BEREL and Beila Harris, who emigrated from Russia to Liverpool
in the early 1890s, would be proud to know that some 100 of their
descendants met on Sunday at Willington Hall, near Chester.
Five generations of the Harris family were present at the reunion,
including Great Auntie Esther, aged 99, who said: "I was the youngest
of the 10 Harris children, but now I am the oldest member of the
The gathering had taken almost two years for David Harris to organise,
during which time at least two new members of the family were born.
When Berel Chatin, who later changed his name to Barnet Harris,
arrived in Liverpool, he ran a tailoring business.
In 1903, the Harris family moved to Wrexham where there was a
small Jewish community.
Although many of the family members still live around Liverpool
and the Wirral, some had come from as far as Australia, Israel,
Spain and the Shetland Islands.
Others now live in Sheffield, Hagley, Leeds, Manchester and London.
Several family secrets were revealed, as people scrutinised the
family tree and photograph display.
One of the senior members of the family was surprised when it
was discovered that his parents were first cousins. It was also
found that one of Berel and Belia's daughters married her own uncle!
Many of the Harris family became doctors, including Isaac and
his son Basil (who emigrated to Australia in the 1950s), his son
Paul, and Paul's son, Daniel, who is now a doctor in the outback
of Australia, treating aborigines.
Jonathan, now an architect in the thriving Jewish community of
Melbourne, said, "I never knew I had so many relatives, it was really
great to meet the younger generations of my family".
Vivienne Laufer, from Israel, and Debbie Grunwerg, of Sheffield,
first came up with the idea after Debbie realised that she had never
met some of her second cousins, whilst visiting Vivienne in Rishon
JOE Bratspis of America is looking for descendants of Bratspis,
Bratspies, Bratspiz families from Galicia that lived in the Lancashire
area in the early 1900's.
Write to 96 Bobbie Drive, Ivyland, Pa 18974, USA or email him
at Joe at email@example.com
JUDY Earnshaw of Australia is researching the name Wertheimer/McLeod.
Charles Wertheimer married Katherine Sinclair McLeod in 1901 in
the County of Holborn.
They had a daughter, Kathlyn Clementine, born in 1910.
Charles was described as a motor engineer who spent time in prison
Write to 21 Ross Avenue, Sorrento 6020, Western Australia or email
Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org
MARK Lewis of London is trying to trace descendants of any
Pokrasses who came to England from Kiev around 1890-1910.
He has posted his research at www.cioconsult.co.uk/fh
Write to 5th Flr, Westworld, Westgate, London W5 1DR or email
MIRIAM Delorie of South Africa is researching her paternal
grandparents, Louis (Lewis) and Fanny (nee Dresden) Levy of 36 Fieldgate
Mansions, Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, East London.
Fanny and Louis had seven children - Marks, Frank, John Stanley,
Shlomo, Abraham and twin daughters, Rose and Jenny.
Fanny and Louis arrived in London via Holland from St Petersburg
around 1890. Fanny was Louis' second wife.
Louis is a direct descendant of the Gaon of Vilna, while his father
was a swordsman in the St Petersburg barracks. Louis was born at
the barracks and became a lawyer.
Marks - born 1905 and died 1986 - was Miriam's father. In 1926
all the sons - maybe not Abraham who was a rabbi - changed their
name from Levy to Coleman.
At Edmonton Cemetery there is a grave for Fanny Levy at Edmonton
Cemetery, date of death January 4, 1922 and there is a Louis Levy
on the tombstone.
Write to Miriam c/o The Foschini Retail Group (Pty) Ltd, TFG Building,
Corner Dumminy/Mathee Streets, Parow East 7501, Cape Town, South
Africa or email Miriamd@exact.co.za