Bettie Herstein Schiffman

From 5 Generations

Portrait of the three eldest Herstein Children, Bettie, Lina and Monroe, circa 1864, painting by William Frye
Born:March 21, 1860, Huntsville, Alabama
Died:June 3, 1932, New York City
Buried:Maple Hill Cemetery
Daughter of:Rosa Blimline Herstein
Daughter of:Robert Herstein
Wife of:Isaac Schiffman
Mother of:Annie Schiffman Goldsmith
Mother of:Irma Schiffman
Mother of:Robert Lee Schiffman


•  "Solomon and Daniel Schiffman came to the United States in 1857, Solomon to Cincinnati and Daniel to Paris, Kentucky. They moved to Huntsville before the Civil War and opened a dry goods and clothing business on the courthouse square. Isaac Schiffman, born in 1856 in Germany, came to Huntsville in 1875 to join his uncles, Solomon and Daniel. He married Bettie Herstein; their children were Robert, Irma, and Annie. In 1908 son Robert, by then grown, and son-in-law Lawrence Goldsmith joined the business, which had expanded into cotton and land leasing. Isaac died in 1910. That year, the business incorporated as I. Schiffman & Company. It still operates today at its courthouse square location." - Nilsson

•  Married March 5, 1884 in Madison County, Alabama. - MCRC

•  Mother of:
     Annie Schiffman (1886 - 1959)
     Robert Lee Schiffman (1888 - )
     Irma B Schiffman (1890 - 1956) -

•  "Isaac Schiffman, born in Hoppstaedten, German, in 1856, immigrated to America in 1875 and traveled south to join his uncles, Solomon and Daniel Schiffman. Isaac worked with his uncles in the mercantile business and in 1885 married Bettie Herstein, eldest daughter of Rosa and Robert Herstein. They had three children: Robert, Irma, and Annie, my grandmother. After his uncles died, Isaac remained in the mercantile business until 1905 at which time he became engaged in the investment and cotton business. During the year 1908, his son, Robert, and his son-in-law Lawrence Goldsmith, Sr. joined him in business and a partnership was formed. Isaac died in 1910. His wife, Bettie, continued the business with Robert and Lawrence until her death in 1932. In 1933 the firm was incorporated under the name 'I. Schiffman & Co., Inc.' Headquarters for the company have remained in the same location for the past fifty years, in a building purchased by Isaac in 1905 on the Southeast corner of the East Side of the Square.
     In addition to his business activities, Isaac was chairman of the building committee of Temple B'nai Sholom when the Congregation erected its own sanctuary in 1898, and served as President of the Congregation at the turn of the century." - 5 Generations

•  In the 1870 Census, Robert Herstein was 40 years old and is listed as the head of house. He was born in Germany and his occupation is listed as Merchant. Also living in the home was Rose, his wife (age 31) and five of their children Bettie (10) Lina (9) Monroe (8) Mirian (2) and Jacob (1). There is one more woman listed. Her name was Lizzie Momehunt she was 19 years old, born in Ireland, and her occupation was housekeeper. - 1870 Census

•  In the 1880 Census, Rosa was 40 years old, was widowed and was head of the house. Her occupation was listed as Merchantress. She was born in Maryland and her parents were both born in Prussia. Five of her children were living with her all of them were born in Alabama. They were Bettie Herstein (20), Lina Herstein (19), Jacob Herstein (11), Abie Herstein (9), Joseph Herstein (5). There was also a "Servant" named Jennie Drake living in the home. She was 23 years old and was born in Alabama. - 1880 Census

•  In the 1900 US Census: Isaac was 44 years old and the head of the house (310 West Clinton Street) His place of birth was listed as Germany and his occupation was a Dry Goods Merchant. Also in that home was his wife Bettie (39 years old), his widowed aunt Bertha Schiffman (56 years old) and his children Annie (14 years old), Robert Lee (12 years old), and Irma (10 years old) - 1900 Census

•  In the 1910 US Census: Ike was 50 years old and the head of the house (306 Clinton St.) His occupation was listed as a banker. Also living in the house with his wife Bettie (47 years old), his son Robert (22 years old and a bank clerk), Ike's nephew (Robert's cousin) Leo (18 years old and a bank clerk, Mrs. Saul Schiffman (67 years old, probably Ike's aunt also living with them ten years earlier.) - 1910 Census

•  East Side of Square (14) I. Schiffman & Company, Investments, Mrs. Bettie and R. L. Schiffman and L. B. Goldsmith - Record

•  1933: "The City and County agreed on splitting appropriations equally to lease and improve the airport, and the Huntsville Board of Education accepted the donation of land for their first major football field from the Goldsmith-Schiffman estate, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Goldsmith and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schiffman in memory of Mrs. Bettie Goldsmith and Mrs. Beth Schiffman." - Record

•  1934: "About this time 814 men were also working on Works Progress rolls in Madison County, including building a gym and auditorium at Riverton and at New Market, along with the stone wall around Goldsmith-Schiffman football field." - Record

•  "In 1937 the W.P.A. and the Huntsville Board of Education built a stone field house at Goldsmith-Schiffman field." - Record

•  "A new grandstand at Goldsmith-Schiffman field became a reality in 1936 compliments of the influence of the Acme Club." - Record

Related Links:

•  1870 Census - As viewed through an paid subscription (Originally found at

•  1880 Census - As viewed through an paid subscription (Originally found at

•  1910 Census - As viewed through an paid subscription (Originally found at

•  5 Generations - Article titled "5 Generations of Life: 'My Family and the Huntsville, Alabama Jewish Community' 1852-1982" by Margaret Anne Goldsmith Hanaw for Huntsville Historical Review, Volume 12, #3 & #4, Jul-82, Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society

• - Page owned by Jen White and can be viewed only with an paid subscription (Originally found at

•  Catalogue - The Bernstein, Herstein, Schiffman and Goldsmith Collection: A Catalogue by Margaret Anne Goldsmith, 2014 draft with complete biographical information on page 115.

•  Find a Grave - Paged created by Leigh Ann

•  Maple Hill - Maple Hill Cemetery, Phase One, by Diane Robey, Dorothy Scott Johnson, John Rison Jones, Jr., & Frances C. Roberts (Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society), 1995, page 74.

•  MCRC - Madison County Records Center, Marriage Licenses.

•  Nilsson - Why Is It Named That?, by Dex Nilsson, 2005, page 109

•  Record - A Dream Come True: The Story of Madison County and Incidentially of Alabama and the United States, Volume II, by James Record, 1978, pages 221, 223, 227, 229, 547

•  The Goldsmith Family Album

•  1900 Census - As viewed through an paid subscription (Originally found at

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  Rosa Blimline Herstein
•  Robert Herstein
•  Isaac Schiffman
•  5 Generations
•  Annie Schiffman Goldsmith
•  Catalogue
•  Maple Hill
•  Nilsson
•  Record
•  The Goldsmith Family Album
•  Irma Schiffman
•  Robert Lee Schiffman