The Pesachinsky Family
in the late 1800's, Chaim Yehudah Pesachinsky was a well-respected rabbi in the Ukraine, Russia.
He married an unknown woman; they had children, then she died.
He then married Yetta Shimernitsky, a woman 20+- years younger. (We don't have dates for any of these events.)
Chaim and Yetta had children, including Chaim Yehudah's only son, Isaac.
Some family stories relate that Isaac was the only child of Chaim Yehudah and Yetta, and that the three daughters were from his first wife. But the dates we have seem to contradict this, so we're not sure which wife had which kids.
Chaim Yehudah died, before 1901. By 1879, his family was living in Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine. The family grew, his children married and had babies.
But then 1905 brought a pogrom.
And the Cossacks occasionally stormed the house because a rabbi lived there. Chaim Yehudah's children and their families decided to leave.
In 1904, the first to leave were Chaim's son Isaac, and his son-in-law, Solomon Sochinetsky. Isaac arrived February 14, 1904 on the SS Main from Bremen, Germany, and Solomon arrived on the SS Kroonland from Antwerp, Belgium, on February 17, the same week. We don't know why they traveled from separate cities only to arrive almost simultaneously in New York City.
Isaac's family travelled with him: wife Sonya (later known as Sunny), and their infant son Lazar (Louis).
Solomon travelled alone. It took almost TWO YEARS before, his family was able to follow: his wife Ruchel/Rose and their two daughters, and his mother-in-law Yetta Pesachinsky, arrived on January 14, 1906.
Last to travel were Joseph and Ida and their family, arriving December 14, 1906.
Chaims third daughter, Nadia, suffered from seasickness. When her family decided to move to America, Nadia realized she'd never be able to survive for the 10-14 days the trip would take. So, 1908-1910, she and her husband Moise Dic, moved their family to Paris, France, where he had relatives. They settled there to this day.
Note: any specific dates mentioned below are gathered from research and actual documents. We realize that some dates may conflict with other information and each other, but leave the corrections until further research is done.
Chaim Yehudah's children: