House of Armeyskov: Grains of the History of My Family


Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov
Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov

My great grandfather (father’s side) Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov was born circa 1890 in Novocherkassk. He learned at least 5 languages (English, French, Swedish, Danish & Norwegian) and graduated from the Sorbonne. Mikhail Vasilyevich identified himself as a Cossack.

Mikhail Vasilyevich ArmeyskovIn Soviet Russia Mikhail Vasilyevich worked at a post office.

Yevdokiya Platova
Yevdokiya Platova

Mikhail Vasilyevich’s mother (i.e. my great great grandmother) Yevdokiya Platova. According to what my father and grandparents told me she was a relative of Matvei Platov, hero of the Patriotic War of 1812.

Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov, his wife Anna Stepanovna Armeyskova and their daughter Anna Mikhailovna Armeyskova
Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov, his wife Anna Stepanovna Armeyskova (Bondarenko) and their daughter Anna Mikhailovna Armeyskova

Anna Stepanovna Armeyskova (Bondarenko) was a maidservant in Armeyskov’s house. So Mikhail Vasilyevich’s marriage was seen as a mésalliance by his parents. After their first daugher Anna (‘Nyusa’) was born in 1911 Anna Stepanovna was ‘accepted’ as his wife. In 1916 my grandfather Boris Mikhailovich Armeyskov was born. After the Russian revolution Mikhail Vasilyevich and Anna Stepanovna had to leave Armeyskovs family house in Uman and moved to Sumy. Mikhail Vasilyevich died in Sumy during Holodomor in 1932.

Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov (on the left)
Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov (on the left)

Mikhail Vasilyevich and Anna Stepanovna had four children. One of them was killed by Ukrainian nationalists from the Ukrainian Insurgent Army during World War II for supporting partisans. My father said that her name was Mariya (but he wasn’t sure).

Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov
Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov (on the right)

Mikhail Vasilyevich had two brothers who emigrated to Paris after the revolution. My father told me that he saw the junior brother’s name written somewhere as “A. Armeyskov”.

Wife of Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov's brother, Evdokiya Platova and Mikhail Vasilyevich's junior brother (from the left to the right)
Wife of Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov’s brother, Evdokiya Platova and Mikhail Vasilyevich’s junior brother (from the left to the right)
Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov's senior brother, his wife and their children Nina and Vasily
Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov’s senior brother, his wife and their children Nina and Vasily
Back of the previous photo. Caption says: "memory to uncle from Vasya and Nina Armeyskovs. Novocherkassk city, 19 5/IX 07".
Back of the previous photo. Caption says: “[Photo is given] As a keepsake to [our] uncle from Vasya and Nina Armeyskovs. The Novocherkassk city, 19 5/IX 07”.

According to the caption this photo was taken on the 5th of September, 1907, and was given to Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov.

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