Re: "adoption" to avoid the czar's army #general #lithuania

Sarah L Meyer

I have a similar story on my father's side.  My great grandfather ostensibly purchased papers to avoid the Czarist conscription.  He bought the surname MEYER (although I like the adoption part too) because I don't think his first name was changed.  Fortunately we know that the original name was PERCHIK   So Fishel PERCHIK became Fishel MEYER and came to the US in 1884 as Fishel MEYER.  His wife Rebecca came in 1887 as Rebecca MEYER but she had been previously married - we don't know to whom.  Her maiden name was HITE.  My mother (z"l) was talking to a woman in Seattle about 1960 and the woman asked if they could be related because her maiden name was also MEYER.  My mother related this story--- and the woman had the identical story in her family.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

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