Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Emanuel Levitas in Census Records, Part 1

As I noted, once I learned about Emanuel Levitas (brother of Max Levitt), I was able to find his family in just about every census record between 1895 New Jersey State Census through the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. There are a few discrepancies, but the following censuses show the basics of the family. All of the following census records were found at Ancestry.com, except for the 1905 New York State Census, which was found at FamilySearch.org.

1895 New Jersey State Census

Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, page 23, Family 148

Herman (sic) Levitas, age between 20-60, considered "Male, German"
Sarah Levitas, age between 20-60, considered Female, all-other nationalities (not Irish or German)
Marain Levitas, age under 5, white male, native-born
David Levitas, age under 5, white male, native-born

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1900 U.S. Federal Census

Manhattan, New York County, New York, Roll 1082, E.D. 53, Page 22B

Emanuel Levitas, head, born Oct 1864 in Austria, age 35, married 13 years
Sarah Levitas, wife, born Jun 1865 in Russia, age 35, married 13 years. Mother of 3 children, all living
Muse Levitas, son, born April 1892 in New Jersey, age 8
David Levitas, son, born Jan 1894 in New Jersey, age 6
Lena Levitas, daughter, born May 1896, age 4

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1905 New York State Census

New York City, New York County, New York, 234 East 63rd Street (images 29 & 30)

Emanuel Levitas, head, age 39, born Austria, in the U.S. 16 years, citizen, occupation Tailor
Sarah Levitas, wife, age 33, born Russia,in the U.S. 16 years, citizen, occupation Housemaker (Housewife / homemaker)
Max Levitas, son, age 13, born U.S., at school (grade 6)
David Levitas, son, age 11, born U.S., at school (grade 4)
Lena Levitas, daughter, age 10, born U.S., at school (grade 3)

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1910 U.S. Federal Census

Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, Ward 31, Roll 984, E.D. 1040, Page 10A
483 Neptune Avenue

Emanuel Levitas, head, age 41, born Austria / German, married 21 years
Sarah Levitas, wife, age 38, born Russ / Polish, married 21 years, mother of 5 children, only 2 still living
Matthew Levitas, age 17, born New Jersey
Lillian Levitas, age 14, born New Jersey

This census record is the only record I have for a member of the Levitt / Levitas family that indicates a birth place anything other than Austria. It notes "Aust. / German" for Emanuel's birth place. And note that David Levitas must have died between 1905 and 1910 and there were two other children born sometime between census records.

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1915 New York State Census

Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, Page 101, Line 25, 2124 65th Street

Emanuel Levitas, head, age 48, born Austria, in the U.S. for 28 years, citizen, occupation: Manufacturer Garters
Sarah Levitas, wife, age 44, born Russia, in the U.S. for 28 years, citizen, occupation: Housework
Matthew Levitas, son, age 23, born U.S., occupation: College
Lillian Messing, daughter, age 19, born U.S., occupation: Housework [Notice the different last name - she is recently married (December 1914) but isn't living with her husband.]

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This is getting kind of long, so I will share the rest of this family's census records in my next post.

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