01 September 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Nathan and Yetta Charny, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY



Here lies
Noach son of Avraham haCohen
Died 25 Nisan 5732
May his soul be bound in the bonds of the living 

Last Tuesday we discussed the graves of the Charny family patriarch and matriarch, Abraham and Chasya in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association landsmanshaft plots at Montefiore Cemetery. Abraham and Chasya's son Nathan and his wife, Yetta, also immigrants, are buried in the plot, as well.



Here lies
Etta daughter of Dov haCohen
Died 7 Tamuz 5741  
May her soul be bound in the bonds of the living


The hands depicted on Nathan's stone reflect his status as a Cohen - part of the priestly caste in Judaism. This status passes from a father to his sons and Abraham was also listed on his tombstone epitaph as "haCohen."

Nathan left Labun, Russian Empire and arrived in New York from Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland) on 3 January 1923.[1] He was identified as a glazier and a widower and named his mother Chasia, who at the time was living in Rowno (Rivne), as his closest relative in the old country. Nathan was detained six days pending the arrival of his father from Chicago.

Sometime in 1925 or after, the Charny family moved to New York City. Nathan worked as a glazier.

I have not been able to locate Yetta's manifest or those of Nathan's children. If Nathan was, indeed, a widower in 1923, then the two eldest children (Harry, 15 years old, and Louis, 14), and possibly the third child (David, age 7) living with the family in the 1930 census were products of Nathan's first marriage. Lillian (3 years, 11 months) was born in Brooklyn.[2]

Nathan's World War II draft registration card indicates he was born 1 May 1886.[3] His Social Security Death Index (SSDI) entry shows a birth of 1 July 1884.[4]  

Nathan died on 9 April 1972. According to Yetta's SSDI she was born 16 January 1892 and passed away on 9 July 1981.[5] They are buried next to each other in block 5, gate 567W, line 3R, graves 9 and 10.

1. "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 December 2010), manifest, S.S. Samland, Danzig to New York, arriving 3 January 1923, p. 3, Noech Charny; citing NARA microfilm publication T715.
2. 1930 U.S. census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-332, sheet 3, dwelling 14, family 62, Nathan and Yetta Charny family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 December 2010); NARA microfilm publication T 626, roll 1504.
3. "U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 December 2010); New York registration, Serial no. U567; NARA record group 147.
4. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014," index, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 August 2015); entry for Nathan Charny, died April 1972.
5. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014," index, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 August 2015); entry for Yetta Charny, died July 1981.

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