Confusing Information on Towns in Lithuania #belarus #lithuania


Jay Paul
 

The first information that I had on one of my mother’s family branches, the SUMBERGS, was that they came from Pilviskiai. That has been confirmed by a variety of sources. She married my great-grandfather, who was known as Jacob LEIBSON in the USA. His older brother (by two years), who came to the USA after him, had the name Hyman KOTLER; we think that the disparity in surnames may be due to my great-grandfather taking the name Leibson as his father’s name was Shimon Leib/Shimon Yehude on gravestones and other documents. But that is not the focus of my query.

I do not have any naturalization documents for my great-grandfather. However, in his brother’s petition for naturalization, he lists his birthplace as Trob, Russia (today Traby, Belarus). His last residence, and the birthplace of his wife and several children, was Vistytis. Vistytis is relatively close to Pilviskiai, but Traby is quite a distance (obviously) from the towns of both of the wives of Jacob Leibson and Hyman Kotler. 

Was this likely? Was it at all common that a family would move that far away from one hometown to another? On JewishGen, I have noted 3 researchers who specify that they are seeking Kotlers/Cutlers from Traby, Belarus, as well as others searching that name from Belarus. The Kotlers in Lithuania who are being asked about on JewishGen are primarily in Vilnius. But what would prompt a move so far away? Any ideas? It seems very uncommon.

Sincerely,
Jay 

Jay Paul
San Francisco, CA 94117

Researching: SUMBERG (Pilvishok/Pilviskiai, Lithuania), LANGERT (Pilviskiai & elsewhere in Suwalki gubernia); KAHN (Ranstadt, Germany), GOTTLIEB (Grebenau, Germany), PAVLOVSKIY / PAVLOVSKY (Mala Antonivka, Bila Tserkiv, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia, Ukraine), LEVITSKIY / LEVITZSKY (Yasnohorodka, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia), KOTLER (Vistytis, Suwalki gubernia), LEIBSON (Lithuania), WOLF (Austro-Hungary), SCHWARZ (Austro-Hungary), STERN (Austro-Hungary).





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Jay Paul, PhD
San Francisco CA 94117
Researching: SUMBERG (Pilvishok/Pilviskiai, Lithuania), LANGERT (Pilviskiai & elsewhere in Suwalki gubernia); KAHN (Ranstadt, Germany), GOTTLIEB (Grebenau, Germany), PAVLOVSKIY / PAVLOVSKY (Mala Antonivka, Bila Tserkiv, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia, Ukraine), LEVITSKIY / LEVITZSKY (Yasnohorodka, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia), KOTLER (Vistytis, Suwalki gubernia), WOLF (Austro-Hungary).

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