In 1835 Benjamin Bittan was born in Spitalfields to Joshua Bittan and Phoebe Martin (Nunes Martinez). He was one of 11 children. He was Diane’s great grandfather.
He married Esther Levy on 10 February 1857 at 3 Cope’s Square, Middlesex Street. Their daughter Dinah married Aaron Hart. They had 8 children, one of whom Leah (Lily) was Diane’s mother.