|Photo by author, 7 September 2008|
Here lies a girl
Sara daughter of Nachum
Died 9 Adar 5679
May her soul be bound in eternal life
OUR DEAR CHILD
DIED FEB. 9, 1919
AGE 3 YEARS
In Jewish cemeteries childrens' graves are typically placed at the rear of plots and their gravestones are usually made of fairly porous stones that tend to deteriorate relatively quickly. Thus, I was pleased to locate this one and find it still readable.
I outlined Sarah's heart-breakingly short life in a post several months ago. In fact, the stone here is, according to the information on her death certificate, incorrect. Sarah was born on 25 December 1916 and was one month and a few days beyond age two, not three, when she succumbed to complications of pneumonia.
Sarah was likely born in New York City, since her mother and older sisters emigrated in 1912.  I have not yet located her birth certificate.
She is buried in Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, New York, First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association Plot, Block 89, Gate 156N, Line 1, Grave 6R.
1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com
(http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 February 2009), manifest, Birma, Libau to New York, arriving 2 September 1912, Itte, Ruchal and Leija Arber; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715, Roll 1926, lines 17-19, list number 12.