Last Edited=1 Sep 2008
- Tunik (Tunick) Branch
Eli (Esia, El'ly, Elka) Tunik was the son of David Tunik.2
In the back, center, is Lavik Tunik. On far right is Esia Tunik, the patriach of this Tunik family. On the far left is probably Breina or Bertha (Bernstein), wife of Esia. Next to her (identified by Lloyd Tunik, who knew her) is Chaia. The young girl behind Chaia, again identified by Lloyd Tunik, is Fannia. The younger of the two boys in the front, center, is Simon Tunik and next to him is Aaron Tunik. Based on the age at which Simon went to China to avoid the Russian draft during WWI, his son, Lloyd Tunik, believes that the photograph was taken in Tomsk.
Esia had seven sons and two daughters.Three sons and two daughters came to the United States.2,4
The name "Tunik" is listed in A Dictionary of Selected Jewish Names, by Benzion C. Kaganoff, Schocken Books, New York, 1977. It states that Tunik is a geographical place name from a town near Minsk in Belorussia.
The earliest known Tunick/Tunik ancestors were Askenazi Jews living in or near the town named Stolbtsy, Belarus (45 miles Southwest of Minsk) during the late 1700's.
"Except for aristocrats, wealthy people and well off Jewish merchants, Jews did not get surnames in Eastern Europe until the Napoleonic years of the early 19th century. Most of the Jews from countries captured by Napoleon, Russia, Poland, and Germany were ordered to get surnames. The reason for the last names were for tax purposes. After Napoleon's defeat many Jews dropped their surnames and returned to "son of" names..."
Eli (Esia, El'ly, Elka) Tunik married Bertha (Breina) Bernstein.
Children of Eli (Esia, El'ly, Elka) Tunik and Bertha (Breina) Bernstein
- The name was listed as Eli on the death certificate of his son Lavik.
- [S144] "Tunik Research by Lloyd Tunik", 2004, Lloyd Tunik (1615 East 44th Ave., Spokane, WA 99203), to David Kuba (43 East 67th Street 5B, New York, NY 10021); a printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona. Hereinafter cited as "Tunik Research by Lloyd Tunik."
- [S265] "Children of David Tunik - Tunik Genealogy", 17 Mar 2007, David Kuba (43 East 6th St. 5B, New York, NY 10021), to this researcher (e-mail address); a printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona. Hereinafter cited as "Tunik Research by David Kuba."
- [S145] Letter from Davic Kuba (author address private) to this researcher, April 2004 and following; photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona).
- [S7] Death Certificate, #97296 photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.