Sunday, January 22, 2012

Found: Fannie (Edelstein) Gartner Death Date

Fannie Gardner death certificate 1908
My mother’s paternal grandmother was Florence or Fannie Edelstein. She was born in October 1860 in Austria /Hungry. She married Leopold Gartner (Gardner) on 24 March 1878 in Manhattan, New York. She had five children who grew to adulthood and, perhaps, two who died young.

The City Directory for 1899-1900 shows the Gartner family at 445 East 83rd Street. The 1900 US census shows Leopold & Fannie with five children. She was 39 years old. Between the 1901 & 1911 city directories the Gardner family moved a couple times.  From 1905 to 1908 they were at 340 East 87th Street. The 1905 New York State Census shows Fannie as a housewife. In 1910 the US census shows Leopold to be a widower living at 56 West 118th Street in Manhattan.

I knew Fannie had died between the 1905 New York State and the 1910 US census takers’ visits. I wrote to the New York City Municipal Archives at 31 Chambers Street.  About five weeks later my mailbox contained a certified copy of Fannie Gardner’s death certificate. She died 28 February 1928. She had been a married housewife who had been in the US from Hungary for 32 years. She was buried March 1st in Washington cemetery.

I am off to search for her final resting place. I am wondering if her children who died young are also buried in Washington Cemetery. This may help answer questions about them. I can also try to find her arrival in the United States based on the number of years she had been here at her death. Every discovery leads in new directions.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful find you have, you know know exactly when she passed away.


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