These set of documents that were handed down to us from our Grandmother Rose Lewis (wife of Harry Kutcher) as being her family documents.
The family emigrated to the UK some time between 1886 and 1891 and changed their name to Lewis. There are discrepancies in the dates of birth even between UK documents which I assume are due to language problems/ mistranslations, but on the whole the data between the Szkareks and Lewis tie up quite well.
Icek; Iczek ; Isaac;Yitzak
|Surname:||Sklarok; Szklarek; Shklarok|
|Town/City:||Gombin; Gambin; Gombyn; (now) Gabin|
|District:||Gostinsk: Gostynsk; Gostinsky:Gostinskij; Gostynin|
Army Call Up Papers for Abraham Szklarek
Age: 21 Years Height: 2-2-2 Chest: 1-2-4 Permanent residence: Gombin Name: Abraham Szklarek Father: Judov/Judah Date of issue: 8th November 1881
This would put Abrahams year of birth ~1860 which is confirmed in the Jewish Records Indexing – Poland and the Old Registration Book of Gombin (AKT454) which also shows his father Judah
ID papers / Passport for Icek Szklarek
Page 1 Identity document No. AK23 Belongs to Icek Szklarek……..
Page 2 Place of birth: Gombin District: Gostinsk Province: Warsaw Nationality: Jewish Position in Society: Petty bourgeois Profession: Tailor Height: Small Face: Round Hair: Dark Brown Eyes: Brown Mouth: Average Chin: Special Features: Scar on 2nd finger of the right hand Age: 21 Years Height: 2-2-2 Chest: 1-2-4 Permanent residence: Gombin Name: Abraham Szklarek Father: Judov/Judah Date of issue: 8th November 1881
Page 3 The Identity of Icek is verified by the Mayor of Gombin, his age being 19 years old on the 5th Febuary 1884. This would put Icek’s year of birth as ~ 1864/5 which is confirmed in the Jewish Records Indexing – Poland and the Old Registry Book of Gombin.
Emigrated to the UK sometime between 1886 (when Rose was born) and 1891 (UK Census records)
Abraham Lewis (Abraham Szklarek) – The UK Census of 1891 puts his age at 28 and therefore year of birth ~ 1863 – According to his death certificate, he died in 1923 at the age of 62, putting his year of birth ~1861
Isaac Lewis (Icek Szklarek ) – In the UK Census of 1891 at the same address as Abraham, there is an Isaac Lewis aged 26, which would put his year of birth ~ 1865
Esther Lewis (nee Ester Kon, Abraham’s wife) – The UK Census of 1891 puts her age at 26 and therefore year of birth ~ 1865 – According to her Death Certificate she died in 1935 aged 68 years with the word ‘poss’ or ‘pass’ written underneath implying they were not too sure ?? Otherwise this puts her year of birth at 1866/7
– Esther Szklarek is in the Registration Book of Gombin.(on the same page as Abraham) – year of birth 1863 and also establishes Esther as Abraham’s wife Her date of birth May 11th 1863 Her maiden name as Kon Her father’s name as Naim – On Esther’s (Lewis’s) death certificate her father’s name is given as Hyman Cohen (anglisized Naim Kon??) If anyone has any further information on the Szklarek family do please make contact: Jeff.Kutcher@gmail.com
P.S My location on the family tree below ? I’m Jack’s second son.