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Solomons and Weinberg family papers

Identifier: Mss 1134

Collection Overview

The collection contains materials pertaining to the Solomons and Weinberg families. Materials primarily relate to sisters Maude C. Solomons, Kate Cecile Solomons, and Augusta I. Solomons. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence among the sisters, exchanging news on their health, daily lives, family updates, and birthday wishes, as well as assorted ephemera, including receipts, prescriptions, and obituaries. Also included is the typescript "The Solomons Home for the Aged. Something about the Misses Solomons," providing background on the three sisters and the home Maude C. Solomons founded, as well as a copy of Maude's will. Items pertaining to the Weinberg family include an 1874 marriage contract between Rose Levi and Aaron Weinberg, a family tree beginning with Milton Weinberg (son of Aaron and Rosa Weinberg), the obituary of Rosa Weinberg, and a letter written from Rosalie to Ethel "Monkey" Weinberg discussing the Weinberg and Levi families. The Solomon and Weinberg families are related through the marriage of Horace Harby to Emma Henrietta Solomons (1847-1913), and the marriages of his niece, Flora Levy Moses (1880-1948) to Jacob Albert Weinberg (1879-1952).


  • Creation: 1851-1983


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

In 1852, Augustus Aurelius Solomons (1829-1891) married Kate Cohen (1833-1876) in Savannah, Georgia. The couple had six children, Kate Cecile Solomons (1853-1930); Augusta Isabel Solomons (1856-1936); Aurelius Aaron Solomons (1857-1858); Jacob Theodore Solomons Jr. (1859-1940); Rosalie Eliza Solomons (1862-1862); and Maude Cohen Solomons (1863-1951).

The family settled in Sumter, South Carolina, where they resided in a large house on North Main Street. In 1907, the county acquired the property to build the Sumter County Court House. The house itself was sold to Dr. S. H. Edmunds, superintendent of city schools, and moved to the southeast corner of Calhoun and Harvin Streets. After the property was sold, the Solomons' three daughters, Kate Cecile Solomons, Augusta Isabel Solomons, and Maude Cohen Solomons, moved to New York City. The sisters never married and would occasionally return to Sumter to visit, reserving rooms at the Claremont Hotel. After the death of Kate and Augusta, Maude returned to Sumter, where she resided at Tuomey Hospital, the only accommodations available for an elderly single lady.

Her experience at Tuomey inspired Maude to leave her estate to found a home for the aged in Sumter County, South Carolina, as a memorial to her parents. She died in 1951 and the trustees of her estate opened the Solomons Home for the Aged in 1962.

Aaron Weinberg (1841-1919) was born to Jannetta Nachman (1825-1844) and Benedict Weinberg (1799-1890) in Charleston, South Carolina. His mother died a few years after his birth and his father married Fannie Reis (1828-1878) and the couple had thirteen children. In 1874, Aaron married Rosa Levi (1855-1923), and the couple had thirteen children, ten of whom survived to adulthood. Aaron worked in the mercantile business, opening his first store at Hodges Crossroads in Clarendon County, South Carolina. In the 1880s, the Weinbergs settled in Manning, South Carolina, where Aaron built a sixteen-room house for his family.

The Solomon and Weinberg families are related through the marriage of Horace Harby to Emma Henrietta Solomons (1847-1913), and the marriage of his niece, Flora Levy Moses (1880-1948) to Jacob Albert Weinberg (1879-1952).


0.25 linear feet (1 slim document box)


Correspondence, typescript, and assorted ephemera of the Solomons family of Sumter, South Carolina, and the Weinberg family of Manning, South Carolina. Materials primarily relate to the Solomons sisters Maude C. Solomons, Kate C. Solomons, and Augusta I. Solomons, but also include a small number of items pertaining to the Weinberg family, notably an 1874 marriage contract between Aaron Weinberg and Rosa Levi.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2009 and 2010 by Barbara Schwartz Burchstead.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the Solomons Family Papers (Mss 1103), Weinberg family papers (Mss 1002), and Weinberg and Moses family papers (Mss 1135).

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Lazarus, September 2015.

Inventory of the Solomons and Weinberg Family Papers, 1851-1983
Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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