged in-between 58 and 54. This building most likely has had face lift but still holds the charm of where Simon was living with his family in 1900 – 1905.


I had almost given up on finding them in 1905 but through I found them with the last name spelled Lifchitch. (That’s a new spelling for me) they were still living at 56 Monroe. Daughter Dora (Dorie) had joined the family born in 1904.

Still in Manhattan and in the 1910 census, they had moved to 66 -68 East 39th St. This census record gave a 1892 immigration year and indicates Simon (39) had naturalized. He was a foreman in the clothing industry.  It was on this census that his name was listed as Soloman (Lifshetz). Annie was Anna (36) Moses (14), Rae aka Rachel (13), Esther (11) was Essie in 1900. Joining the family  was Stella (7) and Charles (1). Some time between 1910 and 1915 Simon moved his family to the country – The Bronx. Their new home was listed as 1422 Stebbins Ave. While Annie (39) was busy as a homemaker and Simon (42) working as a tailor, Moses (19) had joined the work force as bookkeeper, Rachel (18) stenographer and Esther (16) was no longer in school but working in the millinery field. Stella was listed as Dora (12) and Charles (7) were both in school.

Locating the family in 1920 was a bit difficult but I eventually found them using the 1422 Stebbins Ave, Bronx address. Simon on this census was listed under the name of Sam (48) Annie/Anna (45) and son Moe (24) was working as a bookkeeper. Living in the apt next to them was daughter Estelle (20) and her husband Sam Joffe (27) Sam was working in the insurance industry for the Met Life Co. What has me a bit baffled is the census date is January 1920 and their marriage license (see below) has a marriage date of Dec. 28, 1920. Errors are made and I am wondering if the marriage was actually 1919. Either way in January of 1920 they were listed as husband and wife.



New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866-1937
Name Estelle Lipschitz
Gender Female
Marriage Date 28 Dec 1920
Marriage Place Bronx, New York, USA
Spouse Samuel Joffe
Certificate Number 146
Household Members
Name Age
Samuel Joffe
Estelle Lipschitz
Estelle’s marriage was very short lived. Sam Joffe passed away on Feb. 1, 1923.  
Name: Samuel Joffe
Age: 30
Birth Year: abt 1893
Death Date: 1 Feb 1923
Death Place: Bronx, New York, USA
In 1925 Simon and Annie were still living at the 1422 Stebbins address. This was an interesting census record that revealed a real twist. Simon had now changed profession and was listed as a chicken dealer. This seems odd, from tailor to be chicken dealer, could also be a mistake? However what makes this really interesting is that my Aunt Rochelle, remembers going to a chicken ranch or something similar that belonged to a relative. Could this had been our Simon ? Unfortunately the ages and years do not add up. ( there is still the mystery son Samuel I can not locate. Is it possible he had taken over the chicken business for his father? ) At home was son Charles(16), his occupation is listed violinist. On this census another child was added by the name of Anna (14). This would make her year of birth about 1911. Anna was not listed in the 1920 census nor was she listed on the 1915 census. Would she be missed on both census records? A mystery. Also on this census Estelle Joffe (26), daughter, milliner, along with her son Charles (4) listed as grandchild were back home living with Simon and Annie. Five years later in 1930  Simon (59) and Annie (53) were living in New Jersey at 317 George St., New Brunswick. The census records Grandson Charles (9) was the only one living with them. What had happened that brought them across the river? And where was Charlie’s mom Estelle?  I had my suspicion’s and some further sleuthing led me to a death record that confirmed my thoughts. Estelle had remarried Daniel Tonis, a 1st generation son of Italian immigrants from Massachusetts. It was easy to track them in the 1930 and 1940 census once I had his name. Remaining in the Bronx, Daniel and Estelle were married about 1928. Both census lists Daniels profession as working in the billiard and recreation industry; in 1940 as a partner in a billiard parlor.
I am sorry but I must break out in song ” we’ve got trouble, right here in River City, it starts with t that rhymes with p and stands for pool.” la la la laaaaa
I found a divorce record for Daniel to his wife Elizabeth dated May 15, 1928, Bronx on With the help I was able to locate a marriage record for a Dante M. Tonis to Elizabeth E. Smith on May 6, 1924, Bronx, which I suspect is their record. The 1930 census for Daniel and Estelle indicated they had been married 2 years prior. Some where and at sometime, Daniel met our young widow Estelle, he divorced his wife and they married. Estelle’s son remained with his grandparents. I can’t imagine that Simon and Annie were pleased with their daughters situation. Pool hall? and what kind of recreation were they talking about? In fact, this was the roaring 20’s and that might just tell the tale.
By 1940 Simon and Annie had been back in the Bronx since 1935, as indicated by the census. Their address was 1422 Minford Place. Noting the address number of 1422, it was same street number as the Stebbins address, I did a little checking and the streets, Minford and Stebbins do interconnect. Thinking first it may be a census error, the census was very consistent with addresses and this does appear to be Minford Place. Grandson Charles(19) was still living with them and listed as a ‘new worker’ while  Simon (68) was no longer working. His health may have been suffering because 8 months after the census was taken
Simon Lifshitz (69)
 passed away on Jan. 25, 1941.
He is buried at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn. 
Name: Simon Lipshitz
Birth Date: 1873
Death Date: 25 Jan 1941
Death Place: New York, United States of America
Cemetery: Washington Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, United States of America
Below is the record for Estelle death from She passed 2 years and 1 day after her father.
Estelle Lifshitz Tonis (43)
passed away on Jan. 26, 1943
She is buried at Beth David Cemetery. 
Name Estelle Tonis
Event Type Death
Event Date 26 Jan 1943
Event Place Bronx, New York, New York, United States
Address 2160 Bronx Park East
Residence Place Bronx, New York City, New York
Gender Female
Age 43
Marital Status Married
Race White
Occupation Housewife
Birth Date 08 Nov 1899
Birthplace New York City
Burial Date 28 Jan 1943
Cemetery Beth David Cemetery
Father’s Name Simon Lifschitz
Father’s Birthplace Russia
Mother’s Name Annie Danufsky
Mother’s Birthplace Russia
Spouse’s Name Daniel
 Citing this Record”New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Simon Lifschitz in entry for Estelle Tonis, 26 Jan 1943; citing Death, Bronx, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,195,855.
Daughter Rachel/Rae Lifshitz married Samuel C. Aaronson on Dec 7, 1916 in Manhattan.
As I began to comb through a few records to get a picture of Rae’s life one of the first things I noticed was on the WW I draft registration for Samuel. Notice the Stebbins Ave address – possibly how they met? Also notice where he worked as a bookkeeper; this reads S & L Cohen, both Ike and Benjamin worked as tailors with what I read as H & S Cohen (another transcription mistake possibly?Was this the same place?)
Samuel’s occupation was constantly in the leather goods industry. I was able to locate records for four children. Morton (1917), a baby (1919 – 1919), Edith (1922) and Laurence
( 1932)
I was unable to identify with any accuracy any records for daughter Dora.
Son Moses was married by the time he registered for the WW I draft. Moe is identified by his address.  The 1942 WW II draft record is identified with the match of birth dates with the WW I document. His wife’s name was Rose, living at 1627 Mermaid Ave, Brooklyn. I have not been able to locate any other information on Moe.
005262758_01589.jpgRegistration State: New York; Registration County: Bronx; Roll: 1753997; Draft Board: 13
NY-2370325-0696The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147
Son Charles married a woman named Vera, LNU. They had 4 children which I have not confirmed but located on another researchers research. 2 girls and 2 sons, Irwin and Alan. Charles passed away in 1985 in Los Angeles, CA.

Recapping ever so briefly –

Solomon/Simon Lifshitz was born in Dec 1873, in Russia. He was the son of David Lipshitz and Chia Paley (as spelled on his marriage certificate).

Isaac/Ike Lifschitz born May 1, 1880, in Russia. (written about in my last post). Isaac’s parents were David confirmed by Isaac’s gravestone and family members Jane and Judy along with his wife known as Ida Paley.

Simon and Isaac are brothers to my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz born Nov. 10, 1883, Slutsk, Minsk, Belarus. Parents David and Ida Paley as confirmed on his marriage certificate.

The spelling of their last name has not remained consistent throughout this family. Changes in the spelling has made researching and identifying the family a real challenge. In my next few posts I will report on what I have found for their sister’s Fanny and Mollie. I am continuing to try and locate a death record for “Ida Paley”, their mother. I have still not been able to find anything on their brother Samuel.



Posted in Belarus, Bronx, Genealogy, Lifschitz, Lipschitz, New York

Isaac/Ike Lifschitz and Family


A warm sincere thank you to  Jane and Judy for sharing this priceless photo of their parents and grandparents with me; along with permission to share it with you.

In the photo below seated is Isaac/Ike Lifschitz and his wife Rebecca Leff, standing from left to right are their two son’s David Lifschitz, his wife Beatrice and Naphtali (Toli) and his wife Helen.  Ike, as he was known to his family, was a brother to my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz. (I have no known photo of Benjamin to compare this to)


This wonderful photo is a wedding picture for Toli (Lifschitz) Lewis and Helen Lillian Block. They were married June 7th, 1936, N.Y.C., at the home of Lillian’s parents, John and Rose (Boorstein) Block, W. 101st St., N.Y.C.

It is important to note that David and Toli both changed their last name to Lewis in the 1930’s. Toli (Naphtali Lewis was an American papyrologist who published extensively on subjects ranging from the ancient papyrus industry to government in Roman Egypt.Wikipedia)

Father, Isaac/Ike Lifschitz was born May 1, 1880, Russia. I have not found any records to identify where exactly in the Russian Empire but all indications points the the Pale of Settlement, Minsk, Belarus (possibly Slutsk but not confirmed) Ike was laid to rest on Sept 15th, 1955 at Montefiore Cemetery. The burial society was listed as the United Minsker Benevolent Society.

lifschitz, r i photo.jpg

Here lies Mr Isar son of Mr. Dovid died 27 Elul 5715 May his soul be bound up in the bond of life

Here lies Rivkah daughter of Avraham Binyamin the Levite died 28 Av 5709 May her soul be bound up in the bond of life

(I am always thankful to the FB group Tracing The Tribe for the help in transcribing the Hebrew for me)

As I continued to put together the story of my great grandfather’s family a very real picture was beginning to come into focus. I was very excited to get the gravestone photo’s. Ike’s father’s name was confirmed as Dovid/David, the same as Benjamin’s just as we had thought.

So far I have learned that David Lipschitz/Lifschitz and his wife Chai/Ida/Edith Paley had 4 confirmed children. Mollie (1872), Simon (1873) Ike (1880) and Benjamin (1883).

Today I am focusing on Ike. The earliest record I located was his petition to naturalize (1902). Ike was residing at 106 Madison Ave N.Y.C.. According to this record he arrived on May 3rd, 1896. This would make him about 16 years of age. Already here was his brother Simon, who had arrived in 1888 and his sister Mollie, having arrived prior to her marriage to Hyman Cohen in 1893. Records collected so far place Mollie here in 1888/89. Jane believes the family had arrived together but I have not been able to find records to confirm this. It’s certainly possible that some arrived together.

Ike’s Petition to Naturalize


On Sunday, March 8th, 1903, Ike married Rebecca Leff at the Grand Lyceum Hall, 83 -85 Forseyth St. Notice that only Mrs. Lifschitz was noted, indicating that David had since passed.

8Document courtesy of Jane and Judy 

A google search for this address brought me to and this amazing 1929 photo of the venue where they were married.


85-83 Forsyth Street, adjoining and south of the S.W. corner of Grand Street. Shown is the Grand Lyceum Palaoe, 2n assembly hall. July 18, 1929.

As I continued to follow Ike and Rebecca my hope was to run into more information to connect him with my Benjamin. Living at 133 Henry St. in 1905, Ike (27) Rebecca (21) were joined by 1st son David (obviously named for his grandfather who had passed) Rebecca’s siblings Louis and Jennie were living with the family. Ike was working as a tailor, Louis a cigar maker and Jennie a dressmaker.

By 1910 the family had moved to 1268 Park Ave and remained there until sometime after the 1915 census. This address is important because Benjamin had arrived (dates differ significantly on all records) and was living at this address at the time of his marriage to Kate Rosen in 1913.  His marriage certificate is the earliest document I have located for him so far. By the time 1915 had arrived both Ike and Benjamin had established families. Ike (35) was working as a tailor – button hole maker which would continue as his occupation into the 1940’s. Ike and Rebecca had had their second child, Naphtali who was recorded as Nathan on this census. The spelling of the last name was recorded with a ‘p’ Lipschitz. What is clearly interesting to me and raises the question, when and why had Benjamin adopted the Lipschitz spelling and his extended family the Lifschitz spelling? Louis (cigar maker) and Jennie (dressmaker) were still living with them. Benjamin and his wife Kate were now living at 50 E. 98th St. Benjam Lipshitz (28) tailor, Kate, listed as (Un) for unknown name and daughter Minnie (7/12), my grandmother had been born. Ike and Ben were around the corner from each other as seen on the street map below.


Continuing to connect Benjamin to Ike was their WWI draft records. Both brothers were working at H & S Cohn at 92-6 Bleecker St.  (I have already shared these records on my last post) Ike however had moved his family to 1379 Franklin Ave, Bronx, remaining at the 1379 address through the 1920 census. Benjamin moved to 69 East 97th Street and remained at this address through 1940 when sometime afterwards he and Kate made the move to 1426 Vyse Ave, Bronx, where he later died in 1948. Kate would go on living passing in 1983.

From the 1925 – 1930 census the family had moved a few doors down to 1377 Franklin Ave. Ike (50) was still working as button hole maker, they were renting, value listed at $40. It was also noted that they had a radio. David was now 26 and working as a teacher at C.C.N.Y.. Naphtali was 18 and under ‘occupation’ it listed none. The census was taken in April so possibly he was completing high school, however school was not listed.

By 1940 Ike (61) and Rebecca (58) were empty nesters. Both David and Naphtali had moved on with their lives. David married in 1932 and Naphtali in 1936. Sometime before 1935 Ike and Rebecca moved to 105 Clarke Place, Bronx. Ike was still working as a button hole maker for ladies clothing. He had worked 31 weeks in 1939 and made $1500. Below is Ike’s WWII draft registration (1942) Notice on this record Ike had listed his birthdate as July 5, 1880. (I have added his WWI document so you can again see the birthdate listed as May 1, 1880) With this difference in date I questioned myself, could this be a different Isaac/Ike but with his occupation and address confirmed on the census, I had the right Ike.



This is as far as my research has taken me with Ike and Rebecca. It is by far not the end of their story. Rebecca passed in 1949 and Ike in 1955. The knowledge that Ike was an older brother to Benjamin has been lost. Difficult to prove conclusively at 100% but I feel positive that I am on the right track.

I have not located a death record for David Lifschitz or for his wife Chai/Ida/Edith Paley. Clearly from the wedding announcement for Ike and Rebecca we know that his mother  was alive in 1903. This will continue to be on my ‘to research list’ In my next post I will look at son Simon and continue to try and locate the other siblings of Benjamin, Isaac/Ike, Simon and Mollie.






Posted in Genealogy, Jewish History, Lipschitz, New York

Benjamin Lipschitz and 3 siblings?

About two weeks ago I noticed a new 3rd to 4th cousin DNA match on my ancestry account. I don’t often pursue these matches. There are way to many unknowns and the % for actually discovering the match is usually pretty low but every once in awhile there is a cousin match that makes you stop and say maybe…

A quick message out and an immediate response back put me in touch with Jane who verified she had a ‘Lifschitz’ name connection. Not my ‘Lipschitz’ spelling with a ‘P’ but as I have discovered the name is interconnected, constantly misspelled, with a ‘C’ with out ‘C’, with a ‘F’ or with a ‘P” and many other transcription errors. Jane and I began sharing information and then Jane invited her 1st cousin Judy to join the conversation.

And as often happens our conversations actually led to more questions than answers.

I am once again on the hunt but closing in on the immediate family of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz b. November 10, 1883, Slutsk, Minsk, Belarus. As a way of family review I am posting the documents relevant to this post.

From his marriage license (1913) I learned he was residing at 1268 Park Ave, NYC, his parents were recorded as father David Lipschitz and mother Yetta Pallai  


From Benjamin’s WW1 record he was living at 69 E. 97th NYC, his name was listed as Beril Lipschitz, tailor working at H & S Cohn, 92 Bleeker St NYC, wife is listed Clara Lipschitz, and the witness was Laurence Ludner. Benjamin signed his name with his mark  ‘x’  and an additional notation reads “presented letter from his employer that he is deaf and dumb.” Even with the different names this is my Benjamin, as he was deaf (not dumb) and census records confirm this address.


From his social security application (1936) he was still living at 69 E. 97th NYC, as the address above, his name once again is recorded as Benjamin, working for Howard Manufacturing @ Jay High and Sands St. Brooklyn, age 52, Nov 10, 1883, Slutzk, Russia, father David Lipschitz and mother now recorded as Edith Palay. 


From his death certificate (1948) father is David and his mothers name was recorded as Gittel this time.  


The facts I want to bring attention to are: the address of 1268 Park Ave, NYC; a tailor working at H & S Cohn (1918), and his fathers name as David, his mother as Pallay/ Pallai.  

As Jane and I began to correspond she shared with me that she her father was named David and her grandfather was a man named Isaac/Ike Lifschitz married to Rebecca (Leff).  Jane also shared that Isaac/Ike’s father, her great grandfather was named David. That lit a fire in me. She also mentioned that Isaac/Ike had a sister named Mollie Lifschitz who married Hyman Cohen. With these names I was on the hunt and I was able to find a marriage record on family search for Mollie and Hyman. I was so surprised to see Mollies parents recorded as Davis Lifschitz and Ida Paley. Below is the marriage license I sent away for and received almost immediately.


If Molly and Isaac/Ike were siblings then his parents would also be this Davis/David Lifschitz and Ida Paley. The next question was, could Isaac and Mollie be siblings to my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz? Was Davis David ? and Ida my Yetta/Edith/Gittel ?

I was unable to find a marriage record  Issac/Ike and Rebecca. From Jane and Judy I learned Isaac was born 1 May 1880 and that their marriage date of March 8th, 1903 which was confirmed with a copy of their wedding invitation sent to me. I still could not fine a  marriage record on ancestry or family search.

With information on Isaac/Ike’s death passed on to me I had hoped to be able to order a death certificate but Isaac/Ike passed in 1955 and his death certificate is not available to me. I did however send away for a photo of his gravestone that I hope will confirm his fathers name. Isaac/Ike and Rebecca are buried together at Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, N.Y. The burial society is the United Minsker.

From census records I discovered that from 1910c through the 1915c Isaac (listed as Ike here and known to Jane and Judy as Ike) was living at 1268 Park Ave, NYC, the same address listed on Benjamin’s marriage license. Jane confirms that the Park Ave address is correct. Benjamin married in 1913. He was not reflected on the 1915c with Ike or on prior census records. In addition all attempts to locate when Benjamin had immigrated has failed. Every census record records a different arrival date for him. I am now leaning toward Benjamin arriving after the 1910c because I can not find him on any record prior to his 1913 marriage license.

On Ike’s 1918 WW1 draft registration, he is working at H & S Cohn, 92 Bleeker St., the same place that Benjamin was working.


Next, I located Isaac/Ike’s Naturalization Index with his witness listed as Simon Lifschitz living at 56 Monroe St.. Who was Simon Lifschitz?


Source InformationTitleU.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project) Operations, Inc.Publisher Date2010Publisher LocationProvo, UT, USA

Let me stop here for a minute to go over a little more information that was given to my by Jane.

“He was born in “Russia” on May 1, 1880. He had 4 brothers and 2 sisters. I only know the names Sam, Manny, Molly and RaeWe do not have Ike’s death certificate. We are quite sure that he died in September 1955. It was a Monday. My family visited him in the hospital Sunday evening. Think the hospital was Montefiore in the Bronx. Ike became a citizen on August 4, 1902 which could be a clue to when they came. He is Ike on his and Rebecca’s wedding invitation for Sunday, March 8, 1903. Only his mother was alive at that time.Correction: Looking at my notes more carefully, I now think Manny is actually FannyBelow is everything that I know about the 4 siblings for whom I have names. Sam was married to Esther. They had 2 sons, George and Sidney. Molly married Hyman Cohen. They had Jack and Joe and possibly others. Rae had 5 daughters and 1 son. Fanny had 2 daughters. One daughter’s last name was Pushkoff.

Back to Simon Lifschitz. I was able to find a record for his marriage to Annie Dinofsky in ancestry but then I hit the jack pot (I think) with a record from

Name: Simon Lipshitz
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 24 Nov 1895
Marriage Place: Manhattan, New York, USA
Spouse: Annie Dinofsky
Certificate Number: 18491

Source New York, New York, Extracted Marriage Index, 1866-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014

Name Simon Lipshitz
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 24 Nov 1895
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Event Place (Original) New York (City), New York
Gender Male
Age 25
Marital Status Single
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1870
Birthplace Russia
Father’s Name David Lipshitz
Mother’s Name Chia Paley
Spouse’s Name Annie Dinofsky Or Dynoffski
Spouse’s Gender Female
Spouse’s Age 20
Spouse’s Marital Status Single
Spouse’s Race White
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated) 1875
Spouse’s Birthplace Russia
Spouse’s Father’s Name Chalel Dinofsky
Spouse’s Mother’s Name Rachel Ruzoff

“New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940,” database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Simon Lipshitz and Annie Dinofsky Or Dynoffski, 24 Nov 1895; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York

A few things jumped out at me with this record from familysearch. The spelling of the last name as Lipschitz, fathers name David Lipschitz and mother Chia Paley.

I located Simon and Annie living at 56 Monroe on the 1900 census, the same address listed on Issac/Ike’s naturalization index record for Simon Lifschitz. It appears I have the correct Lifschitz and have confirmed a 3rd sibling.


As the research begins to unfold I am feeling confident that I may have finally located  3 of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz siblings. Isaac/Ike, Molly and now Simon. This is by far and hopefully, truly a huge break in his story and one I have been hoping and working towards for some time. There is much more to be uncovered and processed, and so much more to this story. In my next few posts I will try and lay out one of the more confusing sibling connections I may have found and add more detail to the sibling’s I have found in hopes of continuing to uncover their story and connection to Benjamin.

I would love some feed back and thoughts on this post and your opinion on whether you think Benjamin, Isaac, Molly and Simon could be or are siblings.

It has always been my contention that Benjamin, deaf from a childhood illness (typhoid fever while in Europe)  would not be coming to the United States alone. He would have to be sponsored and supported by someone but the who has been lost. We know that his marriage to Kate Rosen (also deaf from the same illness) was prearranged. Cousin Wendy remembers vaguely that Benjamin (her grandfather) was detained upon arrival due to possibly a cold and was later released to a cousin or Uncle.

My fingers are crossed.



Posted in Genealogy, Haimowitz, Jewish History, Lipschitz, New York

Valentines Day 1938

With February 14th here I wanted to post about Ronald Haimowitz, 2nd born to Myra and Irving Isidore Haimowitz. Ronald was brother to my mother Marlene; who was 4 years at the time of his death. A year after Ronald passed son Sheldon was born followed by Rochelle and Brenda.

I had been checking through some records looking for a specific address when I ran across Ronald’s death certificate. Stopping to take a look, I noticed his death date, February 14th, 1938, which made me pause and think about him. At the time I had begun researching my family, virtually nothing was actually remembered about Ronald, certainly not a name, just a hazy memory by those still here that there once was ‘another child’.


Ronald’s death certificate also yielded another clue into the lives of my grandparents Myra and Irving. Documented was the home address for the year 1938. 1 E. 213th St., Bronx. This is the building they were living in. (built in 1923)




While many were celebrating the day of love, Myra and Irving were saying goodbye to their baby Ronald. He passed away at 7:35 pm at 3 months and 4 days old. Ronald died from bronchopneumonia. Preceded in death by his grandmother Rebecca in 1937, Ronald was buried at Mt. Zion the same cemetery as Rebecca. Grandfather Samuel would be buried along with them in 1954.

Mt.ZionI have my homework cut out for me. I will be contacting Mt. Zion to see if a grave stones was placed for Ronald.

May I suggest a click to the link below to Forgotten New York for a fantastic article and tour of the many gravestone pictures. You may even find a member of your family.

Below: The Willard Parker Hospital, 1897 



I was curious about the name of the hospital on the death certificate and discovered from a simply google search that Willard Parker, E. 16th St, NYC, was a communicable disease hospital founded in 1885 – 1958. At its time, it was 1 of 3 hospitals in the city. In 1926 it established a School of Nursing.

Baby Ronald Haimowitz, you are not forgotten  





Posted in Genealogy, Haimowitz

will the Mystery Haimowitz Sister please reveal herself

Progress in learning who the mystery Haimowitz sister was has been slow with little to no head way.  She was the sister to my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz. A few years back my 1st cousin 1x removed, Arline, shared a fabulous family picture with me. It is from the wedding reception at the marriage of Shirley Haimowitz to Albert S. Kitay. They were married June 13, 1946 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The mystery is my great grandfather Samuel had a sister but no one remembers her name or who she married. I have been unable to locate any family photo with her in it except this one shared with me by Arline. Mystery sister is in the back row on the left with the glasses, her face partially covered. Next to her, her husband (I actually labeled Sam’s brother in error), Irving Lazar – Arline’s father, Marlene Haimowitz – my mother, Myra – my grandmother – Irving Isidore my grandfather, that’s Arline sitting on her mom’s lap – Fay Lazar, then Ida and Paul Haimowitz.


Haimowitzwedding2Photo curtesy of Arline Covell

I have begun the lengthy task of trying to locate every female Haimowitz in her age group, their marriages and sending away for the marriage certificates. I know their  parents name were Hyman Haimowitz and Ida Greenblatt. I am trying to find a woman with those parents listed on her marriage certificate. I know it is a long shot but it seems to be the only shot I have at this point.

Right now I have a list of 9 woman of which I have received 3 records back. Nope, haven’t found her yet. I am sending away for 1 record at a time and will exhaust my list first, then broaden my search years and start again.