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Bessie CHERNAMORDIC

Female Abt 1846 - 1927  (~ 81 years)


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  • Name Bessie CHERNAMORDIC 
    Born Abt 1846 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1927 
    Notes 
    • Also called “Basheva”

      From Marty Sachs, in email of March 5, 2011: Known to be related to Sarah Chernamordic. However, while clearly through their fathers, the exact nature of their relationship is not yet known (but likely as close as first or second cousins, according to Marilyn Greenblum).

      New York Passenger Lists: 1820-1957
      Ship: SS Lithuania, departed Libau on March 15, 1910; arrived in New York City on March 29, 1910
      Name: Sack, Baschewa
      Female
      60 years of age
      Russia, Hebrew
      Resided in Dwinsk, Russia
      Married, widowed
      “No friends in Russia” listed under “Name and complete address of nearest relative or friend in country whence alien came”
      Final Destination: Brooklyn, New York
      Going to join: Son, B. Sackman, 166 Cornelia St., Brooklyn, New York

      NOTE: Libau is the German name for the city now called Liepāja, Latvia.

      ”Information from a family book compiled by Laura Weinzoff from information her mother (Bess Gardner) told her:
      ‘Basheva (Bessie) Chernamordic Zak’s parents were an S. L. Chernamordic (listed as a rabbi; perhaps his given name was something like ‘Esel’? and Rachel Chernamordic. Basheva (Bessie) Chernamordic Zak died in 1927 and is buried in Long Island.”

      ”Note Basheva’s maiden name is listed as ‘Cheromordick’ on the Block family page for Robert Sackman. Interestingly Robert’s wife Gussie’s mother’s maiden name is listed as: Sarah CHERNOMORDAK.... Perhaps Basheva and Gussie’s mother were related? Yes, Florence Sacks remembers that Robert’s wife Gussie (Gitta) and he were distant cousins. Marilyn Greenblum (Ben & Fay’s daughter) thinks that Robert and Gussie were more like 2nd or 3rd cousins. As Frank Gardner recalls, the Family Circle was made up of members of the Sacks, Sackman and Block families (perhaps due to the Chernamordic link).”

      Bert Sackman “confirms that Basheva’s mothers name was Rachel Chernanordic so that is possibly where Rivka comes from even though Rachel is Ruchel. Bert has Chernanordic spelled with an “n” instead of an “m”, so I’m not sure which is correct. He also has “S. L.” with just the initials for her father’s name and thinks it may be “Shmul” but he’s guessing.”

      From Julius Sackman written to Marc Stone in 1932: “Bessie Zok, my father’s mother, came to America and lived with family for about twelve years. She died in 1927 and was buried in Long Island. I knew her well. She was a quiet old lady who only occasionally flared up at things. In her last few years she became blind. Operations on her eyes together with the gradual weakness of old age brought on her death when she was about seventy-three years of age. Your mother, too, knew her quite well. Many were the times she chased your mother out of the house of my uncle Robert, whose daughter, Rose, was a friend of mother’s when they were both children. In fact, your grandmother Lipshitz was a very good friend of this grandmother of mine, although I didn’t know it at the time.”

      “Bessie Zak, the great grandmother of whom I’ve been writing, had the maiden name of Chernamordic, and was the daughter of S. L. Chernamordic, also a rabbi, and of his wife Rachel.”

      Transcribed from an email from Marty Sachs to Gerald Lowell, dated July 10, 2011, regarding Bessie’s date of death and burial:
      “As for Basheva’s burial location and death year: Both information Laura had from her mother (Bess Sackman Gardner) and the passage from Julius Sackman (written in 1933), specifically say that she died in 1927 and was buried on Long Island (which to people from Brooklyn, means either Nassau or Suffolk counties). Both were old enough to have been at her funeral...
      Laura’s brother, Frank, had said she died in 1923. However, both 1927 and 1923 were before he was born and when asked where he got the information about 1923, he couldn’t recall. My guess initially was that he was told 1927 and wrote the ‘7’ European style which can look like a ‘3’. However, if you look at Julie’s passage about her, there are some contradictions. He says that she died at 73 years old. According to the ship manifest I found, she was 60 in 1910 (although the Russian records indicate a birth year of about 1846). Julie also says that ‘she came to America and lived with family for about twelve years’. So, perhaps the 1923 date of death is in fact correct. It could be that Julie incorrectly wrote 1927 instead of 1923 and that Bess had read this passage before telling Laura the family history, so Bess then gave the same incorrect year (or Laura transcribed it incorrectly in her ‘family book’).
      However, the main problem in finding Basheva’s grave...is we really don’t know what name was used for her when she died. She was listed as ‘Bessie’ on Robert’s death certificate and also called ‘Bessie’ by Julius Sackman. However, in both cases her husband’s name was listed as ‘Julius L.’ Since he never came to the US, I really doubt that anyone ever called Yehuda Leib Zak ‘Julius’ when he was alive. So, it’s not clear if she was ever actually called ‘Bessie’, or if that was just a translation used on some official forms. Then, there’s her surname, did she use Zak, Zok, Sack, Sacks, Sackman, or something else? There is no information that she remarried. I would think that this is something Julie Sackman would have mentioned in his log entry about her. Julie did mention ‘In her last few years she became blind. Operations on her eyes together with the gradual weakness of old age brought on her death when she was about seventy-three years of age.’ It could be that she spent her final days in some type of nursing home out on Long Island. When she finally died, she was buried at the nearest cemetery.
      It also may be that her gravestone is only in Hebrew, which would add to the difficulty in finding her. It may take looking at all the Jewish cemeteries in Nassau and Suffolk counties for all who died in 1927 (or 1923) (Jewish calendar years: 5687/5688 or 5683/5684) and figuring out which is closest to ‘Basheva Zak’ or Ba’sheva bas (daughter of) S. L. (Esel, or whatever her father’s name really was).”, , , [1]
    Person ID I11253  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2013 

    Father S. L. CHERNAMORDIC 
    Mother Rachel ? 
    Family ID F3911  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Yehuda Leib ZAK,   b. Abt 1841,   d. 1901  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Layzer ZAK,   b. Abt 1866
    +2. Rachel ZAK,   b. 1871,   d. 1942  (Age 71 years)
    +3. Samuel SACKMAN,   b. 1876, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1946, Kings Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +4. Isidore SACKS,   b. 21 Jul 1878,   d. 2 Jan 1944, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +5. Robert SACKMAN,   b. 1 Jul 1879, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1928, Brooklyn (Kings Co.), New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     6. Bliuma ZAK,   b. 1882,   d. Bef 1887  (Age < 4 years)
    +7. Barnet SACKMAN,   b. 23 Aug 1885, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1972, Brooklyn (Kings Co.), New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F3910  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S93] Zak Family History., Florence Sacks, Laura Weinzoff, and Marty Sachs., (2011.).