Louis (Lias) Greenbaum was born April 1827 in Kalisz, Wielkopolskie, Poland. His parents were Ephraim Greenbaum and Alie or Lottie Samuel. He married Rachel Deborah Schlesinger, daughter of Moses and Rebecca, sometime before 1844 in Germany. She was born in 1829 in Prussia (Schlesinger is a German surname meaning "from Silesia”). She died on 10 June 1886 in Manhattan.
Before immigrating to the U.S. in 1856, Louis and Rachel lived in England. Louis was a tassel maker.
Afer Rachel’s death, he married (2) Sophie Cohen from Philadelphia on 27 June 1888 at Adereth El in Manhattan. She was born about 1839 in Prussia, the daughter of Daniel Cohen and Sophie Reintje (?). Louis and Sophia traveled together to England before his death.
Louis died on 21 January 1895 at his residence, 1719 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. Funeral services were held at Temple Israel in New York City.
- “Samuel” is given as his mother's maiden name on his wedding certificate (to Sophia, note 4). The first name here appears to be "Alie," but is diffcult to read. “Lottie” is given as his mother's first name on his death certificate (note 5).
- According to her indexed death certificate (note 3).
- “New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WJT-G2M), Rachel Deborah Greenbaum, 10 June 1886; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,373,988.
- “New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24MT-G99), Louis Greenbaum and Sophie Cohen, 27 June 1888; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,558,390.
- “New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W6F-JW2), Louis Greenbaum, 21 January 1895; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,322,889.
Louis and Rachel had two children:
- Moses2 Greenbaum was born about 1844 in Germany. He died 6 April 1924 in Manhattan. He married Rebecca Rosenthal, daughter of Simon and Bertha Rosenthal
- Samuel Greenbaum was born 23 January 1854 in East London. He died on 26 August 1930. He married Selina Ullman.
Moses2 Greenbaum) (Louis1) was born about 1844 in Germany. He died 6 April 1924 in Manhattan. He married Rebecca Rosenthal, daughter of Simon and Bertha Rosenthal, on 24 April 1876 in Philadelphia. She was born July 1858 in Philadelphia, and died sometime before 1924.
Pedigree Chart for Rebecca Rosenthal_ Rebecca Rosenthal | b. July 1858 NYC | Siblings: David A. (1856–1933) | Alfred Adolf (1859–1924) | Reuben (b. 1863) | Morton (1866–1939) | William Simon (1867–1951) | Alexander (1870–) | Jeannette (1872–1915) | Eva (1874–1958) | Edgar Garfield (1879–1948) __ Simon Rosenthal | b. about 1779 | d. 1864 | Siblings: Morris (1826–1906) | Jeanette Gluckchen (1828–1897) | Max (1833–1918) | Louis Napthali | Henrietta | Abraham David ___ Wolf Rosenthal | b. 1816 | d. 4 November 1864 ___ Esther Levine Kolsky | b. about 1792 | d. 1874 __ Bertha | b. about 1837–1941 | d. 4 November 1917
As a young man, Moses worked with his father. Later, he went into the liquor business, and then became a real estate broker and insurance agent. However, he is best remembered for his work as one of the founders, and first President, of the People’s Hospital in New York (which was on Second Avenue, near 13th Street). This hospital opened to the public in 1910. At its inauguration, Samuel Greenbaum delivered an address, and Rev. Dr. Joseph Silverman of Temple Emanu-El offered a dedicatory prayer.
A notice published in The New York Times after his death by the President of the hospital stated:
Whereas Mr. Moses Greenbaum President of the People’s Hospital from 1908 to 1917, and who had served with great distinction, loyalty, and faithfully, and had given his time, talent and money to help the poor, the sick and the needy of the great East side, and Whereas Mr. Moses Greenbaum had been identified with many other causes for the benefit of humanity and his fellow-men, be it, therefore
Resolved, that we express to the members of his family our profound sympathy in this their hour of bereavement and to further express the great loss that our hospital has sustained in his death.
- His birth place is attested variously as England, Germany, Poland, or Russia. His was likely born in Kalisz or possibly Silesia, before the family moved to England.
Moses and Rebecca had six known children:
Joshua3 (or Joseph) Greenbaum, was born 5 March 1877. It seems that he died prior to 1900.
- The name Joseph is found in the census, whereas Joshua is on the birth record. The age is about the same.
- “New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27B7-CST), Joshua Greenbaum, 05 March 1877; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, reference cn 203212 New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,322,112.
- No record of his death has been found, however, he is not mentioned in the 1900 census or in Moses or Simon's death notices.
- Abraham Greenbaum was born 20 August 1878 in New York and died sometime after 1950. He married Jesse May Reese.
- Ephraim Greenbaum was born 22 December 1881 in Manhattan, New York, New York and died 25 March 1934 in Manhattan. He married Henrietta Blumenthal.
Louise "Lulu” Greenbaum was born 14 November 1883 in Manhattan, and died 31 May 1946 in Manhattan. She married Alfred Simon, son of Louis Simon and Rebecca Quitman. Her engagement was announced in The New York Times on 6 November 1921, and the wedding took place on 1 June 1922 at the home of Samuel Greenbaum, who officiated.
Alfred worked for the IRS. He died sometime after completing his WWII draft registration in 1942.
Lulu and Alfred did not have any known (surviving) children.
- “New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27Y7-7DT), Grunbaum, 14 November 1883; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, reference 382862 New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,322,186. Other sources give her birth year as 1884.
- “New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WY3-5T1), Lulu Simon, 31 May 1946; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,132,947.
- The New York City Marriage Index, May 17, 1922, Vol. 5, No. 12921, s.v. "Greenbaum, Lulu". Online at Archive.org.
- The New York Times, 6 November 1921, p. 22.
- The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger, Volume 109, Issues 14-26, 2 June 1922.
William R. Greenbaum was born in November 1886 in New York, and died 21 November 1909 in Manhattan.
- William is listed in the 1900 census, age 13, alongside his siblings. In the 1905 New York State census, he is indexed as at Ancestry as "Miles" but the writing could easily be “Willie S.” or something similar.
“Deaths, Manhattan and Bronx: Greenbaum,” The New York Press, Wednesday, November 24, 1909, p. 7:
Greenbaum. Suddenly, Sunday, William R. Greenbaum. aged 24, beloved son of Moses and Rebecca Greenbaum. Funeral services at their residence. No. 342 East 50th st., Wednesday, November 24, 10 o'clock. Please omit flowers.
- Reuben Greenbaum was born 10 September 1887 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died 25 June 1966 in Miami, Dade, Florida. He married Lucille Rovenger.
- Simon Rosenthal Greenbaum was born 22 June 1892 in New York, and died 17 May 1923 in Manhattan. He married Lottie Rown.
Samuel2 Greenbaum) (Louis1) was born 23 January 1854 in East London. He died on 26 August 1930. He married Selina Ullman, daughter of Israel Ullman and Julia Blumenthal, on 13 March 1888 in Manhattan. She was born on 6 April 1866 in New York City, New York. She died on 15 July 1925.
There is much to say about Samuel. Not only was he a highly-regarded Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department for the State of New York, but he also made many signficant contributions to New York public life. A book entitled Jewish Renaissance and Revival in America (ed. Fishbane and Sarna, 2011) has this to say (p. 37):
While recent scholarship has begun to illuminate the influential role of Philadelphia Jewry in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the so-called "Philadelphia Group"—it seems that the New York segment of their peer group—including such young leaders as Daniel P. Hays, Max Cohen, Samuel Greenbaum, Philip Cowen, and Cyrus L. Sulzberger —have yet to be fully recognized for their contributions to Jewish cultural vitality during this period.
Samuel was one of the founders of what became the American Hebrew newspaper (Philip Cowen’s account of their childhood in his Memories of an American Jew provides the context). He was president of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association and the Alumni Association of the College of the City of New York; a founder of the Aguilar Public Library; a trustee of Jewish Theological Seminary, the New York Public Library, and the Jewish Teacher’s Fund; and a member of the Society for Medical Jurisprudence, the Civil Service Reform Association, the Free Trade League, the Baron de Hirsch Fund; and a leader of the Judaeans, a social club with many prominent Jews among its members, &c.
He was often in the newspapers and highly praised for his judicial temper. In one article, it was even said that he “should be named Solomon” (). His papers are preserved at Columbia University and the American Jewish Archives.
Selina was a notable person in her own right. In 1890, she helped form the Jewish Working Girls’ Vacation Society, and became its first president. Incorporated in 1892, the society maintained a number of homes that allowed Jewish working women a retreat from the city. By 1917, the society was helping over 800 women every year.
- New York Times obituary
- The American Lawyer, 1905 v.13, p. 401
- JWA Profile of Selina Greenbaum
Samuel and Selina had four children:
- Lawrence Samuel3 Greenbaum, was born 18 January 1889 in Manhattan, and died 28 August 1951 in Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York. He married (1) Sylvia Sobel and (2) Gladys A. Tompkins.
- Edward Samuel Greenbaum was born 13 April 1890 in Manhattan and died 12 June 1970, He married Dorothea Rebecca Schwarcz.
- Rachel Grace Greenbaum, known as Grace, was born 12 June 1894 in Manhattan and died 25 June 1986 in Scarsdale, Westchester, New York. She married Bennett Epstein.
- Isabel Greenbaum was born 30 December 1896 in Manhattan and died 21 February 1955 in Wingdale, Dutchess, New York. She married Jacob Chauncey Stone.
Abraham3 Greenbaum (Moses2, Louis1) was born 20 August 1878 in New York, and died sometime after 1950.
He married Jesse May Reese, daughter of George Riley Reese (Reiss) and Annah L. Young, on 26 November 1903 in Marion County, Indiana. She was born 22 April 1884 in Indiana, and died of tuberculosis on 20 July 1915 in Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana.
Abraham moved to Indiana by the time he was 18, and worked as a clothing salesman. He lived for a time with the Reese family, around 1910 in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, and then moved to Dayton, Ohio with May. By 1915, he was back in Indiana, where he opened Greenbaum & Kaplan, Exclusive Furnishing Shop for Men, with Nathan E. Kaplan. Business did not go well—within a few weeks of opening, they went bankrupt and the litigation continued for years.
In 1920, he was living with son Willie and his in-laws in Indianapolis. By 1930, he and Willie had moved to New York. Abraham lived with his sister Lulu and her husband Alfred, and William moved out on his own.
Abraham Greenbaum and May Reese had one son:
William Lawrence4 Greenbaum, born 14 December 1904 in Indiana; died 1 July 1973 in Anderson, Anderson, South Carolina, following a heart attack while driving home from Florida to Mount Kisco, Westchester, New York.
He married Lillian Brengel, daughter of Jacob William Brengel Jr. and Mary A. Walsh. She was born 5 May 1914 in New York, and died 24 October 2007 in Richmond, Henrico, Virginia. They had three sons.
Ephraim3 Greenbaum (Moses2, Louis1) was born 22 December 1881 in Manhattan and died 25 March 1934 in Manghattan. He married Helene Lowenstein, daughter of Levi Lowenstein and Henrietta (Jette) Blumenthal, on 4 October 1911 in Manhattan. She was born about 1882 in New York City and died 15 December 1940 in the Bronx.
Ephraim Greenbaum and Helene Lowenstein had one daughter:
- Sylvia Winifred4 Greenbaum, born 15 March 1915 in New York City; died 10 June 1993 in Los Angeles, California. She married Andor Hacker, son of Alexander Hacker and Estelle (or Esther), about 1938. He was born 18 June 1908 in Arad, Hungary, and died 28 March 1990 in Delray Beach, Palm Beach, Florida.
Reuben3 Greenbaum (Moses2, Louis1) was born 10 September 1887 and died 25 June 1966 in Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida. He married (1) Lucille F. Rovenger, daughter of John Rovenger and Rebecca Heischman, in Manhattan on 27 January 1921. She was born 8 January 1894 in New York and died May 1963 in Dade County, Florida.
After Lucille's death, Reuben married (2) Minnie.
Reuben was a lawyer and worked at the law firm of Greenbaum, Wolff, & Ernst. He later moved to Miami Beach. His son, Martin, became a Circuit Court judge in Florida.
- Minnie is mentioned as surviving him in his obituary.
Reuben Greenbaum and Lucille Rovenger had three sons:
- John Rovenger4 Greenbaum, born 26 December 1921 in New York; died 27 March 2010 at Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery, Pennsylvania. He married Frances Jane Dannenberg. She was born 8 May 1921 in Germany and died 30 November 2009 in Palm Beach, Florida.
- Richard Simon Greenbaum, born 26 October 1923.
- Martin Greenbaum, born 11 September 1925 in Brooklyn; died 15 October 2007 in Miami Beach, Dade, Florida. He married Shirley Ann Kersting, daughter of Jerome Joseph Kersting and Magdalene Mohr, in December 1960 in Dade County, Florida. She was born 8 March 1933 in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Simon Rosenthal3 Greenbaum (Moses2, Louis1) was born 22 June 1892 in New York, and died 17 May 1923 in Manhattan. He married Lottie Rown, daughter of Seigfried (or Sigmund) Rown and Carolina “Carrie” Flashner, on 26 June 1920 in Manhattan, with Samuel Greenbaum officiating. She was born 22 March 1893 in New York City and died March 1980. Her last known residence was Valley Stream, Nassau, New York.
Pedigree Chart for Lottie Rown
Simon Greenbaum and Lottie Rown had one son:
- Robert Simon4 Greenbaum, born 29 September 1922 in New York City; died 10 November 1989. He married Adele Boltax, daughter of Benjamin Boltax and Bessie Sherman, on 17 July 1955 in Riverdale, Bronx, New York. She was born 27 March 1921 in New York and died 16 May 1994 at Valley Stream, Nassau, New York.
Lawrence Samuel3 “Laurie“ Greenbaum (Samuel2, Louis1) was born on 18 February 1889 in Manhattan and died 28 August 1951 in Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York. He married (1) Sylvia Sobel, daughter of Isidor Sobel and Lucia Max Prince, on 14 April 1915 in New York City. She was born on 1 February 1895 in Manhattan, and died 17 June 1973 in Daytona Beach, Volusia, Florida.
He married (2) Gladys A. Tompkins, daughter of Horton Forbes Tompkins and Annie McGuinness, 10 July 1939 in Green Cove Springs, Clay, Florida. She was born on 23 June 1903 in New York, and died on 15 February 2002 in Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York.
Established in 1951 at Columbia University in New York, the Lawrence S. Greenbaum prize is awarded annually to the student who has made the best oral presentation in the final argument of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition.
- Although her gravestone says she was born in 1896...
Lawrence Greenbaum and Sylvia Sobel had four children:
Lucy Sylvia4 Greenbaum, born 13 December 1916 in New York City; died 29 December 2004 in the Bronx. She married (1) William Myron Freeman, son of Joseph Ellis Goldman and Marian Frankin (or Harris), on 5 October 1947 in Manhattan; and (2) Harry James Becker, Jr., son of Harry James Becker and Julia Newberry Hotaling, on 24 December 1952 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Both marriages were short-lived.
Edward Samuel Greenbaum, born 12 September 1918 in Larchmont, Westchester, New York; died 15 August 2007 in Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida.
He married (1) Lorraine Tiltz, daughter of Bernard Edward Tiltz and Eleanore Steuber, about 1939. They had four children, and divorced in 1952. She was born 30 October 1900 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois and died 1 September 1977 in Hollywood, Brevard, Florida.
He married (2) Madlyn Florence Sherman, daughter of Frederick Marvin Sherman and Theresa Clark, about 1953. They had three children, and divorced 1 December 1972 in Volusia County, Florida. She was born 21 April 1919 in Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York; and died 19 June 1979 in Daytona Beach, Volusia, Florida.
He married (3) Dorothy Anne Luke on 23 February 1974.
- Susan Greenbaum, born 20 September 1920 in Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York; died 6 January 2006 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. She married (1) Robert Goodell Edwards, son of Harry D. Edwards and Phyllis Virginia Goodell, about 1945. She married (2) George William Polera, son of Frank Polera and Rose Merigliono, about 1958.
Selina “Sally” Greenbaum, born 19 May 1926 in Larchmont, Westchester, New York; died 26 July 2007 at Riverdale, Bronx, New York.
She married (1) John Arch Schroedel, Jr., son of John Archibald “Arch” Schroedel and Mildred Lewis, on 2 November 1945 in New York City. They had four children, and divorced in November 1958. He was born 14 June 1919 in Hadley, Mercer, Pennsylvania; and died 23 July 1968 in White Plains, Westchester, New York.
She married (2) Henry Jerome Rosner, son of Samuel Rosner and Rosa Horowitz, on 29 August 1970. The marriage did not go well, and lasted only three months. They were legally divorced within the year. He was born 9 March 1909 in New York City and died 16 March 1982 in New York City.
She married (3) Warren Leo Rosenberg, son of Leo Henry Rosenberg and Florence C. Warren, on 26 May 1979 in New York City. He was born 29 December 1927 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
Lawrence Greenbaum and Gladys Tompkins had one daughter, born in 1938. Gladys also had a daughter from a previous marriage, who was adopted by Lawrence.
Edward Samuel3 Greenbaum (Samuel2, Louis1) was born on 13 April 1890 in New York. He died on 12 June 1970 in Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey. He married Dorothea Rebecca Schwarcz, daughter of Maximillian Michael Schwarcz and Emma Indig, on 21 October 1920 in Manhattan. She was born on 17 June 1893 in New York, and died in April 1986 in Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey.
His autobiography, entitled A Lawyer's Job, was published in 1967. His papers are kept at Princeton University.
Edward Greenbaum and Dorothea Schwarcz had two sons:
- David Samuel4 Greenbaum, born 13 Ooct 1923 in Manhattan; died 25 August 2011 in East Lansing, Ingham, Michigan. He married Ruth Dennis Burrit, daughter of Bailey Barton Buritt and Ruth Hogarth Dennis, on 22 February 1947 in Yonkers, Westchester, New York.
- “Ruth Burritt Wed to D. S. Greenbaum: Wears Gown of Ivory Silk at Her Marriage in Yonkers to Former Army Man,” The New York Times, 23 April 1947
Daniel Wolf Greenbaum, born 20 September 1926 in New York; died 13 November 2015. He married (1) Patricia Jean Duncan. She was born 4 December 1925 and died 4 June 1995 in Larchmont, Westchester, New York. They had two daughters. After her death, he married (2) Anne Barry.
Dan was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and worked as a civil engineer in New York City. He retired as managing partner at Volmer Associates. He raised his family in Mamaroneck and moved to Chillmark on Martha's Vineyard full-time in 2005.
- Martha's Vineyard Times obituary, 16 November 2015
Rachel Grace3 Greenbaum (Samuel2, Louis1) was born on 12 June 1894 in Manhattan, Kings, New York. She died in June 1986 in Scarsdale, Westchester, New York. She married Bennett Epstein, son of Morris Epstein and Celia Wertheimer, on 24 May 1917 in Manhattan. They divorced about 1936. He was born on 28 June 1882 in New York, and died on 19 March 1962 in White Plains, Westchester, New York.
Grace Greenbaum and Bennet Epstein had three children:
- Elizabeth Epstein, born 19 September 1918 in Manhattan; died 8 June 2015 in Valhalla, Westchester, New York. She married Samuel J. Duboff, son of Jacob Duboff and Dora, on 20 July 1941 in New York City. They had three children.
- Richard Bennett Epstein, born 3 August 1920 in New York. He married Judith Irene Dreifuss, daughter of Paul Dreifuss, on 18 May 1952 in White Plains, Westchester, New York. They had three children.
- Margaret Epstein, born 3 February 1924. She married Gerard Weinstock, son of Louis Weinstock and Celia Dubowy, on 15 December 1945 in Manhattan. They had three children. He was born 18 March 1919 in Manhattan and died 22 January 1981 in Manhattan.
Isabelle3 Greenbaum (Samuel2, Louis1) was born on 30 December 1896 in Manhattan, Kings, New York. She died on 21 February 1955 at the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale, Dutchess, New York.
She married Jacob Chauncy Stone, son of Louis Stone and Catherine Barret (or Bennet). He was born on 15 June 1894 in North Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts. He died on 21 March 1981 in Palm Beach, Florida.
Isabelle Greenbaum and Jacob Stone had three sons:
Robert Lewis4 Stone, born 19 December 1921 in Manhattan, died 28 January 2009 in Boca Grande, Lee, Florida. He married (1) Mary Elizabeth Lee, daughter of Henry J. Lee, on 12 May 1951 in New York City. They had four children. She died in 1966. After her death, he married (2) Sheila Anne Muldowney, 4 May 1968 in New York City.
- New York Times obituary
- Wikipedia article
- Associated Press obituary (in the Los Angeles Times)
- Donald Stone, born in 1925. He married Jean Elaine Lawson on 22 October 1949 in Austin, Texas. They had four children.
James Hiram Stone, born 20 December 1925 in New York; died 14 January 2008 in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana. He married (1) Elizabeth Asbury, and (2) Joelle W. Rogers, daughter of Sol Joseph Rogers and Mirian Bogan (Boguslawsky). He had six children.
- New York Times obituary, 17 January 2008