So I read somewhere that yesterday, 11th March, was officially the start of the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918. Other articles I read seem to say in started in January 1918. Either way it had a devastating effect across the world with millions of people dying from it’s quickly spreading nature, Annie Ison was one of those millions.
Annie Ison was born in London, England in 1882 the daughter of James and Alison Ison.
In the 1901 census I found Annie living in the heart of London, 26 Morton Road, Islington, with her extensive family. Her father James was a dustman. What a job that must have been at this time.
In 1906 she married Joseph Teiger in Birmingham, England and the 1911 census shows them living at the well known Teiger address of Gooch Street with their two young sons Sidney and Louis.
Sadly Annie died in the December of 1918 after contracting the Spanish Flu virus. She was only 36 and left a devastated husband with two young sons to raise.
I am surprised not to have come across more family members dying from this virus considering it’s world wide devastation.
Birthday remebrances today for Stanislaw, son of Jan Tygier and Barbara Najman, who was born this day in Poland in 1913. He passed away in Harrow, London in 1983. He experienced such a lot through out his life and I can only hope that the good times eventually outweighed the bad. Happy Birthday Stanislaw.
This is a beautiful photo sent to me by Ian of what I am assuming is Dora Reinlieb. Dora married William Teiger in New York on 31st October 1926 and this is a photo, taken in 1926, of a bride on her wedding day, called Dora!
Now a lovely photo sent by Steven Teiger that shows a handsome younger self sitting with his grandmother Hetty Teiger nee Cohen. Hetty was the wife of Sidney Wollf Teiger (name spellings as they were on the register).
This photo sent by Ian shows Leonora Teiger and Sol Fields (Finkelstein) on their wedding day in 1947. Leonora, daughter of William Teiger and Dora Reinlieb, was quiet young at 19 years old on her wedding day.
Hello Jack Teiger, brother of Leonora. Jack was born in New York 25th June 1931 and he passed away on 28th May 1990 in Los Angeles.
And finally a lovely group photo sent by Steven.
Back Row: Charles Joseph Teiger (Joe), Mark Teiger, Eve Teiger nee. Bharier, Anthony Teiger (Tony).
Front Row: Hetty Teiger nee. Cohen, Steven Teiger, Sidney Wollf Teiger
Ian Teiger in The Wirral has very kindly ventured into his loft and retrieved a whole host of treasures that I intend to share with you all as and when they come through to me. It may be that you have the same photos/documents in your collection or may be they will be new to you and never seen before.
Deborah was Ian’s grandmother and was the wife of Jacob Sol Teiger who settled in Liverpool. There now seems to be a little confusion over her maiden name. The marriage record for Jacob and Deborah states that it was Samuels. The birth certificate for their daughter Miriam implies it to have been Goldberg. Another mystery to solve then!
Ian thinks this may have been taken just after the death of Jacob in 1920. From left to right we have:
- Miriam Yochshed Teiger 1907 – 1987. Was known as Hetty.
- Philip (Fishel) Moses Meyer Teiger 1909 – 1981.
- Esther Hudes Teiger 1897 – ? (mental note – ask Ian). Known as Harriet.
- Deborah Leah
- Rebecca Rosie Teiger 1905 – 1980. Was known as Rose.
A possible photo of Adolph Max Teiger b.1880. The photo has Adolph Zendel written on the back and is clearly taken in America. Adolph went to America and used the surname of Taylor. Could he also have used a version of his mother’s maiden name of Sendel? Mystery number two to investigate!
First time I’ve seen a photo of Fay (Fanny) Kleiff, Joesph’s second wife. His first wife Annie Ison passed away in 1918 as a result of the flu epidemic.
Top left – Joseph and Fay Teiger
Top right – A friend of Hetty, Miriam (Hetty), Fay Teiger nee Kleiff
Bottom left – Now we have a photo that is a mystery but could possibly be Amelia Teiger. The lady quite clearly has Teiger features and looks very much like Joseph. If you recognise this person please let me know!
Bottom right – Fay and our mystery lady again.
What, the Sam Goldwyn, movie mogul? Well……………….yes!
Nan’s cousin was Stanislaw Tygier.
He met and married Paulina (Pola) Lebensold.
Paulina’s mother was Manya Gelbfisz.
Her brother was Shmuel Gelbfisz aka Samuel Goldwyn.
2nd Polish Corps, Ancestry, Auchmore House, Empire Clyde, Family History, Genealogy, Hospital Ship, Monte Cassino, Naturalisation, Polish Armed Forces, Polish Land Forces, Polish Resettlement Act 1947, Tygier
On arriving in England in 1944, Stanislaw was transferred to the Polish military hospital, Auchmore House in Killin, Perthshire.
I never knew before now that there was such an extensive system of hospitals, resettlement camps and help existed for Polish soldiers to resettle in the UK all made available through the Polish Resettlement Corps. Nor that the The Polish Resettlement Act 1947 existed and “was the first ever mass immigration legislation of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It offered British citizenship to over 200,000 displaced Polish troops on British soil who had fought against Nazi Germany and opposed the Soviet takeover of their homeland. The act also supplied a labour force to the demands of war-torn Britain” (Wikipedia). It’s amazing what you learn through tracing your family.
Whilst in hospital in Scotland, Stanislaw started to search for his Grandmother and her children, his Aunts and Uncles, that had travelled to England in or around 1900. They were Minnie Teiger and her children Adolf, Amelia, Joseph, Michael, Bennett and Martin. I’ll share more information in my next post as I have been sent some wonderful letters that Stanislaw sent to his family during this time.
There is a website at http://www.polishgreatness.com that contains photographs of the 2nd Polish Corps during their battle at Monte Cassino in Italy, where Stanislaw was injured. Nothing brings history to life better than pictures and these photos give you a real sense of what all these soldiers went through and suffered during this battle.
Stanislaw’s naturalisation document shows that, after being wounded in August 1944, he was evacuated from Italy on the hospital ship Empire Clyde which brought him to England on the 9th December 1944.
Stanislaw settled in the London area and remained there until he passed away in 1983.
As Gooch Street in Birmingham figured quiet significantly in the Teiger family, I thought I would find out what information I could about the area and the people who lived there. The family seem to have started out living at 82 before moving to 81 Gooch Street where they were in residence for a very long time.
Click here to see the site of 81 Gooch Street today! (the red box in the centre of the map).
How did Gooch Street get it’s name?
“Formerly part of the medieval de Birmingham’s Holme Park was inherited by Sir Thomas Gooch from his speculative uncle, Thomas Sherlock. When Gooch began to develop the land for building from 1766 he used his own family name and that of his uncle in nearby Sherlock Street. Thomas Sherlock was Dean of Chichester hence Dean Street, Bishop of Bangor and later Bishop of London, hence Bishop Street. Vere Street and Hope Street commemorate Harriet Hope Vere who married Sir Edward Sherlock Gooch 1839″….© William Dargue 2008 A History of Birmingham Places & Placenames . . . from A to Y,
The Gooch family list of Baronets can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooch_Baronets
Illustrious beginnings then!
I’ve searched the British News Archive website of fabulous old newspapers for any mentions of Gooch Street through the ages. There were quite a few so the below are “just a taster” of the people and their lives in Gooch Street.
Now you may think that Gooch Street was rife with crime and unhappy events after reading these clippings but, newspapers being newspapers, they would have published stories that gained them more readers and sold more newspapers!
I also came across these interesting photographs of Gooch Street on the Digital Balsall Heath website and Chris very kindly said I could reproduce them. Take a look at their website, they have lots more photos. (Source: Balsall Heath Local History Society; Sutton, Chris)
It still amazes me today how much information is out there on the internet if you have the time to look.
Contact received through the Ancestry.co.uk web site from Sophie James in connection with the ancestors of Hetty Cohen who married Sidney Woollf Teiger.
She is researching the Brookstein family who settled in Birmingham. Hetty’s mother was Fanny Brookstein who was born in Russia and came to the UK in the 1870’s. Fanny’s parents were Joseph Myer Brookstein and Rebeckah Piertrokoswka. Fanny married in Birmingham in 1888 and her husband was Marcus Cohen.
Marcus’s parents were Solomon and Mary Cohen. Again the family have a long association with the Birmingham area first appearing on the 1871 census living at 9 Hill Street, Birmingham.
Through out both the Brookstein and Cohen families there are strong connections to the tailoring industry.
Jacob Sol Teiger seems to have been recorded as Jacob Solomon Tiger in the official record of his marriage in 1895 to Deborah.