Rugowitz #russia

Carl Shuman

My paternal great grandfather was Philip LEVENTINE. By way of petition to the court sitting in Cumberland County, New Jersey, he legally changed his name to Philip LEVY on or about November 23, 1915. In his Petition for Naturalization and in his Declaration of Intention for citizenship, he states that he was born in "RUGOWITZ RUSSIA." The handwriting, however, is not entirely clear and it is possible that it says "RISGOWITZ." He was the son of Beryl Leventine/Levy and Ida Cohen.  He lists his birth date as May 15, 1874.  He was married to Malka Hinda (Mollie) Cywan who he says was born in "Gochin Russia." I believe this may have been Gac, Poland. My great grandparents settled in Norma, New Jersey, outside of Vineland, and were part of the Baron deHirsch collective resettlement project. They had four children, Meyer, Ida, Rose (my grandmother), and Reuben. Philip was a shochet and my great grandparents ran a farm. The problem is that I have gone on JewishGen and cannot find a town by the name of Rugowitz or Risgowitz. I am fairly certain that my great grandparents were born in what is now modern day Poland. Can anyone help me decipher where my great grandfather came from?

Thank you for any help that you can provide.  

Sincerely, CARL H. SHUMAN

Sherri Bobish


I found a few possibilities at:
JewishGen Gazetteer
Native names in BOLD) Feature Type Coordinates
(Click for JewishGen Resource Map)
Map Country Distance/Direction
from reference point
10 mile radius
Rogowiec Pustkowie populated place 51°16' N 19°18' E G Poland 99.5 miles SW of Warszawa 52°15' N 21°00' E
Rogowiec populated place 51°50' N 20°15' E G Poland 43.2 miles SW of Warszawa 52°15' N 21°00' E
Rogowiec populated place 51°17' N 19°18' E G Poland 98.9 miles SW of Warszawa 52°15' N 21°00' E
Rogowiec populated place 49°59' N 18°20' E G Poland 194.3 miles SW of Warszawa 52°15' N 21°00' E  

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.); WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.); LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.); SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)