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Jacob Morris Donsky/Danowsky (Danowsky)

Also Known As: "Jake"
Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Donovski, Rotzk (Raczki), Suwalki, Russian Kingdom of Poland
Death: October 20, 1946 (82)
Dallas, Texas, Dallas, Texas, United States (Emphysema at age 82)
Place of Burial: Dallas, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hikel Laeb (Hyman) Danofsky and Leah or Lena Danofsky
Husband of Leah Donsky; Celia Tobolowsky Dansky and Gittel Donsky (Shapeiro)
Ex-husband of Ethel Dansky
Father of Unknown Donsky; Becky Donsky Lynn; Louis Donsky; Freda Curtis; Sara Donsky Harvit and 6 others
Brother of Victor Dansky; Simon Dansky; Sarah Wolf (Dansky) and Israel Ezra Dansky

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About Jacob Donsky

A His name is alternatively spelled DANOWSKY, DANSKY, and DONSKY.

His citizenship and naturalization papers list his name as JACOB DANOWSKY, native of Poland September 17, 1884.

When Jacob married Gittel, it was his THIRD wife. His first marriage, he had a daughter, Becky; then his wife died and had married his Second wife so that Becky could have a mother, but found that this wife was being mean to Becky so he divorced her. Someone fixed him up with mama and they were married. - Ida Donsky

His Hebrew Name was YITAZK BEN YANKEL BEN MOSHE HA COHEN per his Ketubah

In the TWELFTH CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES: POPULATION, JUNE 19, 1900, he is listed as being 36 years old and living with his wife Gussie as a roomer with JACOB DANASKOWSI 37), his wife Sarah (34) their children Cecilia, Gussie, Hyman-possible relatives? Jacob is listed as a dealer in dry goods, while Jake a Fruit Peddlar. They also came from Russia. Address: 311 Caroline; Dallas, Tx.

In the TWELFTH CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES, JUNE 19, 1900, Dallas, Ward, it shows that he was living with his wife as a roomer with the Danowskys on 120 Caroline Street in Dallas-to which he later moved. 1900 US Census TX Dallas ED 97 Sheet 15 Line 72

In the THIRTEENTH CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES: 1910 POLULATION; Supervisor's District No. 5th; Eumumeration District No. 28; Ward of the City 2nd part of1; as of April 22, 1910. He was listed ad Head of household; male and white, age 40, married, coming from Russia-Yiddish; his parents as well; immigrzting to the United States in 1881; spoke English; sold Ice; rented his place of living

1910 Census Dallas TX ED 28 Sheet 8A line 44 2 nd Ward 177 Caroline St

According to Hyman Dansky, Jacob went to Dallas in order to get away from his ex wife in NYC in 1888, his obit says he came in 1892

Naturalization records on film 1728658 ff

According to Ida, he came from Rotzk Poland

According to Nancy Lubar and Goldie Grant: Jake Donsky's parents names as Sarai and Hikel Laeb Donsky from Lotz in Wuwalki County, Poland. Jake's parents died going to a wedding on their troika while taking a short cut across a frozen river in Latvia. The ice broke and they drowned. Their servant was saved. Jake was to have gone with them, but was left at home because he had a cold. His brother Israel Ezra was 5 years old at the time. I'm not sure that Celia died in childbirth. Evelyn told me that Becky's mama never let her eat apples because Becky had an older sister who died "after eating a rotten apple." (It was probably appendicitis or something else) but Celia thought it was the apple.

At the time of death he had lived at 1501 Sanger St for 44 years.

Changed his name to Donsky because Jake Donosky owed everyone money - according to the story that Marilyn Pailet heard. {This is not likely as Jake Donosky was quite successful, and many relatives came to Dallas because of him.}

Meyer Rotshoski (Rachofsky) came from Jacob's Village "Donovski"

Cousin Jacob "Jake" Donosky was from Suwalki County. Jacob and Gittle Donsky rented rooms in Jacob Donosky's house on 120 Caroline Street in 1900 and are listed in the Census. This house was next to the house that Gittle's sister & her family lived.

Other notes have Jacob from Souvakberny [Suwalki Gubernia]

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Jacob Donsky's Timeline

January 8, 1864
Rotzk (Raczki), Suwalki, Russian Kingdom of Poland

Hebrew Name: Yaacov Ben Hikel Laeb Ha Cohen

July 15, 1878
Age 14
New York, NY
September 17, 1884
Age 20
Luzerne County Pennsylvania, Court @ Wilkes-Barre
Age 20
New York, New York, United States

Becky Donsky Lynn told her daughter Evelyn Dritch that she had an older sister who died after eating a "rotten apple" so Becky's mother never let Becky eat apples.

January 10, 1886
Age 22
New York, New York, United States