Mar 10th, 2007 by Jane Neff Rollins
My father’s family was Kishinevsky, from Tiraspol, Moldava. Obviously at some unknown time, the family originated in Kishinev.
My great-grandfather was Emanuel Kishinevsky. In the Old Country, the family was Chasidim.
Great-grandpa Emanuel had a sister Sara who married Isai Lempert and migrated to Sweden. Isaiâ€™s granddaughters (Marianne and Viviane Lempert), Jane Kishinevsky Nisel, and Elizabeth Kishinevsky Rothschild all live in Israel.
Emanuelâ€™s son Isaac was a cigar maker who married Lena (nee Zeilikovich) in Tiraspol and had seven children: Adella, Jacob, Lydia, Martha, Thelma, Sadelle, and Bertha. Isaac immigrated to Chicago in 1896 and sent for his family 3 years later.
My grandfather, Jacob Kishinevsky (aka Nevsky, aka Neff) (1884–1948), was an apprentice photographer with an uncle in Odessa. He immigrated to Chicago USA with his sisters and mother. Isaacâ€™s brothers, Leib/Louis and Moishe/Morris, also came to Chicago and changed their name to Newlander.