22 September 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Sidney Rubin, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

Last Tuesday's tombstones were from Harry and Anna Rubin. Their son Sidney is also buried in the same First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot.

Here lies
Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
Then I would fly away and be at rest.
Shmuel son of Tsvi Hersch
Died 13 Nisan 5753
May his soul be bound in the bonds of the living
SIDNEY
RUBIN
BELOVED SON
AND BROTHER
MARCH 24, 1924
APRIL 4, 1993 

I was unsure of a translation of the second and third lines inscribed on the gravestone, so I posted its image on Tracing the Tribe FaceBook page and asked for help. Israel Pickholtz pointed out that the two lines are from Psalm 55, verse 7. I Googled that reference and found this beautiful verse: Oh, that I had wings like a dove! Then I would fly away and be at rest.

Sidney was born in Chicago and was Harry and Anna's second child and only son. An indexed record of his birth is located on FamilySearch, but I have not yet ordered the original.[1]

In 1930 Sidney and his family resided in Brooklyn at 910 Myrtle Avenue.[2] In 1940, they lived at 175 Ocean Parkway.[3]

Sidney served in the Army during the Second World War. He enlisted 3 September 1943 and was honorably discharged 15 February 1946.[4]

Based on his gravestone inscription, it appears that he never married (or was not married at the time of his death) and did not have children. His passed away in 1993 and his last residence was in Brooklyn. He is buried in block 5, gate 567W, line 6R, grave 1.

Notes:
1. "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKM7-1XQK : accessed 21 September 2015), Sidney Rubin, 24 Mar 1924; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 13683, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago.
2. 1930 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-323, sheet 21A, dwelling 100, family 288, Sidney Rubin; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 September 2015); NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1503.
3. 1940 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-1404, sheet 7A-7B, household 162, Sidney Rubin; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 September 2015); NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2582.
4. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010," database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 September 2015), Sidney Rubin, 4 April 1993; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.

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