15 September 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Harry and Anna Charny Rubin, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

The Abraham and Chasi Charny family from Labun (aka Lubin), which I've been documenting during the last few weeks included not only their sons, Nathan and Louis, but also their daughter Anna and her husband Harry Rubin. 

Here lies
Tsvi Arye son of Ze-eiv
Died 15 Tishri 5709
May his soul be bound in everlasting life
DIED OCT. 15, 1948

Harry, a butcher, and Anna arrived in New York on 4 September 1921 as Hershko and Henia Rawreba.[1] They left behind Hershko's brother David Rawreba in Lubin and planned to go to Henia's father A. Czarny in Chicago. Hershko, however, landed in the hospital at Ellis Island and, consequently, Henia was detained for 10 days before they could resume their journey to Chicago.

Here lies
Our beloved mother
She opens her arms to the poor
And extends her hand [spreads her palm] to the needy
Khana Rakhel
daughter of Avraham Yosef haCohen
Died eve of the Holy Sabbath 24 Kislev 5740
May her soul be bound in eternal life
DEC. 14, 1979 [2]

Once in the United States, the couple changed their surname to Rubin. Their first two children, Ruth (born about 1921) and Sidney (24 March 1924-4 April 1993) were born in Chicago. Lillian, born in 1927, was a native New Yorker.[3] The family settled in Brooklyn and Harry was a butcher in his own retail store.

Harry died young. His daughter Ruth was the informant on his death certificate and stated that Harry's father's name was Wellvel and his mother's Riva.[4] Harry's gravestone identifies his father as Ze-eiv. Ze-eiv is the Hebrew equivalent of the Yiddish name Velvel (Wolf).

Anna Rubin died on the first night of Chanukah (a Friday).

They are buried in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY. They are both in block 5, gate 567W. Anna is in line 5R, grave 1 and Harry is in line 1R, grave 7.

1. "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 July 2013), manifest, S.S. Zeeland, Antwerp to New York, arriving September 1921, p. 20, Hershko and Henia Rawreba; citing NARA microfilm publication T715, roll 3018.
2. Special thanks to participants on Tracing the Tribe FaceBook page: Anne Budlender, Elan Caspi, and Anat Rosenbaum. They generously shared their understandings of the meaning of Anna Rubin's gravestone inscription. Final choices (and mistakes) are mine.
3. 1930 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-323, sheet 21A, dwelling 100, family 288, Harry and Anna Rubin; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 December 2010); NARA microfilm publication T 626, roll 1503.
4. Kings County, New York, death certificate no. 20631 (1948), Harry Rubin, 18 October 1948; New York City Municipal Archives.


  1. This is my wonderful grandmother. There is a mistake on her stone, her father was Avraham Dov, not Avraham Yosef.

    1. Good to know! Thank you, Marcia. So glad you found my blog posts about your family.


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