Posted in DNA, Genealogy, Jewish History, Romania, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

Connecting The Strulowitz/Srulowitz Dots – a work in progress

By the end of 2018, I had identified and prepared group sheets for 16 Strulowitz/Srulowitz families. (There are more of course to do) I had sent away for 6 death/marriage certificates to try and identify the parent’s names, with 1 of the 6 still outstanding. Of the 5 sent and received there was no concrete match.

My hope is the find the names of Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen on records that would identify and match up as siblings for my great grandmother Rebecca Strulowitz/Srulowitz.

I am looking for possible family in the New York area as well as Chicago, Ill. I also have a lead that Rebecca may have had a sister named Minnie, Minnie had daughters with one named Mollie – known as red-headed Mollie, so as not to be confused with an aunt named Mollie. That might indicate the families were in the same area. (New York)

I am now specifically tracking 3 DNA leads to 4th cousins with Srulowitz in their trees.

One is for Benjamin Srulowitz b. 1876 Romania and Susie (Bella) Marcus with children (all born in N.Y.) Harry b.1904, Hanna/Annie b.1906, Morris/Moe b. 1907, and Mildred/Millie b. 1916

I have two 4th cousin matches to this branch. One is through daughter Annie and the other is through Mildred.

The only problem is that familysearch.com identifies Benjamin’s parents as Strul Srulowitz and Lire Stein.

The other DNA connection is to a Samuel Srulowitz b. Jan/Feb 1892 married to Gussie Sherman. Married the 29 May 1920, they had three daughters Mollie b. 1913, Ray b.1922 and Wilda/Viola b. 1926. I am waiting on the marriage certificate for Sam and Gussie to identify his parents.

I have written through Ancestry to two of the matches but have yet to hear back, going on over a month now.

Another hopeful lead I am looking at closely are two different DNA matches with descendants of

Samuel Moshe Srulowitz b 1859 Hungary/Austria d. 1908 N.Y. married to a Lena Strausman. They had 8 children, 1 I was able to track to Chicago, Ill. That was Isidore b. 1884 d. Jan 1933, Chicago, Ill. married Ester Altberger. They went on to have 6 children. By 1920 they seemed to be settled in Chicago from N.Y. via Penn. then on to Ill.

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In the same birth range as this Samuel was another DNA match with a descendant of

Meyer Srulowitz b. abt 1856, Austria, d. April 1935 N.Y. married Molka/Molly Green (Gringrose). They went on to have 8 children of which I just beginning to research. I have written to the person with the DNA match but have not heard back from her yet.  At some point, I may want to follow the children of these last two Srulowitz but for now they are filed in the archives for reference. At 5 – 8 cousin match they are nearly impossible to follow

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This will be a long and tedious process that will take time and patience but with a little luck and perseverance, I hope the effort will pay off.

 

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©, 2019, copyright, Sharon Haimowitz-Civitano. All rights reserved.

 

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Posted in DNA, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, Romania, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

In Memory of Rebecca Strulowitz

In Memory of

Rebecca Haimowitz nee Strulowitz

Abt. 1880, Romania – 4 Jan. 1947, New York  

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May her memory be a blessing 

 

As 2019 was approaching, I  spent some time thinking about the direction I wanted to go with my family research. After some thought, one of the things I would like to do is highlight as many family members as I can with a memorial mention on the anniversary of their passing.

The first person to highlight this year was my great grandmother Rebecca Strulowitz. (sometimes spelled Srulowitz without the t) I won’t call it a coincidence, no, it was one of those funny genealogical connections that she should be my first memorial mention after I had decided that I would put more emphasis on trying to locate her story this year and blog the process as well. I have shared about her numerous times before. At present, I know very little about her Strulowitz family. From her death record, I have the names of her parents, Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen. Basically, that is all I have. I have yet to find her immigration record – traveling with her husband Samuel Haimowitz and 2 son’s Hyman and Pincus. I know nothing of her siblings, aunts or her uncles. One cousin shared that she believes she had family that settled in Chicago, Ill., but I have yet to connect any family in Chicago to her.

With very little information, this past year I had set myself the task of checking DNA matches with this last name and all variations of the spelling, collecting their information and fleshing out the family histories for these matches, writing away for death and marriage cert., writing to researchers,  I am trying to connect the dots anyway I possibly can. Perhaps 2019 will be the year of connection with the Strulowitz family.

 

 

© 2019, copyright, Sharon Haimowitz-Civitano. All rights reserved.

 

Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, Lifschitz, Lipschitz, Romania, Rosen

And The Adventure Continues

2018 has been an amazing year for our family history with quite a few walls crumbling down. Cousin connections were made and others were strengthened.

The highlight for this year has been two mysteries solved within the Lipschitz and Haimowitz families.

The story of Benjamin Lipschitz, my great grandfather on my birthmother Marlene’s maternal side, was solved with a 3rd cousin DNA match to Jane.

I had been haunted for quite some time regarding Benjamin and his wife Kate Rosen. Both of them deaf from a childhood illness, they were joined together through an arranged marriage. I just knew there had to be more to their story and family than just my grandmother Myra, her sisters Esther and Mary and their descendants. There was!

On my Haimowitz side I had knowledge that some family had immigrated to England from Romania. Who this ‘family’ was, was a complete unknown. Siblings, Uncles, Aunts, cousins..we had no clue. Due solely to the writing of this blog and a post on this mystery family connection, I was contacted by a woman in England which led to a conclusive DNA connection that we discovered this English branch. Marks Hyamovitch was the brother of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz, who set down roots in England.

Both these discoveries and connections to cousins has been a highlight in my family research journey this year. And while these mystery were solved so many yet remain.

One such mystery – who is the mystery sister on the left of Samuel and their niece, Freda Hyams (Hyamovitch) daughter of Marks?

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Another highlight for me this year came very recently in way of a photo share from my birthmother’s sister Rochelle and her daughter Lisa. I was sent this photo of Marlene Haimowitz just a month or so after she gave birth to me. Pregnant with me through all of her 18th year she gave birth to be 16 days after turning 19 on February 8th, 1953.

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I started 2018 with a purchase and post on a beautiful piece of jewelry and I think most appropriate for ending this year.

The Chai, pronounced ‘hay’, is a letter in the alphabet with its numerical number 18. This is a spiritual number in Judaism and it most certainly fulfilled its destiny this year in bringing much life to our family.

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I would like to thank all of my family and friends who have followed along this year, commented and contributed to our families rich heritage. To all the cousin connections, both old and new, those connections with their strings still undone, I am excited for the new year and new discoveries in store.

A happy healthy coming year

as the adventure continues

 

 

Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, Odessa, Romania, Strulowitz, Weiss

Marks Hyamovitch Family

In the story of The Three Little Pigs, the 3rd and final house was made of brick ~ The wolf huffed and he puffed but couldn’t blow the house down. With genealogy we often refer to a brick wall in our research, that wall stops us in our tracks and can keep us from moving backwards in our research. But I huffed and puffed and with the help of this blog and a little help from a fellow blogger, one of my brick walls did crumble.

What I knew was that my great grandfather had family living in England. Who they were and what the connection was I had no idea. I also knew that he had a sister but we had no knowledge of her name or who she married. We knew only that she had immigrated from Romania and was here in New York with my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz. The extent of our information on her was one photo and only a partial picture of her at that. So when I was contacted by a descendant of our English branch of the family I was overjoyed not only to learn of them but to have a wonderful photo shared with us.  Below and on the left is the “mystery sister” next to her brother Samuel and Freda, their niece, daughter of Marks Hyamovitch, brother of Samuel, visiting from England. They were meeting in New York for the first time. This photo was sent to me by a cousin stating ‘we think this is your great grandfather with the daughter of his brother Marks Hyamovitch.

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Later identification was confirmed by my family members as well as DNA to a new English cousin. That indeed was my great grandfather with his sister along with Freda Hyamovitch.

Marks Hyamovitch was born in 1880, Iasi, Romania. He was five years younger than his brother Samuel who was born in Odessa, Russian Empire/Ukraine in 1875. Their parents were Hyman Haimowitz and Ida/Yetta Greenblatt.  Tracking their movement from documents, we know that in 1875 the family was at home in Odessa, along the Black Sea where Sam was born. Some time prior to or by Samuel becoming 5 years old they made the move to Iasi, Romania, the hub of Jewish life where Marks was born in 1880. From this time frame up until 1898 I have no family information. Samuel married Rebecca Strulowitz, daughter of Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen by 1898 (in Romania)  At some point Samuel had left Iasi and moved south to the town of Galati, Romania. That is where his first son Hyman/Herman was born in 1898.

By 1900 at the age of 20, Marks had made his way to England, where he settled. Samuel had not arrived in New York until sometime between 1901 and prior to the 1905 which left the possibility of him traveling to England as well, before departing for New York. I have been unable to find any information on Samuel’s immigration or been able to track a route for him. So many question are still left unanswered. Had he possibly gone with his brother to England and then over to America?

Both Samuel and Marks named son’s after their father so I suspect Hyman had passed away by the time 1st grandson Hyman was born in 1898. This raised the question for me, where was their mother Ida/Yetta? Had she remained in Romania?

I am not concerned about the different spelling of Marks last name as Hyamovitch and not Haimowitz  like Samuels. I attribute it to location, perhaps a spelling error or assimilation to region if there is such a thing. I tend to think Hyamovitch may have been the more accurate spelling of their last name.

Shared with me by the family of Marks is the document below.

Aliens Order 1920, Certificate of Regerstration

17 April 1945

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What a wonderful document. Even though his profession of carpenter is crossed off (why?) Marks and his brother Samuel both were carpenters their entire adult life.

His wife was named Polly Weiss born in 1882, Romania. She was the daughter of Sam Weiss and her mother’s maiden name was Shwaltz (info from family) and shown on document. I am unable to make out her first name.

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From the descendants of Marks and Polly I learned they had eight children spanning a period of 20 years all born in London. This generation of children went on to change their last name to Hyams.

First born was Samuel b. 5 May, 1903 followed by Hyman b. 17 May, 1904,  Philip/Pinny 5 June, 1906 Jack b. 28 June, 1908 Annie b. 1912 Benjamin b. 20 March, 1912, Freda b. 1919 and Harry b. 26 March, 1923

Marks Hyamovitch died in December 16, 1962 in the Tooting Bee Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England. He was 81 years old. Cause of death was listed as 1a. bronchopneumonia 1b.generalized arteriosclerosis 2. senility

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He is buried at the Rainham Jewish Cemetery, Rainham Borough of Havering, Greater London, England

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A big Thank you to the members of the Facebook page ‘Tracing The Tribe’ for the translation of the stone. Their willingness to help, explain, suggest, interpret is always so appreciated. Member Robin Meltzer wrote;

Hi Sharon – this is the complete translation: “[abbreviation] Here lies buried/ Mr. Mendel son of Mr. Pinchas/ died 20 Kislev 5723 [abbreviation] by the small count/ [abbreviation] May her soul be bound in the bond of life.” The Hebrew word at the very bottom of the stone is “Shalom,” in this context, “peace.” His father’s name was Pinchas.

So two things jumped out at me, the first being that Marks name was actually Mendel which I did not know and the second thing was his fathers name was written as Pinchas. This is in conflict with what was written on the stone of his brother Samuel seen below.

So I posed this question or statement

“What is interesting to me is that on the headstones of two brother’s one said ‘son of Haim’ and this said ‘son of Pinchas’. Both brothers named son’s Hyman and Pinchas. I suppose the engravings of names on the stones is reflective of who is giving the information and not always the exact name. One brother was in the states the other in England. Again thank you all for the help.” 

Sharon – it is possible that the father had two given names, “Chaim Pinchas” or “Pinchas Chaim.” On the headstones you mentioned, is there a time period where one name is used and not the other, or do they switch back and forth? If there are religious marriage records for his children, that might help clear this up

I posted the photo of Samuels headstone

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And the translation of Samuel’s headstone by Robin

“[abbr] Here lies buried/ Yehoshua son of Mr. Chaim/ died 18 Nisan 5714/ [abbr] May his soul be bound in the bond of life.” “Haimowitz” is the patronymic of “Chaim.” But people changed surnames, full siblings adopted different surnames, so proving that could be difficult. If “Pinchas” was in use earlier than “Chaim,” another possibility is that the father had “Chaim” added to “Pinchas” as an amuletic name later in life due to illness. But it is actually rare that even when there is good documentation of an additional name, that the amuletic name is included in the headstone inscription. Different families have very different customs for this.

I do not have an explanation for the difference in their fathers known first name. I still am partial to Samuel and Marks having sons named Pinchas/Pincus = Paul to us and Philip/Pinny = Pinchas/Pincus and son’s named Hyman as an explanation for tying the first name together.

Marks Hyamovitch 

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Marks and Polly with Annie and Freda 

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Polly Hyamovitch nee Weiss

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Polly passed a year after her husband Marks on March 13, 1963 at Middlesex Hospital, St Marylebone, Middlesex, England. She was 82 years old.

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Posted in DNA, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, Pittsburgh

Puzzle Pieces of the Haimowitz Family are Falling Into Place

In my last post I shared a recent discovery and posed a comparison question for a photo I had recently received. I asked my family and readers for their opinion: could these two men be the same person?

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Before I go further with this post I wanted to take just a moment to respond to the most recent tragedy that has struck, devastated, shook a city, a people, a country, to it’s core. Looking into the eyes of my great grandfather Samuel in the picture above, I can hear him whispering ‘we must never forget; find your place, your voice and tell our story’ In a essay my (adopting) mother wrote in the late 40’s, her timeless words ring as true then as it does today

“even though conditions in the world look dark now and many of us are despairing, we must remember that our fathers survived all trials and tribulations ever since the beginning of time, thus we must never give up hope. What out ancestors were able to do again and again in the past under all conceivable circumstances and in all parts of the world we may yet do again in the future” Grace Judith Tanner

Today I remember the 11 beautiful souls who lost their lives to hate and anti semitism in Pittsburg on October 27th, 2018. I  will always remember them, their families and the city of Pittsburg.

Today I will tell our story which is their story ~ we are connected and connecting, remembering and reminding ~ we are ~ we matter ~ you are ~ you matter ~ we all have a place and story to share ~ you are valuable and will never be forgotten.

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In the photo of the two men above I had asked – could they be the same man? The answer is yes, they are, which led to a most welcomed and earth shaking crumbling of a brick wall in my family research. A cousin named Arline had shared with me that some of the family of Samuel Haimowitz had remained in England and never immigrated from their home country of Romania to the U.S.. That was the extent of my information. Nothing else. A series of events led to Karen (3rd c in England) reaching out to me, the domino’s fell connecting me to her and now 3 more family members

One of those members, a cousin named Joan ( 2c 1r)  had done her DNA with MyHeritage. I had tested with Ancestry, so after some thought on how we could compare our DNA, I uploaded mine from Ancestry to MyHeritage, almost positive we would have a match. In the meantime Karen, Joan and myself began to share information and photo’s trying to get a better picture and an idea of what exactly was going on. Entering the conversation another cousin named Stephen added to the information and then Fred.

All of these 3 shared a man named Marks Hyamovitch who we believed was/is the brother of my Samuel Haimowitz. While the spelling of the last name is not the same it did not deter me from suspecting the match. Below is the picture Karen had shared with me.  She suspected that the man in the middle could be my grandfather Samuel. The young woman on the right was Freda Hyamovitch/Hyams daughter of Marks Hyamovitch taken while she was in America visiting with her father s brother. The older woman was unknown. That is how I came to comparing the two photo’s we suspected were the same man. I have since learned that a branch from one of Marks children did immigrate to the U.S.. and since learning of this I have been contacted by yet another cousin named Fred joined the conversation.

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I shared the photo with my cousin Arline and my Aunt Rochelle. They both confirmed  that they had no doubt this was their grandfather Samuel Haimowitz, my great grandfather. In addition Arline had no doubt that the older woman was Samuel’s sister who’s identity is still unknown.

The DNA results are in and My Heritage has confirmed that I am a 1st cousin 2x removed to Joan over in England.

 

 

Marks Hyamovitch

b. 1880 Iasi, Romania

d. Dec 1962 Wandsworth, London, England

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In my next post I will begin to share the story of Marks and his wife Polly Weiss from the information that has been shared with me. ©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

JackLifshitz&wife copyPhoto courtesy of the family of Dorothy Lifshitz

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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