Hello, I am trying to work on my husbands side of the family and unfortunately have hit a road block and am hoping perhaps that someone might be able to help me. Unfortunately I don't have too much information to go on with yet.
My husband's Great Grandfather is Esa(ias) Isaac Turpen DOB 11 Aug 1868 in Finland. He arrived in the US from Finland in 1896 and changed the spelling of his last name from either Turpinen or Turpennen (I have seen several different spellings linked to him) and settled in Butte county South Dakota.
I found a record for Esaias Isaac Turpinen arriving from Finland via Ellis Island with a wife of Brida (Brita) Turpinen. I am pretty sure this is the correct person for my husbands Great Grandfather as DOB and arrival dates match. This is the only record that I have found of a wife of Brida Turpinen, everything else I find his wife as Carlina (Caroline) Raatikka DOB 31 Dec 1875 in Finland, also arriving in US in 1896, but marring Esa in 1899.
Unfortunately the surviving family does not know much about the Great Grandfather other than he was known and "Isaac" and came from somewhere in Finland, they do not know the Great Grandmothers name.
If you could perhaps help me out I would be very thankful!!