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25 October 2018 @ 02:24 pm
52 Ancestors Week 43 – Cause of Death  
The theme for Week 43 (October 22-28) is Cause of Death.

I’ve written about this before. My great-aunt, Mary LEHRMAN (nee Mariasha CHLEBATZKA in one of many variant spellings) was one of the 79 people killed in the wreck of the Congressional Limited near Philadelphia in 1943. Her tombstone actually says "died in accident" and my uncle had mentioned a train accident, which (combined with the date) enabled me to find several newspaper stories, including one with her name and address. My theory that she was returning to New York from visiting her daughter, Sima SLANSKY, who lived in the DC area, is, however, speculation.


I can't find it at the moment, but the father of somebody who married into the family was killed when a box fell on his head at a train station in Lithuania.


So I should probably not be quite so sanguine about trains as I am.

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