No trace of Levi

JAN ASCOLI, of Derbyshire, is looking for information on her great-great grandfather Levi (Louis) Himmelblau.

Cobbler Levi, who was born around 1807, moved to Manchester from Krakow in the mid-1850s.

His daughter Minnie married Joseph Mandleberg in Manchester in 1857.

Levi and his wife Judith (Yetta/Gettie/Julia) appear in the 1861 and 1871 censuses lodging at 24 Johnson St.

In 1872, Gettie was admitted to the Prestwich Asylum from the Manchester Workhouse, Crumpsall.

And three years later, she was admitted to the Parkside Asylum, Macclesfield, where she died on April 22, 1876. But Jan can find no further trace of Levi.

Write to Grange Farm, Wheston, Derbyshire SK17 8JA, telephone 01298 872 565 or email

Hebrew name

SUE COLEMAN, of Middlesex, wants to find out the Hebrew name of a great aunt buried at Rainsough Cemetery, Manchester.

Matilda (Tilly/Taube) Bernstein died on October 18, 1950, aged 77. She was living at 208 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester and was the widow of Morris Louis Bernstein.

She is buried at grave number 45 at Rainsough Cemetery. Burial Slip number 239195-49.

She is hoping that someone could visit the grave to find out her Hebrew name or email her a picture of the gravestone.

She would also like to know more about the family.

Write to 20 Churchill Avenue, Kenton, Middx HA3 0AY, telephone 07941 383653 or email

Born in Cassel

DR MICHAEL TAYLOR, of Todmorden, is looking for details about his great grandmother Sofie Herzbach.

She was born in Cassel on December 17, 1852 and died in Aachen on September 22,1926.

Sofie was married to Louis Goldschmidt (born October 13, 1843 in Witzenhausen and died in Aachen on November 29, 1899).

Michael believes she had a sister who married a Kaufmann and had a son Robert, who emigrated to England where he changed his name to Marchant.

Robert had two children - Madeleine (born around 1924), living in St John's Wood, and Peter (born 1926), who lives in Hamlin, New York.

Write to 3 Owlers Walk, Todmorden OL14 8HY, telephone 07979954349 or email

Helped family

DR EVELYN ADUNKA, of Vienna, is looking for Mancunian Stella M Chapman.

Stella worked for the World Press Service and Ritz Translation Bureau in Manchester from 1938-44.

Stella was very helpful to a family of Austrian refugees from Vienna - Norbert and Sophie Roth and their son Erwin.

Erwin, who died last year aged 86, spent the war years in Manchester with his parents after fleeing from Austria.

Write to Deinhardsteingasse 18/9, 1160 Vienna, Austria, telephone 00431 4858386 or email

Two sisters

Geraldine Courtney, of Fleet, wants to make contact with two sisters in Glasgow - Mindel and Pearl Cohen.

Their mother Becky was a friend of Geraldine's grandma, Tillie Stone (nee Mark, but changed to Maxwell).

The last time Geraldine met one of them was at a stone-setting for her aunt, Sybil Gold, some years ago. Geraldine is the daughter of Sybil's sister, Hilda.

Write to Yew tree Cottage, Albany Road, Fleet GU51 3PR, telephone 01252616433 or email

Monica's search

MONICA MCMULLIN, of Liverpool, is researching the names Freedman, Levy, Erlich, Cohen and Abramson from Kovno, Lithuania, and surrounding area who have connections to Ireland, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and South Africa.


To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
Please include your home address and contact telephone number.

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