18 September 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Marriage of Jerry Liebross and Sydelle (Sadie) Kramer

Weddings always offer such joy and hope for the future. But, in genealogy, when we know the future, the look back can sometimes be difficult. Joseph Jerome Liebross was the seventh child of Louis and Bertha Liebross.
Kings County, New York, Certificate and Record of Marriage no. 16749 (29 November 1927), Jerome J. Liebross and Sydelle Kramer, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.
Items shown in red text are items I will be discuss further, below.

[1st page]
Groom: Jerome J. Liebross
Residence: 291 Stuyvesant Ave
Age: 30
Color: White
Single, Widowed or Divorced: Single
Occupation: Dentist
Birthplace: Bklyn
Father's Name: Louis
Mother's Maiden Name: Bertha Weingart
Number of Groom's Marriage: First

Bride: Sydelle Kramer
921 Montgomery St.
Age: 22
Color: White
Single, Widowed or Divorced: Single
Maiden Name, if a Widow: [blank]
Birthplace: Man. Boro. [i.e., Manhattan Borough]
Father's Name: Leo
Mother's Maiden Name: Esther Liss
Number of Bride's Marriage: First
I hearby certify that the above-named groom and bride were joined in marriage by me, in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, at Park Manor - E. P Kings & Rogers Ave, in the borough of Bklyn, City of New York, this 29 of Nov, 1927.

                                                        Signature of person performing the ceremony:
                                                                                   /s/ Israel Leventhal
Witnesses         } David J. Stallmark, DDS     Official Station: Rabbi
to the Marriage } Jacob H. Cohn                    Residence: 576 E. P. Kings

[2nd page]
WE hereby certify that we are the Groom and Bride named in this Certificate, and that the information given therein is correct, to the best of our knowledge and belief.
                              /s/Joseph Jerome Liebross  Groom
                              /s/Sydelle Kramer  Bride  

Signed in the presence of  /s/ David J. Stollmark, DDS
and /s/ Jacob H. Cohn

I did not realize until I started my family history research that my great uncle Jerry's first name was actually Joseph. To my mother, who always spoke of him with great affection, he was Uncle Jerry - and a complete cut-up.

Jerry was not born in Brooklyn. He arrived in New York Harbor with his family in 1898. He was 3 years old and born likely in Radautz (aka Radowitz), Bukovina.

Sydelle is a pretty fancy name. She was usually called Sadie.

I believe the E.P. is an abbreviation for Eastern Parkway. In fact, 576 Eastern Parkway (the Rabbi's address) is 1-1/2 blocks from the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn.

I could not make out the name of the Rabbi from his signature on this certificate. However, I was able to take his address (576 Eastern Parkway) and, using Steve Morse "Unified Census ED Finder" tool, determine the enumeration district of the address in the 1930 enumeration. After scrolling though nearly all of the 39 pages, I was able to find Rabbi Israel Leventhal at that address.[1]

Witness Jacob H. Cohn was the eldest son of Louis and Sarah Ett Cohn and Jerry's first cousin once removed.

Jerry and Sadie had their only child Stanford Liebross in 1929. Stanford told me that his mother was from a well-to-do family. Sometime after his birth, Sadie was committed to Rockland State Hospital in Orangeburg, Rockland County, New York. Shortly after (I heard this from Stan and cannot prove it), Sadie's family kidnapped Stan with the intention of raising him. His father got him back and Stan was brought up by his father Jerry with ample help from aunts and uncles.

On 29 May 1948 Jerry died. Stan was only 19. His mother Sadie remained in the hospital in Rockland County, for the rest of her life. She died on 15 September 1987 at the age of 82.[1]

1. 1930 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, Enumeration District (ED) 24-140, sheet 19B, dwelling not listed, family 24, Israel Leventhal; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 September 2014).
2. U.S. Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, entry for Sadie Liebross, account no. 090-50-3433, death 15 September 1987; database, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org : accessed 8 March 2013).


  1. Our family has gone through so many dramatic events. I believe life events from previous generations effect those who follow because our parents "pain" molds their personality and life direction. Max Liebross left his wife and children (my father Harold was one) and my father's profession was selling life insurance and preparing families with a cushion in case the worst thing happened to them. My Dad even bought a cementery plot for me and my brother in 1987 when I was still in my twenties.

  2. The relationships between parents and children are beyond anything that is rational. For many, hurts unfortunately may last a lifetime and significantly affect those around them. That's one of the reasons family history is so interesting. Events in one generation may have lasting effects long after that generation has passed. Taking the long view may help us understand.


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