Myers in Breslau, Prussia / Wroclaw, Poland, 1800s #poland
Searching for any info on this family in Breslau/Wroclaw and their ancestors:
Lipman Myers, a merchant, (? - aft.1829) & Miriam ___?___(? - 1829, Breslau, Prussia)
They had children:
1- Henry Francis Myers (c.1811, Prussia - 19nov1864, England) married Lydia Walker
2-Alfred Moritz Myers (c.1812, Prussia - 10feb1880, England) married Elizabeth Emmersley
3-Louis Myers (1820, Prussia - after 1861, probably in England)
4-Several brothers and sisters
Dear Anonymous Researcher (!): My brother and I have looked over the birth and death records from the Breslau Jewish community from the 1820s and not found any sign of this family. The MYERS name does not exist in the Breslau Jewish community at that time. But, assuming the name was MEYER (or variants), this family does not appear.
I would be interested to know what clues there are that this family lived in Breslau.
All the best,
JRI-PL "Town Leader" for Breslau/Wroclaw
Point Roberts, WA, USA
Thank you for the quick reply.
You are correct, there have been several spelling variations of this family's name. It appears to have been Meyer/Meyers in what was at the time Prussia, but once in England they used the spelling Myers. There are several reasons we know the family was from Breslau:
The above mentioned son, Alfred Moritz Myers, immigrated to England and after being converted by missionaries there eventually became a Reverend. For this reason he was well known in England at the time. A book later written about the missionary movement mentions him directly and states:
Die evangelisehe Christenheit und die Juden unter dem Gesichtspunkte der Mission geschichtlich betrachtet (The Evangelist Christians and Jews from the point of view of the mission throughout history) by, Lie. J. F. A. de le Roi, Pastor in Elberfeld, Third volume, Berlin, H. Reuther's Publishing House, 1892: “Born in Breslau of strict orthodox parents …” and “... was again disturbed when two missionaries arrived in Breslau and in the synagogue ...”.
In addition, this Alfred signed a petition to the Queen of England in 1840 protesting falsehoods being spread about Jews:
“Reasons for believing that the charge lately revived against the Jewish people is a baseless falsehood” Dedicated by Permission to Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, by, the Rev. Alex McCaul, D.D. of Trinity College, Dublin, 1840: (signed) "... ALFRED M. MEYERS, native of Breslau. ...”.
On 21may1790 the “Vorschrift, wie es kuenftig mit dem Judenwesen in Breslau zu halten sey” (Rules for the conduct of Jewish affairs in Breslau in the future) were implemented, classifying Jews into different categories. According to Alfred's autobiography his family employed servants so we know his family (under his father, Lipman) would have been classified as either General-Privileged or Stamm-Numeranten. There was one "Lipman Meyers" among the General-Privileged in 1791. This Lipman would certainly have been the one who was Breslau’s Royal Court Agent and lived 1730-1814. No Lipman Meyers are listed among the 160 Stamm-Numeranten. Our Lipman was either not in Breslau at this time or was not yet a head of household. Considering the relatively small Jewish population at the time and the coincidence of names I would not be surprised if they were related.
The assumption that Lipman's wife was named Miriam is based on Alfred and his brother supplying her name as "Mary" in English records and each having a daughter named "Miriam". They both supplied their father's name as "Lipman".
Thank you for any help you could provide.
-- W. Myers. g-leaves@...>