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 Anne Dinofsky.  Still left to research is Mollie, who married 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.

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 

SimonLifshitz1940CYear: 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 Anne (Dinofsky) Lifshitz. 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 Anne. 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 1st 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.

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 Anne 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 

MoeLifshitz1930CTitle1930 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 1935 a whole new image of Moe was emerging. Moe landed in Sing Sing Prison. He was in for forgery, 2nd offense. Also noted are a number of alias Moe Howard, Morrey Lifshitz, Moses Cohen. Noted on the side under notes G.C. (?), arthritis, venereal  disease, drug use


By 1940 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 

FayLifshitz1940CTitle1940 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  

MoeLifshitzDannamora“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.

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


 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).

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.
MoeWWIRegistration State: New York; Registration County: Bronx; Roll: 1753997; Draft Board: 13
MoeLifshitzWWIIThe 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.