'Who Was Who' Profile Gallery 

 A-Z Collection of Ancestors, Cousins and noteworthy individuals who figure in my family history.

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Alf Alva 1894 - 1960

 

Acrobat, Comedian, Pantomimeist, Variety Artiste, Theatrical Producer & Theatre Club Manager.

Born Alfred David Alvarez in Vienna, Austria on 22 Feb 1894 son of Abraham Alvarez aka Alf Daniels & Amalia Marguerite Mozley the daughter of William Orford Mozley & Clementina Julia Quagliene, Equestrians, whilst travelling on the Continent.

Toured Europe with the 'Alva Brothers' in 'Alegria' and in many mad acrobatic comedy revues & productions, including 'Racing Mad', 'Carry On', 'The Chicargo Gangsters' & 'Cheer Up & Smile'. In 1928 his address was Hotel Darmstadter, 112, Hof Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, Germany. 

Married Ada Elizabeth Fuller in 1929 Lambeth, London, England, and had one daughter Dolores Alvarez.  

At the 1939 England & Wales Register Alfred D Alvarez, Music Hall Artiste & Traveller was living with his wife Ada E and brother George H Alvarez at 148, Beverstone Road, Croydon, Surrey.

In the 1950's he managed the Vauderville (1952) Club at 12, Great Newport Street, London WC2, England, and later managed Dalton Murray's 'Stage Social Club' in Litchfield Street, London, WC2.

Died on 28 Sept 1960 in London, England.

 

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 Etty Boganny 1878-1948) who were divorced in 1912.

Brother of Harry Alexander Saunders Myerson (1896-1982), and Arthur Abraham Saunders Myerson (1897-1966). 

Later after divorce his father married his second wife Lilian Leah Joseph (1870-1965) and both were buried in Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

 

Became known as and was widely assumed 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. 

Married Noel Mary Cardew in London, England in 1934, father of one child Anthony Maurice Boganny born 1937 Fulham, London, England.

Below  is a cartoon image sketched and signed by Cyril Boganny dating from circa. 1920's - 30's from an autograph album once owned by a cocktail waiter of The Ritz, London & Paris, image by kind permission of Alan Newman, Devon, UK. 

Mr. Cyril Boganny was recorded travelling to Cape Town, South Africa from Southampton, England in 1953, and died on 21 Feb 1954 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Etty Boganny 1878 - 1948

 

Born Esther Meider abt.1878 Birmingham, Warwickshire, England daughter of Nathan Meider & Jane Somerville.

Married Simon 'Samuel' Myerson, an optician at Birmingham Register Office on 25 Apr 1895 and divorced 1912.

In that marriage gave birth to three sons, 

Harry Alexander Saunders Myerson 1896 Birmingham,

Arthur Abraham Saunders Myerson 1897 Birmingham and

Cyril Saunders Myerson (who later would be known as Cyril Boganny) in 1899 Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, 

Became the life-long partner/common-law wife of Joe Boganny from circa.1904.

Died 31 Oct 1948 at Lambeth Hospital, London, England.

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 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.

 

The Clifton Brothers

 

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 partner.

Later Frank Clifton's sons appeared from the 1880's as a Risley Comedy Acrobatic and Knochabout Troupe and were Joshua Toledano (Josh Clifton), Joseph Toledano (Joseph Clifton) and their half brother Abraham Alvarez (Alf Daniels).

Billed variously as 'The Bros Clifton', 'Royal Clifton Trio', 'The Three Cliftons', etc, they toured the British Isles & Ireland in their popular & hilarious routines, sometimes in full evening dress playing Circus, Music Hall, Theatre, Galas & Fetes from the 1880's till around 1900 when they split, diversified and went their separate ways. Joe Clifton took on the name Boganny and formed The Boganny Troupe, Josh Clifton went on to produce "The Six Ceylons" & "The Five X-Rays" & Alf Daniels mostly 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.

 

Josh Clifton 1870 - 1948

 

Comedy acrobatic tumbler, Music Hall Artiste.

Born Joshua TOLEDANO on 14th April 1871 in Mile End Old Town, London from a good stock of entertainers. Son of 'Raslus' aka Frank Clifton, the renowned equestrian clown & gymnast and Sarah Toledano. Brother of Mary Clifton, equestrian performer and Joe Boganny, acrobat & comedian. 

Began his career at the age of two and a half in his fathers 'Raslus Troupe' of comedy risley tumblers & acrobats as clown, and considered very smart. The Troupe appeared in all the leading Music Halls & Circuses in England and on the Continent. One of the famous Clifton Troupe of acrobats, performed as one of The Brothers Clifton with his brother Joe & step brother Alf Daniels till about 1900. Later and in competition with Joe Boganny was proprietor of the 'Five X-Rays', mad athletes who appeared in all the principle Halls in the UK and and on the Continent with their acts 'Fun in a Gymnasium' and 'Dream in an Opeum Den'. Formed the 'Six Ceylons' who appeared for the first time in London on 20th June 1910 scorring an instant success at The Euston Palace.

The family changed their name to LAZARUS circa. 1892. In 1893 Joshua Lazarus married Rachel Lyons at the Birmingham Register Office. Father of  Dolly Clifton, variety artist & comedienne & Sonia Seal, actress & comedienne.

Died at the V. A. F. Home for retired entertainers, Brinsworth House, Twickenham, aged 77 yrs, a retired Music Hall Artiste on 22nd February 1948. 

 

Relationship status - Granduncle

 

Abe Daniels 1834 - 1901

 

Professional Clown, Equestrian, Musician & Banjoist. 

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.

In 1871 he was the Licensed Victualler of The Three Compasses Public House, 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

 

Popular 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 Abraham Alvarez (Alf Alva), and two daughters, both comedy acrobats, Bella Alvarez aka 'Dot Daniels', (who first married Wilson Hirst 1942 Leicester, later a Belgian musician, Gaston Pierre Emmanuel Nevraumont 1877-1948) in Leicester 1947) and Nita Alvarez (who married Jeff Hayes, stage name Jeff Mandel, comedian & acrobat, who for a time worked for Joe Boganny as a bearer/wedge in The Boganny Troupe), and Lawrence David Clothier 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.

The Brothers Daniels ~ 1852

Brothers Daniels aka 'Les Freres Daniels'

 

Musical Clowns, Equestrians, 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 was 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

 

Versatile Entertainer, Minstrel, Clown, Trick Banjoist & Humourist.

Born David Alfred Toledano on 20 Nov 1883 in Bow, London, England the youngest son of Joseph de Joshua Toledano aka Joe Daniels the Banjoist & Musician and Clara Martin (Nunes-Martines).

Married (1) Miriam Cohen 1907,  (2) Rose Taylor (1916).

In The Stage Newspaper of 14 Jun 1906 '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.

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.

 

Joe Daniels infront of his home, circa.1890. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Claire Daniels Goldman, dau. of Alfred Daniels.

Joe Daniels 1842 - 1915

 

Celebrated Minstrel, Performer, Professor of Music, Musician, Composer, Arranger & Teacher of the Banjo, Mandolin & Guitar.

 

Born Joseph TOLEDANO abt. 1842 in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England, son of Joshua de Moses Toledano and Sarah EGERTON*. Brother of Sarah Toledano who married Frank Clifton, the equestrian clown & gymnast, Mo Daniels & Abe Daniels, (Brothers Daniels) celbrated musical clowns. Married Clara Martin (Nunes-Martinez) in Whitechapel, London 1861. Established a studio at 28, Bishopsgate Street, Aldgate in 1870, after a few years moved to Minstrel House, 112, Leadenhall Street where he started advertising himself as a musical instrument maker, teacher & stage dancer. Patented the 'Defiance' banjo and probably assembling them himself at his workshop. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward V1 presented him with a silver medallion inscribed with the fluer-de-lis which was fixed to the pegboard of the banjo Joe played in his public performances. Presented with a Mercham Pipe by King Leopold 1 of the Belgians, pre 1865., Performed before Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle in 1873 with his banjo proudly displaying its silver plaque, and became a member of the Masonic Vauderville Lodge. At the 1881 Census for England he was living at 4, Crown Street, Tower Hamlets, London, England. Father of fifteen children, one of whom was David Alfred Daniels, born London in 1884 who went on to become 'Clown Dano'. Died of heart failure in a cab enroute to 22, Buckingham Road, Brighton, Sussex, England on 12th March 1915 aged 73 years of 13, Disreali Road, Forest Gate, London, England.

 

Relationship Status - 2nd Great-Granduncle

The Middleton Arms, 33 High St, Aldgate, London.

Mo Daniels 1831 - 1890

 

Professional Equestrian Clown, Minstrel, 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 England Census of 1881 Moses Daniels, is a publican 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.

 

Elka Troupe

 

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Alfred Eugene Gaertner 1877-1932

 

Equestrian, Music-Hall & Variety Artiste.

 

Born 1877 Lambeth, South London, Eng, son of Phillipe Jacques Eugene Gaertner, Equestrian Artiste who performed under the name 'Eugene Gaertner' (1855-1927) and Elizabeth Ann Kite (1855-1941) daughter of William Kite (1825-69), circus performer, and best known as  being the 'Mr. Kite' from the Beatles song "Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite" & Elizabeth Deveraux.

Brother of Henrietta Rose Gaertner 1879-1880. 

Notably he was 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 three times:-

(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, Eng., their marriage was witnessed by Robert Fossett Jnr & Frederick Owens. They had one child, a daughter Dorothy Emma Elizabeth Gaertner born on 3 Apr 1904, Blackpool, Lancashire. Rebecca 'Daniels' Gaertner his wife died in Scarborough, Yorkshire, Eng in 1909.

(2) Lily Marie Griffin/Griffith, 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.

(3) Mary M. Gerrard in Flintshire, Wales 1921. 

Died in 1932 at Hemsworth, Yorkshire, England. 

 

Relationship Status - Spouse of Rebecca Daniels, 1st Cousin 3x Removed.

New Lord Mayor, 'Vanity Fair' 1889

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. 

Sir Rufus in 'Vanity Fair'

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 'Ricky' Kinane 1921-2015

 

Acrobat, Music-Hall Artiste, later Professional Restorer in Fine Art.

Born Eric Charles Lazarus on 11 Mar 1921, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England., son of Samuel Lazarus aka Sam Linfield & Jessie Watson Fraser, and grandson of the artiste Joe Boganny

Married (1) Joan Nina Pipe, (2) Pardiner Murial Baker, (3) Kathleen Attenborough & (4) Tove Kirsten Pedersen. Father of two, Joseph & Juanita.

Began his performing career in 1924 aged 3 in his fathers Linfield Troupe of comedy acrobats touring the UK and Ireland.

Changed his name to Edward Richard Kinane, known as Ricky. 

Died 4 Sep 2015 at St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, England where he had resided for some years. 

 

Relationship Status - First Cousin 1x Removed. 

Vic Lewis  1919 - 2009

 

Musician, Band Leader & Impressario.

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

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 abt.1709 at Ruesel de Mierden, Noord Brabant, Holland, son of Daniel de David Mendoza, a member of the Seville/London branch of the MENDOZA family, and his wife Esther de Isaac Lopez.

Married Benvenida de Abraham Tubi (b.1710 Livorno, Italy) at Bevis Marks Synagogue, London, England on 23 Mar 1730. 

In 1732 published one of the first books ever produced by a Jew in England, a manuel of the laws governing ritual slaughter, with illustrations in his own hand. Grandfather of the Pugilist & Bareknuckle Boxer Daniel Mendoza.

Died abt. 1751 in 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.

Douglas Boganny Phipps 1905-1978

 

Born 25 Jul 1905 at 5, Quick Road, Chiswick, Brentford, Middlesex, England, son of Music-Hall Artiste Joe Boganny & Harriet Phipps.

Baptised 30 Sep 1906 at St. Anne, Poole's Park, Finsbury, London.

Fostered by a childless couple, David & Charlotte 'Lottie' Simmons when still an infant.

Attended Harvest Road Temporary School, Islington, London.

At the 1911 Census was living at 4, Gordon Road, Enfield, Middlesex and recorded as Douglas Simmons, his birthplace left blank.

Mr. Boganny povided for Douglas' upkeep and schooling up until he left full time education meeting for the one and only time in London abt. 1919.

Joined the Grenadier Guards at Mill Hill, Barnet, Middlesex on 21 Sep 1926. 

When a Corporal 3rd Battalion Genadier Guards of Wellington Barracks, Westminster, London married Lilian Eastwood dau. of Herbert William Eastwood & Clara Amelia Price on 9 May 1931 at Romford Register Office, Essex, England. Father of two, Averil Clare Phipps 1932-2011, and a son Douglas David (alive).

In 1951 having received a legacy in his late birth mothers Will Douglas took on Whelps Farm, Laindon, Essex, where he embarked on rearing Saddleback Pigs and bred Boxer & Terrier Dogs for show purposes.

Lived in retirement with Lilian his wife for several years in Johannesburg, South Africa, returning to England in the early 1970's for health reasons. 

Died on 20 Jun 1978 at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, and is buried at Minehead Cemetery, Minehead, West Somerset, England. 

 

Relationship Status - Maternal Grandfather.

 

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 & Versatile Soubrette in Song, Dance & Story. 

Born Gladys Elaine LAZARUS on 30 Jan 1901 Birmingham, 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 with 'Peg' his Mum & wife Britt ., 1964-68.

Peter Sellers 1925 - 1980

 

British Comedian, Singer & Actor.

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 in London, England. 

 

 

Relationship Status: 5th Cousin 2x removed. 

 

Raslus Troupe

 

Details to appear soon

 

Formed by Frank Clifton, the celebrated Equestrian Clown & Gymnast aka Raslus in abt.1871 England.

 

SARAH, the dearly beloved wife of FRANK LAZARUS who died October 4th 1902.

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).

This Yellowitch family appears in Birmingham public records from 1870's with variant spellings, ie; Yallowitch/ Yallowitz/ Yellowitch/ Yellowitz etc.

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.