March 1st, 2018

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52 Ancestors Week 9 – Where There’s a Will

The theme for Week 9 (February 26 – March 4) is Where There’s a Will.

I haven’t tracked down a lot of wills in my family, but I did stumble upon the probate record for the estate of Morris LEHRMAN. He was the husband of my grandfather’s sister (probably a half-sister, but I am not entirely sure), Mary LUBOWSKY. She had arrived in the U.S. in 1912, under the name Mariasche CHLEBATZKY or Mariska CHLEBATSKA. (There are two records because she was held for inquiry, but that’s another story.)

Morris died 18 February 1928 in the Bronx. It looks like he died at home, at 809 Allerton Avenue, which is quite near the New York Botanical Gardens and Bronx Zoo. His personal property was worth $3000, which would be equivalent to about $43,000 today.

But the really important thing about this record is that it resolves an error in the 1920 census, which showed their two children as a son named Seymour and a daughter named Athaliar. There were actually two daughters – Sima and Athalia.

Where there’s a will, you can find out who the heirs were.

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