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  londonmiddlesexresearch@ogs.on.ca 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 Ancestry.com and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1936 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com 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 

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Mrs. Mary Irene (King) McQuaid

Mrs Esther (King) Reep (Wilfred)

Mrs Ruth Ann (King) Wheatley (John)

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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.

 

 

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Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, Odessa, Romania, Strulowitz, Weiss

Marks Hyamovitch Family

In the story of The Three Little Pigs, the 3rd and final house was made of brick ~ The wolf huffed and he puffed but couldn’t blow the house down. With genealogy we often refer to a brick wall in our research, that wall stops us in our tracks and can keep us from moving backwards in our research. But I huffed and puffed and with the help of this blog and a little help from a fellow blogger, one of my brick walls did crumble.

What I knew was that my great grandfather had family living in England. Who they were and what the connection was I had no idea. I also knew that he had a sister but we had no knowledge of her name or who she married. We knew only that she had immigrated from Romania and was here in New York with my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz. The extent of our information on her was one photo and only a partial picture of her at that. So when I was contacted by a descendant of our English branch of the family I was overjoyed not only to learn of them but to have a wonderful photo shared with us.  Below and on the left is the “mystery sister” next to her brother Samuel and Freda, their niece, daughter of Marks Hyamovitch, brother of Samuel, visiting from England. They were meeting in New York for the first time. This photo was sent to me by a cousin stating ‘we think this is your great grandfather with the daughter of his brother Marks Hyamovitch.

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Later identification was confirmed by my family members as well as DNA to a new English cousin. That indeed was my great grandfather with his sister along with Freda Hyamovitch.

Marks Hyamovitch was born in 1880, Iasi, Romania. He was five years younger than his brother Samuel who was born in Odessa, Russian Empire/Ukraine in 1875. Their parents were Hyman Haimowitz and Ida/Yetta Greenblatt.  Tracking their movement from documents, we know that in 1875 the family was at home in Odessa, along the Black Sea where Sam was born. Some time prior to or by Samuel becoming 5 years old they made the move to Iasi, Romania, the hub of Jewish life where Marks was born in 1880. From this time frame up until 1898 I have no family information. Samuel married Rebecca Strulowitz, daughter of Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen by 1898 (in Romania)  At some point Samuel had left Iasi and moved south to the town of Galati, Romania. That is where his first son Hyman/Herman was born in 1898.

By 1900 at the age of 20, Marks had made his way to England, where he settled. Samuel had not arrived in New York until sometime between 1901 and prior to the 1905 which left the possibility of him traveling to England as well, before departing for New York. I have been unable to find any information on Samuel’s immigration or been able to track a route for him. So many question are still left unanswered. Had he possibly gone with his brother to England and then over to America?

Both Samuel and Marks named son’s after their father so I suspect Hyman had passed away by the time 1st grandson Hyman was born in 1898. This raised the question for me, where was their mother Ida/Yetta? Had she remained in Romania?

I am not concerned about the different spelling of Marks last name as Hyamovitch and not Haimowitz  like Samuels. I attribute it to location, perhaps a spelling error or assimilation to region if there is such a thing. I tend to think Hyamovitch may have been the more accurate spelling of their last name.

Shared with me by the family of Marks is the document below.

Aliens Order 1920, Certificate of Regerstration

17 April 1945

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What a wonderful document. Even though his profession of carpenter is crossed off (why?) Marks and his brother Samuel both were carpenters their entire adult life.

His wife was named Polly Weiss born in 1882, Romania. She was the daughter of Sam Weiss and her mother’s maiden name was Shwaltz (info from family) and shown on document. I am unable to make out her first name.

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From the descendants of Marks and Polly I learned they had eight children spanning a period of 20 years all born in London. This generation of children went on to change their last name to Hyams.

First born was Samuel b. 5 May, 1903 followed by Hyman b. 17 May, 1904,  Philip/Pinny 5 June, 1906 Jack b. 28 June, 1908 Annie b. 1912 Benjamin b. 20 March, 1912, Freda b. 1919 and Harry b. 26 March, 1923

Marks Hyamovitch died in December 16, 1962 in the Tooting Bee Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England. He was 81 years old. Cause of death was listed as 1a. bronchopneumonia 1b.generalized arteriosclerosis 2. senility

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He is buried at the Rainham Jewish Cemetery, Rainham Borough of Havering, Greater London, England

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A big Thank you to the members of the Facebook page ‘Tracing The Tribe’ for the translation of the stone. Their willingness to help, explain, suggest, interpret is always so appreciated. Member Robin Meltzer wrote;

Hi Sharon – this is the complete translation: “[abbreviation] Here lies buried/ Mr. Mendel son of Mr. Pinchas/ died 20 Kislev 5723 [abbreviation] by the small count/ [abbreviation] May her soul be bound in the bond of life.” The Hebrew word at the very bottom of the stone is “Shalom,” in this context, “peace.” His father’s name was Pinchas.

So two things jumped out at me, the first being that Marks name was actually Mendel which I did not know and the second thing was his fathers name was written as Pinchas. This is in conflict with what was written on the stone of his brother Samuel seen below.

So I posed this question or statement

“What is interesting to me is that on the headstones of two brother’s one said ‘son of Haim’ and this said ‘son of Pinchas’. Both brothers named son’s Hyman and Pinchas. I suppose the engravings of names on the stones is reflective of who is giving the information and not always the exact name. One brother was in the states the other in England. Again thank you all for the help.” 

Sharon – it is possible that the father had two given names, “Chaim Pinchas” or “Pinchas Chaim.” On the headstones you mentioned, is there a time period where one name is used and not the other, or do they switch back and forth? If there are religious marriage records for his children, that might help clear this up

I posted the photo of Samuels headstone

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And the translation of Samuel’s headstone by Robin

“[abbr] Here lies buried/ Yehoshua son of Mr. Chaim/ died 18 Nisan 5714/ [abbr] May his soul be bound in the bond of life.” “Haimowitz” is the patronymic of “Chaim.” But people changed surnames, full siblings adopted different surnames, so proving that could be difficult. If “Pinchas” was in use earlier than “Chaim,” another possibility is that the father had “Chaim” added to “Pinchas” as an amuletic name later in life due to illness. But it is actually rare that even when there is good documentation of an additional name, that the amuletic name is included in the headstone inscription. Different families have very different customs for this.

I do not have an explanation for the difference in their fathers known first name. I still am partial to Samuel and Marks having sons named Pinchas/Pincus = Paul to us and Philip/Pinny = Pinchas/Pincus and son’s named Hyman as an explanation for tying the first name together.

Marks Hyamovitch 

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Marks and Polly with Annie and Freda 

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Polly Hyamovitch nee Weiss

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Polly passed a year after her husband Marks on March 13, 1963 at Middlesex Hospital, St Marylebone, Middlesex, England. She was 82 years old.

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Posted in Genealogy

Dornfest Family Revisited: An 1892 Document Found

My intention was to continue with a post on the discovery Marks Hyamovitch brother to my great grandfather Samuel but something truly remarkable happened today. I woke this morning to a message from a person responding to a blog post on the Dornfest family

https://nwpaintedlady.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/solomon-dornfest-revealed/

The Dornfest Family is connected to my cousin Lisa on her paternal side of the family. Just a quick refresher ~ Lisa’s 3x great grandfather was a man named  Shimon (Zalman, Shmuel) Dornfest. He married Chaela (Kate) Stacker both from Austria.  I have no birth information for them. Shimon and Chaela were the parents of Frieda (Fannie) b. Feb. 1862, Austria d. 24 July 1905, Brooklyn, N.Y..  She married Isaac Goldstein.  Son Solomon b. 1 Sept. 1870, Austria d. 20 April 1924, N.Y.C.. He married Ida Price.

This morning I received the following message

Hi, we found some informations on our grandmas attic – it’s an notarial act of plot pucharse. My grandgrand father was a buyer and a seller was Leon and Salomon Dornfest. They was a brewery owners in Łańcut (Lancut) and the parcel was in Rakszawa (south east Poland)

If You give me e-mail I can send you this act.

I sent my email address and received the following document

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Greetings from Poland 🙂
Lukasz Babiarz
Posted in Austria, Dornfest, Genealogy, Goldstein/Kessman, Poland, Steinman/Oxman

A 23-year-old launches a 1909 labor revolt

After reading this outstanding post by one of my favorite blogs, I decided I would really like to share it with you. In light of election day, a right we must never take for granted, let us not forget that our fore mothers fought for our rights, right to vote, right to fair wages, right to fair working conditions so in honor of them it was easy peasy to click the reblog button and here we go…I hope you enjoy it as much as I did ~ Sharon

Ephemeral New York

In the early 1900s, Clara Lemlich’s life resembled that of thousands of other immigrant girls.

Born in the Ukraine in 1886, she came to New York with her family in 1903. Still a teenager and barely five feet tall, she toiled at a job as a draper in a waist factory.

“We worked from sunrise to sunset seven days a week,” she wrote in a 1965 letter. “The shops were located in old dilapidated buildings, in the back of stores . . . the hissing of the machines, the yelling of the Foreman made life unbearable.”

Strikes were frequent, and Lemlich didn’t shy away from the picket line. “However every strike we called was broken by the police and gangsters hired by the bosses,” she wrote.

From 1906 to 1909, Lemlich was arrested more than 17 times and was beaten up by hired thugs who broke her ribs and…

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Posted in DNA, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, Pittsburgh

Puzzle Pieces of the Haimowitz Family are Falling Into Place

In my last post I shared a recent discovery and posed a comparison question for a photo I had recently received. I asked my family and readers for their opinion: could these two men be the same person?

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Before I go further with this post I wanted to take just a moment to respond to the most recent tragedy that has struck, devastated, shook a city, a people, a country, to it’s core. Looking into the eyes of my great grandfather Samuel in the picture above, I can hear him whispering ‘we must never forget; find your place, your voice and tell our story’ In a essay my (adopting) mother wrote in the late 40’s, her timeless words ring as true then as it does today

“even though conditions in the world look dark now and many of us are despairing, we must remember that our fathers survived all trials and tribulations ever since the beginning of time, thus we must never give up hope. What out ancestors were able to do again and again in the past under all conceivable circumstances and in all parts of the world we may yet do again in the future” Grace Judith Tanner

Today I remember the 11 beautiful souls who lost their lives to hate and anti semitism in Pittsburg on October 27th, 2018. I  will always remember them, their families and the city of Pittsburg.

Today I will tell our story which is their story ~ we are connected and connecting, remembering and reminding ~ we are ~ we matter ~ you are ~ you matter ~ we all have a place and story to share ~ you are valuable and will never be forgotten.

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In the photo of the two men above I had asked – could they be the same man? The answer is yes, they are, which led to a most welcomed and earth shaking crumbling of a brick wall in my family research. A cousin named Arline had shared with me that some of the family of Samuel Haimowitz had remained in England and never immigrated from their home country of Romania to the U.S.. That was the extent of my information. Nothing else. A series of events led to Karen (3rd c in England) reaching out to me, the domino’s fell connecting me to her and now 3 more family members

One of those members, a cousin named Joan ( 2c 1r)  had done her DNA with MyHeritage. I had tested with Ancestry, so after some thought on how we could compare our DNA, I uploaded mine from Ancestry to MyHeritage, almost positive we would have a match. In the meantime Karen, Joan and myself began to share information and photo’s trying to get a better picture and an idea of what exactly was going on. Entering the conversation another cousin named Stephen added to the information and then Fred.

All of these 3 shared a man named Marks Hyamovitch who we believed was/is the brother of my Samuel Haimowitz. While the spelling of the last name is not the same it did not deter me from suspecting the match. Below is the picture Karen had shared with me.  She suspected that the man in the middle could be my grandfather Samuel. The young woman on the right was Freda Hyamovitch/Hyams daughter of Marks Hyamovitch taken while she was in America visiting with her father s brother. The older woman was unknown. That is how I came to comparing the two photo’s we suspected were the same man. I have since learned that a branch from one of Marks children did immigrate to the U.S.. and since learning of this I have been contacted by yet another cousin named Fred joined the conversation.

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I shared the photo with my cousin Arline and my Aunt Rochelle. They both confirmed  that they had no doubt this was their grandfather Samuel Haimowitz, my great grandfather. In addition Arline had no doubt that the older woman was Samuel’s sister who’s identity is still unknown.

The DNA results are in and My Heritage has confirmed that I am a 1st cousin 2x removed to Joan over in England.

 

 

Marks Hyamovitch

b. 1880 Iasi, Romania

d. Dec 1962 Wandsworth, London, England

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In my next post I will begin to share the story of Marks and his wife Polly Weiss from the information that has been shared with me. ©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Genealogy

Haimowitz photo comparison questions

You never know what will arrive via your email in box, a phone call, a phone message when you are researching your family history along with blogging the adventure. On Oct 17th I heard from fellow blogger Amy Cohen, https://brotmanblog.com/  passing on the email address of a woman trying to get in touch with me. I am still not sure why it went through Amy but I am certainly glad in did.

I have been working on a brick wall within my Haimowitz family research for quite some time now with no headway made for years. This wall has been mentioned before but I will briefly outline it before getting to the heart of this post.

My great grandfather was Samuel Haimowitz born 15 March 1875, Odessa, Romania/Russian Empire/Ukraine and died 22 April 1954, Bronx, N.Y. He was the son of Hyman/Herman Haimowitz and Ida Greenblatt. Samuel married Rebecca Strulowitz/Srulowitz approx. 1897 over seas and the best I can guess at this point immigrated here together with their two son’s, Hyman/Herman and Pincus/Paul before added 3 more children to their family.

Information on siblings for Samuel is very sketchy with a 2nd cousin remembering only a sister for Samuel. In addition she had stated that some of Samuel’s family had not immigrated to the U.S. but had made their way to England where they remained. On the Strulowitz side her memory is of family for Rebecca settling in Chicago, Ill. Rebecca had a sister named Minnie who had a daughter named Molly who had red hair, known as red headed Molly as not to be confused with Rebecca’s daughter named Molly.

I have no other information on either side, Samuel’s unknown sister, other possible siblings, Rebecca’s siblings and who this sister may be. Which brings me to the email I received on Oct 17th and the exciting exchange of information that has followed.

I was contacted by a woman named Karen in London, England. Through corresponding we determined we would be 3rd cousins if in fact we were related. The conversation was joined by a woman named Joan who would be 2c 1r if we connected.

 

Karen and Joan shared a Marks Hyamovitch/Hymovitch married to a woman named Polly Weiss . For Karen this is her great grandparents and grandparents for Joan. Their Marks, who we are questioning could very possibly be the younger brother to my Samuel, immigrated from Romania and settled in London, England where the family has remained since the 1900’s. Below I am sharing the photo that began the dialog in earnest and has resulted in a DNA kit being ordered for Karen and for Joan possibly upload her DNA results form MyHeritage to GEDmatch for comparison or possibly ordering a Ancestry DNA kit as well. With some information not lining up, as family stories sometimes tend to morph and change, I will stick with simply the photo that was sent to me. The woman on the right is Freda Hyams (this Hyamovitch family took on the last name of Hyams). In this photo Freda had made a visit to the US and is meeting her father’s brother in the states. His name has been lost to the family in London. The woman on the left also unknown. (information has been edited from the original in this paragraph)

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In the double photo above, my photo of Samuel next to their unknown family member.

The question to you at this time is:

Do you think this could be the same person?

In the photo’s below

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In this grouping I have added the only known and partial photo of my Samuel’s sister with her husband (names unknown) In one last photo comparison my question is: could the older woman in the group of three be this woman in photo below? For me the nose is entirely off but that could be due simply to the glasses she is wearing, the grainy and poor photo, but the hairline seems totally right on. If it is then Freda is meeting with her Aunt and Uncle, sister and brother to her father Mark Hyamovitch.

Until the DNA results are in and revealed the possibility of breaking down this brick wall is exciting for all of us. It will mean the connection of missing family; bridging the gap spanning the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Posted in Adoption, Bronx, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Lipschitz, New York

~In Memory of Marlene Haimowitz ~ Jan 23, 1934 – Oct 6, 2005

Today marks thirteen years since the passing of my birth mother Marlene Haimowitz. I will light a candle, remember and reflect on this precious gift I was allowed to experience.

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Born in 1934, above is the earliest picture I have of her.. She was the first child born to Irving Isidore Haimowitz (1904-1951) and Minnie Myra Lipschitz (1914-1998). Four more children would follow, Donald (1937-1938) Sheldon (1939 -2003) my wonderful Aunt Rochelle, and Brenda (1950 -2017).

Recently Rochelle shared a few pictures she found with me. I can’t thank her enough for these recent discoveries; I look forward with anticipation for more photo finds.

With Isidore still alive and Brenda not in the picture, Rochelle appears to be about 3 years old, I am guessing the year was about 1949 – which would make Marlene about 15.

Sheldon, Myra & Isidore, Marlene and Rochelle holding the beach ball

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This next photo gave me moments to pause and really consider. Is it possible that Marlene was pregnant in this photo? On the left with her hands – arms wrapped across her middle, is that a baby bump? Her mother Myra next to her, her sister-in-law Molly and daughter Roberta with Brenda holding Roberta and her mothers hand. Brenda would have just turned 3 in Jan prior to my birth in Feb. Could Marlene be pregnant with me or could this be her with her next child Joseph (1955) Marlene had married Joseph Ferraiolo in 1953 shortly after relinquishing me for adoption.

 

 

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I have no clue as to Marlene’s age in this picture, a teenager? a young woman in her twenties? A gentle reminder to label label label …..

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From her early beginnings in the Bronx, Marlene married and moved to Danbury, Conn. She would go on to have five more children. I have personally met four of them and have only been able to connect via phone with the fifth. Marlene would eventually divorce from her first husband and remarry years later Michael Glinko. I do not have a clear understanding of when they made the move from Conn to Florida but they did, with the help Marlene’s mother and siblings, they relocated and began the second chapter of their lives there.

Today I remember and honor the woman who gave me life. I also remember my five 1/2 siblings who share this woman with me. Together we remember…..

Marlene Haimowitz 

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