Rose Brown & Lillian Tanner ~ 1946
Rose Brown & Lillian Tanner ~ 1946
Just call me a sentimental fool. I am a sucker for old photos. Usually wedding pictures but anything can strike a cord for me and this one did. A few Sundays ago, I spent some time at a local antique mall – just browsing – this old photo caught my eye.
Nothing fancy about it, no id
I usually glance at the backs of the photo’s first for names or identification usually purchase only with a name. I like to try and find the family to pass the photo on to. For $2.95 with a written note on the back, which was hard to make out in the poor store light, I had to have it this one.
“As ships upon the ocean, we met and pass on our ways but the memory of the ‘exciting’ ripples on and on. The friend of only an hour leaves a thread of gold and silver running thro the texture of our lives. It was a beautiful thought of the poet “the song I sang into the vacant air, I found long years afterwards from beginning to end in the heart of a dear friend” ” the quote was from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All our friendships should be as meaningful
Grace Judith Brown nee Tanner
As I welcomed today, this 4th of July, 2019, it began as all others, the usual morning routine; I knew there would be no holiday picnic, no family close by to gather with. There would be late night tv mixed with the dread of bombs bursting in air over our evening sky and we would be up consoling our fur baby and keeping him calm. Then another thought began to surface.
This was the first 4th of July since finding my English ancestors, the first, knowing I had actual family who made their life there in England, the first time to think about the importance and impact of my ancestors choices on mine and my families lives. The first time I would be thinking of and looking at our separation and independence from Great Britain in a totally new light.
My great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz immigrated, arrived and settled in the United States of America sometime between 1900 and 1902 while his brother Marks Hyamovitch arrived in England in 1901 where he settled and established his family. Both of them immigrating from Romania.
Samuel and Marks
There are so many questions regarding these two brothers and their choices. The most obvious for me is why had Samuel chosen America and why had Marks chosen England? Had they traveled from Romania together before Sam left for America? If so why had Marks remained? What had influenced their choices? Was it a financial or personal preference? What had been their relationship prior to their decisions? Both men were carpenters and perhaps they worked together at some point. Their age difference is about 5 years. Sam the oldest born about 1875 and Marks in 1880. It appears as with many families with great distances between them that over the years and generations information and contact between these two families was lost. All these questions and more remain now for those of us who have come after them.
Just last month a cousin, Arline, traveled with her husband from California to London to meet for the first time this branch of cousins. It has been about 70 years since a member of the English branch traveled here to New York. It had been through one lone photo taken at this meeting, that survived with the English branch, that connected us all together again. In just a couple of weeks, Arline, who I too have never met, will travel from her home to mine in Washington state and we will meet.
This 4th of July has taken on a very new and special meaning for me…the 13 colonies may have separated and declared their independence back in 1776 but I am declaring and my proclamation is no amount of time and distance or declaration by our forefathers can separate or divide me from my extended family. We are forever connected not only through DNA but the bond of humanity.
Do you know me?
In an effort to keep my search for our missing mystery sister alive, I am again featuring her this month. The photo was taken sometime between 1949 and 1951 in the Bronx, N.Y. when Freda Katanka nee Hyams, made a trip to the states to meet her Aunt and Uncle.
This is the only known photo circulating in our family for her. She is the sister of my great grandfather
Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch
The differences in the last names is also a mystery. I suspect that Marks kept the last name most closest to the original spelling and Samuel perhaps Americanized the last name. It’s just a guess. Many of Marks children would go on to change their name to Hyams.
Their parents were known as Hyman Haimowitz and Ida Greenblatt (also seen as Yetta or Gitel). The spelling of Hyman Haimowitz came solely from the records for son Samuel.
Sam appears at this point to be the oldest, born about 1975 in Odesa, Russian Empire/Ukraine. From there the family crossed into Romania, made there way up to Iasi, where and when Marks was born in 1880. Where their sister fits in age wise we do not know. If there were other siblings we do not know that either. Their immigration out of Romania also remains a mystery.
Marks and his wife Polly Weiss settled in London, England. They were the parents of 9 children; Samuel, Hyman, Phillip, Jack, Annie Joyce, Benjamin, Freda, Edith, and Harry.
Samuel married Rebecca Srulowitz/Strulowitz and settled in New York, eventually in the Bronx. They would have 5 children Hyman, Pincus/Paul, Freda, Isidore, and Molly.
Switching gears slightly, I want to get back to my Lipschitz family and update with a newly received record. * My Lipschitz family/families have taken on many of the different creative spelling variants with this branch using Lifshitz.
The birth certificate of Rachel Rae Lifshitz
Notice on the certificate the spelling of her mothers maiden name was written Dinowsky with most records record with an ‘f” instead.
Rachel was my 1st cousin 2x removed. She was the daughter of Solomon aka Simon Lifshitz b. Dec. 1873 Russia d. 27 Jan 1941 New York and Annie Dinofsky b. abt 1875 Russia d. date unknown. Solomon/Simon was the brother of my great grandfather, Benjamin. They were joined by 2 other brothers, Isaac and Samuel along with 2 sisters, Fanny and Molly. Their parents were David Lipschitz and Ida/Edith Paley. The Paley connection has remained a mystery yet to be discovered. There has been a number of DNA connections of which has led to nothing concrete at this time.
Rachel, 19 yrs old married Samuel C. Aaronson on 16 August 1916, New York City. Samuel was the son of Lazar Aaronson and Sarah Leah LNU. Samuel and Rachel had 4 children of which 3 survived, Morton b. 1917, Edith b. 1922 and Lawrence b. 1931.
While doing some searching of newspapers.com for any marriage mention for Samuel and Rae, I stumbled upon an obituary for Rachel’s brother Moses aka Moe Lifshitz. I have written about him before, however, I had not spotted his obituary. Always interesting, they provide a wealth of information to help move forward with research and this obit did not fail me.
Newspapers.com – Hartford Currant, Saturday, July 30, 1955 – Page 4
I have seen his mother’s last name spelled Dinufsky as opposed in Dinofsky before, as well as Rachel’s birth certificates spelling of Dinowsky which I mentioned above. I had only known his sister Dorothy as Dora and learned her married name, Friend, her home in Easton, Ga., along with his brother Charles using Lipton instead of Lifshitz.
What I do find interesting in the obit was his death in Texas and the mention of his long illness. It was the omission of where he passed away that got my attention.
In a prior post, I had written about his wife, Fay Parver, who sued him for a divorce on the grounds of Bigamy. At the time Moe was serving a five-year sentence for forgery in Sing Sing Prison, 1935. This was after being sentenced in Dannemora Prison in May 1932. She had charged that he had married a second time under the name Joe Schiffman to a woman named Betty Wexalman. I must make note that the forgery charge was for forging a check in the amount of $20.
While this was 64 years ago, in many ways it seems close in time to me and I am sure to his immediate family and those who may remember him and might find this, too. His family loved him despite his transgressions and brought him home with love and affection. This I am sure of. Finding the obituary for Moe was a blessing for me as it closed the book on him with love and that is truly the greatest blessing of all.
Moe Lifshitz was laid to rest at
John Hay Memorial Park
May His Memory Be a Blessing
On March 1st, under the title of The Search Continues For Our Missing Haimowitz Sister, I had outlined my continued effort to try and discover who the sister of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch was. This brick wall in our family stories continues to haunt me. Who are you lady with the glasses along with Samuel your brother and niece Freda, daughter of your brother Marks?
In the post on March 1st, I had written that I had sent away for the marriage certificate of Nathan Schoenfeld and Celia Haimovitch; 10 June 1908. I received the record yesterday, again a disappointment. She was not our missing sister.
My thinking for sending for the marriage or death records of women with the maiden last name of Haimowitz, Hyamovitch and or any similar variations, is to match her with the parent’s names of Hyman Haimowitz and Ida Greenblatt. As you can see with this record, Celia’s parent’s names were Joseph and Dollie Rubenstein.
My hypothesis is the assumption that once she immigrated from Romania she married in the states. This, of course, can be flawed. She may have married in Romania, she may have even made a stopover in England, where Marks and his family settled, met and married over there and then continued to the states. Family history does indicate that she lived and was married in the N.Y. area though.
The search continues….
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