Sarah Sokolow's parents, Bosha Gottlieb and Lazar Kagan, considered Samuel Sokolow a poor match for their daughter. Samuel had difficulty earning a living, and--like so many of his contemporaries--he decided to try for a better future in America. In 1905 or 1906, he left Russia for the United States, settling in Hartford where he had relatives. Sarah arrived at Ellis Island in 1907, with a toddler on her arm and $5 in her pocket. Samuel was no more successful as a breadwinner in America than he had been in Russia. Going through a succession of jobs, he listed his profession as "merchant" on his oldest daughter Rose's birth certificate in 1908 but as "laborer" on Anna's birth certificate in 1910. Sarah, always a strong and resourceful woman, quickly became the dominant figure in the Sokolow family.
Notes: Larry Warren, Anna Sokolow: The Rebellious Spirit (Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1998), 1-2.