Rivkah Fein Cohen, the daughter of Rachel and Baruch Fein, was born in 1845 in
Lithuania. She married Dov Ber (Bernard) Cohen in Kupiskis in 1865 and
emigrated to the United States in 1893. Four of her five
surviving children also came to the United States. (There are no extant photos
of Dov Ber Cohen.)
This undated photo was probably taken in New York City some time
before Leah passed away in 1918.
Cohen, the oldest surviving son of Leah Fein and Dov Ber Cohen, was born in
Kupiskis in 1868. He died in New York City in 1948. Morris
decided to return to Kupiskis to live sometime during either the late 1920's or
early 1930's but discovered that he no longer 'fit in' and returned 'home' to New
York after about a year.
Meyer Cohen, born in
Kupiskis in 1870, was the second son of Leah Fein and Dov Ber
Cohen. He emigrated to New York c.1892 and spent the majority of his life
in the fruit business in Morristown, New Jersey, where he died in 1958.
This photo shows him, c.1900, in front of his wagon which he used to
peddle fruit before he was prosperous enough to open up a shop in Morristown.
Ida (Chaya) Cohen Cantor
was born in Kupiskis in 1880 and came to New York with her parents, Leah Fein
and Dov Ber Cohen in 1893. In 1900 she met and married Samuel (Shimson
Ber) Cantor, who was born in 1872 in Uzpaliai, only twenty or so miles from
Kupiskis. Ida and Sam ran a grocery store in Brooklyn for many years. He
died in 1952 and she died in 1966. Their youngest grandchild, Linda, is
The photo of Ida was taken
in 1900 for her engagement to Sam. The photo of the two of them
was taken about 1910, probably in Norfolk, Virginia, where they lived
for several years before returning to New York.
Jenny Cohen Lipschutz, the youngest surviving child of Leah Fein
and Dov Ber Cohen, was born in Kupiskis in 1884 and came to New York with her
parents in 1893. She married Abraham Lipschutz
in New York. Abe,
born in Kupiskis in 1882, was the son of Hannah Trapido and Samuel Lipschitz.
The photo of Jenny is undated but would appear to be taken about
1900 and the photo of Jenny and Abe was taken in 1910 in Norfolk, Virginia,
where they lived for several years before returning to New York City.
(The two Cohen sisters married two Cantor cousins. Sam
Cantor and Abe Lipschutz were first cousins, once removed. Abe's
mother, Hannah Trapido, and Sam Cantor were first cousins, although Abe and Sam
were about the same age.)
(These photos were contributed by Linda Cantor,
in memory of her grandparents, Ida Cohen and Sam Cantor, and her great
grandmother, Leah Cohen, whom she is named for.)
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