Chaya Dvoira’s epitaph: “a modest and honest woman”

Registry book with entry on Chaya Dvoira's death. Photo (c) Ruth Ellen Gruber

Registry book with entry on Chaya Dvoira's death. Photo (c) Ruth Ellen Gruber

The Yiddishist Dov-Ber Kerler, of the University of Indiana, has kindly provided a translation of the epitaph on Chaya Dvoira’s tomb. It adds a little confusion, as it notes her date of death in 1904, while the registry book shows it as February 22, 1905…or maybe that’s just the date the death was entered…

H[ere] L[ies] the modest and honest woman / Ms Khaya Dvora (Khaye Dvoyre] daughter of Moshe Mordechai [Moyshe Mordkhe] / deceased on the 16 [day] of the month / [of] Adar Rishon in the year / [5]664 (=1904) M[ay her] S[oul be] E[ntwined into the] T[apestry of] L[ife]

1 thought on “Chaya Dvoira’s epitaph: “a modest and honest woman”

  1. When you are an amateur genealogist, you learn early on that women are hard to trace. They change their names when they marry and seldom is any information other than a first name available from any source. When Ruth Ellen found Chaya Dvorah Halpern’s head stone it became a tangible link in the chain I’ve tried to forge from my mother, Mary Rosenberg Melnick back to my grandmother, Tsiril Alpern Rosenberg to my great grandmother, Chaya Dvora Herer Alpern.

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