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The Karmel Family
My great-great-great-grandfather Wolf Karmel (born c.1805) lived and died in the town of Biezun in Poland, where he married Sarah Leah Silverberg. They had 8 children that we know of - Hinda, Samuel, Zuskind (aka Alexander), Judah (aka Lewis), Abram, Jacob, David and Philip. My great-great-grandfather Lewis Karmel (born 1839) emigrated to the UK from Biezun sometime between 1851 and 1861, along with brothers Samuel, Alexander and Jacob, and they all lived in Nottingham at the time of the 1861 census.
Wolf Karmel married again, in Biezun, after the death of Sarah Leah, and had at least one more child, Esther Karmel (born 1864). Esther and her husband Mendel (Morris) Gutglass (also known in Polish as Dobraszklanka, the Polish for 'Goodglass'), emigrated to London in 1900, but then moved on to New York in 1913, where the family settled. Esther and Mendel's descendants are still living in the US.
Lewis Karmel remained in Nottingham, where he eventually became wealthy as a pawnbroker and silver dealer. In 1861, he married Elizabeth Goldberg (born in Prussia in 1840), the daughter of Lewis Goldberg, one of the earliest of the Rabbis of the Nottingham Hebrew Congregation. (See Goldberg page for further details). Lewis and Elizabeth Karmel had 12 children in Nottingham - Sarah, Lewin, Janette, Julia, Minnie (my great-grandmother), Mordant, Florence, Joseph, Elias, Nathan, Gertrude and David. Whilst most of these siblings remained in Nottingham, Sarah moved to London, Florrie and Joe moved to Dublin, and Elias moved to Newcastle, where they settled and thrived. Minnie Karmel married my great-grandfather David Snapper.
In the early 1870s, members of both the Karmel family - Lewis's brothers Samuel Karmel and Jacob Karmel - and the Goldberg family - Elizabeth's widowed mother and her 4 sistters Annie, Phoebe, Rebecca and Minnie - emigrated on from Nottingham to Ballarat, Australia (a centre of the Australian gold rush at the time) leaving Lewis and Elizabeth Karmel (my great-great-grandparents) in Nottingham.
From an extraodinary letter written by Lewis Karmel in 1901 (received and kept by the Australian Karmel family), it appears that Lewis's youngest brother Philip Karmel (born 1855), 18 years younger than him, also came to Nottingham from Poland in the 1880s, but, having displeased his brother by his laziness and ingratitude, was packed off to his cousins in Australia in 1904.
From here onwards - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The family of Lewis Karmel
Minnie Karmel (Snapper) (my great-grandmother)
For full details, see the family of David Snapper on the Snapper family page, here.
The family of Alexander Karmel
The family of Samuel Karmel
The family of Jacob Karmel
The family of David Karmel
The family of Philip Karmel
The family of Hinda Karmel (Kujak)
The family of Esther Karmel (Goodglass)