Friday, October 8, 2010

Some Jewish Names Lost to Time


I usually cover news items, but I thought that this information was important to those of you who do genealogical research, so I wanted to share it with you right away.

After I wrote the post on the Hebrew Cemetery in Virginia City, NV, and the effort to get information about Jewish Cemeteries in the United States that are in danger of disappearing under the ravages of time, I contacted the The Jewish Cemetery Project of the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies and told them about Virginia City.

I was pleased to find out that there is already an group of Synagogues in Reno assisting the Comstock Cemetery Association in repairing and restoring the Hebrew Cemetery in Virginia City.

Meanwhile, I remembered an old book, by Verna Stumpf Paterson, a historian at the University of Nevada, Reno.  I had come across the book when I was a teen.  It was called Cemeteries Records of Nevada and it was published in 1960. 

The reason this book is so important is that she recorded the names and inscriptions on Comstock graves all over Nevada before they were destroyed, washed away, displaced by building projects, or completely obliterated by time.

I was unable to find the book, but I did find the special collection of Verna Stumpf Paterson's papers at the University of Nevada, Reno, which includes (Thank G-d!!) the manuscript of her book.  

With some help from the wonderful Special Collections Librarian, Joel Guldner, I got a copy of the list of those buried at the Hebrew Cemetery, as recorded by Verna Stumpf Paterson, and the information from their gravestones.  My thanks go out to Joel for his professional and attentive service in finding these records promptly. 

I checked to see that this information was not available elsewhere.  It wasn't.  There is an old list posted by the USGenWeb Project from 1997, which has some additional names not included here--but some of the names on that list are wrong according to Verna Stumpf Paterson's manuscript (for example REES is recorded as REEB).  The USGenWeb list doesn't reveal where they got the information, so I am unsure of its veracity.  

I know where Verna Stumpf Paterson got her information, though--she walked up to the cemetery and recorded it.   So, in an effort to assist all those Jewish Genealogists out there, here is Verna Stumpf Paterson's list of those buried in the Jewish Cemetery.   

Because I only needed the pages for the Hebrew Cemetery, I have included only the names and gravestone inscriptions for the Hebrew Cemetery.  However, I wanted to also include the table of contents from the book in case anyone else is looking for records of the other cemeteries, so you know where to find them!

The following is transcribed from Verna Stumpf Paterson's book, Cemetery Records of Nevada, 1960.  Manuscript.  Special Collections, University of Nevada Reno.



Cemetery Records of Nevada

Catholic Cemetery, Virginia City, Storey County--Pages 1-24

Protestant Cemetery, Virginia City, Storey County
(Includes Masonic Cemetery and Knights of Pythias Cemetery)--Pages 25-57

Hebrew Cemetery, Virginia City, Storey County--Pages 58-59

Protestant Cemetery, Gold Hill, Storey County--Pages 60-74

Silver City Cemetery, Lyon County--Pages 78-86

Dayton Cemetery, Lyon County--Pages 87-100

Washoe City Cemetery, Washoe County--Pages 101-102        

These cemetery records are from the Comstock area, including Dayton which is down the river from where the first gold was discovered and Washoe City, the site of some of the mills.

Presented by
Verna Stumpf Paterson (Mrs. Chester A.) 337 Moran St., Reno, Nev.  Member of the Reno Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists National Chairman, Colonial & Genealogical Records Committee National Society, Daughters of the American Colonists

March 1960

Page 58


Hier Ruhl Adelia Adler gehr am 29 Aug. 1862 gest am 13 Jan. 1863  Tief betrauert von ihren Ellern Moses und Henr (stone broken).

Son of Joseph and Marrim Barnert
born in Cleveland, Ohio, June 15, 1869
died in Virginia, Nev. Aug. 20, 1873

BRECK, (broken stone)
born in Saint Louis, Dec. 14, 1854
born Sept. 9, 1874

COHN, Isaac
died Mar. 6, 1897, aged 74 years

COHN, Harris
born in Exin, Prussia, Mar. 9, 1832
died Aug. 8 1879

COHN, Lottie
Wife of H. Cohn
Native of Prussia
died June 18, 1884, aged 41 years

DAVID, Simon
native of Posen
died August 31, 1877, aged 53 yrs.

Hier Ruhl Sarah Grinewald
gehr am 29 Sept. 1861, gest am 17 Deze 1864
Tief betruert von ihren Ellern Aaron and Lene Grinewald.

HESS, Mattie
daughter of Lewis and Helene Hess
died Aug. 26, 1872, aged 8 mos. 23 d.

KORN, Aaron
son of M. & B. Korn
died Mar. 21, 1863, aged 10 mos. 25 d.

MCCREADIE, Amelia Marcia
native of Dessen Darmstadt, Germany
died Oct. 15, 1879, aged 40 yrs.

MANDEL, Benjamin
born in Trunbach, Alsace, Jan. 17, 1854
died June 30, 1873, aged 19 yrs. 5 mo. 13 d.

MAYER, Adeline
wife of Isidore Mayer      Mother
born Mar. 20, 1848, doed Mar. 2, 1890

MAYER, William
born Carlsrhe, Baden, Aug.19, 1838
died Sept. 9, 1876, age 38 yrs. 26 da.

son of H. & L. Newberger
died Oct. 1889, age 8 yrs. 8 mo. 4 d.
native of Virginia City, Nevada

husband of Henrietta Newberger
died Sept. 8, 1893, age 48 yrs.
native of Bravaria, Germany

husband of Regina Pinschouer
native of Kewpen, Prussia     Father
died Oct. 24, 1886, aged 67 yrs.

REES, Lewis
native of Germany
born June 14, 1828, died Sept. 7, 1863

RICE, Fanny
wife of Samuel Rice
native of Wasserlos, Germany
died Virginia City, Aug. 12, 1875, aged 35 yr.

born in London, Eng. May 10, 1840
died Mar. 26, 1893

doed April 25, 1876, aged 3 yrs. 7 mos. (worn stone marker)

This cemetery is located more than a half a mile north of the Protestant Cemetery.  The road is still washed out, which made it necessary to walk in.  The fence is gone and cattle graze through.

These inscriptions were copied and checked, November 1958; arranged and typed, February 1959 by Verna Stumpf Paterson (Mrs. Chester A.) 337 Moran Street, Reno, Nev.  Member of the Reno Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists National Chairman, Colonial & Genealogical Records Committee National Society, Daughters of the American Colonists

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