My New Document
New document for Solomon Lifshitz
New documents certainly can raise new questions and the one I just received for Solomon Lifshitz was with out exception. I am so excited to have finally gotten this death certificate but let me refresh your memory before I go any further.
My great grandfather was a man named Benjamin Lipshitz. He was deaf as was his wife, Kate (Rosen). My earliest record for them was the their marriage certificate from 1913. On that document Benjamin’s address is 1268 Park Ave NYC. As I began to research Benjamin I had no idea who his parents were, who his siblings could be, how and when he got here, I was at square one and this address was my beginning clue. Fast forward I discovered the family of Solomon and Sarah Marie Lipshitz and children living at this 1268 Park Ave address in 1915. Connection…but that was the question what was the connection? Were these his parents? An Uncle and family? Benjamin’s death certificate list his father’s name as David and mother as Yetta Pallai. I had a mystery to unravel.
Benjamin and Kate’s Wedding certificate
1915c record for Solomon and Sarah Lipshitz
Back to the new document, the death certificate of Solomon Lifshitz/Lipshitz. Looking it over I decided this was truly our guy, address correct, trade – furrier, correct. Then what jumped out at me was the name of Solomon’s father David. That was what Benjamin listed as his father’s name, David. My goodness, could Solomon actually be the older brother to my Benjamin? But what about the mother’s name, Rachel Rifkin ? On Benjamin’s marriage cert. he lists Yetta (Pallai) as his mother. Is Yetta a nickname, an endearment, and what about the last name of Pallai? On Benjamin’s death cert. his mothers name is listed as simply Gittel, also an endearment? Another thought is David was married twice 1st to Rachel Rifkin, she passed and then he remarried to a Yetta/Gittel Pallai.
Benjamin’s death certificate
Or could Gittel and Yetta be this Rachel Rifkin? And let’s not forget the travel documents for Solomon. In an earlier post we learned Solomon and Sarah left behind a Berko when they immigrated.
We deducted Berko has been interchanged into Benjamin and on Solomon’s immigration papers Berko could have Benjamin left behind and could have been his son who came at a later date. (The notation does not tell us who this Berko is)
Solomon and Benjamin could be brothers and not Uncle with nephew. There is quite an age difference between the two. Depending on correct birth year which we don’t have totally pinned down for either of them just a good guesstimate we have a age difference of about 14 years, which is not unheard of for siblings.
So I originally was leaning towards Solomon being Benjamin’s Uncle, brother to father David. It looks like I am leaning towards Solomon and Benjamin being brothers at this point in the research but I would love to hear what you think.