בריינא לוין וראובן Breina Levine and Reuven Wittenson

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Reuven Wittenson; Millie "Minnie" Levy; Wolf Levy; Ann Levy; Breina Lewin. Toronto, circa 1915.
בריינא לוין Breina Levine was born circa 1878 - 1879 in דיבנישוק Devenichok.

The third child to the Levine family.

ראובן Reuven Wittenson was born 1880 in Russia.

Beverly Friedman recalls that Reuben Wittenson was a couple years older than Breina. His father died before he was born and so he was named after his father. (This may be incorrect because Reuben's gravestone says his father was Wolf; perhaps the story is about Beverly's father Wolf and his grandfather.) His mother remarried somebody called Levi, and they had three children together: two daughters and one son; one of Reuben's siblings made it to Los Angeles. Reuven worked in the tailoring trades.

Probably around 1898, Breina and Reuven Wittenson were married.
Breina and Reuben moved to Leeds.

Their oldest son Wolf was born in early 1901 in Leeds. Their daughter Millie "Minnie" was born there in 1902, followed by Ann in 1904. Around 1912, the family moved to Toronto and their family name became Levy, with Reuven becoming Reuben or Rubin and בריינא Breina becoming Brina or Rebecca.

בריינא Breina died 1930 April 20 in Los Angeles.

She is buried in Mt Zion Cemetery in East Los Angeles, in grave 35-41. She is recorded as having died 1930 Apr 29 at age 52, and was registered 1930 Apr 30.

Rubin remarried, only for his wife to leave when he developed Parkinson's Disease.

He was hit by a car and developed Parkinson's Disease and his wife left him.

Reuben passed away in 1948 in Los Angeles.

He is buried at Home of Peace, a Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles. He is located in the B'Nai Jacob Addition, Row 4, Grave 12. The section is located in the far corner of the cemetery. His gravestone is visible two or three rows away from the road. The cemetery records that his date of death was 1948 Oct 08, though sometimes the supposed date of death is actually the burial date.

Reuben Levy gravestone

Reuben Levy gravestone


ראובן בר וואלףReuben, son of Wolf
נפ ה' תשרי תש"טDied on Tishrei 5709 [1948 October/September]
'ת' נ' צ' ב' הAbbreviation for תהא נפשו צרורה בצרור החיים chabad.org
Many details of their lives are lost.

Their three children had all died 15 years before the Family Book was compiled in 1989 and any information they may have had was lost.

Wittenson genealogies

  • Mother

    • Married to Wolf Wittenson ( - c 1876)

    • Rueben Wittenson (c 1876 [דיבנישוק Devenichok] - 1947/1948)
      Grave in East LA, grave across from Breina's graveyard, was 64 when he died.

      • Married in דיבנישוק Devenichok to בריינא Breina Levine

      • Wolf

      • Ann

      • Millie "Minnie"

      • Married in LA to other woman.
        No children together.

    • Married to a Mr. Levi coincidentally.
      Three children. One came to Los Angeles.

    • Clayman Levi immigrated to Toronto

    • Diana Levi immigrated to Toronto

      • Married Mr. Schusterman

    • Second daughter immigrated to Toronto

Studies

Rebecca

1911 census
Found via jewishgen.org by searching the UK database for Busfield in "any field" and Levi in surname. This was the only way I found to view more than one resident of the household. 24 Busfield Street, Leeds, Yorkshire. Becky Levi (head), age 36, born c 1875 in Russia, married (for 12 years, since c 1899) with three children, three surviving. Wolfe Levi (son), age 11, born c 1900 in Leeds. Millie Levi (daughter), age 9, born c 1902 in Leeds. Annie Levi, age 6, born c 1905 in Leeds. Fany Levi (boarder), age 17, born c 1894 in Russia, single, tailoress worker.


Rebecca, crossing


Rebecca, crossing


Rebecca, naturalization


Rebecca, burial
Mt Zion Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA. Plot 35-41. Died 1930 April 20, age 52. Rebeca Levy; Hebrew name is Brina b Meir.

Reuben

Reuben Levi, 1911 census


Reuben, WWI draft
1918 Sep 12. Reuben Jacob Levy. Born 1877 Aug 10, age 41. Permanent home address is 3902 Muremberg Court, Los Angeles, CA. Tailor employed by Simon Blumberg at someplace illegible (perhaps S E Co) at 3r and Brody in Los Angeles, CA. Race is white. Medium height. Medium build. Brown eyes. Black hair. Right eye is glass. Nearest relative is Belle Levy, at 3902 Muremberg Court, Los Angeles, CA. Address might be Murermbego.


Reuben, WWI draft


Reuben, WWI draft
Probably not correct. Birthplace is "United States" which is wrong.


Reuben, WWII draft
Maybe


Reuben, crossing


Reuben, naturalization
1940 Sep 27. Reuben Levy, age 60, born c 1880. 3150½ Fairmount Street, Los Angeles, CA.


Reuben, naturalization


Reuben, marriage
Might be correct. 1934 June 10. Reuben Levy, son of Wolf Levy and Esther Covve, age 51, born c 1883 in Russia. Married to Jennie Matloff, son of Sam McCloskey and Ida Bloom, age 50, born c 1884 in Russia.


Reuben, burial
Incorrect identification; too young (might be typo with age. Reuben Lewis (might be typo). Mt Zion Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA. Plot 80-29. Died 1948 Oct 23, age 54. Hebrew name: Yerchemiel b. Tzvi Hirsh [ירחמיאל ben Tzvi Hirsh]. Not sure if this is a correct identification because the Hebrew name and perhaps the age do not corroborate. However, it does roughly match the death date on the potential death record.


Reuben, death
1880 September 30 birthdate. 1948 October 08 death.


Reuben, burial
Home of Peace Memorial Park and Mausoleum. Reuben Levy. Buried in B'Nai Jacob Addition section, row 4, grave 12; this section is in the far corner, and his gravestone is visible from the road, two or three rows away. Born 1880 Sep 30 in Russia. Died 1948 Oct 08. Thank you to Norma at the facility for pulling out the index books so I could find the graves for Rueben and Breina.


1940 census


1910 immigration
This must be him; there is a Sam and Ben Lazarus as well.


1910 arrival


1911 census


1910 arrival

Kids

Wolf, birth
Wolf Herrsch Levy. Born 1901 in St George in the East, within London county.


Wilfred, marriage
1925 August 02, Los Angeles, CA. Groom: Wilfred Levy, age 24, born c 1901 in England, father Ruben Levy, mother Rebecca Levy. Bride: Betty Grossman, age 19, born c 1906 in Illinois, father Isidora Grossman, mother Rose Horwitz.


Wilfred, marriage
1931 June 07, Los Angeles, CA. Groom: Wilfred Levy, age 30, born c 1901 in England, father Ruben Levy, mother Rebecca Levy. Bride: Cecelia Deasonhouse, age 27, born c 1904 in England, father Isaac Deasonhouse, mother Hetty Roult.


Wolf, naturalization
Wolf emigrated from Toronto to Port Huron via train on May 2, 1920. He was 5'2½" and weighed 135 pounds. Resided at 725 East 87th Street, Los Angeles, CA when he submitted his declaration of intention to be naturalized, January 20 1939.


Minnie, marriage


Minnie, marriage


Minnie, marriage


Minnie, marriage


Minnie, marriage


Minnie, marriage


Anne, marriage


Anne, marriage


Anne, marriage


Anne, marriage