17 November 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: David Lerman and Esther Lerner Lerman, Beth Moses Cemetery, Pinelawn, NY

Esther Lerner Lerman, was the eldest child of Frank and Rose Lerner. She married her husband, David in Europe and immigrated with him in 1921 from their residence in Warsaw (David's place of birth).[1] 

David Lerman, like so many immigrants from (or associated with) the Russian Empire community of Labun, became a glazier. On the manifest of his ship's landing in Philadelphia, he was listed as a laborer.

Here lies
Ester daughter of Pesach
DEC. 27, 1989
Here lies
David Feivel son of Shmuel HaCohen
NOV. 16, 1977

Both of Esther and David's children were born after the family had settled in New York City. Louis was likely born on 19 April 1922 in Manhattan and died in 2007 in Florida.[2] Evelyn Lerman Freed, according to her mother's naturalization petition, was born in 1925 in Brooklyn.

In the 1925 New York State census, the family lived at 559 Sheffield Avenue.[3] In a 1933 Brooklyn city directory, they lived at 422 Sheffield Avenue, as are Esther parents.[4] In 1940, Esther's father (Frank) and brother (Jack) shared the home at 449 New Lots Avenue with David, Esther, Louis, and Evelyn.[5] 

Esther's tombstone inscription indicates that her father, Frank's, Hebrew name was Pesach. Frank's tombstone, however, says his name was Efraim.

David and Esther both died in Dade County, Florida and are interred in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot in Beth Moses Cemetery, Block 24, Maccabee Road, Pinelawn, New York.

1. "Pennsylvania, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1800-1962," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 October 2015), manifest, S.S. Samland, Antwerp to Philadelphia, arriving2 July 1921, list 33, lines 5-6, Dawid and Ester Lerman; citing NARA microfilm publication T840, roll 143.
2. Esther's naturalization record indicates Louis' birth date was 19 April 1922. Louis' indexed Social Security claims record suggests a birth date of 2 October 1921. Since this is an indexed record (and I do not have the original from which the index was derived), I tend to favor the date provided by Esther.  
Esther Lerman, petition for naturalization no. 239289, 27 October 1937, Eastern District of New York; Record Group 21: Records of the District Courts of the United States; National Archives - Northeast Region, New York City; digital image, Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com : accessed 18 October 2015). 
"U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," index, Ancestry.com (http://ww.ancestry.com : accessed 17 November 2015); entry for Louis Lerman, birth date 2 October 1921, death date 1 August 2007.
3. 1925 New York State Census, Kings County, list of inhabitants, Brooklyn, assembly district 2, election district 51, page 32, David and Esther Lerman family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 November 2015); citing New York State Archives, Albany.
4. Polk's Brooklyn City Directory, 1933-4 (R.L. Polk & Co., Inc.: New York, 1933), p. 1136; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 November 2015).
5. 1940 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-2722, sheet 61B, household 270, David and Esther Lerman family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 October 2015); NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2618.

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