Brenda Haimowitz DeFrain




Brenda Haimowitz DeFrain

22 Jan 1950 – 8 June 2017

My Aunt Brenda passed away very recently in Tampa, Florida. She was preceded in death by her father Irving Isidore Haimowitz and mother Myra Lipschitz Haimowitz – Seiden, brother Ronald & Sheldon Haimowitz and by my mother, her sister Marlene Haimowitz – Glinko. She leaves behind her husband and 1 son, a sister and many nieces and nephews and cousins. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

A small family gathering will held in the home of her sister which I will not be able to attend. Living almost the farthest apart one can, from the north west corner of Washington state to the southern east coast of Florida I decided to share on our family blog since I can not attend.

When I located my maternal birth family 15 years ago, Brenda was my first contact with the family. I had sent a letter outlining my search, who I was looking for, along with some identifying information. Brenda was only 3 years older than me and actually had no idea who I was other than I knew quite a bit about her family. She called her older sister and  said she received a letter from some lady who knew a lot about the family. Well, that sister knew about me since she was 7 years older and and aware that their older sister, my birth mother, had a child she gave up for adoption. I was called that evening and have since been able to share the last 15 years of my life with Brenda and family. I shutter when I think she could have tossed that letter in the trash on that fateful day. Brenda was one of the last of perhaps close to 300 plus letters I had sent out over those past ten years. In fact I was down to less than 12 people to correspond with. You are truly my hero Aunt Brenda…thank you for your always questioning nature.

While those of us left will miss her greatly she is at rest. May love and light surround those of us left. Aunt Brenda- you were an amazing woman; strong, compassionate, caring, full of love and laughter. Your shoes can never be filled, your loss will always be felt. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and being such a wonderful part of my life.


Connecting my 2x great grandfather David Lipshitz to brother Harry through DNA

It seems like forever since I have posted to our family blog. My nose has been deep in many projects over the last few months, some ours, some for friends, all interesting and time consuming. Mostly I have been enjoying posts by some of my favorite bloggers and following the many genealogy FB groups I follow. It’s amazing how much time I can spend and the hours and days I can get lost in the past. But I also have been enjoying the beautiful weather, working in my gardens and preparing for the summer farewell visit from my daughter and family before they head over to Okinawa for a 3 year tour of duty for my career military son-in-law. I am going to miss them all terribly. The time difference is going to make collaborating with my #1 collaborator and fellow genealogy enthusiast~ my daughter Marissa ~ difficult.

In the meantime, I have returned to some past research for our Lipschitz family and a DNA match that I can’t for the life of me figure out. However it did lead me to another DNA shared discovery. To refresh your memory my great grandfather was Benjamin Lipshitz born 10 Nov 1883-1887, Slutsk, Minsk, Belarus. This is my grandfather who was deaf and married Kate Rosen also deaf, both from childhood illnesses. Death, social security and marriage records all confirm that Benjamin’s parents were: father; David Lipshitz with records differing, mother; Yetta Pallai, Edith Palay, and Gitel. Benjamin’s family had always been a mystery but through persistent research I was able to match Benjamin to many cousins and family members – namely Solomon Lipshitz and his wife Sarah Mary Kinoy. I still have not been able to prove if Solomon was an uncle or cousin.  David, his father, has continued to just be a name out there for me to continue to research. I think I might of come up with something through a DNA match with me on Ancestry. First let me go back to the 1900 Brooklyn census for David and his wife Eva and kids. Could Eva be another named used in addition to Yetta, Edith, and Gitel?



I have been coming back to this record for years now as possibly my Benjamin and family. Benjamin is listed as 13, born in 1886/87. Records differ on his age with his marriage license born 1887, social security 1884, and death 1883. I tend to go with the most distant record (which would be his marriage license in 1913) as the most accurate and in this case the years seem to match up perfectly.

Something else I want to throw in while looking at this census, my Aunt Rochelle has continually affirmed that she can remember going to a chicken farm as a young girl that belonged to a relative. That is all she can remember. Not where who’s. David is a chicken dealer on this census. Just a coincidence? Could be. I don’t believe David was managing the farm or ranch that Rochelle went to see but perhaps it still was in existence in the 40’s tended by one of David’s sons. I don’t know…just throwing out my thoughts on this.

Back to that census and something I can say for sure. Take a look at the last listing for Harry age 14 brother to David. Through Ancestry DNA I had a 5th to 8th cousin match to a woman who descends from the 1912 marriage of this Harry Lipshitz to Mary Litowitz. Her great grandfather was Harry – brother to “this believed” my  2x great grandfather David – (Benjamin’s father) Our most recent common relative would be the unknown parents of these 2 brothers.

Of course I am no expert on DNA and/or finding matches. In fact, I have had very little luck in connecting this way but I am on the hunt and feeling pretty confident with this connection, tipping the scale past the 50% mark. So, as this connection unfolds, I will continue to post as I uncover more information to prove or disprove this connection.

A Sinrod Family connection linked to the Feingold Family

For some time now I have been researching the Rosen Family of Sompolno, Russia/Poland. I had been waiting for documents for Rose, a daughter of Selig and Rose Rosen my 2x great grandparents. While working on their daughter, more affectionately known as Ray, one thing led to another and well as you can imagine sometimes the sky opens up and rains more family connections which is what was the case. I soon connected with a 2nd cousin 1x removed. In fact I blogged about this connection in

Gil Smith’s 2nd Marriage to Alex Sinrod 

This next post is for the descendants of Gil and the family of brother Nathan Sinrod to Alex Sinrod. One of my new found cousins asked me to look into his maternal side which he knew very little about. This post is dedicated to him and his family.

Lillian Libby Feingold

You were right about Libby’s parents names.

Lillian was born 16 August 1916. She was the 5th living of 9 children born to Jacob and Anna Feingold. Lillian’s father Jacob, was born abt. 1872 and mother Anna/Annie abt. 1870. All documents found indicate that they were most likely born in the Minsk area Belarus area of Russia. I first found Jacob in the 1910 Brooklyn census. They are living at 71-75 Amboy St. Jacob is working as a presser of mens clothing. His year of immigration is noted as 1898. He is 38 years old and has been married for 18 years to Anna/Annie. He can not read or write.  Feingold1.jpg


(Not confirmed but possibly your Jacob is in the  1905c record – Jacob Feingold, 30 years old, boarder, @82 Willett St NYC, tailor living with Max Blum 65 and Gussie Blum 60)

Jacob’s wife Annie was born abt. 1870 and according to the census document she has had 9 births with only 3 living children, that certainly seems like a very high death rate for the first 6. The record indicates this is a first marriage for them both (m1) married for 18 years (1892) This is our first glimpse into the family of Lillian. The first son listed is William (15)  b. 14 April 1895 Russia. William’s birth year would indicate that 6 prior births is highly unlikely.  Julius (12) follows b abt. 1898 Russia and then Ida b. abt 1905 in Brooklyn, New York.  Annie’s immigration date is 1903 –   I have not been able to locate any immigration records for them at this time.

Above, I have made a correction to my first posting of this blog due to the great eye by  fellow blogger Amy Cohen of ‘Brotmanblog: A Family Journey’ she found a error in my research she also made an astute observation to my original thinking steering me in a right direction. Amy wrote “My guess is that the six children who died were born before, between, and after the three who survived–perhaps one before 1895, one between 1895 and 1898. and then several between 1898 and 1905. People had babies almost every other year, so if they married in 1893, they might have a child in 1893, 1895 (who lived), 1897, 1898 (who lived), 1900, 1902, 1904, 1905 (who lived), 1907—something like that?” When I first looked at the census my thought with the 6 child deaths and 3 living equated to 6 prior to those 3 and not probable attributing it to a census error. Thank you Amy 🙂 

The next time I locate this family in a census is in 1920.  (I could find nothing for them in the 1915 New York census) They have moved and are living at 1840 Pitkin Ave, Brooklyn. Jacob is working as a longshoreman on the Piers. He is 48, still has alien status and imm. date is now 1900.


Here we learn that Annie has passed away and Jacob is listed as (W) for widow. Lillian is Lilly and 3 years old. Annie has died sometime between the birth of Lillian and 1920c. I located this death record which we can send away for if you would like. What we could learn from it is: if in fact this is our Annie, possibly her parents names if they were known by who recorded the death, and the cause of her death. This would take you back a generation and could lead to more information.


My trail for Jacob after 1920 goes completely cold. I can not find him with 2nd wife Bessie. I can not locate him in the 1925 census with daughters Sadie who would be abt. 11 and Lily abt. 9. You had mentioned a child Sam, I could find nothing with his name either. The only document I came up with is a 1940c for a Jacob Feingold 69 yrs old married to a woman named Rose. They are living on Hopkins Ave, same address as in 1935. This Jacob is still an alien which is consistent with his other records. This record does not indicate length or number of marriages.

I want to go back to something absolutely fabulous that I located regarding this family. I was able to identify where in Minsk this family was living prior to immigrating to the US.

The town the family was in was: LIBISHAUA –as spelled on William Feingold’s naturalization papers.

Home » Databases » JewishGen Locality Page – Lyubeshiv, Ukraine
Lyubeshiv, Ukraine  Alternate names: Lyubeshiv [Ukr], Lyubeshov [Rus], Lubashov [Yid], Lubieszów [Pol], Lyubeshuv, Lyubeshev, Lyubashevo, Ljubesi Region: Minsk

JGFF Town Search (14 Matches)
Town District Province Country
Before WWI (c. 1900): Lyubeshov Pinsk Minsk Russian Empire
Between the wars (c. 1930): Lubieszów Kamień Koszyrski Polesie Poland
After WWII (c. 1950): Lyubeshov Soviet Union
Today (c. 2000): Lyubeshiv Ukraine



I tried downloading 2x to see if I could get 1st document clearer for you. The 2nd you should be able to read. We have the declaration of intention with a 1914 date and the next page is the Petition for Naturalization with a date of 28 Sept, 1916. A couple of clues  piece together this families story. In 1916 William was living at the Pitkin address. I have a birthday for Lillian/Libby as 16 Aug 1916, so we know the family was at that address in 1916. William is 21 and living at his parents home working as a Cap maker and will marry next years to a woman named Lillian Shiner. Below is his WWI draft registration. He is married and his wife is expecting their first child.


William married a woman named Lillian Shriner. They had 3 sons that I have been able to find. Emanuel abt. 1920, Arnold Wilbur abt. 1923 and Leonard Charles abt. 1927

As I write I am not sure if you even knew about these 2 men. You had only given me the woman’s names, Sadie, Ida and Lilly. Julius was born 16 April 1897. His petition to naturalize only indicates the birth location of Minsk and arrived in 1903, William’s has an arrival of 1902. I have made numerous attempts to locate the immigration records using the dates and ships name but have still come up with nothing. 32126_22580690146357-00726

Name Julius Feingold
Petition Age 30
Record Type Petition
Birth Date 16 Apr 1897
Birth Place Minsk, Russia
Arrival Date 16 Mar 1903
Arrival Place New York
Petition Date 7 Nov 1927
Petition Place New York, USA
Spouse Esther
Children Milton,Bella
Household Members
Name Age
Julius Feingold
Esther Melnick

I want to pass on Ida also recording in a census as Ada and Sadie since you most likely know about them and jump right to

Lillian Lily Libby 


This is really what started it all Lillian ‘Reingold’ really Feingold. When we first began corresponding you had said Reingold for her last name, then a few searches and I asked if it was a typo and you said yes….well actually a typo but you were right. Her wedding record does state Reingold and that is why you thought Reingold it was. That must be the typo.

With 3 sons, naming their 3 sons Nathan, 2 marring Lillian’s it took me a few graph drawings to get it straight, and of course William went and married a Lillian. Records available become limited up to 1940. I did find a census for 1940 for Nate and Lily – in Brooklyn, the ages are off a few years, Nate is a lawyer in private practice. Is this your folks?  It can not be our other Nate in DC because he is recorded there with Lillian and his 2 children working as a CPA.

Well this just about wraps up what I have been able to find with an initial search. If you are able to find your parent’s wedding documents, that would be wonderful. I would love to see a copy of it and see what we can learn from that. If you know anything more that might help me find Jacob and this Bessie, please let me know. I will continue to look for the immigration records too.

I think finding the town Libby’s family came from is so exciting and of course lots of googling of this place and checking records from there would come next. I looked on Yad Vashem. There are 25 pages with various spellings of Feingold to look at, not all from Belarus area of course. I think it would be smart to send away for the death record I found for Anna. It could provide some important info and then maybe not. The fee is nominal I would be happy to do this if you would like to continue.

Thank you for providing me with some fun research….always up for a new project.


Sadie Cantor wife of Hyman Haimowitz

Hyman, known as Herman was my great Uncle, brother to my grandfather Isidore.  This post is dedicated to Hyman’s descendants. In this last year I have had the honor of connecting with so many of you. It sure can get confusing, 1st cousins 1x removed, 2nd or 3rd cousins 2x removed but what I do know as our tree grows and blossoms this spring of 2017, I want to write a little bit about Herman and his wife Sadie Cantor, who has been virtually unknown to this branch of my family. Herman and Sadie have been father, mother, grandfather/mother, great and great great to those I have connected with, this post is for you 🙂

To recap Hyman/Herman was born the 22nd of Sept 1898. I have 2 documents that differ on where he was born. His death certificate states Galatz/Galati, Romania 


A search for a marriage license on Family search yielded this record with a birth location of Yassy/Iasi Romania. 
New York, New YoName Herman Haimowitz
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 17 May 1918
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Event Place (Original) Manhattan, New York
Gender Male
Age 19
Marital Status Single
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1899
Birthplace Jassy, Roumania
Father’s Name Sam
Mother’s Name Rebecca Strulowitz
Spouse’s Name Sadie Cantor
Spouse’s Gender Female
Spouse’s Age 18
Spouse’s Marital Status Single
Spouse’s Race White
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated) 1900
Spouse’s Birthplace Kiev, Russia
Spouse’s Father’s Name Abraham
Spouse’s Mother’s Name Anna Karduek
Citing this Record
“New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940,” database, FamilySearch ( : 20 March 2015), Herman Haimowitz and Sadie Cantor, 17 May 1918; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,643,170.
No image available City Marriage Records, 1829-1940
Reference ID cn 30818
GS Film Number 1643170

I tend to believe that Galatz makes more sense for Herman’s birth location. Father Samuel, was from Odessa, Ukraine, although most documents list his birth location as Romania. I think this may be due to the reporting time of the document and the fact that during WWII Odessa was under Romanian rule (1941 – 1944)


Odessa is port city on the Black Sea in the Ukraine and Galati is a port city on the Danube River in Romania. From the map you can see the triangle pattern with Iasi. Still not proven beyond doubt we have these 3 locations for our ancestors beginnings as we know it. Samuel died in 1954 and reporting on his death certificate was his daughter Fay Lazar who lists his birth location simply as Roumania and from this document and Herman’s social security application we learned that his parents were Herman (Hyman, Haim) and Ida Greenblatt. We have a birth date for Samuel of 15 March 1975. I have yet to find anything to give us approx. ages for his parents but if the elder Herman was about 20 when he started having children we could place his birth year in about 1855 or before. But back to our present Hyman/Herman named for his grandfather….he immigrated with his mother and father arriving prior to 1905 when they are first found in the 1905 census. Family story is that his brother Pinchas/Paul was born aboard ship. I have a birth date of 3 June 1901 for him. On Samuel’s intent to naturalize papers, the date is 1906. An immigrant needs to reside in the US for 5 years prior to appling for citizenship so the dates seem to line up.

Sadie Cantor marries Herman Haimowitz on the 16 May 1918.

Who was Sadie Cantor?  

Sadie Cantor was the daughter of Abraham Cantor and Anna Karduek/Karolnik. Sadie was the 1st of 4 daughters born to Abraham and Anna,  and the only one to have been born overseas in Kiev, Russia, where Sadie and Abraham also were born. Sadie had 3 sisters, Yetta born in 1903 N.Y., Rose, 1908 N.Y. and Tessie in 1914, N.Y. Abraham had his hands full with 5 woman in his household and for his entire working career his occupation was listed as peddler.

Arrival records differ for this family on the census records however according to Abraham’s naturalization papers the 3 arrived in New York aboard the ship The Vaderland February, 1901. I first found the family in the 1905 census. They were living at 321 E. 100th St NYC. Sister Yetta is listed but for some reason Rose was not mentioned. Abraham is a peddler and in later census records it will state he is peddling fruit. They had a boarder living with them, Joseph Goodman, plumber. I imagine it was tough times for the Cantors.



Abraham Cantor’s Petition of Naturalization 31301_167550-00431


What I want to focus on with this document are Abraham’s 4 daughters. Sadie clearly had a different last name which was indexed as Kuimowitz. Yetta, Rose and Tessie all have Cantor as their last name. That was odd. This led me to wonder if Anna may had been married before? A recheck of the census records I was able to find and only 1 said m1 for both of them. This really stumped me, why the different last name? I kept coming back to this until the light came on. The date for the naturalization record was April 16 1920. Herman had registered for the draft in 1918, this was not Sadie Kuimowitz – but Sadie Haimowitz, her married last name. The transcriber in reading the handwriting had transcribed the last name wrong. The document states all his children were residing with him. Sadie was already married. My guess now is Herman is serving in the war. The 1920 census, which was enumerated in Jan of 1920, for Abraham and Anna does not list Sadie but by April of that year Sadie had moved in with her parents as indicated on the nat. document. But why not Harold as grandson? Harold was born in May of 1919 and would have been close to 1 years old.

Herman registers for the WWI draft.


I found Herman or Sadie in the 1920 census under the last name spelling of Haimovitz. They were living at 1363-67 Stebbins Ave, Bronx. Herman was 21 and working as a traveling salesman in woman’s dresses. Harold had been born, listed as 7 months old. They were still living there in the 1925 census but by then Shirley has joined the family. I am still not sure why Sadie was listed as living with her parents on her fathers naturalization record. Clearly the Stebbins address was her permanent address. Perhaps it was simply a mistake by Abraham.

In the 1920 census parents Abraham and Anna Cantor were living at 1970 2nd Ave, NYC. Abraham was still working as a peddler and it was in this census we learned he sold fruit and C. Perhaps candy? caps? cookies? lol we just don’t know…

By 1930 Abraham and Anna have left the city for Brooklyn. The address was 435 E. 92nd St. They were renting an apt for $50. Tessie, their youngest is 16 and still with them and in school. Rose and Yetta are gone. Abraham is listed as 60 and is not working. I can’t even begin to imagine how they survived with no income. A fruit peddler did not make much money. The census for 1930 also states that neither Abraham or Anna were educated (no schooling) and neither could read or write. I don’t believe I mentioned this before but the language spoken was Yiddish. Also of interest is that the census records whether families had radio’s and the answer is no for the Cantor’s.


This is the building I found on google earth for the address. I am not sure if this is a newer building but the 435 address on the yellow Highway Court entrance arch seemed to feel like the right period.

Back to daughter Sadie and Herman who did not stay long in the Bronx. Sometime after 1925 they moved to Brooklyn and by the 1930 census they were living at 182 E 93rd St. They were around the corner and a few streets down from Sadie’s parents. Their rent was $58, Harold was in school, Shirley was 6, and Doris has joined the family, listed 6 months. Herman’s parents were in the Bronx.


The last time I find Sadie’s parents together was in the 1940 census living with their married daughter Tessie and her husband Herman Hoffman. (I have not been able to locate their marriage information.) Abraham  was 69 years old and Anna 66. They were all still living on E. 92nd street but had moved a few doors down to 462 E. 92nd St. Herman Hoffman was a salesman selling butter and eggs while Tessie worked as a bookkeeper at a Corset House.


At the cross street of Willmohr St and 92nd St you find the rental home of Tessie and Herman Hoffman. I was unable to read the house numbers to know which side was their home. To me, this is says the Brooklyn I remember.


Still alive in 1940, I have not located any death information for the parents of Sadie Cantor; Abraham and Anna Cantor from Kiev, Russia. Sadie’s husband Herman died young in 1948. The question now remains open as to whether Sadie’s parents outlived her husband.

In 1954 at the age of 54, Sadie took a trip to Europe. This is the arrival manifest for the ship The Liberte leaving from Le Havre, France on Sept 21st arriving in New York on Sept 27. Why, where and with who was she traveling? or was she on her own? The listing is alphabetical and not by cabin so I found it impossible to locate a traveling companion. I like to imagine that she traveled back to her home land of Kiev, perhaps to family? One thing I believe is that Sadie was a courageous and  adventurous woman, especially if she traveled alone. We need to remember that the WWll has ended, the sting of the Holocaust was still fresh.


The last photo I have to share is the gravestones for                                                            Sadie Cantor and Herman Haimowitz. They are at rest at The New Montifiore Cemetery on Long Island.






Gil Smith’s 2nd marriage to Alex Sinrod

Nothing new on the parents of Golde/Gertrude/Gussie/Gil Smith, Rose Smith nee Rosen and David Smith but a few wonderful leads and yes pictures have surfaced for Gil and her 2nd husband Alex Sinrod. I am so excited to share these pictures with my family.

Gil Smith is my 2nd cousin 2x removed born, 27 Aug 1907 in New York. In the snap shot of the 1940 census below, Gil is living with her parents, sister Muriel and 2 year old son Richard. The census indicates that Gil is divorced. The family address is at 2418 Mermaid Ave. David, Ray and Gil are all working as candy store helpers and Muriel is a lampshade worker.


Where the family was living.

2418MermaidAve .jpg

I had written in my last post that I had hoped to connect with a Sinrod and am excited to report that I have. While not a descendant of Alex, I have been in touch with the son of Alex’s brother Nathan Sinrod. A big thank you must go out to J.K. Sinrod for sharing this absolutely wonderful and unbelievable picture with us….I would like to introduce you to

Mr. and Mrs. Alex & Gil Sinrod  


I do not have a wedding date for the couple. I do know that Alex served in the Marine Corp, enlisting in April 1942 and was not released from service until 28 Sept 1945. Nothing that I found indicated he was married prior to enlisting or that he wasn’t.

This is another picture that was shared with me. Alex is the dashing young man on the end with the bow tie and it appears he is in a tuxedo. In the middle are his parents Benjamin and Beckie Sinord, his brother Nathan on the other end next to his gorgeous wife Lillian/Libby Feingold/Reingold. Sitting are sister’s Blanche and Selma.


I simply must share the wedding picture of Nathan and Lillian/Libby Sinrod


I love this picture, I love wedding pictures period, however the simplicity of this gown and Lillian are strikingly stunning.


I look at this picture of Alex and Gil Sinrod below and can only do one thing; smile along with them. Their story is so incomplete yet their smiles say it all for me. We lived, we loved. Gil and Alex you are thought of and remembered.




Gil is buried at Beth David Cemetery in Hempstead, New York. Alex is buried in a family plot along with his father Benjamin, mother Beckie and sister Blanche at New Montefiore, West Babylon, New York.

Rose (Ray) Rosen Continued

Since last posting I have continued to spend countless hours trying to locate more information on Rose, my 2nd great Aunt, sister to my great grandmother Kate Rosen  Lipschitz. I still have not been able to find anything on Rose’s immigration or naturalization for either her and her husband, David Smith. Nor have I been able to find anything accurate or specific on her death and burial except the year. I still can not find them in the 1910c.  Right now I am waiting on 2 documents, hoping for that crumb that might open up a flood gate of information. 1 for Rose and 1 for her daughter Muriel. These countless hours spent did lead to something interesting to share.

From FamilySearch I believe I located a 3rd child of Rose and David.Named Charles Smith, he was born in 1912 passing away a short 2 years later in 1914. Yesterday, I sent away for his death certificate, adding a 3rd document to my waiting for list for this family. With the 1 minor spelling error of David’s name, I believe this record belongs to this family.
Name Charles Smith
Event Type Death
Event Date 07 Jan 1914
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Address 326 E 101 St.
Gender Male
Age 2
Marital Status Unknown
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1912
Birthplace U. S.
Burial Date 08 Jan 1914
Cemetery Sect Cur Ocean View
Father’s Name Davis Smith
Father’s Birthplace Romania
Mother’s Name Rose Rosen
Mother’s Birthplace Russia
Citing this Record
“New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch ( : 20 March 2015), Davis Smith in entry for Charles Smith, 07 Jan 1914; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,323,349.

So what I have for Rose and David is this…

Rose immigrated sometime just prior to marring David, census records are consistent that Rose came over from Russia in 1906. She must have married almost immediately or the question is raised, could she have already been married to David overseas?  However with with no marriage license found yet, I was thinking the marriage was here, especially with the evidence that David was not from Russia but Botsana, Romania, arriving much earlier than Rose.Could the marriage have been arranged? Using the immigration date of 1906 to Gertrude’s birth in 1907, they had to have met and married rather quickly. First child Gertrude/Gussie/Gil was born 29 Aug 1907, followed by Charles in 1912 passing in 1914, and then Muriel arriving in 1918. *** Add to the 3 names used by daughter Gertrude I have discovered the name on Gertrude’s birth certificate: It was “Golde” see the copied document cited below, and yes I now have a 4th document I am waiting for, Golde’s birth certificate.

David Smith
mentioned in the record of Golde Smith
Name David Smith
Age 25
Birthplace Romania
Gender Male
Wife Rose Rosen Smith
Daughter Golde Smith

Other information in the record of Golde Smith
from New York, New York City Births
Name Golde Smith
Event Type Birth
Event Date 29 Aug 1907
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Gender Female
Race White
Father’s Name David Smith
Father’s Birthplace Romania
Father’s Age 25
Mother’s Name Rose Rosen Smith
Mother’s Birthplace Russia
Mother’s Age 19

Citing this Record
“New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909,” database, FamilySearch ( : 20 March 2015), David Smith in entry for Golde Smith, 29 Aug 1907; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, reference cn 44654 New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,991,802.

Since my last post on this family I have made some additional headway and limited contact with a descendant of Golde/Gertrude/Gil and her 2nd husband Alex Sinrod. Gil passed away in June of 1976 in Brooklyn and Alex followed 10 years later in 1986, also in Brooklyn – Alex is buried in a family plot at New Montifiore Cemetery on LI. A search of New Montifiore grave locator online, did not locate Gil buried there.

The search and documenting of this family continues for me. I am hoping to reconnect with the Sinrod family and hopefully a picture will be shared. The search to round out the history and lives of Rose and David Smith continues 🙂


Who Was Rose (Ray) Rosen?

I have written about my great grandmother Kate Lipschitz nee Rosen, her sister Jennie Rosen who married Alexander Reiner and the discovery of their son Garson Paul Reiner. Garson was the founder of Exquisite Form Bra’s. I have blogged about their brother Jacob Rosen who married Sadie Schoenwetter/Rossett and most recently about brother Abraham, known as Harry  Rosen who married  Kate Brickman of Catskill fame. Also immigrating to America was their sister Rose (Ray) Rosen who married a man name David Smith. I couldn’t be confronted with two more common names to try and research. As I began putting together a time line for Rose and David and looking at and for records, I had no known direct descendants of this branch to talk with.

Who was Rose Rosen? Rose was the 4th child born to Selig Rosen and Rose Rosen nee Beberofsky/Bibrowsky. Rose was born about 1891 in Somplono, Russia/Poland, the birthplace of all her siblings and parents. Named after her mother which seems odd to me with name customs, but nothing surprises me anymore, she was known mostly as Ray. From now on I will refer to her as Rose2 as not to confuse her with her mother. All census records indicate that Rose2 immigrated in 1906 but I have been unable to find her immigration papers or naturalization records; but I haven’t given up.

I first located Rose2 in the 1915c. She was already married to a man named David Smith, 33 who was working as a tinsmith. Rose2, 24 years old, had been residing in the US for 9 years. That put her at about 15when traveling in about 1906. With that information and expanding my search a few years on each side I was still unable to find anything that I could say difinatelvy was her. David and Rose2 were living at 219 E 102nd St, NYC. They were in the same building with Rose2’s parents, Selig and Rose. Rose2 and David had started a family and daughter ‘Gussie’ 7, had arrived. (later known as Gertrude) Gussie’s birth year would be about 1907/8.

After searching on Ancestry and FamilySearch for information on David, I went to Fold3 to look for a draft record and after few tries, there he was. The address was spot on for their 1920c address. According to the birthdate recorded he is a lot older than what he records on his census.


In 1920 the family was living at 71 E. 97th St, NYC, the same address in 1918on the draft record. They are just doors down from Rose2’s sister, my great grandmother, Kate and Benjamin Lipschitz at 69 E 97th St. David was 40 and working as a merchant, Rose was home caring for Gussie, now 12 and baby Muriel 2 3/12 months had joined them. Of interest to me and possibly a mistake by the recorder on the census it clearly stated David was a merchant and then G. Merchant, or ‘general’ I assume for type. The 1915 lists him as a tinsmith, WWI doc working at a metal company as a tinsmith, could the worker mindlessly written merchant for mechanic? It seems out of place to me.

What amazes me when I am researching and putting together a blog post is how sometimes documents and family history seems to miraculously come together, answering questions never even asked. Remember brother Abraham/Harry Rosen, the youngest of the Rosen siblings who married Kate Brickman? Well yesterday, the wedding certificate I had sent away for arrived. Abraham/Harry was living with his sister Rose2, husband David, nieces Gussie and Muriel @ 71 E 97th St at the time of his marriage to Kate.


It’s hard sometimes to put a family together and prove the connection when they are not living together during census years and this was the case with our Rosen family. It has taken quite a lot to connect the children and prove their connection. This marriage certificate helps document the connection for us.

A search for the family in the 1925 census came up with nothing I could find, but by 1930 the family had moved to the Bronx and were living at 124 Featherbed Lane. David, 50, was in metal works business and is managing his own shop. Rose 41, was a homemaker, Gussie, 21, was now using her given name of Gertrude and working as a stenographer at a publishing house and Muriel was 12. Below is the building they lived at on Featherbed Lane The entrance is the red door to the right next to the Fresh Meats Produce.


Some time between 1930 and 1940 the family had left the Bronx for Brooklyn. Gertrude had married and divorced but had a son named Richard now 2 years old in the 1940 census (1938 birth) Gertrude was living home with her parents David and Rose2 and is using the name of Gil. Muriel was 22 and working as a lamp shade worker. David, Rose and Gil were working as candy store helpers. The census record lists David and Rose as unpaid family workers and Gil as employer. The address in Brooklyn was 2418 Mermaid Ave. In addition to the birth of their first grandson, Rose will lose both her parents sometime between 1930 an 1940.

A look at the 1942 WWII draft registration shows David as unemployed and an invalid. My first thought is that he may have been injured doing the metal work.


Finding the death records for Rose2 and David Smith is going to take an act of divine intervention by G-d with their names. I have already sent away for documents that have proved not to be either of them. But I like what I have found out about Rose and David so far. I’ll keep digging and will update as records are uncovered.




Howard Joseph Brown

January 23 was the 12 year anniversary for the passing of my father, Howard Joseph Brown. Howard and Grace Brown nee Tanner were my parents. (They adopted me through Louise Wise Adoption Agency when I was 6 months old)  Howard, born 19 February, 1924, joined one brother brother, Marvin born 9 Jan 1919, making the family of f Rose Brown nee Bornstein and Maxwell Brown complete.

Recently, in previous posts, I wrote about Abraham Rosen, his wife Kate Brickman, and my/our birth connection to the Brickman Hotel family of Catskill’s fame. It was through this discovery and connection with current Brickman family members that a true desire to re-meet and discover my father and his family, my family growing up, not of blood but of love, that I revisited the documents and photo’s of my fathers passion – to sculpt. This post is dedicated to Howard and my Brown family.


above: Rose with Howard  below: Howard with his bicycle – I know, he was adorable but check out that bicycle!


The Maxwell Brown Family –

Howard and Grace Brown nee Tanner

Through my family research I met a woman named Patti who is the 1st cousin 1x removed of the wife of my 2nd great-uncle (so fun to write that) It was through an exchange of emails I learned, that her husband, Yossi Daboosh, is an accomplished and fantastic artist/sculptor  just like my father. It was then I began to really think about my father and his passion, something I must honestly say, I had not given much thought to. Howard’s art… just was, it was part of him, part of my life growing up. I had never really thought about Howard the artist, only thinking of him solely as Howard the father who was an artist. Shortly after my mother passed in 2015 while cleaning out their home I came across a folder that held a treasure trove of photo’s of his work and spotty records and receipts of where the pieces went to.

What I really want to share in this blog post is my father, Howard J. Brown and his incredible career as a sculpture and artist. Everywhere in the house were balls of wax, beginnings of figures he was working on, tiny replica’s of sculptures to come.



This swimmer group is a sampling of ‘something’ that was chosen to go into an apt complex, as far as I can tell, in Brooklyn, New York. Below is Howard, myself with daughters Fawn and Marissa. This photo is at least 30 years old and a treasure, artist and family visiting “The Swimmer” but where? (of course we didn’t label the photo)


I have begun a project labeling photo’s, labeling jewelry, and tchotchke’s around the house, adding brief descriptions and stories to match. I can not go back and ask the questions I so want answered but I can anticipate the questions that will be asked and answer them now.


Above is the piece ‘Lily Pond’ (but I believe the title had been changed to Water Lily) for delivery to the Americana Towers also in Brooklyn. This is actually a piece I can remember posing for. I was about 10 years old, the year 1963. This life size statue sold for $785.00 at the time. Today I wonder if it is even still in the lobby.


I can remember this 2 piece grouping fondly. It was massive and intimidating. My father’s records are crude and the handwriting hard to read but this piece has a receipt with the date of Oct 29th, 1963, and a rush date on Dec 19, 1963 for The Gramercy Park Tower, East 18th St & Third Ave. The price tag was $1525.00. He delivered his own work, rented a uhaul truck to deliver his pieces. It was quite an ordeal.



I have no idea where this piece is located. Of course it is the one I am most interested in learning if it is still standing. I have been doing some google earth searches of addresses I have found from receipts and I have to admit, some of the buildings don’t seem to be standing, 1 has been remodeled and shows no sign of his work, others seem delapidated dumps in the slums. The interior design company that placed much of his work, Blair House Interior’s, LTD  has long since gone out of business. The trails seem to be running cold. However, I have a dear friend, living in Brooklyn who is tracking down a few addresses and information for me. I gave my Uncle Joe, living in Manhattan a few addresses as well to visit at his leisure. Hopefully I will have some answers soon as to the state of his work. My heart is heavy, I would so love to have one of his life size pieces in my yard. The thought of a new owner of or building manager removing his work and scrapping it is almost to hard to bare.

Howard’s passion was sculpting but he also painted.


His preferred medium was pastels, above, although he did work in oil, below.  I am blessed to have a number of his wonderful pieces in my home.




I have these two smaller statues  The Boxer, and this lovely, Woman on Rock. 

It was difficult to make a living and support a family doing what he loved the most. I believe Howard truly struggled in making the decision to leave his passion and find another, eventually  moving into education, attaining a doctorate in accounting, teaching at a number of colleges on Long Island before taking a post at St. John’s university where he retired from. One of my deepest regrets regarding my dad is that I did not value or truly understand the creative genius that made my father than man he was.

I found 2 brief write ups in the folder.  The first is from the Merrick Art League on L.I. The second a smaller write up for demonstration he apparently was doing.



Next project is to research the Robert Aron Young  and Avnet-Shaw Galleries.


Howard Joseph Brown your are loved and missed

Beth Hamidrash Hagadol of Harlem

This post was one I began back quite a few months ago and then put aside. Since then I have revisited it, each time getting lost on google earth looking for addresses on documents received and receiving. In the interim, I had ordered the book “The Synagogues of New York’s Lower East Side by Gerard R. Wolfe” My love of old spaces and buildings grew. I have always been fascinated by the grandeur of the ornate Paintedladies of yesteryear which has now morphed into a love of old Synagogues and their history. According to Gerard R. Wolfe, over 350 congregations along with 70 Jewish house’s of worships were in the lower east side alone, at one time. I recommend this beautiful book, which I think is a wonderful gift idea too.


As I said, I absolutely love old buildings, well anything old, and with no exception, the Synagogue where my great grandparents Benjamin and Kate were married fits the bill. It’s my blog photo for now.

Beth Hamidrash Hagadol of Harlem @ 110 E. 105th


One of the oldest Orthodox Eastern European Synagogue in NYC founded in 1852. It is in this building that Benjamin Lipschitz and Krusse (Kate) Rosen were married on the 2nd of Nov  1913.


I imagine this may have been the Synagogue my great grandparents attended with their children Myra and her sisters Esther and Mary.

It seemed the perfect place to repost their wedding certificate with the address and Rabbi’s name, Jacob Kovalsky. BenjaminMarriageLicense

I have so many question running regarding their marriage. Since both my great grandparents were deaf, what was the ceremony like for a deaf couple? Was it signed for them? Was there a formal sign language interpreter? Did a family member interpret? Since I know that they signed, was the signing with their own ‘home signs’ or with a more traditional form? I don’t think I will ever know the answer to these questions. Was it a formal wedding or  a very simple private family affair? I so wish there were photo’s. Surely Solomon and Sarah Lipschitz, who Benjamin lived with prior to his marriage, must have attended as well as his presumed cousins Minnie, Ida, Mendel and Isidore. Was David Youngworth, the border and fellow butcher there to witness this union? And who were their witnesses, Lewis Edelman and Morris Michaels? So many questions.


The building below is 136 Allen St. It’s the building wedged in between the new construction and it is the one with the graffiti’ed metal garage type door. This is the address listed for where my grandmother Myra (Minnie) Lipschitz married Isidore Haimowitz. Hidden behind the green construction border I can see the side door entrance. The address is interesting however since the reference I found for a congregation for this address was not at 136 but 126/28 for Tiffereth Israel, which was actually just a few doors down. Which ever it was, the wedding photo below does not seem to fit the building that housed the ceremony. Perhaps a reception followed in a different location



Married 26 November 1932.isidorerebecca



Another wonderful venue for a family marriage was the Wallace Mansion at 448 West 152 St, N.Y. New York. In its day I imagine it was quite grand. Today the huge cross dominates the front. It is here that my great Aunt Fay Haimowitz sister to Isidore, married.




Next wedding certificate I have is for Elias Lipschitz marrying Maria Goldin. Elias is believed until unproven 🙂 to be Benjamin’s cousin.  It appears that they were married at the address listed as their residence with the Rabbi affiliated with Congregation Ez Chaim of Yorkville. The building is long gone and in its place is a high rise housing complex.


I did find was the reference for 107 E. 92nd St on the site ‘’ was this

107 East 92nd Street
–(Congregation) Etz/Ez Chaim of Yorkville
1905: A. Spiegel, Rabbi; F. Lowenstein, Sexton
1910-11: D. Loewenthal, Rabbi; S. Friedman, Sexton…..signature of person performing the ceremony on certificate 


At 193 Henry St stands the Mt Zion Church of Christ which once housed the Congregation of Beth Aaron Chassidim d’Kaidenov. Married by M. Sording of Beth Aaron was Isidore Lipschitz to Bertha Deitch. Isidore lived at that wonderful residence of 1268 Park Ave, with his parents Solomon and Sarah. The same home of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz when he married. Isidore is another believed cousin to Benjamin (until proven otherwise)


I just want to get inside these buildings and sit and feel their history and the presence of those who came before.


Hope you enjoyed!



Samuel Haimowitz Revisited

I decided to put aside our Rosen/Brickman connection for a moment as I gather more information and pictures from family and take another look at a mystery that has bothered me for some time with patriarch Samuel Haimowitz, my great grandfather, who immigrated from Galatz, Romania (last known town of residence) to New York sometime between 1898 and 1903.

I introduced Samuel and Rebecca in a blog post back in October 2016samrebeccahaimowitz2

Samuel was born the 15 March 1875. He was married to a woman named Rebecca Strulowitz, also from Romania. Still, to date I have not been able to find any documents regarding his/their passage over but I keep on keeping on, checking, thinking what have I missed, how could the name have been spelled or misspelled in the transcribing? What we do know is that Sam and Rebecca arrived with son Hyman/Herman age about 2 years and infant son Pincus/Paul who is/was believed to be born aboard ship. The first documented record for them is the 1905c. The spelling of the last name is Heimowitz, Sam is 28 and Rebecca is 25, Hyman is 8, Pincus 3 & Freda 1. They are living at 170 Ludlow and Sam is working as a carpenter. Five years later in 1910c, Sam has moved the family up to West 99th St, and is still working as a house carpenter which he will continue to do until he retires. This census interests me because it tells me that Sam has now been naturalized and that he immigrated in 1901. * It also says not only did he immigrate in 1901, but also Rebecca, Hyman and Pincus (spelled Pinchas) did as well.  Back in the 1905c, Pincus is listed as born in the US. This confusion proves to me that the question of his place of birth is in question. Was it in US waters, was in Romanian waters or in international water?


Back to Sam and the above document, his WWl draft registration. There are two important areas of interest on this document for me. The first is the year of naturalization of 1906 and the year of his declaring his intent to naturalize as 1903. The second point of interest is his signature. This document we know is our Sam for sure, no doubt.

Not only has his immigration papers been escaping me but I haven’t been able to pin down with any certainty his naturalization papers, until now. Below are the papers for a Sam Haimovich (I believe misspelled by recorder), carpenter, he has lived here for 5 years since July 1901…the only thing that confuses me with this document is that he is living in the Bronx which doesn’t fit for Sam but maybe, between census years, he was in the Bronx, we know that by 1930 he does relocate to the Bronx.  The question remains “Is this our Samuel Haimowitz?”


Here are 3 signatures off of the naturalization document above (last page I did not post)

These next 2 are his social security card application and WWl draft registration. These two documents are not in question.

All signatures seem a bit off but take a good look at the t & z; the last S and the 3rd S from the naturalization papers; I think this is him.

There are a number of Samuel Haimowitz’s within age range and immigration dates that could be our guy but all information does not match up. Cousin Arline thought she had located the papers but with cross checking the address I was able to rule those papers out as the wrong Sam; address on papers matched census record for another Sam married to Pearl with different children 🙂  I believe this naturalization document is for our Samuel Haimowitz.                          I’d love to hear from you on what you think?

One last picture to share;  below is a picture of Sam with his 2 daughters, Fay and Mollie. The picture was sent to me by Fay’s daughter Arline. Thank you Arline! samfaymollie

Fay        Sam        Mollie