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WIMBUSH Social Security Information?

Social Security Question

Greetings board & happy 4th of July.

Sank Wimbush passed away on 14-May-1951 in Cleveland. He was 76 years old according to his death certificate (I'd say about 80 years old though based on census records). Usual occupation states 'Retired', and social security says 'Unk.', which I read 'Unknown'.

I think there is a possibility that he did file for Social Security. This is vital since I'm hoping to confirm who his father was, which should be stated on his social security application if he filed for it.

He is not listed in the SS# index, and I have requested copies from the social security administration numerous times with additional info given each time (birth place, mother's maiden name etc etc), but they can not find it.

Sank worked according to elderly relatives at the Aluminum Smelting & Refining Company, just like his son Manuel Wimbush (my wife's grandfather). Manuel stated the same company on his social security application in early 1937.

Is there a way to find out if he received any social security benefits? Could he have some other retirement source? Could he be on Welfare? Can that be traced? Can there be some employment records for that company anywhere? The research I've done so far (Internet only) leads me to believe that they were bought up by another company. Sank was married at the time of his death, would his wife receive benefits after his death?

I'm going to Cleveland in August, hoping to have a strategy for verifying if he did file for Social Security or not.

Please let me know your thoughts on this...


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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