Charles A Bloom and Grace Rhine, my great grandparents

Beginning with the 1920 US Census for Pine Bluff, Grace M. Bloom, enumerated as ‘widowed mother’ or the ‘head-of household’ with my grandparents, John R. Bloom and Emma Marie (Block) Bloom. Later, I found my grandfather, John Ryan Rhine Bloom, listed in the 1900 US Census for Pine Bluff, Arkansas as ‘Jno R Bloom’ (15 years old) and Charles A. Bloom (1858-1905)  and Grace M. Bloom (1865-1926), his parents, also were living in the household of Mo (Morris) and Theresa Hanf. I was confused because the Census record showed Charles Bloom as the brother-in-law of Mo Hanf and Grace Rhine Bloom as the sister-in-law of Mo Hanf ;  neither Grace nor Charles had a sibling named Theresa that could be found. Morris Hanf arrived in Pine Bluff in the late 1860s and operated a fur and furniture business ( see LeMaster page 184).

I contacted Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff and found that Charles A. (having first been buried in Bellwood Cemetery in a copper casket), Grace and John were buried in a family plot (lot 17 in Southwood at Graceland) which John Bloom purchased 12 December 1926, shortly after the death of his mother Grace.

S Y (Solomon G)  Rhine, Fredrika, Grace, David, Aphelia and Sophia Rhine (spelled Rhein) were enumerated on the 1870 Census in the Third Ward of Memphis. Oddly, There’s another Solomon Rhine on the 1870 Census who is about the same age as Solomon G but in the Fifth Ward in Memphis.Grace Rhine (age 16) appeared on the 1880 US Census for Memphis, Tennessee in the household headed by widowed Frederico (s/b Fredrika) Rhine, and she had three siblings .. David (15),  Aphelia (14) and Sophia (10).  Sophia Rhine married Charles A. Bloom’s younger brother, Simon Bloom, in 1888.  The brothers Charles and Simon  Bloom married sisters, Grace and Sophia Rhine. Simon was prominent in Pine Bluff (see here).

And, my aunt has a vague memory from her youth of having met Aunt Sophia!

Reference: LeMaster, C G (1994), A Corner of The Tapestry: a History of the Jewish Experience in Arkansas 1820s-1990s, Fayettville, Ark, University of Arkansas Press. p 184

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