As we perused our digitized images on the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive, we wondered how many images of siblings we had in our collections. We are highlighting a sample of them below.
These images feature the Coan or Coon siblings. Based on information in the 1910 census it seems possible this is Catharine Coan, age 18, daughter of William and Mary Coan of Clinton, Clinton County, IA. Her siblings were Isabelle and Folwell.
These images are of the Finkelstein sisters. Based on information in the 1910 United State Census, Beatrice, Esther, and Tillie lived in Rock Island with their parents, Abraham and Ida, and their siblings, Morris, Henry, Israel, and Leo.
Based on information in the 1925 Iowa State Census, Beatrice was living in Davenport with Edward I. Wolfson. Based on information published in the Daily Times on May 25, 1955, Mrs. Wolfson (Beatrice Finkelstein) died at age 71 in Rock Island, Illinois. She was born on December 31, 1884 to Abraham and Ida Morris Finkelstein in Russia. She came to the United States in 1896. She married Mr. Wolfson on December 25, 1922 in Rock Island. She was associated with her husband’s clothing store and was a member of Temple Emmanuel, the Tri-City Jewish Center.
Based on information published in the Daily Times on July 2, 1920, Miss Esther A. Finkelstein married Earl Sarazan of Kansas City, Missouri on July 1, 1920. Based on information in Vermont Marriage Records, Esther Sarazan married David Finkelstein on March 14, 1943. This was her second marriage; she had divorced Earl. Based on information in Vermont Death Records, Esther A. Finkelstein was born March 22, 1891 in Lithuania and died December 7, 1945 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Based on information published in the Daily Times on December 10, 1945, Mrs Esther Finkelstein died at the age of 54 in St. Johnsberry and had three children with Earl Sarazan.
Based on information published in the Times-Democrat on October 24, 1967, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice B. Kelinson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their two sons, Marvin and Norman. Based on information in her obituary, published in the Times-Democrat on February 15, 1969, Tillie Finkelstein was born in Poland and came to the United States in 1904. She married Maurice B. Kelinson in Rock Island on October 14, 1917. Based on information published in the Times-Democrat on March 28, 1970, a monument in memory of Tille was unveiled at the Tri-City Jewish Cemetery in Davenport. She died February 14, 1969.
This image depicts the McLaughlin siblings. Based on information in the 1910 and 1880 federal census it seems likely these are the children of James B. and Ella McLaughlin. Left to right the siblings and their ages in 1910 would be Carl W. (32), Bessie (30), Gertrude (26), Vida (24), Marna (20), and Ed (17).
These images feature the Murphy siblings. Based on information in the 1900 Davenport city directory and the federal census for Rock Island County, Illinois in 1900 and 1910 it seems likely these are the children of Timothy A. and Mary Murphy. The eldest is Madeline, age 9 in the 1900 census. Grace, age 1 in the 1900 census is on the right side of the group. Baby Laurence was born after the June 1900 census as he is listed as age 9 in the April 1910 census. Timothy A. Murphy was a lawyer residing in Rock Island, Illinois.
This image features the Whalen brothers. Based on information in the 1920 United States Census, Edward and Arthur were the sons of Sarah Whalen. They also lived with their siblings, William and John. Edward was employed as an office clerk and Arthur was employed as a stenographer. Based on information in his WWI Draft Registration card, Arthur Bernard Whalen was born on August 22, 1893 in Davenport. Based on information published in The Daily Times on August 5, 1918, Arthur and Edward Whalen visited Mrs. Sarah Whalen, their mother, on their furloughs. Arthur was stationed at Camp Dodge and Edward was stationed at Great Lakes naval training station. Based on information published in The Daily Times on February 14, 1923, Mr. Arthur B. Whalen married Miss Ellen Hart in Chicago on February 13, 1923. At this time, he was employed as a director of an orchestra. Based on information published in The Daily Times on October 4, 1952, Arthur B. Whalen died on October 1, 1952. He was buried at the Holy Family Cemetery. Based on information published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Edward R. Whalen was born on May 2, 1891 in Davenport. He married Margaret Kearney in Danville, Illinois on June 20, 1937. He died in Chicago due to a car accident. He was buried in Danville.
This image montage features the Wyman siblings. Mr. Wyman is listed as age 52 in the 1910 federal census. Research indicates there is a good chance this is a montage of Wyman siblings, four of whom appear in image X793. Those four are believed to be Fred Wyman, E. Louise (Wyman) Hayward, Mary B. (Wyman) Pierce and Charlotte E. (Wyman) Breed. The identities of the other three siblings are likely Joseph Wallace Wyman, David Frank Wyman, and Mason Eugene Wyman. These would be the children of Daniel and Anna (Phelps) Wyman.
We hope this inspires you to look at images of siblings in your family or to take a snapshot with your siblings for the future generations.
(Posted by Kathryn)