Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dr. Jacob Soupcoff/Lorenz, Insurance Fraud Organizer, Gambling House Proprietor--and Physician

Jacob Soupcoff (later Lorenz), born around 1869, was a son of Morris and Mollie Soupcoff and a sister of "beautiful Jewess" Anna.  He came to America in approximately 1886.  He became a physician--but seems to have a record of getting into legal problems.
Jacob Soupcoff Petition for Naturalization; Pittsburgh, PA; 1894
In 1894, Jacob petitioned to become a US citizen.  But the very next year he made nationwide news for insurance fraud.  Jacob and his co-conspirators would find accidents reported in the local newspaper and then claim that they had been injured in those accidents.
New York Post, May 10, 1895


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Anna Soupcoff Lewis King Kehr, the "Beautiful Jewess"

Anna Soupcoff, one of the daughters of Morris and Mollie Soupcoff, made national headlines after she eloped with the son of a millionaire.

In 1900, Anna was an 18-year-old girl living with her family in Pittsburgh.  She had been born in February 1882 in "Russia," arrived in the United States in 1887, and was a "box maker," likely in her father's Keystone Box Company.
1900 United States Census; Pittsburgh, PA; Annie "Soupcof" (line 85)
But 8 years later, Anna left her family and headed west--and made the front page of the New York Press:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Original Pittsburgh Soupcoffs

The original Supkoffs in Pittsburgh were actually Soupcoffs.  I've found allusions to them being connected to my Supkoff family but no solid connection as of yet; I haven't found anything relating to their specific town of origin.  But this family still left quite the paper trail--and I'll be posting about several of their children separately since several of them merit their own writeup.  The other versions of Supkoffs/Supcoffs/Zypkoffs, etc. can be seen here:

Morris (Moshe Aharon) Soupcoff was born in 1852 in Russia; his father was Nachman (according to Morris' tombstone).  Morris and Mollie Soupcoff arrived in the United States in 1887 (according to his naturalization papers, he arrived June 15, 1887--but I haven't found his manifest).  In 1892, Morris declared his intention to become a citizen.
Morris Soupcoff Declaration of Intention; Pittsburgh, PA; 1892

Sunday, June 28, 2015

An Unusual Name, Many Spellings - Zoupcoff/Zypkoff Branch

Earlier, I'd tracked my cousins (1st cousins, 3 times removed) Ben Supkoff and Irving/Isidore and Max Supcoff.  On their manifests, they all had mentioned that they were joining their uncle, Max Zupkoff/Zypkoff who lived on Webster Avenue in Pittsburgh.  So who was Max and how is he related?  This is the second in the Supkoff Spellings series.

Max Zoupcoff (sometimes Zypkoff) was born in 1872.  On his naturalization papers, he said that he was born in Buke, Russia.  This is possibly Buki, Ukraine to the northeast of Uman.  This town is about as equidistant to Kuna as Kuna is to Shpikov where my Supkoff family lived before emigrating.  Max also states that he came to Canada first, passing through Montreal before taking a train to Buffalo.  I have not been able to find either a manifest taking him or his family to Canada or a train manifest to Buffalo.  Bonus genealogy points and a mention in a future post if you can find one of those!
Max Zoupcoff Naturalization Documents; 1908 & 1912

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

David Marienhoff's Military Service--And Discharge

Just after I posted about David Marienhoff/Alpern, a half-brother of my great-great grandmother, a large envelope arrived in the mail.  Much to my surprise, David's military records were quite thick, even though he had been enlisted for less than a year!

I started at the end and was a bit surprised to see his discharge papers which cited "excessive stupidity and peculiar actions were noted from the time the man joined the Company...."  And it went downhill from there.
David Marienhoff, US Army Certificate of Disability for Discharge, 1911

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tracking Mira's Children: David Marienhoff/Alpern

This is the ninth in a series tracking the children of Mira Halperin Lefand Marienhoff.  You can see everything in this series to this point here.

David Marienhoff (later David Alpern) was born in Nezhin, Russian Empire to Mira and Yitzchok Marienhoff on May 20, 1885--their first child in what was a second marriage for both Mira and Yitzchok.
David Marienhoff Birth Record; Nezhin, Russian Empire; 1885

Sunday, June 14, 2015

An Unusual Name, Many Spellings - Supcoff Branch

My great grandmother Mollie Supkoff Tolchin's family name was Zubkis in Europe but her siblings and their descendents were consistent in the Supkoff spelling of their name once they came to Pittsburgh.  There were other families with a similar name but different spellings in the Pittsburgh area.  They seem to be all connected.  For some I've found the connection; for others, I've done some comprehensive research on their family to try to find their relationship to my Supkoffs--and that is still a work in progress.  These posts can all be found here.

The first family I'll be discussing spells the name "Supcoff."  Three brothers came to America:  Benjamin (born 1896), Irving/Isadore (Born 1901) and Max (born 1903).  Benjamin actually took on the Supkoff spelling (and married my great grandmother's sister Fannie--so she didn't have to change her name when she was married).

Irving/Isadore arrived first, in 1922, under the name Isidore Zupkoff.
Ship Manifest; Isidore Zupkoff; 1922 (line 11); page 1

 But what is interesting is on the second page: