My grandfather’s uncle Chaim Finkelstein had two sons, Samuel and Samson. Samuel Finkelstein married Minnie Liss and they had seven children, the last being Sadie, born in 1913 in Winnipeg. It is my understanding that Samuel also had two children Zona and Lloyd, born 1912 and 1916 in Canada with another wife. I have not found birth records for Zona and Lloyd.
Minnie Liss and her unmarried children were living in Chicago, according to the 1930 census.
Samuel Finkelstein, now Stein, shows up in Seattle listed in the 1920 & 1930 censuses with his wife Sarah and two children Zona and Lloyd.
Ordinarily I would have dismissed the 1920/30 censuses as listing another Samuel Finkelstein. However when my great-aunt Eva laid out the whole large family to me in the 1940s, I recall her specifically mentioning the second two children because of the unusual name Zona.
His brother Samson added the initial R. before his given name to distinguish himself from his brother according to his naturalization papers. There is no reason to believe that Samson was the father of the two children.
Was Sam Finkelstein/Stein a bigamist? Was Zona born out of wedlock? But for Aunt Eva, an intelligent and educated woman, I would not find these events problematic.
Paul Silverstone, Vancouver, BC <paulh2@...>