Mariam or Marija Gana Herzenberg

Female 1859 - 1945  (85 years)


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  • Name Mariam or Marija Gana Herzenberg 
    Born 15 Jun 1859  Liepaja (Libau), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Apr 1945  Johannesberg, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3983  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2015 

    Father Joseph or Jossel Elias Herzenberg, (Rabbi),   b. Abt 1816, of Pilten (Piltene), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1881, Liepaja (Libau), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Dine Iddelson,   b. Bef 1817, of Pilten (Piltene), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1881, Liepaja (Libau), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 64 years) 
    Married Bef 1836  of Liepaja (Libau), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1667  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hirsh Hodes,   b. 1853, Pikellai, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1928, Johannesberg, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 3 Mar 1878  Liepaja (Libau), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1724  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Important DNA information by email Nov 2014 from Professor Andrew M. Colman of Leicester, England, which confirms two branches of Latvian Herzenbergs being related to a common identifiable ancestor. The DNA of both lines were tested by Family Tree DNA which showed a predicted match of 3rd to 5th cousins. As of 18 Nov 2014, I am aware of only two Herzenberg DNA tests -- the one managed by Andrew Coleman for his sister Susan Sutcliffe and the one on my mother Irene (de Lanskoy) Petersen.
      The two lines relate back as follows:
      Andrew's: "My father's mother, Rose Hodes, was the daughter of Miriam Gana Herzenberg (1859-1945). Miriam was the daughter of Jossel Elias Herzenberg (1815-1881), Rabbi of Liepaja (Libau). He was the son of Elias or Eliahu Herzenberg (abt 1774-1844), Rabbi of Piltene. He was the son of Joseph or Jossel Herzenberg (abt 1750-abt 1815)...[*]"
      Irene's: Her grandmother was Elizabeth Herzenberg who was the daughter of Eduard/Elias Ocipovitch Herzenberg (abt 1838-1910). He was the son of Joseph Herzenberg (abt 1808-aft 1877). He was the son Lemchen Herzenberg (abt 1779-1840). He was the son of Joseph or Jossel Herzenberg (abt 1750-abt 1815).
      The two lines merge with Joseph or Jossel Herzenberg (abt 1750-abt 1815) who I shall call "Generation 1." Susan Sutcliffe is the 4gg-dau of Joseph of the 7th Generation. Irene is also the 4gg-dau of Joseph of the 7th Generation.
      [*Note: Andrew then extends the line two generations further than what I do by noting "and Joseph (abt 1750-abt 1815) was the son of Lemchen Herzenberg (born abt 1720), the son of the postulated Joseph or Jossel Herzenberg (born abt 1695)." I do not concur with this additional genealogy and believe it mistaken.]

      2. Website of Peter Bruce Herzenberg of London, England (since relocated to South Africa). Website is no longer functioning as of 7 Aug 2007. Copies of much of his data from the Website in my possession. Sources are LA for Latvian Archives. In regards to this individual:
      Name variations: Miriam, Marija, Merium, Marium
      LA 009 shows b. 15 Jun 1859 (with variation of 1858) in Libau, d. 17 Apr 1945, md. Hodes in 1878 in Libau.

      3. Archival Research Paper about Herzenberg Family prepared for Harold Hodes 23 Mar 1999 and is report no. Nr. 3-H-2962, by Latvijas Valsts Vestures Arhivs (Latvian National Archives), Slokas iela 16, Riga, LV-1007, copy of only page 1 in my possession but evidently other pages exist:
      "In reply to your application please be informed that the recruits enlistment registers of the Jewish families belonging to the Jewish community in Pilten for the years 1842, 1848, 1854, 1871 (see app. No. 1-4), census lists of the Jewish families belonging to Pilten for the years 1898, 1899 as well as the birth records of the Jewish community in Libau (now Liepaja) for the years 1836-1853, 1854, 1857-1905, marriage and death recods of the same community for years 1854-1905, as available at our archives, contain the following information:
      Rabbi Jossel (or Josiph) Herzenberg was a son of Elias Herzenberg from Pilten. He was born in ca 1815-1816, possible in Pilten. Since our archives keep birth, marriage and death records of the Jewish communites for the time period from 1854, when they started to be kept officially, it is impossible to confirm the dates fevore 1854.
      Jossel's father - a Rabbi Elias - son of Joseph Herzenberg, born in ca 1774, died in 1842.
      Jossel's mother - Chiene Herzenberg (maiden name not stated), born in ca 1780.
      Jossel's wife - Dine (Dinne, Diene) née Iddelson (birth date is unknown).
      They had children:
      -son Hirsh, born in ca 1836,
      -son Lämmchen, born in ca 1843,
      -son Elkan (Elkann), born in ca 1850,
      -daughter Sheine, born on August 31 of 1857 in Libau (see App. No. 6),
      -daughter Meriam, born on June 15 of 1859 in Libau (see App. No. 7).
      Elkan - son of Jossel Herzenberg married Doris (Dobra, Doba) daughter of Aizik Dreyer, born in ca 1852. The marriage records of the Jewish community in Libau for the years 1870-1875 do not contain information on their marriage. The... [end of 1st page and my copy]"

      4. Len Yodaikin, a professional genealogist hired by Harold Hodes, in his report "The Herzenbergs of Piltene and Leipeja Latvia, 1 Jan 2000, provides the following descendancy from Hirsh and Miriam (Herzenberg) Hodes:
      -Hirsch Hodes, b. 1853 Pikellai, Lithuania, d. 1928 Jo'berg (Johannesberg) South Africa., m. Miriam Herzenberg, b. 1859 Libau, Latvia, d. 1945 Jo'berg, SA.
      -Doris Hodes, b. 1880 Libau, d. Jo'berg, SA, m. Abraham Stazunsky.
      -Leo Statz, b. 1900 Jo'berg, d. Jo'berg, m. Jesse Hyde.
      -Julius Statz, b. 1903, m. Rose Bloom.
      -Peter Staz b. 1936, m. (1) Anne ___, m. (2) Lilliam Buffenstein.
      -Richard Staz, b. London, UK.
      -Damien Staz, b. London, UK.
      -Geoffrey Staz, b. Capetown, SA.
      -Dina Hodes, b. 1882 Libau, d. Blemfontein, SA, m. Lous Shapiro
      -Celia Hodes, b. 1884 Libau, d. Cape Town, SA, m. Adolphe Apiron, b. 1876.
      -Gladys Apirion, b. 1905, m. (1) Ralph Asherson, b. 1898, m. (2) Werner Lippman, b. 1907. Children from first marriage:
      -Joan Asherson, b. 1931, m. Ken Ackerman, b. 1928.
      -Keith Ackerman, b. 1957 London, UK, m. Tessa Shephard, b. 1965.
      -Naomi Ackerman, b. 1992.
      -Ruben Ackerman, b. 1995.
      -Roy Ackerman, b. 1961 London, UK, m. Ursula McFarlane, b. 1961.
      -Josiah Ackerman, b. 1994.
      -Leonardo Ackerman, b. 1997.
      -Doris Apirion, b. 1909, m. Reg Sutcliffe, b. 1896.
      -John Sutcliffe, b. 1939, m. Susan Colman b. 1942 (second cousin, dau. of George Colman, g. dau. of Rose Hodes). See children below.
      -Barbara Sutcliffe, b. 1942, m. Jean Marguin, b. 1939.
      -Moira Marguin, b. 1970 Paris, France, m. laurent le Bournis.
      -Ninon Le Bournis, b. 1998 Paris, France.
      -Magall Maquin, b. 1976 Paris, France.
      -Jean Rolan Marquin, b. 1986 Paris, France.
      -Clara Apirion, b. 1909, m. (1) Izzie Segal, m. (2) Alfred Meyer.
      -Alan Segal, b. Capetown, m. (1) Shirley ___, m(2) Caroline ___. First two children of first marriage and second two of second marriage:
      -Wendy Segal, b. 1963, m. Barry Parkinson.
      -Tessa Parkinson, b. 1991.
      -Alexandria Parkinson, b. 1994.
      -Caroline Segal, b. 1965.
      -James Segal, b. 1970.
      -Rubert Segal, b. 1972.
      -Sarah Hodes, b. 1887 Libau, d. Jo'berg, SA, m. Henry Kessel.
      -Bernard Kessel (1900-1912) Jo'berg.
      -Rose Hodes, b. 1888 Libau, d. Jo'berg, SA, m. Sam Colman, b. 1877.
      -George Colman, b. 1908 Jo'berg, SA, m. Gladys Cooper, b. 1915.
      -Andrew Colman.
      -Susan Colman, b. 1942, m. John Sutcliffe, b. 1939. (Second cousins; John son of Doris Apinion, g. son of Celia Hodes above.)
      -Adam Sutcliffe, b. 1969 London.
      -William Sutcliffe, b. 1971 London.
      -Phillip Colman, b. 1912, m. (1) Elsa Walter, b. 1921, m. (2) Constance Sue Gooday, b. 1922. Lists two children but does not say from which mother:
      -Shelly Colman, b. 1945 Queenstown, m. (1) Francis Radice, m. (2) John Savage. Two children of first marriage:
      -Daniella Radice, b. 1973 London, UK.
      -Orlando Radice, b. 1975 London, UK.
      -Marion Colman, b. 1947 Bloemfontein, m. (1) Andrew Hudson, (2) Barry de Beer. Two children of first marriage:
      -Simon Hudson, b. 1969.
      -Oliver Hudson, b. 1972.
      -Joseph Hodes, b. 22 Apr 1898 Jo'berg, d. 6 Nov 1990 Jo'berg, m. Fanny Reichenberg 26 Dec 1926 Jo'berg, b. 30 Aug 1905 Heidelberg, d. 30 Sep 1989 Jo'berg.
      -Hazel Hodes, b. 20 Aug 1928 Bloemfontein, SA, m. Arnold Swerdlow, b. 1926.
      -Martin Swerdlow, b. 1954 Jo'berg, SA, m. Fiona Simm, b. 1953.
      -Daniel Swerdlow, b. 1985.
      -Oliver Swerdlow, b. 1987.
      -Peter Swerdlow, b. 1955 Jo'berg, SA, m. Elly Myerson b. 1960.
      -Avner Swerdlow, b. 1987 Jo'berg, SA.
      -Michal Swerdlow, b. 1991 Jo'berg, SA.
      -Vivienne Swerdlow, b. 1960 Jo'berg, SA, m. Basil Shall, b. 1956 Klerksdorp, SA.
      -Emma Shall, b. 1987 London, UK.
      -Kate Shall, b. 1991.
      -Harold Hodes, b. 23 Jan 1932 Bloemfontein, SA, m. 15 Nov 1959 Harriet Anson, b. 18 May 1936 (Abrornawitsch) Berlin, Germany.
      -David Jack Hodes, b. 27 Sep 1960 Bloemfontein, SA, m. Charlotte Hooper, b. 1958, London, UK.
      -Esme Eva Hodes, b. 6 Apr 1996 Bristol, UK.
      -Celia Louise Hodes, b. 8 Apr 1999 Bristol, UK.
      -Jonathan Anson Hodes, b. 10 May 1963 Bloemfontein, SA.
      -Michael Richard Hodes, b. 9 Feb 1967, London, UK.
      -Clara Hodes, b. 27 Aug 1900 Jo'berg, d. 13 Sep 1987 Stellenbosch, SA, m. Herman Rosendorff, b. 4 Jul 1897 Edenburg, d. 3 Jul 1980 (Bloemfontein, SA).
      -Gerald Rosendorff, b. 8 Aug 1929, Bloemfontein, SA, m. Bernice Hazel Friedman, b. 15 May 1931, Cape Town, SA.
      -Stephen Ben Rosendorff, b. Stellenbosch 26 Jun 1958, m. Nicole Christine du Buison, b. 3 Sep 1967 Pretoria.
      -Joshua Michael Rosendorff, b. 14 Sep 1995 Jo'berg, SA.
      -Daniel Jonathan Rosendorff, b. 4 Jan 1997 Jo'berg, SA.
      -Martin Louis Rosendorff, b. Stellenbosch 29 May 1959, m. Patricia Elizabeth Latimer, b. 28 Oct 1950 London, England.
      -Samantha Rosendorff, b. 6 Nov 1990 Jo'berg, SA.
      -Graham Michael Rosendorff, b. 28 Jul 1962 Stellenbosch, SA, m.Susan Brenda Meltzer, b. 19 Apr 1964, Cape Town, SA.
      -Adam Chaim Rosendorff, b. 12 Aug 1995 Cape Town, SA.
      -Joseph Ben Rosendorff, b. 10 Sep 1998, Cape Town, SA.

      BIOGRAPHY:
      1. Website of Peter Bruce Herzenberg of London, England (since relocated to South Africa). Website is no longer functioning as of 7 Aug 2007. Copies of his data from website in my possession.
      "A LETTER ABOUT MIRIAM HODES (Daughter of Rabbi Joseph Herzenberg), contributed by her Grandson Judge George Coleman, South Africa 1995; copied from the original by Peter Herzenberg.
      My grandmother, as I recall her, was a handsome soft-spoken old woman of great dignity. Even at the end of her life, her still unlined face, under white hair, showed that she must have been beautiful when young.
      Despite her gentle form of speech, her personality was a strong one: she was respected, as well as loved by her seven children, their spouses, and those of her grand children who knew her well.
      As the daughter of a rabbi in a large town, she had enjoyed a good education. She spoke, read and wrote Yiddish, German and English. Her English accent was a Northumberland one, acquired during her years in Sunderland.
      Miriam was fond of reading. She is the only person I know who had read and enjoyed every one of Scott Waverley's novels. She was also an interesting talker, liberal in her views and at times humorous in the way she expressed them.
      Though herself religious and a regular attendant at synagogue, she was tolerant of people who differed from her in such matters. An incident my wife Gladys used to tell of illustrates that tolerance, as well as Miriam's wit.
      Gladys was a cigarette smoker, but when she visited Miriam on a Saturday she refrained from smoking. On such an occasion Miriam asked Gladys why she was not smoking; Gladys replied that it was because she felt she should refrain while in Miriam's presence on the Sabbath.
      "My dear child," said Miriam, "if you're not afraid of God, you needn't be afraid of me."

      SOURCES_MISC:
      1. Leonardo Herzenberg http://www.herzenberg.net/