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Lansbury information and recollections sought
I am researching the life of Minnie Lansbury (née Glassman),
1889-1922, school teacher, suffragette, socialist, supporter of
soldiers' widows/orphans, and rebel Poplar councillor. Daughter
of Isaac and Hannah ("Annie") Glassman and sister of Selina,
Kate, Ray, Leah, Louis and Hyman. I am looking for any
information about Minnie and/or the Glassman family, including
any recollections that other relatives or friends might have
passed on to you.
part of this family, descended from mid-19th century immigrants
from Plotzk? I am searching
for descendants of my great great grandmother and great great
grandfather in order to add to my family history and confirm my
descent from these two people and also to find if anyone has any
knowledge of their burial sites and indeed any family
information. My great great grandfather and great great
grandmother were originally Hersz Gerszteyn and Hana Maria
Soroka from Plock (or Plotzk in Yiddish) in Poland. Plock is a
city between Warsaw and Torun and was the capital of Poland for
a brief period in the Middle Ages. They were married in Plock in
1845 and arrived in Whitechapel around 1849/51 with four
daughters: Leah, Betsy, Maria and Deborah. Samuel and Hannah, as
they were called on entry to England, took the surname of
Harris. Hannah’s mother, Zyssa, followed them around 1870. She
was 74, blind, and a widow. Her husband, Israel Soroka, had died
in 1852 and was buried in Wyszogród.
Zyssa was known as Sarah.Samuel, her son-in-law, had died in
1863 in Whitechapel. The family had grown to 12 children, the
last of whom, Harris Harris, was born after Samuel’s death. The
family were tailors, and lived at 19 New Castle Place, near
Aldgate. Sarah died in 1872. We do not know when Hannah died and
have been unable to trace where Samuel, Sarah and Hannah were
buried. I am descended from Rachel, the eighth child, who was my
great grandmother. Her eldest daughter, Benah, known as Bessie,
was my grandmother. I have cousins I have known all my life who
are the children of Bessie’s sister Leah. Another cousin, found
on Genes Reunited, was a descendant of Harris Harris, while
others who have been contacted recently are descendants of
Jacob, the sixth child, in Cincinnati, Ohio. But they do not
know as much about our family as we do. As it was such a huge
family, there must be other descendants who perhaps know a
little more and are willing to share their knowledge. I would
love to hear from you.
Janet Webb, Email
Davenant School links sought.
My name is Michael Leigh (Libovitch).I
attended Davenant School in the 50s. I wonder if there is anyone
out there who attended at the same time. I would love to hear
from them. Please E-mail me at
Woolf and Isaac Cozerbreit.
I am very interested in finding out any
information on these people. Woolf was a concert singer and sometime
music hall performer who changed his name to Charles Williams some
time around 1913. His son Isaac was a violinist and also later
changed his name to Charles Williams and became a composer of music
for film and radio.
I would very much like to know if there is anyone amongst your
society who would know more about these entertainers, my ancestors.
Or any information on concert and music halls in the East End of
London. Kerry Price
Do you remember David Litvinoff? He was born David
Levy in Hare Marsh, off Cheshire Street, in 1928 and grew up in
Dalston. He was a half-brother to the writers Emanuel and Barnet
Litvinoff. He was evacuated to Habonim camps during the second world
war. Later he became an associate of the Kray twins, the Rolling
Stones, Lucian Freud and the Chelsea Set, among other prominent
members of 1950s and '60s London society. He died in 1975. If you
knew him his biographer, Keiron Pim, would love to hear from you.
firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Keiron Pim, 1 Pelham Road, Norwich.
I am currently writing
a novel that features a character who arrived as a child refugee
from Austria on a Kindertransport that came into Liverpool Street
Station. I have managed to speak to a number of 'Kinder' themselves
but I am interested in hearing from anyone who took a refugee into
their home or witnessed the arrival of the refugee trains. Please
contact Sara Hiorns on
Seaside memories sought.
Does anyone from the Hackney/Stepney area remember having a holiday
at Hamilton House, Seaford, Sussex in around 1957 to around 1964?
The holidays were organised by a charitable organisation to give
London city Jewish children a holiday. My grandparents were the
live-in managers at the time and I have many happy memories of the
times I spent there and often wonder if any of the children remember
it. If so, I would love to hear from them.
Settlement and Quaremead.
parents are Harry Yellin and Lorraine Yellin (nee Weisbaum), and
both worked at the Settlement and took children to camp at
Quaremead in Essex. I would love to hear from anyone who
remembers them or has any photos to share. Please e-mail
Hi, I'm Michael
Green, an Australian. I'll be coming to
the UK in March, and would like information about my mother's
family, who I lost contact with in the early 1960's. My mother
(Cecilia REES) and her family lived at 31 Virginia Rd Shoreditch
(from where they ran a corner store). She married my father, an
Australian serviceman, during WW2, and moved to Australia.
Specifically I am seeking info on her brother and sister-in-law
(Mickey and Frances Rees-possibly both deceased by now) and their
son Leonard (Lenie), whose Bar Mitzvah in London I attended in 1961.
I would be grateful if anyone has any information
name is Ken Blake. Would anyone have any memories of Stepney Jewish
School, Beaumont Club (inc. Drama and Operatic Groups), Stepney,
Mile End, Poplar, Folkestone Club holidays, people, me etc from the
1960s that they would like to share with me? If so, please email
My name is Marc Mendoza and my Father, Charles Daniel Mendoza
(born 1925) grew up in the East End, went to Stepney Jewish
School and, with his brothers Lewis (Lulu), Michael & Issy was
well known in the area.
I would love to meet or speak with anyone that knew him or his
family as I'm keen to find out more about his life in the East
End. Email in first instance to
Looking for photos or information about
Hogarth Houses, Batty Street E1, where my mother and
grandparents lived around 1915-1918. Please email
a past East End Brady Club member and am in the process
of compiling articles for a book to do with Brady days. I am
seeking reminiscences, fond and personal memories and any
recollections to do with Brady such as your time as a Brady
member, Skeet, Club holidays etc.etc., say from 1930s/1940s
to about the 1960s.
With many thanks, Barbara
Stevens (nee Kaye)
Do any readers remember the Willie Stephanie/Stephany Dance Band before the last war?
My late father Barnett
Shoffren played piano accordion with them, but I am unable to trace
any information about the band. I would appreciate any memories
or email copies of photos (but please do not part with original photos).
Hoping someone can help me. Yours sincerely, Mrs Pamela Winborne (née Shoffren) Email:
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