Jewish agricultural communities...Daukniunai, in Lithuania #lithuania

David Gordon

According to an 1879 birth record, my paternal great-grandfather was a “Farmer in the Daukniunai Jewish Agricultural Community.”  Two further birth records for the same year and one death record from 1880 show two other families with fathers reported to be farmers in the same community.  All three families, interestingly, came from the same shtetl, Butrimonys.  


And that’s where I hit a brick wall.  I have been able to find out nothing about this place.  I have a vague general notion of various Jewish agricultural communities in Russia (speaking generally) in the nineteenth century, but I cannot find a thing out about this one.  I’m a little surprised that there is such a complete absence of information.


Does anyone know anything about it or is anyone able to point me in a direction for me to dig further?  Thanks!


David Gordon

Chicago, Illinois

tiganeasca /at/ gmail dot com

GORDON, Butrimonys


Sherri Bobish


The JewishGen Gazetteer
lists three locations in Lithuania with the name Daukniunai.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish


I suggest you talk to Chaim Bargman who is a historian and researcher living in Kaunas, Lithuania. If anyone is able to find out things like that, it would be him.

Galina Spivak
Los Angeles,  California


I also have relatives from Butrimonys (Pailet) and Merkine & Varena (Godofsky) who are listed as being  "farmer from Leipalingis colony", another Jewish agricultural community, and would appreciate any information about these colonies/communities.

Susan Gray, Chicago

 -FELDSTEIN / FELDSZTAJN / FELTON / FELTYN etc.; GOLDBERG; WEINSTEIN / WEINSZTEIN etc. from Warsaw, Lutsk, Kamenets Podolskiy, Kholm.
-APPLE / APPEL / APEL etc; TAUB; LINEAL / LINIAL; KLEIN from Burshtyn, Rogatin, Sarniki, Putyatinsy, Dem'yanov, Solova.
-PAILET / PEYLET / PAILED / PEJLET etc; ITZCOVITZ / ITSKOVITCH etc. from Butrimonys, Panosiskes, Nemajunai, Vilnius, Drosgusitz.
-RATSAN / RACAN; SIROTA from Butrimonys, Jieznas, Brishton.

Michael Bloom

My mother's father's father came from Butrimonys.  His name in English was Bernard Romsisky which according to the ship manifest was actually Rumsiski.  They lived in the South End neighborhood of Boston and then in Winchester, Mass.  Also a great uncle of mine was Myer Itzkowitz though I don't know where his family came from.  Interesting to me that the original poster mentioned the Daukniunal Jewish Agricultural Community since Bernard's son Samuel (my maternal grandfather) started off as a farmer in Wisconsin and New Jersey.

Michael Bloom
Boston, Massachusetts
Romsisky/Rumsisky/Rumsiski/Romsey from Vilna, Butrimonys; Itzkowitz