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Solomon Weiss Family
of New York City
"My feelings are that in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors, to put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the  family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe.  All tribes have one. We have been called as it were by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story!  So, we do.  In finding them, we somehow find ourselves ...."
from: The Story Tellers by
Della M. Cummings Wright 

Weiss Public Photo Album on Family Search

Stecker-Albert-Weiss-Lehner family tree centered at Solomon Weiss (L775-M85) on FamilySearch dot org
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Benjamin Weiss, father of Solomon, David, Samuel & Benjamin? Weiss
possibly Samuel Weiss family in 1910 US Census for NYC (?)


GEDCOM Familiy Tree for Stecker-Albert-Weiss-Lehner
GEDCOM Familiy Tree for Stecker
as of December 28, 2015
(499 kB, 566 individual & 189 families)
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Solomon Weiss family in 1900 US Census, lines 85-96


Solomon and Leibe Weiss family tree
(with data as of 12-23-2013)
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First Generation 

Solomon Weiss

Solomon Weiss
(Husband of Leibe Hannah Binder, father of over 10 children, brother of David Weiss)

According to a Belva Weiss Rhodes note (link 1 or 2) there were four Weiss brothers:
David of Tennessee, Solomon of Brooklyn, NY, Samuel and Benjamin
possibly Samuel Weiss family in 1910 US Census for NYC (?)
Solomon's brother David Weiss 1934 Tennessee death certificate,
lists their father as Benjamin Weiss & mother as Hannah Warner (or possibly Werner)
Solomon Weiss born circa 1855 in Austria (Galicia?)
Home town of Solomon Weiss & family is unknown
 1. Szczawne, Galicia, 1, 2 (Szczawne, Poland today)
2. Drohobych, Galicia (west Ukraine today)
3. Austro-Hungarian Empire, Linz or Vienna, Austria, "Stuttgart, Austria"
Immigrated to USA in 1888? (according to the 1900 US Census)
1900 US Census, ED293, 663 Lewis, NY, NY (Manhattan):
 Age: 44, Immigration Year: 1888, occupation Presser
Solomon Weiss U.S. Naturalization Document 1 or 2
Naturalized index card 1-28-1905
Arrived NY, NY, 12-15-1889,  residence: 504 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn NY
Marriage 1875, Austria
Died July 8, 1930 at age 78

1900 US Census for Solomon Weiss family, lines 85-96
1905 New York State Census for Solomon Weiss family, lines 13-24
Solomon Weiss death certificate
Solomon Weiss on Find A Grave

photo of first Weiss family plot

JPEG capture of Solomon Weiss 1900 US Census, Naturalization and family letter

New York Passenger List Arrival for a ?Solomon Weiss?, 24Nov1891, Soundex W200, NARA Roll 580, image 51 line 175:
NARA Roll 580, image 51, line175 for Solomon Weiss. On SS Virginia (NARA Roll 580, Image 48
see possible Passenger Ship & Naturalization record on web-page

Passenger list of vessels arriving in New York 1820-1891 (from FamilySearch):

Online 1900 US Census for Solomon Weiss family, ED 293, 663 Lewis NY,NY, lines 85 - 96:

Online 1905 New York State Census for Solomon Weiss family, 534 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY, lines 13 - 24:

Solomon Weiss likely had siblings, one confirmed brother was David Weiss of Jackson, TN:
David Weiss of Jackson, TN, born circa 1852 in "Austria" was a brother of brother of Solomon.  He lived in Jackson, Tennessee. David (mistakenly called Dan in the 1920 US Census) married Marie Antoinette "Nettie"
I believe David and Nettie Weiss of Jackson, TN had 8 children according to the
1910 US Census, 1920 US Census, 1930US Census, & letter and funeral notice of Nettie

Children of David and Nettie Weiss:
Ben Morris Weiss, born 22Apr1899, died 22Nov1968 in Dallas, TX,
buried: Grove Hill Cemetery, wife: Verna Reese, 1dau, 3 sons,
Ben Weiss family in 1940 US Census
Belva Weiss. 1901-1991
Talmage Weiss, 1903-1966
Evelyn Weiss, 1906-1966
Maxie Ola "Maxine"/Maria Weiss, 1909-2002
Lillian Weiss, born circa 1911
(Thomas) Quentin Weiss, 1913-2005
David Weiss, Jr. 1922-2010

Solomon Weiss probably had other brothers as suggested in the 1962 letter from Sadie Weiss Bergold and Belva Weiss' note


Leibe (Louisa) Hannah Binder Weiss

Leibe Hannah Binder Weiss
(Wife of Solomon Weiss, mother of over 10 children)
Online 1900 US Census for Louisa Weiss, line 86:

b 1857, Austria; Age:43, Immigration year 1890,
Number of living children: 11, How many children: 12, Married 1875
Died January 26, 1941



Second Generation
(in chronological order) 

Rose (Rosie, Rosy) Weiss Hollander
 Relationship: Daughter of Solomon and Leibe Hannah Weiss according to 1897 marriage data from NY-ODM
1900 US Census for Wolff and Rosy Hollander family, lines 32-35:
(screen capture of 1900 US census, line 32-35 for Rosy Weiss Hollander)

 Born (pc):
December, 1876 or 1878?

18May1904 in Manhattan (NYC)
According to the death summary of Rose Weiss Hollander, she died May 18, 1904 in Manhattan at the age of 26 years.
On her death summary in FamilySearch she is listed as Rosie Hallander with her father mistakenly listed as Saloman Mise.
She is buried in Maspeth Queens at Mt.Zion Cemetery. Her grave is near husband Wolf and his second wife Esther.

May, 1904 in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Maspeth (Queens), NY near future site of husband Wolf Hollander

Rose Weiss married Wolf Hollander (1874-1942) in Manhattan, NYC USA on 7February1897

Children of Rose/Rosie
 Rose Weiss Hollander had 4 children: Florence, Jacob, Albert, Malcolm
Florence R. Hollander, b. 21 Jan 1898 in NYC,
 raised by maternal grandparents Solomon & LeibeWeiss when mother Rose died, husband: Arthur Winter, photos
Children of Florence Hollander and husband Arthur Winter:
Jerome (Jerry) Winter, b. 1922 in NY, wife: Joy
Robert W. Winter: b. 1925 in NY, wife: Clare
Marilyn Winter, b. 1929 in NY
Jack (Jacob) Hollander, b. 1900 (?) in NYC, raised by Leibe Hanah Bender Weiss when mother Rose died
Al (Albert) Hollander, b.1901 in NYC, wife: Ida b. 1906, photo,
Albert Hollander had three sons: Marvin, Sheldon & Ronald H.,
son Ronald H. Hollander, b. 2 Feb 1937, wife: Anna, had twin boys (Carey & Howard?) who had two sons each.
Malcolm Hollander,1903-1959 in New York, wife: Jean Himmelstein,1907-1969, photo
Malcolm Hollander's daughter is Rhoda Hollander Stillman, b. 1934.  Rhoda's husband was
Barron H. Stillman, M.D.(deceased),
Rhoda's children: daughter Laura Stillman Fauber (
1958–1997, deceased), son Robert Stillman, daughter Melissa/Lisa Stillman.  Rhoda has several grandchildren


Esther Weiss
(photo?, original)
Born 1880, Austria
Died July 29, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY
Profession: button hole maker

Harry B.

Harry Bernard Weiss
Name:  Harry Bernard Weiss
Born: October 10, 1882 in Austria-Hungary Empire
Died: March 2, 1954 in Beaumont, Texas of carcinoma of the stomach
Profession: plumber, salesman dry goods house, concrete art
Father:  Solomon Weiss
Mother:  Leibe Hannah (Louisa on census) Binder
Wife: Mary Leonard or Lehner
Daughter: Minnie Weiss (married name later Shelly Stecker)
Marriage: Harry Bernard Weiss 10Nov1912 married Mary Leonard/Lehner (No. 1593) online:
Harry Bernard Weiss 10Nov1912 marriage to Mary Leonard/Lehner (JPEG image):

Marriage 1, 1a at age 30 on 10 Nov 1912 in Boston, MA to Mary Lehner
Spouse: Mary Lehner (aka Mary Leonard) of Worcester, MA (born in Russia)
Spouse's Father:  Max Lehner
Spouse's Mother:  Minnie
Record Number:  7452
Film Number:  2409944
Marriage Registration Place:  Worcester, Massachusetts
Immigrated to USA in 1890? (according to the 1900 US Census, line 88):

Harry B. Weiss 2March1954 death certificate:

No burial: Cremated

immigration from Austria/Galicia to NYC in 1890 (ancestry)
TheOliveTreeGenealogy - immigration Passenger Lists 1875-1899
Immigration year 1890


Harry Weiss was born on October 10, 1882, Austria (probably Drohobych, Galicia)
Died: March 2, 1954 in Beaumont, Texas of carcinoma of the stomach.
 Cremated.  Birth date on Death Certificate was October 10, 1882.

Wife: Mary Lehner (aka: Leonard to the Weiss family)

One Child: Minnie Weiss (later changed to Shelly), born February 25, 1914 in Worcester, MA
Basic data on Minnie Weiss (married name Shelly Stecker), daughter of Harry B. Weiss and Mary Lehner/Leonard Weiss:

Birth registered of Minnie Weiss (No. 4660):

After the death of her mother Mary Lehner (Weiss) on September 26, 1915, Minnie was brought up first by her grandparents Solomon & Leibe Weiss
 and later by Sadie (Sarah) Weiss and Frank J. Bergold with cousin Henry Bergold in Brooklyn, NY.
Minnie's name was Shelly Stecker after marriage to Samuel Stecker
(b.March 3, 1907, d. March 18, 1965).
She died December 12, 1982 in Chula Vista, CA, buried on 15Dec1982, 2:00 PM, at Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary, Los Angeles 90045
grave site:
Shelly Minnie Stecker
Block 6, Plot 139, Space 8, Mt. of Olives
Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary
6001 Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, California 90045
Grandchildren (from Minnie/Shelly): Stephen L. Stecker, M.D. (San Diego, CA), Michael A. Stecker, M.D. (Los Angeles, CA)
Great Grandchildren (from Stephen and Alix
Colcombet Stecker): Tiffany, Mathieu, Dylan Stecker


David Weiss

Born April, 1884, Austria
Died ?
Profession: machinist
Wife: Rae Sheinberg
Home: ?
Children of David Weiss:
Ruth Weiss (married Norman Brunell, had sons David & Paul Brunell), Natalie Weiss (married Charles Abrams, no children),
Judith Weiss (died as child Nov. 27, 1919)
Norman and Ruth Brunell family in 1940 US Census, lines 51-54:

Sadie (Sarah)

Sadie Weiss Bergold

Born March 16, 1886, Austria (possibly from Drohobych?, Galicia)
Sarah probably immigrated in June, 1893 from Diobobych, Galicia: today's Drohobych, Ukraine
Lat: 49 degrees, 21 minutes North,  Long: 23 degrees, 30.5 minutes East

Died in Bronx, NY July, 1971
Profession: book keeping dry goods house, housewife
Sadie W. Bergold Social Security number:
Husband: Frank J. Bergold, photo 
Child: Henry Bergold, photo
Also, raised Minnie Weiss (later Shelly Stecker) after her mother Mary Lehner (aka: Leonard) Weiss died.
Home: Brooklyn, NY (Keap St.)
Grandchildren: Laurel Bergold, Dorothy Bergold, Linda Bergold/Whittaker, Peter Bergold.
Linda Frances Bergold was married to Noel F. Whittaker.  Linda died 23August2006 at age 54 in Oakton, VA.  She had one son -- Alexander Whttaker.

Lillian (Lena),"Lilly"

Lillian Weiss Lefkowitz

Born 1888, Austria
Died: April, 1954
Husband: Max Lefkowitz (d. February, 1957), photo 1 & 2
Two Children -- Ruth and Miriam

Ruth Lefkowitz Bank was the daughter of Lillian Weiss Lefkowitz:
Ruth's husband: Myron "Mike" Bank,  Home: NYC
Ruth and Mike Bank had 3 children, group photo:
Harvey Bank (wife Ellen), David Bank, Nancy Bank

Harvey Bank has 3 children:
Daniel Bank is married to Linnell.  Linnell has two children Sherry and Ben from a previous marriage. Together they have my grandson Adam who just turned. They live in Queensland Australia  Where he has a thriving chiropractic practice.
Laura Bank is married to Alden Witte. Their daughter Sage will be one year old in May, 2013. Laura graduated as a Physician’s Assistant and went on to obtain a doctorate as a Physician’s Assistant.  She is currently teaching and serves as Vice Chair of the Physician and ’s Assistant department at a Medical Science Institute in Mesa, Arizona.
Michael Bank is married to Whitney Sally - they have no children.  Michael graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelors in business. He served for six years in the Air Force National Guard. However, after nine months of deployment in Kuwait, he decided the military life was not for him. After returning to the states, he opened a karate studio in Columbia, South Carolina. He is currently a 4th degree black belt and has been trained in a variety of martial art traditions.

Harvey Bank received my bachelors degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He obtained a PhD in Biophysics and Biomedical sciences from  Oak Ridge Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. I did postdoctoral work at Duke University and obtained a faculty appointment at the Medical University of South Carolina where he rose to the position of senior researcher and Associate Professor. He resigned my position in 1989 and retrained in the field of alternative health.  I currently live in and own alternative health a clinic in Springfield Ohio .
David Bank has no children:
David Bank is married to Jason Stone, and is living in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  David  retired from the New York City school system where he taught Chemistry and Earth Science at Brooklyn Tech, and subsequently at Stuyverson high school.
Nancy Bank has one child, daughter Cheri Stark:
Cheri is married to Ben Jamison.  She received a bachelor's degree from the opera Department of Music Conservatory of USC.  Currently she works as the Human resource director of a foundation and performs operas and musical gigs whenever possible. Recently they moved to Studio City, California.

Nancy is divorced from her second husband Mel.  She obtained a bachelors degree in neurosciences from Cornell University and subsequently earned a Masters in counseling . She lives in San Marco's California and has a successful counseling, marriage and family therapy practice specializing in a rapid counseling modality called EMDR. She has one daughter from her first marriage- resource Cheri.

Miriam Lefkowitz Kahn, daughter of Lillian Weiss Lefkowitz:
Miriam's husband: Sanders Kahn
Miriam Kahn's chuldren: Leslie, Richard, Susan
Great grandchildren: (from Richard): Annale, Hannah 

Joseph (Joe), L

Joseph Weiss

Born August 2,1892, NYC
Died February 18, 1966, California, FindAGrave
Buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (site: Q1242), Pt. Loma, CA (1, 2)
Children: none
Home: California

Irving B. (Isidor)

Irving Weiss

Born January, 1894, NYC
Died: May 8?, 1945
Profession: salesman
Irving's Wife: Pauline Sachar, b. 10/3/1896, d. 2/3/1986, photo
Child of Irving & Pauline
Bernard "Buddy" Melvin Weiss born 5Feb1925 in Brooklyn, NY, died 13Nov1998 in Boca Raton, Florida. photo
Buddy's wife: Doris Marion Weinman

Grandchildren (from "Buddy" Bernard Weiss)
Jeffery Weiss married to Susan Schild
Richard Weiss, married Iris Fisher

Great grandchildren
Great grandchildren (from Jeffery & Susan); Michele, Scott
.Great grandchildren (from Richard & Iris); Brandon Weiss & Adam Weiss

Aaron J
Born 1896, NYC
Died: date ? in Los Angeles
Wife: Molly
Children: none
Home: Los Angeles, CA

Barney (Barnett)
born Jan. 17, 1898, NYC
Died: Jan. 16, 1978
Profession: salesman
Wife: Sarah Schneider (Weiss), group photo of Barney, Sarah, Estelle & Sydney Weiss
Children: Mortimer (Morty) Weiss, wife Lila (divorced) Goldman with two children (Bonnie & Lori)
Home: NYC


Sydney/Sidney Weiss

Born 6 February 1900, NYC. died June, 1974 Queens, NY, SS#: 087-01-5701

Profession: electrical contractor
Wife: Estelle Peaceman, group photo
No Children
Died: June, 1974, buried in Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, NJ, FindAGrave
Home: Long Island, NY

Sidney & Estelle Weiss in 1940 US Census, lines 26 &27


Chronology and specifics unclear for
Rachel Leah Weiss
Relationship: unknown
Born; February 11, 1883
Died: September 16, 1927
(her gravestone is next to Leibe Hannah Weiss)