The Dilemma of the Salomans

My great great grandmother was Pauline Saloman.  She was married to Marks Raphael.  Marks was the first of my ancestors to immigrate to America, in 1851.  Marks' brother Aaron immigrated in the late 1850s. Marks was single when he came to America, but Aaron was married - to Yetta, and they had two children who were born in Germany - Pauline and Ricka.

Now here's the dilemma.  Pauline, Yetta, Pauline and Ricka immigrated in 1862.  Yetta was identified in the immigration record as Mother, going to meet her husband with the destination California.  Pauline was identified as "servant" with her ultimate destination New York.

They arrived on August 18, 1862 in New York and lo and behold - a Pauline Saloman married Marks Raphael on January 4, 1863.  Now assuming in the genealogy business generally is not the correct thing to do, but it is reasonable to assume that the Pauline on the ship that arrived in New York is quite likely the same Pauline that married Marks Raphael in Marysville, Yuba County, California.

Below is a snippet of their immigration record:

Now the dilemma.  At this time we do not know Yetta's maiden name.  But we have the following "evidence".

The following is the obituary for Pauline Saloman Raphael:

So the two dilemmas are: 
  • Is the "servant" Pauline Saloman that traveled to America the same Pauline Saloman that married Marks Raphael?
  • Was Yetta truly Pauline's sister as stated in Pauline's obituary? Or were they sister-in-laws, and "sister" was just short hand in the obituary?  We do know from both Yetta and Pauline's obituaries that they were both natives of Kolmar, Germany.
For now I believe that Pauline and Yetta were sisters.  Maybe additional proof will surface some day. But the fact that Pauline was listed as "servant" in the immigration record is quite puzzling.

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