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Looking for information on relatives who emigrated from Brest-Litovsk to Denver, Colorado in the late 1800's #usa #russia #names


ABarton
 

Hello all, I have been helping my dad with the maternal side of my genealogy, but we both seem to have hit a wall at my great grandfather's side of the family and I am hoping some distant relatives are using this site as well and have some pieces to this puzzle that I am missing.
 
Thanks in advance for your help, long drawn out context below!
 
My grandmother's father was Harold BUCHHALTER who married Bessie BLACK. Harold had a brother, Barton, and two sisters, Malkah Ruth (FRIEDMAN) and Faye (LEWIS), all now deceased but with living descendants. Joseph BUCHHALTER and Libby GREINETZ were their parents, Joseph supposedly being the only child of Moses or Moshe BUCHHALTER and Leia Riwka GINSBERG. Leia had a brother, Mendel who moved to Denver with his wife, Frieda in 1911.
 
Before Harold passed, he told us that the family surname is actually MIODEK or a variation of such, first changed when Moses settled in Denver around 1890. 
 
Moses is supposedly the first BUCHHALTER after changing his name. He was born c. 1867 and died in Tel Aviv in 1963. According to Harold, his father was Itzrok MIODEK, who married Tzipa/Cipa SHEINBLOOM/SCHONBLUM. Tzipa also made her way to Denver, but not with Itzrok unless he changed his name too. This is where our trail seems to get cold, as none of the information available on ancestry or JewishGen seems to match up with dates of significant events in their lives.

Harold told us that Moses had five siblings: 
  1. Golde Rivka MIODEK (married Max KRIZELMAN/KRISSEL/GINSBERG, their children had these variations of their last name), 
  2. Reuben MAYDECK (married Leah NEIRSTEIN, possibly WEINSTEIN, Leah died in 1902 and Reuben later married Dora ZAKIM/ZAYKIM),
  3. Chaim David MIODECK (married Pia or Pescha RABINOWITZ),
  4. Chana/Anna/Hannah (married Itzrok WEINSTOCK),
  5. Rivka (married Joel/Yosel LERNER).
There are few results for the surname MIODEK on JewishGen, however there are significantly more results for MIODECKI/MIODECKA, and I'm wondering if this is the same surname and the gender suffix was dropped. It also appears in several cases that this surname is used interchangeably with MIODOWNIK as there are a few marriages and births under both surnames that appear to match up.

Surnames of the more recent surnames associated with that side of the family include: WILNER/VILNER; POPPICH; GINSBERG/GINSBURG/KRISEL/KRISSEL; HELLER/GELLER; SPECTOR/SPECTER; NEIMAN; LEVINE/LEVINSON; GRINTZ/GRENTZ/GREINETZ; GOODSTEIN; GORDON; GOLDSTEIN; GREENBLATT; SEGAL; FORTNER; URDANK; EHRLICH; ROSENTHAL; SOBOL; DYMENBERG and SUSSMAN/ZUSSMAN among MANY others!

Thanks again!
Arianne Barton


Alice Ra'anan
 

This may not be exactly what you are looking for, but I have 2 bits of information that may be useful:

1. My great-grandfather Shmerl Hellerstein emigrated to Denver from Brest-Litovsk in the 1880s. Since it is an unusual surname, I always make a point of contacting any Hellersteins I come across. In one case, a Hellerstein told me that his family's original surname was Farber, but they took the name Hellerstein in order to get exit papers so that their son would not be conscripted into the Czar's army. My husband has speculated that the Hellersteins and Farbers either were related or knew each other fairly well in order to pull this off.

2. Shmerl Hellerstein's oldest son was Moses, b. circa 1865 in Brest-Litovsk. In Denver in 1890, he married a woman named Tzivia Zalinsky (b. circa 1870, also in Brest-Litovsk). She became known as Jennie Hellerstein. Moses died in 1930, and Jennie later married a man named Buchalter, whom she had also known growing up in Brest-Litovsk. Unfortunately I don't know his first name so he may not be part of the same family. 

Alice Hellerstein Ra'anan
Alice Hellerstein Ra'anan


Sheila Toffell
 

Get in touch with the Jewish Genealogical society of Colorado. https://jgsco.org/  they have a ton of stuff.

Shelia Toffell


mygins@...
 

Hello Arianne,

In your post you wrote that  "Leia had a brother, Mendel who moved to Denver with his wife, Frieda in 1911."

Mendel and Frieda GINSBURG are the grandparents of my husband, Gerald. His father, Max Miles GINSBURG, was the youngest of 7 children of Mendel and Frieda. 
Since it seems that you are also doing research on Ancestry I am including the links to a few relevant pages on our family tree. There is a lot of information on these pages that is relevant to your search.
I also know from my in-laws memoirs that the BUCHHALTER family lived right across the street from Mendel and Frieda when they all settled in Denver. 
You will also find pictures of some of these people on their Ancestry pages. 
Mendel and Leah had a sister, Adele, who apparently never left Russia. The photo of her on Ancestry is a post card sent to her niece, one of Mendel's daughters. 
If you have more specific questions please feel free to contact me directly.
Marilyn Ginsburg, Canada


https://www.ancestry.ca/family-tree/person/tree/31804033/person/19901396244/facts  (Ancestry page for Moses BUCHHALTER, father of Joseph)
https://www.ancestry.ca/family-tree/person/tree/31804033/person/19901390657/facts  (Ancestry page for Leah Ginsburg BUCHHALTER, mother of Joseph)
https://www.ancestry.ca/family-tree/person/tree/31804033/person/350000790303/facts (Ancestry page for Joseph BUCHHALTER)
https://www.ancestry.ca/family-tree/person/tree/31804033/person/18126812629/facts (Ancestry page for Feige GINSBURG, mother of Leah and Mendel)
https://www.ancestry.ca/family-tree/person/tree/31804033/person/19961508683/facts (Ancestry page for Mendel GINSBURG)


Sarah L Meyer
 

Your family may have shortened their name to Heller.  When my husband and I were first married in 1968 we lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico and bought our meat by mail from Heller's kosher meat market in Denver.
--
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
ANK(I)ER, BIGOS, KARMELEK, PERLSTADT, STOKFISZ, SZPIL(T)BAUM, Poland
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania
https://www.sarahsgenies.com


Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
 

Alice - Can you please send me your email address. I'm interested in your Denver Hellersteins/Farbers and would like to compare trees.
--
Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
Director, US Research Division
Colorado
ekowitt@...


bwonder@...
 

My great grandfather, Benjamin Hyam Wonder, left Brest Litovsk for London  in the 1890s. He married Esther Levinson. Together, they had 3 children, Theobald, Robert and Fanny. Benjamin may have changed his surname from Wander to Wonder.

Bernard Wonder (Australia)