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J E S S I S
In the following notes, place-names are given in their modern Russian forms, and personal names, as closely as possible, in their original Polish forms. The transliterated Russian č and š (these characters may not display correctly in older web-browsers) are pronounced like English ch and sh respectively, and j as in English (not, for example, as in German). The Polish c is pronounced ts, j like English y, ł (a crossed l, which also may not display correctly in older web-browsers) roughly like our w, and w roughly like our v. The sz sound is like a French j produced with the underside of the tip of the tongue touching the hard palate, and the cz is pronounced the same as the foregoing, preceeded by a t sound. Other sounds are approximately as in English. At least this is our understanding, although we are ready to be corrected.
Where the spelling of Polish names is in doubt, we have attempted to ascertain the most standard form from such sources as the International Genealogical Index (IGI). It is hoped that this will not cause confusion, or give offense to any of the persons concerned; and of course any errors pointed out to us will be gladly fixed.
I should like to thank my mother, Kathleen Ellen (Blythe) (Dawshka) Dobson, of Winnipeg; and my late aunts, Marie Nellie (Dawshka) Sigurdson, and Sophie (Dawshka) Yager, both of Winnipeg. Camille Yesis sent information on her husband’s family. Mr. G. Ortell, of Astoria, New York, a professional genealogist, furnished valuable advice regarding place-names. None of these persons, however, should be held accountable for any errors of fact or interpretation which may appear herein.
Jan Jessis, of Sieniawka or Siniawka, died ca. 1915. He married before 1897, Anna ____, died ca. 1913. Sieniawka or Siniawka (now Sinyavka [Сінявка]) is a village near Baranovichi in Belarus. The powiat of Słuck (now better known as Słucak or Slutsk) was part of the old Polish Commonwealth, and in the 1880s about 18% of its population was Polish. Known issue:
Other Jessis immigrants from Sieniawka and nearby places
The following entries were found on the Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals website; a few obvious transcription errors have been corrected:
name: Anton Jesis description: height 5'6" marital status: single occupation: labourer ethnicity: Russian nationality: Russian place of birth: Jinawka [sic], Russia next of kin: Michael Yesis, Sinawka, father last place of residence: Sinawka, Russia final destination: Buffalo, New York joining relative/friend: Anton Ilikiewicz [?], Syracuse Street, Buffalo, acquaintance date of arrival: 11 March 1913 age at arrival: 18 years [thus born in 1894-95] ship of travel: Caronia port of departure: Fiume manifest line number: 0027
name: Stepan Jesitsch [? reading of surname unclear] description: height 6', hair dark, eyes chestnut marital status: single occupation: agricultural laborer ethnicity: Russian nationality: Russian place of birth: Sieniawka, Russia next of kin: Grygor Jesitsch, Panacze, father last place of residence: Sienawka, Russia joining relative/friend: Sylvester Maslow, 186 Oak Street, New Haven, Conn., acquaintance date of arrival: 23 June 1913 age at arrival: 22 years [thus born in 1890-91] ship of travel: Carpathia port of departure: Trieste manifest line number: 0014
name: Peter Esis description: height 5'6", complexion light, hair fair, eyes blue marital status: single occupation: laborer ethnicity: Russian nationality: Russian next of kin: Philip Esis, Sinjawka ... Minsk place of birth: Sinjawka, Russia last place of residence: Sinjawka, Russia final destination: Bridgeport, Connecticut joining relative/friend: brother Semen Esis, 1 Cape Breton, Bridgeport date of arrival: 12 October 1913 age at arrival: 18 years [thus born in 1894-95] ship of travel: Kursk port of departure: Libau manifest line number: 0007
name: Konstantin Esis description: height 5'5½", complexion light, hair dark, eyes brown marital status: single occupation: labourer ethnicity: Russian nationality: Russian place of birth: Nerestewizy [sic], Russia next of kin: Semen Esis, Nerestewizy, father last place of residence: Nerestewizy final destination: Buffalo, New York joining relative/friend: M. Mar....kewicz, 316 Ceddar Street, Buffalo, New York date of arrival: 3 November 1913 age at arrival: 20 years [thus born in 1892-93] ship of travel: Columbia port of departure: Glasgow manifest line number: 0005
Stephen Yesis, born in Jan 1892 in Russia (per draft registration card). Although he was then 50 years of age, he enlisted for military service on 27 April 1942 at Fairfield, Connecticut, giving his address as 63 Summer Street, Bridgeport, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, his employer Hoffman Fuel, of 156 East Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, and the name of his next-of-kin as “Mrs. Stephen Yesis.” He is described as 5'8", 175 pounds, ruddy complexion, brown eyes, and brown hair. This description, allowing for some possible loss of height, agrees pretty well with that of the 1913 immigrant Stepan Jesitsch above.
Joe Yesis, born 2 June 1894 at “Piniake, Minsk” (doubtless an error for Siniawka). He enlisted for military service on 5 June 1917 at Buffalo, New York, being of 870 Broadway, Buffalo, single, an alien, and a machinist with the Winchester Arms Company, New Haven, Connecticut; he is described as short, of medium complexion, dark brown hair, and brown eyes.
Anton Yessis, born 20 April 1895, in “Russia” (per 1930 census), died in July 1969 at Escondido, San Diego Co., California, having been issued a Social Security card in the state of New York before 1951. He was almost certainly identical with the Anton Jesis above, as their ages are compatible. Despite the fact that their stated dates of birth are in slight disagreement, it is difficult to doubt that he was the Anton Yesis (sic), of 870 Broadway, Buffalo (the same residence as for Joe Yesis above), born 7 April 1895 at “Simavka, Minsk,” who enlisted for military service on 5 June 1917 at Buffalo, New York (the same day as Joe Yesis, above), giving his marital status as single, and his occupation as a press hand at Fedders Manufacturing Company, Tonawanda Street, Buffalo; he is described as tall, of medium complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes. By 1927 he had removed to New York City, and as Anton Yessis, of 525 E. 6th Street, New York, aged 32 years, unmarried man, of Polish/Russian origin, was naturalized by the U.S. District Court of the State of New York on 11 August 1927. Two years later the same Anton Yessis, then aged 34 years, re-entered the U.S. on the S.S. Ile de France, sailing from Le Havre, France on 14 August 1929 and arriving at the Port of New York on 20 August following; we know they are the same man because the record makes explicit reference to his earlier grant of citizenship, even stating the date. He married some time in 1927-30, Mary Honcharick, born 16 October 1907 in “Russia” (per 1930 census), died 28 Mar 2002 at Escondido, who was likewise issued a Social Security card in the state of New York before 1951. They were living on Sackman Street, Brooklyn, New York, at the taking of the 1930 census, in which he is called a mill hand in a silk mill, and she a painter in a paint shop; he is said to have become a U.S. citizen in 1915, and she in 1930. It will be noted that the date of citizenship ascribed to him here does not agree with that previously established. According to an entry in Ancestry World Tree they had one child, but the name is suppressed as belonging to a living person.
Fred Yesis, born 28 March 1896 at Panacze (per his World War I draft registration card), died in June 1973 at Buffalo, Erie Co., New York. As Fred Yesis of 870 Broadway, Buffalo (the same residence as for Joe Yesis and Anton Yessis above), he enlisted for military service on 19 April 1918, giving his citizenship as Russian, his marital status as single, his occupation as laborer, the name of his employer as the American Oil Company, Buffalo. As Fred Yesis, aged 33 years, born in Poland, he is found as a lodger, living with an unrelated family, at Buffalo. He was issued a Social Security card in the state of New York before 1951. Camille Yesis writes, “Fred Yesis is my father-in-law’s uncle. He did live on Broadway, moved to Kohns Street in Buffalo, and then moved in with my in-laws to Keever Street in Lackawanna, NY where he passed away…. There was an Uncle Joe too, and an Uncle Phillip. According to my father-in-law, he does not know of an Anton Yessis…. My father-in-law’s parents also came over … John (Jan) and Ann or Olga Yesis.”
Other persons named Jessis
|1.||Information from Mr. G. Ortell.|
|2.||Death notice, from an unidentified newspaper.|
|3.||Death notice, from an unidentified newspaper.|
|8.||World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.|
|9.||Per Social Security Death Index, in perfect agreement with the age of 34 years reported for him in the 1930 census.|
|10.||Social Security Death Index.|
|11.||World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.|
|12.||New York Petitions for Naturalization, petition no. 103332, certificate no. 2538048.|
|13.||New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, National Archives microfilm no. T715_4561, p. 66, reproduced photographically at Ancestry.com.|
|14.||We take her maiden surname, which we have not personally verified, from an entry in Ancestry World Tree.|
|15.||Social Security Death Index.|
|16.||1930 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn, enumeration district 560; roll 1543, sheet 4A. The entry reads:
citizenship b.p. father mother language / Anton Yessis head m 34 Russia Russia Russia Russian 1915 mill hand [in] silk mill Mary Yessis wife f 22 Russia Russia Russia Russian 1930 painter [in] paint shop
|17.||Social Security Death Index.|
|18.||World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.|
|19.||1930 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Erie Co., Buffalo, enumeration district 77, sheet 12A, roll 1423.|
|20.||California Death Index.|
|21.||Social Security Death Index (which shows his last place of residence as Escondido); California Death Index (which shows his place of death as San Diego).|
|22.||Social Security Death Index.|
|23.||Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001.|
|24.||Social Security Death Index; Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001.|
|25.||Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001.|
From the Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson
URL = johnblythedobson.org/genealogy/ff/Jessis.cfm
This page written 15 June 1999
Last revised 21 February 2016