17 March 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Saul Kurman, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

Saul Kurman was all of 5 when he passed away in 1927 of respiratory ailments and heart failure.[1] He was born in the United States, the fourth child of Hyman and Rose Kurman.[2]

Here lies
Yehoshua son of Chaim
Died 20 Nisan 5687
APR 22, 1927

Hyman Kurman immigrated at the age of 17 with his father Hersch (Harry) in 1906 from Labun, Volynia Gubernia, Russian Empire.[3] Like many of his New York City townsmen, he became a glazier. Hyman married Rose Forder (or Forur) on 27 December 1914.[4] Saul's birth was preceded by those of his America-born brothers George, Isidor, and Morris. 

While Montefiore Cemetery provides a locator for graves on its website, Saul's grave is not included in the inventory for its location in Block 89, Gate 156N. The only other Kurmans buried in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot besides Saul are his grandparents, Harry and Yetta Kurman. 

1. Kings County, New York, death certificate 8476 (22 April 1927), Sol Kurman; Munipical Archives, New York.
2. Kings County, New York, 1925 New York State Census, Brooklyn, assembly district 18, election district 51, page 181, Hyman and Rose Kurman family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 March 2015); citing New York State Archives.
3. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 December 2010 ), manifest, S.S. Lucania, Liverpool to New York, arriving 28 July 1906, list 14, lines 5-6, Hersch and Chaim Kurmann; citing NARA Microfilm Series T715; roll 746.
4. Rose's surname is listed as "Forder" on her marriage certificate, but "Forur" on Saul's death certificate. New York County, New York, marriage certificate 313 (1915), Hyman Kurman and Rose Forder (27 December 1914), Municipal Archives, New York. 

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