Town in Russia - Markus Family #translation


Gavin Simms
 

Hi,
 
I'm having trouble transcribing the town in Russia Hannah Rachel (my grear-grandmother) and Lena Markus were from.
 
It reads Wakena, or Ulekena on Lena's, and Veana on Rachel's (not helped by they wrote it in the wrong place and then overwrote). These are from the 1921 UK Census.
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Best,
 
Gavin Simms
 
 


Marion Werle
 

Perhaps it is Wekcna, which seems to be Vieksniai, in Lithuania, not far from Telsiai (which could be "Telsi" in Morris' entry, above), according to the Jewish Communities Database.
 
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Marion Werle

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Gavin Simms
 

Thanks Marion, that's very helpful. I couldn't find any Markus entries in Viekšniai on JewishGen but that may just be there's not always records existing or digitized.

Best,

Gavin Simms


Michele Lock
 

I also have two women in my family tree who married men with the last name of Marcus (or Markus) from Vieksniai, in US records written as Vexna or Wexner. One of the men was named Jacob Marcus, and the other Harris Marcus (probably originally Hirsh or Aaron). These couples settled in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1890s. I also have not found any records of these men or their wives on Jewishgen. From Jacob's gravestone, his father's name looks possibly to be Yechiel Zvi.
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Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus


Gavin Simms
 

Lena and Hannah Rachel father was called Harris. I have seen the Boston Harris Marcus and couldn't determine if they are the same family.

When Hannah married in 1896 she listed Harris as a builder on her marriage certificate. Lena listed him as a joiner in 1890 on her marriage certificate.

Gavin Simms