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Fanny Sophie Salomons Schoenberg
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Birth: May, 1829, Germany
Death: Apr. 10, 1901
New York, USA

Maternal grandmother of the Marx Brothers. Fanny and her husband Louis (né Levy "Lafe" Schönberg), whom she wed in 1851, had nine children—Schontje, Sara, Jette, Hänne (nicknamed Hännchen, later known as Hannah), Miene (Minna, later Minnie), Abraham (later known as Al), an unnamed girl who was a stillborn, Celine, and Heine (later called Henry). Several of their children died in infancy or childhood. At first her parents, who were very religious, wouldn't let her marry Lafe, because even though he was of the same faith, he was well-known as having been driven out of his hometown due to a youthful sexual indiscretion that had nevertheless caused a scandal. The couple's first child was born a year before their wedding, and initially she was given to Lafe's mother as her alleged baby, to avoid another big scandal. However, eventually her family came around and accepted their relationship and consented to the marriage. In Germany, the family were well-known travelling entertainers, touring Germany in a covered wagon that held the couple and all of their children. Lafe was a magician and ventriloquist, and Fanny was a harpist. Later on, however, they settled down somewhat, and Lafe became first an umbrella-maker and then an artisan. The couple arrived in the United States in 1880, though not all of their children were able to come over with them at the same time, as was common among many immigrant families of the time. Once they were all settled in New York, though, Fanny and her husband lived close by their children and lived the normal lives of humble unassuming immigrants. Several of her children made names for themselves on the entertainment circuit, following in their parents' footsteps. Abraham became a famous vaudevillian under the adopted name Al Shean, Henry toured vaudeville as Harry Shean, and Minnie became the first and only female vaudeville producer in Chicago, as well as a very aggressive promoter of her sons' vaudeville act. Fanny is buried next to her infant grandson Manfred, the firstborn of Minnie's boys.  
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  Louis Schöenberg (1823 - 1920)*
  Minnie Schoenberg Marx (1865 - 1929)*
  Al Shean (1868 - 1949)*
*Calculated relationship
Washington Cemetery
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Created by: Carrie-Anne
Record added: Mar 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18545602
Fanny Sophie <i>Salomons</i> Schoenberg
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