i need help finding the true last name of my maternal ggf - Benjamin Yexley Dein, a jew born in Kiev in 1882.

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in Genealogy Help by Stephen Pratt G2G3 (3.5k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
my maternal great grandfather was a jew born in kiev and came over ca 1904 to avoid fighting in the russo-japanese war.  his name was Benjamin Yexley Dein.  Not sure about the Ben, Yexley appearantly was his fave cigar brand.  His father Jacob(Yaakov) was a jewish judge in keiv.  we think the dein comes from that but we know its not his true surname.  any suggestions as to a mechanism to track down the real name.  He never told his kids, most are dead anyway.  my grandfather either didn't know or care as he never told my grandmother (still alive).  he settled in ACNJ and rand a clothier and furrier on atlantic ave. any help would be appreciated.
>Yexley appearantly was his fave cigar brand

Spectacular. I aspire to a little of the devil-may-care attitude of a man who names himself after his favorite smokes. :)

Possibly a brother  or cousin ? ?

Jacob Dein

 in the 1900 United States Federal Census

VIEW1900 United States Federal Census

    Name: Jacob Dein
    Age: 14
    Birth Date: Dec 1885
    Birthplace: Russia
    Home in 1900: Philadelphia Ward 11, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Ward of City: Eleventh
    Street: Green St
    House Number: 112
    Sheet Number: 3
    Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 47
    Family Number: 55
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Immigration Year: 1895
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Marital Status: Single
    Father's name: Albert Dein
    Father's Birthplace: Russia
    Mother's name: Ida Dein
    Mother's Birthplace: Russia
    Years in US: 5
    Occupation: At School
    Attended School: 9
    Can Read: Yes
    Can Write: Yes
    Can Speak English: Yes
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Albert Dein 39
    Ida Dein 32
    Jacob Dein 14
    Rosie Dein 12
    Samuel Dein 11
    Eva Dein 7/12

    Source Citation

    Year: 1900; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 11, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1456; Page: 3; Enumeration District: 0195; FHL microfilm: 1241456

    Source Information

    Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.


    Maybe ? ?

    Benjamin Yudin

     in the New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940

    VIEWNew York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940

        Name: Benjamin Yudin
        Declaration Age: 27
        Record Type: Declaration
        Birth Date: 15 Oct 1881
        Birth Place: Vitebsk Russia
        Arrival Date: 26 Nov 1904
        Arrival Place: New York, New York
        Declaration Date: 28 Jan 1909
        Declaration Place: USA
        Declaration Number: 12112

        Source Citation

        National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC; ARC Title: Index to Petitions for Naturalizations Filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts in New York City, 1792-1906; NAI Number: 5700802; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21


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        Yeah, it makes him seem cool and all (I'm sure he was but he died a decade before my birth). But the point remains, he never told anyone in his family his true last name. Therefore tracking him and his ancestors in Kiev down is at a standstill. Before anyone suggests, he married a nice Jewish girl from Warsaw who came over with he parents in the 1890s named peter and mollie schlossberb née grossman. My gm was Henrietta (yetta) dein née schlossberg

        Thanks for any help.

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        DNA can be a good alternative if you don't have last names.
        by Kat Venegas Jacobus G2G6 (8.6k points)

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