Note: Originated in Russia. Escaped when employer in liquor store was murdered and being the only Jewish employee, he fled to Galicia (now West Ukraine). Started his own synagogue after a fight with the Rabbi over the use of kerosene for reading. The Rabbi's wife had the candle concession in the town The name of the synagogue was Kleisel. Had a glazing and picture framing business. Armond Goldman staes that much of the family probably arose from Spain, left at the time of the Inquisition to go to the Netherlans. From the Netherlands to Germany and than on to Poland. However, Stuart Gottesfeld has learned from Herzog: "Avrum Moische had 6 sons with his first wife and 2 sons with his second wife. I don't know the first wife's name but the second was Sosie. The 6 sons were Benjamin Chaim, Hersh, Itzik, Shimshon, Mendel and one that I don't know the name. You (Stuart) are the descendant of Ben Chaim. I remember him very good. He lived in a town named Korolufka (Korolowka) and he used to come to Skala about twice a year to make headstones for the dead. (We had no monument maker)" Guessed Moses in 1867 voter document was Avrum Moishe.
Note: Father of the Gottesfel Clan
Year 1815, on a murky spring morning, and the town of Skala wa still fast asleep. A boy of 18, tall and broad shouldered, with a few scattered hair sprouting wildly about his chin, stepped out furtively from the banks of the river Zbroozsh. He had waded across some 1000 feet of knee deep water which formed the boundary betwen Russia and Poland. There he stood our "wandering Jew" barefoot, boots thrust over his shoulders, pants rolled up, and a tiny "Tefillim" holder (Phylactery) under his arm.
He cast a painful glance to the opposite shore. A prefessional smuggler arranged his escape at the cost of a few Floreen (50 cent piece) therefore the guards on both shores were absent. Now he was in the vicinity of Skala, a total stranger, bewildered and chilled to the bone.
Where was his hom town? Who knows. Perhaps Urinye, or Laskarinye, which are situated across the river, or some city further inland. What was his parental name? Skala is not interested in names, they apply fancy nicknames instead, like Heyim Shkoppe, Leyzer Vevrick, etc.
He crammed into his boots and strode through town from end to end. Nothing striied. The lone Jewish policeman was asleep, and the "Shamuss" who emerged knocking at the doors of his constiutents - awake! - he didn't give him a tumble, being enthused in singing "Zaadik's arise. Study the Torah. You reward shall multiply in the world hereafter."
AVRUM MOISHE, this wandered whispered: "Skala, I am adopting you as my home", whereupon he reached a synagogue, entered and lit a candle, he opened a Bible and began reading... "said God to Abraham" forsake your fatherland, your birthplace, your parental home... I'll make you great. A storm raged in his breast, questions were crowding his head.Two tears rolled down upon the book. Soon people began gathering. He closed the Bible and donned the Tefillim for prayer.
There were no hotels nor restaurants in Skala. If there were any, Avrum Moishe could not afford it. Besides, why spend? Israel obeys the teaching "Love the stranger" which includes food and shelter. And so Avrum Moishe married the daughter of his benefactor, adopting the parental name GOTTESFELD. Nine children arrived. Benjamin, Cayim, Sruel, Shimshon, Loeb, Mendel, Lezer-Shoyel, Itzhok, and daughter Chaya-Surah. A generation of big and husky thouroghbreds and nicknamed "the Hogars." Today, the third and fourth generations are scattered all over the globe in great numbers. Thus, nature's process developed. A tiny kernel cam blown across fields and rivers, it struck into some foreign soil, a little plant came forth, then a larger one, it became a tree, it multiplied into a forest.
Morris Gottfield, a grandson of above Lezer Shoyel, and your ex-president, extends you a warm greeting, upon the occasion of our Verein's semi-centennial jubilee. May all of us live to celebrate the 100 years jubilee enjoying health and good cheer.
Repository: R326 Name: AGAD, the Archiwum Glowne Akt Dawnych (The Central Archives)
Source: S1200 Title: Skalar Benevolent Society Annual Dinner Program Abbreviation: Skalar Benevolent Society Annual Dinner Program Publication: Skalar Benevolent Society 1946 Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Avrum by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Avrum: