It’s been some time since I have checked in and shared any family history, documents or stories. It came to my attention that I had not shared the death certificate for Ida Lifshitz, which I will do in this post.
Ida Paley was the wife of David Lifshitz. I have little to no information about David. She was the mother of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipshitz (he spelled it with the p ) and his six siblings, Fanny, Molly, Solomon (Simon), Rachel, Isaac (Ike), and Samuel all spelling it with the (f) With the exception of their father David, they all immigrated to the U.S. From census records for Ida, she immigrated some time around 1893, as a widow. She remained an alien until her passing on June 23, 1921.
In my last posting, I had shared my working assumption that Ida Paley had passed away some time between 1920 and 1925, Bronx, New York. Ida, also known as Yetta and Edith, was my 2x great grandmother. She was married to a David Lipschitz. They had 7 children, Samuel, Fanny, Molly, Solomon/Simon, Rachel, Isaac and my great grandfather, Benjamin.
Having gone back into the records looking for Ida, I discovered her living with her daughter Fanny and husband Israel Lifschitz (spelled Lipschidt on the census) at 1330 Franklin Ave., Bronx. Ida was listed as mother, 77, wd.. Listed as mother and not mother in law, I was still convinced this was Fanny’s mother and not Israel’s.
Continuing to work on learning when she passed away, I have had another breakthrough discovery and confirmation that I was right she was Fanny and not Israel’s mother.
Found under the last name spelling of Lifshitz, Ida (Ida Paley) was her death record.
New York, New York, U.S., Index to Death Certificates, 1862-1948 Ancestry.com
The option was given to purchase the certificate, which I have done and will post it once it is received.
Fanny was still living with her daughter Fanny and family at the 1330 Franklin address when she passed away. Executor was her son Simon, and an added bonus was the names of her parents. Also a birth date was given on this record.
Ida passed away on 23 June 1921 and is buried at Washington Cemetery.
Still on my ‘to find’ list is for Samuel. He is the only sibling that I have no information on other than his name. With only his name, it has been impossible to identifying any match.
After posting, I had an email exchange with 1c 1xr, which resulted in me going back into my records/tree for her. I discovered something I had missed in regards to mother Yetta/Ida/Edith Paley married to David Lipschitz.
We know from records that Ida immigrated and was present at the marriage of her son Isaac Lifschitz to Rebecca Leff and that was about it.
Information on Ida has been inconclusive however in my last post I had decided I had located Benjamin, prior to his marriage to Kate Rosen in 1913, living with his mother Ida in 1910. I had looked at this record for some time. With the discovery of Rachel this made 7 living children, which jived with the census record where Ida reported 10 children born 7 living. Benjamin and Ida were living at 56 Monroe, N.Y.C.. Ida’s sons Isaac and family, along with Simon and his family were at 56 Monroe and Rachel and Harry were at 58 Monroe.
Looking at back at records for my cousin, I began with Benjamin’s sister Fanny Lifschitz who married Israel Lifschitz (no known connection at this time)
I had every census record from 1900, and the off years with the exception of the 1920c. A record hint led me to Fannie Lipschidt, another crazy spelling error and from the ‘f’ to p with a ‘schidt’ ending.
Living at 1320 Franklin Ave. Bronx, with Fannie and her husband Israel, daughters Estelle and Dora; sons Samuel, Jack and Benjamin was ‘Yetta’ (mother) 77, wd, imm. 1890, alien. The age puts her right inline with the abt. 1845 year of birth I had for her. Unless this is Israels mother (who is Chana (Eva) Ephrussie) I feel going forward I can safely assume that Ida/Yetta was still alive as of Jan. 4, 1920 – the census date.
However Ida was not living with the family by 1925.
Daughter Mollie had passed in 1922, Ida was not living with her husband Hyman Cohen and children in 1925
Nor was Ida living with her son Simon and wife Annie and family in 1925 or her daughter Rachel, Harry and their children.
She was not living with Benjamin and Kate leaving Samuel who I have no information on at this time.
My working assumption is that Ida passed away sometime between 1920 and 1925. I was unable to find anyone who matched using multiple spellings of Lipschitz and Ida, Yetta or Edith for her. I am still unable to find a death date or burial location for her.
It has been some time since I have written about the family of my 2 X great grandparents David/Davis Lipschitz and a woman known as Ida/Edith/Yetta Paley. They were the parents of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz who married Kate (Kruse) Rosen. Both Benjamin and Kate were born hearing and became deaf from childhood illness. A marriage was arranged for them and on 2 November 1913 they were married in Manhattan. They went on to have three daughters, Minnie aka Myra (my grandmother) who married Isadore Haimowitz, Esther who married Oscar Raskowitz later changed to Ralston and Mary who married Hyman Salsbergh.
Quite recently I was contact by another researcher, Jeanne, who had read one of my postings on this Lipschitz family and wanted to let me know she had discovered another child for David and Yetta that I had not mentioned. Jeanne’s connect is through Harry Schwartz, from her tree who had married Rachel Lipschitz. After a few email exchanges I am ready to add Rachel Lipschitz born abt. 1879 as another sister of Benjamins.
The spelling of this last name with in this family alternates between the p and f and sch and simply sh spelling.
Let me recap before getting to Rachel
David and Ida were the parents of Benjamin, who appears to be the youngest of their children. He was born the 10 November, 1883 in Slutsk, Belarus/Russia and passed away on 22 May 1948 Bronx, N.Y.. I have arrival dates spanning 1891 – 1910 from possible passenger lists for him, non of which I can prove. His marriage certificate has his parent named as David (sp) Lipshitz and mother Yetta Pallai, place of birth Minsk. One his S.S. application his parents were written David Lipshitz and Edith Palay and his birth place as Slutsk, Russia. His death certificate simply has David and Gittel for his parents and place of birth Russia. Reporting on his death certificate was his son-in-law, Oscar Ralston who had married his daughter Esther.
Fanny Lipschitz born abt 1867 died 29 Dec. 1937 Bronx. She married Israel Lifschitz and they had children Estelle (Esther), Jacob (Jack) Louis, Samuel, Benjamin (Barnett) and Dorothy (Dora). On Fanny’s death certificate her parents were listed as David Lipshitz and Yetta Palley
Mollie Lifschitz born abt 1872 died 10 Mar. 1922 N.Y.C.. She married Hyman (Harry) Cohen and they had two sons Joseph and Jacob Lyons Cohen. On her marriage certificate her parents were listed as Davis Lifschitz and Ida Paley. Her death certificate has David Lifschitz and Ida Pallay.
Solomon Simon Lifschitz born Dec. 1873 Russia died 27 Jan 1941. He married Anna Dinofsky. They had children Moses (Moe, Morris), Rachel (Rae), Esther (Estelle), Stella Dora and Charles Lifschitz later changed to Lipton. On Simon’s death certificate his parents were listed as David Lipshitz and Ida Paley. On Simon’s marriage record his parents were listed DavidLipshitz and Chia Paley
Isaac (Ike) Lifschitz born 1 May 1880, Bronx died 14 Sept. 1955 Bronx and he married RebeccaLeff. They had two sons, David Lewis and NaphtaliLewis . I do not have a marriage or death record to check his parents names however I have confirmed DNA matches with this family and have been in touch with them. They have confirmed Isaacs parents for me. On Ikes New York, U.S., Index to Petition for Naturalization New York City, 1792 – 1989 (1902) his witness was his brother Simon living at 56 Monroe St. – which was Simon’s address on the 1910 census. Also known is that Ida – Isaac’s mother was alive, living in the Bronx and had attended the marriage of her son Isaac to Rebecca (Mar. 8, 1903, Manhattan) and I have a copy of the invitation. Not only was Simon and his wife Anna lived at this 56 Monroe St. address but Rachel and her husband Harry Schwartz was also living there and sister Fanny and Israel were at 58 Monroe St.
Which brings me to mother Ida and son Benjamin who had not yet married. I have long been looking at a 1910 census record for Ida Lipshitz, 60, widow, 10 births 7 living, at 56 Monroe St. with son Benjamin, 20, single, working as operator/sweat shop. (boarder Abraham Appestein,35, operator/sweat shop) I am convinced now this is the correct record for them. She is living by her daughter Rachel, son Simon, and daughter Fanny. Also she had 10 births 7 living and with Rachel, I now have 7 children for her. I have not been able to find anything on her death.
Samuel Lifschitz I have no information on him.
According to the records pulled from familysearch.com Rachel Lipschitz was the daughter of David Lipschitz and Yettie Palia. She married Harris (Harry) Sapiro (Shapiro) on 13 March 1898, N.Y.C.. His parents were Yankel Movsha Shapiro (Shapira) and Sadie (Shimka) Fishkin.
Rachel and Harry were the parents of six children. Sadie (abt.1898) Julia (abt. 1900) Dora (abt.1905) Esther Stella (abt.1908), Miriam (Mary) (abt.1909) Aaron (abt. 1913)
Rachel passed away at 55 years of age on 8 Sept. 1932. According to her death record from Ancestry, her place of death was her home at 1270 E. 19th St., Brooklyn. She was widowed and cause of death was Coronary Thromnosism Coronary Sclerosis. She was buried at Washington Cemetery. Her parents were listed as David Lipschutz and Yetta Lipschutz
May her memory be a blessing
After discoveries like these I am always hopeful for communication from descendants. I have little to no other information on the children of Rachel and Harry other than names and ages from census records. I will be working on this branch in the future and hope to add more information for them.
It is time for me to go back and address the Lipshitz branch of the family. Most recently, through the blog, I connected with two distant cousins and while DNA has confirmed the connection, I am still unable to connect our dots. They both connect to me through Solomon and Sarah Maria Lifshitz. I was delighted to be gifted this wonderful wedding photo of the marriage of Fannie Lifshitz and Abraham Ordin.
Fannie Lifshitz was the daughter of Solomon (Zalman Hillel) Lifshitz and Sarah Marie Kinoy. She was born on July 18, 1896, Gomel, Russia. On January 17, 1915, N.Y.C., Fannie married Abraham Ordin. He was the the son of Hersh Ordin and Minnie Rosenbloom (info from family search.org) Abraham was born abt. 1890 Gomel, (Belarus) Russia The photo above is the first photo I have for this family branch.
I need to make note of the spelling of the last name. While my immediate branch spelled it with a ‘p’ most all other branches spelled it with a ‘f’
My great grandfather was a man named Benjamin Lipshitz. He was born November 10, 1883, Slutsk, (Belarus) Russia. His date of immigration is still unknown however it was prior to November, 1913 in N.Y.C., when he married Kate Rosen born the 10 January, 1889, Sompolno, Poland. Both Benjamin and Kate were born hearing but both became deaf from childhood illnesses.
They had three daughters Myra (b. 1914) my grandmother, Esther (b.1916) and Mary (b.1918).
Prior to the beginning of my family research very little to no information was known about Benjamin’s family, parents, siblings. All the information/knowledge seemed to be lost.
By obtaining marriage and death records for Benjamin I learned that his parents were
David Lipshitz and Ida Paley. I am estimating their birth years 20 years prior to their first child, to be about 1847 – 1850. For Ida I have numerous first names on documents, Ida, Yetta, Edith, Gittle as well as Pallai/Palley for the last name. With this information, some DNA matches and purchasing marriage and death documents, along with using familysearch.org, I was able to confirm these 4 siblings with 1 still unconfirmed.
Benjamin’s siblings were
Fanny (b.1870), Molly (b.1872), Solomon (b.1873), Isaac (b.1880) and Samuel.
Fanny married Israel Lifshitz (same last name) and went on to have Estelle, Jacob, Samuel, Benjamin and Dorothy.
Molly married Hyman (Harry) Cohen and they went on to have two sons, Jacob and Joseph.
Solomon (Simon) married Anna Dinofsky and they had Moses (Moe), Rachel (Rae), Esther (Estelle), Stella Dora and Charles.
Isaac (Ike) married Rebecca Leff and they had two sons David and Naphtali
The last of the siblings was Samuel but I have no information at this time for him.
Also connected through DNA is the family of Fannie above. Her siblings were
Samuel (abt 1885) Elias (b.1887), Isaac Isidore (b.1890), Ida, Annie, Fannie (b.1896), Minnie (b. 1900) and Emaunel (b. 1905)
Samuel – I have no information
Elias married Maria (Manya) Golden they had Ruth Rachel, Murray (Moses), Jean, Anne Constance, Betty, Edith and Edward
Isaac Isidore married Bertha Deitch and they had daughter Frances and son Bernard.
Ida and Annie – I have no information on either of them
Minnie Michele married Julius Delan they had children Daniel, Hannah, Edith, and Ira Arthur
Emanuel married Eleanor Rosen and they had Martha, Howard and Susan
These two families connect, just how I have not been able to figure out. When my great grandfather Benjamin married Kate Rosen (an arranged marriage) he was living at 1268 Park Ave. N.Y.C. as noted on his marriage license. On the 1915 census living at that same address was Solomon and Sarah Marie with children Annie, Minnie, Mendel (Emanuel) and Isaac. Solomon and Sarah would remain at that address up until Solomon passed in 1935.
Also at that same address in 1910c and 1915c was Benjamin’s brother Isaac (Ike) wife Rebecca and their two sons David and Naphtali.
Solomon’s (Zalman Hillel) parents, as listed on his death certificate were David Lifshitz and Rachel Rifkin. Using the age of Solomon at his passing of 62 we can estimate his birth year as about 1873. Going back 20 years we can estimate his fathers date of birth as about 1853. Doing the same with my great grandfather and his siblings estimating his father David Lifshitz born between 1847 – 1850. The overlap of ages for children rules out David as having been married to Rachel Rifkin then Ida Paley (or vice versa). So we need to go back a generation if not more for our shared ancestor. With out more information for now I am stuck.
But connections with families means the possibilities of more information and answers so I have never been more excited to connect with the descendants of Fanny Lifshitz and Elias Lifshitz.
In my last post I wrote about Moe Lifshitz aka Joseph Schiffman my 1st c 2x r. He was a man who walked on the wrong side of the road, convicted of bigamy and forgery he spent a good part of his life in prison from Sing Sing to Dannemora and then Seagoville Correctional Facility in Texas where he passed away in 1955. I must make note that he was sent away for a $20 check forgery for 5 years in the 1930’s. That seems like such a stiff sentence for $20, but coupled with the bigamy charges – had there been more to it – to him?
Recently shared with me by Cheri, is the marriage certificate for Joseph M. Schiffman to Rebecca Wexelman. This is an amazing document because there was no such person as Joseph M Schiffman – he actually was Moses/Moe Lifshitz and yet here it is – a legal government document that he got away with. (This record is for the second wife that Joseph (Moe) married.)
Courtesy of the Rebecca Wexelman Family
Once received I took a good look at it, the addresses, his parents names –
Living at 85 Penn Street Brooklyn, the address for ‘Joseph’ actually belonged to Rebecca’s parents Hyman and Sarah Wexelman. They owned the 2 family home. Listed as Betty on this census it says she was born in Russia immigrating at the same time, 1912, as her parents. I checked the the 1920c and the family was at the same address then, with Betty as Rebecca and again the Russia birth location, also confirmed with the naturalization papers for Hyman. (note this document says she was born in New York City.)
I have seen the addresses mixed up on marriage documents before so I wasn’t very concerned. My next step was to discover who lived at the 110 E. 17th Street NY City address. This proved a bit more difficult. I had no luck just using Ancestry. I then tried Stephen P. Morse street name changes, thinking that might be a reason, was it listed as 17th or Seventeenth? but forgot to check the ED listings (enumeration districts) I turned to the FB page of Tracing The Tribe for help. With more direction from Amy Cohen of Brotmanblog: A Family Journey https://brotmanblog.com I returned to Stephen P. Morse this time using the ED finder and there it was – what I was looking for, the address
110 E. 17th Street, N.Y. City —-Because the enumeration was done in April and they married in Feb., it is possible the address listed on the marriage certificate was for Joseph Schiffman in this home
Looks like this is a boarding house run by owner, a 70 year old widow, Katherine Jar. Living there was Helen Buckingham (60), Jesse Morris (42), Fred Broege (44) and Arthur Cawtha (64)
It appears the addresses for the two of them were transposed and written in the incorrect box, or was it a ploy of Joseph’s to confuse the facts on the certificate?
Then we have the parental names used by Joseph Schiffman for his parents. Who were
Samuel Schiffman and Hannah Liebowitz
Had Rebecca ever met his parents or his family/siblings? Question I would love to find answers for.
Had he made these names up or were they real people he knew and was ‘borrowing’ their names? Using ancestry, familysearch and Italiangen (a wonderful resource) I located a naturalization record for a Samuel Schiffman now using Schiff married to a Hannah, -however this Samuel was born in 1893 – which is only 3 years older than our Joseph (Moe) he could not be his father as written on marriage certificate. I began thinking about it and turned to newspapers.com locating two articles that interested me. I found quite a few articles for a Samuel Schiff, 38, placing his birth year 1891, two years difference.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Nov. 26, 1929 – page 4
The Standard Union (Brooklyn, New York) 27 Nov. 1929, Wed . Page 7
What I found most interesting with this was the reference to Sing Sing prison. Checking the date it was not consistent with Joseph’s (Moe) term at Sing Sing but with a stretch of the imagination, pick pocket, petty crime, Moe, check forgery conviction, petty crime could there be a connection between these two? Had they possibly known each other?
Checking back with newspaper.com using the name Hannah Leibowitz – a little surprised, I found numerous articles with her name in connection to ‘bigamy’. Here are just two of them recounting the court proceeding.
Marriage year to Hannah had been 1927 and to Henrietta 1936.
DailyNews (New York, New, York) 12 Apr 1937, Mon . Page 458
While neither of these articles connect Joseph (Moe) to them – I found it ‘interesting’ to say the least that using these names – there was a connection to the crimes (and I use that loosely) we have found for Jospeh (Moe)
As I continue to research and hopefully uncover more documents for Moe Lifshitz/Joseph Schiffman it will be interesting to see if I can get a clearer picture of his life. I have yet to find any other information regarding the additional alias that were sited for him: Morton Gibson, Martin Brown, Moses Cohen, and Moe Howard… and if that last name sounds familiar it should, as that was the name of the famous ‘Moe’ Howard of “The Three Stooges”
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.
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.
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