The Jacobson Family from Mir, Belarus

The Jacobsons lived in Mir, a small town about 30 miles south west of Minsk. At one time Mir was in Lithuania. It became part of the Russian Empire early in the 1800s. After WW I it came under Polish control. It was occupied first by the Russians and then the Germans during WWII. Then it became part of the Soviet Union. The town now is in Belarus.

Many family members left Mir in the 1880s and settled in Des Moines, Iowa. More came to Iowa in the next generation.

One Jacobson cousin, born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1888, was married in Mir, Russia and lived there until her death in the influenza epidemic of 1918-19. Her husband also died in the epidemic. They left three young children. Her mother wanted to bring her grandchildren to Iowa. However, Mir was then governed by Poland, and the government would not permit her to take Polish citizens out of the country. The grandmother stayed in Mir and raised her grandchildren for the rest of her life. One grandson survived WWII as a Polish soldier in Russia. His descendants live in Israel and the US.

Descendants of the Jacobson family from Mir live in Iowa, Arizona, Oregon, New York, California, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, British Columbia and Israel.

Ancestor Jacobson & wife of Ancestor Jacobson
      Jacob Jacobson/Yakovson (1830 - ) & Rifka Becker (~1833 - )
       Hyman Isaac JACOBSON (1853 - 1936) & Sara Cohen (1861 - 1939)
      Benjamin JACOBSON (1887 - 1956)
David Jackson JACOBSON (1891 - 1942) & Irma Baigley (1905 - 1947)
Joseph James JACOBSON (1893 - 1975) & Frances Berk
Minnie Roslyn JACOBSON (1897 - )
Ella Blanche JACOBSON (1902 - 1996)
       Malka (Mollie) JACOBSON (1859 - 1957) & Isaac Jacob Chapman (1861 - 1928)
      Dorothy Chapman (1887 - 1966) & Jacob Stark
Ben Chapman (1889 - abt 1950)
Nathan (Nate) S. Chapman (1890 - 1966)
Mary Chapman (1895 - 1983) & Benjamin Hurwitz
Sara Chapman (1899 - 1995)
Isadore (Iz) Chapman (1898 - 1989)
        Moses JACOBSON (1868 - ) & Fredricka (1863 - 1913)
      Leo JACOBSON (1892 - 1920)
Lilyan JACOBSON & Edward Seymour Sacks
        Joseph JACOBSON (1869 - 1932) & Bessie (Batia) ZOLOTOROFE (1871 - 1931)
      Elsie R. JACOBSON (1898 - 1973)
Samuel J. JACOBSON (1900 - 1953)
Edna JACOBSON (1903 - 1987) & Samuel Zechnowitz (1893 - 1976)
Sydney M. JACOBSON (1903 - 1945) & Leona SAXON (CIECHANOWICZ) (1909 - 1992)
        Joseph A. JACOBSON (1941 - 1997)
    Minnie Jacobson & Unknown Chertok/Czertok
      Noach Chertok (?-~1937 Iowa) & Pesha (Bessie) Harkavy (1876 -? )
          Jacob Zavel Chertok (became JACOBSON) (1899 Mir - 1970 Illinois) & Helen Borchardt
Libby Chertok (became JACOBSON, then Chartok) (1900 Mir- 1983 Iowa)
Dorothy JACOBSON (1907-1994) & Samuel Swartz
      I.M. JACOBSON/Isaac Moses Chertok (1880 Mir- 1929 Iowa) & Rose Carpe (1889 - 1974)
       

Mary JACOBSON (1907 - 1974)
Sol JACOBSON (1911 - 2000) & Freda Osherow (1917 - 2007)
Robert JACOBSON (1915-1983) &

      Sol JACOBSON/Solomon Chertok (abt. 1883 Mir- )
    Itkah JACOBSON (?- 1942 H) & Avram Eskolesky/Iskolsky/Iaskolski (1867 - 1942 H)**
        Ula Eskolesky (1901-1943 Warsaw Ghetto) & Yosef Katzenelenbogen
Ezra Eskolsky (1904 - 1995) & Rifka Chahass ?
Gerszon (1917 - 1942 H)
Chashke
Eskolesky (-1943 H) & David Itzkowicz (abt 1900 - 1944)
          Chana Itzkowitz (1927 - 1942 H)
Izul Itzkowitz (1929 - 1942 H)
  Malka Sorah Jacobson & Benyamin Helfant/Toubes*
    Minnie Fagel Toubes (1857- ) & unknown Lewis
      Ben Lewis
Joseph Lewis
Sara Lewis (1898- ) & David Cohen (1889 - )
    Hayman Toubes (1866 - 1954) & Pauline Rabinovich
      Benjamin Toubes (1900 - 1987) & Lena
Abraham Akiba Toubes (1907 - 1993) & Yetta Kimmel (1913 - 1999)
    Louis Toubes (1868 - 1945) & Fannie Jacobs (1876 - 1959)
      Sarah Mollie Toubes (1899-1992) & Morse David Levitt ( - 1972)
Irene Toubes (1901 - 1995) & Benjamin Sideman (1897 - 1975))
    Raisel Toubes (1868 - ) & Unknown Lewis
      Benjamin Lewis
Joseph Lewis
Sonja Lewis & unknown Van Buskirk
  Solomon Jacobson (1856 Mir-1895 Iowa) & Shoshanna/Susie Davidson (1848 - abt 1940)
   

Elise/Lena Jacobson (1888 Iowa- 1918 Mir) & Ruben Garber ( - 1918 Mir)

      Zelda Garber (~1909 - 1942 H) & husband (- H)
        Reuven ( - 1942 H)
      Masha Garber (~1910 - 1942 H) & husband (- H)
Moshe Garber (1913 - 1997) & Sara (- 2004)    
    David Jacobson (1890 Iowa-aft 1956 Chicago)
  Chaim/Hyman Jacobson
    Mose L. Jacobson (1859- 1929) & Ida Jacobs (1874- 1931)
      Harry Jacobson (1898 - 1962) & Ruth Sara Bernstein (1903-1993)
L
ibby Jacobson (1899- 1993) & Al Miller
Ruth Jacobson (1903- ) & Bill Bernstein
 

The Jacobson/Yakubzon family below came from Mir, but Srol moved to Rubezhevichi, according to the birth records for his twin sons. It is likely they are related to the Jacobson family listed above.

  Girsh Jacobson/Yakubzon
  Srol Jacobson/Yakubzon & Sora Minia
    Abram Jacobson/Yakubzon (1904 - )
Sheftel Jacobson/Yakubzon (1904 - )

The type for my ancestors is bold

*Benyamin Helfant was adopted by a Toubes family who did not have a son. This was done to avoid being drafted into the army.

** This Eskolesky/Iskolsky/Iaskolski family is related to the Itzkowitz family from Mir and is probably related to another Eskolsky family in Mir.

If you recognize any names, have details to add or want more information about this Jacobson family, please contact me at: rkimble@uoregon.edu

For information about the shtetl of Mir and old photos, visit the Mir Belarus web site. There are also some photos of members of this family on the web.

updated May 2010

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