22 January 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Simon Liebross

Here lies
Shimon son of Maneh haLevi
Died 23 Cheshvan 5688
May his soul be bound in the bonds of the living
DIED NOV. 18, 1927

Simon Liebross was the elder brother of my great grandfather Louis Liebross and was born between 1855 and 1861 in the Austria-Hungarian Empire. [1] He lies in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Queens, New York, near most of the rest of the Liebross family and next to his wife Ethel in the Workmen's Circle Block, Section D, Line 9, Grave 1. 

At this point, I am unaware of any other siblings of the two Liebross brothers. Simon first emigrated, by himself, to the United States in 1881. [2] So far, he is the earliest of my known relatives to emigrate to the United States. I have been unable to locate him immediately after immigration in any city directory, so I do not know where he resided or when he returned to Europe. He came back to the United States in 1890 with his new wife Ethel Hammer Liebross. [3] Their last residence in Europe had been Krasnoyil's'k a small community (today in Ukraine) northwest of Radauti, Romania (where brother Leiser and family had resided). [4]

Ethel and Simon did not have any children. They lived their lives in Brooklyn and Queens. Early in my research when I'd first discovered Simon, my mother's first cousin Stanford Liebross (1929-2011), told me that his father (Jerry) had named him after Jerry's great uncle Simon Liebross. I have been told that the name Maneh, the name of Simon and Louis' father, may be a shortened version of "Emanuel."

1.  Queens County, New York, Certificate of Death no. 5951 (18 November 1927), Simon Leibross [sic], New York City Municipal Archives, New York.
2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: 29 August 2012), manifest, Elbe, Bremen to New York, arriving 13 August 1881, line 620, S.[?] L. Liebraefe, citing National Archives Microfilm Serial M237, Roll 440, Line 4, List 1119.
3. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 28 May 2008), manifest, Rhaetia, Hamburg to New York, arriving 25 January 1890, line 188, Simon Libros, citing National Archives Microfilm Serial M237, Line 35.
4. Special thanks to genealogist Ava Cohn (Sherlock Cohn), who may be related to Ethel Hammer Liebross, for identifying that the location cited on the manifest ("Krasno") was actually Krasnoyil's'k.
"Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 28 May 2008), manifest, Rhaetia, Hamburg to New York, departing 5 January 1890, line 190, Simon and Etel Libros, citing Staatsarchive Hamburg, Volume 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 066, Seite 4.

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