My Frankels came from Konotop, northeast of Kiev (Ukraine), in the 1880's and 1890's.
My great-grandfather was Joseph (Yussel), b. 1860. He had a younger brother Julius, b. 1872, whose also went by Elias and Eliahu. Joseph came to the US in 1882 with brother Henry (Hirsch or Follya). Siblings Leah, Benjamin, and Julius and parents Moses and Tovah Ruchel Belafsky arrived over the next 10 years.
Moses' parents were Eliahu and Rachel. A significant portion of the family settled in the area of Perth Amboy, NJ. by 1900. Joseph and his family relocated to Toronto after the turn of the century. The male siblings in this family were originally carpenters by trade; Joseph later opened a saloon in Toronto According to family stories, Joseph and Henry left Konotop and stayed with relatives in Germany prior to eminating from Hamburg. It is quite possible that other relations were located elsewhere in Eastern Europe but I can not offer any additional information.
In my research, I came across a listing in the NYC Police Census of 1890 for Meyer (1850-?) and Esther (1863-?) who lived at 25 Allen Street, NYC. They had three childen, Harris (1887-?), Sarah (1885-?), and Samual (1887-?). Sarah and Samuel are good Frankel names. This family moved to Philadelphia. Additional children included Anna, Louis, Rosie. This latter information I derived from the 1900 census.
Interestingly, Konotop is not too far from Mogolev Podoliskey which is southwest of Kiev.
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