Monica McMullin, of Liverpool, is writing a book on her 20-year
search for her father and his family.
She is now tracing her grandfather Louis Friedman's Jewish roots.
His surname became Freedman then Freeman.
Monica has traced Louis' father, Tobias Freedman, to Dublin.
She has found a Tobias Freedman who died in Dublin on April 29,
His address was given as 2 Emorville Square. Dublin and his occuspation
His death wasn't registered until June 9, 1902 by Solomon Benjiman,
who was also present at his death and was on the Board of Guardians.
Monica would like to know Solomon's relationship to Tobias.
She also needs to know who Tobias' wife was and their children
- and where he was buried.
Monica's research has so far found her a first cousin in Liverpool
and other family in Australia, Surrey and Cheshire.
"It wasn't until my mother died in 1989 that I actually discovered
who my father was," Monica said.
"I have since learned that my parents had a 25-year secret relationship,
which ended when I was born in 1953.
"Neither of my parents ever married, but I now know, that they
kept in touch with each other throughout their whole lives.
"My mother was Catholic and my father was Jewish. It was after
my mother's death that I found a letter, which gave me a clue as
to who my father was. The letter was in a stamped addressed envelope
from the warden of Rose Bush Court, Parkhill Road, Hampstead, London.
"It appears my mother was enquiring about a man who lived in Flat
13. The warden's reply gave my mother the news of his death.
"I now know that this man was my father and he had lived at Rose
Bush Court from 1969 until he died in May 1984.
Louis Friedman is first traced in the UK when he married his first
wife, Russian-born Rachel Simon in Leeds in 1890. Louis is on the
1891 UK census living at 37 Back Byron Street, Leeds - living with
Morris and Rebecca Rosenberg.
On the 1901 UK census, Louis and Rachel are living in Liverpool
with their children Gedaliah/Daniel/Dal/David/Dave (born 1891 in
Leeds) Hyman/Harry (1893 Liverpool), Nellie/Helen/Lillian (1894
Liverpool), Samuel (1896 Liverpool), Elias/Eli (1898 Liverpool),
Isaac (1900 Liverpool).
In 1904 Rachel died, aged 40 and on the 1911 census Louis is married
to his second wife, Russian-born Rebecca Cohen -Monica's grandmother.
The family are now living at 49 Pleasant St, Liverpool.
Other children listed on the census are Abraham (born 1895 in
Russia), Teri/Edward/Teddy (1905 Liverpool), Harry/Henry (1907 Liverpool).
Abraham might be Rebecca's son from her first marriage, but Monica
has lost trace of him after the 1911 census. Rebecca died of cancer
just two weeks after the census was done, aged 36.
By 1914, Louis was married to his third wife, Rosa Greenblatt
(formally Yankelovitch), at 48 Moon St, Liverpool with another daughter;
Eva, born 1914. Louis died in 1949, aged 83.
Monica has found a Louis Friedman on a shipping list, travelling
from Hamburg on November 2, 1889.
He gives his residence as Lomza, Russland (Russia) If this is
Louis, Lomza is now in Poland and Monica is trying to trace any
similar given names in either Lomza city or Lomza Province.
But she needs the religious names of Louis' family.
As well as wanting to find out about where Louis came from and
the origins of her grandmother, Monica would also like to trace
one of the daughters of Teri/Edward/Teddy who married Annie Blair.
Olive married Philip Brown and died in 2008, but Monica knows
nothing about second daughter, Joyce
Monica also wants to discover what happened to her father between
the mid-1950's when he left Liverpool, until he moved into Rose
Bush Court in 1969.
Leah Kausman, of Australia, is looking for descendants of Marcus
(Mark) Frank, who was born in Manchester in 1909.
His parents were Kate (nee Kaufman) and Isaac Frank. Marcus travelled
to Australia in 1913 with his mother and siblings Abraham, Ada,
Hilda, Hyman (Harry) and Charlotte - although he was living back
in Manchester sometime before 1947.
Write to 3 Benbow Court, Hawthorn East, Victoria, Australia 3123
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith Granat Goldstein, of Philadelphia, is looking for relatives
in Manchester. Her grandfather, David, was born in Victoria, BC,
The family, named Granath, began its journey in Hungary. David's
father was Arthur.
or telephone 001215 3428680.
Reuven Frajerman, of Jerusalem, is searching for Danielle Lipmann.
She married to Geoffrey Malcom Taylor. Reuven would also like to
speak to their descendants for an affair related to them from the
French Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliation.
or write to PO Box 6225, 91061 Jerusalem, Israel.
CLIVE LEWIS, of California, wants to find out about his family's
original surname Ruddaminsky.
His grandfather, Alfred Lewis, was born in Leeds in 1899, but
changed his name back to Ruddaminsky - even though his father was
known as Michael Lewis.
Write to 4749 Saint Clair Ave, Valley Village, CA 91607, USA,
telephone 001818 3831010 or email email@example.com
Stephen Kristian is trying to determine if the first names
Kesia or Keziah have any Jewish backgrounds?
Martine Monceau is looking for information on Harris Seigel
and Golda Kaufmann.
The Russian-born couple were married at the Holy Law Beth Aron,
Manchester on December 31, 1899.
At the time, they were living at 14 Hodgson St, Cheetham.
They appear on the 1901 Census, living at 13 Hedwig St, Pendleton,
Salford, with their son, Joseph, and Harris' father, Barnet. Harris
was a waterproof-garment maker working at Rubber Works. By 1911,
they were no longer at this address.
On Joseph's birth certificate in 1901, their surname is spelt
Siegal and Golda is registered as Goldie. Her father's name is David
Golda gave birth to Martine's grandmother, Pauline, and her twin
brother Bernard, in 1911 in Paris and subsequently gave them up
to be taken care of by the state.
Pauline was legally adopted at the age of 15 by the couple who
had taken her as a baby. Her brother was never adopted. Records
from the Paris Archives say that Harris went to America several
However, the children's birth certificate state that Harris and
Golda are married, working as daily workers, and gives the address
in Paris at which they are both living.
Joanne Spiegel, of Missouri, is looking for relatives of her
maternal grandfather, Israel Noach Abramovitz.
He was born on April 2, 1882 in Honell/Hummel, Russia, to Jacob
and Rose Abramovitz.
According to late family members, he had brothers who emigrated
with him to Liverpool. While the brothers stayed in the UK, he emigrated
to America in December 1906 after three months in Liverpool.
Write to 81 Willow Brook Drive Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, telephone
001314 9932004 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachael Freedman, of Vancouver, is looking for information
on her grandparents Sarah and Ely Freedman.
Sarah (nee Glustrom) had four sisters who arrived in Canada with
her from Ukraine, while Ely was a Polish orphan. They met and wed
Eric Moonman, of London, is looking for information on Rabbi
Schulim Moskovitch. Romanian-born, he was in Southport from 1941-3
and died in London in 1958.
Write to 1 Beacon Hill, London N7 9LY.
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