21 April 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Sam and Eva Schwartz, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

There are three immigrant men named Sam Schwartz interred in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots in Montefiore Cemetery. And all three (!) became glaziers in New York City. Fortunately, they all married women whose first names help differentiate them.


Here lies
Chava daughter of Tzvi Leib
Died 8 Nisan 5702
May her soul be bound in eternal life
EVA SCHWARTZ
DIED MARCH 28, 1942
AGE 69 YEARS
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Here lies
Yoel son of Moshe Chaim
Died 13 Tishri 5703
May his soul be bound in eternal life
SAM SCHWARTZ
DIED SEPT. 24, 1942
AGE 70 YEARS
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IN OUR HEARTS YOU LIVE FOREVER
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BELOVED MOTHER - BELOVED FATHER

I have not located his manifest or naturalization record, but according to census records, Sam Schwartz arrived in the USA about 1913. His wife and four daughters made the voyage in about 1921.[1] That gap coincides with World War I and the Russian Revolution which curtailed emigration to the United States from Eastern Europe.

New York City directories from 1913 on list a Sam Schwartz glazier operating out of 330 1st Avenue in lower Manhattan. The 1925 New York State Census lists the Sam and Eva Schwartz family at that address, as well.

Sam was born 4 July 1873 in the Russian Empire to Moshe (Anglicized as Morris on his death certificate) and Shirley Simon (also likely Anglicized).[2] 

Eva was reportedly born on 10 February 1873 in the Russian Empire. Her father was Hirsch Leib Kelman and her mother, Sarah Rosen.[3] 

Sam's and Eva's four daughters, all born in Russia, were: Bertha (born ca. 1902), Ida (ca. 1904), Ruth (ca. 1910) and Gertrude (ca. 1913).

Since I have been thus far unable to locate records that might shed light on Sam's and Eva's origins, I do not know which, if either, of them were from the community associated with this landsmanshaft plot: Labun (aka Lubin), Volhynia Gubernia, Russia.

The couple's tombstone is located in block 89, gate 156N, line 6L, graves 2 and 3. 

Notes:
1. New York County, New York, 1925 New York State Census, Manhattan, Assembly District 12, Election District 5, page 26, entries 14-19, Sam and Eva Schwartz family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 April 2015); New York State Archives, Albany.
  New York County, New York, 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district 31-580B, sheet 28A, family 504, San and Eva Schwartz;
digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 April 2015); NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1561.
  New York County, New York, 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district 31-1098, sheet 11A, household 126, Sam and Eva Schwartz;
digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 April 2015); NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2650.
2. New York County, New York, certificate of death no. 18983 (24 September 1942), Sam Schwartz, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.
3. New York County, New York, certificate of death no. 6825 (26 March 1942), Eva Schwartz, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. This is very interesting for me to read and see picture of, because I have not seen anything like this before. a life well-lived is an everlasting memory.
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    Have a great day!

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