My mother-in-law was named after her father's sister.
I recently obtained her death certificate.
|New York, New York, Manhattan Deaths: FHL Microfilm 1322427,|
Certificate No. 17223. Anna Goldstein, May 27, 1918.
I am guessing that in 1918, family members were not comfortable talking about their sister's death by ovarian cancer and the story about being injured by a trolley was an easier way to explain a young person's death.
Other helpful information on this death certificate:
No specific birthday but a birth year of 1897 (though her passenger list record indicates a birth year of 1895) and she was 21 (or 23?) years old when she died.
She had been in the U.S. (in New York) for three years (actually three months shy of four years; she arrived in August 1914).
She was born in Roumania and her parents' names were Isaac Goldstein and Scheiba Moscowitz. (See a photograph of Scheiba, also known as Sheva, here.)
The place of burial is Highland View, which is now known as Mount Judah Cemetery, located in Ridgewood, Queens County. In exploring burials at Mount Judah, I also discovered her brother, Max Goldstein and his wife Lottie are both buried there, in the same section as Anna.
Update August 30, 2016: I visited the cemetery and took a photo of her gravestone.