The Liebman –

Loveman Family


The New Jersey Liebmans

The Cleveland Lovemans

The Southern Lovemans

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Literary Lovemans

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New Jersey and Cleveland Branches



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 The Southern Lovemans - I


wo Liebman brothers were the progenitors of an extended family that emigrated to the U.S. and made their way to the south, where several members became well-known and successful dry goods merchants, and others opted for literary careers. The two were David Liebman (1750-?) of Licartovce and his brother Izsak (?-?) of Drienov. That they were related to the brothers from whom the New Jersey and Cleveland branches were descended is virtually certain; how they were related, however, is not entirely clear.

David and Rosa had at least three sons and one daughter; there were more than likely several other children. Of those who are known:

Reuben Liebman (1803-?), born in Secovce (Galszecs), married a woman named Rosa (?-?) and had six children: Israel (1824-?), David Reuben (1827-1898), who was the father of poet Robert Loveman (1864-1923), Kate (1837-?), (1843-?), Rosy (1841-?), Adolphus (1843-?), and Esther (?-?).

Bernhard Loveman (1808-1867) was the first in the family to emigrate to the United States.  He had studied at the nearby university in Kassa, Hungary (now Kosice, Slovakia) and is said to have mastered seven languages there. After supporting the failed 1848 Hungarian revolution, he and his wife Bettie Newman (1818-1891), also of Licartovce, and their seven children fled Hungary for the U.S. They landed in New York on May 31, 1853, and headed for Michigan, where they took the surname Loveman.

According to family legend, Bernhard exchanged a bag of opals for a tract of property on the Owosso River in Shiawassee County, Michigan. A document deposited in the General Land Office of the United States on 3 Jun 1856 testifies to his purchase of this tract of land. He and his family lived there for four years. 

Above: Bettie Newman and Bernhard Loveman. Photo courtesy of Philip Morehead. Click to enlarge.


Below, left: An 1856 Michigan land purchase record. Click to enlarge.

Bernhard and Bettie's family, which included Emanuel (1836-1859), Henrietta, or “Jetty”(1838-1907), Fanny (1841-1907), Rose (1842-1923), David Bernard (1844-1926), Herman Herschel (1852-1886) and Sarah Rachel (1856-1940), left Michigan in the late 1850s, and may have stopped in Cleveland on their way south. Bernhard died in Nashville and is buried there; most of his family went on to Atlanta and, eventually, to Chattanooga, where two of his sons went into the dry goods business.

Bettie Loveman (1830-?), married Bavarian-born Nathan Fleisman (1825-?) in Hungary and had six children with him: Kate (1830-1910), who married Bernard Schwartz (1821-1909); Leah (1830-1899); Rachel (1862-?), whose husband was Morris Goldberger (1854-?);  Morris (1852-1937), who married Nashville-born Rachel Abrahams (1862-  1955); Rebecca (1858-?), whose husband’s surname was Leventhal and one other daughter.

Moritz Loveman (1812-1887) married his first cousin Eva Esther Liebman (1811-1896), the daughter of Izsak (?-?) and Suve (?-?). After producing six children, they made the trek to America, sailing from Hamburg and reaching in New York on July 4, 1854. He became Morris and they joined his brother Bernhard in Michigan, where he initially worked in a logging camp, and then turned to peddling.

In a few years, the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Morris and his son David (1838-1914) opened a bakery there, then a firecracker and torpedo factory. According to David's daughter May Loveman Sobel (1870-?), who penned an unpublished genealogy of the Loveman family, a torpedo exploded, causing Morris to lose his sight in one eye and his hearing in one ear, and marking the end of the venture. 

They moved to Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee in 1860 and were purveyors of dry goods to the Confederacy for a few years, Eventually, they relocated once again to the relative security of Nashville, where Morris and Eva Esther died and are buried, and where David opened a successful dry goods business.

D. Loveman and company of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee provided sheeting and osenburg, a kind of mesh lining. to the Confederacy. Click to enlarge.

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