Thursday, June 12, 2014

Those Places Thursday: The Berk Boys in Cheetham--Manchester, England--in 1901

Thanks to an Ancestry hint, I just learned from the 1901 UK Census where grandpa Isaac Berk (aka Burk), age 20, was living with his brother, Abraham Berk (age 23) and the family of their uncle and aunt, Isaac Chazan (age 38) and Ann H. Chazan (age 37). Others in the household included: Isaac and Ann's children Sarah, age 14, a cigaret maker; Meyer, age 13; Simon, age 8; and Rachel, age 2.


The Chazan's home address was 154 Waterloo Road in Cheetham, Prestwich. This area is just north of the industrial city of Manchester, England.

Isaac Chazan's occupation is "furniture dealer, own account." In other words, we have yet another entrepreneur in the family. He too was from "Russia" (the Berk boys were from Lithuania) and Isaac Chazan was naturalized. A furniture dealer would likely be happy to have two skilled cabinet makers living in his home!

Now I'll have to determine whether Isaac or Ann was the actual relative of Abraham and Isaac Berk.

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