Re: Kopyl (Kapule) #belarus

Steven Usdansky

Kopyl connection, or coincidence?  As I mentioned above, my grandfather, Isaac Usdansky, who was from Kopyl, spent several years in Sioux City. In the 1918-1919 time frame, he moved to San Antonio, TX, where his siblings and nieces had moved from Sioux City several years prior. In 1919, my grandfather went back to NYC and married my grandmother, Rebecca Schiller (changed by the family from Sinienski, not at Ellis Island!) whom he had never met, then took her back to TX in time for the 1920 census. My cousins and I believe it was an arranged marriage; my question is how was it arranged?

My grandmother and her family were from Lyubcha and Korelitz (both show up on passenger manifests; they're about 15 miles apart. My grandmother arrived in the US in 1914, and in 1915 was living with one of her sisters and the sister's family. However, my grandmother also had a married aunt, Masha,  (in NYC) who had come to the US in 1891. Masha was already married when she came over with her two sons - to Jacob from Kopyl. I'm wondering if there was a prior Kopyl connection between Jacob and Isaac.

Here's my fairy-tale version. Grandma's Uncle Jacob gets a letter from his fellow Kupilier, 50-year old Isaac, saying he needs a wife. Jacob responds, saying his wife has a 34-year old niece, Rebecca, who fits the bill. Isaac takes the train to NY, marries Rebecca, heads back to TX, and they live happily ever after. I this scenario even plausible?

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