My great-great grandfather, Yechiel Suttleman, was born about 1850 in Volhynia, Ukraine, likely in the town of Boremel or Topilya. His parents were Pesach Hirsch and (likely) Sima Rivka.
He is mentioned in the Recuits List of the Russian Empire in 1875, in the "List of Individuals Invited to Dubno County Military Department For Establishing Age by Appearance":
- Zutelman Khil Peisakhovich (Khil son of Peisakh) from the town of Boremel –his age was established as 24 years in 1875.
- Shaindel (later married Elli Kriger), born around 1875
- Moshe (later Morris Zitelman), born July 16, 1877
- Baila (later married Morris Bender), born about 1883
- Reise (later married Nathan Goldstein Paciornik), born November 15, 1887
- Tzivia (later married Avraham Tzvi Diamond), born about 1888--my great grandmother
- Rivka (married Joe Savitz), born around 1892
- Hinda (married Ephraim Alliker), born February 19, 1893
- Jessie (married Henry Turk), born March 24, 1894
- Hyman David (later Dave Suttleman), born March 22, 1897
- Jennie (married Sam Waxman), born April 20, 1901
- Minna (married Louis Blank & Herbert Benesch), born March 7, 1907
- May (married Sidney Seidenberg), born March 3, 1913
Some of the children slowly started immigrating to the United States. Moshe went first, heading to Chaim (brother of Chana and Chaya) Himelfarb in Baltimore in 1904. Rivka (later Becky) followed in 1908, and Hinda arrived in 1910.
Yechiel and Jessie came in April 1911.
|Ship Manifest for "Echiel" and "Sosie" "Sutelman," 1911 (lines 6-7). Last permanent residence was Targowitz (currently Targowec, Volhynia, Ukraine), with Chaje Sura, Yechiel's wife remaining there|
The family initially lived at 1208 St Matthew Street in Baltimore. Yechiel joined Shomrei Mishmeres Congregation (now part of the Jewish Museum of Maryland).
|Shomrei Mishmeres Congregation Day Book, 5671 (1911-1912), Yechiel Suttleman (on top) and his brother-in-law Hyman David Himmemfarb (bottom)|
|Suttleman Family ~1917, Baltimore, Maryland; Yechiel and Ida are in the center|
In March 1920, Yechiel (using his English name "Charles") and Ida bought a farm in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, acquiring a mortgage that June.
|A page from the mortgage of the Annapolis Junction farm--note the Hebrew signatures for Yechiel and Ida, 1920|
On March 3, 1920 (before even officially owning the farm), the family was enumerated in the United States Census as living on the farm.
|1920 United States Census; Annapolis Junction, Maryland; Suttleman Family (lines 44-49)|
Besides the farm, the family had a small general store near the railroad depot. That building later became Henkel's Restaurant.
|Suttleman/Zutelman Farm Property, Camp Meade Junction (aka Annapolis Junction), Maryland|
By this time, all of his children and grandchildren (with the exception of Shaindel and Tzivia--who remained in the Russian Empire--and Reiza, who had moved to Brazil), lived in Baltimore.
Yechiel suffered a series of strokes beginning around 1926, and he moved in with his daughter Jessie at some point (he does not appear in the 1930 Census). He died at her home on Rosedale Street in Baltimore on September 9, 1930 at the age of 80.
|Yechiel "Charles" Suttleman Death Certificate; Baltimore, Maryland; 1930|
|Yechiel Suttleman Grave, Rosedale Cemetery|