The Esterson, Gildengers and Miller Roots
Trees & Kinship
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Raizel Pekelis & Motl Esterson
Sura Ortenberg, (Michael Ortenberg and Chana Shtupak's
eldest child) married Moishe Leib Pekelis (abt 1863-1913) Their
oldest child Raizel, was born in Ruzhin in about 1897 and married Motl
Mortche Esterson of
Searching for Esterson, Gildnegers, Linetsky (Linet)Family Information
Our search began with trying to find out as much as possible from my Aunts Fanny Esterson Kugelmass and Mary Esterson Goodman. A faintly remembered fact was added to by yet another and led to trying to contact any Esterzon Family who might be in Argentina and seeking to find out more about my grandfather Motel Esterson’s great aunt Goldie Linetsky and her husband Melech with whom our last family contact had been in the ‘50s. And to make things more difficult my aunts believed that the Linetskys originally were known by another uncertain name possibly, Nikolinetsky, and that their children had changed their names to Linet or Linett and had, they believed, left the New York area.
The Argentinean phone book on line yielded addresses to write to with some facts and an old family photo and the US Social Security Death Index became our first places to explore.
Answers were received to letters and the Social Security Death Index started to give some answers.
Motl Mordechai Esterson's Family Roots & Kinship
Until late 1998 I knew virtually nothing about Motl Esterson's ancestors and family. Thanks to my friend Robyn Feldman of New York, the internet and the connections and correspondence with my recently reunited cousins in Argentina and of Argentina origin, I know much more.
Motel Esterson was born in about 1895 in or around Kobryn which was then part of the Polish Kingdom and is today in Belarus. Motel was one of four children of Pessach Esterson and Bashe Gildengers (Gildengersh). Bashe Gildengers’ parents were Israel Moshe Gildengersh, a tombstone maker, and Fanny Frieda (Feige) Miller. Bashe was one of six Gildengersh children.
Finding the Gildengers and Miller Ancestors
When my search began the name Gildenguers or Gildengersh was unknown to me. I knew that my great-grandmother was Bashe Esterson but did not know her maiden name or that of her husband. The only other Esterson known to me was my Grandfather’s late brother William Guillermo Esterzon whom I had been told moved to Argentina. And then one day I received both a letter from Argentina and response from the Social Security Administration about the original social; security application for Goldie Linetsky. The Social Security Administration told me that Goldie was the daughter of Israel Gildenguers and Frieda Miller and the Argentinean letter identified the family pictures for me and provided me with a wealth of information.
The Gildengers, Bezruk & Esterzon Families of Argentina
Sometime around 1880 Israel Moishe Gildengersh married Fanny Frieda Miller. They had six children. Bashe a daughter married Pessach Esterson; Dvoshe another daughter married Gedalia Bezruk, a carpenter; Haim Noah, a son and mill worker married Jaicivie (prob. Chaya Tzivia) Steingart; Abraham a barber and one more son whose name is unknown and a daughter named Goldie.
Bashe and Pessach Esterson had four children. Two sons and two daughters. Sure, Mashe, Motel and Wilhelm. Their son Wilhelm (Motel’s brother) immigrated to Argentina and became known as Guillermo Esterzon. Guillermo married Berta Steingart and had three boys Pedro, Maximo and Luis.
Dvoshe Gildengersh and Gedalia Bezruk also made it to Argentina and had four children Israel, Mulke, Manuel & Fanny.
Jaicivie Steingart and Haim Noah Gildengersh’s son Moishe was born in 1921 and in 1936 moved to Argentina and as Moises Gildengers married Ida Mazursky and had three boys, Jaime Noe, Teodoro and Alberto Gildengers.
While I’ve yet to be in Argentina my son Benji and I did visit with Jaime Gildengers and his wife Esther and family who now lives in New Jersey and was being visited by his father and mother Moises and Ida, Gildengers and his brother Teodoro.
Searching & finding Goldie Gildengers Linetsky Descendants
(The following has been put together from the Social Security Death Index, US Census of 1920, California Death Records, very limited family information and Ellis Island Arrivals)
Frieda Miller and Israel Moishe Gildengersh’s daughter married Melech Nikulinetsky and they moved to New York. Melech Arrived to Ellis Island on January 28, 1913 listed on the printed manifest as Meslach Nikulenczi a married tailor going to New York. Goldie arrived as Golde Mikulinetzky with their daughter Sonie (Sylvia) on March 8, 1914. By the census of 1920 Melech was known as Max Linetzky and in addition to Sylvia who was eight the family included Louis aged 4 and Abraham aged 3. In 1921 Florence was born.
Our branch of the family lost track of the Linetskys in the mid 1950's and my search began in about 1995 with a very cold trail. In the early winter of 2002 I received two e-mails simultaneously from children of Abe Linet and then over the next few days from their cousins and nieces. How was I found? One of the family members was doing a search on "google" for his grandmother's name and this search led him to my site.
Finding the descendants of Max's brother Aaron has been somewhat more difficult but thanks to information from Max's grandchildren the pieces are beginning to fall into place. Aaron changed his name from Nikulinetsky to Nick.
Raizel Esterson & Her Family
By 1926 Rose (Raizel) Pekelis and her three children were in Montreal where together with her mother Sura Pekilis they set up house on Clark Street. Raizel began working as an operator in Montreal’s dress industry and Sura tended house. Esther, Fanny & Mary attended school and in addition attended afternoon school at Peretz Shule (Jewish Peretz School) where Raizel and then her children became active.
Esther married Simeon Goldstein in 1940; Fanny married Doug Kugelmass in 1941 and Mary married Bernard Goodman in 1949.
Like so many Montrealers some of Raizel Esterson’s grandchildren and great grandchildren are in Montreal and some have moved on.
Rossie Goldstein who married Ehud Gelb of Israel live in Israel as do Michael and Leah Krolik Goldstein and Avi & Marla Haber Goldstein. Michael and Geraldine Desjardins Kugelmass as well as Martin & Janice Strausberg Goodman are in Toronto while Jack and Esther Romeyn Kugelmass are in Arizona and Terri Rubel Goodman is the only grandchild in Montreal. Raizel’s great-grandchildren are more fully represented in Montreal are in addition in Toronto, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Afula Israel, Arizona and Japan.
There are further details in the alphabetically sorted reports and the "on line" family tree accessible through the Familytreemaker link.
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