Mejzels. Branch-1

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Updated: 22/10/2020.

By: Shmuel Kehati
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The following information is the result of research I conducted about my grandmother, Rivka Frieda (Herszkowicz) Berenblut's  maternal family.

I started with my grandmother's parents, Miriam (Mejzels) and Shmuel Herszkowicz, who immigrated from Lodz, Poland to Antwerp, Belgium, in 1892.

We knew that Miriam's mother was Sara (Sura Ruchel), but that was all we knew.

During my visit to Antwerp (in January 1999) I visited the cemetery in Putte, Holland (where Antwerp's Jews are buried), and found Sara's grave. I also happened to come across another Mejzel's grave, then unfamiliar to me. It turned out to be the grave of Sara's Husband, Menachem Mendel Mejzel.

Using the newly discovered names of their (Sara and Menachem Mendel) fathers which I found on their headstones, and with the aid of Jewish Records Indexing Poland I was fortunate to be able to trace the entire family back to the early 1800's, which appears further down on this page. No records were kept in Poland prior to 1809.

I obtained many birth, marriage and death registrations of previously unknown members of our family, which enabled me to build the Family Tree. Next to each family member I marked it's source.
I will be happy to provide free copies upon request
If you are in possession of documents not mentioned, please send me a copy.
Thank you, Shmuel

From all these registration certificates it became obvious that the family name is spelled many different ways: Majzel or Majzels,  Mejzel or Mejzels and more. 

There are two noteworthy items:
1. Our g-g-grandfather, Meszulam Mejzels, was married three times:
       The first two times he married two sisters, the third time with his niece, Hinda Beyla Mejzels.
2. His son, our g-grandfather, Menachem Mendel Mejzels, married his step-niece Sura Ruchel Mejzels.

These two points complicate the family relations within the family.

The famous Rabbi Eliyahi Cahim Meizel who served as Rabbi of Lodz for 40 years (1873-1912), is NOT connected to our family.
To view his Family Tree, click here.

Descendants of Meshulam Mejzel(s)

 The following is a list of family names within the Mejzels Family Tree.
To find yourself in the Tree, click on your Family Name.













    1. Yosef Majzel (Son of Wolek).    From Sierpc, Poland. (אב"ד)
             Died: Before 1832.    
[Source: Son Meshulam's 2nd. wedding].
        + Hinda Kohn.  (D. of Wolf).
Died: Before 1832.    [Source: Son Meshulam's 2nd. wedding].

      2. (3)  Meshulam Salomon Meisel. Born: 1803. From Wolomin, Poland.                                           See picture and details here 
  Died: 6/09/1878 in Warsaw, Poland.  
[Source:  Warsaw cem. 3, 15, #41].
             First wife  + Feige Toba Niedzwiedz. (D. of Chaim & Ruchla) Born: 1806 in Plock, Poland.    See Niedwiedz Tree
                    Married: 31/12/1822 in Plock, Poland.    [Source: JRI-PL Film 729207, M # 17].
Died: 7/03/1831 in Plock, Poland.    [Source: JRI-PL Film 7
M30201, D # 12].

               3. (3.1) Josef Jakov Yankel MeiselsBorn: 13/04/1828 in Plock, Poland.[Source: JRI-PL Film 730201, B # 13].
                       Died: 9/08/1852 in Plock, Poland.   [Source: JRI-PL Film 730205, 1861 D # 32].
                    + Pejsa, Pesel Frankel. Born: 1828.
(3.1.1)  Sura Ruchel Meisels. Born: 16/12/1846 in Plock, Poland. [Source: JRI-PL Film 730203, B # 76].
                                    Died: 28/11/1921 in Antwerp, Belgium.  [Source: Death cert. # 3635. Matzeva @ Pute cem. H, 80, #5].
See picture and details
(3.10) Menachem Mendel Meisels. Her uncle.
                                         Born: 4/05/1848 in Plock, Poland.  [Source: JRI-PL Film 730205, 1861 B # 70].
                                         Died: 13/06/1914 in Antwerp, Belgium. [Source:
Death cert. # 2125. Matzeva @ Pute Cem. G, 36 #66].              See picture and details

                   5. ( Miriam Leah, Maria Louisa Meizels.
                              Born: 14/05/1871 in Karwa, Prosnice, Poland.     [Source: BoR].
Deported 15/01/1943 on Transport XVIII #915 from Mechlen, Belgium to Auschwitz, Poland.
                                Killed: 1942.

                            + Schmuel Mnachem Mendel Herszkowicz

                                  Born: 19/10/1863 in Konstantinow, Lodz, Poland.  [Source: jri-pl Film # 730172 B # 38, BoR].
                                  Married: 21/06/1892 in Lodz, Poland.    [Source: JRI-PL PSA, M # 144].
                                  Died: 29/12/1912 in Antwerp, Belgium.  
 [Source: Belgium #4477. Matzeva @ Pute Cem. G, 67, #16].                            

                             Continued in Herszkowicz Family, Branch-4  here  ......

                     *2nd Husband of Miriam Leah, Maria Louisa Meizels:
                           + Herszick Drezner. Married: 1922 in London, England.
                               ( no children) 

              5. (  Esther Faiga Meizels. Born: 5/04/1877 in Lodz, Poland.   [Source:  Lodz BoR. Antwerp files]. 
                            + Isidor Itsek Maier Kerstein. Born: 1871 in Krosnevice, Poland.  
[ ? Source: PSA 1887 B # 85].  ordered
                                    Married: 16/11/1898 in Lodz, Poland.       [Source:  JRI-PL PSA, M # 437].     
(  Charlie Sholem, Jacques, Jacob Solomon Kerstein.
                                           Born: 7/09/1901 in Antwerp, Belgium.               [Source: Birh Cert. 5550 Belgium].
                                           Died: 01/1970 in Williamsburg, NY, U.S.A.             [Source: SSDI].
                                    + Beatrice Barth. Born: 15/06/1902 in Austria.             [Source: 1930  Census, SSDI].
                                           Married: 10/08/1926 in New-York, NY, USA.    
[Source: NY Marriage Reg.].
                                           Died: 27/06/1996 in Wilmington, Del, U.S.A.       [Source: SSDI]. 
                                     7. Gladys Gittel Kerstein. Born: 09/1927 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.   [Source: 1930 Census].   
                                                  Died: 14/04/2019
in Hashmonaim, Israel.
                                         + Leonard B. Gewirtz. Born: 25/12/1918.  [Source: SSDI].
                                               Married: 18/11/1948 in NY, NY, USA.      
[Source: NY Marriage Reg.].
                                               Died: 22/05/2003 in Wilmington, Del, U.S.A.

                                            8Joseph, Yossi Gevir.               City: Hashmonaim, Israel.
                                                   + Devorah Debbie.
                                            8Yitzchak Isaac Gewirtz.             City: New-York, NY, U.S.A. 

                               6. (  Rosalia Rose Kerstein. Born: 10/12/1905 in New-York, NY, U.S.A.    [Source: Belgium].
                                               Died: 5/12/1997 in New-York, NY, U.S.A.                    [Source: SSDI].
                                        + Harry Fisher. Born: 27/06/1909 in Liverpool, England.
                                               Married: 24/05/1934 in Brooklyn, NY, USA.      
[Source: NY Marriage Reg.].
                                                    Died: 03/1969 in Borough-Park, NY, U.S.A.    
             [Source: SSDI].
                                     7Rachel Sara Fisher. Born: 1935 in
Borough-Park, NY, USA. [Source: 1940 Census].     City: New-York, NY, U.S.A.
                                              + Neil Gardner Gillman. Born: 11/09/1933 in Quebec-City, QC, Canada.
                                                    Married: 1958 in
NY, NY, USA. [Source:  NY Marriage Reg.].
                                                    Died: 24/11/2017 in NY, NY, USA.
                                                 8Abigail Esther, Abby Gillman. Born: 1964
in Brooklyn, NY, USA.            City: Newton, Ma, USA
                                                         + Michael Benjamin Prince.
Born: 1957 NY, NY, USA. 
                                                               Married: 1992 NY, NY, USA. [Source:  NY Marriage Reg.].
                                                     9. Jacob Samuel Gillman Prince. Born: 1969
                                                     9. Ellen Shoshana Gillman Prince. Born: 1998
                                                     9. Livia Ruth Gillman Prince. Born: 2003
                                                 8Deborah Anne Gillman. Born: 1970 in NY, NY, USA.     City: Pittsburg, Pa, USA.
                                                       + Daniel Jeremy Kass.
Born: 1973 in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
                                                           Married: 2001 in New-York, NY, USA.   [Source:  NY Marriage Reg.].
                                                    9. Judah, Yehuda Noam Gillman Kass. Born: 2003
                                                    9. Nava Chaviva Gillman Kass. Born: 2009


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Prepared by: Shmuel Kehati
 Ra'anana, Israel
Tel: +972-(0)9-744-5222