12 September 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Rose Blumenfeld, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York

In discussing the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association [the community association for NYC immigrants from Lubin (aka Labun, Russian Empire)], I have mentioned Rose Blumenfeld previously in three posts: 19 February 2015, 21 May 2015, and 28 May 2015.

Rose served as President of the First Lubiner Ladies Auxiliary in, at least, 1949.

Here lies
A modest and important woman
Mrs. Raizel daughter of Tzvi
Died 28 Nisan 5716
May her soul be bound in the bonds of the living
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ROSE
BLUMENFELD
BELOVED MOTHER
GRANDMOTHER
AND GREAT
GRANDMOTHER
DIED APR. 9, 1956
AGE 79 YEARS 

Rose Levy was born in Labun in about 1876 to Isaac Levy and Mollie Cohen.[1] She married Benjamin (aka Barnett) Diamond in about 1893. She was about age 17 years old.[2] Benjamin was about 18 years older than Rose and this was his second marriage. He came to the union with four children: Nathan (born about 20 September 1875), Sophie (b. ca. 21 February 1887), Gussie (b. ca. 15 January 1889) and Celia (b. ca. 10 July 1892).[3]  

Benjamin emigrated in about 1895, shortly after the birth of their first child together, Ida (b. ca. 12 March 1895). Rose and Ida arrived in New York in about 1902.[4]

The family settled in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and had Eva (also called Adele) on 15 August 1904 and Mollie on 1 April 1906.[5]

The 1905 New York State Census found the family (Ben, Rose, Ida, and Eva) living at 245 Monroe Street. Ben worked as a tailor.[6]

Five years later, they were still in the same neighborhood at 249 Monroe Street. Ben was a machine operator in a shirt factory.[7]

Sometime between 1910 and 1915, the Diamonds moved to Brooklyn and lived in an apartment at 265-267 South 2nd Street. Benjamin was, reportedly, a dry goods peddler.[8]

Ida married Morris Groff, a medical student, in 1916.[9] The couple, along with their daughter, Martha, lived with Benjamin, Rose, Eva and Mollie at 909 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn in 1920.[10]

While I have located neither a death certificate nor grave location for Benjamin, Rose's 1937 naturalization file indicates that he passed away on 18 June 1922.[11]

Eva/Adele married a furrier named William Weiner on 3 Novmber 1923.[12]

Daughter Mollie married Sidney Shapiro on 23 January 1924. Sidney was a milkman and later may have worked in a grocery.[13]

Rose remarried on 4 July 1925 to Nathan Blumenfeld who was also a widower. He was a grocer and immigrant from Iasi, Romania.[14]

For a moment, I thought I had a small mystery on my hands. I checked the "New York, New York, Death Index, 1949-1965," database on Ancestry and the index of this index showed that Rose had died outside of New York City.[15] I checked the images of the index page and found that, actually, she died in Brooklyn (The K in the borough column indicates Brooklyn. An X would indicate outside of the City.). I have entered a correction on Ancestry for the transcription of this index.

Rose's grave is located in Montefiore Cemetery, Queen, New York, in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots in block 89, gate 156N, line 12L, grave 4.

Notes:
1. For her parents names, see: Kings Co., NY, marriage certificate no. 10117 (1925), Nathan Blumenfeld and Rose Diamond, 4 July 1925; Municipal Archives, New York City. For her approximate date of birth, see her naturalization petition: Rose Blumenfeld, naturalization file no. 221044 (2 February 1937), U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Brooklyn; "New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940," images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 March 2017).
2. 1910 U.S. Census, New York Co., NY, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district 1693, sheet 14B, family 254, Benj. and Rose Diamond family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 March 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1008.
3. Barnett's Diamond, naturalization file 29790 (16 February 1917), New York State Supreme Court, Brooklyn, petition denied;  "New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89MX-MKHQ?cc=1999177&wc=MDSP-4WR%3A326204001%2C327733201 : 12 September 2017), Kings > Petitions for naturalization and petition evidence 1917 vol 120, no 29601-29850 > image 513 of 993; citing the Kings County Clerk.
4. Rose's naturalization record (see note 1) indicates she did not recall the port of departure or ship, but she did indicate she arrived in New York in July 1902. Thus far, no record of her arrival has been located.
5. I have not yet located Eva's birth record, but her birth date is documented on her father's naturalization file. Mollie's birth record: New York County, New York, birth certificate no. 17556 (1906), Mollie Diamond, 1 April 1906; Municipal Archives, New York City.
6. 1905 New York State Census, New York Co., NY, enumeration of inhabitants, Manhattan, assembly district 4, election district 18, p. 51, Ben and Rose Diamond family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 March 2017); citing New York State Archives, Albany.
7. 1910 U.S. Census, New York Co., NY, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district ??, sheet 14B, Benj. and Rose Diamond family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 March 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1008.
8. 1915 New York State Census, Kings Co., NY, enumeration of inhabitants, Brooklyn, a.d. 14, e.d. 4, p. 52, Benjamin and Rose Diamond family.
9. New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 10550 (1916), Morris Graff and Ida Diamond, 5 September 1916; Municipal Archives, New York City.
10. 1920 U.S. census, Kings Co., NY, population schedule, Brooklyn, e.d. 3, sheet 15A, dwelling 1, family 10, Benjamin and Rose Diamond family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 March 2017); NARA microfim publication T625, roll 1149.
11. Rose Blumenfeld, naturalization file no. 221044 (2 February 1937), U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Brooklyn.
12. Kings Co., NY, marriage certificate no. 14602 (1923), William Weiner and Eva Diamond, 3 November 1923; Municipal Archives, New York City.
13.New York Co., NY, marriage certificate no. 5970 (1924), Sidney Shapiro and Mollie Diamond, 23 January 1924; Municipal Archives, New York City.
14. Kings Co., NY, marriage certificate no. 10117 (1925), Nathan Blumenfeld and Rose Diamond, 4 July 1925; Municipal Archives, New York City.
15. "New York, New York, Death Index, 1949-1965," images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 September 2017), entry for Rose Blumenthal, Brooklyn certificate no. 7025, 9 April 1956. 

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