Deaf but certainly not dumb Benjamin Lipschitz was my great grandfather. Born sometime between 1883 – 1888 in Slutsk, Russia, I am still gathering documents to prove his age and place of birth. His U.S WWll draft registration has his age as 59, place of birth Slutz, Russia. Slutz or Slutsk is both a town and a district with numerous towns/cities in the district.
From Benjamin’s marriage license we see he has listed Minsk, Russia as his birthplace.
Looking at Wikipedia for the location of Slutsk I read:
(Slutsk (officially transliterated as Sluck, Belarusian: Слуцк; Russian: Слуцк; Polish: Słuck) is a town in Belarus, located on the Sluch River 105 km (65 mi) south of Minsk. As of 2010 its population is of 61,400.
Slutsk – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Slutsk is a town in Minsk gubernia
1. (Historical Terms) a territorial division of imperial Russia
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a territorial and administrative subdivision in the former Soviet Union
[from Russian: government, ultimately from Latin gubernāre to govern]
I feel safe to write that our Benjamin is from the town of Slutsk, in Minsk.
Benjamin’s age from the first 2 docs, WWll, April 1942 & marriage Nov 1913 are in agreement that he was born in 1988. The WWl document would support a 1884 birth year.
The WWl document is my newest find. There is so much information in this/these documents to piece together our Benjamin’s rich and amazing life here in America.
We have listed 2 places of employment as a tailor: H&S (or I) Cohn @92 Bleecker St, NYC and Howard Clothes and Company @ Jay & Sound St Brooklyn, NY.
So what do we know so far that we can confirm with just these 3 documents?
- we have 2 places of employment
- he was known as Benjamin, Bennie & Beril
- he worked as a tailor his whole life
- we know Beril is Benjamin not only because it says he was deaf & dumb but because the address’s on his WWl & WWll are also the same.
- we know the spelling of the last name was not consistent
- his age varies
- we have the address of where he was living when he married Kate (Krusse) Rosen
- we have the Synagogue address where he was married
- we have the name of the Rabbi who married them
- we know the names of Benjamin’s parents.
Next post I want to share about the address Benjamin was living at in 1913 when he was married. That has opened up the biggest gold mine so far of facts and questions for our Lipschitz family that I am so excited to share. So for today