a saintly and modest man
Michel son of Moshe Weiss
Died 8 Iyyar 5797
May his soul be bound in the bonds of the living
DIED APRIL 19, 1937
AGE 84 YEARS
According to his death certificate, Michael was the son of Moses Weiss and Sarah Cohen. He was an immigrant, born in Russia and lived in the United States (and New York City) for 31 years. If accurate, that would indicate immigration about 1906. I have not been able to determine if he naturalized and I have not yet located his passenger manifest.
Tillie's stone is a bit difficult to read.*
Here lies buried
our dear mother, a proper woman, Mrs.
Toiba daughter of Chaim Meier
54 years old
7 Menachem Av 5673
May her soul be bound in the bond of life
MY BELOVED WIFE
AND OUR DEAR MOTHER
DIED AUG. 10, 1913
AGE 54 YEARS
Tillie was born Taube Shapiro to Hyman (Chaim) Meier and Bessie (probably Basia). Her death record indicates her mother's surname was Weiss. I have no additional record to corroborate that andformation and, therefore, cannot vouch for its accuracy. At her death, she had been in the USA or four years. He death certificate indicates an age of 45 years, not 54 as on the stone. 45 years matches her age on her passenger manifest (42 in 1910).
When Taube arrived in New York on January 1910 with her children Perl, Scheindel and Moishe, they headed to husband/father Michael who lived at 24 Cannon Street, New York, NY. She reported her brother-in-law, Abram Pilmann, lived in Ritzew (aka Hrytsiv, Ukraine - 12 km WSW of Labun)
A 1910 census record for a Michael and Tillie W. Wies family may be for our subject couple. The Michael in the record is a presser (our Michael Weiss' death certificate indicates he worked as a clothing presser, as well). The family lived at 163 Madison Street, New York, NY. The children were Lizzie (age 18) [not known from other records], Pearlie (16) [consistent with the manifest record], Mary (12) [the age would be consistent with Scheindel's age, the name, not so much], and Morris (11) [consistent]. A boarder named Israel Shapiro also lived with them [consistent with Tillie's maiden name].
In addition, the census indicated that Michael and eldest daughter, Lizzie, immigrated in 1906 and the rest of the family in 1910 [we know that 1910 is an accurate year for Tillie and the younger children].
So far, no other census records have been successfully linked to Michael. When Tillie died in August 1913, she had been living at 250 Clinton Street, New York, NY.
Perl became Pauline and married Abe Joseph Cohen in Manhattan on 20 December 1914.
Scheindel became Jennie and married David Charles Sinclair (born in Dunedin, New Zealand) on 10 April 1924. It did not go well.
They had Rosina Sinclair on 9 February 1925. The June 1 1925 New York State census found the young family at 58 107th Street in Manhattan. Rose died on 7 November 1925 of bacillary dysentery.
Their second child, Alfred, died of tuberculosis of cerebro-spinal meningitis at age 2 on 17 July 1928.
Esther Sinclair was born on 27 February 1928. In the 1930 census she was recorded living at the Home for Hebrew Infants on West Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx. She had been admitted there on 4 September 1929 and was discharged on 21 March 1931.
In 1930, Esther's mother Jennie Weiss Sinclair lived at the New York City Children's Hospital at Randall's Island. In 1940, Esther and Jennie lived together at the Wassaic State School in Armenia, Dutchess County, New York.
I found Jennie's husband, David Charles Sinclair (born in Dunedin, New Zealand) in South Africa in 1942 working as a male nurse in a military hospital in Pietermaritzburg. He married Ethel Hester Galleymore on 28 February 1942.
Jennie died on 9 February 1955 in Armenia, New York.
When Michael died in 1937, he had been living at 2079 Daly Avenue in the Bronx. His son informed his death certificate and was reportedly living at that address, as well.
Michael and Tillie are interred in First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York. Michael is in block 5, gate 567W, line 1R, grave 3. Tillie is in block 89, gate 156N, line 3L, grave 1.
* I am thankful for the help of, especially, Robin Meltzer and also Leah Cohen who aided in the translation of the inscription on this stone. They both provided help via "Tracing the Tribe" FaceBook page.
1. Now, called Sudylkiv, Ukraine. It is about 24 km NW of Labun - the town associated with the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association. Manifest, S.S. Carmania, 10 January 1910, p. 14, lines 11-14, Taube Weiss (age 42), Perl Weiss (15), Scheindel Weiss (11), and Moische Weiss (9); images, "New York Passneger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 January 2017).
2. Bronx County, New York, death certificate no. 4175, Michael Weiss, 19 April 1937; Municipal Archives, New York City.
3. New York County, death certificate no. 23946, Tillie Weiss, 10 August 1913; Municipal Archives, New York City.
4. 1910 U.S. Census, New York Co., NY, population schedule, Manhattan, e.d. 1692, sheet 10A, dwelling 8, family 133, Michael and Tillie W. Wies; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 December 2017); NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1007.
5. New York County, death certificate no. 23946, Tillie Weiss, 10 August 1913.
6. New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 31218, Abe Joseph Cohen and Pauline Weiss; Municipal Archives, New York City.
7. New York Co., NY, death certificate no. 27146, Rosina Sinclair, 7 November 1925; Municipal Archives, New York City.
8. 1925 New York State census, New York County, NY, enumeration of inhabitants, Manhattan, assembly district 17, election district 5, sheets 17-18, David, Jennie and Rose Sinclair; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 January 2017).
9. New York Co., NY, death certificate no. 19301, Alfred Sinclair, 17 July 1928; Municipal Archives, New York City.
10. "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," index, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 January 2017), entry for Esther Sinclair, died 11 August 2004, SSN 059-54-7519.
11. 1930 U.S. Census, Bronx Co., NY, population schedule, Bronx, e.d. 3-624, sheet 4A, entry # 50, Esther Sinclair, age 2-1/12; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 December 2017); NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1487.
12. "New York, Home for Hebrew Infants Records, 1922-1937," images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 December 2017), entries for Esther Sinclair (admission 4 September 1929; discharge 21 March 1931); America Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, NY, NY.
13. 1930 U.S. Census, New York Co., NY, population schedule, Manhattan, e.d. 31-961, sheet 16B, entry # 87, Jennie Sinclair, age 35; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 December 2017); NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1575.
14. 1940 U.S. Census, Dutchess Co., NY, population schedule, Armenia, e.d. 14-3, sheet 46B, entries 77 and 78, Jennie Sinclair (age 45) and Esther Sinclair (12); images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 December 2017); NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2522.
15. "South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955," database with images, FamilySearch (https://FamilySearch.org : accessed 4 December 2017); National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria.
16. "New York, Death Index, 1880-1956," index, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 December 2017), entry for Jennie Sinclair, 9 February 1955, Armenia, New York; New York Department of Health, Albany.
17. Bronx County, New York, death certificate no. 4175, Michael Weiss, 19 April 1937.