Fraida's search

FRAIDA Cohen is seeking descendants of family members who settled in London after coming from Warsaw before 1881.

Sarah Pomerantz was married to Jacob Pomerantz.

On her death certificate in New York (1945), her father's name is listed as Harris Holrie.

Her headstone reads in Hebrew 'Sima daughter of Tzvi Aryeh'.

Sarah and Jacob came to the US via London from Poland between 1883-1884.

The Holrie family originated from Warsaw (or the Warsaw area).

They are first seen in the 1881 census. Fraida does not know what their surname was before they changed it in England.

Harris (Tzvi Aryeh) Holrie and family members are listed as well in the 1891 and 1901 censuses in England.

The 1881 census finds the Holries living at 3 White Hart Court in Mile End Old Town with members Harris, Eva (spouse), Mary, Caroline, Annie and Minnie at home.

In addition, Mary's son, Hyman, lived with them. The 1891 census has the family living at 27 Yalford Street in Mile End Old Town with Harris, Hannah, Caroline, Minnie and Hyman at home.

Hannah (Eva) Holrie, died at the age of 63 in 1896. The address of Hannah and her widower, Harris, at the time was 27 Yalford Street, Mile End.

In 1889, Anna Holrie, aged 21, a tailoress, married Lewis Abrahams, aged 23, a master tailor. His father's name was Joseph Abrahams, also a tailor.

The wedding took place in the 'Sandys Row Synagogue' and was witnessed by Mr Stern and Aaron Brooks. In the 1891 and 1901 censuses, Lewis and Anna are listed with the surname of Braham.

Family members were still not nationalised by 1901 and Harris, aged 61, was living with Lewis and Anna Braham and family in the East End - Lewis Braham, 35, Annie Braham, 31, Children Sarah, 10, Sidney, 9, Lilly, 8, Caroline, 6.

On February 15, 1900, 25-year-old John Poulton, a marine engineer, son of Alfred Poulton, who was a shipwright, married Minnie Holrie, aged 25.

Harris Holrie died in October 25,1903, while living with his daughter Annie and son-in-law Lewis Braham at 124 Victoria Dock Road in West Ham.

Write to 5 Crestview Terrace, Monsey, NY 10952, USA or email

Died in France

ROY Rosenthal of Manchester is looking for the family of Simon Jacobson.

Mr Jacobson knew Roy's late uncle, Harold Friedman, who was killed in Cambrai, France, while serving in the First World War on August 25, 1918, aged 20.

Harold served with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Before going to France, he was stationed at Cavalry Barracks, Newport.

Roy has a letter from his uncle which refers to the death of Alderman Frankenburg and the strike of munitions workers in Lancashire.

"This is the only guide I have to the date of the letter, probably because this was not allowed during the war," Roy said.

The letter also refers to a Mrs Miller.

Write to 19 Fairhaven, Avenue, Whitefield, Manchester M45 7QG or telephone 0161-959 0053.

In a skip

THE last active trustee of Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation is seeking a Mr Steiner who is believed to have "rescued" documents belonging to the synagogue.

Public notary David Simon said: "Rumours have reached me that a Mancunian told some members of our synagogue that he found synagogue documents in a skip and rescued them.

"We have now placed synagogue memorabilia in a Middlesbrough Room at the Gateshead Boarding School, in Middlesbrough Museum and in the Town Hall archives."

He would like Mr Steiner to contact him on 01642 710799, by email at or write to Leven Ford, 3A Levenside, Stokesley, Middlesbrough TS9 5AR.

He will arrange collection and preservation of the documents.

To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at Please include your home address.

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