Irving Isidore Haimowitz and Minnie (Myra) Lipschitz ~ 1932
Irving Isidore Haimowitz and Minnie (Myra) Lipschitz ~ 1932
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
In Memory of
Esther Estelle Tonis nee Lifshitz
8 November 1898, New York, New York ~ 26 Jan 1943, Bronx, New York
Daughter of Solomon/Simon Lifschitz and Annie Dinofsky
Esther was my 1st cousin 2x removed. Daughter of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipshitz brother Solomon Simon. She was one of five children born to Simon and Annie. She was first married to Samuel Joffe on 28 Dec 1920 but by the 1925 census, she was back home with her parents with her son Charles born in 1901, most likely named after her brother Charles. Sometime between 1925 and 1930, Esther married Daniel Tonis. She was listed with him on the 1930 census while her son remained with her parent’s and continued to up until the 1940 census then 19. Esther died in 1943 at the age of 43. She is buried at Beth David Cemetery, in Elmont, New York.
May Her Memory Be A Blessing
In Memory of
Solomon Simon Lifshitz
Dec 1873, Russia ~ 27 January 1941, New York
Son of David Lipshitz and Ida Paley
I have written quite extensively on the Lipshitz/Lifshitz and all variants of spelling used by this family. From Russia, he arrived on the 5 October 1888 at about 15 years old. Simon married Anne Dinofsky on 24 November 1895, New York, New York. They were the parents of five children, Esther Estelle, who he is sharing this post with, Moses, Rachel, Doris, and Charles.
When I think about the fact that Esther Estelle died in 1943 at the age of 43, so young, I am comforted to know that Simon preceded his daughter in death and was spared this sorrow.
Simon was the brother of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipshitz. So much of their story was lost of so long. It is an honor to be able to know this family through the records that have been discovered, and remember them on the anniversary of their passing.
Solomon Simon was laid to rest at Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
May His Memory Be a Blessing
©2019, copyright, Sharon Haimowitz – Civitano. All rights reserved.
In my last post I wrote about Mollie Lipschitz daughter of David Lifshitz and Ida Paley. I had been waiting on her death certificate to arrive, which it has. Quickly recapping ~
Mollie was born sometime between 1869 and 1872, with dates differing depending on the document. She immigrated from Poland/Russia between 1888/1889. I can not find any records for her immigration.
Mollie married Hyman Cohen/Cohn on Dec. 24th, 1892. At the time of her marriage she was living at 72 Orchard St., N.Y.C., and Hyman was at 47 Henry St. Witness to the marriage was a Abraham and Jacob Goldberg (I have no clue who these men were)
We know from the wedding announcement for Mollie’s brother Ike (1903) that their mother Ida was alive and in New York attending Ike’s marriage. I could not locate anything that indicated Ida was here for Mollie’s marriage.
Clearly recorded beside ‘Number of Bride’s Marriage’ is the address 177 E. Broadway. I just had to stop and take a look at this address. This address, is the church to the left of The Forward Building, home to the socialist newspaper begun in 1897 by 50 Yiddish speaking socialist who had formed three months prior as the Forward Publishing Company. Wikipedia reports “it was one of the most influential American Jewish Publications” wikepdia.org You can see the cross at the top of the building which I imagine back then housed the Congregation Ezras Achim Anshei, Kiev.
Hyman and Mollies first son Joseph was born in 1897 and their second son Jacob was born in 1899.
Mollie Cohn nee Lifschitz passed away on the 10th of March, 1922. Her death certificate says she was 53 and passed due to chronic myocarditis with acute gastritis contributing. She was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Queens, New York.
Please meet Mollie ~
Photo courtesy of Jane
Continuing with the family of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipshitz I am moving on to his sister Mollie Lifschitz born March of 1872. At this point in my research she appears to be the second oldest child of David/Davis and Ida/Yetta Palay. Mollie was born with in the Russian Empire with no exact location identified at this time. She married Hyman Cohen on Dec. 24, 1892. The only record I could find (and thankfully so) for the marriage was from familysearch.org
Mollie Lifschitz and Hyman Cohen
|Spouse’s Name||Mollie Lifschitz|
|Event Date||24 Dec 1892|
|Event Place||Manhattan, New York, New York|
|Father’s Name||Joe Cohen|
|Mother’s Name||Ettie Sheiewitz|
|Spouse’s Father’s Name||Davis Lifschitz|
|Spouse’s Mother’s Name||Ida Paley|
Those early years right after the marriage produced the only 2 children I have been able to find for Hyman and Mollie. Son Joseph was born in Dec. 1894 followed by Jacob in May 1898.
By 1900, the first census for the family, their address was 133 Henry St., NYC. Hyman’s (30), Russin/Poland, profession: foundry; manufacturer. His immigration year was noted as 1889, here for 11 years. Noted for Mollie (30) also from Russia/Poland, married 8 yrs with 2/2 children. Joseph (5) and Jacob (1)
133 Henry Street
A quick google search also revealed this building was built in 1900. It seems they were one of the very first residents in this new building of its time.
By 1910, remaining in Manhattan, the family had relocated to 550 West 144th St. Another google search on this location revealed it was built in 1910. I found it interesting, a move to another newly built building. Hyman (42) and no longer working at the foundry and was now working in manufacturing/clothing. Mollie (38) with the notation that she had immigrated in 1889, the same year as Hyman, now naturalized. I have been unable to find any record for this. Joseph (15) and Jacob (11) had nothing else noted. Also by 1910 their last name spelled Cohen changed to Cohn on all census and death records found.
550 West 144th St.
1920 arrived and the family again made another move to 620 West 149th St., N.Y.C.. Hyman was in working on his own account in wholesale clothing, noted partner. Both of his sons, Joseph (24) and Jacob/John (20) were also listed as wholesale clothing, partner. I am assuming that the three of them were in business together. The family must have been doing well. They employed a servant by the name of Bella Shiner (25) from Austria. What ever happiness and success the family had was shattered with the death of Mollie on March 10th, 1922. She was 53 years old. (I have sent away for her death certificate and hopefully we can learn what caused her death)
Death record for Molly Cohn
|Event Date||10 Mar 1922|
|Event Place||Manhattan, New York, New York, United States|
|Birth Year (Estimated)||1869|
|Burial Date||12 Mar 1922|
|Father’s Name||David Lifschitz|
|Mother’s Name||Ida Palay|
|Spouse’s Name||Hyman Cohen|
Three years after the death of Mollie, 1925, Hyman Cohn (57) was now retired. Joe (30) still home with his father was now working in ‘loans’. Jacob had moved out. Hyman still employed a ‘domestic servant; her name was Methilde Ramberg (27) from Hungry. They were still at the 620 West 149th St address. A short five years later it appears that the partnership between Hyman and his sons had dissolved, not only had Hyman retired but now Joseph was in entirely different field, loans, but what happened to Jacob who was listed as John. With Cohn/Cohen an extremely common name it was impossible for me to pin down anything concrete for him however I did find 1 record that matched his age perfectly. Listed on the 1925 census for the Central Islip State Hospital there was a John Cohen listed, notes said born New York City, N.Y., white, male, 26, day laborer, nationality US and citizen. Could this be our Jacob who had been listed as John on the 1920 census? The spelling of Cohn had the added ‘e’ which was the original spelling. I can not be sure with any certainty. Central Islip was a psychiatric hospital that opened in 1899 and closed in 1996.
By 1930, Joseph (33) was still living with his father Hyman (62) at 143 73rd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam) at the Hamilton Hotel. Hyman was listed as a retired merchant and Joseph as a salesman – bonds. The Hamilton Hotel was built in 1919 in the neo – Renaissance style fitting of the Upper West Side. By the 1970’s the building had become mainly a welfare hotel. The owner of the building wanted to turn it in to a luxury building but community groups lobbied the city to have it transferred to Project Find for Senior housing. You can read more about this building at projectfind.org
I can find no identifying information to locate Joseph or Jacob/John from this point on in my research. There are simply to many records that could be either of them. However I was able to locate Hyman (70) in the 1940 census. He was now living at the Jewish Sanitarium for Chronic Disease at 830 E. 49th Street, Brooklyn, New York. He was listed simply as widower.
Hyman would live another 3 years before passing away on the 29th of October, 1943.
Both Mollie and Hyman are buried at Mt Carmel Cemetery, section 1 at 83 -45 Cypress Hills Street, Glendale. I made a phone call to the cemetery to request photo’s and learned they are both interred in a family crypt with a contact name of Abraham Males. Who is Abraham? The burial society was Unity Synagogue. Along with them in the crypt is an Esther (d. 1945) Jack (d. 1952) Joseph (d. 1962) Samuel (unknown death date) and Sydney (d. 1953). I did locate a Jacob Cohn (with the e) buried in section 1 as well, not in the crypt, but with the same burial society with a death year of 1948.
This post has been updated and changed from its original posting.
In my last post I wrote about Fanny Lifshitz, daughter of David and Yetta. At the suggestion of Amy Cohen of The Brotmanblog: A Family Journey https://brotmanblog.com/ I created a simple chart to try and bring some clarity to my thoughts and help with some of the confusion. What in the world had I been trying to say? Simply, I believe that Fanny Lifshitz (daughter of David and Yetta) may have married a cousin named Israel Lifshitz. All we know about him from the death certificate shared in the previous post is that his father was named Benjamin Lifshitz and his mother Eva.
This chart shows the children of David Lifshitz and Chai Palley, along with the grandchildren. Solomon is shown alone as his mothers name is different. Solomon is connected to this family in some way. Benjamin was living with him in 1913 prior to getting married to Kate Rosen.
I contacted Debbie, another DNA found cousin who I have been corresponding with for a few years now. She has had Fanny and Israel on her family tree since we first connected. However, we had no idea how we tied in together. Up until now, we simply had a 3/4 cousin match that we believed was with our Lipshitz name and no other connecting information.
Something clicked after the last posting – Jane realized if ‘we’ had this close DNA match and I had a close DNA match with Debbie and her mother Ann, granddaughter of Fanny, then Jane would have a match with Debbie and Ann as well. Of course, why hadn’t I thought of that already – well actually I had looked and saw the shared matches but it had not clicked. We both took a look and it all clicked. Jane, Judy, Debbie, Ann and myself all have very close cousin matches.
Jane had also shared with me when we first began this research that she believed one of Fanny’s daughters had married a Puchkoff. Infact it was one of Fanny’s daughter’s who married George Puchkoff – daughter Esther. That is an interesting last name and one not easily forgotten, again helping to tie this all together. I feel very comfortable with the connection of Fanny as a sibling to Isaac/Ike, Simon, and my great grandfather Benjamin.
Meet Fanny Lipshitz Lifshitz and all combinations of spelling
Photo Courtesy of Debbie ~ Thank you so much for allowing me to share this fantastic photo of Fanny.
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.
The marriage certificate for Benjamin
Looking at Fannie’s and Benjamin’s records I was able to see that there was a almost 20 year gap in there ages. Fanny was born 1867 and Benjamin in 1887 ( however I do have records placing his birth year as far back as 1883) Not impossible to be siblings with that age difference but it raised the question. – was the birth year be off? Had they made an error listing Fanny’s parents? If it was correct, could Benjamin and Fanny be siblings? It appeared so from the names of the parents as listed. Fanny was a Lipshitz before marriage and had married a Lipshitz. If the document was right Fanny was clearly a Lipshitz when she married. My next thought was how and were and could Israel and Fanny be related? cousins? I remembered I had a death certificate for an Israel Lipschitz from some research I had been working on before? Could this be the same person? I got that record out and after finding the record for Fanny on 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.
From these two documents we have both sets of parents names. Israel was the son of
Benjamin Lifshitz m Eva LNU
And Fanny was the daughter of David Lipshitz m Yetta Palley
Now the question really was were the parents of Israel (1866) and Fanny (1867) ; Benjamin Lifshitz and David Lipshitz brothers making them cousins? I don’t have that answer.
The age for Israel seems to confirm that the age recorded for Fanny is correct which leaves the huge difference in ages between my Benjamin and his presumed sister.
(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.
|Samuel Charles Aaronson
New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940
16 August 1916
Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Simion, Anna Dannefsky
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.
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.