The Klausner Family

Our branch of the Klausner family can trace its roots back to Leyba who was born in the mid-18th century.  Leyba’s son Movsha (1772 – 1833) leased an inn in Lyubeshov, a village in Polish Lithuania. Movsha, his wife Sora Rifka (1774 - ?) and their seven children lived in Dolsk, a nearby shtetl. At the end of the 18th century Lyubeshov was acquired by the Russian Empire and now is in Ukraine. 

By 1858 Lyubeshov had grown to about 830 people but David, one of Movsha and Sora Rifka's grandsons, decided to try his luck in the shtetl of Lahishyn, 60 miles to the north in what is now Belarus. In 1870 David's father Leyba died and it may have been after that event that his brother Chaim Wolf moved to Lahishyn where David Movsha was living with his wife, two sons and a daughter. Perhaps he moved because David Movsha had arranged for his younger brother to marry a local girl, Leya Enta Greenberg. Or maybe the marriage was arranged after his move there.

Chaim Wolf and Leya Enta and their son Meer Leyb lived with her parents in an iron-roofed wooden house with a stone barn on Pinskaya Street. Meer Greenberg ran a flour and grocery shop in one room of the house although it had a separate entrance. There were no paid employees although his family helped out as needed. We don't know anything else about Chaim Wolf and Leya Enta and their six children until Meer Leyb decided at 17 to emigrate to New York City. He indicated on the ship's manifest that he was a tailor. Within a year he had earned enough money to send for his father and then two years later in 1892 his mother and five siblings arrived, just weeks after his marriage to Sarah Berman.

 Sarah Berman Klausner

Sarah Berman Klausner

 Meyer (Meer Leyb) Klausner

Meyer (Meer Leyb) Klausner

Download Oral history interview with Mildred (Mickey) and David Klausner, Meyer's son, conducted by their sons Robert (Bob) and William (Bill).

Download Klausner Family Tree Branch 40 compiled by Yehuda Klausner.

View photographs and read the story of the trip to Pinsk and Lahishyn, Belarus, home of the Klausners.

Photographs & documents about the Klausners - click on the image to see a larger version.


Report on genealogical research of Klauzner (Klozner) family from shtetls Lyubeshov-Logishin of Pinsk uyezd, Minsk guberniya. 

1818. Supplemental revision list of Jews from town Pinsk and Pinsk uyezd who weren’t listed in 1816 revision list.  Shtetl Lyubeshov.

№ 4. Movsha son of Leyba Klozner, was missed in 1816; 46 years old currently, leases the inn.

His wife: Sora-Rivka – 44 years old

Movsha’s sons: Itsko – 15 years old, Leyba – 8 years old, Yankel-Elya – 2 years old

Movsha’s daughters: Meryam-Brokha – 10 years old, Asna-Chaya – 5 years old

It was added: the whole family live in village Dolsk of Lyubeshov volost.

1834. Revision list of petty bourgeois Jews from shtetl Lyubeshov of Pinsk uyezd.

№ 15/4 in Suppl. Revision list. Movsha son of Leyba Klozner, in 1818 - 46 years old; died in 1833.

His wife: Sora-Rivka – 59 years old

Movsha’s sons: Itsko, in 1818 – 15 years old; gone missing,  

                         Leyba – 24 years old

                               Leyba’s wife: Chana - 25 years old

                               Leyba’s son: Mordukh – 4 years old

                               Leyba’s daughters: Feyga – 7 years old

                                                               Tsivya – 2 years old

                         3. Yankel-Elya – 18 years old

                               Yankel-Elya’s wife: Dveyra – 17 years old

1850. Revision list of petty bourgeois Jews from shtetl Lyubeshov of Pinsk uyezd.

№ 12/15. Leyba son of Movsha Klyazner – 40 years old

His wife: Chana – 40 years old

Leyba’s sons: Mordukh, in 1834 – 4 years old; does not live in shtetl Lyubeshov,  David-Movsha – 12 years old, Afroim – 5 years old, Khaim-Volf – 1 years old

Leyba’s daughters: Tsivya – 18 years old, Nekha – 9 years old, Roshka – 3 years old

1858. Revision list of petty bourgeois Jews from shtetl Lyubeshov of Pinsk uyezd.

№ 17/12. Leyba son of Movsha Klouzner – 48 years old

His wife: Chana – 48 years old

Leyba’s sons: David-Movsha, in 1850 – 12 years old; moved to shtetl Logishin of Pinsk uyezd in 1858, Afroim – 12 years old, Khaim-Volf – 9 years old

Leyba’s daughters: Tsivya – married, Nekha – married, Roshka – 10 years old, Sara-Zlata – 6 years old

1874. Supplemental revision list of Jews from shtetl Lyubeshov of Pinsk uyezd.

№ 19/17. Leyba son of Movsha Klouzner; in 1858 – 48 years old; died in 1870

His wife: Chana – died

Leyba’s sons: Afroim – 29 years old

                       Afroim’s wife: Simka – 28 years old

                       Afroim’s sons: Shmuyel – 7 years old

                                              Noson-Leyba – 1 year old

                        Afroim’s daughters: Rivka – 10 years old

                                               Leya – 8 years old

                                               Matlya – 5 years old

                                               Chana – 3 years old

                      Khaim-Volf; in 1858 – 9 years old; moved to shtetl Logishin of Pinsk uyezd

Leyba’s daughter: Sora-Zlata – 22 years old

Leyba’s son-in-law: Menakhem, son of Ayzik Sher, 24 years old

Leyba’s grandson: Simkha-Movsha – 6 months old

1874. Supplemental revision list of Jews from shtetl Logishin of Pinsk uyezd.

№ 3. David-Movsha son of Leyba Kluzner, was missed in 1858 revision; 37 years old now.

        His wife: Ester – 32 years old

        David-Movsha’s sons: Yankel – 7, Shimon-Leib, 2

        David-Movsha’s daughter: Brayna – 11 years old

1882. List of homeowners and taxpayers, Pinsk uyezd. Shtetl Logishin: Telekhanskaya Street.

№ 5. David-Movsha son of Leyba Klauzner – 45 years old, petty bourgeois Jew from shtetl Logishin, owns a 1-story wooden house with a shed and a shingled roof. Cost of the property is 70 roubles.

1887. Draft list certificates for draftees of Pinsk uyezd.

№ 331. Yankel son of David-Movsha Klauzner, 20 years old, petty bourgeois Jew from shtetl Logishin, single, illiterate.

            His father: David-Movsha son of Leyba – 49 years old

            Yankel’s brothers: Shimon-Leyb – 15 years old,  Abram – 9 years old

It was added: he drew a lot №6 and was enlisted into the reserve on November 1, 1887.

1892. List of homeowners and taxpayers, Pinsk uyezd. Shtetl Logishin: Telekhanskaya Street.

№ 9/5. David-Movsha son of Leyba Klauzner – 55 years old, petty bourgeois Jew from shtetl Logishin, owns a 1-story wooden house with a shed and a shingled roof. Cost of the property is 75 roubles.

1892. List of shop owners in Pinsk uyezd who prolonged their trading licenses. Shtetl Logishin:

№7. David-Movsha son of Leyba Klauzner, 55 years old, petty bourgeois Jew from shtetl Logishin, owns a shop, which sells miscellaneous items and candles. The shop is located in his own house in Telekhanskaya Street, there is no a separate entrance. He works in the shop himself and has no hired workers.

The business license was renewed for 2 years till February 21, 1894. License renewal fee in the amount of 1 rouble 50 kopecks was paid.