27 June 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Bernard and Lottie Goldberg, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York

While I have yet to locate passenger records for Bernard Goldberg, it is clear that his wife, Lottie and her children were from the Russian Empire community of Labun (Lubin in Yiddish). They were members of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association and were interred in the association's burial plot.

Here lies
A good and honest man Mr.
Avraham Dov son of Yekhiel Mikhel
16 Iyar 5685
May his soul be bound in the bonds of the living
Beloved Husband
And Dear Father
Bernard Goldberg
Died May 10, 1925
Age 60 Years


While his gravestone indicates he was called Bernard, other records indicate that he adopted the name Bennie or Benjamin in the USA.[1] On their passenger manifest, his wife and children said they were going to Berko Goldberg in Brooklyn.[2] The name Berko is consistent with the Yiddish equivalent of his second Hebrew name, Dov.

Bennie's death certificate, lists his father as Michael Goldberg. His mother was Esther Cohen. The certificate also indicates that Bennie had been in the U.S.A for 14 years (estimated arrival in 1911) and had been working as a carpenter.


Here lies
Mrs. Zlate
daughter of Chaim
Died Erev Rosh Chodesh [29th] Iyar 5695 
May her soul be bound in the bonds of the living



DIED APRIL 30, 1938


When Zlata and the children (Chaiko, Pinko, Minna, and Sonja) arrived in Boston in February 1921, they reported that they had been living in Lubin, Poland before immigration and had all been born in "Woylin," likely a reference to Volhynia Gubernia (the province in the Russian Empire).

According to her death certificate, Lottie's parents were Herman (anglicized from Chaim) Baratz and Sarah Greenberg.

While no earlier census record has been located for Bennie, it is possible that he had another son, Max, who came to the United States before the rest of the family. Lottie's death certificate was informed by a son, Max Goldberg, who lived at 2067 Harrison Street, Bronx, NY - Lottie's address in the 1930 census and at death in 1938.[3] I have located a World War I Draft Registration card for a Max Goldberg, who was born in 15 October 1894 in "Luben, Verlinski," Russia.[4] 

In June 1925, shortly after Bennie's death, Lottie lived with several of her children at 95 Ridge Street, New York, NY.[5]

Bennie and Lottie's children appear to have been:
  • Max Goldberg, b. 15 October 1894 (old enough to possibly have been Bennie's son from a first marriage);
  • Ida (Chaiko) Goldberg Dolgin, wife of Herman, b. 8 February 1901, d. September 1984;[6]
  • Philip Goldberg, husband of Minnie Kopelov, b. 2 February 1902 or 1904, d. 24 June 1994;
  • Minnie Goldberg, b. ca. 1907;
  • Herman Goldberg, b. ca 1908;
  • Sylvia (Sonja), b. ca. 1910.
Lottie was an active member of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association's Sisters.

Bernard/Bennie's grave is located in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot in block 89, gate 156N, Line 4R, grave 1, in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York. Lottie's grave is in the same plot, line 5L, grave 2.

1. New York County, New York, death certificate no. 12862, Bennie Goldberg, 10 May 1925; Municipal Archives, New York City.
    "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," index, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 June 2017); entry for Philip Goldberg, SSN 064-03-0167.
2. Manifest, S.S. Manchuria, 21 February 1921, stamped p. 286, lines 23-27, Zlata Goldberg (age 43), Chaiko (20), Pinko (17), Minna (13), and Sonja (10); images, "Massachusetts, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1963," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 June 2017).
3. New York, New York, death certificate no. 9642, Lottie Goldberg, 30 April 1938; Municipal Archives, New York City. 
    1930 U.S. Census, Bronx County, New York, population schedule, Bronx, enumeration district 3-605, sheet 5A, dwelling 2, family 99, Lottie Goldberg; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 February 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1486.
4. "U.S., World War I Draft Cards, 1917-1918," images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 February 2015), card for Max Goldberg, serial no. 281, Draft Board 152, New York, New York; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509.
5. 1925 New York State Census, New York County, New York, enumeration of inhabitants, Manhattan, assembly district 4, election district 15, Lotty Goldberg family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 February 2017); New York State Archives, Albany.
6. Ida Dolgin, naturalization file 474279, 14 February 1944, Southern District Court of New York; National Archives - NE Region, Record Group 21.
    "U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014," index, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 February 2017), entry for Ida Dolgin, September 1984, SSN 055-16-9342.

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