Names, place and Ebarstrow

In 2010 we featured a piece on our Cemeteryscribes blog

Names: Places of origin or occupations or ?

We recently received a lengthy follow-up from a correspondent from Australia.

Much of this very interesting post is outside our scope. Neither Cemeteryscribes nor Synagoguescribes are Genealogy sites, as such. In the former we record and transcribe tombstones, in the latter, we offer a database of Anglo-Jewish records. And we, ourselves, do not undertake research of the kind she proposes.   However, we would like to make a couple of comments based purely on factual information recorded on our two websites

  • We have already pointed out the error concerning the Synagogue affiliation of the Brompton  Cemetery
  • The posting states “Firstly, the name ‘EBER’, is usually connected with ‘Hebrew’, or someone who is Jewish. Abraham came from the ‘Hebrew tribe’, in the biblical sense”  We cannot agree. A Hebrew patronymic consists of the individual’s Hebrew name coupled to that of his father with the occasional additional “flourish” of a place name, occupation, or physical description. All individuals recorded in Synagogue Records would be “of the Hebrew Tribe” unless they were the son/daughter of a convert or a non Jew, in which case their Hebrew name would be followed by ben/bat Abraham Avinu (Abraham our father)  We tend to think the word Ebarstrow is a place name, but it could be a variation of the Hebrew Name Aber, Aba or Eber, with some additional add-on.  The late Dr. Susser failed to identify it and we are, as yet, no wiser.
  • The posting goes on to state “I am doing some independent research , and found Joseph Annesley was the son of Abraham Ebarstowa in Great Synagogue Marriage records online on synagoguescribes”  Again. We cannot agree that the Annesley brothers are in any way connected to Abraham Ebarstrow.  The Synagoguescribes database produces only one record featuring the name of ANNESLEY.  This is the marriage of Catherine, daughter of Joseph Annesley (previously Abrahams) The bride’s father’s Hebrew name is Joseph KZ or Katz (which is a variation in the rendition of HaCohen)  This means that Joseph Annesley was of the tribe of Cohen.  Note: Not all persons called Cohen are Kohanim and, as in the case of this particular ABRAHAMS family, not all Kohanim have the family name of Cohen)   A Keyword search in for “Ebarstrow” produces 8 results – all connected to the descendants of Abraham Ebarstrow: These records show the two marriages of Joseph Abrahams; the deaths of both wives; the 1801 birth of a son, Mordecai who may be the unnamed child who dies in 1804; and the deaths of two named daughters in 1818 and 1820  Not one of these has any reference to the family being Kohanim
  • We have uploaded abstracts for the wills of Joseph and Alexander Annesley. These make interesting reading but, all other considerations apart, it is not feasible that the Joseph Annesley who died in 1823 at Lark Hall Clapham,  at the time a spacious rural area on the outskirts of, London, is the same as the Joseph Abrahams who we know to have been living in far more modest circumstances in Chapel Yard Spital Square Whitechapel, but a few years earlier .


The posting includes the following statement: “English writers have found that Joseph and Alexander’s parents were Judith and Abraham Abrahams, from the Aldgate area originally”  To have been established in the legal profession by 1770. the Annesley brothers would have had to have been born circa 1740. or possibly earlier.  There are no known Ashkenazi Synagogue Marriage records for this period, so it would be highly interesting to know where this information came from and whether it is based on recorded fact, or simply hearsay or supposition.   If anyone out there can tell us, please do get in touch!


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