I'm interested in any information on my paternal grandfather William Dom who was born 9/6/1873 in Germany and immigrated to US in 1886 from Hanover/Hamburg, Germany. I know nothing about his family/ancestry.
I have heard the following from relatives but I have never confirmed either: (1) his father owned a paper mill in Hamburg (I think (?)) (2) he first entered America illegally after stowing away on a ship at age 14, but he later returned and immigrated legally in 1886.
I found a US 1900 census record that showed a William Dom of the same age and same immigration year (1886) working as a servant in the household of Chas and Annie Budoff, with another servant named Harman Kranka. This was in Islip, New York.
He eventually came to Indiana. I know he lived in Indianapolis and later Fort Wayne and married my grandmother Mae Stout (a.k.a. May & Mary) in 1914 and their first child (my father Richard Carson Dom) was born the following year - 1915. They later had a daughter (Aline) and another son (Edward). Edward was killed in combat during the battle for Iwo Jima in WWII. My father, Richard Dom died in 1993, but his sister Aline is still living.
William worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Co. as a traveling salesman.
My grandmother Mae (William's wife) died of cancer in 1923 (approx). Because of his profession, he was forced to put the three children in an orphans' home where he would visit them frequently. The name of the home was: “The Reformed Orphans Home of Fort Wayne, Indiana”, which still exists, but is currently known as "Crossroad Fort Wayne Children's Home".
After some time my grandfather William Dom disappeared. He never returned to the orphan's home and no one in my family who I've ever asked seems to know what became of him. I'm not sure of the approximate date of his disappearance, but I think that it was around 1924.
I would be very interested in any information or suggestions for sources on his ancestry and/or on what became of him.