three missing brothers from Providence #belarus


ronni_kern@...
 

In February, 1903 Leiser and Nachman Feinstein left Timkowitz (Slutsk), Belarus and sailed via Hamburg for New York where their mother Minka Cohen Feinstein collected them and brought them to join her and their father Isaac Feinstein (and 3-year old US-born brother Hyman) in Providence, RI.  The boys were 9 and 8 years old.

In May, 1910, Isaac -- who had changed the family  name to Fine -- unexpectedly died of a cerebral hemorrhage.  Seven months later, in January, 1911 Minka was brutally murdered in the little store she had maintained after her husband's death so her boys could continue their education.  Leiser, now Louis Fine, was a freshman at Brown College in the class of 1914.  He was also a well-known marathon-runner in New England.

After their mother's death, the boys went to live with her sister Esther Cohen Blistein and my great-uncle David Blistein.  (It was Esther who discovered her sister's body after the  murder) As they came of age, however, all three of the boys disappeared from any records I can find and I assume they must have changed their name again. Per the 1916 Providence City Directory, Louis had removed to Boston though Nathan and presumably Hyman were still living with the Blisteins.  In 1918 Hyman registered for the WW1 draft and while no longer living with his Uncle David, listed him as closest relative.  That is the last mention of any of the boys in Providence.

The Cohens and Blisteins were deeply intermarried since Esther Leah and Minka's brother Morris had been married to David Blistein's sister Lena (She had died of tuberculosis 5 years earlier, also in Providence) In fact, several years after the boys left the Blistein houshold, Morris moved in for a while.  Then he too disappeared from all records.

I know this is a very long shot, but I and my cousins are wondering if the contours of this story sound in any way familiar to anyone.  We would very much like to learn what happened to the boys. 

Ronni Kern
ronni_kern@...
Blistein (Vizna) , Melnik (Czemmeziwe), Kern (Czertkov), Derow (Slonim)


deborah.shindell@...
 

Hi,

I found this public tree on Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/39469903/person/272196384571/facts?_phsrc=gAY3&_phstart=successSource
It appears they changed their surnames to "Forbes". Nathan died in 1920 of tuberculosis in Rhode Island.

Regards,
Debbie
--

Deborah Shindell
Trumbull, CT
deborah.shindell@...
researching: Beserglik, Lederhendler, Goldberg (all in Poland) and Szmukler (Ukraine)


deborah.shindell@...
 

If you can't get into Ancestry to view this tree, here's a pdf of of Hyman Sidney Forbes (Feinstein/Fine)

Deborah Shindell
Trumbull, CT
deborah.shindell@...
researching: Beserglik, Lederhendler, Goldberg (all in Poland) and Szmukler (Ukraine)