Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tracking Mira's Children: Meyer

This is the second in a series tracking the children of Mira Halperin Lefand Marienhoff.You can see everything in this series to this point here.
Meyer Lefand Birth Record, Nezhin, Ukraine, 1879

Meyer Lefand was born in Nezhin, Ukraine on September 9, 1879, to Yehoshua (son of Ber) and Mira (daughter of Yitzchak) Lefand.  He was at least their fourth child.

Meyer & Sofia Lefant Boat Record, 1904
In 1904, Meyer and Sofia Lefant immigrated to America.  They were going to join Sofia's brother Chaim Rifkin in Brooklyn, on Pike Street--the same address that Meyer's brother Nechemia was to go to only a month later.  Meyer was a tailor.  His last residence looks like Groluk or Proluk.  This was possibly Prikuli, a city just south of Nezhin.
1910 US Census, Brooklyn, NY, Leffand Family

By 1910, Meyer and Sofia Lefand were still living in Brooklyn, and they had two children, Samuel and Sarah.  Meyer was an operator in a cloak factory.

Meyer registered for the draft for World War I.
WWI Draft Registration Card, Meyer Leffand
Meyer was a tailor.  Interestingly, his signature looks like Meep.  The "P" in Russian makes an "R" sound!

Meyer did not make it to fight in the war.  He had registered in September 1918.  He died in Brooklyn on August 19, 1919, aged only 40.  He left behind his wife Sofia (who later remarried to Solomon Fox) and children Samuel, Sarah, Jacob, Mary, and Bessie.
Meyer Leffand's Grave, Mount Zion Cemetery, New York
All these years later, my part of the family & Meyer's have gotten reconnected--and I've actually met his great granddaughter Sara and great-great grandson Aaron!


  1. My name is Marilyn Lehman née Leffand. Iam the granddaughter of Meyer and daughter of Jacob. I would love to contact you for I have much to share. I have never blogged before but I am trying.

    1. Hi, Marilyn! I'd love to be in touch. Please email me at larasfamily AT gmail.com (replace the At with the @ sign).

  2. Hi Marilyn, it's Sara Adler (Martha Fox's daughter). We were in touch about a decade ago regarding Genealogy. Would love to reconnect too! I can be reached at saraadler@comcast.net