MARGOT Fox of New York wants information on Morris Moses Flax and
his widow Deborah Flax who married Margot's great grandfather Herman
Fox of Belfast.
Herman, a Litvak, was born in 1854 and died in 1932 in Belfast.
Margot also wants information on her father, Casper Fox.
Deborah's first husband, Morris Moses Flax, was a synagogue minister
Apparently he died in shul on Simchat Torah in the 1880s, leaving
Deborah and her four daughters and son.
Relatives believe that Deborah (also called Dora) originally came
from Riga. Deborah was born in 1845.
"We think that someone arranged for Herman, a widower, to meet
the widow Deborah Flax," Margot explains. "They married, when and
where I am not sure, and my uncle Barney (Bernard Joshua Fox, who
became Recorder of Belfast) was born in 1885."
Deborah and Herman lived in Belfast for 40 years. Deborah died
in Belfast in September, 1923. Margot's father, Casper Fox, was
born in Manchester in 1904/5.
His official birth date is July 24, 1904, although he never had
a birth certificate.
His parents were Simon Fox - son from his first marriage to Martha
Hersoveitz - and his wife Dora Katzen Fox.
Simon (born 1874 in 'Russia', probably Lithuania) had become a
US citizen in 1895.
Write to 30 East Ninth St, NY, NY 10003, USA, telephone 001 212
473-5859 or email Margotfox@att.net
SIMON Jackson of London hopes readers can shed some light on
the family of Naphtali and Leah Berkson, who arrived in Manchester
in the late 1860s.
They were relatives of Simon's family, the Bergsons, who settled
in Sunderland, around 1872.
"They came from the area around Marijampole, in Lithuania (the
Suwalk Gubierna), and I have documentary evidence that Naphtali
and Leah Berkson were living in that town in 1866," Simon said.
"The Censuses of 1871 to 1901 have helped me to reconstruct details
of their children, and of some of their children's families, but
I am getting to the point where more help is needed."
Naphtali and Leah were born in 1837 and 1836 respectively in Marijampole.
He was a tailor, but by 1891 had graduated to a trimming dealer.
Descendants were: Sarah Berkson, born in Marijampole around 1858.
She married either Michael Silverstone or Jacob Levies of Prestwich,
north Manchester in 1878.
Meyer Ber Berkson, born Marijampole on December 5 1859, died Marijampole
on March 8, 1866. David Berkson, born Marijampole around 1862, died
after March 1901. In 1889, he married Rose Fineberg, born Manchester,
Emily Berkson, born Prestwich, 1890; Meyer Berkson, 1892; Yetta
Berkson, 1894; Cobe Berkson, 1896, died 1898; Sarah Berkson, 1899.
Abraham Berkson, born Marijampole around 1865. In 1892, he married
Millie Levy, born Manchester around 1867 and died in Salford 1894.
Hyman Sydney Berkson, born 1893. Maria Berkson, born Manchester,
around. 1869. She married Hyman Boodson, born in Russia around 1864.
Haidee Boodson, born Nottingham in 1890; Florence Boodson, born
Coby Berkson, born. Manchester, 1871 and died in 1895. Toby Berkson,
born Manchester. She married Meyer Loterman in 1898. Maria Loterman,
born Prestwich, 1898; Dinah Loterman, born August 27, 1908, died
Hendon in April 1987. Rachel Berkson, born Manchester 1876.
Samuel Berkson, born. Manchester, 1880. Married in Leeds in 1909
to Sara Bickler or Rachel Tompofski. Carl Berkson, born Leeds, 1910.
Write to 72 Granville Place, High Road, London N12 0AX, telephone
0208 346 6635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ZE'EV Sharon of Israel came across Rhoda Oppenheimer of Leicester
while searching for his family.
But his letter to Ms Oppenheimer was returned undelivered.
Ze'ev had been researching Gabriel Berkowich and his family from
His ancestors were Yekhiel-Zvi Berkowich and Rachell.
They had 14 children, although Ze'ev only has details of seven.
Simcha'le died at three, while Abraham was a timber merchant. He
had special authorisation to live and work in Kiev.
He emigrated to Israel in 1925 with his wife Dvonia-Dvorah and
their two children, Raya-Raiisa (born 1910) and Arie-Luba (1906),
and, most likely, with his mother Rachell.
The other children Ze'ev knows about are Jacob, born 1892; Haim,
born 1888; Rivka and Ziporah.
But he is most interested in Gabriel, who was born in 1896. He
died in Haifa in 1919 during military service in the Jewish Legion
in the British Army.
Other members of the family who moved to Lyakhowitch or Kiev are
believed to have died in the Holocaust.
Write to 19a Ha'eshel St, Kiriat-Ata 28236, Israel, telephone
009724 8480598 or email email@example.com
SANDRA Yoder of Indiana is looking for Greenberg/Hirschhorn/Chernigow
The Greenberg family is from Lebau (Latvia). Her grandmother was
Esther Greenberg, while her father, Aaron, was a chief rabbi in
Lebau. Her mother was Pauline Levine.
A sister, Sophie Chernigow, moved to Ireland to wait for her husband,
Samuel, to establish a home in the USA in 1891. Her two children
died before the emigration to America.
A Hirschhorn family member wrote to Sandra that his grandmother,
Rebecca (Greenberg) Hirschhorn from Latvia, stayed with family in
the UK in 1901 and that a store had been established there by the
Write to 17848 County Road 126, Goshen, IN 46528, USA or email
JOHN Kelly of Surrey is trying to locate any remaining members
of his mother's family.
Her parents were Maurice and Miriam Lobell of Higher Broughton,
John obtained this address from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
as part of the certificate relating to his uncle Laurence Lobell
who was killed in the war in 1943.
Write to 157-169 Walton Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0DX, telephone
020 8979 1800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDREW Long of Worcester is seeking photographs of those who
fell at the Battle of Grimbosq
The battle was fought between August 7 and 9, 1944. Andrew is
involved with the UK research into those who fell at Grimbosq, with
the aim of producing a website and a book.
One of the casualties was Corporal Samuel Levine of Higher Broughton,
His family were listed as Israel and Bertha (parents) and Flora
He was serving with the 107th Royal Armoured Corps, who were providing
the armoured support for the infantry.
On the morning of August 8, his tank was hit and set alight.
His tank commander, Major D H Davies, managed to drag him clear.
However Cpl Levine was badly injured and died from his wounds on
Write to 25 Bow Hill, Callow End, Worcester WR2 4TN or email email@example.com
GEOFF Kershaw of Knutsford is trying to find any information
about his grandfather's family.
Isaac Kirsh (later Kersh), born in 1886, arrived in Hull from
Russia in 1890 and in 1901 he lived at 120 Osborne Street, Kingston
upon Hull with his siblings and parents.
There were three Russia-born brothers - Alfred born 1882, Abraham
born 1888 and Joseph born 1890 - and two sisters born in Hull -
Annie born 1892 and Millie born 1898.
Annie may have married a doctor called Dr Black who was possibly
The father of these children was Arron Kirsh who was a tailor
born in Poland in 1851 and their mother was Ethe born in Russia
Write to 39 Manchester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0LY, telephone
07836 642602 or 01565 631264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARLES Coppel of Australia wants information on the Coppel
and Berrick watchmaker families in Liverpool in the 19th century.
His great-grandfather Elias Coppel (1829-1901) married Sarah Amelia
Berrick (1837-1912) in the Liverpool Hebrew Congregation in February
After the birth of Caroline in 1857, they emigrated to Melbourne,
Australia where he set up in business as a watchmaker and raised
a family of 11 children - including Charles' grandfather.
Elias Coppel's father-in-law Barned Berrick (1804-1875) was a
Charles believes that another Liverpool watchmaker, Zallel Coppel
(1808-1886), was related to Elias.
Write to 129 Park Drive, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia, telephone
61 3 9347 9025 or email him at email@example.com
THE Scottish Jewish Archives Centre has had an enquiry about
the family of Ilse Kummer, born 1920 in Berlin.
They are looking for her daughter, Moira, who may have been born
in the 1960s, and lived at one time in Scotland.
Contact Harvey Kaplan on firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 0141 649 4526.
To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
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