Yehuda Leib ZAK

Male Abt 1841 - 1901  (~ 60 years)


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  • Name Yehuda Leib ZAK 
    Born Abt 1841 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1901 
    Notes 
    • “Zak/Sackman/Sacks/Sachs
      “The family name in Europe was Zak (Yiddish for ‘Sack’ and spelled in the Hebrew alphabet (Zayin Alef Qof). It is also spelled Zok in Latin letters; and is pronounced ‘zahk’. The name became ‘Sacks’ and ‘Sackman’ at Ellis Island.

      “Yehuda Leib (Yehuda Lev; Yuda Leyba; Yudel-Leib) Zak was the last patriarch of our family in Europe, before four of his sons emigrated to the USA and who Yuda (Iuda) Zak, Lou Sacks, Lou Sackman (son of Samuel) Lou Sackman (son of Robert) and Juulie Sackman were named after. Yehuyda Leib was a shoemaker in his earlier years, but concluded his life as the sexton of a synagogue. He had at least one brother (Wulf Zak). His parents were Movsha & Sora ZAK. Yehud Leib was born around 1841 and died in 1901.

      “His wife was Basheva (Bessie, Bas-Sheva, Ba’sheva) Chernamordic. She was born ~1846, emigrated to the USA as a widow in 1910, and died in 1927 (buried on Long Island). Her father was S. L. Chernamordic (listed as a rabbi; perhaps his given name was something like Esel?) and her mother was Rachel Chernamordic. Note: Basheva’s maiden name has also been spelled Chernomordik, Chernomordick and Chernomordak, etc. Basheva was closely related to Sarah Chernamordic Block (her daughter-in-law Gussie [Gitta] Block Sackman’s mother).

      “Their household was located near Dvinsk [Dineburg, Daugavpils], which is presently in Latvia. However, they apparently actually lived in a small shtetl ‘Salakas’ (Salok , Soloki) that is 25 miles SW from Dvinsk and presently in Lithuania. At the time, it was all part of the Russian empire.”


      ”The All Lithuania Revision List Database - Part 3
      Town: Salakas
      Uyezd: Zarasai
      Gubernia: Kaunas
      List done in 1887

      Zak, Yuda Leyba, father: Movsha, relationship: Head of Household, age in 1876: 35, age in earlier revision: 33 in 1874, registered in Dinaburg, 1876, Page: 208, Registration #169, Former Registration #: 181; additional list in 1874, Publication type: Family List, Archive/Fond: KRA/I-211/I/78A;
      Zak, Leyzer, father: Yuda Leyba, son, 10;
      Zak, Itsik, father: Yuda Leyba, son 3;
      Zak, Shmuel Meyer, father: Yuda Leyba, son, 7 in 1883;
      Zak, Rafal, father: Yuda Leyba, son, 5 in 1883;
      Zak, Berko Wulf, father: Yuda Leyba, son, 1 in 1887;
      Zak, Wulf, father: Movsha, brother, 20 in 1874; 22 in 1876
      Zak, Basheva, wife, 37 in 1883;
      Zak, Raykhel, father: Yuda Leyba, daughter, 12 in 1883;
      Zak, Bliuma, father: Yuda Leyba, daughter, 1 in 1883, died before 1887.
      Unfortunately, Basheva’s father name isn’t listed (although from the info I found out about Robert Sackman, her maiden name is listed as ‘Cheromordick’. (later info reveals it is more like ‘Chernomordick’ or ‘Chernamordic’). So, that would mean that Yehuda Leib (Yuda Leyba) had a father named Movsha ZAK. Yehuda Leib also had at least one brother named Wulf.”

      ”A later list:
      Zak, Yuda Leyba, father: Movsha, head of household, 33 in 1874;
      Zak Leyzer, father: Yuda Leyba, son;
      Zak, Iuda, father: Leyzer, grandson, 1905 Mar 24, born in Dvinsk;
      Zak, Itsik, father: Yuda Leyba, son;
      Zak, Shmuel Meyer, father: Yuda Leba, son 1876 Jun 29, born in Dvinsk;
      Zak, Rafal, father: Yuda Leyba, son;
      Zak, Berka Wulf, father: Yuda Leyba, son;
      Zak, Rochel, father: Yuda Leyba, daughter.
      Note: Basheva is not listed here and I’m guessing that since the grandson is named Iuda, that Yuda Leyba was already dead in 1905, but the household was still under his name. There is no wife listed for Leyzer.”

      ”An even later list of the Yuda Leyba family. This third list clearly shows this as being Leyzer Zak’s home, but apparently Yuda Leyba is still considered to be the head of the household:
      Zak, Leyzer, father: Yuda Leyba, son;
      Zak, Samuil, father: Leyzer, grandson, 1900 Jul 27, born in Dvinsk;
      Zak, Iuda, father: Leyzer, grandson, 1905 Mar 24, born in Dvinsk;
      Zak, Rivka, father: Leyzer, granddaughter 1896 Nov. 23;
      Zak, Sora, father: Leyzer, granddaughter 1898 Jan 10
      Zak, Channa, father: Leyzer, granddaughter 1902 Oct 21;
      Zak, Tauba, father: Leyzer, granddaughter 1907 Sep 22
      I guess this was still listed as the ‘Yuda Leyba’household (Leyzer is listed as a son and his children are listed as grandchildren). Still no wife’s name for Leyzer, but many children.
      I recall that Laura mentioned a ‘Rivka’ in Pat Madsen’s pedigree. Perhaps this is her grandmother!
      So, perhaps our parents’ first cousin Rivka Zak is Pat Madsen’s grandmother (Beckie Zak Kaplan) and mother of Basya (Bessie; Pat’s mother)??? Yes, Pat confirms this.”

      Death record for Yehuda Leib Zak in 1901:
      Death Date: 24 Jan 1901
      Place: Dvinsk
      Surname: Zak
      Given Name: Yudel-Leib
      Father: Movsha
      Age: 60
      Cause of death: Pneumonia
      Place of Origin: Salakas

      ”The definitive list of the Yuda Leyba ZAK family:
      This seems to be a compilation of all members of the household, even though not all overlapped.
      Registered in Dinaburg 1908 531 699 0
      Family list KRA/I-211/1/79
      Zak, Yuda Leyba, father: Movsha, head of household, male, 33 in 1874;
      Zak, Leyzer, father: Yuda Leyba, son, male, 42 in 1908;
      Zak, Itsik, father: Yuda Leyba, son, male 35 in 1908;
      Zak, Shmuel Meyer, father: Yuda Leyba, son, male, 32 in 1908, born in 1876 June 29;
      Zak, Rafal, father: Yuda Leyba, son, male, 30 in 1908;
      Zak, Berko Wulf/Ber Wulf, father: Yuda Leyba, son, male 22 in 1908, born 1885 Aug 23;
      Zak, Wulf, father: Movsha, brother, male, 20 in 1874, 54 missing 1908;
      Sora, mother, female, 89 in 1908;
      Zak, Basheva, wife, female, 62 in 1908;
      Zak, Rochel, father: Yuda Leyba, daughter, female, 37 in 1908;
      Zak, Tsivia Malka, daughter-in-law, female, 41 in 1908, Layzer’s wife;
      Zak, Rivka, father: Leyba, granddaughter, female, 11 in 1908;
      Zak, Sora, father: Leyzer, granddaughter, female 9 in 1908;
      Zak, Chana, father: Leyzer, granddaughter, female, 5 in 1908;
      Zak, Lote Elke, daughter-in-law, female, 26 in 1908, Itsik’s wife;
      Zak, Sonia or Sore, father: Itsik, granddaughter, female, 3 in 1908;
      Zak, Muse, daughter in law, female, 25 in 1908, Shmuel Meyer’s wife.

      Laura Weinzoff’s family book “also says Yehuda Leib Zak’s parents are Isaac Zak (and he’s listed as a rabbi as well) and Sarah Zak. Those are great great grandparents. The records from Russia list his father as Movsha (Moses). The father of his brother, Wulf, is also listed as Movsha. The Russian records list their mother as ‘Sora’.”

      ”Julie Sackman’s notes from the 1930s also indicate that Yehuda Leib Zak’s father’s name was ‘Isaac’. Perhaps Isaac was actually Yehuda Leib Zak’s grandfather’s name? Or, perhaps his father also had a middle name, like his son (and was ‘Moses Isaac’ or ‘Isaac Moses’ and used the Hebrew name ‘Yitzchak’, but the Yiddish name ‘Movsha’)? It makes sense that there was an Isaac in the family pedigree for who Isidore Sacks would have been named after. However, both the Russian Census records and Yehuda Leib Zak’s death record clearly indicate that his father’s official name was Movsha (Moses).”

      From Julius Sackman: “Julius L. Zok was a shoemaker in his earlier years, but concluded his life as the sexton of a synagogue. He died when my father was about sixteen years old. 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 [i.e. Marc Stone’s 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.”

      From Julius Sackman: “Julius L. Zoc, my father’s father, was the son of Isaac Zok, a rabbi, and Sarah Zoc. Bessie Zok, 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. The furthest I can go into the past along my grandfather’s line is as these parents (great-great grandparents of yours) [i.e., Marc Stone].

      From Julius Sackman, written in 1933 to Marc Stone: “Grandpa Sackman had four brothers and one sister. One of his brothers, Robert Sackman, is now deceased. His oldest brother (Layzer Zok) and his one sister (Rockel Naimark) still reside in their hometown of Dvinsk. The other two brothers (Isidore Sacks and Samuel Sackman) live in New York.”««s93»», ««s93»», ««s93»», ««s93»», ««s93»», ««s93»», ««s93»», ««s93»», ««s93»», ««s93»», ««s93»» [1]
    Person ID I11254  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 27 May 2018 

    Father Movsha ZAK 
    Mother Sora ? 
    Family ID F3912  Group Sheet

    Family Bessie CHERNAMORDIC,   b. Abt 1846,   d. 1927  (Age ~ 81 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 < 5 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 27 May 2018 
    Family ID F3910  Group Sheet

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