Ortenberg, Stupak, Pekelis, & Esterson
Trees & Kinship
The Ortenberg Family Roots
(Much of the early history of the Ortenberg and Stupak family emanates from the research done by Mitchell Michael Ortenberg (1917- 1998) upon which I have expanded and revised information as I have found documents and interviewed family members. Early dates and names are from his research and most likely contain understandable inaccuracies).
Fivish Ortenberg (abt 1786- abt 1870) the earliest known Ortenberg ancestor was born in Ruzhin, a Ukrainian town about 120 km south and slightly west of Kiyev (Kiev) where most of our Ortenbergs of Ukrainian origins were born. We don’t know his wife’s name but believe that he had a sister Tsaitel. All that we know of Fivish’s marriage is of a son named Schachne who we believe was born sometime after 1820 and according to his granddaughter Minnie Perrin lived till 1918.
Schachne Ortenberg married Baila Raizel and after her death married Anna Etta (Chaya) Buchkovsky. According to Minnie Perrin this was also Anna Etta (Chaya) Buchkovsky’s second marriage.
Schachne and Baila Raizel’s Ortenberg’s children were Michael Ortenberg (my maternal 2nd great-grandfather), Tsirel Ortenberg and Aron Ortenberg. The three children born in Ruzhin around the 1840-60.
Michael Ortenberg married Chana Stupak my maternal 2nd great grandmother and their descendant history is expanded in “Chana Stupak’s and Michael Ortenberg’s Descendant’s” below.
Tsirel Ortenberg and her husband Pesach Olin and their child Yosel, migrated to Winnipeg Canada. Yosel married Rachel Naruzny and had eleven children (of which one twin daughter died as a child). Tsirel's many descendants are scattered wide and live amongst other locations in Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Toronto, Israel and Washington D.C.
Aron Ortenberg and his wife (name unknown) died in Odessa but his children Ben Zion (Benjamin), Michael and Avrum Abe migrated to New Jersey. Ben Zion and Michael via Montreal.
The Stupak family Roots
Moishe Leib Stupak my 3rd great grandfather (b. abt 1797 in Soloviyevka Ukraine) had five children Chana, David, Ettie Pinnie, Esther and Mendel.
Chana Shtupak married Michael Ortenberg. (“Chana Stupak’s and Michael Ortenberg’s Descendant’s” below)
Presumably for military avoidance reasons David Stupak changed his family name to Ortenberg. David's change of family name makes tracing roots a nightmare for in one fell swoop these Stupaks become Ortenbergs and cause confusion in identifying who on the tree is an Ortenberg descendant and who is a Stupak. David Stupak Ortenberg moved to Suceava (part of the Austrian Empire from 1774 until November 1918 and Romania today) and then to Quebec City around 1890.
Ettie Pinnie Stupak Gitnick had four children.
Esther Stupak married Velvel Gazinski and had six children and most of their descendants immigrated to Quebec City and Montreal.
Chana Stupak’s & Michael Ortenberg's descendants
Chana Stupak (b. circa 1841 in Soloviyevka) and Michael Ortenberg (b. circa 1847 in Ruzhin) were married in Ruzhin and lived in Ruzhin, Soloviyevka, and Brusilov. They had six children one unknown plus Sura, Rachel, Fivish, Isaac Meir and Nathan. Michael Ortenberg died in Soloviyevka in about 1899 and Chana migrated to Quebec City, Canada in about 1920 joining her sons Isaac (immigrated 1905) and Nathan (Nissin) (immigrated 1907) and her brother David (formerly Stupak) Ortenberg and his children who had previously immigrated. Chana died in Quebec City in 1926.
In about 1920, my maternal great grandmother Sura Ortenberg Pekelis, by now a widow, migrated to Quebec. I am not sure if she immigrated with her mother Chana or before or after her.
Three of Michael and Chana Ortenberg's children stayed in the Ukraine including Fivish (b. abt 1868) who married Chaya Sura Alpert of Radomyshl. They had ten children many of whom immigrated to North America and one to Mexico. Their son Aron Ortenberg (b. abt 1909) stayed in Kiev, maintained relations with the family in North America and moved to Jerusalem Israel in 1992.
Sura Ortenberg & Moishe Leib Pekelis
Sura Ortenberg, (Michael Ortenberg and Chana Shtupak's eldest child) married Moishe Leib Pekelis (abt 1863-1913) who died in the Ukraine about seven years before Sura migrated to Quebec City. Four of their six children, Pearl Pekelis Ilovitch, Shloime, Srulik and Raizel Pekelis Esterson also immigrated to Canada. Of Sura and Moishe Leib Pekelis's two children who remained in the Ukraine Aron disappeared in World War One and Velvel perished in the Urals in 1943. A number of Velvel's grandchildren and great-grandchildren immigrated to Israel in the 1990 wave of immigration.
Raizel Pekelis and Motl Mordechai Esterson's families
Raizel, Sura Ortenberg's and Moishe Leib Pekelis's oldest child was born in Ruzhin in about 1897 and married Motl Mortche Esterson of Kobryn, Belarus. Motl died suddenly at about 27 as he, Raizel who was pregnant, and their two young daughters Esther & Fanny were waiting to immigrate to America. In 1925 Raizel and her three children, (my mother Esther and her sisters Fanny and Mary) all under five year years of age, traveled to Canada on the " S.S. Regina" arrived at the port of Quebec, where much of the family was, on November 25,1925 and soon thereafter moved to Montreal.
There are further details in the alphabetically sorted reports and the "on line" family tree accessible through the link.
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