Person:Louis Brautman (1)

Louis Brautman
b.15 Dec 1865
d.16 Sep 1934 Bronx, New York City
  • F.  Koppel Brautman (add)
  • M.  Rachel Sperberg (add)
  1. Louis Brautman1865 - 1934
m. 5 Jun 1892
  1. Rachel Brautman1893 - 1957
  2. Fanny Brautman1897 - 1984
  3. Hannah Brautman1900 - 1930
  4. Nina Brautman1902 - 1977
  5. Celia Brautman1904 - 1923
Facts and Events
Name Louis Brautman
Immigrant Name Louis Brantman
Religious Name Leib Yitzchak ben reb David haLevi
Gender Male
Birth[4] 15 Dec 1865 Romania? Russia?
Immigration[4] 20 Aug 1889 Port of New York
Residence bet 1892 and 1893 Manhattan, New York City136 Ridge St
with Betty Littman
Marriage 5 Jun 1892 Manhattan, New York Cityto Betty Littman
Residence bet 1901 and 1918 Manhattan, New York City87 Cannon St
with Betty Littman
Naturalization[5] 4 Sep 1901 New York City, New YorkUS District Court
Residence bet 1920 and 1925 Manhattan, New York City1524 Madison Ave
with Betty Littman
Residence bet 1930 and 1934 Bronx, New York City314 E. Tremont Ave
with Betty Littman
Death[3] 16 Sep 1934 Bronx, New York City
Burial[2][3] Maspeth, Queens, NYMt. Zion Cemetery

Louis (Leib Yitzchak) BRAUTMAN, son of Koppel (David ha Levi) BRAUTMAN and Rachel SPERBERG, was born in 1864 or 1865.N1 Family lore has him from Rumania, probably an only child, with his parents dying when he was only 7 years old, leaving him orphaned and without other family. He apprenticed himself to a goldsmith, learned that trade, made his way to England (not sure if he stayed for a bit or just passed through), and came to New York around 1889, where he met his wife, Bertha (Bluma) "Betty" LITTMAN.

Place of Origin

Louis' origins are a mystery. There are many records of the Brautman family in New York, but they tell an inconsistent story of Louis Brautman's origins. Some say Rumania (1892 marriage cert, 1923 daughter death cert, 1926 daughter marriage cert), some say Russia (1901 naturalization, 1910 census, 1920 census), some say Austria (daughter birth certs 1893, 1902, 1904), and his 1934 death cert says Bohemia (that may just be a mix-up with his wife's family). Adding to the puzzle, he and his wife are buried in a landsmanschaft plot associated with the shtetl of Makhnovka (near Berditchev, in modern day Ukraine). His granddaughter insists that he was not Russian (nor Galizianer), yet he's buried in an association plot with people from this Russian shtetl. (It is true that about 10% of people in landsmanschaft societies joined for social reasons, but were not from the town of origin that the society was organized around.)


Louis' immigration is a bit of a mystery too. He filed a "declaration of intention to become a citizen" in August 1899, which seems to be almost exactly ten years after when he was supposed to have arrived. In August 1901, he followed up with a petition for citizenship (which can only be filed two years after a declaration of intention), and was granted citizenship in Sept 1901. In those papers, he specifies 20 Aug 1889 as the date he entered the US and New York. However, a search of the New York Passenger List database does not find any entry for "Louis Brautman", nor does he turn up in a careful manual search of all of the seven ship's passenger lists that arrived in New York on 20 Aug 1889.

Research Notes

  • The JewishGen Romania database has an index of a birth record for a Leyb Itzhak Broytman, son of Kopel and Layza, on 31 Dec 1864 in Kishinev (see record M10 for 1865 Kishinev, Bessarabia, FHL 2086507 item 2). While not a 100% match, it seems too close to be coincidental. Must get a look at the actual record to see if more details are there. Note there is also an Avraham Chaim Broytman, son of Kopel and Brana, born on 15 Sept 1868 in Kishinev. The same database also has an 1862 marriage record for BROYTMAN Koppel b Leib and Litza b Itzko (record 104 in 1862 Bessarabia metrical book, FHL 2292024 item 5, 8th page, image 179).
  • JewishGen Romania database has a "revision list" (census-like) from March 1859 for Kishinev that shows a Koppel b Lev Broytman, age 37, middle class, and wife Beyla, age 35 (FHL 2375369, p. 300, reg# 833, image 168).
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  1.   We know Louis' parents names as Koppel Brautman and Rachel Sperberg from his 1892 marriage certificate, and we also know his religious name (Leib Yitzchak) and his father's religious name (David haLevi) from Louis' gravestone. In his 1899 naturalization application, he attests to his birthdate as 15 Dec 1865. However, a handwritten list of family vital dates has him born on 15 Dec 1864 (same date, different year), and the age given on his gravestone reflects that.
  2. Louis Brautman, abt 1890
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gravestone of Louis Brautman, in Mt Zion Cemetery, Queens, NY
  4. 4.0 4.1 1901 petition for citizenship
  5. 1901 order of citizenship