Collage of my story
Collage of my story

I want to tell you the story of my great-great grandfather, Jacov Żotandż. He was born in 1827 in Southeastern Poland. In 1840, when he was 13 years old, he got sent alone to England, because he needed to escape Tsars army. In England he got a job as a blacksmith’s apprentice. In 1862 he applied to go to America. In 1866, he got on a boat and came to America. He got a job as a tailor. During his time there, he met a woman named Mary Gerson. They got married and had 9 kids. 8 of them survived. He later got a job as a successful businessman. He was known to take his employees on annual trips to the Catskill Mountains. In the 1870s he died of heart failure. 

Place(s): Poland, England
Year: 1866

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