Jeremy Lichtman <jeremy@...>
I have recently found some plausible ancestors of mine in the 18th
century tax poll records for Ariogala.
Chackiel son of Jankiel was one of two starzy (elders) of the community,
and a signatory of both the 1784 and 1765 lists. His children and
grandchildren appear to have filled other community roles, such as
szkolnik (shammas) and cantor.
His signature on the 1784 list reads "thus sayeth R'Yekhezkel (Ezekiel),
son of the high rabbi, R'Yakov (Jacob) (father deceased)" (brackets were
added by the translator of the record).
Is anyone on here expert in 18th (or possibly early) Lithuanian sources?
I'm wondering about the following:
* Who could Rabbi Yaakov have been? Given various dates, he must have
been born in the last quarter of the 17th century. The community in
Ariogala apparently only dates to the middle of the 18th century, so he
probably lived somewhere else.
* Do any of the records of the community elders still exist? Chackiel
was a starzy for decades, and likely signed off on many judgments in
that time. Did any of that written material survive (I've seen such
records for parts of Poland).
* What other 17th or earlier sources should I be looking at? Rabbinical
Researching: SHAPIRO (Ariogala > Zagare > Riga > UK)