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Rabbi Shlomo Abramson "Maharsha" of Shavel, Lithunia was a recognized scholar, a Dayan (Religious court judge) and the Dean of a small rabbinical school. He had four daughters, two of whom emigrated to the United States, Jennie (Shayna Rivka) and Florence (Fruma Bryna).

One of his students was Rabbi Abraham Levinson. Rabbi Levinson subsequently married Jennie, the MaHarSha's daughter. Rabbi Abraham Levinson emigrated to the US in 1881 and was joined by his wife Jennie when she emigrated to the US in 1885. In the 1990 census they are in Indianapolis IN where he was serving as a Rabbi. In the 1910 census they are in Baltimore, MD where he was serving as the Rabbi of Congregation Bnai Israel (currently affiliated with the Maryland Museum of Jewish History).

Florence emigrated to the US as well and is listed in the 1910 census in Baltimore MD along with her husband, Dov Ber "Barret" "Bernard" Davis, a Shochet.