Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter No 19 January 2004 page 2 (of 5)
The memorial stone in loving memory of Esther Niman will be consecrated at Middlesbrough cemetery on Sunday 14th March 2004 at 2.00pm, followed by tea at the Masonic Hall, Roman Road. Peter Niman
Mark Levy passed away on 15 September 2003. He is survived by his wife, Pauline, a son and daughter. Mark qualified in 1944 and served in India in the RAMC. He spent 20 years as a GP in Liverpool, before joining the Department of Health in Manchester, rising to a senior post by retirement.
He was an intelligent, cultured man with much charisma, totally devoted to his work, his wife and his family and friends. Freddy Levy Liverpool, England
In your newsletter under the heading "Missing Persons" I noticed the name of Leslie Feingold. Leslie is alive and well and living in Manchester. He lives opposite his older brother Gerald Feingold. They have a sister Marcia Goodman (nee Feingold), who lives in Edgware, North London. Marcia, Leslie and Gerald went to Canada in September 2003 for a family reunion of the Levenstein family, formerly of Middlesbrough. Rod Press
I am an author in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada, working on a WW2 book concerning the RAF 608 Squadron. One of my chapters is called “A Family of Patriots” and concerns the Henry & Annie Clayman Smollan family and their children from Newcastle. I enclose a photo of Joshua Smollan and his aunt (name unknown, but she was from New York.), taken in 1942. James Stevens Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada Terry Greenberg adds:
Jossy Smollan was the son of Aishey and Annie (Clayman) Smollan. He went missing in action in World War II. His name was found on a memorial plaque in Malta in 1998, as reported by his brother Abby in Montreal. It was finally ascertained that his plane was shot down over Anzio, Italy, in 1943. His name now appears in the addendum to the book, "We will Remember Them", which records the Jewish fallen of World War II.
I have read your website and found it quite interesting. I'm from Lothian Rd in Middlesbrough and although Roman Catholic knew Jonathan Isserlin's father, Bruno, as did my Grandfather, Amand Eggermont, a Belgian businessman who came to this country in the early 1900's Martin Eggermont Middlesbrough
I would like to tell you how helpful your website has been in helping me to trace my family history.
My husband is Jonathan Simpson and his mother is Shirley Cohen from Stockton-On-Tees. When I started researching this side of the family I had very little to go on as Shirley's parents had passed away some time ago and although she remembered lots of names, she knew very little about origin or dates.
I happened to look at your Stockton burial lists and found Eva Cohen who died aged 14. This is Shirley's father's sister and through the detail of her death and gravestone I was able to obtain a death certificate showing other family members' names. Her father was Hyman Cohen and mother Nellie Cohen, who were both born in Leeds in 1876 and 1877 respectively. They lived in Hartington Rd Stockton in 1901 and Melrose House on Yarm Rd Stockton in 1923, which I understand was a large beautiful house with large gardens but unfortunately is now demolished and is Swales Transport yard. They had four other children apart from Eva: Louis, Esther,Wilfred (Shirley's father)and Harry Cohen. All were born between 1901 and 1912. Louis married Judith and had two children, whose names I do not know. He died approx 10 years ago in Spain, where he was living. I understand Judith died in 1970. Esther married a Maurice/Morris Levy who ran a chemist shop and had a son Bryan Cohen who died at 29 in a car accident.
Wilfred married Marjorie Dean and had Shirley Cohen. They divorced and he then married a lady called Hazel and they had two sons, Brian and Ronnie. Wilfred died in 1965. Hazel is still living.
Harry Cohen married Lena and they had two children, Martin Cohen (of the solicitors firm) and Adrienne. I know that Martin died around 1985 but know nothing of Adrienne's life.
Your website had photographs of the graves of Eva, Hyman and Judith Cohen and we will now go to visit these graves. I would love to know if anybody knows or remembers anyone I have mentioned here or knows anything more about this side of our family. I know that some of these people are still living or that their children are but I don't know how to contact them.
Congratulations on producing such an interesting website, there has obviously been a lot of effort to collect all the information here and present it in such a useful and interesting way. Lucy Shearer Darlington, England
While doing some online genealogical research I discovered my husband's great-grandparents, Lionel and Martha Levy, on the 1901 census in Middlesbrough. Lionel was 30 and his occupation was listed as Clothier. Martha was 25. They had 3 children by 1901, Maurice, Aaron/Ernest and Gladys. My husband's grandmother, Clarice/Clara was born the next year and was followed by Oswald/Oscar while the family was still living in England. Youngest daughter, Esther was born in the USA. The family emigrated in 1905.
I have been looking through the website for Kehilat Middlesbrough and I'm wondering in what way, if any, Lionel may have been related to the other Levy families. Are there are any Levy families still left in M'bro? Lisajean Morris-Yavner