13 October 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Benjamin and Adell Norflus, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

Adell Fetell Norflus was born in Labun (Volhynia Gubernia, Russian Empire), the daughter of Abraham Fetell and Fannie Boriss.[1] I identified one of Adell's brothers, Henry Fetell, in a previous post. Adell married Minsk native Benjamin Norflus in New York City on 22 February 1931. They both immigrated to the United States in the early 1920s.[2]

 Here lies
Adell daughter of Avraham
Died 5 Shevat 5735
DIED JAN. 16, 1975
May her soul be bound in the bonds of the living

Here lies
Ben Tzion son of Moshe
Died 22 Shevat 5738
DIED JAN. 30, 1978
May his soul be bound in the bonds of the living

Ben's voyage from Europe to New York included about five years spent in Buenos Aires before immigration in New York. 

Ben's brother Joseph also married a Labun native (Fannie Kargman) and Joseph and Fannie Norflus were buried in Montefiore Cemetery, as well. 

Early in his time in New York, Ben was a shoe worker. By the 1940 Census, however, he became  glazier like his brother Joseph and many other immigrants with ties to Labun.[3] He had is own store.

Ben and Adell had two children: a son, Albert, who was born about 1931 and a daughter born after the 1940 census was enumerated. 

Adell and Ben Norflus are buried in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York, clock 5, gate 567W, line 3L, graves 5 and 6.
1. New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 4217 (1931), Benjamin Norflus and Adell Fetell, 22 February 1931; Municipal Archives, New York.
2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 16 May 2011), manifest, S.S. Estonia, Danzig to New York, arriving 27 September 1921, list 2 (handwritten), line 30, Usla Fertel, citing NARA microfilm publication T715, roll 3028.
"New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 December 2010), manifest, S.S. American Legion, Buenos Aires to New York, arriving 30 April 1923, list 19 (handwritten), line 11, Benjamin Norflus, citing NARA microfilm publication T715, roll 3028.
3. 1940 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-2393, sheet 11B, household 210, Ben and Adell Norflus family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 October 2015); NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2609. 

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