Thanks for the message. I think my message might be interesting to others too. I should tell you, that
I never hear such last name, I am sure that I did not know many of last names.
I looked up the Revision list and double checked with original, and the translation was done correctly.
The only thing I found that you wrote Yankel's father's name as Shakna, but in fact it is Shakhna.
Next thing what I did is tried to find an origin of that surname, and I did it at Aleksander Beider's book:
Bakhchalej (this is how it is written in the dictionary), but it is very close to what you wrote. It is said
that it was common in Kishinev (that is great), and the surname is a Toponymical origin (Geographical)
from a village called Bakchaliya (Bendery uezd)... and that village exists on the current Google maps itis called Baccealia (written in Romanian). I am not sure now about Napoleonic soldier, but I would
suggest to try to find out more about that village, and about the name of the village.
All the best,
Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator
from Annie LustigSent: Sunday, April 2, 2017 11:02 AM
Part of my research is to not only find facts about members in my tree, but to also track down some
family stories. One such story comes >from my great grandfather's family >from Kishinev.............