In 1910, a 45 year-old cab driver named Michael Gestrien lived at 316 East 31st St in Manhattan with his 2-year old nephew Joseph Gestrien and his 26 year-old sister or sister-in-law Mary, a silk winder. Michael arrived in NYC in 1880.
thanks to Joy Holland at the Brooklyn Public Library
Konotop, ChernigovThe Falk Gestrin Family
Lived in: Tolstoye/ Tovsta, Poltava
home: Kremenchug, PoltavaThe Moishe Hestrin Family (1853 -1923)
Semënovka, PoltavaThe Jose Guestrin Family ( 1854 - 1931)
Khorol, PoltavaThe Hode Gestrin Family ( 1847 -?)
Semënovka, ChernigovThe Yankel Gestrin Family ( 1858 - ?)
Kiev (city or Gubernia?)
What we know: Some ancestors left their shetls and ventured to Yekaterinoslav Dnepropetrovsk (modern name) on their way to America. They were the lucky ones. One Hestrin relative is Avrum Yanovsky, the political cartoonist.
Left: Monument to 20000 Jews shot by Nazis in 1943 in Dnipropetrovsk [Energetichna Street], Ukraine. source
At age 48 Jankel Gestrin left Kiew (Kiev) Russia for America, via Liverpool England on the ship Carolina. Travelling with him were:
He arrived in New York on 5 Sep 1906 with his family and then they were going to Washington to join an older daughter Minnie who had married a man named Israel Kates.
She was a Russian subject, born in 1872Children: born Yorks Hull
We are blessed with a Russian translator - more intriguing details -
"The two handsome lads sign themselves as " M. and D. Budnitzky and is sent "from the comrades" as a souvenir to "Uncle and Aunt Fanushka (diminutive of Fanny) and Senya (a nickname for Samuel)."
The picture was taken at the Progress Photography shop of O. A. Kolodny in the town of Lubnyi, Poltava Guberniia.
No Date, but it is certainly before 1917.
I STILL THINK THEY ARE GESTRINS! perhaps Fallya and Moishe Gestrin who came to Winnipeg in the early 1900's, changed the "G" in their names to "H." Now, any HESTRIN you google is a descendent of them. My guess is that there was probably a quota system for getting into school, and so they "borrowed" the name of relatives.
A note about Lubny & schools. . .
"In 1887 a regulation was put in force according to which only 3 to 6 per cent of the students in any gymnasium or university might be Jews"...The city and district schools admit Jewish students on an equal footing with the others, yet the regulation, issued by the ministry of public instruction in 1901, which requires Jewish students to do written work on Saturday, virtually excludes the children of Orthodox Jews. In Lubny, government of Poltava, there had been twelve Jewish students in the district school, but after the enforcement of the new regulation only one remained. Read more
Nearby Jewish Communities:
Also, lucky them, because "On October 16, 1941 over a thousand of the city's Jews, including women and children, were massacred by German Einsatzgruppen on the outskirts of the city." source
He was a towering 5' 4". They had $12.00 between them when they arrived in Boston, Massachusetts aboard a ship called Ivernia.
CLUE! Hode Gestrin recorded her connection in the old country as " cousin I Gestrin in Semfonanka, Tchernigov." Doba Hestrin Yanovsky (b.1882) recorded Semenovka as her birthplace, as did her brother Joseph Chaim Hestrin.
QUESTION: Could these be the relatives that Fallia Gestrin came to visit in 1913?
While José (born 1854) and family were struggling in the first decade of the 20th century, to make a life in Argentina, after leaving Khorol, Poltava Gubernia, his brother ? Gestrin or ? Hestrin was doing the same thing in North America, except for one thing - SNOW and the necessity to wear heavy woolen socks. Josés brother kept in touch and sent him socks ( story is. . . he manufactured them, very good quality apparently). Another brother ? Gestrin took off for a better life in Brazil and the family lost contact. José died Jan 1931 in Moises Ville, Argentina.
Fallia / Falk Gestrin
Birth abt 1873 n Shchors, Ukraine 51°49' N 31°56' E 11
Death, 1941, Holocaust victim (Page of Testimony by grandson, The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names
November 1913: Fallia had a brother N or W Gestrin who had travelled to America earlier and settled 98 Ellery Street in Brooklyn, NY, so he travelled to Glasgow, Scotland and got on a ship called Caledonia and arrived at Ellis Island NYC on 5 November,1913. He reported that his last permanent residence & contact was his wife Sure, in " Semeyonow " which before was:
aka Semënovka [Rus], Semenivka [Ukr], Semenovka [Yid], Semionowka [Pol], Semeniwka [Ger], Semionovka, Seminovka
He visited his brother, liked America & went back to his get his family. But sadly, World War I broke out, the family stayed and most perished in the Holocaust.
|Years in service:||1904-1916|
|Ship Description:||Built by D. & W. Henderson & Co., Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 9,223. Dimensions: 500' x 58'. Twin-screw, 16 knots. Triple expansion engines. Two masts and two funnels.|
|History:||Maiden voyage: Glasgow-New York, March 25, 1905. Passenger accommodation as of 1912: 390 first, 376 second, 850 third. Torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean, December 4, 1916. Running mates: California, Cameronia and Columbia.|
A kohen (or cohen, Hebrew כּהן, 'priest', pl. כוהנים, kohanim or cohanim) is a Jew who is in direct patrilineal descent from the Biblical Aaron, older brother of Moses, with an honored status in Judaism. Another term for the descendants of Aaron are the Aaronites or Aaronids.
For hundreds of years since the period of the Tabernacle, kohanim performed many duties as commanded in Torah. During the existence of the Temple in Jerusalem, kohanim performed specific duties with the daily blessings and festival sacrificial offerings, as example. The Kohen Gadol (High Priest) played a special role during the service of Yom Kippur.
Kohen genetic testing
Recently the tradition that many kohanim are descended from a common ancestor gained some support from genetic testing. Since all direct male lineages share a common haplotype, testing was done across sectors of the Jewish population to see if there was any commonality among their Y chromosomes. There was proven to be certain distinctions among the Y chromosomes of kohanim, implying that many kohanim do share some common male ancestry. The Cohen Model Haplotype results from this study of kohanim were used to establish that many male members of the Lemba (a sub-Saharan tribe) were descendants of kohanim, and thus substantiating their claims to be Jewish. Note: The genetic markers cannot be passed to or through a female.
What we know about them: