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Isaac Hyman (Switosh)

Also Known As: "Issac", "Eiseg Sevitacz", "Isaac bar Aryeh Levy Heyman"
Birthplace: Pinsk, Pinsk District, Brest Region, Belarus
Death: May 19, 1937 (69)
New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Aaron Switosh and Zlata Switoch
Husband of Pearl Hyman
Father of Dora Heiman; David Hyman; Morris Hyman; Clara Gottesman; Dr. Earl Hyman and 1 other
Brother of ?? Switoch
Half brother of Mordekhai Svitach

Occupation: dry goods peddler
Managed by: Erica Howton
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Immediate Family

About Isaac Hyman

Issac Hyman was born as Isaac Switosh on the 10th day of August, 1867, in or near Pinsk, Russia. His last residence before emigration to the United States was Odessa, then in Russia, present day Ukraine. He requested a name change to Isaac Hyman in 1909 on his naturalization petition. He died on 19 May 1937 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana.

Alternate spellings of Switach: Світач Suitach, Svitac, Svitats, Svitotz, Switotz, Switacz, Switocz, Świtacz, świtać

Parents: Aaron Switatz (?) and Zlata (?)


  1. Pearl Heiman 1868-1938 (no relation), daughter of Sam Oscar Heiman and Mottel Heiman.

Children of Isaac Hyman and Pearl Heiman:

  1. Dora (1890-1986) married Harry Heiman (no relation).
  2. David (1892-1972) married Mary Newstadt.
  3. Morris (1894-1986) married Frieda Kamil.
  4. Clara (1897-1985) married Louis Gottesman.
  5. Earl (1901-1989) married Josephine Meyer.
  6. Julius (1904-1985) married Bea Gerson.


  • 1906: Year of Immigration. [1]
  • 1906: Emigrated from Odessa, Russia to New Orleans, Louisiana. [2]
  • 1910: Residence: Ward 2. Orleans County, New Orleans City, Louisiana [1]
  • 1910: Person born Yiddish/Russia; Father born Yiddish/Russia; Mother born Yiddish/Russia. [1]
  • 1910: Able to speak English. [1]
  • 1910: Occupation: Peddler, dry goods. [1]
  • 1910: Able to read / write / not in school. [1]
  • 1910: Head of household consisting of wife Pearl, 40, no occupation; son David, age 18, student; son Morris, age 17, stockkeeper in dept. store; daughter Clara, age 13, student; son Earl, age 10, student; son Julius, age 8, student; boarder James Neil, age 40, advertising agent. [1]
  • 1914: Naturalized US Citizen, New Orleans, Louisiana. [2]
  • 1920: Residence: Ward 10, New Orleans County, New Orleans City, Louisiana[2]
  • 1920: Russian nativity and mother tongue. [2]
  • 1920: Father born Russia, Mother born Russia. [2]
  • 1920: Rented home. [2]
  • 1920: Occupation: Retired merchant. [2]
  • 1920: Head of Household consisting of wife Pearl, 50, no occupation; son Earl, age 19, college student; son Julius, college student. [2]
  • 1930: Residence: Block # 77, Ward 10, Orleans Parish, New Orleans City, Louisiana. [3]
  • 1930: Value of home: $7,000 [3]
  • 1930: Person born Poland; Father born Poland; Mother born Poland. Native language: Yiddish.[3]
  • 1930: Occupation: none. [3]
  • 1930: Head of Household also consisting of wife Pearl, 58., no occupation. [3]


  • Clara's family not from the city but instead from shtetl with nearest city Odessa. I know other jewish families from Ukraine with surname ending in -tash. [4]
  • I think they landed in Baltimore first, then to Nola. Forget why. As I recall, oldest sib David came first, followed by the rest. [4]
  • My mother always said Suitash meant trunk. there's a russian tea company called swi-tach-nee, with a picture of a elephant holding a steamer trunk (get it). Never was sure of spelling. The pogrom stories suggest shtetl life, but gymnasium suggests city. and they always said Odessa, no village names. [5]
  • Dora went to Gymnasium, the elite school and was allowed to stay in Russia when the family emigrated. [4]
  • I never felt that it was shtetl living for Clara's family but I don't have any specifics of why I have this feeling. They were in a cellar during a pogrom and grandfather Isaac was outside with a large wooden weapon, acc. to something Uncle Earl had told me in CA - saying that this image he had of his father as the defender of not only his family but also the others there in the cellar always had stayed w. him.
  • When I was in Odessa, it reminded me of New Orleans; it is a port city, sunny and bright. From what I had read about it in 19th century, it could both be a city and simultaneously function as a series of villages: there were streets of the Jews; sections of the Poles; sections of Italians, etc. (Louise Brooks)
  • Dora had stayed in Russia w. the grandmother --who, I believe, was well to do, and that would explain how she was able to go to the gymnasium and possibly until she was 18 - and I guess we could figure out how many years that was beyond the immigration of the others. Since my mother was ab. 8 and Dora was a fair no. of years older, it may not have been terribly long. (Louise Brooks)
  • Issac was of the Layvie tribe. He was a cabinet maker in Russia and a peddler in America. At one time he had gone to rabbinical school. (Dorothy Lobel)
  • He was one of the founders of Beth Israel in New Orleans and was the Gabbi. (Dorothy Lobel)


  1. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA.
  2. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA.
  3. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
  4. Jay Goldstein geni-mail, 8 Jan 2011.
  5. Lawrence Jack Cohen geni-mail, 8 Jan 2011.
  6. Louse Brooks geni-mail, 9 Jan 2011.


  1. Pinsk Historical Volume: History of the Jews of Pinsk, 1506-1941 (Volume 1) (Belarus) Translation of Pinsk Sefer Edut ve-Zikaron le-Kehilat Pinsk-Karlin. Yizkor book Published in Tel Aviv, 1966-1977
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Isaac Hyman's Timeline

August 10, 1867
Pinsk, Pinsk District, Brest Region, Belarus
March 30, 1891
Odesa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine
September 1, 1892
Odessa, Russia (Russian Federation)
March 9, 1894
Odessa, Russia (Russian Federation)
December 26, 1897
Odessa, Russia (present day Ukraine)
March 18, 1901
Odessa, Russia (Russian Federation)