Mescysim and Jews in Russian tax rolls

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The term mescysim pops up in my research of Jewish ancestors living in Russia about 100 - 125 years ago.  I am unsure of an acceptable transliteration of the word so what I posted here may be in error.  Someone told me it referred to poorer Jews, low level merchants which included Jews and farmers.

Can anyone clarify this for me?  

Thanks.
in Genealogy Help by Bob Silverstein G2G Crew (650 points)

3 Answers

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This is a shot in the dark but could it be a reference to Messianic Judaism?
by Paul Whittington G2G3 (3.2k points)
I do not think this refers to Messianic Jews.
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Bob, I just checked everything I could think of and all I could find is a word that's similar in spelling but doesn't look right for the context.  For whatever it may be worth, from dictionary.com:

mecism

[ mee-siz-uh m ]SHOW IPA

WORD ORIGIN


noun Pathology.

abnormal prolongation of one or more parts of the body.

If you could post the original Cyrillic (I assume that's what the original is) here and add the tag language to the question, perhaps a Russian speaker would know the answer.

by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (760k points)
+2 votes
mesye is Yiddish for male

So like "seraph" is one angel and seraphim is many angels

mesycim is more than one male
by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (439k points)
Gee, I wonder if mesye is linguistically related to meshuge … since mesye is male, it certainly makes sense to me that it would be<grin>

For those not in the know, meshuge (pronounced meh-sugar) is Yiddish for crazy, nuts, loony, 2 French fries short of a happy meal, etc.

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