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Circumcision Register of Asher Asher


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WITH THE HELP OF THE LORD
THIS BOOK OF PRAYERS AND THE CUSTOMS OF THE MOHEL
ACCORDING TO RELIGION AND LAW IN ISRAEL
WAS WRITTEN
HERE IN THE VILLAGE OF BISHOPSBRIDGE
NEAR TO THE CITY OF GLASGOW, MAY ZION AND JERUSALEM BE REBUILT
AND WAS FINISHED
ON THE DAY OF THE CONSECRATION OF THE ALTAR, 2 TEVET
IN THE YEAR
BLESSED BE HE WHO IS FAITHFUL IN HIS COVENANT (= '620)

[= Wednesday 28 December 1859]


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AND THESE ARE THE NAMES OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WHO CAME INTO THE COVENANT THROUGH ME. AND AS I CIRCUMCISED THE FORESKINS OF THEIR FLESH SO MAY THE FORESKINS OF THEIR HEART BE CUT AWAY, TO LOVE THE LORD GOD WITH ALL THEIR HEART AND ALL THEIR SOUL. AND MAY HE IN HIS LOVING KINDNESS AND GOODNESS GRANT THEM THE MERIT TO GROW TO THE TORAH AND TO THE HUPPAH AND TO GOOD DEEDS, AND FROM THE FOUNT OF BLESSINGS MAY HE POUR OUT ALL GOOD FOR THEM, AND MAY HE GRANT THEM A GOOD AND LONG LIFE AND PEACE. AND MAY THEY FIND GRACE AND GOOD UNDERSTANDING IN THE EYES OF GOD AND MAN, AND MAY THE SCRIPTURAL VERSE BE FULFILLED FOR EACH OF THEM: 'AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD SHALL REST UPON HIM, A SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, A SPIRIT OF COUNSEL AND STRENGTH, A SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE FEAR OF THE LORD' ( ). AND MAY THIS BE HIS WILL, AMEN.

INTRODUCTION

Asher gives the date of birth and the date of circumcision. I have given only the date of birth, noting in column 10) if there was a delay of more than eight days in performing the circumcision.
Asher gives both the Jewish as well as the secular dates of birth and circumcision, I have only quoted the secular date.
So many entries were not fully written up, that one must assume that the parties were not well known to Asher, and that he wrote up his register some time after the circumcision when he had forgotten the names of the parties.

NAMES
In the Ashkenasi tradition it is unusual to give a child the same personal name as a close living relative, such as the father or grandfather. Where then a child appears to bear the same name as its father one tends to think of it being born after the death of its father. Other possibilities, however, should be borne in mind. In no. 8, for example, the child is Naphtali b Naphtali. As the father is not a Jew, they turned to the mother's father's name to use as the patronymic. The maternal grandfather was perhaps dead when the child was born, so the grandfather's name was used both as a personal name for the child, in good Ashkenasi tradition, as well as for its patronymic.

ABBREVIATIONS & GLOSSARY

( ) Material in round brackets appears thus in the original. (Empty information has been removed from this reformat, LM)
-- A double dash indicates that the appropriate entry was not filled in.
" " English names, dates and addresses in the Register are in English. Other comments in the Register in English are placed within inverted commas.

(Re-editing comment:  The following have been prepared as a table for ease of reference and not as originally presented. LM)

Page Register No Place Name of Child Hebrew Name of Child English Name of Father Hebrew Name of Father English Name of Mother Hebrew Name of mother English Date of Birth Notes of Bernard Susser
19 1 Glasgow Elijah b Samuel Elias Krotoshiners Samuel b Elijah Samuel Krotoshiners Gittel bat Israel Yetta Guttstam 3 Jan 1861 The brith was on 13 Jan 1861
  2 Glasgow Isaiah Zvi b Menahem KZ Isaiah Henry Cohen Menahem b Zvi KZ Emanuel Cohen Frumat b jacob KZ Phoebe Cohen 10 February 1861  
  3 9 Shoreditch, Lodon Akiba b Alexander Jacob Isaacs Alexander b Isaac Alexander Isaacs Feigelche bat Akiba KZ Frances Meyers 12 April 1862  
  4 Devonshire Sq, London Joseph b Moses Joseph Moses b -- Myer Tobiansky Rebecca bat Moses Rebecca Feinberg or Morris 15 April 1862  
  5 Bury St, London Meir b Joseph Meyer Albert Isaacs Joseph b Yehiel Joseph Isaacs Sarah bat Daniel Sarah Davis 4 May 1862 He was born on Sunday 4 May 1862 and the circumcision was on Monday 12 May 1862, i.e. apparently on the ninth day.
  6 16 New St, Gravel Lane, London Joseph b Shraga Joseph Byalonosk Shraga Zelig b Joseph Selig Byalonosk Beila bat Meir Elizabeth Weltman 18 May 1862  
  7 2 Old Castle St, London David b Meir David Albert Wiener Meir b David Martin Wiener   Julia Jacobi 1 August 1862  
  9 2 Old Castle St, London David (Ber) [b Isaac], a twin Isaac b David Isaac Levy Golla bat Yair Rosalie --   2 August 1862 The circumcision was on 31 August 1862, the month's delay almost certainly due to the fact that this child and no. 10 being twins were probably underweight.
 
  10 2 Old Castle St, London Menahem (Lemmel) [b Isaac], a twin -- [Isaac b David Isaac Levy Golla bat Yair Rosalie -- 2 August 1862 The circumcision was on 31 August 1862, the month's delay almost certainly due to the fact that this child and no. 9 being twins were probably underweight.
 
  11 8 Fort St, Sp[ital]flds         -- bat Menahem   23 August 1862 The circumcision of the child in this very incomplete entry was on 31 August 1862, the same day that Asher circumcised the twins of entries 9 and 10.
 
20 12 21 Lyon [Iron?] St, Hampstead Road Menahem b David   David --       16 September 1862 From page 20 Asher no longer adds London to the address. He has become a Londoner!
 
  14 2 Angel Court Aryeh Dov b Leib Ber   Zvi -- Hirsch Krook        
  15 20 Hutchison's Avenue Judah b Isaac   Isaac b Moses Isaac Moses Yutta bat Leib   8 December 1862  
  16 2 Hutchinson's Avenue Reuben b Michael   Michael -- -- Rothleder     15 December 1862 (date of circumcision)  
  17 40 Canon St, Glasgow Uri Baruch b Benjamin Phillip Barnet Simons Benjamin b Uri Benjamin Simons Hannah bat Baruch Hannah Crawcour 19 December 1862  
  18 22 Devonshire Place, Portland Place, London Jacob b Simon Erick Waley Simon b Solomon Jonah HaLevi Simon Waley Hindele bat -- -- Solomons 30 January 1863  
  19 20a Newcastle Place Jacob b Gabriel   Gabriel b Dov -- Wortman     12 February 1863  
  20 149 Sloane St, Chelsea David b Moses     Jonasohn of Sunderland     4 February 1863 The circumcision was on 25 February 1863.
  21 63 Golston St Isaac b Dov   Dov Ber b Isaac Barnet Mysoski Miriam bat Feivish   23 March 1863  
  22 3 Dukes Place Zvi b Moses HaLevi Henry Wolf Moses b Meir HaLevi Moss Wolf Beila bat Moses Elizabeth Mordecai 25 March 1863  
21 23 Tottenham Samuel b Samuel HaLevi Samuel Lyons Samuel b Jacob HaLevi Samuel Lyons Sarah bat Zvi Sarah Benjamin 20 April 1863  
  24                 "Christian Father"
  25 2 Upper Montague St, Russell Sq Herbert Lindo   Isaac Mocatta     Abigail 27 October 1863 Entries 3 and 5 are written in Hebrew
  26 7 Little Alie St Alexander   Aryeh Leib HaCohen6 Alexander Agar       The circumcision was on 2 December 1863, "Aged 18 months".
 
  27 Margaret St Synagogue Shemini Claude David Revd D. W. Marks     10 December 1863  
  28 Sunderland Joseph b Meir Edwd Augustus Joseph Wiener Meir b David Martin Wiener Beila bat Baruch Julia Jacobi 18 February 1864 The circumcision was on 26 February 1864.
  29 Belsize Park, Hampstead Judah Leib b Jacob Leonard Miller Ze'ev b Judah William Miller Esther bat Daniel Esther Davis 21 February 1864  
  30 59 Christian St Isaac Samuel b --   Ephraim b Zvi -- Brown     3 March 1864  
  31 Dukes Place David --     -- Mordecai        
  32 51 New Compton St, Soho Judah b Benjamin   Benjamin b Moses -- Hand     30 March 1864  
  33 14 New Castle Place Judah b Elijah       -- Hilsom     11 April 1864;
22 34 4 Colville Road, Bayswater Nathan b Meshullam KZ -- Cohen Meshullam b Joseph KZ -- Cohen Rachel bat Nathan Rachel DeFries 6 May 1864 The circumcision was on 18 May 1864.
  35 16 Gt James St, Bedford Row Solomon b Menahem HaLevi 4   Menahem b Solomon HaLevi Emanuel Jukkie [Tuckie?] Edal -- Adele Stark 5 May 1864 The circumcision was on 26 June 1864.
  36 40 Canon St, Glasgow Moses b Benjamin Charles Morris Simons Benjamin b Uri Ben Simons Hannah bat Baruch Hanna Crawcour 1 July 1864 The circumcision was on 15 July 1864.
 
  37 51 Belsize Park, Hampstead Judah b Enoch Leopold Muller Enoch b Judah Henry Muller   Phoebe Davis 12 July 1864 The circumcision was on 24 July 1864. The u in Muller has an umlaut.
  38 9 West St, Golden Square Isaac b Reuben Samuel Goldstein Reuben -- ? Goldstein     The circumcision was on 14 August 1864
 
"Aged 6 years".
  39 14 Angel Ct, Middlesex St David Moses b Uri David -- Uri b David Pheis Hyams Rachel bat Solomon Rachel Riech 7 November 1864                             
  40         Moss Woolf Beila bat Moses Elizabeth Mordecai 26 November 1864  
  41 113 Long Acre Samuel b Baruch Sam Solomons Baruch b Samuel Bowie Solomons Rebecca bat Mordecai Rebecca Mordecai 29 November 1864  
  42 Crescent St, Euston Square Asher Anshel b Uri Andrew Aaronson Uri b Joseph Phillip Aaronson Hannah bat Abraham KZ Hannah Vantyn 8 December 1864  
  43 Board of Guardians   Solomon -- "(Father, Christian     Julia Samuels 1 January 1865  
  44 55 Houndsditch Jacob b Uri Shraga   Uri Shraga b Jacob Phillip Levy Pessa bat Meir Priscilla Bebarfeld 1 January 1865  
23 45 55 Dudley St, Soho Moses b Israel   Israel b Isaac Chas. Joseph -- bat Abraham our father   31 January 1865 The mother was a proselyte.
  46 52 Devonshire St, Queen Square Nathaniel b Eliezer Lipman b Gabriel Eliezer b Mordecai Levy Gabriel Elkah bat Nathaniel   2 February 1865  
  47 84 St Martins Lane Meir b Abraham our father Max --   His father and his mother are not married according to the law of Moses and Israel, and his [ie the father's] name is not known
 
Shenchen bat -- Jeanette Stern 24 February 1865 It is difficult to imagine the circumstances of this case. Presumably, the father was a Jew (although his name was 'not known'
  48 Queen Charlotte's Lying-in Hospital, Marylebone Road Judah Leib b Joel Louis --   His father and his mother are not married, and his name is not known. Therefore, I have called the [patronymic] name of the boy according to the mother's father
 
Yutta bat Joel Jetta Leibler 12 February 1865 The circumcision was on 5 March 1865.
  49 Queen Charlotte's Lying-in Hospital, Marylebone Road Judah b Hayim Hayim b -- Hyman Jacob   Hannah -- Hannah -- 26 February 1865  
  50 6 Brunswick Road, Upper Holloway Abraham b Moses Armand Leon Gustave Maurice Moses b Abraham Armand Maurice -- bat Abraham our father Josephine Magnien 10 March 1865 The mother was a proselyte.
  51 4 Kensington Park Road, Bayswater Judah b Moses Louis Henry Bauer Moses -- Morris L. Bauer   Marie -- 9 March 1865 The circumcision was on 26 March 1865.
  52 Upper George St, Bryanston Sq Meir b Isaac Robert Schloesser Isaac b Eliezer Adolphe Schloesser   Marian -- 31 March 1865 The circumcision was on 9 April 1865.
  53 Southampton Row Judah Leib b Simon Lewis Lyon Simon b --   Yutta bat Jacob   11 May 1865  
  53 Southampton Row Judah Leib b Simon Lewis Lyon Simon b --   Yutta bat Jacob   11 May 1865  
  54 25 New Montague St, Brick Lane Simon b Abraham Simon -- Abraham b Shalom Albert Chlebowski Esther --   12 May 1865  
  55 6 Preston St, Brick Lane Solomon b Abraham KZ   Abraham b Samuel KZ Abraham Cohen   Golda -- 2 June 1865  
End of Page 23 56 14 Hutchison St, Gravel Lane Abraham Hayim b Aaron Abraham Hyam Lewis Aaron b Menahem Aaron Lewis Hayyah bat Benjamin   4 April 1861 (16 April) Nos. 56, 57, 58 were siblings. The circumcisions were all on 6 June 1865. "These children were born in St Petersburg, the first date is the Russian one
 
  57 14 Hutchison St, Gravel Lane Shalom Menahem b Aaron Solomon Mane Lewis Aaron b Menahem Aaron Lewis Hayyah bat Benjamin   20 May 1863 (2 June) Nos. 56, 57, 58 were siblings. The circumcisions were all on 6 June 1865. "These children were born in St Petersburg, the first date is the Russian one
 
  58 14 Hutchison St, Gravel Lane Elijah b Aaron Elias Lewis Aaron b Menahem Aaron Lewis Hayyah bat Benjamin   26 March 1865 (8 April 1865) Nos. 56, 57, 58 were siblings. The circumcisions were all on 6 June 1865. "These children were born in St Petersburg, the first date is the Russian one
 
  59 108 Great Russell Street Michael Ber b Elijah   Elijah -- Julius Sax     3 June 1865  
  60 Houndsditch Alexander b Joseph Alexander Abrahams Joseph b Meir Joseph Abrahams Beila bat Isaac   7 June 1865  


 

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