Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, Lifschitz, Lipschitz, Romania, Rosen

And The Adventure Continues

2018 has been an amazing year for our family history with quite a few walls crumbling down. Cousin connections were made and others were strengthened.

The highlight for this year has been two mysteries solved within the Lipschitz and Haimowitz families.

The story of Benjamin Lipschitz, my great grandfather on my birthmother Marlene’s maternal side, was solved with a 3rd cousin DNA match to Jane.

I had been haunted for quite some time regarding Benjamin and his wife Kate Rosen. Both of them deaf from a childhood illness, they were joined together through an arranged marriage. I just knew there had to be more to their story and family than just my grandmother Myra, her sisters Esther and Mary and their descendants. There was!

On my Haimowitz side I had knowledge that some family had immigrated to England from Romania. Who this ‘family’ was, was a complete unknown. Siblings, Uncles, Aunts, cousins..we had no clue. Due solely to the writing of this blog and a post on this mystery family connection, I was contacted by a woman in England which led to a conclusive DNA connection that we discovered this English branch. Marks Hyamovitch was the brother of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz, who set down roots in England.

Both these discoveries and connections to cousins has been a highlight in my family research journey this year. And while these mystery were solved so many yet remain.

One such mystery – who is the mystery sister on the left of Samuel and their niece, Freda Hyams (Hyamovitch) daughter of Marks?

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Another highlight for me this year came very recently in way of a photo share from my birthmother’s sister Rochelle and her daughter Lisa. I was sent this photo of Marlene Haimowitz just a month or so after she gave birth to me. Pregnant with me through all of her 18th year she gave birth to be 16 days after turning 19 on February 8th, 1953.

Marlene Haimowitz

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I started 2018 with a purchase and post on a beautiful piece of jewelry and I think most appropriate for ending this year.

The Chai, pronounced ‘hay’, is a letter in the alphabet with its numerical number 18. This is a spiritual number in Judaism and it most certainly fulfilled its destiny this year in bringing much life to our family.


I would like to thank all of my family and friends who have followed along this year, commented and contributed to our families rich heritage. To all the cousin connections, both old and new, those connections with their strings still undone, I am excited for the new year and new discoveries in store.

A happy healthy coming year

as the adventure continues



Posted in Canada, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Harry Ethelbert King, Hyamovitch, Stephen Larkin King

Harry Ethelbert King of London, Ontario, Canada- looking for descendants

Continuing with the story and family of Marks Hyamovitch, brother of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz, I wanted to write about a man named Harry Ethelbert King. It is my hope that this post will eventually lead to the descendants of Harry and the ability to connect them to a family they may not be aware of.

Marks Hyamovitch and Polly Hyamovitch (nee Weiss) had a daughter by the name of Annie born in 1912, London, England. Known as Annie Hyams, she was first married to Jack Simmons and had 2 children with him.

It is impossible to know the circumstances but sometime in 1942/43 Annie met a private in the Canadian Royal Forces by the name of Harry Ethelbert King who was stationed in London, England. Harry and Annie, never married but they had 1 daughter together by the name of Jeanette born in 1943.

Annie’s story continues as she went on to meet and marry a second time to Frederick Robert Brown, an American. She would have 3 more children with him.

What we would love to solve is finding the King 1/2 siblings of Jeanette and their families. The discovery of the obituary for Harry Ethelbert King provided much information. Using the phenomenal resource of the Tracing The Tribe Facebook page, someone located his obituary, not accessible on line I was told how to locate it.  I was directed to for help and for the nominal fee of $5, I was able to get Harry’s obituary as well as information on possibly receiving some service related information for him.

Harry Ethelbert King was born 13 October, 1916, in Gorrie, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada. He was the son of Stephen Larkin King b. 22 Jan, 1888, Howick, Huron Co., Ontario and Mary Jane McCullough b. 1892, Ontario. She was the daughter of  Hugh McCullough and Almeda Dafoe. Stephen and Mary Jane were married on 23 Dec. 1911 in Huron, Ontario, Canada.

Stephen and Mary Jane had 4 children – Velda (1913) , Harry (1916), Leonard (1918), and Everard John (1920).

On the 25 May, 1935 Harry had married Maude Irene Mortis (1913) daughter of Alfred E. Mortis and Susan Harriet Hilton. 

Marriage License for Harry Ethelbert King and Maude Irene Mortis

46711_1220705233_1940-00655Source Citation Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages Source Information and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1936 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

Harry and Maude had 4 children together and from his obituary below we were able to learn the names of Jeanette’s 4  half siblings.

Obituary for Harry Ethelbert King 



Mrs. Mary Irene (King) McQuaid

Mrs Esther (King) Reep (Wilfred)

Mrs Ruth Ann (King) Wheatley (John)

Alfred King

Also from the obituary we were able to confirm the names of Harry’s siblings  with the town they were living in at the time of Harry’s passing. Leonard King of Listowel, Lorne King of Woodstock, and Mrs George (Velda) Corrie of Watford. Missing was Everard John unless he was using Lorne.