Benjamin, Ben, Feldman was the first-born child of Moriz and Esther Feldman. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, on April 1, 1894.

Ben Feldman birth certificate - 1894
Ben about 13 years old – 1907

He attended school through the 8th grade then went to work.

In the 1910 census, he was living at 187 Beaver Street in Brooklyn and working as a shipping clerk in a department store.

In 1911, his mother, Esther died, but his father kept the family together.

In 1917, he filed his WWI Draft Card which describes him as tall, and slender with grey eyes and brown hair.  At the time he was living at home at 743 Georgia Ave and worked in wood work. He was 23 years old and single.

Ben Feldman with 2 friends
Ben and friends

In 1920, at age 25, the family was living on Vermont Street and he was working as a Boring Machinist in a furniture frame company

Ben Feldman holding niece, Essie Rosenberg
Ben Feldman holding niece, Essie Rosenberg

He applied for a marriage license on August 11, 1924, and married Tillie Klein on August 17th. They never had children. While Ben was described as tall and slender, Tillie was described as short and stout. Of all of Morris’ sons, Ben looked the most like his father.

Ben Feldman and Tillie Klein marriage index
Marriage Index
Tillie Klein Feldman

In 1940, he lived in New York City at 1639 E. 91st Street. He was a wood worker and married to Tillie.  He was 46 and Tillie, 37.  They had a little bungalow house in Canarsie, Brooklyn, near Morris’ house.

Ben and Tillie Feldman

In 1943, his WWII Draft Card listed his sister, Ida Rosenberg, as the person who will always have his address.  He was now 48 years old and working at Trade Upholstery Shop in New York City.  He was back living in Brooklyn, though, at 1256 Remsen Ave.

Ben Feldman WWII draft card
WWII Draft Card

He died in FL around 1979. His sister, Ida, was asked to give permission for an autopsy which she did.  The results of that were never known. His wife, Tillie, died before he did.

Outstanding Questions:

  • When did Ben die?
  • Where is he buried?
  • When did Tillie die?