JILL Whitehead of Surrey is searching for the origins of the Abrahams (Abrams) family of Manchester, who came from Suwalki, Poland.

Jill's ancestors Nathan and Rachel Abrahams (nee Lewis) came to Manchester in 1867.

Their children were: Abraham born 1867 in Russian Poland, married Annie Boam in 1888. They had children Montague, Jacob, Louis, Harold, Alexander, Ferriss and Sydney. Sarah born 1869 in Manchester, married David Cohen in 1891. Children were Celia and Jacob.

Betsy born 1871, married Soloman Franks formerly Francoski in 1892. Children were Dora, Sylvia, Jane and Rose Benoliel (1903-2002). Simon born 1873, married Rachel Wansker in 1896. Children were Ethel and Neville.

Anne born 1876, married Samuel Servian in 1900. Children were Gertrude, Ellis, Mortimer, Percy, Edna and Cecil.

Marks or Max born 1878, married Sarah Wansker in 1902. Jane or Janet born 1880, married Hyman Mark Simans(ky) in 1901. Son Monty married cousin Dorothy and moved to Harrogate. Augusta born 1882 and Henry born 1883.

Nathan also had a brother Marks (or Max) and may have present day Abrahams descendants in Manchester.

Jill is also seeking information on the Browns from Edinburgh (orignally Brin from Vishtinetz in Poland, now Vistytis in Lithuania) who came to Manchester in two waves.

She wants to find any brothers of either Arthur Brown or his cousins Benjamin, Lewis and Philip Brown. Jill has some details on Ephraim Brown of Manchester, naturalised 1886 but not enough information to make any connection.

The second wave saw George Brown, son of Arthur, settle in Eccles and became a surgeon recieving freedom of City of Salford. Jill would like to make contact with his children, doctors Alan and Jennifer Brown (married name Rich).

She is also seeking specific information on the Servian family from Liverpool. Ada and Joseph Servian moved to Everton in 1878 from Lake Serwy near Augustow in Poland.

They had three children - Leah born 1868, married Max Goldblatt of Liverpool in 1887; Abraham Jacob born 1873; and Samuel born 1875.

Max and Leah settled in Mold in Flintshire and had three children - Reuben Isaac (Robert) born 1887; Bertha Kate born 1890 (married Silverman of Liverpool in 1915); and Sarah Rose married Max Packman of Liverpool in 1920. The parents were killed in an accident when Sarah Rose was 18 months old, and the children were adopted by Joseph and Ada Servian.

Two eldest children Robert and Bertha emigrated to the USA, Robert called himself Servian and Bertha called herself Maxwell.

Between 1900 and 1905, Leah's brother Abraham Jacob Servian became Alfred Sydney Moseley, married Eleanor Isabella Routledge of Everton (formerly of Cumbria) and moved to Birmingham where he became a diamond cutter. His grandson Mile Moseley has Abraham's hebrew school medal and would like to know more about him.

Write to 32 Milton Avenue, Sutton, Surrey SM1 3QB, telephone 020 8642 9766 or email

WHILST researching her family, Rita Radivan of Whitefield discovered that her grandmother had a sister whom none of the present family was aware of.

Her name was Fanny Cohen, born around 1883. Her parents were Frume and Meyer Cohen (formerly Mikochinski) of Bialystok.

Meyer was a rabbi, and had a grocery shop at 146b Bury New Road, Prestwich. Rita's grandmother was Celia Cohen and she married Louis Pollock. Fanny married Isaac Yudelovitch, born around 1881 in Russia, son of Rev Abraham Yudelovitch, minister of the New Synagogue, Cheetham Hill Road.

At the time he was living at 36 Derby Street and was a Drapery Hawker. The wedding was at the New Synagogue on May 14, 1903. From 1904 to 1917, Isaac had a grocery shop at 17a Bell Street, which was the downstairs of the Warsaw Synagogue (Bell Street Shool). Isaac was naturalised British in 1909.

Rita would also like to know where the records of the Warsaw Synagogue are kept and with which synagogue it amalgamated?

Telephone Rita on 0161-766 1551 or email

CONNIE Fisher Newhan is trying to find information on her great grandparents who married in Manchester in 1886.

The marriage certificate says his name is Isaac Goldberg, waterproof garment maker, son of Samuel, a bookbinder. Her great grandmother was Celia Feldman, who was listed as a tailoress.

Her father was Moses, a provisions dealer. The family moved to New York by 1890.

Write to 21750 Feather Ave, Yorba Linda, California 92887, USA or email

PATRICIA Kay of New Jersey is trying to trace relatives on her late mother-in-law's side of the family.

She obtained some information from Leeds genealogist Murray Freedman.

He told her that Jacob Gordon (her husband's grandfather) age 24, married Rachael (later Rose) Rosenthal, age 22, at the Belgrave Street Synagogue on February 13, 1891. The couple lived at 71 Hope Street, Leeds. Jacob died at 56 on December 24, 1920 and Rose died at 65 on February 20, 1935. Both are buried in the Leeds United Hebrew Congregation Hilltop Cemetery.

Jacob was the son of Elkan Gordon. Rachael was a sister or possibly cousin of Hyman Rosenthal. Hyman was married to Ada and had four children - Julius, Betsy, Mary and Sarah.

Write to 310 Hickory Lane, Haddonfield, NJ 08033, USA, email

ARLENE Beare of London is trying to find out more about her grandparents Rebecca Bloom and Aaron Dorfman, who married at Holy Law Beth Aron Synagogue in 1901.

They were living at Lord Street, Cheetham. Witnesses were J Brandt and J Bachner. Rebecca was born in Lithuania Rebecca Sher, but the family moved to Riga where she grew up. Aaron was also from Riga although the Dorfman's had originated in Birzai, Lithuania.

Write to 10 Berkeley Court, 39 Ravenscroft Avenue, London NW11 8BG or email Arlene Beare

ADAM Eisen of Sweden is looking for information about his great grandparents, Wolf and Fanny Eisenstein, who originally came from Bessarabia or Belarus.

They lived in Manchester around 1890-1896 before emigrating to Philadelphia, America.

Their children were Abraham, Bess, Marks, Motel, Reubenand Annie-Rose -the last two of whom were born in Manchester. Fanny's maiden name was Malickson. There appears to also have been a Sara Eisenstein, aged 25, in 1896.

Write to Nockebyvägen 64, 167 75 Bromma, Sweden or email

BRIAN Clements of Lancing would like to hear from Marilyn Silver, who was at the Brighton School of Librarianship in 1962.

Write to 1 St Mary's Close, Sompting, Lancing BN15 0AF or telephone 01903 609703.

MAURICE Bohbot of France wants to find his penfriend, Regina Spivack, from the 1950s. Maurice was living in Morocco at the time, whilst Regina lived in Southgate, London.

Contact Sagittaire, 1, Avenue de Rimiez, 06100 NICE, France or email

SONYA Mitchell of New Zealand is searching for any Mitchell paternal line relatives. She would like to hear from anyone who knew Rachel Marks nee Mitchell. Write to P.O. Box 23021, Dalesford, Hamilton, New Zealand or email

DIANE Freilich of Michigan is searching for descendants of the Sedeauer family - Jacob, Charlotte, Rebecca and Bella - who emigrated to America around 1875. Write to 30580 Hunters Drive #65-21, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-1357, USA or email

ELI Goldstein of South Africa is seeking descendants of the Glass Family of Manchester who are connected to the Levy and Levin families of Manchester and Dublin. Write to PO Box 78381, Sandton 2146, South Africa or email

MARJORIE Clark of Lincolnshire wants to find records of grandparents Eli and Elizabeth Harrison.

Marjorie discovered in 1940 that she had been adopted. She later found out that although born in Liverpool, her real mother, Sadie/Sarah Harrison, lived at 49 Portman Street, South Manchester. Eli and Elizabeth are buried at Phillips Park Cemetery in Whitefield.

Write to Flat 1, Burghley Street, Bourne, Lincs PE10 9NS or telephone 01778 423153.

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