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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Genealogue Challenge #141

Today is J. D. Salinger's 90th birthday, and I have an urge to invade his privacy.

On what date did his paternal grandmother arrive in America?

Dana Huff

1881 -- from Russia.

jlrich

Paternal grandparents were Simon F. Salinger (b. Sep1860 according to 1900 census) and Fannie Copland (b.Jul1865 per census). Fannie arrived in the US in 1876. Simon was a preacher.

This is fun! :)

Chris

It seems that you both have found the right woman, but I have a different, and more exact date in mind.

Dana Huff

I have to admit I'm stumped. I found out her father's name is Morris and that he was a rabbi, but I can't seem to find them on the passenger lists. However, I found a separate census record for Morris that lists his year of immigration as 1881, too.

Chris

It may be that "Copland" wasn't the family's original name. Maybe.

Andy E. Wold

According to the 1900 US Census, she immigrated in 1876. The family is living in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dana Huff

OK, maybe this time I have it. I found a Fanny Kaplan, which was the original family last name according to Margaret Salinger in her tell-all, and if this is her, the correct date of arrival is on the Koln on 2 Oct 1881. If that's not her, I may have to give up! But I admit it's been fun.

Chris

You're on the right track, Dana, but I think Fanny came over with some family members. If I'm right, the name on the manifest wasn't "Fanny."

Dana Huff

I give up!

Chris

Awww, c'mon Dana! You're so close!

Dana Huff

Close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes. I think I have discovered Morris Copland, her father, was Mowza Kaplan, but I can't find anything else. I can't even find Simon Salinger's emigration records. I got bupkis.

Chris

Okay, I'll tell you my theory. The 1900 census suggests that Morris' wife Ida and a bunch of their kids came over in 1882. Chaie Kaplan and a bunch of kids arrived at Castle Garden on the Suevia on 18 Mar. 1882. "Chaie" was sometimes Anglicized as "Ida," and her age (36) is a decent match with Ida's age in 1900.

A couple of the children's names match up exactly (Joseph, Sarah/Sara), and others' may have been Anglicized. The birth order seems correct, if David=Samuel and Wolf=William. There was a Hanne Kaplan, 16, in the group, whose approximate birth date would have been between March 1865 and March 1866. Fanny (Kaplan) Salinger's birth date, given in the 1900 census, was July 1865.

My theory is that Hanne was our Fanny.

By the way, here's a picture of her.

Chris

Incidentally, Fanny/Fannie's immigration date was given in the census as 1876 (1900), 1881 (1910), and 1882 (1920).

Dana Huff

I saw that family, Chris, but I didn't think the names were close enough, although Hanne for Fannie sounds fairly close. I think you might possibly be right about this bunch, but if you look at the appendix of Margaret Salinger's book, she mentions the names of some of the relatives, and I recall there being a David rather than a Samuel, and an Abe who changed his name to Al. You can view part of the end of that book on Google Books. It's called Dream Catcher.

I noticed all those disparate dates, too. Very frustrating!

Dana Huff

Oh, after following your link I see you mean that Samuel became David, which would match Margaret Salinger's account. Also, She mentioned a Sarah, and I see a Sara in your bunch.

Chris

And Abe was born in 1887, after the family had arrived.

If this is the right family, I'm guessing David was either "David Samuel" or "Samuel David."

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