Ryska ättegrenen

Ryska ättegrenen (according to Julian Bielski)

Vladimir Gripenberg (1848-1900) married to Nadezhda Gripenberg (Makhotina) 

daughter Nadezhda Kasatkina (Gripenberg) (1880-1973) married to Alexander Kasatkin    

son Nikolai Gripenberg (1883-1890) (Nadezdas brother died at the age of six years)

Nadezda Kasatkina (Gripenberg) (1880-1973) had the Russia Emperor Alexander the Second written in her birth certificate as her godfather, the document was the first to be burned by her after the revolution. She received a highly refined upbringing and education. She studied at the Chernyavsky Institute, the best college for well-born young ladies in Moscow. After her fathers deth, she and her mother moved from Moscow to her grandfather who was a prominent army general with well-established position in Saint Petersburg. It was there that a number of aristocrats would try for Nadezda’s hand . The most peculiar of them being the heir of the Emir of Bukhara. Yet she chose a Doctor Alexander Kasatkin from Moscow who was not of a noble family, which caused considerabble disappointment to her grandfather.

The couple was married in January 1901 in Saint Petersburg and moved to the Doctor’s house in Moscow. Within the next four years three children were born: Alexander, Irina and Vladimir. Yet after six or seven years of married life Doctor Kasatkin and Nadezda divorced due to non-reconcilable differences in their characters. Nadezda became an unmarried wife of an affluent and prosperous Moscow merchant and businessman Alexey Chichkin and an unofficial stepmother of his son Alexey from his first marriage.

In those years, before the First World War, she studied microbiology and for some time worked in an experimental clinic as a researcher. After the revolution in Russia, in the early 1920’s, she became one of the founders and for some time also a director of the Moscow Central Children’s Library combined with a boarding school. In that capacity, she would contact and co-operate with Lenin’s wife  Nadezda Krupskaya who was responsible for education in the Soviet Government as well as the famous Russian poet  Vladimir Mayakovsky. Fifty years later, the former young members of the library and boarding school still dearly remembered their former director and teacher and wold regularly visit her.  After the library was closed down, Nadezda withdrew from any working activity and devoted herself entirely to upbringing her grandchildren and then great-grandchildren.

We remember her both as an old stooped lady with snow-white hair who was invariably smiling. active, full of remarkable stories starting from Scadinavian fairy-tales, and always willing to talk, play games with children, sing and cook sweet pies, and a stunning beatiful young and slim lady of immerse aristocratic appearance as she looks from her old photographs.

The daughter, Nadezda’s numerous descendants are enumerated in a text by Julian Bielski. The family name Gripenberg wanished from the Russian family three when Nikolai Gripenberg died 1894, while Vladimir Gripenberg did not get any more sons. Instead the family name Kasatkin prevailed. This was the name of the Russian Doctor who was the husband and father of Nadezda Kasatkina (Gripenberg)’s children, although he and Nadezda separetad after a few years of marriage. Julian Bielski has made a corrected family three, which is saved at the association.

Only Julian Bielski and Yuri Kasatkin have shown any greater interest in the family history.