Posted in Ancestry, England, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, London

Jack Hyamovitch (Hyams)

Jack Hyamovitch was born on June 28, 1908, London, England to Marks and Polly Hyamovitch. He was the 4th child, the 4th son born to them. Jack was my 1st cousin 2x removed. The picture below is one of the earliest known photo’s of the family and you can see Jack seated next to Polly. The year is most likely about 1910.

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 Jack Hyamovitch 

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I believe this is Jack a bit older – but I can not be sure.

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I have very little to no information on Jack and his early years and life. He would marry two times. His first marriage was to Alice Thorpe. From Ancestry.com  England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005  I found this record for his marriage.

Name: Jack Hyamovitch
Registration Date: Jul 1932
[Aug 1932] 
[Sep 1932] 
Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration district: West Ham
Inferred County: Essex
Spouse: Alice Thorpe

Unfortunately at this time there is no other information to identify who her parents were.

Born to Alice in June of 1931 was daughter Beryl K. It is unclear to me if in fact she was the daughter of Jack. Notice she was born one year prior to their marriage. Alice and Jack  did have a confirmed daughter, Marie, born 19 Sept. 1933, West Ham, Essex.

Two marriages were found for Beryl, the first to Kenneth Bishop and a second to Robert E. Browne, 1950 (Jan-Feb-Mar) in Islington, London.

I could find no marriage record for daughter Marie.

Jack’s second marriage was to Louise Silver (Davyatski) (according to a researcher on Ancestry with this family, Louise’s parents were Ruben and Sarah with a last name of (Davyatski) changed to Silver)

I was unable to find a record for their marriage using both Ancestry and FamilySearch, under Silver or Davyatski,  Haimovitch or Hyams. Their first child, a son named Jeffrey Hyams was born 18 Feb. 1938, Stepney, London. Benjamin followed on 26 Mar. 1939, Bethnal Green, Middlesex, then Myrna born on Feb. 24th, 1941 in Herefordshire and their last child, another son, Melvyn, 4 May 1943 in Luton, Bedforshire.

Locating the 1939 England and Wales Register for Jack Hyamovitch  on Ancestry, I found him listed living with Louise’s parents

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What I found most interesting was that only Jack was listed and not Louise. It states he was born June 18, 1908,  (could be a typo as we have the 28) married and a carpenter. He is listed with Rubin Silver, 2 Oct, 1880, a fur nailer and Sarah Silver, 2 July, 1884, unpaid domestic duties. So where was Louise and first son Jeffrey?

I decided to do a quick check on ancestry for Louise and actually found her under the name Louise Hyams under the 1939 England and Wales Register Norfolk > New Huntstanton >UD > TQGB The birthdate of 11 Aug. 1914 confirmed this was her. She was working as an unpaid domestic duties @ 42 Victoria Ave listed under Harry J. Bennet, gardener, Kate E., unpaid domestic duties and a Phyllis Bennett, unpaid domestic duties and part time grocery bookkeeper, along with a William J. Rennie

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So my thoughts jump to why was she not living with her husband and parents? Does unpaid actually mean unpaid and if so why again would she be working for a family and not getting paid? Where was her first son Jeffrey who would only have been 1 years old? He was not listed with either Jack or Louise.

Trying to learn just what was meant by unpaid domestic duties, I turned to google with a search for just that on the 1939 England and Wales Register. According to walesonline.co.uk 1939 was one of the most important records at the beginning for WWII,

“In just one day 65,000 enumerators were employed to visit every house in England and Wales to take stock of the 41 million strong civil population.

The information that they recorded was used to issue Identity Cards, plan mass evacuations, establish rationing and co-ordinate other wartime provisions.

In the longer term, the 1939 Register would go on to play a central role in the establishment of post-war services like the NHS.

As well as being a vital document at the time, the register is also set to be a resource of huge historic importance. Due to the 1921 census not being publicly available, the 1931 census having been destroyed during the war and the 1941 census not being taken because of the war the 1939 Register bridges a hitherto vacant period between 1911 and 1951″ 

No.1 under top professions for woman was “unpaid domestic duties” I was unable to find a suitable reason as to why Louise would be in the home of anther family carrying out the duties of an unpaid domestic  which simply ‘refers to a housewife’.

Which brings up the question of when the Hyamovitch family changed their last name and started using Hyams. In 1939 Marks and Polly were listed with the Hyamovitch, son Sam had Hyamovitch but it was crossed out and Hyams was replaced. Philip was interesting as he was first listed as Phil Hyams which was crossed out and Hyamovitch, Phil was written then o/w Phil Hyams with an additional notation

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We saw above that Jack was listed under Hyamovitch, and I was unable to find a record for Harry or Hyman.  As late as July of 1947 Sam was still using Hyamovitch when he married Fanny Kaplan/Isaacson, in 1940 Hyman was using Hyamovitch … I could go on, it appears the name change may have been on an individual basis and not one instituted by their father Marks. I would love to hear from a family member on this.

Getting back to Jack – he was a carpenter like his father Marks and Uncle Samuel. I do not have any more information on him.

Jack Hyamovitch Hyams born 28 June 1908 passed away o March 7, 1960 in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England at the age of 52.

HIs children ranged in the ages of 27-17 years old when he passed.

I have no information at this time on what became of Louise his second wife.

 

Posted in Ancestry, Chicago, Genealogy, Goldberg, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, London, New York, Srulovitz, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

Kalman Asriel Goldberg married Arlene Srulovitz: Are we connected?

In my last post I wrote about Jeanette Weiss who married Emanuel Goldberg. You can read about them here  While researching them I made an interesting discovery connecting them back to my Srulowitz/Srulovitz or Strulowitz family.

In 1932, Jean and Manny had a son, Kalman Asrial born January 27th, Chicago, Ill.

For some time now I have been trying to locate my Srulowitz family that had left New York for Chicago. My great grandmother was a woman named Rebecca Srulowitz and while we know her parents names were Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen that is really all we knew with the exception that Rebecca’s extended family had located in Chicago. In addition she had a sister named Minnie who had a duaghter named Mollie, known as red head Mollie.

I have a number of Strulowitz connected DNA cousins  4 – 8 generations back and nothing to connected our family with these matches, that is until now.

Before I go further let me explain my connection to Jean Weiss. She is the niece of the wife of my 2nd great uncle; Phillip Hyam’s (Hyamovitch). Phillip’s father was Marks Hyamovitch (England branch) brother to my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz (New York branch) The connection is distant but with the discovery of Kalman and then to his wife but I have connected these two families through marriage and linked them as our Srulowitz family.

Kalman Asriel Goldberg married Arlene Srulowitz on October 24, 1954 in Chicago, Ill. Arlene was born June 5, 1934. That was an interesting discovery for me and I quickly went to work trying to discover who Arlene was.

Arlene was the daughter of Herman Srulovitz b. May 3, 1913, Brooklyn, N.Y. son of Isadore Srulovitz b. 1884 Hungary- d. 1933 Chicago and Esther Altberger b. 1891 Hungary – died 1966 Chicago.

I have been sitting on 3 DNA connections to the family of Isadore and Esther for a few years now. I have been communication with the granddaughter of Arlene in both group emails with the England Hyamovitch family and privately the last view months unaware that we circle back around and connect.

I have a task in front of me to try and discover just how Isadore and Rebecca are connected. I have nothing proven yet.  What I am going to try to prove is were

Could Isadore born 1884, father Samuel M. and Rebecca born 1880, father Samuel be brother and sister?

Posted in Ancestry, England, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, London, Weiss

Weiss Family Photo Compare

For Wordless Wednesday I posted this picture below. It was from a grouping of unidentified family photo’s graciously shared by the Bass and Morris Families. The painstaking task of matching known photo’s with unknown has begun and I would like to venture a guess on this one.

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My first thought studying this, was, could these be siblings? An older sister with a younger brother. The young man seems to be of mid teen age.

A photo that was identified was this fabulous family photo of Marks Hyamovitch and his wife Polly (Pauline) Weiss

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Comparing the photo of Polly from the family portrait photo above to the younger woman, do you think these two woman could be the the same; could it be a younger Polly Weiss? I think possibly.

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Polly was born in 1882 and she had a younger brother named Phillip, aka Pacey born in 1885.

Comparing the known photo of Pacey on his wedding day (1906) with the one of the younger man, do you think these two men the same? I think very likely.

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The question is ~ could this be a picture of Polly Hyamovitch nee Weiss (1882) with her brother Phillip Weiss (1885)? I am strongly leaning to yes.

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I would love to hear from you on this question

Posted in Ancestry, Census, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, London

Marks Hyamovitch Revisited & Tracked

Marks Hyamovitch, my 2nd great Uncle, was born May 1880, in Iasi, Romania, and immigrated to London, England in 1900, at the age of 20 with his wife Polly (Weiss). Using all the records I could find for them, I wanted to outline a basic time line of where they lived during their life.

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The census took place every 10 years. The first attempt at a census was in 1801 with very few records that still exist. I started with the 1901 census and was unable to find any listing for Marks and Polly, trying numerous combinations of the spelling for the last name.

The first record available was the 1911 census. Marks, 30 and Polly 29, was living at 14 Denmark Street. The civil parish and registration district was St George in the East, London England. (I am totally unfamiliar with England and the way the city is laid out) Living with them was son Samuel (8), Hyman (7), Phillip (4), Jack (3) and 2 boarders, John  with last name left blank ?, (33), coffee roaster and Jane Schwartz (20) ladies work and in (Feller Hand)

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Using google maps, as best as I can tell this red building  is the one listed as 14 Denmark St., where they were living in 1911.

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1921 census was just a place of work and industry listing and if a marriage was dissolved for divorce.

1921 ~ Limehouse District (record for death of daughter Edith)

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

Name Eda Hyamovitch Death Age 0 Birth Date abt 1921 Registration Date Oct 1921 Registration QuarterOct-Nov-DecRegistration district Limehouse Inferred County LondonVolume1cPage347Household Members

1930 ~ 22A Finch St, Bishopsgate, London 

London, England, City Directories, 1736-1943

Name M. Hyamovitch Residence Date 1930 Street Address 22A, Finch St ElT N Bishopsgate  6376 Residence Place London, England Occupation Who. Cabnt. Mkr Household Members

The 1931 census for England and Wales was destroyed in a fire in 1942.

1934 ~ Medway Building (East Side) Stanfield Rd ~ Wood Bedstead mkr (this appears to be a business address for him)

UK, City and County Directories, 1766 – 1946

1938 ~ 34 A Med Way Rd (I am not sure if this is home or a business address)

UK, City and County Directories, 1766 – 1946

Name Marks Hyamovitch Publication Year 1938 Address 34 A Med way rd’ Bow E3 Residence Place London, England

1939 ~ 60 Poplar, London, England  

1939 England and Wales Register

Living with them was their son Samuel (36) also working as a cabinet maker like his father. Marks says ‘heavy’ but I could not read the word written for Samuel. The last name was crossed off and Hyam’s was written, the name most family members were using by now.

 

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Using google maps I tried to get an idea of the areas in London – almost in the middle of the map is the area known as Poplar and over to the left Limehouse

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In this 2nd view, almost dead center right, with the hand marker is Poplar, following to the left, before WhiteChapel area is Limehouse, then over to Marylebone on the left is also an area they lived as you will read below.

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There was no 1941 census due to WWII

1945 ~ Alien Orders, Certificate of Registration – Passport 

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From Polly’s record you can see the Tottenham St address, which is crossed off on Marks above; with the postal address of Flat 5 2/25 Nassau St.

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Here we are (below) at 24/25 Nassau St. in the Fitzrovia area which is just to the right of Marylebone. From what I can tell they always remained in the same ‘parallel’ moving to the right and left on the maps always north of the River Thames

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1954 ~ 4 Even Nos St Marylebone, Westminster 
London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965

Name Marks Hyamovitch Electoral Date 1954 Street Address 4 Even Nos Ward or Division/Constituency St Marylebone County or BoroughWestminster, England

1956 ~ 5 Hat, St Marylebone, Westminster

London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965

Name Marks Hyamovitch Electoral Date 1956 Street Address 5 Hat Ward or Division/Constituency St MaryleboneCounty or Borough Westminster, England

1957 ~ 5 Florence St. Marylebone, Westminster

London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965

Marks Hyamovitch Electoral Date 1957 Street Address 5 Florence Ward or Division/Constituency St Marylebone County or Borough Westminster, England

I found both of these homes listed as 5 Florence St. I believe it is the second picture with black door but not knowing the areas I can not be sure. Maybe an England cousin could chime in and help me out.

 

1958 ~ 5 Nassau Street, St Marylebone, Westminster

London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965
Name Marks Hyamovitch Electoral Date 1958 Street Address 5 Nassau Street
Ward or Division/Constituency St Marylebone County or Borough Westminster, England

1962 ~ Wandsworth

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

Marks Hyamovitch Death Age 81 Birth Date abt 1881 Registration Date Oct 1962 Registration Quarter Oct-Nov-Dec Registration district Wandsworth Inferred County London

The death certificate for Marks lists the 24/25 Nassau Rd address

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Posted in Ancestry, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, London, New York, Romania

Our Missing Unknown Haimowitz Sister

I know one day I will be posting “I found her” but not today. My search continues for the missing sister of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch – (our London Branch)

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Unknown sister, Samuel and Freda (daughter of Marks) Bronx (abt. 1950)

This mystery, ‘The mystery of the unknown Haimowitz Sister’ haunts my dreams and wakes me at all hours of the night with search idea’s, whispers of what I may have missed and what I should recheck.

Todays hunt led me to a woman named Ethel Rosenthal. Using familysearch.com, I put into a general search the last name of Haimowitz, an estimate for a birth date based on her brothers ages, along with the known parents last names. Using both mother (Greenblatt) and father (Haimowitz) yielded nothing, a repeat search with simply the father’s last name Haimowitz, about 200 matches came up. From there I began looking for a woman, with a father last name of Haimowitz- first name Hyman.

The idea is; on familysearch, they have a very easy way to view family before looking at the record. In other words I am always looking for a woman who’s records list a father’s name of Hyman Haimowitz and a mother Ida or Edith Greenblatt, any combination or creative spelling of the names. Records are always being added and changes made so I revisit often.

On page 3, I spotted Ethel Rosenthal. Her father was listed as Hiam Hamowitz, mother unknown. Ethel had passed in 1949 at 64, which gave me a birth year of 1885 . This was in my search parameters of 1880 – 1890. Her death was located in Cincinnati, Ohio and while I was looking for a NY death, nothing was out of the question. Checking the record there was a death certificate I was able to view.

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Could this be our missing sister? I was hopeful, I always am.

Back to ancestry.com I checked the census records and found her married to a Morris Rosenthal with a family of children ages 14 – 0 in the 1920c along with a hint that led me to a marriage certificate for a daughter, Mollie married – Nathan Stein; notice the informant on the death certificate. Another hint led me to an obituary listing in newspapers.com 

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The anticipation of learning if this was our missing sister was answered, it was not or was it still in question?  There was no mention of Samuel or Marks. Of course the next question could be did ‘they’ have 3 more unknown siblings in this family? A brother Joseph, sister Sara and a Mrs. Ben Richman. Were Samuel and Marks unknown to this branch? A little too far out there to look into. I am feeling confident this is not the sister.

There have been many more hopeful searches in the quest to find our missing sister. Each one has been one of elimination so far which only brings me closer to her.

The hunt continues, hope is alive, the possibilities are endless.

Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Familes, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, London, New York, Romania

The 4th of July 2019

As I welcomed today, this 4th of July,  2019, it began as all others, the usual morning routine; I knew there would be no holiday picnic, no family close by to gather with. There would be late night tv mixed with the dread of bombs bursting in air over our evening sky and we would be up consoling our fur baby and keeping him calm. Then another thought began to surface.

This was the first 4th of July since finding my English ancestors, the first, knowing I had actual family who made their life there in England, the first time to think about the importance and impact of my ancestors choices on mine and my families lives. The first time I would be thinking of and looking at our separation and independence from Great Britain in a totally new light.

My great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz immigrated, arrived and settled in the United States of America sometime between 1900 and 1902 while his brother Marks Hyamovitch arrived in England in 1901 where he settled and established his family. Both of them immigrating from Romania.

 

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There are so many questions regarding these two brothers and their choices.  The most obvious for me is why had Samuel chosen America and why had Marks chosen England? Had they traveled from Romania together before Sam left for America? If so why had Marks remained? What had influenced their choices? Was it a financial or personal preference? What had been their relationship prior to their decisions? Both men were carpenters and perhaps they worked together at some point. Their age difference is about 5 years. Sam the oldest born about 1875 and Marks in 1880. It appears as with many families with great distances between them that over the years and generations information and contact between these two families was lost. All these questions and more remain now for those of us who have come after them.

Just last month a cousin, Arline, traveled with her husband from California to London to meet for the first time this branch of cousins. It has been about 70 years since a member of the English branch traveled here to New York. It had been through one lone photo taken at this meeting, that survived with the English branch, that connected us all together again. In just a couple of weeks, Arline, who I too have never met, will travel from her home to mine in Washington state and we will meet.

This 4th of July has taken on a very new and special meaning for me…the 13 colonies may have separated and declared their independence back in 1776 but I am declaring and my proclamation is no amount of time and distance or declaration by our forefathers can separate or divide me from my extended family. We are forever connected not only through DNA but the bond of humanity.

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Posted in Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Katanka, London, New York, Odessa, Romania, Weiss

~ Haimowitz ~ Hyamovitch ~ Hyams ~

Do you know me? 

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In an effort to keep my search for our missing mystery sister alive, I am again featuring her this month. The photo was taken sometime between 1949 and 1951 in the Bronx, N.Y. when Freda Katanka nee Hyams, made a trip to the states to meet her Aunt and Uncle.

This is the only known photo circulating in our family for her. She is the sister of my great grandfather

Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch

The differences in the last names is also a mystery. I suspect that Marks kept the last name most closest to the original spelling and Samuel perhaps Americanized the last name. It’s just a guess. Many of Marks children would go on to change their name to Hyams.

Their parents were known as Hyman Haimowitz and Ida Greenblatt (also seen as Yetta or Gitel). The spelling of Hyman Haimowitz came solely from the records for son Samuel.

Sam appears at this point to be the oldest, born about 1975 in Odesa, Russian Empire/Ukraine. From there the family crossed into Romania, made there way up to Iasi, where and when Marks was born in 1880. Where their sister fits in age wise we do not know. If there were other siblings we do not know that either. Their immigration out of Romania also remains a mystery.

Marks and his wife Polly Weiss settled in London, England. They were the parents of 9 children; Samuel, Hyman, Phillip, Jack, Annie Joyce, Benjamin, Freda, Edith, and Harry.

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Samuel married Rebecca Srulowitz/Strulowitz and settled in New York, eventually in the Bronx. They would have 5 children Hyman, Pincus/Paul, Freda, Isidore, and Molly. 

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