26 November 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Bernice Morris

Bernice Morris gravestone, digital image, Distant Cousin.com (http://www.distantcousin.com : accessed 14 February 2008), Red Bank Hebrew Cemetery (Congregation Bnai Israel),  Tinton Falls, Monmouth County, NJ.

Here lies
Batsheva daughter of Baruch Mordechai
17 Elul 5756
JUNE 27, 1922 - SEPT. 1, 1996 

Bernice, Max and Irene Morris' first child, born 27 June 1922 in New York City. [1] The family moved to Monmouth County, New Jersey (initially Red Bank and, later, Rumson) in about early 1930. Bernice attended Red Bank High School (class of 1940). [2]

Bernice married Mel Stern and had two children: Steve and Ilene (Lana). She and Mel divorced about 1950. Stern died 24 August 1959.

On 25 December 1960, Bernice married Daniel Gallop, with whom she had Judy. Dan adopted Bernice's first two children. [3]

Bernice and Dan later divorced and Bernice returned to her maiden name.

I found this photograph of Bernice's tombstone (as well as those of her siblings and parents) in the Red Bank Hebrew Cemetery on DistantCousin.com. [4] 

1. 1925 New York States Census, New York County, New York, population schedule,  Enumeration District 18, Assembly District 7, sheet 21, Max and Irene Morris; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 January 2013), New York State Archives: Albany, New York.
1930 U.S. Census, Monmouth County, New Jersey, population schedule, Red Bank, Enumeration District 13-104, sheet 1A, family 10, Max Morris, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 March 2008), citing Family History Library microfilm 2,341,107.
2. The Log, Red Bank High School Year Book, Red Bank, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Bernice Shirley Morris, page 22, 1940, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 November 2013).
 3. I have no records in support of this information. The informants are her children. Recently, I read a post on Jersey Roots Genealogy blog that explains the intricacies of requesting genealogical copies of vital records. I may have to consider that route for some members of the Morris family.
4. I'd actually located this photo (and several other Morris family tombstones) early on in my genealogical research, failed to cite my source (mea culpa!), and could not relocate them again. I'm not sure what I had queried on originally, but searching on their names did not work during my recent quest. Once my cousin told me the New Jersey cemetery in which the Morrises were interred, I was able to find them on DistantCousin.com.

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