Dr John MICHAEL inscription on watch. #general


Robyn Dryen
 

Dear Genners

AJGS has received an enquiry from a watch collector about an inscription on a pocket watch in his possession. It was bought in England about 30 years ago and the watch is thought to date from around 1900.

The inscription reads: For Dr John Michael in memory of his grandfather. Who so missed his birth by minutes, and is much beloved as a great Zionist. He and his son fought so valiantly, and for the Zionists. 

It is not clear whether the reference is to a paternal grandfather and therefore a MICHAEL (or variant), or to an unnamed maternal grandfather. Nor is it certain that these are Jewish Zionists.

My question is whether anyone has a Dr John Michael in their tree with ancestors involved in the early days of Zionism.

Any assistance would be welcome.

Robyn Dryen
Sydney, Australia