Paperny & Perlow


David Paperny compiled the first tree of the family of Morris Paperny and Bessie Perlow in November 1967. Inspired by David's work, Bradly Torgan used some idle time over the years to meander through the family a little more. Thanks to Brad for the following, plus information provided by Alexander Beider and Alan Wachtel:

Perlow (Perlov) is the family name of a dynasty of Hasidic Zaddikim in Karlin, Lithuania, beginning in the early 1700's. Brad hasn't been able to find a direct link, but Encyclopedia Judaica has a fairly significant entry on the family under "Karlin". Karlin was a sister town to Pinsk, the closest large town to Loghishin, the place of Bessie's birth. Even though Karlin and Pinsk are Lithuanian/Belorussian, Pauline once told Brad that Bessie claimed the family was Romanian.

According to Alexander Beider, "the name Perlov clearly originated in Belorussia. Some branches of this family moved to Ukraine in the 19th Century. It is also possible that there are several unrelated families bearing that name."

From the 1907 voter records of Loghishin (the Pinsk District), Beider found the following Perlovs:

It is possible that Abram-Itsko Perlov is Avraham Yitschak Perlow, son of Joseph and Minnie Perlow, and father of the 10 Perlow "kids". Perhaps Shmuylo Yoselevich is another son of "our" Joseph and Minnie, and Yosel Shmuylovich may be the same Joseph Perlow. Beider also found several Perlovs listed in the 1907 voter list from Odessa. However, as Brad noted, Odessa was a temporary home for many people preparing to emigrate.


Likewise with Paperny. There are two Paperna listings in Encyclopedia Judaica, one for the Italian writer Abraham Baruch Paperna and one for the Russian writer Abraham Jacob Paperna. The link? I'm not sure, but Paperna is a Sephardic name. I remember being told as a kid that the Paperny name was altered because it sounded too Italian. It's quite possible that the name migrated to Poland and Lithuania from the Mediterranean during the expulsions of the late fifteenth century. If that sounds too far fetched, papiernik is Polish for paper maker. Papirnik is the Russian variation.

There were no Papernys or Papernos listed in the 1909 Chicago directory, but there were a few Perlows; Samuel E., a druggist at 682 W. Division and Victor B. a salesman at 587 W. Congress. The West Congress address is also given for Samuel.

Brad has some notes indicating that Pessel Garbus died in 1909. He doesn't have a place of death. He's also written in his notes that there are branches of the Garbus family in southern Florida and South Africa.

Pauline tells us that when the family first arrived, the name was Paperni, but, since that sounded too Italian, it was changed to Paperno. When Morris moved his family from new York to Los Angeles, he said his name is Paperni, not Paperno, but apparently compromised on Paperny.

From information provided by Alexander Beider and Alan Wachtel, we know that in 1912 Kalinkovichi was a townlet within the Rechitsa district. It is 10 km northeast of Mozyr. Kalinkovichi is now a substantial town, with a current population between 20,000 and 50,000, according to the Ravenstein map of Belarus. Mozyr is a large city, with between 100,000 and 500,000 people, and was the district center of Mozyr district under the czars. Kalinkovichi and Mozyr are about 225 km SSE of Minsk, in what at that time was Minsk Guberniya.

According to Alexander Beider, The 1912 voter records of the Rechitsa District show one Ayzik Zalmanovich Paperny. Beider tells us that "from the voter list is it not clear what was the town of residence of Ayzik Paperny. Most likely, it was Rechitsa, but it could be Kalinkovici too."


Last revision: 3/4/97

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