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The Leszcz and Garber Family Tree

Updated March 15, 2010

William D Lash

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I am researching the LESZCZ family. Chaim Yaacov (a.k.a.: Hyman or Jaim Yankl) LESZCZ was born in Russia in 1879 and he ended up in the town of Ostrow Mazowiecka (5228 2154), Gubernia Lomza, Province Warszawa, Poland by the end of the century. He came to the US through Ellis Island on The Zeeland (Ships Manifest Frame page #1030, line 0010. His name is listed as Main Leschtz in the Ellis Island database.) sailing from Antwerp, March 8, 1913 and arriving at port of New York, March 18, 1913. He also appears in the 1920 US census residing in New York, NY. Chaim's father was Abraham. Chaim had a brother named Julius and a sister possibly named Pearl. Some recent information (as of 8//15/2002 has been identified but not yet confirmed) indicates that Chaim had 3 other siblings Shifra Feigue, Golde, and Freide Rivke. Chaim was married to Eva Plonchak and they had 5 children, George, Shirley, Harry, Morris, and Phillip. The last name was changed from Leshtz to LASH around the middle of the 1920's. Other spellings of the family name are LESCHTZ, LESCHT, LESCHTZ, and LESZCZ (Polish).

I am also researching the GARBER family from Ozry (Jeziory)(5343 2411), in the province of Grodno, Belarus. Kushel Garber was married to Tanya Tobi Borowick and had 13 children, Samuel, Hyman, Yenta, Choney, Boscha, Ida, Gershel, Reuvin, Kieve, Cyvie, Harry, Millie, and Rachel. Rachel (a.k.a., Rose) Garber came to the US through Ellis Island on the SS Ryndam on January 3, 1917 fleeing the Czar. She married Morris Lash and had two children, Carl and Corrine.

Additional names being researched are KLEINMAN from Bassarabia, Russia, FRIEDMAN from Austria, PLONCHAK, and BOROWICK.

Below are old photographs that I have collected over the years. There are some people that cannot be identify. If you recognize any of them or would like to post old photographs of family members, please contact the author at the email address listed at the top of the page.

Key Facts that are Missing

1. When, where, and on what ship did Julius LESHTZ and their families come to the US?
2. Who are the descendents of Pearl LESHTZ?
3. How are Abraham LESHTZ and Abraham LESCHTZ related?
4. Who are the descendents of the children of Kushel GARBER that went to South America and stayed in Belarus?
5. Chaim Leshtz arrived in NY in 1913 and was going to see his uncle H. Plerve. This means that Chaim's father, Abraham, had a sister who was married to H. Plerve. Does anyone have any information on the Plerve family?

Any new information, corrections, additions, etc. would be appreciated. A lot of information has been complied over the years and the author is willing to share.

Updated news on 3/5/2002:
New discoveries on Ellis Island web site. Search for the following names in polish to find the following individuals:
Main Leschtz - Hyman Leshtz
Are Leszcz - Harry Lash
Mowscha Leszcz - Morris Lash
Jachwety Leszcz - Eva Lash
Dyna Leszcz - Shirley Lash
Gdala Leszcz - George Lash
Pinkus Leszcz - Philip Lash

Updated on 8/17/2002
Started to create a book on the family history of the Lash (Leszcz) family. See Book section of this web page. Also added ship manifest information under Related File section for Chaim Leshtz. Updated introduction to indicated that additional siblings have been identified, but not confirmed, of Chaim Leshtz.



Family Photos

  • Julius Leshtz family (108 KB)
    Left to Right: Arlene Seiden Lesthz, Aaron Leshtz, Ida Rosenberg Leshtz, Moe Ungerleider, Flora Leshtz Ungerleider, Julius Leshtz, Samuel Leshtz, Rose Freedman Leshtz.
  • In Memory of Horty and Milton Kleinman (74 KB)
    Milton Kleinman, the grandson of Mayer Kleinman and the son of Samuel Kleinman, passed away on May 11, 2000. Milton is survived by his sister Sylvia Kleinman Lash, sons Martin Kleinman and Mitchell Kleinman, and daughter Helen Kleinman Miller. Hortense Lee Kleinman, his wife for 51 years, passed away two weeks after Milton on May 25, 2000.
  • Kleinman family photo (120 KB)
    Left to Right first row: Harry Kleinman, Rose Garfinkel Kleinman, Samuel Kleinman, Helen Freidman Kleinman. Second row: Izidore Kleinman, Bella Letzter Kleinman, Harry Lerner, Yetta Kleinman Lerner, Frieda Rosensweig Kleinman, Nettie Lefowitz Kleinman, Solomon Kleinman. Thrid row: Sam Sternberg, Milton Lerner, Milton Kleinman, Kattie Lerner, Milton Kleinman.
  • In Memory of Carl K. Lash (126 KB)
    Carl Lash, born Kusiel Leshtz, grandson of Chaim Leshtz (aka: Chaim Leszcz)and son of Morris Lash (aka: Mowscha Leszcz), passed away on January 13, 2001. Carl is survived by his wife Sylvia Lash, sons Glenn Lash and William Lash, and daughter Melissa Lash.
  • 1924 family photo of Chaim Yaacov (Hyman) Leshtz (115 KB)
    Sitting from left to right: Philip Lash, Alfred Lash, Harry Lash, Eva Plonchak Lash, Carl Lash, Chaim Yaacov "Hyman" Leshtz, Morris Lash, Corrine Lash Travis. Standing: Pauline Isaacson Lash, George Lash, Shirley Lash, Rachel "Rose" Garber Lash.
  • Uraltz holzerne Synagagoe in Jerziory bel Grodno (218 KB)
    Picture was from a post card from around 1920. This was the synagoge attended by Kushel Garber's family.
  • Leib Garber (66 KB)
    Leib Garber is the father of Kushel Garber and lived in Ozery, Grodno, Belarus.
  • Unidentified Person (206 KB)
    I believe this person is a decendant of the Garber family. In the buttom right corner is the words Grodno. A photo of the reverse side is below. If you know who this person is please let me know.
  • Unidentified Person - reverse side (218 KB)
    This is the reverse side of the unidentified photo listed above who is believed to be related to the Garber family.
  • Millie and Rose Garber + others (220 KB)
    Millie Garber Osherow is on the far left. Rose Garber Lash is the third from the right. Teresa Robinowitz is the second from the right. Do you know who the others are? If so let me know.
  • Garber and Lash family (117 KB)
    Front Left to Right: Dorothy Rosensweig Garber, Hyman Garber. Back Left to Right: 2 customer's of Rose Garber Lash, Harry Lash, Pauline Isaacson Lash, Rose Dobrow Lash, George Lash, Ann Messer Garber, Sam Garber.

Related Files

  • Ship Manifest for Morris Lash arriving in the US (2 KB)
    This file contains the text that was read from the manifest of the Scharnhost sailing from Bremen on January 3, 1914 and arriving at New York on January 17, 1914. Morris' name on the manifest is Mowscha Leszcz (polish name). Manifest can be viewed at Ellis Island's web site by searching for the polish name. (3/5/02)
  • Ships manifest of Chaim Leshtz (Leszcz) (1 KB)
    The file contains the information that appeared on the ships manifest for the Zeeland sailing from Antweep on March 8, 1913 and arriving in New York on March 18, 1913. Chaim is listed as Main Leschtz. To find this manifest search for Main Leschtz at Ellis Island's web site.
  • Outline of Garber Descendants 20100314 (21 KB)
    Outline of Garber Descendants 20100314 starting with Aron Garber

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