01 April 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Abraham Maltman

Continuing my work with Malzmanns from Labun with whom I have not yet been able to establish a kinship relation: today I report on Abraham Maltman, brother of Benjamin Molthman.

Photo by Emily Garber, 7 September 2008
Here lies
Husband and beloved father
Avraham son of Yisrael
Died 1 Pesach 5687
May his soul be bound in everlasting life 
DIED APR. 17, 1927

Abraham Malzmann arrived in the United States from Labun in 1903 and like all the other Malzmanns from Labun became a glazier.[1] He settled at 210 Grand Street, which seemed to be a gathering spot for newly arrived immigrants from Labun. His glass store was at 212 Grand Street.

In 1906 his wife, Riwke (Rebecca) and children Dwoire (Dora) and Srulek (Irving) arrived via the Noordland from Antwerp.[2] They traveled with Jette (Yetta) and Dwoire (Dora) Meyers, wife and daughter of Myer Myers, who had also been Malzmanns, prior to emigration.

Abraham's son and daughter maintained the glass store at 212 Grand Street after their father's death.  

It is interesting that two brothers, Benjamin and Abraham took slightly different last names when they settled in the United States. But I have been assured by their descendants that they were, indeed, brothers. 

Abraham Maltman's grave is located in Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York, Block 89, Gate 156N, Line 4R, Grave 2. 
1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 11 April 2009), manifest, S.S. Moltke, Hamburg to New York, arriving 7 January 1903, list 5, line 26, Abrom Malzmann, citing National Archives Microfilm Serial: T715; Microfilm Roll: 317.
2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 16 July 2009), manifest, S.S. Noordland, Antwerp to New York, arriving 9 Apri 1906, List A, line 2, Rivke Malzmann, citing National Archives Microfilm Serial: T715; Microfilm Roll: 807.


  1. So, Abe seems to be the #1 Labun glazier coming here. I saw his ads in the Yellow Pages very early. Yes, 210 Grand St. comes up over and over! I wonder if he is the "Uncle Avram" my father mentioned. He certainly seems central to our history. Without him, there would be no windows in NYC! (LOL) I am still not entirely sure how we became "Myers". I am starting to distrust the myth that Myer Malzmann started the craze. It's a little pat.

    1. Abe may not have been the first Lubin glazier in NYC. I'm tracking some others. Some of the records are a tad confusing.


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