Re: "Kopchova" and "Lettia" #belarus


In her message of March 15, 2001, Ava Sweeny wrote in part:

<<I just looked at the 1920 census soundex and my great granfather said that
he and my great grandmother were >from a place called either Kopchova or
Kapchova. Does anyone have a clue where this is?

Also, one of my grandfather's says that my grandmother is >from Lettia."

I think that "Lettia" is a garbled version of "Lieutuva" or Lithuania, and
suggest that "Kapchova" or "Kopchova" is "Koptchevo" (or Kapciamiestis) which
is north of Grodno and west of Druzgenik (Druskieniki), in the district of

According to the Schoenburg's Lithuanian Jewish Communities" a large
reaping machine factory existed here in the last part of the nineteenth
century. The town was situated in forests between two Rivers, the White and
the Black. Around the time of Lithuania's independence, fifty Jewish families
lived in the town, and engaged in crafts and trade. They all had vegetable
gardens, but only three families were farmers. The town had two flour mills,
an alcohol factory, a Hebrew school, and a library and dramatics club, and
the youth were involved with Zionist organizations. Jews owned two factories
which manufactured iron products.

The Schoenburgs mention the names of a number of Kopccheva's prominent

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
Bloomington, Indiana
Researching: BELKOWSKY, Odessa, Berdichev; FELDMAN, Pinsk; SHUTZ, SCHUTZ,
Shcherets; LEVY, Mulhouse;SAS, Podwolochisk; RAPOPORT, Tarnopol; BEHAM,
Salok, Kharkov.

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