Dear Anna [from Russia] and Susan & Neville [Vatican], and extended JewishGen family,
Here is a bit about my Mandel side: Israel Mandel, born 1875, son of Aaron Mandel and Ruth Smokler [Rochel Shmukler], all of Mir, Minsk Gubernia.
My great aunt Hannah [Chashke] married Israel Mandel in 1898 in MIR, which is near NOVOGRUDOK. Her maiden name was DeMatoff [Dalmatovsky ?]. They came to Chicago in 1904 ? with two children. Subsequently she had several more children with Israel, who was a bakery truck driver.
Israel's obituary [1942, Chicago] mentioned 5 siblings, presumably also born in or near Mir [also called Demir, I think]. These were Esther, Fannie, Celia, Benjamin, Elsie. Some of them lived in Chicago, others in New York.
While we are at it, Hannah's mother was Sarah [Tchirke] Epstein, possibly also from Mir.
Can anyone clarify why Mir is also called Demir? Is one an earlier name for the town? Or a Yiddish inflected version of the Russian name?