The Levin Family

My earliest Levin ancestors about whom I know something were Ayzik (1771 to 1828) and Fruma Golda (1770 to ?) who lived in the shtetl of Uzda which was in Russia but is now not far from Minsk, the capital of Belarus.  Their son Mordukh showed courage when he and two other parents in 1833 lodged a formal complaint with the Minsk Governor about the abduction by the military of their sons who were less than 12 years old, the legal minimum age for recruitment.  Sadly, there is no record of the Governor's reply and we have no further information about Abram, Mordukh's son, so we can assume that he did not survive his 25-year army service.

In 1845 at age 17 Mordukh's son Itsko Ayzik applied to live in Minsk. Within a year he had married Chaya and they had their first child, Risya.  Itsko was a tinsmith and eventually owned his own one story iron-roofed brick house with a wooden shed on Bogodelnaya Street (in 1922 renamed Komsomolskaya Street). When Risya was about 20 she married Baruch Axelrod, another Minsk resident.  In 1886, the couple and their six children emigrated to New York City, becoming Rose and Barnet Axelrod.

Sadly, I have no photograph of Risya/Rose.  The only image I have documents her death.

 Gravestone of Risya Rose Levin Axelrodd.

Gravestone of Risya Rose Levin Axelrodd.

View photographs and read the story of a trip to Minsk, home of the Levins.

 Risya (Rose) Levin, daughter of Itsko and Chaya, married Barnet Axelrod.  See the  Axelrod  family page.

Risya (Rose) Levin, daughter of Itsko and Chaya, married Barnet Axelrod.  See the Axelrod family page.

 

Report on genealogical research of Levin family from shtetl Uzda of Minsk uyezd and town Minsk.

1811. Revision list of Jews from shtetl Uzda of Minsk uyezd

№ 15. Ayzik son of Abram-Sholom Levin – 40 years old

           His wife: Fruma-Golda – 41 years old

           Ayzik’s sons: 1. Khaim-Sholom, in 1795 – 1 year old; died in 1796

                                2. Mordukh – 15 years old

                                3. Leyba – 11 years old

                                4. Yankel-Elya – 6 years old

                                5. David – 1 year old

            Ayzik’s daughters: Eska – 10 years old, Meryam-Chaya – 4 years old

1816. Revision list of male Jews from shtetl Uzda of Minsk uyezd

№ 19/15. Ayzik son of Abram-Sholom Levin – 45 years old

               Ayzik’s sons: Mordukh – 20 years old

                                    Mordukh ‘s son: Iosel – 6 months old

                                    Leyba – 16 years old

                                    Yankel-Elya – 11 years old

                                    David – 6 years old

 

1833 Ofiice of Minsk governor/ complains of Jews petty bourgouis residents of shtetl Uzda of Minsk uezd about unlawfuly taking their sons in recruits.

On May 1, 1833 nine Jewish boys from Uzda Jewish community were taken to recruits, among them there were 3 boys younger than 12 years old. One of the boys was Abram son of Mordukh Levin, 11 years old. Parent of 3 boys including Mordukh son of Aizik Levin complained to the Minsk governor to return their sons, because they were taken to recruits unlawfully.

The file doesn’t have any further information about governor’s decision.  Since Abram Levin doesn’t mention anywhere after 1833 we can assume that he wasn’t returned to his family, and he had to serve in the army for 25 years.

1834. Revision list of petty bourgeois Jews from shtetl Uzda of Minsk uyezd

№ 7/19. Ayzik son of Abram-Sholom Levin, in 1816 – 45 years old; died in 1828

              His wife: Fruma-Golda – 64 years old

              Ayzik’s son: Yankel-Elya – 29 years old

                                 Yankel-Elya’s wife: Sora – 28 years old

                                 Yankel-Elya’s son: Afroim – 1 year old

             Ayzik’s daughters: Chana –7 years old, Nekhama –2 years old

№ 9/19. Mordukh son of Ayzik Levin, in 1816 – 20 years old; was absent during census.

              His wife: Itka-Leya – 38 years old

              Mordukh’s sons: Iosel, in 1816 – 6 months old; was absent during census.

                                        Zalmon – 16 years old

                                        Abram – was recruited in 1833

                                        Ayzik- Itsko – 6 years old

   Mordukh’s daughters: Zislya – 10 years old

                                      Beylya-Tauba – 8 years old

                                      Asna - 4 years old

                                      Yenta – 2 years old

                                      Minka– 6 months old

№ 12/19. Leyba son of Ayzik Levin – 34 years old

      Leyba’s wife: Brokha – 36 years old

      Leyba’s sons: Shmuyel – 11 years old. It was added was recruited in 1836.

                             Volf – 7 years old

      Leyba’s daughters: Ester-Golda – 11 years old

                                     Chaya – 9 years old

                                     Leya – 5 years old

                                     Reyzlya – 2 years old

      Leyba’s brother: David, in 1816 – 16 years old; doesn’t live in shtetl Uzda.

1845 Register of outgoing documents to residents of shtetl Uzda/ petty bourgeois administration of shtetl Uzda, Minsk uezd

№ 7 February 23 a note was issued to Itzko (Itzko-Aizik) son of Mordukh Levin, 17 years old, Jew, petty bourgeois of shtetl Uzda, single, no criminal history, for submitting to the petty bourgeois administration of town Minsk.

1850. Revision list of petty bourgeois Jews from shtetl Uzda of Minsk uyezd

№ 5/9. Mordukh son of Ayzik Levin was absent during census in 1834; died in 1847.

  His wife: Itka-Leya – 54 years old

  Mordukh’s sons:  Zalmon, in 1834 – 16 years old; doesn’t live in shtetl Uzda.

                              Itsko, in 1834 – 6 years old; doesn’t live in shtetl Uzda.

  Mordukh’s daughters: Minka – 16 years old, Sima – 14 years old                      

№ 6/9 Yankel-Elya son of Ayzik Levin – 45 years old

 Yankel-Elya’s 2-wife: Feyga – 39 years old

 Yankel-Elya’s sons: Afroim, in 1834 – 1 year old; doesn’t live in shtetl Uzda.

                                 Peysakh – 6 years old

                                 Mordukh – 3 years old

                                 Borukh-Ayzik – 1 year old

 Yankel-Elya’s daughters: Genya – 12 years old, Beylya – 10 years old, Chana – 5 years old

№ 9/9. Leyba son of Ayzik Levin – 50 years old

  His 2nd wife: Keylya – 45 years old

  Leyba’s sons: Volf – 23 years old

                         Girsh-Tsvi – 15 years old

                         Ayzik– 10 years old

                         Shimon-Khaim – 8 years old

                         Abram-Neukh – 4 years old

  Leyba’s daughters: Brokha – 12 years old, Slava – 6 years old

1853. Supplemental revision list of petty bourgeois Jews, town Minsk.

№ 101. Itsko son of Mordukh Levin: wasn’t listed in 1850 census; 25 years old now, came from shtetl Uzda of Minsk uyezd.

  Itsko’s wife: Chaya daughter of Shlyoma – 26 years old

  Itsko’s son: Mordukh-Srol – 2 years old

  Itsko’s daughters: Risya – 7 years old, Dvoyra – 5 years old, Elka-Fruma – 5 months old

1858. Revision list of petty bourgeois Jews from Minsk.

№ 1776/101 (as per 1853 Supplemental census).

Itsko son of Mordukh Levin – 30 years old

Itsko’s wife: Chaya – 31 years old

Itsko’s sons: Mordukh-Srol – 7 years old, Yankel – 2 years old

Itsko’s daughters: Risya – 12 years old, Dvoyra – 10 years old, Elka-Fruma – 5 years old

1861 Birth records of Jews, town Minsk

#396 November 29 (Tevet 8) a girl Sora was born. Her father is Itsko son of Mordukh Levin, petty bourgeois of shtetl Uzda; mother is Chaya daughter of Shlema.

1874. Supplemental revision list of male petty bourgeois Jews from Minsk.

№ 683. Itsko son of Mordukh Levin – 46 years old

            Itsko’s sons: Mordukh-Srol, in 1858 – 7 years old; has been missing since 1871.

                                Yankel – 18 years old. It was added: was included into 1876 draft list.

                                Zalmon – 14 years old

1874. List of out of town Jews who live in town Minsk without registration.

№ 1227. Itsko son of Mordukh Levin – 46 years old; petty bourgeois from shtetl Uzda of Minsk uyezd; tinsmith, owns a property in Minsk, has no criminal history. He’s lived in Minsk for 30 years. He was listed in 1858 Revision list under № 1776.

              His wife: Chaya– 55 years old

              Itsko’s sons: Mordukh-Srol, in 1858 – 7 years old; current whereabouts are unknown; is listed with Minsk Jewish community.

                                  Yankel – 18 years old; is listed with Minsk Jewish community.

                                  Zalmon – 14 years old; is listed with Minsk Jewish community.

1876 List of students of Jewish artisan school, town Minsk 2nd year

Yankel son of Itzko Levin, 20, petty bourgeois of town Minsk, learning to become a tinsmith, grades are satisfactory, behaviour is good.

Added: on November 15, 1876 he was granted a 1-year postponement from the military service.

1880 List of artisans, town Minsk

№ 11. Itzko son of Mordukh Levin, 52, tinsmith, Jew, permanently lives on Bogodelnaya Street in his own house.

1882 List of property owners-tax payers, town Minsk

Bogodelnaya Street, left side

Itzko son of Mordukh Levin, 54, Jew, petty bourgeois of shtetl Uzda, owns half of the brick one story house with iron roof and wooden shed. Estimated value of the property is 373 rubles. Property taxes are 3 rub. 75 kop.