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19-06-2012, 5:22 PM
I have posted a new thread relating to Henry Morwitch and his wife Sophia Lazarus in an attempt to develop and identify the relationships between the Morwitch/Nathan and Levy/Lewis lines. This post relates to the Maurice Newton Nathan and the Edward Lawrence Levy posts.
One outstanding query identified on genealogy posts on other sites was who was Sophia the wife of Henry Morwitch. The answer is to be found in the Otago Daily Times Issue 728 18 April 1864;
On the 23 March at the residence of H E Nathan Esq, North East Valley, by the Rev D Isaacs, Henry Morwitch of Tokomairio, late of Ballarat, Victoria to Sophia fourth daughter of the late Lewis LAZARUS Esq, London England
I have yet to identify precisely which Lewis Lazarus was the father of Sophia but I will identify the various relationships between the Nathan/Morwitch and others as I currently understand it. It maybe that this data has limited relevance to the Levy lines described by Robert and myself nonetheless the data will help those who do have ancestors and descendants relevant to these individuals.
19-06-2012, 7:46 PM
The New Zealand Newspaper archives contain a range of records relating to H E Nathan( I have yet to discover his full name). The Star Issue 5496 19 Dec 1885 P 3 records the Death of H E Nathan- dropped dead at his residence , Lichfield Street East.. he had been suffering from heart diseas for some time..
The Otago Daily Times Issue 6783 P2 10 Nov 1883 records- Death - On the 1st Nov at her residence Lichfield St Christchurch of malignant disease of the liver, Sarah Elizabeth the beloved wife of H E Nathan formerly of this city age 55.. H E Nathan, sons and daughters return sincere thanks.
From Married Vol XX11 Issue 2731 9 May 1874- Marriage 5th inst at the Synagogue Christchurch-D Davis Esq of this city son of the late M Davis of Tavistock Square London to Rachael eldest daughter of H E Nathan Esq of this city. Advertisements indicate in 1883 that H E Nathan was a money lender.
21-06-2012, 8:42 AM
The following post identifies the relationships between Hyam Edward Nathan ( also known as H E Nathan) as one of the descendants of Jacob Hyam Nathan and his father Hyam/Hiam Nathan.
The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 21 Dec 1885 records the death of Hyam; Dec 19 at his residence Christchurch, NZ Hyam Edward Nathan aged 58 the beloved father of John H Nathan and Mrs D Davis, Orwell St Potts Point.
The cemetery scribes and synagogue scribes sites have records on the Nathan lines. Hyam was the son of Edward Ezekiel Nathan and Rachel Davis. See Cemetery Scribes Person ID 1839 for the death and burial of Rachel in 1852 aged 49. The children of Edward and Rachel were: Kate b 1825;Hyam b1826;Isaac b 1829;Henry b 1834;Joseph b 1835;Elizabeth b 1838; Lewis (Louis) b 1839
There is a website for Linwood Cemetery NZ which indicates that Hyam and his wife Sarah were originally buried in Hereford Street Jewish Cemetery but the remains and those of others were removed and re- buried in Linwood in 1943.
Edward Nathan was the son of Jacob Hyam Nathan and Polly Isaacs. Jacob was the son of Hyam Nathan- the will summary of Hyam and Jacob can be seen on Syagogue Scribes Jewish Wills 18-19th C.
In the will of Sophia Morwitch both Henry Lewis and Joseph Alfred Nathan challenged the bequests as her nephews. Subject to confirmation, Joseph appears to be the son of Edward and Rachel and was a NZ solicitor.
The relationships between these Nathan and the Levy still requires further research.
Could this be Sophia Lazarus?
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 725; Book: 2; Civil Parish: St Botolph Aldersgate; County: Middlesex; Enumeration District: 12; Folio: 40; Page: 34; Line: 1.
Lewis Lazarus 40
Ellen Lazarus 25
Elizabeth Lazarus 13
Joseph Lazarus 5
Rebecca Lazarus 4
Jacob Lazarus 2
Sophia Lazarus 5 Mo
Hyam Edward Nathan is (or was) a cousin of mine.
23-06-2012, 4:27 PM
The Australian Newspaper archives have several accounts of the Sarah Morwitch probate dispute including the addresses of her two named nephews who were seeking to have her final will over ruled. The court case lasted several years.
The Singleton Argus ( NSW) Fri 21 May 1837 P4 refers to the caveat of "Henry William Lewis, a grillroom manager of a Sydney hotel.... and George Alfred Nathan a solicitor of Denilquin were mentioned in the previous will of Mrs Morwitch but were omitted from her last will..."
The Sydney Morning Herald Fri 14 Sept 1834 P6 referring to Mrs Morwitch will ..." she made pecuniary bequests by her will... including of about £26000 to Mrs Ray Davis, Sydney..... opposed by Henry Lewis her nephew a waiter at the Hotel Australia..."
Singleton Argus NSW Weds 7 April 1837 referred to the withdrawal of a caveat contesting the Sophia Morwitch will by Joseph Alfred Nathan solicitor of Denilquin but the continuing caveat of Mr William Lewis of Sydney her nephew
The Cumberland Argus Weds 17 April 1918 referred to a case involving Henry William Lewis Head waiter Hotel Australia
There are further newspaper articles relating to Joseph Alfred Nathan solicitor on different topics. I suspect the reference in the 1937 article to George Alfred Nathan rather than Joseph was an error since his name Joseph appears in the other accounts as a solicitor at Denilquin.
How Henry William Lewis and Joseph Alfred Nathan relate to Sophia Lazarus and Henry Morwitch as nephews remains to be confirmed.
23-06-2012, 5:12 PM
The Argus Monday 24 Jan 1949 refers to the probate of Joseph Alfred Nathan dated 24 July 1947 and codicil 28 August 1947 formerly of Deniliquin NSW but late of 69 Wallaroy Rd Woollahara near Sydney retired solicitor. The Sydney Morning Herald 25 Oct 1948 refers also to the probate and states Joseph died 13 Sept 1947.
The Argus Melbourne Victoria Thurs 20 Oct 1930 records the Admission to practice in Victoria of Joseph Alfred Nathan solicitor of Ferny Creek formerly of Deniliquin NSW.
23-06-2012, 5:26 PM
The Australian Electoral Rolls 1903-1980 record: 1931 Ferntree Gully Victoria- Emilie Nathan Hilton Road Ferney Creek -home duties;same address- Joseph Alfred Nathan solicitor
1943 Joseph Alfred Nathan 10 Grange Road solicitor - Kooyong Victoria
I have yet to determine who Emilie Nathan was but assume she was Joseph's wife.
23-06-2012, 6:33 PM
The Argus (Melbourne) Tues 29 august 1944 -The Will of Emelie Nathan formerly of Denquilin NSW married woman but late of 10 Grange Road Kew Victoria who died 7 Feb 1944. This article suggests that Emelie was the wife of Joseph Alfred Nathan
23-06-2012, 6:48 PM
The Argus (Melbourne) Weds 9 Feb 1944- On Feb 7 at Heidelberg House, Emelie, beloved wife of J A Nathan 10 Grange Rd Kew formerly of Denilquin ( Privately Cremated at Springfield).
Same newspaper and date:
Emelie beloved sister of Lillian ( Mrs GRABETTE-Turramura NSW and Agnes VOUSDEN
23-06-2012, 8:59 PM
The Australia Death Index records: Emelie Nathan. Death Place: Heidelberg, Victoria Age 74. Father-Valentine VOUSDEN; Mother- Mary Ann BURGESS
Reg No1137; Victoria Est Birth Year 1870
There are a range of reference to Valentine Vousden which indicate he was an actor/singer amongst other work. As yet I cannot locate the Death Index record for Joseph Alfred Nathan
I can confirm that Joseph Alfred Nathan is (was) another of my cousins. In my records he died 1947. No children. There is no death index for him. I have yet to complete transferring about 100 Nathan trees from my files onto Ancestry. They are in the jpg format and hard to decipher as the ink has faded.
Phillip, there are several Levys on the Nathan trees who do not relate to my Levy ancestral line, some of these are nonetheless blood cousins but a few are not . There are no other Morwitch members on The Nathan Trees and Sophie is 1 of 2 Lazarus members. The other one is a spouse on one of The Beddington branches. I read through your initial posts rather hurriedly I'm afraid and did not realize that Sophie had re-married Henry Morwitch. I don't know who Lewis Lazarus was but there are other Lazarus members on my tree. All of them are spouses. The surname of Lewis does not appear on any Nathan tree, except in a late marriage which I previously mentioned and now think is wrong. My great great grand Uncle David Levy did change his name to Lewis (Lewis's of Liverpool) but only 2 of his nephews who went into the buisness followed suit. One of them was great grandftather. He is of course a Nathan descendant. For privacy reasons I don't wish to divulge too much of my family in a public space but I'm happy to confirm any facts re: The Nathans you're unsure of within reason.
24-06-2012, 9:17 AM
Thank you Dominic and Robert for your responses to the latest posts. I think between us we can fill in some of the gaps on our various family trees. We all have varying numbers of Cohen, Levy etc on our trees. In the example of my Crawcour lines I have significant Levy and Cohen but also Isaac Crawcour marrying Esther Cashmore 1816-1883 daughter of Joseph Cashmore and Esther Nathan; Verna Sylvia Nathan 1888-1947 dau of S Nathan ( have yet to identify who he is) m Isaac Crawcour; Louisa Crawcour m Isaac Nathan son of Nathaniel Nathan - there are others but the Crawcour/Cashmore lines are all Australian.
I also have Philip Lawrence 1849-1930 son of Samuel Lazarus and Sarah Solomon- change of surname from Lazarus; Samuel Lazarus b 1847 son of Nathaniel Lazarus and Dinah Solomon. All in Australia. This is but a very brief and limited number of names relating to my Australian distant relatives. The data I hold on the lines is significant.
I have yet to re- visit the Jacobstree website to review the names.
Where possible I have tried to locate primary sources for all the data I have posted because this allows other researchers the opportunity to identify links based on informed information. Between us I am sure we can unpick further relationships.
24-06-2012, 10:07 AM
You referred in post 13 of this thread to Sophia re-marrying to Henry Morwitch. Was that an error given her maiden name was Lazarus and her father was named as Lewis Lazarus. What did you think about Henry Morwitch marrying in Hyam Nathan's residence? In addition, I have been puzzling over the reference to Sophia being an aunt of Joseph Arthur Nathan. Is the link via Sophia's mother?
24-06-2012, 5:01 PM
Without complicating the Nathan searches further this post relates to the marriage of Isaac (Dick) Crawcour to Verna Sylvia Nathan. Verna's parents were Samuel Nathan and Rose Waterman. Samuel's parents were John Nathan and Sarah Green- see Synagogue Scribes Gt Synagogue Records GSMa 045/64 -20 th August 1845 - John Nathan - father Shmuel- Sarah Green- father- Abraham HaLevi. Verna Nathan 1888-1947
Nb See also the posts SAMUEL NATHAN- REVISITED on Jewish Roots which identifies the various lines relating to these families.
I have not researched the collaterals of my Crawcour lines in any detail except where they touched on my other lines.
Phillip, apologies, I've made an error, a consequence of having to refer back to the original post on page 1. I now have the forum open in 2 seperate tabs and can see better. If I might summarise.
Hyam Edward Nathan married Sarah Lazarus (d of Lewis)
Henry Morwith married Sophie Lazarus (d of Lewis) at Hyam Edward Nathan's residence
Sophie & Sarah are sisters therefore Sophie is Joseph Edward's aunt
The Morwitch family has nothing to do with The Nathans other than Henry is Joseph's uncle by marriage and The Lazarus family only relates to Hyam Edwards descendants which explains the lack of information in the Nathan trees chronicling the descendants of my great....grandfathers Hyam Nathan & Judah Nathan.
Some genealogists feel the need to chronicle in-law cousins and their families I don't as I'm only interested in blood relatives. I never list the parents of spouses unless the spouse has siblings who married blood relatives which, as you know, was a common practice in Jewish Families, especially those living in Australia & New Zealand.
None of The Nathans you mention in post 14 are the descendants of Hyam or Judah. The only Nathaniel Nathan (1841-1923) on my tree married Mary Collins. I only have 1 child for this marriage and his name is not Issac. The 2 Esther Nathans on my trees both married Moses, Henry & Moss. None of The Solomons you mention belong to my branch. That said I have no siblings for my great X3 grandfather Samuel Solomon so who knows.
I do concede that there are gaps in The Nathan trees, some British branches inadvertently stop. But all Australian & New Zealand Nathans are pretty much accounted for.Your Nathans might belong to the Birmingham Nathans, one of these Albert Henry (1860-1940) married one of my Solomons.
There is a British Cashmore branch on my tree via a marriage to a Van Praagh cousin.
There are no Crawcours on any of my trees, Cohen, Nathan, Levy, Solomon etc but my cousin Alice Moses (1848-?) marred Michael Simons (1843-1925), son of Benjamin & Hannah (born Crawcour).
Re: records. All of my information has been sourced from records found on Ancestry, in Synaggue records, via newspapers, and several trees that have been painstakingly researched by various cousins in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Fortunately my families have been well chronicled and I have roughly 40 books written by members of or pertaining to my family. The research of course is never finished and I do make a habit of double-checking each member of the tree as I have found errors.
Once more apologies Phillip for adding to the confusion
24-06-2012, 6:48 PM
Thank you Dominic for the very useful summary. Like you I don't look in any detail at all the connections beyond my specific bloodlines unless they help in filling in gaps.
21-01-2013, 11:19 AM
Gentlemen, as a recent arrival to this forum, I wish to thank you both for your informed discourse. I am a descendant of the Morwitch family, and the post you picked up from another site was probably mine from several years ago. I am nowhere near as experienced as you both at picking apart family relationships, and will need to read this material several times to understand its implications for my research (to which I have only recently returned). Thank you both once again.
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