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.
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.