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Dorothy Tehson

Dorothy Tehson

Dorothy Tehson was born in 1889 in Russia, according to her petition for naturalization, and came to the United States in 1910 under the name Dorothy Langsam.1

In 1918, she married Otto Teraud.2 They lived at 713 N. 42nd St. in Philadelphia. Otto, according to his 1918 draft registration card, was born March 8, 1897, in Rīga.3 He worked as a seaman for the Chester Oil Company in Chester, Pennsylvania.

How her marriage to Otto Teraud ended is not known, but in 1922 Dorothy married Matthew Kebbe. He was born in 1894 in Ventspils, Latvia, and died in 1936. The couple had three daughters: Frances, born in 1926; Norma, born 1928; and Ludmilla, born 1929.


1. "New York, U.S. District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1991", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 March 2021), Dorothy Kebbe or Langsam or Tehson or Teraud, 1938.

2. "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 7 December 2014), Teraud and Dorothy Tehson, 1918; citing license number 380758, Clerk of the Orphan's Court. City Hall.

3. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Otto Teraud, 1917-1918; citing Philadelphia City no 19, Pennsylvania, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,907,639.