(No. 13/2005 – November 2005)
Editor: Fran Bock
The Kaplans from
These are the oldest photos I have of my grandparents Ezra and Fanny Cohen Kaplan (above), and their first cousins Ezra Joseph and Rose Kaplan Metter (below).
I also have the photo of my grandfather Ezra Kaplan with his oldest son, my uncle Benjamin who looks to be about 7 or 8 years old.
Ezra Kaplan immigrated to
Kozlovitz (sounding like) was the shtetl that my uncle
would talk about. I thought it was mythical like Camelot. My cousins
and I would play that we were the royalty of Kozlovitz. Later, when I
found out that there was a really was a shtetl near
After joining Jewish Gen,
the first thing I did was search for this town. "Koszylowce"
yielded 17 matches. Kozlovichi is shown eight times, all with different coordinates from
After Fanny died in 1922,
my grandfather moved the family to
To make matters even more
complicated, my grandfather Ezra Kaplan’s name is listed as Israel
Caplan in the 1910 and 1920
Ezra Joseph and Rose Metter had several children, including Molly Metter. She and my uncle Benjamin grew up together, fell in love and married. Thus 2 generations of first cousins on the Metter side married. My aunt was my dad's sister-in-law and his first cousin, and she used to say: she was her own grandma. They were sweethearts and best friends until they passed away.
Ezra Joseph also had a sister Rose, whose married name was Kateman. She lived to be an old old lady, and we called her "auntie Kateman" . It wasn't until I got involved in genealogy that I realized that she was Ezra Joseph Metter's sister.
So you see the conundrum I face. Two sets of cousins, both named Ezra, with sisters named Rose, one a Kaplan/Caplan and the other Metter..
I was sure that my Family Tree Maker software would burp as I was entering names and merging the two families. Of course it asked if Rose and Ezra were brother and sister, and if Ezra and Rose were husband and wife. After whirring and humming, it took!
I have nothing to add to
my little family. My grandfather's Death Certificate states that his
father's name was Aaron Caplan, from
My grandmother Fanny's
Death certificate shows her father as Joseph Isaiah Cohen. Her mother's name
was Freda Karnevitch. Both born in
About 5 years ago I
visited a friend in
Just as I was about to
tell my friend that I was giving up, she said: Look! here she is! I was
standing right behind her tombstone. I couldn't believe it, I brought
My girlfriend returned and made a "rubbing" of the stone and sent it to me, I had it shrunk down at Kinkos and faxed it to a friend who offered to translate it.
It says: n K
Here is the deceased, (acronym)
Mrs. Fayga Kaplan
Daughter of Joseph Isaiah Rav
Died on 28 5683 Kislev
I remember my dad, telling me that she died on the first night of Hannukah, when he was 12 years old. I light a candle just for her every year next to the menorah.
My friend from Connecticut
is not Jewish never knew her grandmother. I told her she could share my
bubbie. Every time she is in
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