16 June 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Israel and Yetta Simon, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

The last Tombstone Tuesday post featured the graves of Philip and Sima Simon. Israel Simon, whose grave, along with his wife Yetta's, is documented in this post, was their son.

Ita daughter of Mordechai
Died 27 Tammuz 5717
Died JULY 26, 1957
[text hidden by vegetation]
Yisrael son of Feivish
Died 11 Av 5736


Israel Simon entered the United States as Sruel Schames in 1909.[1] The manifest indicates Sruel was born and resided in Labary, Russia. I do not believe there is or was such a place. If not for located Israel's naturalization records, I probably would not have recognized his manifest entry as someone from our common ancestral community, Labun.[2]

Israel indicated on his manifest that he was a a glazier and, like his father (and so many others) maintained that occupation in New York City.

In 2 June 1912 he married Yetta Waksenberg, daughter of Morris and Shrintze.[3] I have yet to determine Yetta's origins in Russia or locate her naturalization or manifest records. There is a couple named Waxenberg also buried in the Montefiore FLPBA plot, but I do not know if they are related to Yetta.

Israel and Yetta had three children: Abraham (27 March 1914 - 10 November 1982), Sara (b. 2 February 1916) and Shirley (b. 13 July 1923).[2] [4]

Israel and Yetta Simon are buried in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association Plot in Montefiore Cemetery, block 89, gate 156N, line 9R, graves 5 and 6. 

1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 June 2015), manifest, S.S. Kaiserin Auguste Victoria, Hamburg to New York, arriving 26 June 1909, list 12, line 24, Sruel Schames, citing NARA Microfilm Serial T715, roll 1293.
2. Israel Simon, naturalization petition number 55083 (29 December 1924), Southern District of New York; Records of the District Courts of the United States, Record Group 21; National Archives - Northeast Region, New York City.
3. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1866-1938," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 9 June 2015), entry for Isador Simon and Yetta Wakenberg (2 June 1912); citing New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 12742, Municipal Archives, New York City.  
4. "U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014," index, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 June 2015); entry for Abraham Simon, November 1982, Broward County, Florida.

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