The posts on this page will focus on Simon Goldman, who came from Marijampol (now Lithuania) to Indianapolis in the late 1880’s. He had 20 children that I know of — 4 with his first wife Pearl Goldberg, who presumably died in Marijampol, and 16 with his second wife Mamie Blum, who came with him and the 4 oldest children to Indianapolis. After Mamie died in 1922, Simon married again, this time to Sarah Vigodner Hantman, a widow with several young children of her own, who joined his family.
At least, I think they came from Marijampol. That’s what was written on the ship manifest when Simon, Mamie, and the four oldest children boarded. It is also what was written by the census taker in 1920 for at least one of the oldest children — first “Marijampol” was written, and then it was crossed out and “Lithuania” was written on top of it. Lithuania had just become a country again in 1918. However, I have no immigration documents to reference, nor have I yet found the Goldman family on any Marijampol records that have been translated for the Litvak Special Interest Group.