Posted in Adoption, Bronx, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Lipschitz, New York

~In Memory of Marlene Haimowitz ~ Jan 23, 1934 – Oct 6, 2005

Today marks thirteen years since the passing of my birth mother Marlene Haimowitz. I will light a candle, remember and reflect on this precious gift I was allowed to experience.

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Born in 1934, above is the earliest picture I have of her.. She was the first child born to Irving Isidore Haimowitz (1904-1951) and Minnie Myra Lipschitz (1914-1998). Four more children would follow, Donald (1937-1938) Sheldon (1939 -2003) my wonderful Aunt Rochelle, and Brenda (1950 -2017).

Recently Rochelle shared a few pictures she found with me. I can’t thank her enough for these recent discoveries; I look forward with anticipation for more photo finds.

With Isidore still alive and Brenda not in the picture, Rochelle appears to be about 3 years old, I am guessing the year was about 1949 – which would make Marlene about 15.

Sheldon, Myra & Isidore, Marlene and Rochelle holding the beach ball

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This next photo gave me moments to pause and really consider. Is it possible that Marlene was pregnant in this photo? On the left with her hands – arms wrapped across her middle, is that a baby bump? Her mother Myra next to her, her sister-in-law Molly and daughter Roberta with Brenda holding Roberta and her mothers hand. Brenda would have just turned 3 in Jan prior to my birth in Feb. Could Marlene be pregnant with me or could this be her with her next child Joseph (1955) Marlene had married Joseph Ferraiolo in 1953 shortly after relinquishing me for adoption.

 

 

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I have no clue as to Marlene’s age in this picture, a teenager? a young woman in her twenties? A gentle reminder to label label label …..

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From her early beginnings in the Bronx, Marlene married and moved to Danbury, Conn. She would go on to have five more children. I have personally met four of them and have only been able to connect via phone with the fifth. Marlene would eventually divorce from her first husband and remarry years later Michael Glinko. I do not have a clear understanding of when they made the move from Conn to Florida but they did, with the help Marlene’s mother and siblings, they relocated and began the second chapter of their lives there.

Today I remember and honor the woman who gave me life. I also remember my five 1/2 siblings who share this woman with me. Together we remember…..

Marlene Haimowitz 

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Posted in Bronx, DNA, Genealogy, Lifschitz, Lipschitz, Puchkoff

Two Brothers: Samuel and Benjamin Lifschitz

The next two Lifschitz family members I am detailing are two bachelor brother’s, my 1st cousin 2x removed, Samuel and Benjamin (Barnett). These two men were the son’s of Fanny and Israel Lifschitz. If you have followed the last few post, then you may remember that Fanny was a sister to my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz. (the spelling of the last name has continually been interchanged by the families)

Samuel was born on June 22, 1896 and Benjamin, more commonly known as Barnett, was born five years later on June 29, 1900. Both were born in Manhattan. They joined siblings Esther/Estelle and Jacob/Jack. On the 1900 census they were living at 58 Monroe in N.Y.C.. Israel was working as a tailor, he could speak English but could not read or write. Fanny could neither read, write or speak english.  Esther (6) on this census could read, write and speak English which I found amazing for a 6 year old at that time. Living 1 door down at 56 Monroe was Fanny’s brother Solomon/Simon and his family, wife Annie Dinofsky, son Moses, and daughters Rachel and Esther/Essie.

I found the family in 1910 with spelling of the last name Lipshetz. It’s amazing the variety of spellings for this last name, the variety of spellings and misspellings in the records. They were still at the Monroe address with dad Israel’s occupation listed as factory forman. Daughter Dorothy had been born in 1906 making her the last of the children.

By 1915 the family had moved to 59 E. 102nd St, N.Y.C.. Both Samuel and Benjamin were working as bookkeepers and by 1918 both were called to serve in the military and would register for the draft.

Samuel’s WWI Draft Registration

005262758_01591Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

40808_1120704930_0369-00618Ancestry.com. New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Samuel enlisted on June 5, 1918 and was honorably discharged on Sept 30, 1918. He did not serve overseas nor was he disabled, he served a short 3 months. From his draft registration we learned his left ear and eye were bad. Perhaps this contributed to his discharge but with WWl drawing to an end in Nov. 1918 it could be his service was not needed. Samuel’s record gave me some additional clues. He listed his employer as Harris J. Lipman at 28 W. 25th St. and his nearest relative H. Cohen.  I know we have a family connection to a Ruben Cohen and  H&S Cohen company has been a business quite a few of our Lipschitz members have worked for, including my great grandfather Benjamin. There is also the possibility of Lipman being a Lipschitz with a name change. A search of newspaper.com led me to a mention in The Sun (New York New York) 17 Dec 1915, Fri under Leasing for Business heading; J.G. White & Co. have leased the store and basement at 28 – 30 West Twenty-fifth street to Harris J. Lipman. I have now identified who Harris J. Lipman was, his wife and children and added him to my research list to see if I can connect my Cohen/Lipschitz and Lipman.

Benjamin’s WWI Draft Registration

005262758_01578Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

Benjamin registered for the draft on Sept. 12, 1918 and listed his nearest relative as his brother Sammie at their 1330 Franklin address. Also on this record his birth day was listed as the 13th in conflict to the known 29th date.

I was unable to find a census record for the family for 1920 however the draft records indicate that the family was living at the 1330 Franklin Ave., Bronx address. So sometime between 1915 and 1918 the family made their move from Manhattan to the Bronx where they would remain at the Franklin address until the 1940 census. In 1925 Sam was working as a salesman and by the 1930 census he listed his occupation as manager – clothing. Benjamin, a shipping clerk in 1925 ditched his laborious jog for a theatrical job and joined his father as an usher in a theatre.

1936 and 1937 saw the death of both their parents, Israel passing away in Jan 1936 and Fanny passing on Dec. 29th 1937. Both are buried at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

After their parents had passed, oldest sister Estelle and husband George Puchkoff along with daughter Myra had move into the home at 1330 Franklin Ave. with George listed as the head on the 1940 census along with Jack, Samuel and Benjamin recorded brother-in-law. Samuel and Ben were listed as usher – theatre and Jack as actor – Vaudeville.

WWll began and neither were left out of the old mans draft. I was able to find a record for Samuel. His address was noted as 1746 Andrews Ave, Bronx. I could not find the same record for Benjamin which would have listed an address. From familysearch.com I did learn his record was for the Army. I hope in some comforting way the brothers were still together.

Samuel’s WWll Draft Registration Card 

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Benjamin’s Enlistment Record 

Name: Benjamin Lifschitz
Birth Year: 1900
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: New York
State of Residence: New York
County or City: Bronx
Enlistment Date: 25 Nov 1942
Enlistment State: New York
Enlistment City: New York City
Branch: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Ushers
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 62
Weight: 140

Ancestry.com. U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2005.

 

 

I know very little else about these two brother’s others than this branch of my family had a deep love for the theatre and they remained very close. I am sharing a few pictures courtesy of the family of youngest sister Dorothy/Dora Lifschitz. Over the years I have had many email conversations with the Dorothy’s granddaughter.  We connected through our DNA test on Ancestry. It took us quite a while to discover just how we were connected and I was thrilled when this past year we were finally able to break through this brick wall.

Benjamin Lifschitz

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Preceding them in death was their sister Dorothy in 1955, followed by Estelle in 1971, their brother Jack in 1974. Benjamin would out live them all  passing away in 1980, 3 years after Samuel in 1977.

Samuel and Benjamin are both buried in Mt Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens, N.Y.

Samuel Lifschitz Gravestone

Benjamin Lifschitz Gravestone

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Posted in Belarus, Bronx, DNA, Genealogy, Lifschitz, Lipschitz, Paley, Puchkoff, Rosen

The Story of Jacob Louis Lifschitz

It was back in March that I started a series of posts on my newest Lipschitz Family DNA connection. A match with a 2nd cousin 1x removed had opened up a flood gate of information on the siblings of my great grandfather Benjamin which had long been lost to our family branch.

My great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz (1883 Slutsk, Belarus) was the son of David Lipschitz/Lipshitz and Yetta/Edith/Gittel Palley/Paley/Pallai, depending on what document you are looking at. The spelling of the last name also took on many variants. His siblings would go on to use the spelling of the last name with an f; Lifschitz/Lifshitz.

Benjamin was born hearing but became deaf from a childhood illness. I am not clear if this happened in New York or in his home town of Slutsk. I tend to believe it was oversea’s arriving here in N.Y. shortly before his arranged marriage to Kate Rosen, also deaf from a childhood illness. Just recently I was sent a picture of Kate. The picture is from 1966 at the wedding of Kate’s granddaughter Rochelle, my aunt. Kate, 77 years old, went on to live another 7 years before passing away in 1973. I have no picture or know of any picture for Benjamin.

Kate Lipschitz nee Rosen 

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Benjamin’s oldest sister was Fanny Lipshitz  (abt 1867). Her death certificate revealed her parents as David Lipshitz and Yetta Palley (which further confirmed our DNA connection and her connection to Benjamin)

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Israel and Fanny were the parents of 5 children. Esther/Estelle/Stella (1890 Slutsk), Jacob/Jack (1894 NYC), Samuel (1895 NYC), Benjamin/Barnett (1900 NYC) and Dora/Dorothy (1906 NYC)

I’d like to concentrate on their first and oldest son Jacob/Jack Louis Lifshitz. (this branch of the family spelled the name with the ‘f’)

The first of his siblings to be born in New York, I found Jacob (6), in the 1910 census living at 58 Monroe St, N.Y.C. along with his parents and sister listed as Esta (12) and Samuel (4). The spelling on this census was recorded as Libshitz, with brother-in-law Ruben Cohen (1864) living with them. His name of Cohen had and continues to cause some confusion as Fanny was clearly confirmed a Lipschitz. (I wonder if he could be the husband of a sister of Israel? Possible. Just another mystery that deserves some time and research)  By 1915 I located them living at 59 102nd St, N.Y.C..  Father Israel (50) was no longer working as a tailor but was an usher in a theatre Fanny (50) listed housework. The 3 oldest, Stella, Jacob now using Jack and Samuel were all working as bookkeepers, Benjamin and Dorothy were still in school. Ida (70) was living with them recorded as sister-in-law. This listing as sister-in-law raises the question, was this possibly a census error and in fact this was his mother-in-law? I know that Ida was alive and present at her son Isaac/Ike’s wedding to Rebecca Leff in 1903 (from wedding invitation) Ida’s estimated birth year has been 1850. Ida listed as 70 years old would give her a birth year of 1845. It’s very feasible that this is  Fanny and Ike’s mother as her actual birth year in not accurate. I have also not located her death information.

WWI was on the horizon and Jack was inducted on May 25, 1918. He was 24.

Jacob Louis Lifschitz

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40808_1120704930_0369-00601New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919, Ancestry.com 

Unable to find the 1920 census, I picked up the family in 1925 living at 1330 Franklin Ave, Bronx where they would remain up until and including 1940. Jack’s (31) profession was listed as actor. All of the family was still living together. His father Israel had listed his profession as advertisor, Stella (31) stenographer, Samuel (27) salesman, Ben (25) salesman and Dora (20) also actor.

Jacob Louis Lifschitz 

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Photo Courtesy of the Family of Dorothy Lifshitz

I like to think of this photo as possibly one of his professional industry pictures. I also learned from the family of Dorothy, that he was opera singer too.

On January 25, 1926, in the Bronx, Jack’s sister Stella, under her formal name of Estelle married Joseph Puchkoff.  In 1928 they would welcome their only child, a daughter named Myra.

By 1930, still at the 1330 Franklin Bronx address, Stella no longer at home left the other 4 siblings. Father Israel (64) was again listed as usher – theatrical, Jack (36) actor – theatrical, Samuel (32) manager clothing, Benjamin (29) usher, and Dorothy/Dotty (24) actress – theatrical.

The Palace Theatre in New York City was the most popular vaudeville venue but it closed it’s doors to vaudeville on Nov. 6th 1932

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Jacob would lose both his parents almost within 2 full years of each other. Israel passed away on Jan. 20, 1936 and Fanny passed on Dec 29th, 1937. Both are buried at Washington Cemetery

On June 25th, 1936 Jack boarded the “Munargo’ cruise ship for Havana, Cuba. He would return on July, 7th. I could identify any other passenger traveling with Jack by matching up his address which was the 1330 Franklin address. The Munargo was a ship owned by the Munson Steamship Line. It set sail in 1922 equipped to transport 295 passengers. It was commissioned for Caribbean service and Eastern Cuba. This ship was later purchased by the Army and became a hospital ship, renamed The Thistle.

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Stella along with her husband George Puchkoff and daughter Myra had moved into the home at 1330 Franklin Ave, Bronx, owned by her parents. The 1940 census had this family now listed with George (48) as the head, lived in that same house in 1935, working as an auctioneer with Estelle (48) and Myra (12)  Recorded as brother-in-law’s, Jack (44) actor – vaudeville, Samuel (41) and Benjamin (39) both usher’s – theatre. Even though The Palace had stopped showcasing vaudeville acts, Jack referring to himself as ‘in vaudeville’ seems to be telling of what he was doing, however on his 1942 WWll registration card it appears he was out of work, still unmarried with his sister Estelle as his contact person. Notice the address also. It is not the the 1330 Franklin, Bronx address.

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Below is a photo of Jack with his wife. This photo has no identification on who she was. This photo was shared by the family of Dorothy Lifschitz. She is mentioned as unknown.

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Looking at the city index for the year 1931 for something else, I spotted a Rebecca Lifshitz living at the 1330 Franklin Ave address; looking further I found our Jack, Dotty (Dorothy), Samuel, and Israel also at the address. Is it possible that this was Jack’s wife? We do know that by 1940 Jack was listed on the census as single with out a Rebecca and that his 1942 WWll registration listed his sister Estelle. Had he divorced/annulled and claimed single?Had the photo been mislabeled? If not his wife then who was Rebecca living at the address with the rest of the family? Little more is known by me of Jack in the years following 1942.

Jack outlived both his sister’s, Dorothy (1955) and Estelle (1971) before passing away on Feb 19th, 1974. He is buried at Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens, New York.

 

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Posted in Adoption, Bronx, Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Iasi, Petchers, Romania

Molly Petchers nee Haimowitz

In my last post I shared the recently received documents for my great uncle’s Herman (Hyman) and Paul (Pincus) Haimowitz. In attempt to locate the originating home town (shtetl) of my ancestors, at the beginning of the summer, I began reviewing and requesting records I had not sent for.  A few of those records have arrived that I would like to share.

From Herman and Paul’s records I clearly have 2 town names that had played a role in their early lives. They were Iasi and Galati Romania. I out lined my theory of the families movements in my last post. (from Odessa, Ukraine up to Iasi and then down into Galati before immigrating to the United States)

Molly Haimowitz was the youngest of 5 siblings. From oldest to youngest, Herman, Paul, Fay, Isidore (my grandfather) and Molly. I had hoped by requesting her marriage and death certificate there might have been a clue to her parents home town’s but I wasn’t so lucky. Still, her records are wonderful and help to round out her story.

Molly Haimowitz was born on August 22, 1911, New York City, New York and passed away February 4, 1994, North Miami Beach, Florida.

Molly Haimowitz 

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Marriage Certificate for Louis Petchers and Mollie Haimowitz 

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In 1930 Molly (17) was still living with her parents at 974 Aldus St, Bronx but here in 1933 she has listed a different address (her marriage age differs) I am reading it as 845 St John’s Ave but I was unable to locate this address in the Bronx. I did find a location for it in Yonkers. Under street listings for the Bronx the only street name to come close was St. Joseph’s Way. I could not locate any information on the Franklin Casino that she has listed as the venue. But what did jump out at me on this record was the spelling of her mothers last name as Srulowitz – and not Strulowitz with the t. This again shows the inconsistencies with the spelling of their last name and in locating family records. This family Strulowiz/Srulowitz  is certainly one of my brick walls.

This paragraph is an add on, an amendment to my original posting. Fellow blogger and friend of the https://brotmanblog.com spotted something on the marriage certificate that I overlooked. Please of birth for Molly was recorded as Romania. I had not noticed this. My mind registered that as referring to her parents. Clearly this was an error as Molly was born in N.Y., although I have no record for her birth. Census records for the years 1905, 1910 & 1915 may suggest the family remained in N.Y. I have nothing to suggest that the family returned to Romania after arriving.

I know next to nothing about the life and family of Molly and Louis Petchers. From the  1940 census they were living at 398 Oliver Place, Bronx and Louis (38) was working as a mechanic in a service station. Molly (24) had no occupation listed.

398 Oliver Place, Bronx 

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Molly and Louis adopted a girl born in 1943 but I am unsure when the adoption took place. She was the informant on the death certificate for Molly (see below) Louis had passed away 11 years earlier in 1983 also in the Miami area.

 Molly’s Death Certificate.

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Here on this record the last name for her mother is spelled as Srulowitz. The only leads I have on this Srulowitz family is the death certificate of Molly’s mother Rebecca; her father’s name was written (Sam) Strulowitz and her mother as Minnie Cohen, both simply Romania. Information shared by a cousin’s states Rebecca had family in Chicago, a sister named Minnie who had 1 daughter named Molly ~ known as red headed Molly as not to be confused with her Aunt Molly. Herman’s death certificate lists the spelling of the last name as Strulowitz. On my grandfather’s record only the first name of Rebecca was listed as is the same with son Paul. I do not have a death record for daughter Fay. My pursuit of Strulowitz/Srulowitz family connections will continue.

 

Molly is buried at the Lakeside Memorial Park in Miami, Florida.

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Posted in Aaronson, Airplane Collision, Bronx, Genealogy, LasVegas, Lipschitz

The Tragic Death of Morton C. Aaronson

Following a thread for information for my next Lifschitz post, I fell into a rabbit hole that landed me in the middle of a story yet to be known by our family or told. So I have taken this opportunity to shift gears and write about

Morton C. Aaronson born 16 June 1917, Bronx, New York. Morton was the son of Samuel C. Aronson and Rachel (Rae) Lipschitz. You may or more likely not, remember that Rae was the daughter of Simon Lipschitz and Annie Dinofsky – Simon was the brother of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz.

Death Certificate for Morton C. Aaronson 

April 21, 1958 

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At first glance under Cause of Death I spotted injuries – multiple – extreme; Aircraft accident and then adding that to the above mention of McCarren Field, which I knew as an airport, I was horrified to read further that this was a mid-air crash between a commercial plane and a Military aircraft.

Morton C. Aaronson of Encino, California lost his life at the age of 41. (although reported as 39 in the paper) Morton was the Vice President of the Esquire Shoe Company. I was able to find multiple newspaper articles from genealogybank.com in reference to this tragic United Airliner crash.  Sharing only two, below is the article from the

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wednesday, Apr 23, 1958
Milwaukee, WI
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Researching Morton I have not been able to find a wife and family for him. I suspect he
may not have been married. Whether his parents or two siblings, Edith and Lawrence were still alive to witness his tragic death has not been proved. Having come from a family with multiple aunts and uncles, cousins too, I know that this tragic loss was felt by many along with a Nation that seemed to be in shock over this event. Mention of the collision was in papers across the states, stating what had happened and listing the names of all those that had been killed. ©
In Memory of  Morton C. Aaronson 
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“You can read the story of the crash at the link below:  The opening sentence reads: “Las Vegas, Nevada – An eastbound airliner carried 47 persons on a screaming four – mile death dive Monday after colliding with an Air Force jet trainer high above the Nevada desert” reading on I learned that the training pilot was actually blind folded along with another pilot.”

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 familysearch.org.  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.

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The marriage certificate for Benjamin

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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 familysearch.org, I was able to locate a death record on ancestry.com 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.

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

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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.

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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 

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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.

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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.

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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(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2487-Z8F : 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 

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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 

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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 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQM5-B1D : 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 

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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(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2487-6QB : 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.

 

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