As many of different other Jewish settlements (“mistechko”) at the Russian Empire, Stepantsy became a Jewish colony by some sort of machination. As we know, it was totally forbidden to the Jewish people to live at the villages and mix between the peasants. At the middle of the 18th century, they could live only at the agricultural colonies or at the cities. To avoid such rules, the head of the kahal (Jewish community) had took the land for lease (that actually meant that he bought it) and after that on this land the new Jewish settlement “shtetl” appeared.
The same thing was made with our settlement Stepantsy which was took for a lease from landowner named Chametz (he was actually not a Jew, but Polish) by Yonah Zaitsev. Except of Stepantsy Yonah also bought some other lands and moved to Kiev soon.
So, what we have for now? We know that at Stepantsy lived something around 1000 people and accordingly to the Russian Empire population census which was made at 1897, nobody was registered there. Because there was no any official Jewish community at the settlement.
The most popular places to be registered at were Kanev and Tagancha.
Also, the Family names which you can find at Registered lists of Russian Empire population census 1897 are shown other places of birth of Stepantsy Jewish people: Nabutovsky, Sitnitsky, Rudovsky…
The other “popular” Family names at Stepantsy are: Kotlyar, Koft, Sherman, Chalef, Shainskiy, Vachotinsky, Nekrasovsky.
PS: During our genealogical researches we are trying to collect as many information as possible. So, overall list of the Jewish Family names will be ably to see very soon! Stay Tuned!
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