The Liebman –

Loveman Family


The New Jersey Liebmans

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The Cleveland Lovemans

The Southern Lovemans

Literary Lovemans

Loveman Merchants

Those Who Stayed Behind


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 The New Jersey Liebmans - II


he youngest child of Izsak Liebman and Rezi Guttmann was Leah (Lena; 1850-1920). The 1869 Census of Zemplén County lists two records of young women by this name. One was of a Leni Liebman, a daughter in the house of Izsak in Zamutov, but her date of birth was given as 1843. 

A second was for a Lena Liebmann living in Varanno (Vranov nad Topľou) also born in Zamutov. It was of a single Jewish female living with other individuals to whom she was not obviously related and gave her birth year as 1852. She was listed as a servant in a house that had two lodgings (probably bedrooms), a pantry, a vestibule and a kitchen with a store, a stable and a lean-to shed.

Lena married Moritz Abrahamovics (1848-1920) from the nearby town of Komariany in 1872. She bore their first son, David (1874-1950) and their second, Jacob (1876-1958) in Europe, as well as a third son, Markus (1878-?), who does not appear to have survived to adulthood.

The family probably emigrated in the very early 1880s. Their first daughter, Kate (1882-1958), was born in Newark. She was followed by Mary (1883-1972), Yetta (1885-1960), Samuel (1892-1951) and Pauline (1884-1920). Moritz filed citizenship papers on 31 May 1883 in Essex County. He was naturalized on 18 Oct 1885.

A record of Lena Liebman's birth in Zamutov on 16 Jun 1850 survives.


Lena and Moritz Abrahamovics (later Abrams), in the only surviving photograph of the two of them.

The family lived at 141 Prince Street in Newark in 1885 through about 1890, moved briefly to 198 Broome Street in 1891, and then purchased a home at 113 Barclay Street, where they lived for many years, and where Moritz ran a grocery store. In 1903, he and his two foreign-born sons petitioned the Essex County Circuit Court to change their surname legally to Abrams.








The children of Lena Liebman and Moritz Abrams. Click on any image for a capsule biography.

Lena was described by those who remembered her as gentle and very sweet, and as able to turn her husband "around her little finger." Every Sunday the Abrams family congregated at their Barclay Street home, where she cooked veal chops and chicken for them. She could not read or write English, but spoke both German and Hungarian and enjoyed having stories read to her.  Family tradition describes Moritz, Lena and their youngest daughter Pauline, who was severely handicapped, as victims of the great influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, but vital records confirm their actual deaths took place in late 1920,  within days of one another. The three are buried in Grove Street Cemetery in Irvington, New Jersey.

Lena Liebman Abrams, undated tintype. Click to enlarge.

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