'Who Was Who' Gallery
A-Z Collection of Ancestors, Cousins and noteworthy individuals who figure in my family history.
Alf ALVA (1894-1960)
Acrobat, comedian, pantomimeist, variety artiste, theatrical producer & theatre club manager.
Born Alfred David Alvarez on 22 Feb 1894 in Vienna, Austria, son of Abraham Alvarez aka Alf Daniels and Amalia Clementina Mozely (daughter of William Orford Mozely and Clementina Julia Quaglieni, well known equestrians) whilst performing on the Continent.
Toured UK and Europe as a member of the 'Alva Brothers' in 'Alegria' and other acrobatic comedy revues and productions, including 'Racing Mad', 'Carry On', 'The Chicargo Gangsters' and 'Cheer Up & Smile'. In 1928 his address was Hotel Darmstadter, 112 Hof Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, Germany.
Married Ada Elizabeth Fuller in Lambeth, London in 1929, they had one daughter Dolores Alvarez born that year, and can be found on the 1939 England & Wales Register in Croydon, Surrey, both described at Music Hall Artistes.
During the 1950's he managed the Vaudeville (1952) Club at 12, Great Newport Street, London, WC2 and later managed Dalton Murray's Stage Social Club, in Linchfield Street, London, WC2.
Died on 28 Sep 1960 of Westbourne Street, Westminster, London, Eng.
Relationship status; 1st cousin 2x removed.
Cyril Boganny (1899-1954)
Acrobat, comedian, actor, screen writer & theatrical producer.
Born Cyril Saunders Myerson on 22 Feb 1899 in King's Norton, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, third son of Simon Myerson aka Samuel Saunders (1869-1941) & Esther Meider (later known as Mrs. Etty Boganny 1878-1948) who were divorced in 1912.
Brother of Harry Alexander Saunders Myerson (1896-1982), and Arthur Abraham Saunders Myerson (1897-1966).
Divorced in 1915 his father married Lilian Leah Joseph (1870-1965) and both were buried in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Cyril married Noel Mary Cardew in London 1934 and had one child Anthony Maurice Boganny 1937-2021.
Became known as, and was widely assumed to be the son of Joe Boganny and was a member of The Boganny Troupe of Comedy Risley Acrobats. In Oct 1912 was already a shareholder in the firm 'The Boganny's Ltd' of 300, Kennington Road, Fulham, London.
An article in The Era of 16 Jul 1913 mentions him having just concluded a 9 month successful tour in the USA, and was to appear that week at The Palladium & Holborn Empire Theatres, in London with his father Joe Boganny 'Monarch of All Comedy Acrobats' the 'Laughing Hit of London'.
In Aug 1922 Boganny's Ltd was located at 102, Tulse Hill, London SW1, Cyil Boganny by then was Secrertary of the firm, which was disolved in 1927.
Later in 1922 Cyril was in Hollywood visiting his old pal Charlie Chaplin at his studios and renewing their friendship. In 1923 formed 'Cyril Boganny's Comedians', a company of eight versatile comedy acrobats, commencing a tour of Keith's Circuit at Proctor's, Mount Vernon Theatre, New York, USA.
An article in Vauderville News of 6 Apr 1929 reports, 'Cyril Boganny writing from London, England, informs this department that he has organised a new act entitled 'The Speedway Seven', and that he is glad to state it is proving to be a winner. He further wishes to say 'Hello' to all his friends and cronies in America and also to announce that he will be back in this country in August to play fairs. Young Boganny's last whirl here was with an acrobatic number called 'Boganny's Crazy Bakers'. Cyril toured the world with Joe Boganny & Co until 1934 when he joined up with Albert & Frank Holloway in the well known act 'The Three Stooges' and was with the act up until Dec 1952.
Co-writer with Aileen Burke of the film 'Bless-Em All' produced in 1949 and directed by Robert Jordan Hill, starring Max Bygraves, Hal Monty, including Les Ritchie, Stanley White, Jack Milroy, Patricia Linova & Sybiol Amiel & Peter Williams and others.
A cartoon image sketched and signed by Cyril Boganny, circa.1920's/30's apparantly from an autograph album once owned by a cocktail waiter of The Ritz, London & Paris, image by kind permission of Alan Newman, Devon, UK.
Retired in Dec 1952 due to ill health, underwent surgery at University College Hospital, London that same month.
In March 1953 Mr. Cyril Boganny, music-hall artiste, sailed to Cape Town, South Africa from Southampton, England aboard the ss. Edinburgh Castle to seek specialist medical treatment. He died on 21 Feb 1954 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Etty Boganny (1878-1948)
Born Esther Meider in 1878 Birmingham, Warwickshire, England the daughter of Nathan Meider and Jane Somerville.
Married Simon 'Samuel' Myerson, an optician, at Birmingham Register Office on 25 Apr 1895, they subsequently divorced in 1912.
In that marriage Esther 'Etty' gave birth to three sons:-
(1) Harry Alexander Saunders Myerson in 1896 Birmingham
(2) Arthur Abraham Saunders Myerson in 1897 Birmingham and
(3) Cyril Saunders Myerson on 22 Feb 1899 Kings Norton, Birmingham.
From about 1904 became the partner/common-law wife of Joe Boganny. Died 31 Oct 1948 at Lambeth Hospital, London and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, London, England.
Adele Cantor (1914-2004)
Variety artiste Adele Cantor worked as an acrobat, comedy actress, singer, dancer and for several years was part of a famous double act with her husband Terry 'Toby Jug' Cantor. Great stalwarts of variety, the pair were closely associated with the City Varieties Theatre, Leeds for many years.
Born Ada Hayes, 1914 in Middlesex, daughter of the acrobatic act Jeff & Nita Mandel - Albert G. Hayes & Ada 'Nita' nee Alvarez - she joined her parents' act shortly after leaving school. The act became known in the halls as The Mandel Trio and Adele became a 'bender', a professional variety term for a very supple acrobat.
She met and married Terry Cantor in 1935 and their son Kenny was born in 1938. Terry & Adele worked on variety bills throughout the UK and during WW2 toured Europe with ENSA.
After the war the couple returned to variety and in 1949 went into theatre management. They appeared in and produced variety shows and toured revues, notably on the Isle of Mann, the Hippodrome, Dudley and the Pavillion Theatre, Liverpool. They were also one of the last variety managements to feature nudes in their shows.
Terry produced the longest running pantomime in the country at the City Varieties, Leeds, for which Adele made costumes. She also made costumes for shows at the Centre Pier, Blackpool, The Spa, Bridlington and at the Arcadia, Skegness.
Adele had been a past Queen Ratling of the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings. Both she and Terry had been great fundraisers for the EABF and in recent years she was a resident at Brinsworth House, Middlesex, the retirement home run by the organisation.
Adele died on 4 Apr 2004 aged 90. Her husband predeceased her in 1979. She was survived by her son Kenny Cantor. ref; The Stage Newspaper, 6 May 2004.
Relationship Status - 2nd Cousin x1 Removed.
Kenny Cantor (1938-2019)
Comedian, clown, versatile international entertainer, writer, producer, director & Prince Rat.
Born Kenneth Albert Robert Lewis McNaghten on 15 Nov 1938 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England the only child of the Comedian & King Rat, Terry Cantor (born Kenneth Edward McNaghten) & Ada Hayes (stage name Adele Cantor).
He was the fifth generation in his family to be in show-business. His debut, aged four was with his grandfather, Jeff Mandel, an acrobat & clown, who taught him the laws of the circus and to be a clown & acrobat. Later he learned how to sing, dance and play musical instruments by his father.
In his lifetime played almost every theatre in the UK, nearly all the Clubs in Yorkshire, and toured the world with many big stars.
Married three times, his last marriage was to Caron Patricia Heggie, daughter of Ronald Schatt, stage name Ronnie Scott, the Saxophonist & Co Founder of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London. Father of Shani Cantor who continues in the show-business tradition.
An active member of the Grand Order of Water Rats was elected Prince Rat in 2018. Before his death Kenny was proprietor and principle of 'That's Entertainment Associates' incorporating The Cantor's Theatre School & Centres of Performing Arts, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England and Beccles, Yorkshire, England. Died on 10 Sep 2019 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
Relationship Status - 3rd Cousin.
First mentioned in 'The Clipper' as a speciality act, performing feats on the horizontal bars in the USA during the early 1870's as The Clifton Brothers, Brothers Clifton, The Cliftons etc, comprising Frank Clifton and his brother or performing partner.
From the 1880's Frank Clifton's sons appeared as a risley comedy acrobatic knockabout troupe; Joshua Toledano (Josh Clifton), Joseph Toledano (Joe Clifton) and Abraham Alvarez (Alf Daniels) billed variously as the 'Bros Clifton', 'Royal Clifton Trio', 'Three Cliftons' etc, toured the British Isles and Ireland in their popular and hilariously acclaimed routines, often in full evening dress, playing circuses, halls, galas and fetes until 1900 when they split, going their separate ways. Josh Clifton went on to produce the 'Six Ceylons' and 'Five X-Rays', Joe Clifton took on the name Boganny and formed the Boganny Troupe, and Alf Daniels continued solo.
Dollie or Dolly Clifton (1894-1979)
Variety Artiste, acrobat & comedienne.
Born Doris May Lazarus on 26 Sep 1894 at 142, Bishop Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Eng, daughter of Joshua Lazarus aka Josh Clifton & Rachel Lyons.
Recorded in The Brighton Gazette of 10 Sep 1910 'latest arrivals including Josh Clifton (5 X Rays), Miss Dollie Clifton (6 Ceylons), Miss Gladys Clifton & Mrs. Clifton (Brixton)'.
Married Capt. Arthur Albert Williams (a grandson of the Landscape Artist, Watson Foulerton Marsh) of the Royal Army Service Corps on 6 Mar 1920 in Glasgow, Scotland. They had one child, a daughter Sonia Pamela Williams born 12 Jul 1922 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England.
At the 1939 England & Wales Register Mrs. Doris May Williams, divorsed and a Variety Artiste was living alone at 359, Brixton Road, Lambeth, London, England.
Died on 9 Sep 1979 at Ladywood Hospital, Pendleton, Lancashire, England of 38, Hanover Court, Chatsworth Road, Worsley, Salford, Lancashire, England.
Relationship status - 1st Cousin 2x removed.
Abe Daniels (1834-1901)
Minstrel, musical clown, musician, later publican.
One of the famous Double Act played alongside his brother Mo Daniels, known as 'Les Freres Daniels' the 'Brothers Daniels' famous on the Continent during the mid to late 19thC. Acclaimed at one time as the Greatest Musical & Singing Clown of his day.
Born Abraham Toledano abt.1834 Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England son of Joshua de Moses Toledano (Daniels) & Sarah Egerton. Married Mary Ann Aaron on 3 Apr 1860 at the British Consul's Office in Paris, France, both of 23, Rue de Malte, Paris. Father of at least three children, Martha Daniels, b.abt.1859 Liverpool, Lancashire, Eng, Joshua Daniels b.abt.1861 Paris, & Benjamin Daniels b.abt.1874 Surrey, Eng.
In 1871 he was a Licensed Victualler and publican of the "Three Compasses", Freeschool Street, Southwark, Surrey, England.
In the Era of 17 Aug 1873 the following was printed, "Mr. ABE DANIELS, the Greatest Singing, Talking, and Musical Grotesque of the present day (bar none), will open with Messrs Speedy and Poole at the South London Palace on the 8th of September, 1873 and he desires to inform other Music-Hall Proprietors that he will be at Liberty to accept a Turn for Ten or Eleven o'clock. Mr Abe Daniels wishes to draw the attention of Proprietors, the Profession, and the Public to the fact that the Original Brothers DANIELS, great Musical Clowns, have been parted for over Two Years, and that Mr. Abe Daniels, who issues this Advertisement, is one of the original Brothers Daniels.
All communications to be addressed to Mr. ABE DANIELS, South London Palace; or, Mr. F. Abrahams, 55, Waterloo Road, London, SE."
By the 1891 UK National Census was living at 651, Old Kent Road, Camberwell, London and descibed as an Artist (Sculp)
Abraham Daniels Toledano died on 16 Jan 1901 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England.
Relationship Status - 2nd Great Granduncle.
Alf Daniels (1864-1928)
Auguste, clown, expert violinist & musician, often referred to as the 'Continental Humourist' & 'French Comedian'.
Born Abraham ALVAREZ on 25th March 1864 at 48, Charles Street, St. George in the East, London son of Aaron Alvarez & Sarah Toledano aka Daniels. Half brother to Josh Clifton, Mary Clifton & Joe Boganny by his mothers second marriage to Frank Clifton, 'Raslus' the gymnast in 1869.
Married Amalia Marguerita Mozley, stage name Amalia Orford, equestrienne (daughter of circus performers & equestians William Orford Mozley & Clementina Julia Quaglieni 16th August 1889 in London.
Father of (1) Ada 'Nita' Alvarez 1893-1957, who married Albert George Hayes aka Jeff Hayes aka Jeff Mandel, a comedian & acrobat who for a time was a bearer or wedge in the Boganny Troupe. (2) Alfred David Alvarez aka Alf Alva, 1894-1960., (3) Bella Alvarez aka Dot Daniels, comedy acrobat, 1895-1975, who first married William Hirst in 1942 later Gaston Pierre Emmanuel Nevraumont, a Belgian musician in 1947., (4) George Hanson Alvarez 1904-1994., and (5) Lawrence David Clothier 1917-1987, by Ivy Clothier, a music-hall artiste.
As a boy was a member of his step fathers 'Raslus Troupe', later performed as one of The Elka Troupe, which in 1891 became known as the Three Brothers Clifton. Later teamed up with his son-in-law Jeff Mandel to form The Alva Brothers, and later the Le Toye Brothers, acrobatic duo acts. On 10th June 1915 Alf Daniels appeared with Josh Clifton's Great Vauderville Star Company, Hull, Yorkshire.
Alf Daniels died on 31st Oct 1928 in Berlin, Germany and was buried there in the jewish faith on 4th Nov, a notice to that effect was placed in The Stage Newspaper by his son Abraham Alvarez (Alf Alva) announcing his fathers death.
Relationship Status - Great-Granduncle.
Brothers Daniels aka 'Les Freres Daniels'
Minstrels & musical clowns, double violinists & instrumentalists.
The brothers Abraham 'Abe' Daniels (Toledano) & Moses 'Mo' Daniels (Toledano), eldest sons of Joshua Daniels (Toledano) & Sarah Egerton.
The famous Duo Act w active in the British Isles, Ireland and on Continental Europe between 1852 & 1872, 'Les Freres Daniels', 'Virtuoses Comiques'.
Inventors of one of the most famous Musical Clown numbers ever, still omnipresent today "You can't play here" in which the speaker does his best to evict two clowns off the stage or out of the ring, who continue to play (generally the trumpet) in triumphant turns, then one is attacked, the other takes over playing.
Appeared at most leading Halls & Circuses in the UK and Ireland, who become famous on the Continent and honoured with courtesy titles of Counts.
Mentioned never as Daniels, but as Toledano, sometimes Toledo or Italianised to Toledani in European literature, eg: 'Plume de Piste' & 'Piste en Plus' by the French author Paul Demenon and the German author Manegezauber mentions them variously as 'Alex & Marco', 'Alec & Mac' & 'Alexei & Mario'.
The Brothers Daniels notably appeared at The Crystal Palace, London, England, Hengler's Circus, Cirque Pinder, Cirque Strassberger, Cirque Napoleon et Imperatrice, Paris, Cirque Benz, Berlin & Vienna, del Circo Price, Madrid.
One of their first appearances was recorded in The Liverpool Mail on 15th May 1852; 'The Brothers Daniels', the celebrated Double Violinists. 'They are allowed to be the cleverest in the world and must be seen to be appreciated', at The Parthenon Concert Hall, Great Charlotte Street, Liverpool.'
During the summer of 1857 they appeared at The Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea, London.....'and the extraordinary musical marvels of the Brothers Daniels, who perform on the violin in every attitude of Ernst or Paganini, which greatly delighted their audiences.' One of the last records of them appearing as The Brothers Daniels, Musical Clowns, was at The Metropolitan Music Hall, Edgware Road, London, England on 28th December 1872. Their performing partnership ended in 1876.
Clown Dano (1884-1964)
Musician, trick banjoist, humourist & clown, professionally known as Alfred Daniels & Clown Dano.
(nb. not to be confused with his cousin Abraham Alvarez 1864-1928, professionally known as Alf Daniels)
Born David Alfred Toledano on 20 Nov 1883 in Mile End, London, England the youngest son of Joseph Toledano aka Joe Daniels the Banjoist & Musician and Clara Martin (Nunes-Martines).
Married (1) Miriam Daniels nee Cohen, his younger brother Solomon Toledano/Daniels (1874-1906) widow on 8 Aug 1907, West Ham, London; (2) Rose Taylor on 2 Aug 1916, West Ham, London.
Father of three; David Alfred Maurice Aubrey Daniels born 27 Jun 1908, Southwark, London by his first wife., and Clara K. Daniels born 7 Dec 1917, Hendon, Middlesex and Joseph Kenneth born 8 Apr 1920, Hendon, Middlesex.
David Alfred Toledano, musician of 112, Leadenhall St. EC, is recorded in the United Grand Lodge of England Freemasons Membership Records from 15 Mar 1912 until 1920.
In The Stage Newspaper of 14 Jun 1906 it writes 'Terrific Success, Alfred Daniels, Speciality Banjoist & Humourist. Gravesend & Ramsgate with "Gazekas." Free Monday next for summer. Write, wire, or tel., 112, Leadenhall St, E.C.
and The Stage of 2 Nov 1911, Alfred Daniels, Trick Banjoist & Humourist; also as Clown Dano, for children's Parties. 112, Leadenhall St, E.C. Phone 12099 Central, and The Stage of 6 Jan 1916, Alfred Daniels, Solo and Trick Banjoist and Humourist, late "Scarlet, Mr. E.'s" (3yrs), "Fantastics" (3yrs), 13, Disraeli Road, Forest Gate, Essex, England.
Emigrated to the USA and naturalised on 29 Aug 1946. Died on 8 Dec 1964 in Los Angeles, Southern California, USA.
Relationship Status - 1st Cousin 3x Removed.
Mo Daniels (1831-1890)
Minstrel, musical clown, musician, later publican.
Born Moses Toledano abt.1831 London, England; son of Joshua de Moses Toledano (Daniels) & Sarah Egerton.
Brother of Abe Daniels, Musical Clown, Joe Daniels, Banjo Player & Professor of Music & Sarah Toledano who married Frank Clifton aka 'Raslus' the celebrated Equestrian Clown & Gymnast.
Performed with his brother Abe Daniels in the Duo Musical Clown Act 'Brothers Daniels', active 1852-1876.
At the 1851 Census Moses Daniels is recorded lodging at 3, Daws Place, West Street, Kingston-upon-Hull, a confectioner, married with a wife Mary A, and three month old daughter Rachel.
On 16th April 1860 Moses Daniels, a bachelor & Artiste, married Robina Cumming at the British Consul's Office, Paris, both of 23, Rue de Malte, Paris., they had one son Joshua Abraham Daniels born 4th September 1860 in Southwark.
Ten years later on 10th Nov 1870 Moss Daniels inserted a notice in The Clerkenwell News, which read 'I hereby give Notice That I will not be answerable for any debts that my Wife, Robina Daniels may contract after this date, Nov 8th 1870, signed Moss Daniels, Middleton Arms, 38, Norton Folgate., witnessed by Alexr. Hart'.
At the 1871 Census Robina Daniels, a married women lived alone in Bermondsey, a retired Licensed Victualler. Robina Daniels of 2, Hercules Terrace, Hercules Buildings, Lambeth died on 29th December 1880 in Lambeth, wife of Moses Daniels, Equestrian, on her death certifiacte the informant was her by son Joshua A. Daniels of 9, William's Place, Union Str, Borough, London, England.
At the 1871 Census for England, Moses Daniels was living apart from his wife & son and the publican of The Middleton Alms, 38, High Street, Norton Folgate, Aldgate, London employing four men. By 1876 The Era of 12 Mar reads 'Wanted, a partner to join M. Daniels (one of the Brothers Daniels Musical Clowns) for the Continent or England. M. D. speaks several languages, French & German fluently. Please address M. Daniels, Middleton Arms, (next to City of London Theatre) 38, Norton Folgate, London'.
By the 1881 England Census Moses Daniels, was the publican of the "Lion & Lamb" at 22, Little Square, Braintree, Essex., with his wife Emma, nee Cox and six children. From this relationship there were a total of eight surviving births, Abigail Elizabeth, b.1872; Sarah, b.1874; Abraham, b.1875; Rachel, b.1878; Esther, b.1879; Rebecca Daniels 1880-1909, who married Alfred Eugene Gaertner in 1903, Leah, b.1884, & Miriam, b.1887.
Moses Daniels died on 29th December 1890 at 5, Albert Cottages, Rope Walk, Ipswich, Suffolk, England of Apoplexy.
The New York Clipper announced his death ~ Mo Daniels, a well known Musical Clown in his day, a brother of the clever Abe Daniels, died at Ipswich, Eng., Dec 29th, aged sixty years. He had for several years resided in the district, playing the violin, on which instrument he was an efficient performer, in front of different hotels about Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
Relationship Status - 2nd Great-Granduncle.
Alfred Eugene Gaertner (1877-1932)
Equestrian, music-hall & variety artiste.
Born 19 Apr 1877 at 143, Princes Road, Lambeth, Surrey, England, son of Phillipe Jacques Eugene Gaertner (1855-1927) Equestrian Artiste, who performed under the name Eugene Gaertner, and Elizabeth Ann 'Lizzie' Kite (1855-1941) daughter of the Equestrian performer William Kite & Elizabeth Ann Devereux.
(NB. the widowed Elizabeth Ann Devereux Kite remarried at St. Mary, Lambeth on 14 Oct 1860 to Henry Thomas, jnr.)
Notably a grandnephew of the equestrienne known as 'Madame Gaertner' born Leopoldine Phillipine Wilhelmina Catherine Theresa Gaertner (1832-1902), and a grandson of the equestrian & circus proprietor Thomas McCollum (1828-1872).
Married (1) Rebecca Daniels, daughter of Moses Toledano aka Mo Daniels, Musical Clown of the Brothers Daniels aka 'Les Freres Daniels' fame, on 8 Feb 1903 at St James the Less, Bethnal Green, London, their marriage being witnessed by Robert Fossett, Junior and Frederick Owens.
An article in The Era, on 21 Feb 1903 reads - "A Wedding took place on Feb 8th between Mr. A. E. Gaertner, the equillibrist, and Miss Becky Daniels, equestrienne. The ceremony was performed at the church of St. James the Less, and was attended by a large circle of friends and well-wishers. Amongst those present at the wedding breakfast were:- Mrs E. Gaertner, Mr & Mrs Edwards, Mr & Mrs Owens, Mr & Mrs R. Fossett, jnr, Miss E. Fossett, Miss Hopkins, Miss G. Sibb, Miss M. Chesterman, Mr Bowin, Mr J. Fossett, Mr A. Johnson, Mr. J. Emberson, Miss Esther Sharman, Miss Hilda Owens, and Master Willie Edwards. The happy couple eventually started for the Continent, and are spending their honeymoon in Paris. They were the lucky recipients of some handsome presents, comprising gifts from bridegroom to bride, gold heart and chain studded with pearls, massive Dresden centre piece; bride to bridegroom, dressing-case, silver and ivory mounts; bridegroom's mother to bridegroom, a diamond and pearl breastpin; Alf Mamer to Becky, coral and pearl dressing; aunt & uncle to Becky, cruet, silver candlesticks and teapot with stand; Becky and Alf to bridesmaids, lovely gold brooches; from Mr & Mrs R. Fossett, jnr, silver biscuit box; Miss E. Fossett (bridesmaid), set of spoons; Miss M. Fossett, butter dish; Mr & Mrs Edwards (bride's sister and brother-in-law), salad bowl and biscuit tub; Miss Becky and Dora Bossell, most lovely brush and comb, silver mounted; J. Bossell, jnr, cut glass bottle of perfume - also as old horseshoe; Miss Smith, silver salt cellars; Miss Pirken, silver nut-crackers; Mr Otto, silver serviette rings; Mrs Hall and Fred Derrick, biscuit box; Mr. & Mrs. Henley, handsome dressing case."
They had one child, Dorothy Emma Elizabeth Gaertner born on 3 Apr 1904, Blackpool, Lancashire.
Sailed with his wife Rebecca 'Becky' from Liverpool, England aboard the SS.Lucania on 23 Mar 1907 bound for New York, USA to join Ringlings Circus Winter Quarters at Columbus. Becky died in the ships hospital on 29 Mar 1907, the day before the ship arrived at New York, USA. ref; New York, US, Passenger Lists 1820-1957.
Married (2) Lily Marie Griffin, dau of John Michael Griffin, Artiste on 9 Oct 1909 at The Parish Church, Blackpool, Lancashire, Eng, they had one child Leopoldine Lily Gaertner, born 1912 Lancashire, Eng.
Alfred E. Gaertner died in 1932 at Hemsworth, Yorkshire, England.
NB. Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Thomas, known in the Equestrian profession as Mrs. Kite, her first husband, died on 26 Jan 1879 at her home 24, John Street, Kennington Road, Lambeth, deeply regretted by a numerous circle of friends, was announced in The Era.
Relationship Status - Spouse of Rebecca Daniels, 1st Cousin 3x Removed.
Henry Aaron Isaacs (1830-1909)
Politician & Author.
Born 15 Aug 1830 in Aldgate, London, England son of Michael Isaacs & Sarah, dau. of Aaron Henrique Mendoza.
Married Eleonor, dau. of Alexander McDonald Rowland in 1848 and had three children, Joseph Alexander, Louisa & Sarah.
For a quarter a of century he laboured in the best interests of the City of London. He agitated for improving the housing conditions of the poor, and was mainly instrumental in bringing about the much needed reforms in the finance committee of the Corporation of London. In 1859 he was appointed to the chairmanship of the City Lands Committee. Some years later, as head of the Markets Committee, he gave valuable evidence before Parliament in the House of Commons; London's Tower Bridge owed its existance, in great measure, to his persistance. Upon the oral system of teaching deaf-mutes, his brochure 'Sounds Versus Signs' is a recognised authority. In 1887 as an Alderman of the City he became Sheriff of London & Middlesex, and was knighted in the same year. In 1889 he was elected Lord Mayor of London and a charicature of him 'New Lord Mayor' by Spy appeared in Vanity Fair in Nov that year. In 1890 was Grand Warden in the Freemasons. Two portraits were commissioned of him and painted by Bassano. Author, of three books, including 'Memoirs of My Mayority'. Died 2 Aug 1909 Steyning, Sussex, England,
Relationship Status - 3rd Cousin 4x Removed.
Rufus Daniel Isaacs (1860-1935)
Statesman, politician & judge.
Born 10 Oct 1860 at 3, Bury Street, St Mary Axe, London, Eng., son of Spitalfields Fruit Merchant, Joseph Michael Isaacs & Sarah Davis.
Brother of Rose Nelly Isaacs 1856-1942, Frances Jane Isaacs 1856-1942, Hannah Isaacs b.1857, Ellen Rebecca Isaacs 1858-1842, Henry Michael Isaacs b.1858, Amelia Isaacs b.1859, Myers Albert Isaacs b.1863, Florence Angela Isaacs 1864-1956, Godfrey Charles Joseph Isaacs 1866-1925, Frederick Samuel Isaacs 1868, Esther Stella Isaacs 1869-1934, & Warry R Isaacs b.1870.
Married twice:- (1) Alice Edith Cohen (1865-1930) on 8 Dec 1887 London, Eng,. they had one child, Gerald Rufus Isaacs (1889-1960) who subsequently became the 2nd Marquess of Reading on his fathers death.
(2) Stella Charnaud (1894-1971) in 1931, London, Eng.
Member of Parliament for Reading, Berkshire, Eng, 1903-1913.
Appointed Lord Chief Justice of Great Britain in 1913.
Became the first Jewish Member of any British Prime Minister's Cabinet in Lloyd George's Cabinet of 1913.
Raised to the Peerage in 1914 and created 1st Marquess of Reading.
Appointed His Britannic Majesties Ambassador to the United States in 1918 and at a critical moment during the First World War.
Became Governor General & Viceroy of India, 1921-1926 and as such had to confront the movement for Indian self-rule and civil disobedience led by Mahatma Gandhi. Lord Reading also worked to ensure that the people from India could migrate freely to other parts of the British Empire. His statue originally stood in New Delhi and was offered as a gift to the Borough of Reading after India achieved independence in 1947. It now stands in Eldon Square, Reading, Berkshire, Eng.
Died on 30 Dec 1935 at 35, Curzon Street, Hanover Square, Westminster, London, England.
Relationship Status - 4th Cousin 3x removed.
Edward Richard Kinane (1921-2015)
Acrobat, music-hall artiste, later worked in the restoration of fine art.
Born Eric Charles Lazarus on 11 Mar 1921, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, Eng, son of Samuel Lazarus aka Sam Linfield and Jessie Watson Fraser, and a grandson of Joe Boganny.
Married (1) Joan Nina Pipe, (2) Pardiner Murial Baker, (3) Kathleen Joyce Attenborough and (4) Tove Kirsten Pedersen. father of two, Juanita Dolores Linfield by his first wife and Joseph Linfield by his second.
Began his stage career in 1924 aged three, in his fathers Linfield Troupe of comedy acrobats, which lasted until he joined the forces at the outbreak of WW2. After demobilisation he embarked on a career in art conservation.
Died on 4 Sep 2015 at St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, England where he had resided for several years.
Australian actor and music video director.
Born Heath Andrew Ledger on 4 Apr 1979, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Died 22 Jan 2008 Manhatten, New York City, New York, USA and is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, WA, Australia.
Through his mothers maternal ancestry and her Solomon and Mendoza lines, Heath was a 9th great-grandson of Daniel Mendoza (1685-1755) and his wife Esther Lopez (1685-1774)
Relationship status - 8th Cousin 2x Removed
Vic Lewis (1919-2009)
Impressario, musician & band leader.
Born Victor Joseph Lewis on 29 Jul 1919, Hendon, Middlesex, England, son of Bertie Lewis & Mary Toledano aka Daniels daughter of Joshua Toledano & Catherine (Kate) Morris who married in London, England in 1914.
Married Joan Alcock (1926-2008, aka actress 'Jill Anstey' known for her role in the film 'Murder at the Windmill' 1949) on 28 Jul 1950, Caxton Hall, London and had one daughter Danielle.
Jazz pioneer who nurtured almost every major British Jazz personality under his band leader's baton or as agent or manager, including such legends as Elton John, Shirley Bassey & The Beatles.
Awarded the MBE in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year Honours of 2007.
Died 9 Feb 2009 at Garden House, Hendon, Middlesex, England aged 89 years.
Relationship Status - 3rd Cousin 1x Removed.
Mary 'Pauline' 'Polly' Lloyd 1872-
Verstaile Circus Performer, Equestrian, Acrobat, Wire-Walker & Variety Artiste.
Born Mary CLIFTON on 7th Jan 1872 at 1, Belle View Terrace, Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Frank Clifton aka 'Raslus' the Equestrian Clown & Gymnast and Sarah TOLEDANO, otherwise DANIELS.
Sister of Joshua Toledano aka Josh Clifton, 1871-1948 & Joseph Toledano aka Joseph Clifton aka Joe BOGANNY, 1874-1943.
Entered the circus ring at an early age being trained up in her fathers Raslus Troupe of Comedy Risley Artistes. First recorded performing as Polly/Pauline Clifton, then as Madamoiselle Pauline, or Mdlle. Elka, renowned Equilibrist and a member of the Elka Troupe of Comedy Risley Performers, invisible Wire-Walkers and Hat-Throwers formed in 1885.
Married on 26 Nov 1891 at Birmingham Register Office to the Equestrian, William Molesworth Lloyd, professionally known as Wilkes Lloyd, son of Circus Proprietor & Equestrian James 'Jimmy' Lloyd & Ellen Savage.
Toured the British Isles, Ireland, Europe and the USA with her husband & children mainly in circus. At one time toured her troupe of Siberian Wolfhounds, with her daughter Nellie. Had four children, Sarah Ellen 'Nellie' Lloyd, bon 1891 Birmingham, Arthur William 'Billy' Lloyd, born 1892 Birmingham, Frank Harold Lloyd, 1894 Birmingham & Violet Maud Victoria Lloyd, born 1900 in Holland.
Naturalised an American citizen on 14 Mar 1939 Brobx, New York, USA.
Her death unlocated todate.
nb - The Billboard, 12 Aug 1950 - Lloyd, Wilkes, aged 79, former Bareback Rider, Aug 1 at Jamaica, Long Island, New York. Trouped the Lloyd Indian act with Ringling, Sells-Floto, Sparkes and Hagenbeck-Wallace circuses, before he retired to Flushing, L.I, N.Y., His widow Polly; a son Billy; two daughters, Violet Rubio & Nellie Kitchie, and two sisters survive. The immediate family all trouped in the riding act. Burial July 24 in Flushing Cemetery.
Relationship Status - Great-Grandaunt.
Wilkes Lloyd (1871-1950)
Acrobat, equestrian and circus performer.
Born William Molesworth Lloyd on 26 Apr 1871 at Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, England, son of James Lloyd (son of Hugh Lloyd) Equestrian & Circus Proprietor and Ellen Savage (daughter of William Savage & Mary Spender Molesworth) who married at St. Nicholas Church Brighton, Sussex on 5 Dec 1865, witnessed by John Frederick Ginnett & Ellen Ginnett.
His aunt, Sarah Spender Savage married the circus proprietor John Frederick Ginnett (1827-1892) on 20 Feb 1855 at St. Judes, Birmingham, Warwickshire.
Married Mary Clifton, dau. of Frank Clifton aka Raslus, the equestrian clown and slack-rope performer and Sarah Toledano aka Daniels on 26 Nov 1890 at the Registry Office, Birmingham.
Died 24 Jul 1950 Jamaica, Long Island, New York, USA.,
Relationship status - Husband of Great-Grandaunt.
Flora Adelaide Meers (1868 - ? )
Born 4 May 1868 Old Swan, West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Baptised 10 May 1868 St. Oswald, Liverpool, dau of Hubert William Meers, Gunmaker & Gymnast (1820-1879) & Susan Carton (abt.1844-1898).
Married (1) Wilhelm Albert Heuberger/Henberger on 26 Mar 1889 in Berlin, Germany, and had one son, Karl Wilhelm Emanuel Heuberger b. 22 Oct 1888 Berlin, Germany.
Married (2) Charles Alfred Smith on 13 Jan 1908, Parish Church Yardley, West Midlands, Eng, witnessed by Harry Barley & Edith Seal.
In 1904 Mrs Flora Adele Hueberger was responsible for the purchase of a burial plot for Frank Lazarus aka Frank Clifton.
Aaron Mendoza (1709-1751)
Author & Scribe.
Born 1709 in Holland, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands, son of Daniel 'de David' Mendoza (1685-1755) and Esther 'de Isaac' Lopez (1685-1774).
Married Benvenida 'de Abraham' Tubi/Tobi (1709-1765) at Bevis Marks Synagogue, London on 23 Mar 1730.
In 1733 Aaron Mendoza published one of the first books produced by a Jew in England, written in Spanish and titled 'Dinim de Sehita y Bedica', printed in London, a 48 page booklet/manuel of the laws governing ritual slaughter, with illustrations in his own hand.
Died abt.1751 London, England.
Relationship status; 6th Great grandfather.
Daniel Mendoza (1764-1836)
Champion Boxer, author & publican.
Born 5 Jul 1764 Aldgate, London, England son of Abraham de Aaron Mendoza & Esther Lopez.
Married his cousin Esther Mendoza on 22 May 1787 at Bevis Marks Synagogue, London, and had at least one child from that marriage.
Bareknuckle Boxer & Pugilist, 16th in succession of the English Heavyweight Champions and the first Jewish Champion. The first important fighter to combine scientific boxing with rapid, rather than hard punching, a great change from the mauling style used until his time. Only 5ft 7ins tall and weighing 180 pounds he relied on his courage, strong arms and excellent physical condition, as well as on his revolutionary boxing skill. Won many victories and at one time considered champion heavyweight of all England.
Received the patronage of Royalty in the name of the Prince of Wales, later King George IV and was the first Hebrew ever to speak to King George III.
On retirtement he became a publican of houses in Whitechapel, London and openening a highly successful school of boxing, amongst others he taught the sons of nobility. His book The Art of Boxing was published in 1796.
Died on 3 Sep 1836, at Horseshoe Alley, Petticoat Lane, London, England.
Relationship Status - 1st Cousin 6 x Removed.
Harriet Phipps (1878-1950)
Born 21 Oct 1878 at 9, Clifton Terrace, Nightingale Road, Wood Green, London, England, the youngest and ninth child of William Phipps (1822-1882), by then a retired Metropolitan Police Constable of 23yrs service and employed by the London Borough of Haringey as a Gatekeeper at Alexandra Palace, London & Ann Burch Leggett (1830-1923).
Harriet, working as a barmaid at the time, gave birth to her only child, Douglas Boganny Phipps on 25 Jul 1905 at 5, Quick Road, Chiswick, Brentford, Middlesex, Eng., The father, unstated on his birth certificate, was the artiste known at the time as Joe Boganny.
Harriet was most likely to have been employed by her brother, Richard Phipps (1873-1920) who was the publican of 'The Ifield Arms' at 59, Ifield Road, London, SW during that period, and by 1910 he was the publican of 'The Lord High Admiral' at 145, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Westminster, London.
Married Charles Clarence Richardson on 19 Aug 1907 at the Register Office, Edmonton, Middlesex, England.
Died 2 Feb 1950 at 16, Maidstone Road, Bounds Green, London. N.11, England.
Relationship Status: Maternal Great-Grandmother.
Sonia Seal (1901-1995)
Comedienne and versatile soubrette in song, dance & story.
Born Gladys Elaine Lazarus on 30 Jan 1901 Birmingham, England, daughter of the variety artist Josh Clifton & Rachel Lyons, sister of Doris May Lazarus, stage name Dolly Clifton.
Performed 'songs & nonsense' routines, noted in 1916 at The Trivoli, Kingston-upon-Hull in a revue of the book & lyrics by Harry Curwen, music by Alan d'Albert, entitled 'Stop Your Nonsense', 'Sonia Seal is very dainty, her singing being a pleasing feature'. Became known as 'The Unusual Girl' & 'The American Soubrette'' and was accclaimed the essence of originality. Toured in provicial productions, revues, musical comedies & pantomime through into the 1930's. Married Irving Marks in 1926 Birmingham and had a daughter Joyce Marks b.1932 Salford, Manchester. Sailed out from Southampton on the ss. Queen Mary in July 1939 bound for New York.Was the informant of her sister death and living at 5, Ferndale Avenue, Whitefield, Lancs on 9 Sep 1979. Died in 1995 Salford, Manchester, Lancashire, England.
Relationship Status - 1st Cousin 2x Removed.
Peter Sellers (1925-1980)
British Comedian, singer, actor & author.
Credited as being the greatest comedian of all time.
Born Richard Henry Sellers on 8 Sep 1925 in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England son of William (Bill) Sellers, actor & musician and Agnes Doreen Marks, 'stage name Peggy Ray' of the 'Ray Sisters' and of 'Frivolities" Revue Company, a variety artist, singer, dancer & character actress (daughter of Solomon 'Sidney' Marks & Welcome 'Wilhelmina' Mendoza) who married on 19 May 1923 at the Register Office Bloomsbury, St. Giles, London, England, both of 5, Landport Terrace, Southsea.
Made his first stage appearance, reputedly, when he was just two weeks old, when Dickie Henderson Snr. carried him onstage at the King's Theatre, Portsmouth during a revue mounted by his grandmother known in the entertainment business a 'Ma Ray'.
During the 1950's performed in 10 series of the BBC Radio's 'The Goon Show'. Sellers trade marks was his ability to play multiple characters and to change his voice and appearance.
Interviewed for an article in The People published on 19 Apr 1964 Sellers disclosed that he "was born the great-great-grandson of a famous Portuguese Jewish bare-fist fighter, Daniel Mendoza. My mother, Mendoza's great-grand-daughter was one of a family of ten who all banded together in a travelling repertory-revue company called Ray Brothers Productions."
Awarded the CBE in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year Honours of 1966.
Married (i) Charlotte Anne Aspinall-Howe aka Anne Hayes, actress, 1951-1963, divorced (ii) Britt Ekland, actress, 1964-1968, divorced (iii) Miranda Elizabeth Louise Quarry, 1970-1974, divorced and (iv) Lynne Frederick, 1977-1980.
Father of three, Michael, Sarah & Victoria. Died on 24 Jul 1980 at the Middlesex Hospital, London, England.
Relationship Status: 5th Cousin 2x removed.
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Formed by Frank Clifton, the celebrated Equestrian Clown & Gymnast aka Raslus in abt.1871 England.
Sarah Toledano aka Daniels (1839-1902)
Born abt.1839 Kingson-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England, daughter of Joshua Toledano otherwise DANIELS (1798-1874) confectioner & Sarah EGERTON (1803-1859).
Notably the sister of Abraham & Moses Daniels (The Brothers Daniels, Abe & Mo, musical clowns, 'Les Freres Daniels') & Joseph Daniels (Joe Daniels, musician & banjoist 1842-1915)
Sarah Toledano married (1) Aaron ALVAREZ (1839-1869) in Whitechapel, London on 28 Apr 1861 having three children, Abraham Alvarez. b.1864 St. George-in-the-East, London, Clara Alvarez b.1866 Mile End, London & Abigail Alvarez, b.1866 Chatham, Kent. Aaron Alvarez died 22 Apr 1869 at 1, Cox's Square, Spitalfields, London.
Three months later on 5 Aug 1869 widowed Sarah Alvarez married Frank Clifton, acrobat, son of Thomas Clifton, gentleman, at The Register Office, Whitechapel, London both of 5, Bell Lane, Spitalfields, having three children Joshua Toledano aka Josh Clifton, Mary 'Pauline, Polly' Clifton aka Mrs William 'Wilkes' Molesworth Lloyd & Joseph Toledano aka Joe Boganny.
The family adopted the surname Lazarus circa.1893.
Sarah Lazarus died on 4 Oct 1902 at 27, Vaughton Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire and was buried on 6 Oct 1902 at Witton Cemetery, The Ridgeway, Warren Road, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.
Relationship Status - 2nd Great-Grandmother.
Betsy Yellowitch (1873-1940)
Born Betsy Yellowitch on 19 Oct 1873 at 3, Pershore Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, daughter of Isaac Yellowitch (1849-1914), a Polish born tailor & Esther Schwerin (1855-1915).
Sister of Phillip Yellowitch aka Linfield, (1875-1949).
Two brothers, Elias and Phillip, sons of Isaac Yellowitch appear in England in Dudley, Worcestershire & Birmingham public records from the 1850's with variant spellings, ie; Yallowitch/ Yallowitz/ Yellowitch/ Yellowitz and others.
The name Linfield came from Samuel Lindenfield (1830-1892) who married Betsy's widowed grandmother, Hannah Yellowitz (1824-1885) at The Synagogue, Birmingham on 31 Oct 1866.
Married the acrobat & music-hall artiste who in 1900 became known as Joe Boganny in two ceremonies;-
(1) to Joseph Clifton, acrobat, son of Frank Clifton, acrobat on 27 Apr 1893 at the Register Office, Birmingham.
(2) to Joseph Lazarus, acrobat, son of Frank Lazarus, gymnast on 28 May 1893 at The Synagogue, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, in both cases the couple were of 62 & 63, Wrentham Street, Birmingham.
Together they had two children, Samuel Lazarus, born 17 Apr 1894 Birmingham, stage name Sam Linfield.,
and a daughter Hannah Lazarus born 8 Oct 1898 Birmingham, Warwickshire.
By 1904 Mrs Betsy Clifton and her husband Joe were separated. No divorce ever occured.
Died in 1940 of 61, Ramsey Road, West Hendon, Middlesex. Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, Middlesex, England.