Bessie Topkis

Odessa, Ukraine

The Life of Bessie

Bessie Topkis was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Joseph Ginsburg. She died in 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Bessie Topkis
Joseph Ginsburg
Baby Ginsburg
Leonard Ginsberg
Irvin Ginsburg

Spouse & Children



  • Baby Ginsburg


  • Male1916–2005Male

  • Irvin Ginsburg


World Events (8)


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.

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Name Meaning

Top, a ball; liss, favor. Ball-favor

Sources (2)

  • Bessie Ginsburg in household of Joseph Ginsburg, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Topkis in entry for Baby Ginsburg, "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915"

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