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by Betty Ruth Gibbons Caplan When I was in the early years of my marriage I always used to tell myself to remember what kind of a mother-in-law I had, because she would be my role model. I had three sons and I was afraid that I would not be a good mother-in-law myself. I
Sarah Lederman Caplan had moved in with her husband’s family when they were married. When Aaron left for America, Sarah was left behind with the baby Sam. Sarah may have also had twins who died. But Sarah and the baby remained with Aaron’s family during those years that Aaron was gone. She did not return
Abe cannot testify to the truth of these stories—only that as he sat under the dining room table on Saturday nights he heard the Aunts and Uncles telling them. The Caplan Family lived in a small village called Volochisk on the Zbruch River not far from the Black Sea in the Ukraine section of Russia.
Sarah Lederman Caplan’s blue egg, which we are told was a wedding present from her in-laws. She and Aaron Caplan were married in 1910. There was a story that Sarah carried it carefully in her lap the entire trip from Russia. An antique dealer told Betty Ruth and Abe Caplan that it is expensive Czech
Sarah Lederman Caplan’s Mother in Russia, c1880 (?). Her father’s name was Yitzchak Moishe. (Not to be confused with her father-in-law, Morris Moishe Yitzchak Caplan!) Family lore tells us that the lady was around 30 years old when the photo was taken.