08 July 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Ethel Hammer Liebross

Ethel Hammer was likely born in Krasnoyil's'k, Austrian Empire (once in Bukovina province and now in Ukraine) at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains in about 1857. Her parents names were Anglicized on her death certificate to Harry Hammer and Mary Reisenberg.[1] Ethel married Simon Liebross in the Austrian Empire sometime between between 1881 and 1889. She and Simon sailed to the United States on the S.S. Rhaetia in January 1890.[2] As far as I know they did not have any children.

Photo by E. Garber, 7 Sept. 2008
Here lies
Etel daughter of Tsvi Eliezer
May her soul be bound in everlasting life
DIED JULY 10, 1947

Simon and Ethel settled immediately in Brooklyn and are recorded on Moore Street in the 1892 New York State census.[3] After Simon's death in 1927 Ethel lived with her nephew Peter Hammer and his wife Yetta.[4] 
Photo by E. Garber, 7 Sept. 2008

It is interesting that by 1935 at the latest, Ethel was residing with David and Bessie Ett and their family. In the 1940 census, Ethel is listed as a cousin.[5] In fact she was not really related to them at all. Her late husband Simon was Louis Liebross' brother. Louis had married Bertha Wenkert Liebross who was Dave Ett's aunt. So, the Etts and Ethel were linked via two marriages. They had also lived near each other in Rockaway and were obviously acquainted before Ethel was invited to move in. 

Dave and Bessie were good people and took in an old person in need. Their daughter Pearl has told me that Ethel was very a very sweet person and became a part of the family. When Ethel passed away in 1947, Bessie Ett was the informant on her death certificate.

Ethel Liebross is buried in the Workmen's Circle Block of Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Queens, New York: section D, line 9, grave 2.

1. Kings County, New York, Certificate of Death, Number 14198 (10 July 1947), 
Ethel Liebrois [sic], Municipal Archives, New York, New York.
2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 28 May 2008), manifest, S.S. Rhaetia, Hamburg to New York, arriving 25 January 1890, list 93, line 35, Simon Libros, citing National Archives Microfilm Serial M237, roll 543.
3. 1892 New York State Census, Kings County, New York, City of Brooklyn, Enumeration District (ED) 14, Ward 16, sheet 19, 26 Moore Street, Simon Librose and Addie Librose; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 July 2010). 
4. 1930 United States census, Kings County, New York, Brooklyn, E.D. 24-1668, sheet 10A, family 180, Ethel Liebross; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2013).
5. 1940 United States census, Queens County, New York, Queens, Enumeration District 41-1570, sheet 6A, household 130, Ethel Liebros; digital image, Archives.gov (http://www.archives.gov : accessed 4 April 2012).

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