This week I reread a letter written by my great grandmother's , R'
Chaim Dov KANTOR, (born in Pinsk and made aliya to Israel in the
latter part of the 19th century) in which he writes that his mother's
family are descendant >from Reb' Chaim of Volozhin. as he was born on
Pinsk in the 1870s his mother's family were pretty close to reb'
I've seen several published trees of Reb' Chaim and haven't found a
connection to my family in them. There are stories, which I have not
sources for, which state that either Chaim Dov's mother or grandmother
was orphaned at a young age and that R' Itzaleh, Reb Chaim of
Volozhin's son escorted her to her wedding. >from books I've read
about R' Chaim of Volozhin I understand that R' Itzaleh had a daughter
who married a LANDAU and they both died relatively young leaving a
young daughter. I tried to research this daughter who if I'm not
mistaken married a REFAELSON but haven't found a connection to this
family either. Could the LANDAU's have had another child >from with
whom we are connected.
The "Volozhiner" had another little known son , Yosef, who married a
woman >from Shershev, but again >from the little I've read I don't see a
connection with them.
Reb' Chaim Dov KANTOR, was a well known individual during the latter
part of the 19th and first half of the 20th cent. in Eretz Yisrael. He
lived in Zichron Yaacov and in the Moshav Meir Shfeya. One of his two
daughters married a member of the well known WEISFISH family. He was
married to the niece of R' Yitzchak Elchanan SPEKTOR a very well known
Rabbinical figure in the 19th cent.
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem