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 Louis “Zvi Ari Leib” Alkes

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Louis “Zvi Ari Leib” Alkes

  • Birth 1858 Poland
  • Death 26 Jul 1918 Glens Falls, Warren County, New York, USA
  • Burial Queensbury, Warren County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 82774418

Leib "Louis" is of the first immigrant generation of my Alkes/Elkes/Elkis family from Bialystok, Russia and the only one of that generation that is known to have emigrated. He is known as Zvi Ari Leib and also carries the name Gersh in some Polish (Russian) records.

My research leads me to believe he is the son of Abram Awadia Alkes (1808-1877) and Miriam (daughter of Moshe) and the grandson of Gersh Leib of Bialystok, Russia (now Poland). He arrived through Ellis Island on May 22, 1906, meeting his son Alter Isaac on Cherry Street on the Lower East Side. Alter's father-in-law, Abraham Suckman, was the first of the extended family to emigrate and welcomed the first members of the Leib Alkes Family as they arrived.

Louis and his wife Dwoire "Dora or Debora" Rutkonitz had 6 or 7 known children, six sons and possibly a daughter, all of which were born in or near Bialystok. Information on all of their descendants are known except for the daughter, shown as Reisel on her arrival manifest. She seems to have arrived here but is not seen again in records and is not known to any of the later generations. It is possible she only traveled with the family and was not actually related. Sons emigrating to the US include Alter Isaac (Ike), Abram Awadia (Abraham), Moische (Morris), Israel (Isadore) and Chonel (Henry). The sixth son emigrated to Israel and had a son named Chaim, who a US relative actually met.

Several of the Alkes' and Suckmans relocated from the Lower East Side to Glens Falls and the families have been there for several generations now. Isadore and Morris Alkes had a large junk yard and many family members remember junk collecting adventures, including those visiting from the city.

Louis' wife Dwoire "Dora" (c1857-1949) is buried in Mount Zion Cemetery in Maspeth NY with Alter Isaac and other family members who settled closer to Manhattan, including Abraham Elkes (naturalized from Abram Alkes) and his wife, Jennie Olshanitsky. One son, Chonel (Henry/Harry) spelled his name as Elkis and died leaving three young daughters, and a wife named Jennie, pregnant with his son Henry. Their descendants are yet to be found.

Two Olshanitsky sisters from Bialystok married into the Alkes and Suckman families... Jennie married Abraham and Rachel married Morris Segal, whose mother was a Suckman (given name unknown) according to Ishy Alkes. (The Suckman connection to Segal is yet to be proven as Morris' death cert shows his mother to be Ann Polang. 26 Jan 2013) These families - Alkes, Suckman, Segal and Olshanitsky were all close in Bialystok I am told.

There is still a grandson of Louis living in Glens Falls, Ishy, son of Morris, the oldest living Alkes descendant. Most, if not all of the Alkes and Suckmans in this cemetery descend from Louis Alkes and Abraham Suckman or married into their families.

As my grandparents relocated to South Florida before I was born, I never met the Alkes extended family. Since starting to study genealogy, I have met Alkes cousins who live in South Florida and visited Glens Falls in the summer of 2011 and met Ishy and another cousin Arnold, who owns a novelty store on Lake George. Ishy and his wife Ursula were lovely hosts. We attended Shabbot services by this Temple together and they brought me to this cemetery and gave me a wonderful tour through generations of my family. As I link up graves on FAG, I hope you enjoy your trip thru our US generations. I have very much enjoyed researching this family and "meeting" online all of my distant cousins.

If you are interested in more information on the Alkes family, I am researching their Russian roots as well and am always happy to share what I've discovered.

Special thanks to Laurie, manager at the Temple, who provided me information on my relatives here.

Family Members



Here lies our dear father, the honored Zvi Ari Leib Alkes, son of Abrih (?) Alkes. Died on the 17 day of Menahem Av in the year 5678, May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.





  • Created by: JudiT
  • Added: 31 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82774418
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Louis “Zvi Ari Leib” Alkes (1858–26 Jul 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82774418, citing Shaaray Tefila Cemetery, Queensbury, Warren County, New York, USA ; Maintained by JudiT (contributor 47404726) .