21 March 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday: David Myers Death Certificate

Last Thursday's post was about the Ida (Chaye Sarah) Myers death certificate. Her husband, David, lived for several more years and passed away in 1929.

Place of Death  Borough of Brooklyn, 326 Bristol St.
Character of premises whether tenement, private, hotel, hospital or other place, etc.    tenement 
Registration No.  8313
2. Full Name David Meyers
3. Sex male
4. Color or Race white
5. Single, married, widowed or divorced: widowed
6. Date of birth Feb 1833
7. Age 96 yrs 1 mos
8. Occupation Retired
9. Birthplace Russia
9a. How long in the U.S. 20 yr
9b. How long resident in City of New York 20 yr
10. Name of father Israel
11. Birthplace of father Russia
12. Name of mother Dora Martman 
13. Birthplace of mother Russia
14. Special information [blank]
15. Date of Death March 28, 1929

16. I hereby certify that the foregoing particulars (nos. 1 to 14 inclusive) are correct as near as the same can be ascertained, and I further certify that I attended the deceased from March 26, 1929 to March 28, 1929, that I last saw him alive on the 28th day of March 1929, that death occurred on the date stated above at 12 P.M., and that the cause of death was as follows Bronco Pneumonia. Duration 2 da.

17. Place of burial Montefiore Cem
Date of burial Mar 29, 1929
18. Undertaker Jacob Blum # 45
Address 210 E Bway


  1. The listing of David's mother, Dora, looks like they put her surname as Martman, but if it is a person who still had the habit of writing Cyrillic, it looks like Maltman. (The cursive form of l in Cyrillic looks like the English form of r)

    Peter Myers, also a descendant of David and Chaye

  2. If the person who filled out this info was habitually a Russian writer, the script for l would look like the Latin r. Thus, "Martman" would really be "Maltman", her real name.

    Peter Myers, also descendant of David and Chaye

  3. David died in Brownsville, at that time Jewish.

  4. Peter:
    Thanks for your comments. You are correct. There are probably several factual problems with this death certificate, including (likely) the name "Martman." I had not thought about Martman being related to Cyrillic, but that may be true.

    I also think David's advanced age is suspect. Unfortunately we do not know which Myers son was the informant for this document. I will do another post on these problems and some similar problems with Ida Myers death certificate.


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