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.
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
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
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)
according to occupationalinfo.org
“Performs any combination of following tasks in foundry concerned with melting metal, pouring metal into molds, removing castings from molds, dressing castings, moving foundry materials, and cleaning equipment and work areas: Moves sand, castings, flasks, or other materials about foundry by hand, using wheelbarrow or …”
By 1910, remaining in Manhattan, the family had relocated to 550 West 144th St. Hyman (42) was no longer working at the foundry but 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.
1920 arrived and the family again made another move to 620 West 149th St., N.Y.C.. Hyman was 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)
Citing this Record”New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W1R-YLW : 10 February 2018), Mollie Cohn, 10 Mar 1922; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,028,040.
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.
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.
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
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 Anne Dinofsky. Still left to research is Mollie, who married 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.
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 aPallay 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.
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.
In my last post I wrote about the youngest son of Solomon and Sarah Lifschitz. In this post I will be writing about their oldest son Elias.
The first document to share for Elias is his Declaration of Intention to Naturalize (Ancestry.com) With this document I got my first glimpse of Eias and a jumping off point for researching him. He stated his birthday as 1 January 1888, a painter from Gomel, Russia, arriving on 23 Aug. 1906. He came to America from Russia via England and one year after arriving he was declaring his intention to become a citizen.
I located Elias on the 1910 census as a boarder in the home of Joshua Cohen at 1552 E. Fourth St. He was working at his profession as a painter.
By 1912 Elias’s married Maria Goldin (b. 1888) Maria was the daughter of Moses and Rebecca Goldin.
It was interesting how I discovered Elias as son of Solomon and Sarah/Mary. On the naturalization papers of brother Emanuel one of the witnesses was a woman named Maria Lifshitz with an address of 1046 Stebbins Ave. With the hunt and peck method and name I located Maria with husband Elias Lifshitz. I had no idea who Elias or Maria were but I was sure there had to be a connection. I sent away for their marriage record and with this certificate Elias was another son of our Solomon and Sarah Marie Lifshitz.
In 1915 Elias and Maria were living @ 150 W. 62nd St. Elias occupation was painter/decorator. They have had their first child, a girl named Ruth Rachael (1914). By 1920 still working as a painter, son Moses A./Murray (1915), Jean/Janet (1918) , and Anna Constance (1919) had been born. Elias and Maria now own their own home @ 1046 Stebbins Ave, Bronx. They must be doing quit well because Antonina Labownoch 38, from Austria, was listed as servant living with them along with border Larchik Ivankow – house painter.
WWI Draft Registration 1917 (Ancestry.com)
In 1925 they family was still at the Stebbins Ave address and Betty (1923), Edith (1924) were born. Edward joined the family in 1926 making 7 children for the couple. Elias now listed his occupation as Linen Supplies, a big change from house painter. By 1930 the family has moved from Stebbins Ave to 178 Plimpton Ave and were renting. Elias owns his own store and was dealing in Coats and Aprons. Maria’s mother Rebecca Goldin, 65 and a sister named Fannie, 28, have moved in with the family. Fannie was working as an operator in a coat factory, perhaps for her brother in law Elias.
In 1931 I found something very interesting and went off on a tangent. I located a Canadian border crossing document for Elias. Coming from Montreal, Quebec, it lists him as a salesman returning to his wife Maria living at the Plimpton Ave address. It says he is coming from his cousin M or N (I couldn’t make out) Maislin 3646 St Lawrence Blvd Montreal. I will blog about this development in another post.
Sometime between 1930-1935 the family moves again and in the 1940c they are living at 617 W. 141st St. N.Y.C.. Elias was the proprietor of a Ribber Ligho Store, lol, not sure what that is but it seems more like a misread/illegible census writing and I am leaning towards rubber? lighting? Maria’s mother and sister Rebecca are no longer living with the family.
Their daughter Rachel married a man named Charles Phillips on Aug. 2nd, 1936. He was the son of William and Lillian Phillips. Charles was working in real estate.
Janet had married accountant Isidore Becker and they are living with there parents in 1940. Son Moses was now known as Murray and was also working as an accountant. We also learn from this census that Maria had another child at some time but that child had died. (There was an add on to the bottom of this census that indicated this. Betty and Anne were working as salesgirls in a dept store)
What has happened to Elias who seemed to start out so strong with a house painting business, owning his own home, and then changing jobs and homes?
When I catch up with Elias in 1942 through his WWll draft registration he has changed jobs again and was now in the luncheonette business. They have moved again to 620 W. 149 St.
That’s Al’s Luncheonette, the Deli Grocery and I found 1 ad for the business.
This is the apt they lived in according to the WWll document, 620 W. 149th St
According to other researchers of Elias and Maria, they record a death date for Maria 1950/1951 but I have yet to find anything to support that nor does their research show any supporting evidence. Elias passes away in April 1970 at 83 years old. I loved researching Elias and his family and I am anxious to begin following their children. I will continue to research Elias and Maria to find out what happened to them, where they are laid to rest but for now I will say good bye to this very mobile and hardworking 1st cousin 3x removed.