Shel Silverstein

Sheldon Allan Silverstein (1930 - 1999)

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Sheldon Allan (Shel) Silverstein
Born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Brother of [private sister (1930s - unknown)]
Died in Key West, Florida, USAmap
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Categories: Famous Authors of the 20th Century | Famous Poets of the 20th Century | Grammy Award Winners of the 20th Century | Cartoonists | American Notables.


Shel Silverstein is Notable.

American author, poet, and cartoonist.

Sheldon Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States.[1] His parents were Nathan Silverstein and Helen Balkany.[1]

Shel never married, but had two children.[2] His daughter Shoshanna Jordan Hastings was born on June 30, 1970. [3] Her mother was Susan Taylor Hastings.[3] His son Matthew Silverstein was born on November 10, 1983.[4] His mother was Sarah Spencer.[4]

Census Records

1940 Federal Census (Ward 34, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois, United States):

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Nathan Silverstein Head M 47 Russia
Helen Silverstein Wife F 40 Illinois
Peggy Silverstein Daughter F 6 Illinois
Sheldon Silverstein Son M 9 Illinois[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 18 May 2016), Sheldon A Silverstein, 25 Sep 1930; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 43042, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm.
  2. Margalit, Ruth. "'The Giving Tree' at Fifty: Sadder Than I Remembered." The New Yorker. November 5, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lisa Rogak, A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein (New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007), 102.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rogak, A Boy Named Shel, 167.
  5. "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 January 2015), Nathan Silverstein, Ward 34, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 103-2112, sheet 3B, family 46, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 989.

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