Facts and Events
Bertha Littman was born in 1870, probably in Hungary. She arrived in New York in late 1887, traveling with her sister Lena. The story told by her granddaughter is that Bertha had come to visit some cousins in New York when she received word that something had befallen her family back home, and that she should stay in New York. While in New York, she met Louis Brautman, a Jewish immigrant (from Romania?) whom she married. Together they raised five daughters. She lived to age 62, and was survived by her husband, three daughters, and several granddaughters.
SS Elbe (Bremen to New York, 1887)
- ↑ Her birth date may be calculated from two sources. Her June 1892 marriage license gives her age as 20, making her birth late 1871 or early 1872. Her Sept 1932 death cert gives her age as 62 (as does her gravestone), making her birth 1870 (or late 1869). A handwritten list of family vital dates (circa 1950) gives her birth date as 30 May 1870 (this is the only source of a specific date).
Though her eldest granddaughter claimed that Bertha was from Bohemia, most documents (marriage cert, Fanny's birth cert, Bertha's death cert) point to Hungary. Moreover, some old photos, apparently of Bertha's siblings and cousins, were taken in Kassa, Miskolcz, and Siofot, all Hungarian towns.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Betty Brautman's gravestone in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Queens, NY
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 1932 death certificate