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David Sumray, chemist
I am currently researching into my family history, as I am trying to put together a memoir for my grandsons (I am now nearly 83, and should like them to know about their family). I have today come across your website, which I found very interesting – thank you.
My late father-in-law, David Sumray owned a chemist shop at 87 Wentworth Street called ‘Davis Cash Chemist’, which was also known as the ‘Russian Chemist’, which my late husband, Godfrey, took over on this father’s retirement (my husband was a pharmacist), and the shop was in the family probably from the 1920s to about mid-1950s, when Godfrey sold the business to his assistant, Saul Nemtsov.
My maternal grandmother, Eva Shannis, had a provisions shop in Burslem Street possibly from before the First World War until about 1934. I think that when she first had the shop there, Burslem Street was actually called James Street.
My husband’s aunt, Rachel Sumray was in partnership with Hyman Ostwind and Gabriel Rosenfeld, and they had a bakers and confectioners business (Ostwind and Co) at 75/77/79 Wentworth Street. The partnership was dissolved in December 1917 and the business carried on with just Rachel Sumray and Hyman Ostwind. I don’t know when they founded it or when it actually ceased trading altogether.
I think it’s unlikely that anyone will remember any of these shops, but perhaps you could point me in the right direction for looking for photographs or property records, etc.?
Dear Sir or Madam,
This message may seem a bit weird to you but I can assure you I am sincere. The story is as follows ….at times before I go to sleep I see visions of FACES…& have been experiencing this for years. Never before last night have I tried to contact them by thought…This vision was of a Young Lady…i asked who she was …she replied..JENNIFER SWITCHBLADE…I asked where was she from..she replied…EAST END of LONDON..but she also added that she was MURDERED in 1936 at the age of 18. She also said she wants to contact her mother a SARAH SWITCHBLADE. who is in CANTERBURY. I personally had never heard of these names previously…on the internet I found this information about the EAST END of LONDON & your email address. I was born in WOLVERHAMPTON STAFFS UK in 1926 so maybe there is some connection there…now living in SOUTH AUSTRALIA for 46 years. Please be kind enough to try and find me some information on this matter. Thanks for your patience..
Joe & Ruth Rowley
Henry James Brown
My wife and I are trying to trace my ancestors and wondered whether you might be able to help in any way. My father “Harry” (Henry James Brown) was born on 3rd.March 1915 when the family lived at 86 Roman Road, Bethnal Green. Dad may also have had a sister – but we have no further details. Harry’s father was also Henry Brown (a miller) and was married to Florence Cavill. Any further information would be very much appreciated. Regards… Ken.Hill
Looking for Yearley family
Hi, I could not find a link to send a direct email for family history so hope that this will get there. I am desperately trying to seek the Yearley’s 1822 to present day. If anyone knows any Yearley’s with roots in Bethnal Green, St Lukes, Holborn and Whitechapel I’d love to hear from you. My Gt Gt Gt grandfather was Thomas Yearley born 1822 in St Lukes possibly married to Helena Jordan born 1820 St Lukes. They were mainly Blacksmiths by trade and this seems to run through the family. If you have any information I would be only too pleased to hear from you : email firstname.lastname@example.org
Regards, Pauline Jones.
Trumans Dray and horses model
I am trying to track down a wooden model of a Trumans (Brewery) dray and 4 horses which my father Daniel Luton made in the mid 1950s. We lived in Canning Town and then Ilford until 1958 when he left Trumans to work at McMullens Brewery in Hertford, to where the family moved. My dad had worked for Trumans in Brick Lane for about 25 years until 1958 and spent every evening for months carving the model from scratch which was (as I remember it) very finely detailed, right down to the individual chain links on the horses harnesses. He made a glass case for it and the whole thing was given to Trumans in the mid 1950s. I’ve always assumed that it was on display at the brewery HQ.
I’ve contacted the Bass (now Coors) Museum in Burton on Trent who don’t have any Trumans memorabilia, but advised me that Trumans was acquired by Grand Met Hotels in 1971 and merged with Watney Mann in 1974. Brewing ceased in 1989 and I’ve drawn a blank on their web sites.
Any help or suggestions you can give me would be gratefully received. Contact email@example.com.
I am not sure if you can help but I am finding out the family tree of a friend’s mother. Her grandfather was born in 1875 at 11 Reuben Street, Bethnal Green
– the family name was Eagland. I have tried looking at old and new maps but I can find no sign of Reuben Street. The father was a Tobacco Spinner whatever that is. Contact David Ball.
Florence Gunner nee Jones
I’m looking into my family history and have discovered that part of the family (Mrs Florance Gunner nee Jones) used to own or run a teashop near Bryant and mays match factory in bow. I know the shop was famous for its beef dripping and was bombed in the war. Could you help with any more information and if not where I could get any further information on the shop. Can you help?
Frederick Walter Braithwaite, born 1875
I am tracing my grandfather, Frederick Walter Braithwaite, born 1875, who worked as an engineer for Tate and Lyle in the West Indies. His father also worked in the West Indies on sugar plantations. I have phoned Tate and Lyle with no joy, and have scoured the internet. I am trying to find my great grandparents and which island they worked on, also aunts and uncles who were born there. Can you help?
Robert Thorman, Bromley High Street, London, 1826-1848
I am writing to let you know about our quest for information about great-great grandfather Robert Thorman who ran a plumbing business in Bromley High Street from about 1826 to 1848 when he died. After his death the business was carried on by his widow Sarah, who before her marriage to Robert was a Pelham from Uckfield, East Sussex. On Sarah’s death the business passed to her son Robert Charles who unfortunately did not live long, suffering as he did from tuberculosis.
Trying to trace the line back before 1826 we have, through the tenacity of my cousin Giles Thorman, had the good fortune to find the death certificate of the old Robert Thorman. It says he was 61 when he died in 1848 dating his birth to 1787. And that, at the moment, is as far back as we are able to go. I have looked at the 1841 Census returns for Bromley/St Leonard but havent managed to find the family so we don’t know whether he was born within the census location or outside it.
The International Genealogical Index shows up a Robert Thorman baptised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1787 but we have no way of knowing whether this is the man we are looking for. Ninteenth century trade directories for Middlesex list Robert Thorman’s business in Bromley High Street as Plumber, Painter, Glazier and Gasfitter. His widow Sarah carried on the same range of trades with the help of two of her sons. If by any chance the Robert Thorman from Newcastle is our man then we would be able to trace the line back many generations to the yeoman farmer Thormans from Easingwold in Yorkshire. Can you help?