If he was orphaned, he may not even have known he was Jewish.He lived in a Prussian community in WI.Though the Lafenbergs were b in Prussia, their oldest son, Adolph, was b in WI and is 18 on the 1870 census, which tells me they immigrated in ca 1852ish.If this is the correct Charles Brown, and his age, location and birthplace point to it, this could be where he found work when he "ran away and changed his name when he was old enough to work."
I have a copy of his death certificate.His daughter, who was the youngest of 4 children, put unk for his parents' names.She never lived with him as a child because she was 2 when her mother died.He lived with them at least from 1920 (census), until he died in 1927, far as I know.
I think they determined part of his history due to the German son-in-law's historical knowledge of Prussia/Germany, the fact that they knew he was born in Prussia, and knew his surname was Seaman/Seeman/n/Seiman or various spellings thereof.All of Charles Brown's children knew part of the story - maybe all of it, but it wasn't discussed much - especially with his g-gchildren...like me.I was too young to care when my grandmother told me some stories that might have helped today.
He was born Nov 27,1848, Prussia, and immigrated in 1857 - if the 1920 census is correct.My dad's cousins said he was 5 or 6 years old.That would have made him 9.There is a John Seaman in 1860, son Carl 9, and son August, 5, I think.
Dad's cousin said she knew he had a COUSIN named Augusta.Are you still wondering at my confusion?:)Thank you, Phillip, for your interest and help.I really appreciate it!
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