Re: Russian army recruits 1880s #general #russia


Esta Kawaoka
 

My grandfather and at least one of his brothers fled Russia to escape the Czar.  They went to South Africa in the late 1800’s.  At some point they changed their surname from Itzikowitz to Leon.  I have not been able to find the origin of Leon.  Now I am thinking that maybe they were taken in by a family named Leon.  I have heard that birth records were destroyed.  
Esta Kawaoka

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