Irina Belozerova gathered under one cover her entire family, numbering fourteen generations and several dozen families
Irina Belozerova, a member of the Trans-Ural genealogical society, is the author and compiler of a unique book entitled “I want to tell …”. This long-term work tells about several Trans-Ural families, whose history goes back centuries. Our ancestors used to say: “Where you cannot resist yourself, the clan will keep” – and it is difficult not to agree with this.
“I remember how the idea of this book came about,” says Irina Anatolyevna. – It was in the 1990s. Then life was hard for many, and I also had a difficult situation – I could not find a job for a long time. At that moment, a prayer came to me for seven generations of my ancestors. I read it every morning, and gradually my life began to improve. Only later did I realize that not only prayer, but my very roots helped me in difficult times. And I wanted to write a book about my kind, my ancestors.
The sources were revision tales – documents reflecting the results of the capitation censuses (revisions) of the taxable population of the Russian Empire, confessions – annual reporting documents for each parish of the Orthodox Church in the Russian Empire in the 18th century-early 20th century, metric books – books for the official recording of civil acts fortunes (births, marriages and deaths) from the beginning of the 18th century to 1918. And, of course, what my relatives told me, the ancestral memory that they managed to preserve in all trials and tribulations and pass on to their descendants. “
When she had free time, Irina Belozerova visited the archives, studying her pedigree. True, the archives mainly contain registers of births of Orthodox churches. The Old Believers, to whom the ancestors of Irina Anatolyevna belonged, prayed separately and tried no documents about births, deaths, marriages for
community limits cannot be tolerated. Therefore, it was very difficult to obtain information about the two Old Believer families – the Kudrins and the Belozerovs. The material for the book had to be collected literally bit by bit for twelve years.
Irina Anatolyevna found the very first mention of her kind in a document deciphered by Pavel Varlakov, a local historian and genealogist from the Trans-Urals. The document dated back to 1710, it followed that at that time the peasant Grigory Belozer lived in the Utyatskaya Sloboda on the Tobol River. After some time, the search for information about the ancestors stalled, there was a lack of necessary sources. “Until there was an opportunity to fill the gap, I was searching in breadth, collecting information about uncles and aunts,” explains Irina Belozerova. – Then a lucky chance helped. My cousin nephew had his 50th birthday. My wife decided to give him a pedigree as a gift, turned to the appropriate company, and they found the missing link in my research – the revision tales of 1850 and 1858 ”.
Now in the book of Irina Belozerova all fourteen generations of their kind (with the living ones) are presented. Irina Anatolyevna herself is the eleventh generation of a huge family.
“My grandfather and grandmother, Maxim Pavlovich Belozerov and Arina Trifonovna Belozerova, nee Kudrin, were very gifted people,” says Irina Anatolyevna. “Both were distinguished by a sincere faith in God, a love of life.”
Both the Belozerovs and the Kudrins were Old Believers. The censuses indicate their religion – the schismatics of the Pomor sect (Old Believers of the Pomor accord). They kept their souls pure, were honest with those around them, treated work with love and respect, followed the rules prescribed by strict faith, and kept their word tightly.
The Belozerovs lived in the village of Kamyshi (now the Kurtamysh district of the Kurgan region). Trifon Leontyevich Kudrin, Arina’s father, lived in the neighboring village of Gagarye (now the Yurgamysh district of the Kurgan region). Trifon Kudrin was a very wealthy landowner and had many shops. A photograph from 1900 has survived, where Trifon Leontyevich poses, sitting on a Viennese chair near his home in Gagar’e, while casually leaning on another equally elegant chair. At that time, few people could afford such furniture in the countryside.
Trifon Leontyevich ordered a light cab from abroad, in which his daughter loved to ride. Once Arina Trifonovna went to the neighboring village of Kamyshi, and she ruled herself. And suddenly a guy jumped into her carriage, a young, well, okay, immediately took the reins from the girl’s hands and began to drive the horse himself. It was none other than Maxim Belozerov – a blue-eyed, fair-haired handsome man, and even from a respected Old Believer family, where could young Arina resist! Soon they played a wedding, lived in peace and love in Kamyshi, gave birth to seven children.
The family broke away from their home, where the Belozerov family lived for about two hundred years, when dispossession of wealthy peasants began in the 1930s. Maxim Pavlovich had to leave for Siberia, fleeing arrest and prison. The family, left without a husband and father, was fed by the village for two months – this was in those hungry years! The Belozerovs were highly respected, besides, Arina Trifonovna was a healer, healed with prayer, and possessed indisputable authority. The village authorities forbade her to treat fellow villagers, fighting against the “religious intoxication”, but one day the chairman of the village council himself urgently needed help. After Arina Trifonovna saved him from unbearable toothache, he allowed her to treat people. In 1936, Arina Belozerova died, did not survive the ruin of the family nest and separation from her beloved husband.
The fate of Trifon Leontyevich, Arina’s father and Irina Belozerova’s great-grandfather, is sad and typical for that harsh time. Until 1930, he agitated fellow villagers against collectivization, did not want to go to the collective farm, could not come to terms with the new order. He opposed the new government alone – he did not pay agricultural taxes, did not hand over bread. Was deprived of the right to vote, repressed. He was rehabilitated thanks to the efforts of Irina Anatolyevna, many years after his death.
“The stories of my aunt Akulina Maksimovna served as an invaluable source of information about the Belozerov family,” says Irina Anatolyevna. – She was the third child in the family, my dad – the fourth, Tim’s uncle, the famous lyric and children’s poet Timofey Belozerov – the seventh, the last. The figurative, colorful, picturesque language of Belozerov the poet was characteristic of everyone in the family.
Now our family has settled all over Russia – from Kamchatka to Moscow. All the children of Maxim Pavlovich and Arina Trifonovna were talented – my father was an artist, Tim’s uncle was a poet. Our family includes singers and tailors, teachers and composers, a jeweler and a cameraman. The creative source in our family is inexhaustible. The love that united my grandparents is such a powerful source that it feeds our family to this day. “