After reading Michelle's initial posting on the LitvakSIG mailing list, Jules Feldman thought that her family might be related to a family he was researching for Jeffrey Gulin, and he sent Jeffrey an email quoting Michelle's post. Here is Jules' email and Jeffrey's response:
Jeffrey - Hi !
In message number one in today's digest there is the following:
Looking for relatives of Samuel Evens. Shmuel ben Nissan Born 15 Dec 1897 Original surname possibly Evian/Evan. Possibly came from Anykst or Kovnov around 1901 or 1904 Known: Brother to Joseph, Yossel, Yokkel, Heschel. Who all came to South Africa around 1901/04, possibly via England Possibly had a sister Gulan (unsure if 1st or surname) who settled in Baltimore USA. There must have been other siblings as well.
Since I do not know the maiden name of your grandmother Hinda Ruchel...... Also she called her oldest son Nissen - could it be in memory of her father? Is it possible to trace her grave and find her father's name on it? Did she possibly have brothers or other relatives in South Africa? Did she possibly leave letters or an address book?
Like most stones turned over, we may not find under it what we are looking for but we keep on turning them over.
Nice sleuth-work again. Hinda Ruchel's maiden name was indeed Evens. She did name her first son after her father, Nissan. My father recognizes some of her brothers' names and confirms that they emigrated to South Africa. In fact, both my parents remember a visit to our home in Baltimore in the early 1950s by Shmuel ben Nissan and his wife, Pearl. I was a toddler at the time, but recall them previously mentioning this visit. Please communicate this info to the inquirer.
Jules then forwarded information about the Gulin and Evens families to Michelle, with the following email that identifies her great-aunt, Hinda Evens Gulin:
Michelle - Hi !
I do not know if you received my previous message. You will find it below.
Hinda Ruchel Gulin (nee Evers [sic]) was, according to the Gulin family in Baltimore, the sister of Samuel Evers [sic] of South Africa and Samuel and Pearl Evers [sic] visited them in Baltimore in the 1950s. She was born c1889 and arrived in the USA in 1921.