Morduch/Mordechai (unk, est 1825-1877)
m. Khasa Sora bas Abram (1832 Krustpils Oct 24, 1912 Rezekne)
She m2 Dec 14, 1878 - Hirsch Tschernomordikov (1809 d. before 1897)
1. Abram Yankel (Yiddish)( c 1865 Rezekne Sept 3, 1938 Rezekne) Occupation
m1- July 21, 1887 Rezekne
Sora Rivka Savin bas Leiba/Lemka (c 1869 Sebezh, Vitebsk gub. c 1907
m2- April 25, 1913 Rezekne
Freida Feiga (nee Losev, widow) (c 1880 Vilani - Dec 1941 Riga)
2. Chana/Anna Ethel (c 1867 April 26, 1946 )- m. Benj. Zacher, lived in
NY, then Pa.
3. Henne Hascha/ Hannah Agnes (c 1871 Dec 1943) - m. Samuel Whitman, lived
4. Reisa/Rose (c 1873 Nov 1946) m. Avraham Kavnat, lived in Johannesburg
Notes: - These are the only known children, living in one house, from Russian
family census of 1896.
Sora was younger. Immigration clerks guessed ages.
Abrams age changes with each document.
Latvian birth registration records were according to the Julian calendar,
which is about 2 weeks
earlier than our Gregorian calendar. The date the birth was registered does
not necessarily mean the
Children of Abram and Sora:
1. Mera/Mary: LR July 25, 1888, US Sept 18, 1888 June 5, 1968 LA
2. Chana Beila/Anna: LR Nov 27, 1889, US Dec 12, 1891 Nov 2, 1970 Chi
3. Morduch Leib/Max (LR Nov 26, 1891, US Nov 18, 1892 May 6, 1982 Chi
4. Itka Zivja/Ida (US Sept 20, 1893 Jan 5, 1981 S Dg
5. Chaim/Hyman (LR April 7, 1895, US April 5, 1896 April 1, 1967 LA
6. Honon (LR June 19, 1897 unk) left as young adult and never heard from
7. Echiel Siman/Hilky (LR June 20, 1899 1944 Riga
8. Isaak/Isidore (LM Oct 14, 1901, US Oct 1, 1901 Oct 17, 1990 NY
9. Eliezer/Leo (US July 22, 1904 July 16, 1980 Chi
10. twins b/dc 1907
Abram and Freida:
1. Khasa Sora/ Khasja (LR Jan 18, 1917 April 24, 2005 Kiryat Ata, Israel
Freida ( daughter of Meyer and Riva Losev) and her first husband, Mendel
1. David (LR March 15, 1905 Riebini 1971 Israel
Street names changed when the language changed when the powers in charge
In 1929 Isaak Cilevics lived at 17 Glabeju St, later called Aizsargu St, now
called Seiles St.
This apt, in the Jewish Quarter, was where they moved until forced into the
ghetto in Sept 1941,
and then presumably killed at Rumbula.
Khasja survived because her husband was in the Red Army and she traveled
into Russia. David
survived but his family did not.
The Rumbula memorial has stones marking some family names, placed in the
shape of the Star of
132 Dzirnavu St, apt 5, Riga.
Freida moved here in Oct 1940, after Abram died, since Khasja and David were
both living in Riga.
Echiel moved to the same apt with his wife and daughters in March 1941.
Here are a few pictures from my 2006 trip I thought you might find
This is the remains of the Choir Synagogue, built in 1871 and burned by the
Jews inside on July 4, 1941. It was the largest synagogue in Riga.
The brown building is the pharmacy, which dates from 1890, so our family
probably used it. Directly across the street (not in photo) is the poorest
section of Rezekne, called America.
Stork nests are very common. We saw several on the 3 hour drive from Riga to
There is a Museum of Rezekne. On the wall are some old photos of life at the
the century. Since they dont have a museum book, the best I could do was
pictures of the pictures! In the center background, you can just see the
Mary and Sam Senter Los Angeles
Mera/ Mary (LR July 25, 1888, US Sept 18, 1888 Rezekne June 5, 1968 LA)
Immig as Mary Chelevitz arrived Dec 15, 1905 on Caledonia
from Glasgow to NY going to Uncle Sam Whitman in Pa., came alone.
Annie and Carl Ross Chicago
Chana Beila/ Anna (LR Nov 27, 1889, US Dec 12, 1891 Rezekne Nov 2, 1970
Immig as Chane Cilesvics (misread, transcribed as Cilenrcz) arrived Sept 24,
on Neckar from Bremen to NY, with Max, going to Chicago to Sam Senter.
Max and Becky Leavitt Chicago
Morduch Leib / Max (LR Nov 26, 1891, US Nov 18, 1892 Rezekne May 6, 1982
Immig as Mordche Cilesvics (transcribed as Nordche Cilenrcz) arrived Sept
on Neckar from Bremen to NY, with Annie, going to Chicago to Sam Senter.
Ida and Louis Greenberg - Chicago
Itka Zivja / Ida ( US Sept 20, 1893 Rezekne Jan 5, 1981 San Diego )
Immig May 27, 1913 thru Canada to Pt Huron, Mich with Hymie.
Hymie and Helen Leavitt Los Angeles
Chaim / Hyman (LR April 7, 1895, US April 5, 1896 April 1, 1967 LA)
Hillside Cem, LA
Immig May 1913 thru Canada and Mich with Ida
Izzy and Celia Leavitt Brooklyn
Isaak / Isidore (US Oct 1, 1901 Rezekne Oct 17, 1990 Bkl)
First immig as Isaak Zilewitz Jan 30, 1930 Hamburg to CapeTown, then
Immig as Isak Zilevitschs arr Oct 7, 1930 on Majestic Southampton to NY to
m. Rezekne Oct 20, 1923
Ceitke/Celia Gantzer (LR July 1, 1903 Ludza, Latvia Jan 28, 1974 NY)
Immig as Zeitka Cilevics arr July 25, 1932, adm July 26, on Bremen
from Bremen to NY to husband (and sister, mother in NY)
Izzys occupation was tailor, then operated fish market
Rezekne marriage license of Izzy and Celia, Oct 1923
Leo and Mary Leavitt - Chicago
Eliezer / Leo (US July 22, 1904 Rezekne July 16, 1980 Chicago)
Immig as Leiser Cilevic arrived Nov 30, 1922 on Lituania
from Libau to NY going to Illinois to brother Max
Hilky and Roza Cilevics - Rezekne
Echiel Siman / Hilky (LR June 20, 1899 1944 Riga?) ( he might have been
Roza/Rebecca Serebro (c 1902 Dec 1941 Riga)
Israel Srol (c 1921 1941 Rezekne)
Rachel (c 1925 Dec 1941 Riga)
Mera (c 1929 Dec 1941 Riga)
Abrams sister Zacher line NY and Pa.
Chana / Anna Ethel (c Dec 1867/69 Rezekne April 26, 1946 Pa)
Immig as Chana Sachur arrived Nov 24, 1913 on Carmania from Liverpool to
m. Chaim Benzion b. Joseph / Benjamin Zacher (c 1864 Vilani March 29, 1930
Abrams sister Whitman line eastern Pa.
Henne / Hannah Agnes (c 1871/73 Rezekne Dec 31, 1943 Pa)
Immig as Henr. Gnese Wittmann arr June 12, 1895 on Willehad from Bremen to
NY going to Phila.
m. June 1893 Shloima b. Iekhiel / Samuel Whitman b. Michael (c 1871 June
7, 1932 NY)
Immig as Salamon Wittmann arr June 26, 1893 on Lord Gough from Liverpool
to Phila. Why Philadephia, going to visit aunt?
Family believes many Jews started businesses in the coal mining
Max Zacher was on the Lackawanna train from NY to Scranton when it stopped at E.
Stroudsburg. He liked the look of
town so he got off and stayed there. Some of his cousins later joined him.
Abrams sister Kavnat line S. Africa
Reisa / Rose (c 1873 Rezekne Nov 1, 1946 Johannesburg
m. Abraham Kavnat (18?? 1938 Joh.)
immig to S. Africa prob. early 1900s
DOBE STOLBOV GANTZER
Dobe Stolbov was born 1874 as Riva, so either her name was Dobe Riva or Riva
The Latvian records show Riva but often first and middle names were used
Some records indicate she was born in Riebini, although she said Rezekne.
are correct, since Riebini was located within the Rezekne district.,br /> Her
mother was Pesa
Entel b. Shmuil bc 1850 Rezekne, death uncited, but possibly between
on great-granddaughters name). Her father was Itzhak b. Nachman b 1839
after 1900. Dobie died Feb 7, 1954 in Brooklyn ;
cemeteryrecords are under
gravestone says Dora Gantzer.
She immigrated as Doba Gentzer (Gancers),
3, 1931 on Bremen from the port of Bremen, Germany, to be picked up by
Doba had 3 children: Nachman Gancers who married Doba Serebro, Mary
(Wasserman), and Celia (Leavitt).
In photo below baby Norman is son of Nachman and Doba,
to USA as the only survivor in his family. His father died in an accident,
his mother and two
younger sisters were killed in the Holocaust.
Norman applied for citizenship in Aug 1943 while in the army in S.C. On the
papers he wrote he was
born Dec 12
(1922) as Naftolis Gancer, immigrated as Naftalijs Gancers on Samaria from
Liverpool, arriving Oct
Doba Serebro Gancers and her daughters Rocha and Pesa died 1941.
Her son Norman came to US in Oct 1938. Celia and her daughter
Sylvia came to US in July 1932.
Dobie came to US inDec 1931. Celias
sister Mary came to US in 1923.
1931 Doba, Rocha, Pese, Norman, Dobie, Sylvia, Celia