Category: People, personalities & stories

The people, personalities and interesting stories

Lemon Hart of Penzance

A new publication ‘Lemon Hart of Penzance’ by Keith Pearce has just been published. Lemon Hart (1768 – 1845) is the most well-known of the many Jews who lived in Cornwall in the late 18th and 19th centuries, and he…

Mrs Estella Meldola’s prayer book 1805

The Prayer book belonging to Mrs Estella Meldola is currently being sold on an auction site, see here. With the kind permission of the seller we are adding photos here showing the signature and address of Mrs Meldola. Estella and…

Harry, Henry or Hartog Gompel De Groot

We have Harry G De Groot who died in 1872 and was buried at West Ham Jewish cemetery, on CemeteryScribes and until very recently had been unable to find anything more about him. He did not seem to appear in…

SOME CORNER OF A FOREIGN FIELD………

At 20.20 hours on 10 August 1941, an RAF Liberator took off from Ayr Scotland, destination Gander Newfoundland. 20 minutes into its flight, the plane crashed into a ridge on Mullach Buidhe, just North of Goat Fell, the the highest…

Benjamin and Isabella .. who?

We were recently contacted by a sharp-eyed researcher who suspected we had a duplicate entry for Benjamin Woolf. Normally, such duplications are relatively easy to look into, albeit administratively very much harder to rectify! But not so in the case…

Julia and Edward Laurine

The serendipity of the random Google Search occasionally drops an unexpected sugar plum in your lap.. One such dropped into ours recently: a book entitled “An historical and topographical description of Chelsea, and its environs, Volume 2”  By Thomas Faulkner.…

Jewish Cemeteries of Devon by Helen Fry

A guide to burials in the five Jewish cemeteries of Plymouth, Exeter, and Torquay & Paignton   A catalogue of over 1,600 people buried in five Jewish cemeteries, dating from the mid-1700s onwards: the old burial ground in Magdalen Street,…

The Jews of Exeter by Helen Fry

In 2013 Exeter Synagogue reaches an historic landmark with the celebration of its 250th anniversary. As the second oldest extant synagogue outside London it has a rich history that stretches back to the early 18th century and evidence exists too…

Finding Goodheim

On  Monday May 21 1900 Mrs Rebecca Levy (nee Goodheim) placed an advertisement in the personal column of The Staffordshire Sentinel: Did William Rowley respond to the advertisement?, Or any other members of his family, who can, indeed, be found…