NANKIN - Lithuania to South Africa #southafrica
Ann Rabinowitz <annrab@...>
One of the most helpful resources that has not been mentioned is the SA
National Archives. When doing a search on specific names you are interested
in, you would find:
NAKIN, 12 entries
NANKIN, 175 entries
RATHOUSE, 28 entries
RIGHTHOUSE, 55 entries
ROTHAUS, 8 entries
As an example of how these entries could provide vital information about
relationships with several of the family names, variant spellings used, and
even an opportunity to determine the original spelling of one of the family
names, the following entries are provided:
Entry for the estate in 1970 of Klass Maurice Nakin known as Morris Nankin,
born Pietermaritzburg, living with Jeanette Werner (this might not be a
Jewish entry, but shows how someone can assume a name that might be
Entry for the naturalization in 1911 of Louis Nankin and children.
Entry for change of name in 1951 >from Nankin to Nathanson (no first names
given, so it is difficult to determine which Nankin this refers to).
Entry for the death in 1904 of a Samuel Rothaus alias Rathouse, whose wife
Clara survived him.
Entry for restitution of conjugal rights in 1963 for Sarah Rebecca Nankin
Righthouse Politzky (born Nankin, formerly Righthouse) >from Morris Politzky
(there is no record for the Righthouse she married).
Entry for the death in 1939 of a Rachel Schiffman Righthouse known as
Rathouse whose husband Abraham Righthouse predeceased her.
In addition, a note for Mike Getz, there were several court cases involving
the Nankin family and Abraham Getz and Ariel Lionel Getz. Are you related?
Dear Ann and All,
There is a rather large branch of the Nankins who spell their name
NAINKIN. A number came >from the Riversdale area in the Cape. One of
them was a tennis player of International standard--David Nainkin, while
another was an orthopaedic spinal surgeon Leonard Nainkin practising in
Johannesburg. It is probable that the families are the same, the
difference being the whim of an immigrant official's spelling at the
port of entry.
On Thursday, September 26, 2002, at 03:55 am, Ann Rabinowitz wrote:
One of the most helpful resources that has not been mentioned is the SA.....
Ann Rabinowitz <annrab@...>
In regard to Haim Pogrund's mention of NAINKIN as another variation of
NANKIN, there are 28 entries in the National Archives for the name NAINKIN.
However, there are none which link it to the other variations that I
mentioned in my prior posting:
It is quite posssible that NAINKIN and NANKIN are related depending on
whether one could find a common ancestor or town or origin for both
In order to determine this, one way you can take this search a step further,
is to look in the All Lithuania Database under NANKIN. Several of the
entries are spelled NAYNKIN and others are spelled NANKIN. Both are from
Birziai, Lithuania, and prior to that other nearby shtetls.
This seems to point to a direct connection between NANKIN and NAINKIN