04 October 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Ida Rothman Zap, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

Ida Rothman Zap was the daughter of Joseph Rothman and Esther Potashnik

Here lies
Yehudit daughter of Gershon
SEPT. 30, 1906
DEC. 5, 1998
May her soul be bound in the bonds of the living
Ida was born Ides Chajtman in Labun on about 30 September 1906 and arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her mother, sister Sara and brothers Berko and Jankiel on 2 July 1921.[1] Her father, Gershon (later, Joseph), had left for New York before the start of World War I.[2]

In 1935, Ida Rothman married Henry Zap. Two marriage certificates appear to be available for Ida and Henry. I have a c0py of one dated 11 June 1935.[3] On the 11th, they were married an Borough Hall in the Bronx by the deputy City Clerk. One of the witnesses was Ida's sister Rose Openden. I have located a second certificate identified in indexes on FamilySearch and Ancestry.[4] This one was from Manhattan on 23 June 1935. I plan to order a copy of the second certificate from the New York City Municipal Archives, also.

Henry Zap, the son of Morris and Gussie Rubenstein was an immigrant, as well. He was born about 24 March 1904.

The 1940 Census found the Zaps living at 1321 West Farms Road, Bronx, New York.[5] Henry was a cleaner at a fish market and he and Ida had one child, Elaine, who was 4 years old.

According to the Social Security Death Index, Henry died in June 1950.[6] He is not buried in any of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots in Montefiore or Beth Moses Cemeteries. His grave is not listed on Find a Grave, JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry, Billion Graves, JewishData or any of the New York City Jewish cemeteries that currently have online indexes. His parents are interred at Beth David Cemetery.[7]

Ida's grave is located in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot in Montefiore Cemetery, block 5, gate 567W, line 2L, grave 3.

1. "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," index, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com :  accessed 29 March 2016); entry for Ida Zapp, death 5 December 1998.
  Manifest, S.S. Samland, 2 July 1921, list 50, lines 22-26, Ester Chajtman (age 35), Ides (15), Sara (13), Berko (11) and Jankiel (7); images, "Pennsylvania, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1880-1952," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 April 2011).
2.  Manifest, S.S. Brandeburg, March 1913, list 37, line 26, Gershon Chajtman (age 35), I; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 April 2011).
3. Bronx County, New York, marriage certificate no. 5049 (1935), Henry Zap and Ida Rothman, 11 June 1935; Municipal Archives, New York City.
4. "New York, New York City Marriage records, 1829-1940," index, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org : accessed 29 March 2016); marriage certificate no. 13805 (1935), Henry Zap and Ida Rothman, 23 June 1935; citing Municipal Archives, New York City.
5. 1940 U.S. Census, Bronx County, New York, population schedule, the Bronx, enumeration district 3-573, sheet 14B, household 269, Henry and Ida Zap family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 September 2016); NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2475. 
6. "U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014," index, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 October 2014); entry for Henry Zap, died June 1950.
7. JewishData, online index and images (http://www.jewishdata.com : accessed 3 October 2016); search on surname Zap. 


  1. I have a number of ancestors with two marriage licenses. Often, one is civil and one is religious. One cousin had three (!) licenses because he married first where he met his wife, then married where his wife's parents lived, and finally married again where his parents lived.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Marian! I suspect, as well, that the second marriage cert may be related to a religious ceremony. A copy of the 2nd marriage cert will, I hope, provide that info.


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