Great grandfather, LEWIS RUDIMINSKI/LOUIS RUDDAMINSKY ((1841- 1906) came from Mariampol, Poland, which was part of Russia. For a write up about Mariampol, click here. Documents reveal that his first name was spelt Lewis as well as Louis. His last name was spelt several different ways as will be noted below. For clarification, he will be referred to as Lewis.
Through research a listing for a Rudamin family in Mariampol was discovered. It reveals that Lewis's father was named Abram and that Abram's father was David. The documents further reveal that Lewis had three siblings namely: Bunia (b. 1836), Jankel (b. 1838) and Chana (b. 1839). On these documents, Lewis is listed with the first name of "Berko Leyb" and also "Leyb Ber". Their father, Abram died when the children were very young. It appears he died the same year that the youngest, Chana was born. Chana died around the same time.
Lewis was married twice. Once in Mariampol (Poland) and then again in Leeds, UK. His first wife was Henia (Helen) Rubnick (her father's first name is listed as Fiszel). They were married in Mariampol in 1852. There were two children from this marriage namely:
Abraham Lewis Rudiminski, who was born at Mariampol, Poland (Russia) on January 18, 1861 to Lewis and Helen Rudiminski. It is unknown as to what happened to Abraham's mother, Helen but Abraham and his father Lewis immigrated to Leeds, UK (certificate of Naturalization Certificate No~A7628 issued on 28th August 1893). Abraham (son of Bear Leib - English translation "Lewis" ) married Rachel Gross on January 8th 1879.
Fanny Ruddaminsky (1867- ) who married Morris Likht Fredman(Green) (1867-1936) in May 1886. Fanny and Morris emigrated to Philadelphia around 1891. They had five children. Abe Fredman (1889-1971); Joseph Fredman (1890-1910); Max "Mort" Fredman (1894-1968); Richard Fredman (1896-1979); and Edith Fredman (1899-1925). Abe had a son, Jay. Jay has two sons, Jon Fredman and Andrew Fredman and a daughter Lauren. Andrew is married to Kerry & she and Andrew currently live in Miami, with three kids ages 15, 13 and 10.
Lewis subsequently married Fanny Annie (1851 -1917) late Harris, formerly Vigdolsky in Leeds, UK. A 1911 A 1911 Census of the family home at 33 Myrtle Street reveals that Fanny was born in CALVULL and that, at the age of 60, she was working from home as a Draper. Their children, Abraham's and Fanny's (half siblings) were:
Sarah Etty (1870 - 1935) father Lewis, mother Fannie Annie Rudaminsky, late Harris, formerly Abraham. In 1894, Sarah married Harris(Harry) Bilson. Research by the Bilson family reveals that Harry is the son of Morris (b 1835) and Goldie (b 1836) Bilson, both Russian subjects. Harry had an older brother, Marks (Max) who was born in 1865 in Kovno, Lithuania. [Marks married Rose Landman b. 1866 from Kovno and they had five children all born in Leeds]. Brother Marks' British naturalisation papers of 1907 list Morris and Goldie Bilson as his parents. Morris and Goldie Bilson moved to Leeds where Rachel (b 1872), Harry (b 1867) and Sam (b 1878) were born. Sarah and Harry had five children namely Abraham (b 1897), Rose (b 1899), Jack (b 1901), George (b 1902) and Bernard (b 1908). Sarah and Harry and son Abraham travelled to New York on July 7th 1912 and the rest of the family joined them at a later date. The family photographs below are provided by Bruce son of George. Bruce whose initials are BL - from "Beer Leib" or his great grandfather apparently.
Michael (1874 -1934) father Louis Ruddaminsky, mother Fanny Ruddaminsky, formerly Abraham. Michael Married Bessie Sherman in 1900 and they had three children namely, Alfred Ruddaminsky (1899-1992),
Frieda and Rosie. Alfred married Lena Harris (1903 - 1992) in 1927 and had 2
sons Raymond (1931-2004) and Bernard (b 1928). Raymond has two children Clive Lewis (b 1956) and
Deborah (Lewis) Maloon (b 1960). Bernard has four children, Marsha (b 1953), David (b 1955) Sara (b 1957) and
Michael (b 1967). Clive Lewis has three children . Deborah (Maloon) has three children. Marsha (Ross/Shonn) has three children.
David has two children and three grandchildren. Sara ( Wine / Mann) has four children. Michael has two children.
Joseph Morris (1872-1961) father Lewis Rudaminsky mother Fanny Rudaminsky, formerly Harris. He had two sons Frank Lewis and Frederick Lewis. Frank married Fay. They did not have any children. Frederick married Mary and they had seven children namely:Joseph, Leonard, Ronald (1931-2009), Peter, Sylvia, Sandra and Jacqueline. Frederick and Mary had 34 children who called them Grandma and Grandad and at the last count they had well over 100 direct descendants.
My name is Bev Barrass (nee Lewis) I was born in March 1956 the daughter of Ronald Lewis and the grandaughter of Fredrick and Mary Lewis (deceased) Great Grandaughter of Joseph Lewis. I have spent my hole life living and working in Leeds , I have been married to my husband Stephen for 27 years and we have 3 lovely daughters Rebecca (25) , Natalie (23) and Sophie (20). I trained as a nurse at St James in 1974 and work as a nursing sister on the Children's intensive care unit at Leeds General infirmary . We are quite a medical family as my oldest daughter Rebecca is a doctor and Natalie is a nurse fortunatly Sophie is studing at Nottingham Uni and wants to teach and Stephen is in finance so they try to keep us all "normal".
Michael, Samuel, Joseph Morris, Kaikai
seated: Richard Lewis, Abraham Lewis (?)
Dear Pam and Les, It is really lovely to be able to put another name to those we already know (I'm talking about the old photo of the six gentlemen) My father always said that one of the seated gentlemen either came from - or went to South Africa. I have a ring (a gold buckle ring) which - so the story goes - was given to my grandfather, Joseph Morris Lewis, by that same gentlemen. The ring passed from my Grandfather, on his death to his youngest son Frankie then when Frankie died it was passed to my Dad and when my Dad died it came to me. Best wishes Peter and Margaret (Leeds, UK)
My name is Sylvia, my grandad was Joseph Lewis one of the brothers on the photo, I got a letter from my oldest brother Joe, who my grandparents brought up, the info he sent me was, my grandad instigated the name change from Rudaminsky to Lewis, why,I dont know, apparently our great grandmother came to Leeds in 1888 from Russia with 7 kids, she was meant to be a widow, there were 5 boys,Joseph,David,Dobbie,Kilki,Ishky,and 2 girls,Rachel who was blind, and Esther,Esther came quite famous, she married a man from Hull and they became Lord and Lady Mayoress of Hull, my brother remembers meeting her as a boy at grandads,We cant find a Michael but maybe one of the names translates from Hebrew to Michael, we were also brought up with the knowledge that the Rakusenses were related to us somwhere down the line,But we were the forgotten people im afraid as my beloved grandad married out, but as a child many times ive acompanied my grandad to Shool, it being on the street where I grew up on Camp Road, Leeds,according to my big brother my greatgrandmum was a very kind lady, they moved to the Leylands where all the Jews lived back in the 1800s, she was known for feeding the very poor and starving, they would stand outside her door, Jews and Irish, and shed give soup and bread,theres supposed to be a mention of her in a book that someone wrote were trying to find it but are finding it hard as theres lots of books out there about that particular time. Well love I hope this bit of info helps, also I hope its accurate.Sylvia Miller nee Lewis. (email: email@example.com)
RICHARD ISAAC LEWIS, Pam's father, was born in Leeds, England on July 19, 1886. He was the eldest son of Abram Lewis aka Abraham Lewis Rudiminski and Rachel (Ellen) (formerly Gross). His siblings were Betsy Fanny (b 1881), George Joseph (b. 1889) and Simon Abby (b. 1891). There was also a sibling Goldie Ruddiminskie- who was born to Abraham and Ellen in 1879, and died in 1881
On his birth certificate, his father, Abraham (who's signature consisted of "x") is listed as a slipper maker. Their home address is listed as 29, Trafalgar Street, Leeds, County of York. According to his certificate of Naturalization (No. 314911) Abraham lived at 29 Trafalgar Place from February 1887 till March 1891 and then at 5 Leeds Terrace, Leeds.
He immigrated with the family to South Africa in 1900. He married Lillie Herman on June 19, 1917 at the Great Synagogue, Hatfield Street, Cape Town. They had a son, Jules. Lillie passed away on June 29th, 1920.
GERTRUDE, Pam's mother, was born Goldie Romaine on April 22nd, 1904 in Arthurs Road, Sea Point. On Gertie's birth certificate, her father, Solomain Romain (d.o.b. 14/4/1872) is listed as being born in Russia. Her mother, Kate Romain (aka Edelman), (d.o.b. 16/11/1878) is also listed as being born in Russia. note: Kate's passport lists both Kate and Soloman being born in Vilna, Lithuania.
Her mother, Kate, had an arranged marriage at 16 and was a simple darling much loved by all. She was also fey. Two incidents that Pam remembers being told about Kate:
In the early nineteen twenties or even earlier Kate's brother in America passed away and it took two months for the news to reach her. When they came to break the news to her she said yes she knew because he came to say goodbye to her. Everyone was astounded as she had the right time and date.
Also, after the big earthquake in San Franscisco Grandpa left his little family in Sydney and sailed to San Fran to see if he could get building work to help rebuild San Fran. They were living in Sydney in a house the agent put them into. Kate woke one morning and said they had to get out of that house that day. Another house was found for them and she even left a note on the door for her brother in law giving him the new address. That afternoon the boat came in and two other families were put in the house. That night robbers came in and murdered these families, cutting every throat for their poor belongings. Stranger than fiction.
After Richard died, Gertie raised Pam as a single mother. She worked as a typist for a law firm and devoted her life to raising Pam. Gertie met Alfred Fraenkl when Pam was a teenager. Alfred had escaped from Germany with his parents. Gertie waited until Pam was married and only then married Alfred on December 25, 1952. Alfred was a devoted son, husband and grandfather to us. He was the only grandfather we ever knew and he spoilt us to bits.
We all loved Gertie very much. Her essence is well captured in the Euology delivered by Rabbi Simon J. Harris of the Cape Town Hebrew Congregation in August, 1998: