10 March 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Joseph and Gussie Kargman Schwartz, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY*

Gussie Kargman Schwartz, daughter of Meyer and Goldie Kargman was born in Labun (aka Lubin in Yiddish), Volhynia Gubernia, Russian Empire. 

Here lies
Mrs. Gisia daughter of
Meyer Yosef
Died 25 Sivan 5711
May her soul be bound in eternal life
DIED JUNE 29, 1951

She became an immigrant at the age of 21 when she and her mother and sister landed in Boston.[1] She and her family joined father Meyer in New York City.

Gussie married glazier Joseph Schwartz in Brooklyn in 1925.[2] Joseph, also an immigrant, had been born in Hungary.

Here lies
SEPT. 29, 1967
Schmariya Yakov
son of Avraham Yitzchak
Died 24 Elul 5727
May his soul be bound in everlasting life

The 1930 U.S. Census shows Gussie and Joe living at 142 East 2nd Street in Manhattan. They had two children: Shirley, 4, and Lillian, 2 months old.[3]

It was around this time that Gussie began the process to become a citizen. Her 1933 petition of naturalization identified two children: Shirley, born 29 December 1925, and Milton (22 June 1933).[4] Her omission may indicate that daughter Lillian had passed away. In fact, I have located a death record indexed on ItalianGen's New York City death records database that may be Lillian's.[5] One year old Lillian Schwartz died on 20 October 1931. I have not yet ordered a copy of the death certificate.

Sometime in the late 1930s the Schwartz family moved to Hartford, Connecticut where Joseph worked as a glazier in a glass factory.[6] It appears the family stayed in Hartford for the rest of their lives. Joseph eventually opened a glass shop.

Gussie is buried in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot, block 89, gate 156N, line 7L, grave 5. Joseph is buried in the same area, line 11R, grave 4.

1. "Massachusetts, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1963," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 December 1910), manifest, S.S. Manchuria, Danzig to New York, arriving 21 February 1921, p. 3, lines 4-6, Gosda, Gisia and Ruchla Kargmann; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T938, Roll 260.
2. Kings County, New York, certificate of marriage no. 6662 (1925), Joseph Schwartz and Gussie Kargman, 31 January 1925, Municipal Archives, New York.
3. 1930 U.S. Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district 31-217, shett 14B, dwelling 39, family 400, Joseph and Gussie Schwartz family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 January 2011), citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1555.
4. "Selected U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents," digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 December 1910); Gussie Schwartz, petition for naturalization no 377118 (1941), Southern District Court of New York; NARA microfilm Series M1972, roll 862.
5. "NYC Death Index," database, Italian Genealogical Group (http://www.italiangen.org : accessed 10 March 2015), entry for Lillian Schwartz, Manhattan death certificate 24555 (1931).
6. 1940 U.S. Census, Hartford County, Connecticut, population schedule, Hartford, enumeration district 10-142, sheet 61B, household 167, Joseph and Gussie Schwartz family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 9 March 2015), citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 537.

*The First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association, a New York City landsmanshaft group for immigrants from the town of Lubin (Yiddish name), also known as Labun, Russian Empire, purchased two burial plots in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY and one in Beth Moses Cemetery, Pinelawn, NY.

Because many of these people constituted my Lubin relatives' friends, acquaintances and neighbors, I have recorded these burials and submitted them to JewishGen where they are online in the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry. In posts about burials in these plots, I will provide additional information about those interred.

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