I recently became interested in my family tree after taking a long hiatus from doing research in the late 1980's and early 1990's.I am cutting and pasting an email discussion with members of the Shereshevsky geneology group via the Jewish Geneology listserv (I've removed their email addresses to maintain confidentiality) - not mentioned in this discussion are additional details about my father's great uncle, Hyman Yellin who we think moved to Leeds, England prior to WWII although I contacted Jewish elders in that city who never knew ofhim - since he had a sister Goldie, maybe he went to Liverpool - not Leeds?In any case, here's a start - I have additional info. I could provide if any of this seems relevant:
I got this information from my cousin Jonathan who joins me in researching our family's history.
We might be related as my grandfather, Moses hereshevsky, emigrated to eastern Pennsylvania from Grodno, where his family was in the tobacco business.He changed his name to Shaffer when he came to America.
Your family names don't sound familiar.It is only the Grodno tobacco business connection that "rings a bell."
Moses' father's name was Hershel.Hershel was married to Bayla Finklestein.Hershel worked in the family tobacco business, and we were told he traveled around Europe selling tobacco.We were also told that we are related to Bishop Samuel Isaac Joseph Shereshevsky of Taurage, Lithuania.We think Hershel's father might have been named Joseph (orYossel) as Moses' eldest son was named Joseph, and it was customary to name the first son after the paternal deceased ancestor.
Any of the above information sound familiar to you?
----- Original Message ----- Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 4:49 PM Subject: Schereshevsky question
> Ellen, > > Have you seen this before and did you contact Bruce Yellen? Were there two > S. tobacco factories? > > Jonathan >> > From: Bruce Yellin Subject: Yellin and Schereshevsky family connection - Grodno > Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 19:36:25 -0800 > I founda letter my elderly aunt, Dora Yellin, who is now 91 (passed away in 2004) wrote > sometime around 1955 to the American Embassy in Warsaw Poland (I have the original letter) asking about survivors to the holocaust.Dora Yellin had sent letters > directly to Rosa S. at #22 Bouvkouvo (sp?) UL N.22, Grodno, Polska. > > Here are names she asked about: > > Rosa Schereschevska, born around 1898 in Grodno, French school > teacher, > first cousin.Also had brother, Alter S. who emigrated to > Philadelphia > and changed name to Scher - married my great aunt, Anna Kohen Scher (deceased). > Rosa Yusha Schereschevska, born about 1850 in Grodno.Ella S. may have been true name - this I believe was the younger Rosa's mother.Ella's (Yusha) maiden name was Yellin.Sisters to Rosa S.(the elder one, all of whom were Yellin's were Deana, Goldie and brothers > were David and Itzie. Yusha S. was a cousin to owners of S. Tobacco Factory in Grodno. The parents of all of the Yellin's mentioned above were Shlomo and Deborah Yellin who owned a mailstop/tavern in Grodno - my aunt (who was named after her paternal grandmother) > used to tell me stories that her father told her how the priests in grodno would make clandestine stops to the tavern to buy whiskey or otheralcoholic beverages! > > Bobka Lapin was cousin to Rosa S., born in Grodno, made cigarettes - had family in Worcester, Mass - i have some contacts there.Rachel Smuch(sp?), born in Grodno, 2nd cousin to Rosa S.(the younger one) and lived > with Lijer Gleckfield, Ulica 22 or Ulica Juida, Bialystok. > > If any of these connections rings a bell, please let me know. > > Bruce Yellin