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Gerschen "Gershon" Brushkin
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Birth: Apr., 1852, Russian Federation
Death: Apr. 22, 1917
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Maternal grandfather of Ira, George, Arthur, and Frances Gershwin. A furrier. Also known as Hersch.

Immigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia to the USA in 1891.

Gershon and Mary Dechinik married in 1874. They had nine children, of which three survived to adulthood: Rosa, Bernard (Borke), and Katiel (Kraine).

Gershon was one of many thousands of Russian emigrants to the United States somewhere around the late 1880s. The assassination of Alexander II in March 1881 was blamed on the Russian Jewish population and so began a series of massacres, known as "pograms" in Russia, meaning "to demolish violently." Immigration records show that between 1820 and 1920, over 3,250,000 emigrated from Russian to the United States.

Moishe Gershovitz, required by law to serve in the military for 25 years, left St. Petersburg for New York in 1892 to propose to Rose.

As soon as Moishe arrived, he began searching for Rosa Brushkin, already somewhere in New York City. But first he had to find his uncle, a tailor named Greenstein. He knew where Rose was. Moishe, later "Morris," not only found Rose, but he married her on 21 July 1895. They lived above Simpson's Pawnshop at the corner of Hester Street and Eldrige Street when they had their first child, Israel Gershovitz, (Ira Gershwin) on 6 December 1896. Two years later, Jacob Gershovitz or George Gershovitz was born. To seem more American, they changed their Russian last name from Gershovitz to Gershwin.
Family links: 
  Mariaska Dechinik Brushkin (1858 - 1940)
  Rosa Brushkin Gershwin (1875 - 1948)*
  Bernard L. Brushkin (1888 - ____)*
  Katiel Brushkin Wolpin (1890 - 1995)*
*Calculated relationship
Specifically: Unknown
Created by: Researcher
Record added: May 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70551128

- Sharon
 Added: Jul. 5, 2012

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