This note documents my search along one branch of my family tree, the SIROTA family
from Butrimonys, Lithuania.My g-grandmother Eva SIROTA (maiden name) was born in Lithuania in 1852 and
(according to US census records) married Abrahm ELLIS in 1871. They immigrated to
the United States in April 1888, lived first in Manhattan and then in Brooklyn, and
raised five children. She died on Jun 29 1928, five years after her husband.
Their children who survived childhood were: Anna (Chana Frida), 1876 - Jun 2 1962
Bertha (Buna), Apr 16 1884 - Apr 1969
Charles (Betzalel), Sep 15 1886 - Feb 1969
Jackson (Yakir), Nov 3 1890 - Nov 1918
Robert (Ruven Lazar), Nov 3 1890 - Feb 1987
Three other children died in infancy, but we don't know their names.
Her death certificate lists her parents' names as Jacob Sirota and Rachael Sirota.
According to her tombstone, her Hebrew name was Chava bat Yakir, so her son Jackson
was clearly named after her father.
I believe I found a matching Revision History (family census) record in the All
Lithuania Database on jewishgen.org, >from the town of Butrimonys in 1858. One
Yaker SIROTA, b. 1806, father: Abram (my g-g-grandfather)
Sorka, b. 1810, Yaker's wife (my g-g-grandmother?)
Rivka, b. 1841, daughter; Libka, b. 1846, daughter; Movsha, b. 1849, son;
Chava, b. 1852, daughter (my g-grandmother); Chana, b. 1854, daughter;
Itsko SIROTA, b. 1810, father: Abram; Geska, b. 1840(!), Itsko's second wife;
David, b. 1834, son; Iokhved, b. 1838, David's wife, father: Nosel Wulf, b. 1837;
son, conscripted Berko SIROTA, b. 1803, head of household, left 1854, father:
Nosel; Nosel, b. 1827, son, left 1854
Yakir is an unusual given name, and Chava's date of birth matches exactly. There
is one discrepancy: Yaker's wife is listed here as named Sorka, which doesn't
match up with the name Rachael >from Eva's death record.
My g-g-grandfather Yaker also appeared in the 1834 Revision History record:
Iaker SIROTA, b. 1806, father: Abram
Elka, b. 1808, wife (my g-g-grandmother?)
Itsko SIROTA, b, 1810, father: Abram
Fradka, b. 1809, Itsko's (first) wife
Berko SIROTA, b. 1803, head of household
Sorka, b. 1804, Berko's wife
This was before any of the children were born, and Yakir had a different wife(?) It
looks like the two Sorkas were different people, given their different birth years.
So what can I say about my g-g-grandmother? Was her name Rachael, Sorka or Elka?
It looks like my g-grandmother was one of five children, and I tried to find some
record of her siblings, but I was unable to find any immigration records for them,
nor did I find any trace of them in the Yad Vashem death archives.
Nobody among the dozens of relatives I've contacted, all of whom are descended from
my g-grandmother, knows anything about her brother Movsha or her sisters Rivka,
Libka, and Chana. I didn't even ask about Itsko's family.
The Revision History records show at least six other SIROTA families in Butrimonys,
but I have no clue how they might be related. I don't see many SIROTAs in
Lithuania other than in Butrimonys.
At least three other people are researching SIROTA relatives in Butrimonys. I have
exchanged e-mail messages with them, and they are all descended >from Leiser SIROTA,
son of Shevel. These names do not appear in the Revision History lists, so again
I can't seem to find a connection.
As a matter of general interest, the surname SIROTA appears to be derived >from a
Russian word meaning "orphan". This is as far as I've been able to get in my
research. Suggestions for how I can best proceed will be most welcome. Thanks
in advance to anybody who can offer help.
David J Ellis