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The blood that courses through my veins is of British and Russian origin though it can be traced to Viking, Slav, Mongolian and perhaps Persian roots. I am attempting to trace all my roots as far as possible and produce a reference work for generations to follow. Any input available from visitors to this page will be welcome. The Family on both the maternal and paternal sides can be traced back well over 600 years. Many ancestors on the paternal side have been integral to the history and development of Russia, particularly the Ukraine, and are remembered to this day. On the paternal side the significant names that make up my heritage are (dates indicated are documented traces researched so far): The maternal side finds its roots in Norse origins with the first invasion of the British Isles by the Vikings and their settlements in the Isle of Man. The names associated with this lineage include:

The Russian side

The Russian heritage can perhaps be traced back in several directions to RURIK in the north, GENGHIS KHAN and the Golden Horde in the east, and SELIVAN KOTCHU-BEY in the south. Thus, the family tree most probably has roots incorporating the three primary influences on RUSSIA - the Vikings, the Mongols and the Ottomans.

The Mouravieff descendancy

RURIK, regarded as the first of the RUS and the origin of the name given to RUSSIA, was born about 810 and died about 879. His origin is thought to be Scandinavian, or possibly Jutland (present day Denmark) from a Viking clan, an offshoot of the Varangians. There are differing theories as to whether he and his clan invaded the area of KIEV or whether he was invited in to provide security as a mercenary force against invaders attempting to disrupt the lucrative trading activities centered in Novgorod on the Volkhov river. In any case, his kinsman Oleg founded the grand principality of Kiev and was succeeded by Prince Rurik's son IGOR (912 - 945) who is considered to be the real founder of the Russian princely house.  The descendants of IGOR established among other princely houses those of Moscow and Tver. The MOURAVIEFFs are allegedly descendants of YAROSLAV (Grand Prince of  VLADIMIR 1264-1271) and actual records of them have been documented as early as 1488. The MOURAVIEFF name is often associated with high ranking military and diplomatic posts. A MOURAVIEFF led Russian conquests of Poland under Catherine the Great, the establishment of the Amur and Ussuri Rivers as the boundary with China in 1858 and the founding of Vladivostok in 1860. The Amursky  Peninsula, a  large peninsula in Siberia where Vladivostok is situated is named to this day after Nicolai  Muraviev who was given the title of Count Amursky. The Mouravieff name is also closely associated with the Decembrist uprising in 1825 against Tsar Nicholas I. In 1761, Ivan Mouravieff married the only daughter of Peter Apostol, the son of Hetman Daniel Apostol. In 1800, at the request of Peter, Ivan's son Matvei agreed to attach the Apostol name to his own to prevent the Apostol family name from dying out. Thus was born the name Mouravieff-Apostol.

The Apostol descendancy

In 1238, a MONGOL army under Batu, grandson of GENGHIS KHAN, invaded Rus and in 1240 captured KIEV. It was ransacked many times over the ensuing 100 years by the Tatars based in the Crimea. It is most probable that the APOSTOL family has its roots in the Crimea and served as the Khan's representative ruling over regions to the south and east of Kiev. Indeed, the word "Apostol" in Russian means "designated Chief of the conquered nation". These feudal states were headed by a Hetman who was elected by the various tribal chiefs. The first documented APOSTOL is PAUL, born about 1630. His son, the Hetman Daniel, was born in 1654 and died in 1737. This was the Hetman Period in the Ukraine's history . His father or grandfather probably helped the Cossacks in 1648 capture KIEV and then under increasing military pressure from the Polish offered their allegiance to Moscow under Tsar Peter the Great. The Treaty of Andrusovo in 1667 concluded the absorption of the Ukraine west of the Dnieper into the Russian Empire as an autonomous Cossack state under the protection of Moscow. By 1686 Kiev became part of Russia and under Catherine the Great in 1793, the Ukraine east of the Dnieper River had also joined the Russian Empire. Daniel Apostol was the last of the Hetman (Ataman) warlords and was elected from the city of Glouchov though his residence was in Homoutetz near Mirgorod and the village of Poltava. He built his church at Velikii-Sorochintzi made famous by the 19th century poet Gogol. His rule ended in 1725. Little is known of his son Peter except that Peter's daughter, Elena, the last surviving APOSTOL, married Ivan Mouravieff  in 1761 and Peter later requested their son, IVAN, to add the name APOSTOL so that the APOSTOL family name would live on.

Daniel Apostol's residence at Homoutetz built c. 1730

The Hlopov descendancy

Nothing is known of this family prior to NADJDE (affectionately known as Baboushka) marrying Theodore TERESCHENKO in 1883. Their daughter would then marry Vladimir MOURAVIEFF-APOSTOL-KOROBYINE, my grandfather. However, family tradition passed down suggests that this wealthy family in KIEV could trace its lineage back to King Pepin III the Short of France, father of Charlemagne (721 AD). Since Pepin III expanded his empire considerably and exchanged ambassadors with the Byzantine Emperor and the Caliphate of Baghdad, it is reasonable that some of his descendants could have settled in the easternmost parts of his empire.

The Tereschenko descendancy

This family first appears in KIEV during the 18th century and the first recorded ancestor  is Artemyi TERESCHENKO, father of Theodore TERESCHENKO. THEODORE and his brother, NIKOLA,  contributed huge sums of money to the development of KIEV and many of its institutions. Nikola's daughter, Barbara, married Bogdan HANENKO and together they established a collection of art in the Hanenko Museum of Kiev, financed in large part by the couple's father and uncle. The collection is now housed in two parts in the restored mansions of NIKOLA and THEODORE TERESCHENKO located in KIEV on Boulevard Tereschenko.

The Mouravieff-Apostol descendancy

The first MOURAVIEFF-APOSTOL  was MATVEI, son of IVAN MOURAVIEFF, who at the request of  PETER APOSTOL added the name APOSTOL to that of MOURAVIEFF. His marriage to Anna Tchernoevitch resulted in a daughter, KATERINA, and three sons - MATVEI, SERGEI and HIPOLYTE. The son's became leaders in the Decembrist movement of 1825 which was crushed by Tsar Nicholas I resulting in Matvei being banished to Siberia, Sergei being hanged and Hipolyte losing his life to a gunshot wound that some say was self-inflicted. Matvei was eventually allowed to return to his homeland and had his honor reinstated by Tsar Alexander II in 1885. During his last years, he befriended Vladimir KOROBYINE, his sister KATERINA's grandson. Katerina married a Bibikof and their daughter married Vladimir's father. Having no children to carry on the name of MOURAVIEFF-APOSTOL, Matvei requested Vladimir KOROBYINE add the name to his. In 1886 by decree of the Tsar, VLADIMIR KOROBYINE became VLADIMIR MOURAVIEFF-APOSTOL- KOROBYINE. He married Nadya Tereschenkov and had three sons, Vadim, Andrew (my father) and Alexis. Vadim died in 1999 and Alexis died in 2000. Andrew had three sons, Michael, Christopher and me. Andrew died in 2002.

A piece of the log house in Siberia in which Matvei Mouravieff-Apostol spent some
30 years in exile

The Korobyine descendancy

The KOROBYINE family name has been traced back to SELIVAN KOTCHU-BEY in Constantinople who lived from about 1377 to 1463. The Bey  was a title of authority given to rulers of different tribes roaming the anatolian steppes and other parts of the Ottoman Empire. Apparently, the KOTCHU-BEY name became corrupted or changed such that his son became known as IVAN SELIVANOVITCH KOROBIA . By about 1482 with the birth of his son, IVAN IVANOVITCH, the name KOROBIA had become KOROBYINE. Little is known of the family's exploits though the lineage is well documented. VLADIMIR KOROBYINE (1826-1895) married KATERINA BIBIKOV. It was their son, VLADIMIR (my grandfather), at the request of the famed Decembrist, MATVEI MOURAVIEFF-APOSTOL,  who added the name MOURAVIEFF-APOSTOL by decree of Tsar Alexander II to his own to create the current family name of MOURAVIEFF-APOSTOL-KOROBYINE.

Vladimir Mouravieff-Apostol-Korobyine residence c. 1910
at Leontevka near Chernobyl, Ukraine

The Manx side

Of Celt or probably Viking ancestry, this is the maternal side of my heritage.

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The Hall Caine descendancy

The Caines of the Isle of Man can be traced back for many generations. My ancestors of which we have direct records start with William Caine who was born around 1730. He had several children including a namesake son, William. He in turn reared a large family with one son being named John. Due to the poor economic conditions in the Isle of Man in these times and the fact that the family had lost all their property which they had used for farming, John went to Liverpool, England to earn a living. It was there that Thomas, the most famous of the Caines was born.

Sir Hall Caine, born Thomas Henry Hall Caine, was a colorful personage famed for his many novels about the Isle of Man. His books, published between 1877 and 1931, were translated into dozens of languages and often reached more than 20 re-printings. For his work during the first world war, he was knighted Sir Hall Caine. This was unusual since most such titles include only the first name. Apparently, Sir Hall Caine disliked his given name of Thomas and convinced the King to bestow his title using only his last names. He had two sons, Gordon Ralph and Derwent, who served in Parliament with distinction and Derwent was also knighted and received a baronet. Derwent had at least three children out of wedlock, one of whom, Eline, was subsequently adopted by the elder Sir Hall Caine as his own daughter. Gordon Ralph had a son, Derek and a daughter Mary, my mother. Eline married Charles Gill and had a daughter, Gloria, who married a well known American TV financial analyst, Luis Ruckheyser. They had three daughters and live in the United States. Eline died in 1999. Derek, who died in 2004, had a daughter, Melissa who now lives in New York. Mary had two sons, Michael and Nicholas who live in New York and Florida. Mary died in December of 2003 in Florida. More information on this illustrious family can be found at the Hall Caine website.

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