SERVIAN (SERWIANSKI)Joseph (Josiel) [Joseph Zalman b Mordecai]
Sejny, Suwalki, Poland
08 Mar 1915
Rice Lane Jewish Cemetery
Inscription: Joseph Servian who died 8th Mar 1915 aged 70 years.
From the Hebrew Inscription (courtesy of Abraham Goldberg): In this place are buried the remains of a simple (meaning pure and straight) man. The respected elderly man who trod an upright path, turned away from evil, possessing noble qualities. (He)lived by the sweat of his brow and benefited from his toils. YOSEF ZALMAN son of MORDECHAI. Passed away with a good name (the initials could also be interpreted as at a good old age) 22nd Adar 5675.
Joseph Servian was born Josiel Serwianski in Sejny in Suwalki gubernia in NE Poland in 1844 (near lake Serwy). Joseph was the son of Hannah and Mordechai Serwianski. He came to Liverpool in about 1875 with his wife Ada, three children (Leah 1868-1894, Abraham 1873-1940 and Samuel 1875-1938) and also his brother Barnet (1855-1918, who emigrated to USA in 1905). He became a naturalized citizen. Joseph was a glazier and picture frame maker by trade, but branched out into retail furniture and pawnbroking. He died in Liverpool in 1915. [Source: J. Whitehead]