The Paikins

The Descendants of Bentzion Paikin

The PAIKIN-HILLMAN connection

The HILLMAN family is said to have been related to the TRON/THRON/THORON family and the PAIKIN family as well - but nothing more is known at present. I have commissioned the archives in Latvia and Lithuania to do research for me, so hopefully, something will turn up.

  1. Bentzion PAIKIN (also known as Tzion and Ben Zion) is known to have lived in (the vicinity of?) Riga, Latvia, where he was a petty merchant. He married Jenny (--?--) as she was known in England (her real name may have been Sheine). He was the latest in a long line of petty merchants who dealt with buttons, needles, thread, and other odds and ends. He must have been born before 1850.

    1. Judith PAIKIN (also known as Yocheved). She was born in approximately 1860 in (Riga?), Latvia. She married Samuel HILLMAN, son of Mordechai HILLMAN and Chaya Bune WASSERMANN. xxx Her marriage certificate stated she was from ??????, while her husband's family was from Zagare, Lithuania. It is thought that she died during the Holocaust in the Kovno Ghetto. xxx

      1. Joseph HILLMAN (also known as Yossel Volf). He was born December 17, 1884 in Zagare, and he died March 1, 1958 in New York, USA.

      2. Sidney HILLMAN (also known as Simche/Shimkhe). He was born March 23, 1887 in Zagare. In 1906, he emigrated to Manchester, England, where he and his younger brother Harry stayed with their uncle, Charles PAIKIN, for nine months and then continued onto New York on August 8, 1907, and then onto Chicago. Beginning as a garment worker, he became a union leader after his key participation in a successful clothing workers' strike (1910) in Chicago. In 1914 he began his long tenure as president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers.
        (More information about Sidney Hillman on the following websites: Labor Hall of Fame Honoree: Sidney Hillman (1887-1946) and
        He died July 10, 1946 in New York, USA, and photos of the grave can be found on

      3. Sara Freida HILLMAN was born in 1889. She died during the Holocaust in the Kovno Ghetto.

      4. Harry HILLMAN (also known as Simon Hirsh). He was born in 1890. He died in New York, USA.

      5. Leah HILLMAN (also known as Feiga Leah). She was born in 1894 in Zagare, Lithuania.

      6. Minna HILLMAN was born in 1896. She died between 1940 and 1945.

      7. Mordechai HILLMAN (also known as Motel/Mottel). He was born in 1899 in Zagare and died in Moscow.

    2. Charles PAIKIN (also known as Jacob Koppel and Yaacov Koppul BENTZION). He was born April 6, 1866 at Linkuva, Lithuania. He married Regina ALEXANDER, daughter of Shmuel ALEXANDER, before July 1, 1896 (unknown where they married - maybe in England?). Regina died October 12, 1931 in Manchester.
      He emigrated to Manchester, England, before 1898, as it is known that before 1898 he lived in Runcorn, England. He lived in various places such as: 39 Mersey St., Warrington, England (1898-1903) and Blackpool, England (June, 1903-October, 1903) where he was a furniture dealer. In 1903, he is also listed as a "retired furniture dealer". He was naturalized October 15, 1903 at 117 Hornby Road, Blackpool, England. He died October 10, 1935 at age 69, and was buried in the Philips Park Cemetery, Bradford, Manchester, England.

      Charles Paikin's tombstone

      Regina Paikin's tombstone

      1. Lily PAIKIN (also known as Louella/Luella). She was born July 1, 1896 at Warrington, England. She was an opera singer with the "Carl Rosa" before 1946 in Manchester, England. She emigrated to New York, USA, where she met and married Joseph BERMAN.
        (Click on the photo to see it enlarged!)

      2. Harold PAIKIN was an art dealer. He was born January 3, 1900 at Warrington, England. He married Millicent FIDLER before December 7, 1922. He emigrated between 1930 and 1939 to New York, USA. He died between 1950 and 1959 at New York, USA.

        1. Bettine PAIKIN was born December 7, 1922 at 407 Bury New Road, Manchester, England.

      3. Cyril Samuel PAIKIN was born in 1902 at Warrington, England. He emigrated between 1950 and 1959 to New York, USA, where he died.

      4. Mabel PAIKIN. She was born January 1, 1904 at 219 Brunswick St., South Manchester, England. In 1938, she married Sidney LEIGH in Marylebone, England.


The All-Latvia Database had an entry for a Samuel HILLMAN who was a member of "The Courland Young Mens Mutual Association", USA, which indicated that the HILLMAN family had Latvian family ties.

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