major revision of the Gabrilowitz genealogy has recently been undertaken.
There are several important changes I have made that I believe will
create greater accuracy in the chart.
create a very different version of the family tree than the one
that has been widely disseminated since 1996, which shows Pheitl
(Faitel) as the single progenitor, born circa 1790.
1) Pheitl (Faitel)
was most likely born around 1820. The calculation of 1790 was based
on oral narratives, which today I believe must be considered inaccurate.
One reason for
the change in Pheitl's estimated birth date, is pure biological
math. His last child, Abraham, was born in 1860. Unless there was
an early version of Viagra available in Novogrudok, it is unlikely
that Pheitl fathered children into his seventies.
2) I do not
belive that Zisel Gabrilowitz was a son to Pheitl. In fact there
are two family letters/charts that show the sons of Pheitl as Israel
Yonkel, Kalman Lieb, and Abraham. One letter is from Zeidel Gabrilowitz
written in 1977, who was one of the last European born Gabrilowitzs.
His letter states Pheitl had three sons. Second, a chart created
by the Shafner family of New London, CT tells the same story, but
includes a daughter, Tovah, who married a man with the surname Virshup.
3) Zisel's grandaughter
Leah has a firm birth date of 1864. This would mean that Zisel was
likely born around 1814. If Zisel was Pheitl's son, it would push
Pheitl's birth date back to circa 1790. Again, going back to points
#1 & #2, it is unlikely.
4) Ossip Gabrilovich,
grandfather to Ossip the pianist, was NOT a son of Pheitl's. The
aforementioned relationship was stated by Fagie Gordon, a great-great
Grandaughter to Zisel, in a letter dated 1981. However, Ossip Gabrilovich
the grandfather was likely born in 1802 in Lithuania, the son of
a Berel Gabrilovich. This is corroborated by Lithuanian census information.
Pheitl's relationship to Ossip the pianist, if even legitimate,
is much further back into the 18th century.
5) I have recently
added a significant number of relatives who are descended from Kalman
Lieb and his wife Rivke. A distantly related family member I recently
corresponded with has done excellent work tracing these descendants.
6) I have also recently added the descendants of Taube Dine, the
daughter of Pheitl, who married Morris Virshup.