18 April 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Samuel and Eva Neuman, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York

Samuel and Eva Neuman are one of those all-too-familiar couples whose family was affected by interruption of immigration during World War I. They lived apart for eight years before Eva was able to travel with their daughter Molly and join Sam in Chicago.

Samuel was the son of Eliya Neuman and was born in Shumsk, Kremenets Uyezd, Volhynia Gubernia, Russian Empire.[1] Only one record located, thus far, identifies his date of birth: 15 July 1881.[2] His passenger manifest listed him as a joiner. He became a carpenter in the United States.

Here lies
Simche son of Eliye
Died 16 Nisan 5711
May his soul be bound in the bonds of the living
DIED APR. 22, 1951

After arriving in Baltimore on 12 March 1913, Simche headed to Chicago to join his cousin R. Greenberg. Eva, at that time called Rivka Leie, was in Labun, presumably staying with family.

Here lies
Our important and righteous mother
Rivka Leie daughter of Yisrael
Died 8 Av 5725
May her soul be bound in the bonds of the living
DIED JULY 25, 1966


Rivka and her daughter Mania, age 9, arrived in New York City on the S.S. Lapland on 14 August 1921.[3] Before emigrating, Rivka and Mania had continued to live in Labun. Rivka reported that she left her mother Ruchla Szwacapol [Schwartzcapol] in Labun. She and her daughter, who was also born in Labun, were heading to Chicago to join Sam Neuman at 1922 W. Madison Street.

I have not located any additional record for the family in Chicago, but by the 1930 census enumeration, they lived in Brooklyn at 44 Boerum Street.[4] Molly, formerly Mania, was 19. Israel Neuman was 7 and had been born in New York.

In 1940, Sam, Eva, and Israel lived at 647 Sheffield Avenue, Brooklyn with Mollie, her husband Simon (or Sol) Smith and their two sons, Stanley R. and Herbert Smith.[5] Mollie and Sol married in November 1932.[6] 

Samuel's and Eva's graves are located in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot in block 89, gate 156N in Montefiore Cemetery. Sam's grave is in line 9R, grave 2 and Eva's is in line 9L, grave 3.

1. Manifest, S.S. Hannover, 13 March 1913, list 17, line 13, Simche Neumann, age 31; images, "Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1964," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 April 2017).
2. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Aril 2017), card for Sam Neuman, serial no. U 966, Brooklyn, New York; NARA Record Group 147.
3. Manifest, S.S. Lapland, 14 August 1921, list 21, lines 11-12, Rywka Neiman, age 32, and Mania Neiman, age 9; images, New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 April 2011).
4. 1930 U.S. census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-178, sheet 1B, dwelling 2, family 20, Sam and Eva Neuman family; image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 November 2010); NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1518.
5. 1940 U.S. census, Kings Co., NY, pop. sched., Brooklyn, e.d. 24-70, sheet 5A, household 79, Samuel and Eva Neuman family; image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 April 2017); NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2548.
6. Kings County, New York, marriage certificate no. 16902 (1932), Sol Smith and Mollie Neuman, 27 November 1932; Municipal Archives, New York City.

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