Descendancy Narrative of Raphael Paikin
was previously: "Descendants of a Paikin in Polotsk"

 

(Please note: The numbers right after the given name is the number of generation from the first known ancestor)

 

I.  Raphael1 PAIKIN died before 1869 when Abram Rafalov Paikin inherited a house from his father Rafal Paikin. (see below: I.A.)

 

A.  Abraham Rafalovich2 PAIKIN.  He was born i 1819.  In 1869 he lived in Polotsk, Belarus, when he was listed as “Polotsk meshchanin”, and owned a wooden house on Azarovskaya Str, which he inherited from his father Rafal Paikin. The house was built on the land belonging to Bogoyavlensky monastery on contract of July 1, 1858; He had a library in his house.  In 1874 he still lived in Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, Belarus. In the census of 1874 he is listed: Paikin Abram Rafalovich, aged 55, Polotsk meshchanin, and his son Zavel, aged 22, as well as Zavel's son Dovid, aged 2. This means that he did not die till after 1874.

 

1.  ?3 PAIKIN.  He was born ca. 1850 Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, Belarus 

 

2.  ?3 PAIKIN.  He was born ca. 1850 in Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, Belarus.

 

3.  ?3 PAIKIN.  He was born ca. 1850 in Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, Belarus.

 

4.  ?3 PAIKIN.  She was born ca. 1850 in Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, Belarus.

 

Solomon and Fannie with four of their children

Solomon and Fannie with four of their children
- Isaac is the youngest, and as can be seen much younger than the others

5.  Solomon3 PAIKIN was also known as Zavel.  His descendants in the USA can tell that “Solomon was had a very large estate, with servants. The children did not eat with their parents”

He was born i 1852 Orekhovno, Lebel, Belarus. He married Fannie NISSENHOLTS ca. 1875.  He was businessman and miller;  he owned three stores, a flour mill and 'a lot of land'  in Polotsk. The Monastary in Polotsk would buy goods from one of his stores. (according to the family in the USA).

 

List of commercial and industrial enterprises of Polotsk in 1896 lists Zavel Abramov Paikin, who has a shop selling flower in Gofenshefer’s  Stone Row (Kamenny Ryad). He has a license for small-scale retailing issued by Polotsk Municipal Administration on 18 December 1895. Z.A.Paikin also had a tobacco patent issued by Polotsk Uyezd Exchequer on 19 December 1895.

 

Lepel meshchanin Zavel Abramov Paikin’s petition of 28 January 1909 to Vitebsk Governor asking for permission to open a public library and a bookshop in his own house in Borovaya Street in Polotsk.

 

Information about Zavel Abramov Paikin sent by the Polotsk Police to Vitebsk Governor’s Registry Office of 4 March 1909:

 

“…(Zavel Abramov Paikin) Aged 57, Jewish, lives in Polotsk, registered as a meshchanin of the shtetl Orekhovno, Lepel district, educated at home, deals in flour sales… Petitioner Paikin …has enough money to open a bookshop and a library. His family consists of himself, his wife Feiga, aged 54; his sons: Chaim, aged 32; Movsha, aged 28; Itsak, aged 20 and his daughter Chana, aged 22. Their son Itska lives in America, the rest of the family live together with the petitioner. All the sons have been educated at home and deal in sales in their father’s shop. The daughter Chana graduated from the 6th grade of the Polotsk girls’ school…”

 

As the petitioner has just home education and is not particularly literate, the police believes that he wants this permission for some of the family members, that is why they recommend not to give Ch.Z.Paikin permission to open a shop.

 

According to the report from the Minsk Archives he owned a flowershop in Gofenshefer's  Stone Row (Kamenny Ryad) and a tobacco shop in 1896 in Polotsk;  he also has a license for small-scale retailing issued by Polotsk Municipal Administration on 18 December 1895. In 1903 he lived in Borovaya Street, Polotsk, Belarus  in a 6-room one-storied house with a shed, a barn, a cattle-shed.  In 1906 he still lived Polotsk, Belarus.

 

He is also listed on the list of those, who had the right of participation in the selections into the state Duma in 1906).  

 

a)  David4 PAIKIN was also known as Dovid.  He was born i 1872 in Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, Belarus.  Presumably he died before 1908  as he is not listed with the other members of the family.

 

b)  Chaim Zavelov4 PAIKIN  He was born 1877 in Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, Belarus.

Lepel meshchanin Chaim Zavel Paikin’s petition of 27 August 1908 to Vitebsk Governor asking for permission to open a public library in his own house in Borovaya Street in order to lend and sell books. In his petition he wrote that being a man of weak health he wanted to earn ‘an additional meager slice of bread’ and that ‘in Polotsk there were only 3 libraries for such a big population’.

 

Information about Chaim Zavelev Paikin presented by Polotsk Police Chief to Vitebsk Governor’s Registry Office ‘in order to allow him to open a library and a bookshop in Polotsk’:

 

Meshchanin Paikin Chaim Zavelev, Jewish, aged 32, has lived in Polotsk since his birth, registered in the town of Lepel, educated at home, lives with his father,  has never done anything reprehensible, nor has he been under investigation or brought to court.

‘Chaim Paikin’s family consists of himself, his father Zavel, aged 56, his mother Feiga, aged 54, his brothers Movsha, aged 28, Isaak, aged 21 and his sister Chana, aged 22, single. All the family members live together. His father and his brother Movsha deal in flour sales, his brother Isaak has been in America for the last three years.

As in Polotsk at that time there were 5 bookshops, there was no need to open the 6th, besides the petitioner had just home education and was not particularly literate, the police recommended not to give Ch.Z.Paikin permission to open a shop.

Lepel meshchanin Chaim Zavelev Paikin’s petition of 5 June 1910 to Vitebsk Governor asking for permission to open a public library and a bookshop in his own house in Polotsk.

 

Information about  Chaim Zavelev Paikin sent by the Polotsk Police Chief to Vitebsk Governor’s Registry Office of 29 July 1910:

 

“The family consists of Chaim Paikin, his father Zavel, aged 58, literate; his mother Feiga, aged 57, illiterate; his brothers: Movsha, aged 28, literate, married; Isaak, aged 23, literate, married; and a single sister Chana, aged 20 who is attending dentist’s courses. But for the brother Isaak all the family members mentioned above live together; none of the mentioned above Paikin family members have been engaged in any unreliable political activities, they lead a quiet life,  although the sister Chana is not politically reliable. As the petitioner stated he has 3000 rubles to open the bookshop/library. In case he gets the permission to open it, he is going to live separately and employ shop-assistants.”

 

Certificate of 4 August 1910, #11932 issued by Vitebsk General Governor’s Office to certify that  ‘Chaim Zavelev Paikin is allowed to open his private bookshop and a library in Polotsk…’

 

Permission given to the Lepel meshchanin Chaim Zavelev Paikin, owner of a bookshop in Polotsk, allowing him to publish daily and sell the telegrammes of Saint-Petersburg Telegraph Agency, issued on 20 October-16 November 1911.

 

 

c)  Moshe4 PAIKIN was also known as Movshi.  He was born in 1880 Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, Belarus.

 

d)  Chana4 PAIKIN. She was born in 1886 in Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, Belarus. Chana graduated from the 6th grade of the Polotsk girls' school and in 1906 Chana, aged 20, attended dentist's courses. She was unmarried. 

 

e)  Isaac4 PAIKIN.  He was born 15 May 1887 in Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, Belarus. He was the youngest child.  

Isaac immigrated in approx. 1903-1905 to USA by way of England, where he stayed some time.

In 1906 he married Anna RABUCHIM Ellis Island, New York, USA, (the family in the USA still has the marriage certificate as well as Isaacs naturalization papers). Isaac and Anna They met in London. Isaac was bringing greetings to her from a mutual friend. I do not know who he was staying with in London. They lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, all of their lives.

They were in the census 1920 for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (Watkins?) Street 625, 19, with their four children.

Isaac and Anna were part of the socialist movement. Their daughter knows the songs that her mother, Anna, sang in protest. Isaac marched in London in a strike of the sweathouse workers.

Isaac pressed pants in a factory in the USA. Isaac and Anna returned to Polotsk for a little over a year. Isaac was drafted to the army, but his father paid some people off to get it out and he returned to America

Isaac had some relatives in Northern PA that he only visited once. The names are unfortunately not known.  Once around 1920 a cousin visited Isaac and Anna from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Isaac did not talk about his family, nor did he write to them. His family was not very happy with him. 

 

(1)  Sara5 PAIKIN.  She was born 1 Jul 1907 in the USA. Sara said that there was a Torah scribe in her father's family, and Isaac named his only son after that Torah scribe!  She was married to JASS

 

(2)  Rebecca5 PAIKIN was also known as Betty/Beckie.  She married ? SHAPIRO.  She was born 6 Oct 1908.  She died in 1987.

 

(3)  Dora5 PAIKIN.  She married ? OPPER.  She was born 1 Jul 1912 USA. 

 

(4)  Abraham5 PAIKIN  He was born 10 Dec 1917 in  USA. He was named for “Abraham the Scribe” in his father’s family, and Isaac’s father Solomon supported him. He was a Torah scribe. He married Lillian (--?--).  He died in August 2003 and there was an obituary 30 Aug 2003 in the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News. 

 

Prepared : 8 Apr 2005 by:

Elsebeth Paikin - elsebeth@paikin.dk