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Our cousin Margie Goodman told me that my great-grandfather, Isaac Kishinevsky, had 2 brothers who were also cigar makers and who immigrated to Chicago before he did: Morris and Louis, both of whom changed their last names to Newlander. What I didn’t know until recently was that there was another brother as well.

Samuel Kishinevsky and his wife Ester arrived at the Port of Baltimore on January 1, 1903. He came from Tiraspol, where our Kishinevsky family came from. Interestingly, he is not a cigar maker, but a bookbinder. The proof that he is related to us comes from column 16 of the ship passenger list below, headed “Whether going to join a relative.” Samuel is going to his bro (brother) Leib Kishinevsky at 406 S Paulina. I already knew that Louis Kishinevsky (original name Leib) was living at that address.

Passenger arrival for Shmuel Kishinevsky, 1903

Note other tidbits about Samuel and other immigrants – he had never been in prison or an almshouse, nor did he practice polygamy, nor was he deformed or crippled.

Samuel eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he filed a declaration of intention to be naturalized in 1921. I can’t help but wonder what may have influenced him to leave his brothers and their families.

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