04 November 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Siblings Franklin and Lillian Schwartz, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York

During the last two weeks I enjoyed time in the New York metropolitan area. While on Long Island I visited and recorded graves at several Jewish cemeteries in which relatives of mine are interred. Since I had not recently been to the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots (which I have been documenting for several years on this blog), I stopped by to record a few recent burials. 

For some reason I'd not quite recorded all the infant graves in the plots in Montefiore Cemetery. In doing so this time, I noted two children of Joseph and Gussie Kargman Schwartz: Franklin and Lillian.

Here lies
Efraim son of
Shmuel Yakov
MAR. 25, 1929
AGE 8 1/2 MOS.
Franklin's short life (8.5 months) missed enumeration in census records. He was born about August-September 1928 and passed away on 2 March 1929 of laryngeal diphtheria.[1]

Leah bat Shmuel Yakov
DIED OCT. 20, 1931

Franklin Schwartz was gone by the time Lillian was born in about February 1930. She was recorded as just 2 months old in the April census.[2] Lillian Schwartz died on 20 October 1931 of pertussis (whooping cough).[3] She had been admitted to the Willard Parker Hospital (a communicable diseases hospital) in Manhattan on 12 October 1931 and died more than a week later.

In both cases, the children's father was identified on their gravestones as Shmuel Yakov. Their father Joe was identified as Schmariya Yakov on his gravestone.

After finding these two children, I did a bit more research on Joseph and Gussie children who lived to adulthood. 

Their eldest daughter, Shirley, born 29 December 1925, married William Rackowitz. 

The family had moved to Hartford, Connecticut sometime between 1935 and March 1940 (they were recorded in Hartford in the April 1940 census). Both children stayed in that area. 

Shirley died on 12 July 2010 and her grave may be found in the Hartford Mutual Society Memorial Park. Her Find A Grave entry includes a transcription of her obituary from the Hartford Courant. On her grave, her father's Hebrew name is listed as Yosef.

Younger brother Milton Schwartz, born 22 June 1933, married Nancy Singer Schwartz, and passed away on 28 April 2010. According to his obituary, he working with his glazer father at State Glass in Hartford. Later, he managed an electrical wholesale business in Hartford.[4] His grave is located in Beth El Temple Cemetery, Avon, Connecticut.

The children who died, Lillian and Franklin, are interred in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots in Montefiore Cemetery, block 89, gate 156N. Lillian is in line 1L, grave 8 and Franklin is in line 1R, grave 10.

1. New York County, New York, death certificate no. 9192 (1929), Franklin Schwartz, 25 March 1929;
microfilm image, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org : accessed 07 November 2017), microfilm 2,057,015 ; citing Municipal Archives, New York City.
2. 1930 U.S. Census, New York County, population schedule, Manhattan, e.d. 31-217, sheet 14B, dwelling 39, family 400, Joseph and Gussie Schwartz; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 January 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1555.
3. New York County, New York, death certificate no. 24555 (1931), Lillian Schwartz, 20 October 1931; microfilm image, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org : accessed 8 January 2016), microfilm 2,069,352; citing Municipal Archives, New York City. 
4. Milton Schwartz, obituary, Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT), 30 April - 1 May 2010; transcription, Legacy (http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=milton-schwartz&pid=142356408 : accessed 4 November 2017).

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