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Tales from Chatham Jewish Cemetery

November 14, 2009
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There would appear to have been a couple of unusual burials at Chatham and, in one case, perhaps no burial at all. In the middle of Jun 1786 Mr Levi Israel a silversmith in Chatham, and lease holder of the Synagogue, received a parcel sent to him from London. The parcel contained a small...
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The First Jewish Cremation in Britain – 1888

September 28, 2009
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We have many entries on the CemeteryScribes database for individuals who were famous for their charity and good deeds , their professional and financial achievements, or their contributions to the Arts and Sciences, but this is the story of a person who was famed, not for his life, but for his burial. Camillo Roth,...
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The fascinating story of Abraham Isaac, died 1733

August 9, 2009
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Whilst searching on the National Archives website I came across the mention of a petition regarding an Abraham Isaac dated 1733. It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to know more so I ordered a copy the next day. The petition briefly tells us the story of what became of Abraham...
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Brady Street Jewish Cemetery – a success story!

July 19, 2009
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Brady Street Jewish Cemetery – a success story!

When we first visited Brady Street Jewish Cemetery back in May 2007 we took photos of the memorial to Miriam Levy, a rare, perhaps unique, example of a Jewish memorial with a bust of a woman. This, presumably is an actual likeness of Miriam, who has been described as a welfare worker who opened...
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Co-incidences, WDYTYA, Dreyfus and Balls Pond Cemetery!

July 16, 2009
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Genealogist should be used to co-incidences and synchronicity, but it still came as something of a shock when I suspended work on transcribing the stones in the Balls Pond Road Cemetery and switched on the TV to watch  the 1st  in the latest BBC series of Who Do You Think You Are. Davina Mcall‘s...
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An application for a disinterment

July 5, 2009
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An application for a disinterment

George Eliot John (or David) Johnasson, was born in London on 4 February 1863 and was circumcised at 149 Sloane St, Chelsea by Rabbi Asher Ash, on 25th February – somewhat later than the usual seventh day following a birth. He was the only son of John Johnasson and his Belgian born wife,...
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English Law v. Jewish Custom and Practice Marriage with deceased wife’s sister

July 2, 2009
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English law regarding proscribed marriage partners was based entirely on those laid down by the Anglican Church and stemmed from Henry VIII’s reformation of the English Church. These laws almost exactly correspond with those set out in Leviticus, which, whilst explicitly naming the parties forbidden to marry, makes no mention of a deceased wife’s...
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Balls Pond Road London? Or Ayres Quay Sunderland? Which is the true burial place of David Johnasson?

June 29, 2009
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Balls Pond Road London? Or Ayres Quay Sunderland? Which is the true burial place of David Johnasson?

The cemetery at Ayres Quay Jewish Cemetery in Sunderland, presently classed by Jewish Heritage UK as a “site at Risk” was closed in 1856. However, a space was reserved for a memorial to David Johnasson, a local landowner, ship owner, owner of the Usworth Colliery, and a senior member of the community, who died...
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Anglo-Jewish Genealogy’s Frank Gent and his 300 mile bike ride

May 28, 2009
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Frank Gent is one of the great servants of Anglo-Jewish Genealogy. It is thanks to him that, following the untimely death of that great proponent of Anglo Jewry, Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser, that the latter’s considerable legacy of Jewish Record transcripts, and other material, was not only saved for posterity but was catalogued and...
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Queen Victoria’s courier, Joseph Julius Kanne

May 24, 2009
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Queen Victoria arrived in Berlin early in the morning on 24th Apr 1888 to visit her daughter. Soon after she heard the news that: “Poor good Kanne, who had a relapse a week ago after having recovered wonderfully from the first attack in March had become much worse and was in great danger” an...
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