SIMON JACKSON of Barnet has unsolved mysteries surrounding
families named Simon (Simons) who lived in north Manchester in 1900.
The family of Myer and Sarah Simon(s) (née Berkson) lived in Larch
Street, Cheetham Hill, according to Ellis Island records of 1911.
They had eight daughters - Jane, Ettie, Lily, Fanny, Betsy, Rebecca,
Annie, and Leah, born between 1874 and 1891.
Ettie married Marcus Vellensky, and that family left for New York,
where Marcus ran the Manchester Waterproof Co in Manhattan. They
also had eight children, and died in 1962 and 1949 respectively.
The only other daughter he has information on is Rebecca, who
married Isaac Rayburn, had a daughter who died in 1976, and herself
passed away in Manchester in 1957.
His other mystery revolves around the family of Marks and Rachel
Simon(s) (also née Berkson).
They married in 1900 and had at least four children - Morris,
Wolfe, Hetty and Rosa Simons - between 1911 and 1917, in Prestwich.
The mother's name is registered as Bergson in two cases, and Berkson
in the other two.
"I assume that there must have been other children, as well, born
before 1910," Simon said.
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Crescent, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 1AP.
Paula Eisenstein Baker of Texas wants to find her cousins in
Between about 1851 and 1866, Yitzchak Yosef haLevi and Chana in
Lithuania had at least three sons.
The family name was Gruzinski or Shapearey
Her maternal great-grandfather was Meyer Ber Gruzinski, was born
He arrived in Newburyport, Massachusetts, around 1887 and sent
for his wife (Peshe Konachevsky) and their only child, Chaya Gittel/Gertrude
(Paula's grandmother), soon after.
Two other sons moved to the UK. One was Pesach Aaron, born around
1866. He left Scotland in time to be married in Boston in 1896 and
died there in 1940.
He had two sons, Sidney and Robert. In the US, Pesach Aaron used
the name Henry Paul, but in a Grand Lodge of Scotland document dated
February 12, 1890, he was using the name Paul Shapearey.
A third son may have been Misha. He appears in the Glasgow Census
of 1881, boarding at 157 Holm Street in Barony, Lanark, Scotland.
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Simon Phillips of Cheshire wants to trace his half-brother
Simon's father, Aubrey Phillips, died in 1988. His grandmother
was Dora Phillips and his grandfather was Hymie Phillips.
Simon's aunt was Bernice Segal and his uncle was Ivor Sega, who
owned a large carpet contracting business in the Manchester area.
Aubrey was originally married to a lady called Mita from Liverpool.
He had two children with her - Neil and Shelley.
Aubrey left Mita when the children were about nine or 10 and married
Neil had red hair and the family lived in the Mosley Hill and
Allerton areas of Liverpool.
Neil was educated at Carmel College and eventually obtained a
degree in some form of musical discipline.
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CW12 4BE or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RUSSY OKEN of South Africa wants information on Solomon Oke
who was born in Dusat on December 12, 1921.
When he was six, his family moved to South Africa and the name
was changed to Oken.
Russy's mother-in-law, Chaie Mirrel Shusterman, married Moishe
Oke and they lived in Dusat and had four children.
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South Africa or email email@example.com
Hugo Gordon-Sharp of Wrexham is compiling a brief history of
Chester Hebrew Congregation, including a biography of every member
between 1890 and 1960.
Anyone who was a member or might have been engaged, by the Chester
community, as a minister, shochet or cheder teacher should contact
His brother-in-law Joe Viner was involved in the 1960s with a
Pan-North Wales and Cheshire Jewish Revitalisation Programme. Hugo
would also like to hear from anyone who might have knowledge of
or write to c/o Suite 20, Wisteria Court, Wrexham LL11 2AJ
ADRIAN FREEDMAN of Ra'anana is trying to find the date and
place of death of his aunt Milly Freedman (nee Tanchel) who was
born about 1893 in the Orange Free State.
She emigrated to England from South Africa in the 1960s. Her brother
Jack Tanchel died in 1975 and is buried in Bristol, while her daughter
Shirley Freedman died in 2002 and is buried in Bath.
Adrian also wants to ascertain the relationship between Rabbi
Abraham Werner, who died in London in 1912, and the sister of Adrian's
great grandmother Menucha Feiga Schmulian, whose name was Minnie.
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CALIFORNIAN Cherie Allen recently discovered that her late
grandmother, Annie Anenberg (Anil Pinofski), had relatives in Manchester
by the name of Gilbert.
Annie married Nathan Anenberg and lived in Manchester.
Cherie was born in Manchester but has lived in the USA since 1947.
or write to 82 Begonia Place, Ventura, CA 93004, USA.
PROFESSOR Ronald Asherson of South Africa is looking for the
family of teacher Leib David Gordon who moved to Manchester around
A possibility is that his name or his son's name was Moshe Hillel.
Prof Asherson has some information that the Koenigsberg (Kingsley)
family from Manchester stemmed from the Neustadt Gordon family and
also the family who started Ciro's Pearls in the UK.
This information came from a plastic surgeon called Dr Mendel
Gordon, who practised in London and died about 25 years ago.
He is also looking for any descendants of the Stung (Shtung) family
from Keidan who might have emigrated to the UK.
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South Africa 2193 or email email@example.com
JOHN McCafferty of Lancaster would like to trace his father
Jack Morris, who was in business at 162a Bath Street, Glasgow when
John was born on March 12, 1939.
John only discovered he was adopted when he was 26.
His mother died when he was just 12-days-old and he was adopted
by a Christian family.
Jack Morris paid the legal costs for the adoption and also the
initial fostering costs according to records held by Glasgow Social
Write to 61 Borrowdale Road, Lancaster LA1 3EU or telephone 01524
DAVID PEARLSTEIN of Las Vegas wants to know if he has correct
He believes that Isaac Levinson was his father's brother and married
Sarah Hertzburg in 1937 at the New Central Synagogue on Harrogate
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DAVID PHILLIP of St Helens made a chance discovery through
the National Archives about his grandparents Philip and Yetta Goldberg.
Philip was born in October 1877 in Garvolin, Poland and Yetta
(Yochved) Goldberg (nee Lerman) was born in September 1876 in Warsaw,
David knew that they had emigrated to Liverpool in 1904 but it
was only when he saw his grandfather's application for naturalisation
in 1927 that he discovered where they originally came from.
He also learned that his grandfather, left behind his brother,
Moses (Moshe) Goldberg, and his sister, Yetta Goldberg.
"We don't know whether either of them escaped before the Holocaust,"
"Before we stumbled upon the archived naturalisation application,
we had thought that our grandparents had married on arrival in Liverpool.
I searched the civil marriages for the early 1900s, for Liverpool.
"I thought I had found their marriage details in 1906. However,
when I received the copy marriage certificate, June 5, 1906, for
a marriage solemnised at the Princes Road Synagogue, the groom was
another Philip Goldberg, who married Rachel Cohen."
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Caroline Fogell of Liverpool is looking for information about
her grandparents Max and Yetta Fogell who ran a bakery in the Gorbals
area of Glasgow from around 1903.
She would particularly like to know if the couple had any brothers
or sisters - either in Scotland or elsewhere.
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LEE LESTER is compiling a family tree and wants to hear from
anyone whose family name is Lipsidge or Lipsich.
Louis and Minnie Lipsidge, who came from Lithuania in the 1890s,
settled in Leeds. They had 11 children - Philip, Sol, Harry, Jack,
Abe, Cissie, Hetty, Julie, Mary, Betty and Ruth. Some members of
the family changed their surname to Lester.
Minnie had a brother called David Israel who also lived in Leeds
so we would be grateful for any information you may have.
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or write to Sheila Deitch at 9/2,Rupin Street, Tel Aviv 63576, Israel
CLARE ARRON is looking for any information on her paternal
grandfather, Morris Arron.
He moved to Manchester area in late 1800s from Lithuania. He was
the eldest of six children and he was aged about six when the family
arrived. His mother was called Hana.
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