Protect Bevis Marks Synagogue

A message form the Parnas Presidente

Protect Bevis Marks Synagogue

Dear Kahal,
You may have seen the article in that appeared on the  New York Times website yesterday (link below). This and many more articles and news stories will be appearing over the next few days and weeks to get our message out there to campaign to protect our Synagogue. Please be part of the conversation and share these widely on social media.
I would also like to thank some of our donors who have given generously to assist with this campaign.
Kind regards,
Stuart Morganstein

Parnas Presidente
Article can be found here:
Ottolangui UK

Aaron Ottolangui 1861-1936

My great-grandfather Aaron Ottolangui was born in 1861 to Israel Ottolangui a general dealer, and his second wife Leah de Souza. In the 1861 census they are living at 118 Middlesex Street (Petticoat Lane), There is some indication that their firstborn son, Israel, may have died in early infancy before Aaron was born, but no record of that can be found.

Aaron’s Birth Certificate

Aaron’s father Israel died in 1869 and in the 1871 census his widowed mother Leah is residing as an inmate at the Spanish & Portuguese Buildings at no. 3 Heneage Lane, apparently a Poor House, next to the Bevis Marks synagogue where she resided until her death from breast cancer in 1890 – there is no mention of Aaron so we don’t know where he grew up, perhaps with relatives or may be in the orphanage.

Aaron lived in a number of different places around Spitalfields

Aaron & Mary Marriage

In 1879 when he got married his address was given as 2, Bell Lane, Spitalfields and his bride’s address is given as “Same Place”.

In the 1891 census the family was living at 157 Wentworth St., Aaron & Mary with their children, Judah, Alexander (Alec), Abraham (Abie) Leah (Lily) and David – their firstborn Israel was no longer with them, having been committed to the workhouse by the local magistrates one year earlier. ( See “Israel Ottolangui….also known as….”  Here

In 1899 when their first daughter Leah (Lily) started school, their address was 55 Leman Street

In 1907 when their youngest child George started school, the family lived at 23 Tilley Street, Spitalfields.

In the 1911 census s the family, Aaron & Mary, their children – Abie, David, Katie, Monty, George and their youngest daughter Annie, still lived at 23 Tilley Street.

Note: Although Judah is crossed out on the microfiche image above, in the transcript record Judah and his wife Annie (née Harkman) are listed as living with the family.

Red Arrow – Tilley Street, Blue Arrow – Bell Lane , Yellow Arrow  Middlesex Street (Petticoat Lane)  Green Arrow – Leman Street

In the 1930’s Aaron & Mary lived at 17 Laleham Buildings, on the boundary Estate in Bethnal Green until Mary’s death in 1934, after which Aaron lived until his death in 1936 at 47 Cookham Buildings

According to my father, Aaron was a small man who had worked in a number of trades, a boot finisher on his marriage certificate.  A boot finisher is described as a Victorian occupation “putting the finishing touches to boots”. Exactly what those “finishing touches” might be is not described except to say “readying the product for the market” which could mean anything from putting in the laces to polishing the uppers……….

My father remembered when visiting his grandparents’ flat in Laleham Buildings, the kitchen table was covered with an oil cloth on which there were always a number of watch movements under upturned drinking glasses. Indeed, Aaron in the 1911 census describes his occupation as Watch Jobbing Clerk. A jobber was kind of a “freelancer” who worked for one or more different people without actually being in their employ.

Aaron always had a connection to the Bevis Marks synagogue which he called the ‘snoga, from the Portuguese for synagogue “esnoga”. He encouraged my father to join the choir at the synagogue in around the age of 8 or 9 in 1921 and I remember my father still used his grandfather’s “gavetta” the box under the seat where he kept his tallit (prayer shawl) tefillin (phylacteries) and prayer books whilst still singing in the choir until well into his nineties.

Bevis Marks Synagogue

I still have great grandfather Aaron’s phylacteries which I used at my own first call to read from the Torah.

Ottolangui UK

Mary Ottolangui

Mary Ottolangui née Mary Sharp(e) born Maria Schaap

Mary married Aaron Ottolangui (1861-1936) twice. The first marriage was a civil one at the Whitechapel Registry Office in the East End of London in 1879. Although Aaron’s age is noted as 21 years, he was born in 1861 so actually he was 19 years old at the time. Mary is listed as 2 years his junior, but actually, she was two years older than Aaron, so may be that the registrar made a mistake.

Aaron & Mary’s Civil Marriage Certificate 31st May 1879

Five years later, Aaron and Mary had a Jewish ceremony at the Bevis Marks Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue in the city of London. We don’t know why it took them five years for the religious marriage, there are a few speculations, one might be that it took that long to verify Mary’s Jewish ancestry.

We knew that Mary was born in New York, USA around 1861 but we never knew much about her background, except that her father was Uda (Juda) Sharp, who was also known as George and her mother was Katie Levy, both Dutch American citizens. We always wondered how it came to be that the young American girl got to meet and marry Aaron in the East End of London and that became the focus of our research.

With the invaluable assistance of a Dutch lady genealogist, Meike Roukens we were able to piece together much of Mary’s family history.

“Maybe the original name was ‘Schaap’?” Meike  asked, because, “There was a Juda Schaap born in Rotterdam 4th January 1834, son of Abraham Jacob Schaap and Leentje van den Berg   The father and the witnesses were not allowed to sign the record because of the sabbath.”

This family tree was uncovered:

Juda had a twin brother Eliazer who died in his first year in 1835

Judah Schaap’s wife was Jetje Bossie, born Amsterdam 1st January 1840 . Jetie (in Dutch would be pronounced “Yatey”), a short hop to “Katie” – Aaron & Mary’s daughter Katie (Ottolangui Franks), was named after her.)

In 1859 Judah appears in the US Dutch Citizens Immigration Lists arriving on 31st December from London abord the SS American Eagle.

A daughter Maria, born 1861 in New York appears in the Population Registration of Rotterdam
From 1876 – 1879 the family lived in Rotterdam (their children were born in the U.S.A.)

In 1879 Judah moved back to the United States with wife Katie and children David, Esther and Deborah, but Maria didn’t travel back to the U.S.A. with her family– that was the year that she married Aaron Ottolangui in the Whitechapel Registry Office.  In the 1880 Federal Census they appear at 163 Varrick Street in the 5th Electoral District of New York

In Amsterdam, Meike found a Judic Bossie, daughter of Joseph (Levie) Bossie and Mijntje de Goede, born 30th December 1839.

Groom: Joseph Bossie Gender: Male Birthplace: Amsterdam Age: 24

Father of the groom: Levie Joseph Bossie Gender: Male

Mother of the groom: Judik Wolfs Gender: Female

Bride: Mijntje de Goede Gender: Female Birthplace: Amsterdam Age: 28 Occupation: werkster
Father of the bride: Jacob Levie de Goede Gender: Male Occupation: venter
Mother of the bride: Judic de Vries Gender: Female Occupation: ventster
Event: Marriage Date: Wednesday 30 September 1835 Event location: Amsterdam

Meike thinks that the family probably moved to London before 1849.  There was a Joseph and Amelia Levy with a daughter Catherine (born 1840) in the London 1851 census living in Freeman Street, in the Artillery Fields, Spitalfields 

In 1880 Joseph Bossie was living with the Goldfish family in New York next door to the family of Judah Sharp. Rachel Goldfish was a daughter of Joseph Bossie, born in England. She was married to Louis (Lucas Samuel) Goldfisch/Goudvis, born 3rd Decemberc 1843 in Amsterdam

Sharp/Scharpe/Schaap/Sheep   SCHAAP is pronounced SHAAHP so it’s easy to see how it came to be SHARP. In Dutch it means SHEEP so that explains the name SHEEP in the text below which at some stage, before it reached me, went through Google Translate  

The following details come from the website of Max van Dam The information is not complete .

Abraham Jacobs Sheep Also known as: Abraham Jacob Sheep, Source: Rotterdam Municipal Archives (weddings),born before 1803 Source: Rotterdam Municipal Archives (marriage),deceased 27th October 1858, at least 55 years,  Occupations: vendor (1853), source: Marriage certificate and Marriage supplements E , merchant (1858)  source: Marriage supplements E

Marriage / Relationship with Helene van den Berg

Born before 1803, source: Rotterdam City Archives (marriages), died after 27 October  1858, aged at least 55, source: Huwelijksbijlagen E

1`.        Jacob Sheep married to Esther Prins

Born 21st January 1823 (9 Shevat 5583) Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Nederland, source: Rotterdam City Archives (births), died 16th June 1882 (29 Sivan 5642) Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Nederland, 59 years source : Rotterdam City Archives (death)

2.         Catherine Sheep 1st marriage with Hartog Mozes de Haan ,

2nd marriage with Samson Pike

Born 4th December 1824 (13 Kislev 5585) Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands, Source: Rotterdam Municipal Archives (births)

3.         David Schaap married to Rachel van Straten

Born ± 1828 Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands (marriage David Schaap and Rachel van Straten Rotterdam 1905 / n18v) , Source: Rotterdam Municipal Archives (spouses)

4.         Isaac Sheep  married to Christina Wolf

Born 16th June 1837 (13 Sivan 5597) Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Nederland, source: Rotterdam City Archives (births) , died 3rd April 1916 (29 Adar II 5676) Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Nederland, 78 years old, source: Gezinskaart Rotterdam E , source: Rotterdam Stadsarchief (death) . Profession: merchant, source: Gezinskaart Rotterdam E

Jacob Abraham Schaap Marriage Banns

The grandparents of Juda married in Amsterdam in 1793, the grandfather Jacob Abraham Schaap already used the surname Schaap (even before 1811 when it became obligatory in most of Europe to adopt a family name)

This record of the banns of marriage says Jacob was 30 years old, Jew, living on the Stromarkt in the Putgang and was assisted by his father Abraham.

Jacob Abraham Schaap was buried on the Jewish Zeeburg cemetery 31st October 1808 (according the extract in the marriage supplements of his son Abraham) It appears on this page of the register of the Zeeburg Cemetery.

So, how was it that Mary and Aaron got to meet?  Our search of family legend revealed that Mary had come to London for eye-surgery at Moorfields Hospital. My father remembered that his grandmother was a tiny lady, who wore thick lensed eye-glasses and spoke with an American accent. Other members of the family recalled that they had heard that Mary came to London with her mother Katie, and the sea crossing from New York was so rough that Mary refused to go back to New York. This was not Mary’s first Atlantic crossing, she had sailed “across the pond” in both directions before.  Mary’s mother Catherine, Katie Levy, had lived in Spitalfields in the 1850’s and Aaron’s father’s family lived in the same area at that time, so could the families have been acquainted? Did Catherine and Mary visit Katie’s old neighbours, is that how Aaron and Mary met?

Mary, aleha hashalom, died on 30th March 1934 (Hebrew date 14th Nisan 5694) aged 76 at Laleham Buildings on the Boundary Estate in Bethnal Green. London E2 two years before her husband Aaron. She is buried at the S&P Cemetery, Hoop Lane Golders Green, London NW11 in row 38 plot #18 in her Hebrew name Miriam.

Ottolangui UK Uncategorized

Abraham Ottolangui 1887-1935

ABRAHAM OTTOLANGUI, known as Abie, was born in 1887 in Whitechapel, London, England, died 3rd March 1935 and was buried on 4th March 1935 at the Sephardi Cemetery, Hoop Lane, Golders Green in Plot. B38. He was the 4th son of AARON OTTOLANGUI and MARY SHARP.

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This is the only known photograph of Abie

He married SOPHIA HART in 1911 and they had 5 children.

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Sophie was born in 1888 in London, daughter of Aaron Hart and Rosa nee De Leeuw Lyons, and died on 31st July 1958 in London, England and was buried at the Hoop Lane Cemetery, next to Abie.

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Abie & Sophie at Hoop Lane
Ottolangui-Langley OZ & NZ

The Ottolangui Dynasty of New Zealand

With thanks to  ngairedith

As in other places around the world, many of the Ottolangui in NZ changed their names to Langley, for other than legal documents. The name Langley was originally Ottolangui.

The earliest record of Ottolangui family members using the name Langley is in London in the early 19th century in the records of the Central Criminal Court a.k.a. The Old Bailey, from 1817 when a witness, one Abraham Langley, a coach driver (possibly the forerunner of the family’s tradition of driving London’s black cabs) declared “My name is Abraham Langley, I go by that name, my right name is OtterLangley, but the English cannot pronounce it…..”

A little later, according to the Law Report published by the Times newspaper of London on 11th February 1823, the case of “The King vs Israel Langley” was heard the previous day in the Court of the King’s Bench. Israel Langley was Israel Ottolangui born Livorno, Italy in 1767 who arrived in London in 1776 with his father David and two sisters. Israel married Miriam Alevy and his youngest son, also named David, was transported for life to Van Diemen’s Land in 1830, founding the Tasmanian Langley family before emigrating to San Francisco and starting a new life, a new business and a new family there.

The stories of Israel Langley/Ottolangui and the appearances of other family members at London’s Central Criminal Court appear in the pages “Our Criminal Record” on this site.

Abraham Ottolangui (1843-1911)
married Katherine Dale (1855-1914) in 1880
their known children
* 1881 – Rayner Ottolangui
* 1882 – 1970 Aaron Abraham Ottolangui
* 1885 – Amelia Ottolangui

Albert Victor David Ottolangui (1887-1958)
born in Dunedin – died in Sydney
married Rose Jacobs from Victoria in Dunedin in 1912
Rose was a daughter of Samuel Jacobs & Katherine Solomon. Katherine Solomon was the daughter of Rachel Ottolangui and Lewis Solomon. Rachel Ottolangui and David Ottolangui were siblings
their known children
* 1912 – 1981 David Samuel Victor Ottolangui
* 1914 – 1914 Jacob Ottolangui (aged 2 days)
* 1915 – 1989 Katherine Agnes Ottolangui (died in Sydney)
* 1917 – 1983 Sylvia Ottolangui (died in Australia)
* 1920 – 1982 Marcus Louis Ottolangui (Doctor)
* 1925 – 1993 Valda Victoria Ottolangui (died in USA)

David Ottolangui (1846-1907)
born in London – died in Dunedin – See “Enter the Langley” and “The Family Business”
married Agnes Dossett from Tasmania, in Dunedin 18 March 1875
their known children
* born in Dunedin
* 1876 – 1946 Emma Rachel Ottolangui
* 1877 – 1963 Johanna Ottolangui
* 1878 – 1959 Maurice Gershon Ottolangui
* 1880 – 1899 Rayner Amelia Ottolangui (aged 18)
* 1882 – 1972 Ethel Sarah Ottolangui
* 1887 – 1958 Victor Albert David Ottolangui
* 1890 – 1980 Florence Mabel Ottolangui (twin)
* 1890 – 1976 Frances Lilian Ottolangui (twin)
* 1891 – 1915 Herbert Henry Walter Frederick Ottolangui
* LANGLEY, Herbert, Private 12/593A. 6th Company. Auckland Regiment, NZEF. Killed in action 25 April 1915. Son of Mrs A. Longley of Queen’s Drive, Musselburgh, Dunedin. 72. Lone Pine Memorial
* 1892 – 1989 Agnes Harriet Alice Ottolangui (born xmas day)
* 1894 – 1917 Jacob Joshua Ottolangui (served as John)
* LANGLEY, John, Private 23473. 13th Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1st Battalion. Killed in action 17 Aug 1917, Ypres, Belgium. Youngest son of Agnes Langley of 85 Queen’s Drive, Musselburgh, Dunedin. J.3. Maple Leaf Cemetery
* 1904 – 1980 Rayna Amelia Ottolangui

David Samuel Victor Ottolangui (1912-1981)
* married Catherine Wildey
* married Violet Wildey in 1936

Gershon David Ottolangui (1900-1974)
married Jeanie McKinven in 1924

Maurice Gershon Ottolangui (1878-1959)
married Maude Marion Hayden in 1900
their known children
* 1900 – 1974 Gershon George David Ottolangui
* 1901 – 1972 Herbert Victor Ottolangui (never married)
* 1903 – 1988 Maurice Lloyd Ottolangui

Maurice Lloyd Ottolangui (1903-1988)
married Hella Kennedy in 1924
their known children
* 1926 – 2018 Reta Hella Ottolangui

Ottolangui NZ BRIDES
Agnes Harriet Alice Ottolangui (1892-1989)
married Robert Edward Alexander Wilkinson (1895-1960) in 1930

Emma Rachel Ottolangui (1876-1946)
married James Clark (1878-) in Invercargill in 1898
* divorced shortly after
Emma Rachel Ottolangui
married Percival Ernest Wall (1885-1965) from Geelong in 1912

Ethel Sarah Ottolangui (1882-1972)
born in Dunedin
married William Duke Gilmore in Auckland, 31 Dec 1909
their known children
* 1907 – 1986 William Cuthbert Gilmore
* 1912 – 1996 Raymond Alexander David Gilmore
* 1914 – 1915 William John Gilmore (aged 13 months)
* 1915 – 1993 Allan John Gilmore
* 1917 – 2010 Eric William Gilmore
* 1920 – 2000 Rona Frances Gilmore

Florence Mabel Ottolangui (1890-1980)
* Florence had a child in Wellington
* 1925 – 1997 William Herbert Ottolangui
William’s father died in WII. William was adopted by George & Rita Merrett. Florence never married

Frances Lillian Ottolangui (1890-1976)
married William Rogers (1888-1966) in 1922
their known children
* 1923 – 1999 Agnes Langley Rogers
* 1925 – Florence Melville Rogers

Johanna Ottolangui (1877-1963)
born Dunedin – died in Hastings
* Johanna had a child
…* 1899 – 1966 Ernest Sidney Ottolangui
* Johanna married Oliver Draught Tibeaudo (1879-1911) from Wagga Wagga, NSW in Dunedin 1904. He died in Sydney
* Johanna married Edgar Albert Sulzberger (1890-1918) from Tasmania in Balclutha 1913. He died in Dunedin
their known children
* 1915 – 1997 Agnes Lucy Sulzberger
* 1918 – 2000 Jacob Joshua Langley Sulzberger (WWII 38380)
* Johanna married Archibald Steele Dobbie (1876-1960) in 1926

Rayna Amelia Ottolangui
married Allan Joseph Campbell (1896-1978) from Melbourne in 1924
their known children
* 1925 – 1930 Ian Hatherly Campbell
* 1926 – 1995 Florence Patricia Helen Campbell
* 1930 – Allan Gershon Campbell

Headstone of Abraham Ottolangui
Block 4J. Plot 62 Southern Cemetery, Dunedin

Ottolangui-Langley OZ & NZ

Liz James, OAM.

Liz James’ connection to the Ottolangui family is through her husband Ron, who is descended from Abraham Joachim who was born about 1838 in Krotoschin, Posen, Prussia and Reyna Ottolangui was born in Spitalfields, London, daughter of 
Moses Ottolangui and Emma Bensabat.
Abraham and Reyna married on 10th June 1868 in East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, Australia.

On Australia Day in January 2021, Liz was awarded the Order of Australia for her work in genealogy and family history…this was the reaction of her daughter Lisa:

“My mum, Liz James, has been recognised with an OAM in the Australia Day awards.
Our family couldn’t be prouder.

Starting her genealogical journey over 20 years ago, we witnessed the walls in our family home change dramatically. Contemporary artwork was replaced with life-size family trees, until there were no free walls or cupboard-doors.

Instead of preparing family dinners, my mum chose to build family trees. It’s been busy and noble work.

By extensively researching our family history back over 1000 years, mum has discovered a multitude of cousins all over the globe- each with an interesting tale to tell.

Her work has filled missing gaps in personal histories for people who are keen to learn about the fate of their long-lost ancestors. Mum and the team at the AJHS and the AJGS have also helped hundreds of children with their School Roots projects.

Today’s award is lovely recognition for a life dedicated to volunteering and helping others.”

On 20th April 2021 Liz wrote:

An unforgettable day today as the Hon Linda Dessau AM the Governor of Victoria presented me with my OAM at Government House. So lucky that my family were with me for this very special ceremony.

Liz is the third person in the Australian Ottolangui dynasty to receive a national recognition after Elizabeth Langley who was awarded the Order of Canada for dedication to dance, and Deborah Conway who was awarded the Order of Australia for her contribution to music. Congratulations Ladies!!

Ottolangui UK

Israel Ottolangui 1880-1957 – also known as…..?

Israel Ottolangui was my father’s Uncle Izzie, the first born of Aaron Ottolangui and Mary née Sharp/Schaap.His birth was registered in the parish of St. George’s (in the East) London, in the second quarter (April – June) 1880 as Ottolenghi Israel. This may be a spelling error when the records were transcribed.

Izzie was one of the prime reasons for the start of my family research, he was the elder of my father’s two “lost uncles”. My father never knew his Uncle Izzie who had “disappeared” long before my father was born in 1913, and the stories that my father had heard growing up, later were mostly revealed to be just stories.

Hardly anything is known of Izzie’s childhood but at the age of 10 in 1890, he was remanded by the Magistrates to the Mile End Workhouse at the request of the police……

We don’t know why he was remanded, but according to the version heard by his granddaughters, he was a “wild child” and had attacked and seriously injured (some say killed) a teacher by beating him with a schoolroom slate.

The old Mile End Workhouse was situated in Bancroft Road, Mile End. It was built in 1858-1859 to replace an earlier workhouse which was situated in Alderney Place just off Globe Road, adjoining the Jews’ Burying Ground – behind the Novo Beth Haim.

Mile End Old Town Workhouse was built between 1858 and 1859 at a total cost of £32,000. It could accommodate 600 adults and 300 children. The architect was William Dobson. All the buildings were of red brick, in a plain neo-Tudor style. It was a large site comprising an entrance block with a board room, offices and waiting room, casual wards with a stone breaking yard, a three-storey T-shaped workhouse block with a refectory and chapel, a psychiatric ward block and an infirmary block. There was a three-storey school with its own laundry, workshops and playgrounds, and a children’s infirmary. The site was set within attractive gardens. The main workhouse block was an imposing building with rendered bay-window projections and shaped gables, and some sculptural detailing on the rendered sections.

A larger infirmary designed by J.M. Knight was built between 1880 and 1883.

Several of the old workhouse buildings had been demolished however part of the main block was Grade II listed. The children’s school became a nurse’s home in 1910. After 1930, it became Mile End Hospital and several additions were built including an out-patients department, sun-balconies and a pathological laboratory. In 1991, the hospital was known as Mile End Accident and Emergency Hospital. In 2007, it was called The Royal London Hospital.

The workhouse admission is the last time Israel Ottolangui appears in the civil and public records. We don’t know when he was discharged or where he went afterwards but rumours are rife, including that he was conscripted into the British Army and served in Scotland and got married there, but this is not confirmed by any source.

Izzie next appears under the name of Albert Edward Dunnell, and in that name aged 30 on 12th April 1909 he married Lillian Ann Waters at St. James’ Church, Shoreditch

The groom does not appear anywhere previously under that name and we found no trace of the fathers cited in the marriage register, but later searches for Lilian Ann Waters revealed that a Lillian Ann Waters was born around 1887 and died in October 1924. In 1904 she was in and out of the Hackney Poor House aged 18 and described as a servant. Her father as named on her marriage certificate was William Herbert Waters a gas worker, and her witness was Ernest Spencer Waters, but we have found no further information about either.

St. James Church on Curtain Road, Shoreditch was founded in 1841 and existed until 1935 when it was reabsorbed into the parish of Shoreditch St. Leonards and was demolished in 1937.

During the Great War, in 1916 Albert Edward Dunnell said to be a Garage Hand aged 40, was enlisted for Short Service at Home

At that time Albert and Lillian had 4 children, Alfred David, Cecil Albert, Alexander and Lilian Olive and were living at No. 6,  Hales Buildings, Jacobs Well Road, Bristol.

Albert Edward Dunnell appears on the electoral rolls for South Gloucestershire until 1954, and the rest of the life of great uncle Izzie, a.k.a. Albert Edward Dunnell remained a mystery.

Joining forces with Izzie’s granddaughters and great granddaughters we scoured all the records that we could find, and followed up on the family “folk stories” without much success until in the 1939 Population Register I found a George Dunnell living at 77 Coleford Road, Bristol, with a Frederick & Lily Langley. Frederick’s birthdate and occupation match those of Albert Edward Dunnell, but Lily Langley’s don’t because Lillian Ann Dunnell nee Waters had died some time after the birth of her youngest son Frank, in 1924.

This was all very exciting because we had apparently uncovered another of Izzie Ottolangui’s aliases and it was surprising (or maybe not) that he had reverted to the name Langley at some stage. It also confirms why we couldn’t find any records for Albert Edward Dunnell in later years……..

Izzie’s granddaughter confirmed “Fred & Lily’s” marriage saying after  “………….Grandma Lillian died in the 1920s. Izzie went on to remarry – I don’t know when or who. My dad was living with an Italian family until his marriage to my mum in 1936. All the boys were totally estranged from Izzie by then. Uncle Frank was is the military. He was tall and slim and swarthy in colouring with very black curly hair, considered a bit of a rake and often compared to Izzie. So, who knows?”

So, our further research revealed that Izzie had abandoned the name Albert Edward Dunnell, assuming the name Frederick Langley, and died under that name on 12th June 1957 at the Snowdon Road Hospital in Bristol, aged 77 years. He was living at 77 Coleford Road, Southmead, Bristol at time of his death with his new wife Lily Langley née Holbrook. They had married in 1926. According to the 1939 Population Register, living at the same address in Coleford Road, were William Collier and his wife Florence born 20th May 1919.

According one of Izzie’s great-granddaughters, it was known that her great-grandfather had been buried at Canford Crematorium and her father was told that he died under his birth name which could never be traced, nor could any record of the death of Albert Edward Dunnell.
Bristol Crematorium eventually confirmed that a Frederick Langley who died in 1957 was buried there in a grave without a headstone but they provided the plot number.

On 3rd April 2020, Izzie’s  unmarked grave was located and in that plot there was a small memorial vase with the names of Florence Collier and William Collier, but nothing with his name on.  

So who were the Colliers and what was their relationship with Izzie Ottolangui, a.k.a. Albert Edward Dunnell, a.k.a. Frederick Langley?

Further research carried out mainly by Izzie’s great-grandchildren in Bristol, revealed that Lily Langley née Holbrook had given birth to a daughter, Florence Beatrice in 1919 and according to the Collier family tree, the father was Frederick Langley. Florence married William Collier and they were living with Frederick and Lily Langley in 1939. 
Bristol Bereavement Services eventually confirmed that Frederick Langley, Florence and William Collier were all buried in the same grave.

Circumstantial? May be, or at least we thought so, until a letter was found addressed to Florence at the Coleford Road address. The letter was from the Cooperative Insurance Company advising that Florence was the beneficiary of an industrial life insurance policy owned by one Mordechai Ottolangui in the name of Florence’s father. Mordechai was Monty, Israel’s youngest sibling, born in 1901, although why he would have taken out an insurance policy on his eldest brother who had reportedly disappeared long before Monty would have been old enough to take out a policy, is a mystery. Industrial life policies which could also be endowment policies, were sold in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, by door-to-door salesmen or agents for a small weekly or monthly premium of a few pennies or shillings, and it is possible that the policies were initially taken out by Aaron and Mary Ottolangui in the names of their children. When Aaron and Mary died in the mid-1930’s the policies were inherited by their youngest son, Monty. 

So, is this evidence that Florence was Izzie’s daughter, or did he adopt her after he married her mother, Lily Holbrook?

I guess we will never know, but it appears that it holds part of the answer to the many mysterious lives and the death of Israel Ottolangui, also known as…………

Ottolangui UK Uncategorized

Allen Ottolangui

Master Power Lifter

Back in Israel in May 1999 when I was just taking my first step into researching my Ottolangui roots I cranked up my then ageing Pentium powered PC and launched the Netscape Navigator into cyberspace, of which there still wasn’t so very much in those days.

When I typed in “Ottolangui” in the search box, I got two hits, the first of which was Allen Ottolangui the Hertfordshire power lifter. In those halcyon days I didn’t yet know that all the Ottolangui in the world were related, there were no contact details for Allen anywhere on the web and I had no access to UK telephone directories (which were still in paper editions at that time) so I kind of filed the information away and followed the other leads that I discovered a little later which took me off on a wild adventure.

The first time I heard more about Allen was when he left this greeting in the guest book of one of our family websites (

Allen is descended from the “Monty Ottolanguis” being a 7th generation descendant of David Ottolenghi. Your “cousin calculator” will aid you in working out which kind of cousin he is and how many times removed.

Allen’s father, David was born in Hackney on 13 August 1920 married May (nee Godley) in 1946 and Allen was born in October 1960 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

At a young age Allen became interested in the sport and soon became well known in national and international circles

Over the years Allen has accumulated an impressive record of achievements in his field

Ottolangui-Langley OZ & NZ

Deborah Conway AM

Awarded the Order of Australia for her services
to Music

Deborah Ann Conway (born 8 August 1959) is a 6th generation descendant of David Ottolenghi through his grandson Moses Ottolangui and Emma Bensabat whose daughter Amelia Ottolangui (born around 1832 emigrated to Australia in July 1854 on the good ship “Ballarat” and married the widower Gershon Mendes in Melbourne

Deborah had a career whilst at university as a photographic model whose face and more was featured on billboards across the country, and as an actress with minor roles, but she is best known as a rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. She was a founding member of the 1980s rock band “Do-Re-Me” with their top 5 hit “Man Overboard” and won the ARIA Award for Best Female Artist at the 1992 awards. She later organised and performed on the Broad Festivals from 2005 to 2008 – show-casing contemporary Australian female artists. Between 1990 and 2019 she released 18 singles and 10 albums.

Deborah is married to guitarist and music collaborator Willy Zygier and they have 3 children

In 2020 Deborah was awared the Order of Australia which she described: “Today I received my Member of The Order of Australia (AM) from Governor Linda Dessau in a formal ceremony at Government House along with eleven other citizens being honoured and all our guests. The insignia is a heavy medallion of gold, beautiful & serious.

The Investiture was originally scheduled for March but like everything else this year the ceremony too became another casualty of the strange melting of days into one another where nothing happens that isn’t essential and every day is like the one before.

But today all that was history, the sun shone, the gardens were lush and we all greeted each other in our dressed up best, blinking into the glory of a Melbourne early summer morning.

Ushered into the blue ballroom in Government House where our photos were taken and then because of COVID, we each (with our families) had a private audience to receive our honour. Willy placed the medal on my lapel, we all had a chat with our warm and personable Governor, who wished us Mazel Tov for our wedding anniversary today; and then it was done. I haven’t been able to stop smiling all day, I had no idea it would make me this happy! (With unending gratitude to LJ Young) All the pomp is fun but beyond that, it is just so remarkable to be out celebrating with family, fizz and no masks to hide our broad smiles.

All congratulations to Deborah, another Ottolangui descendant to receive national honours this year…………

Ottolangui UK

Post Script to the Last Voyage of AS George Ottolangui

Now available on Google Books

Darkest Before Dawn: 
U-482 and the Sinking of the Empire Heritage 1944

Front Cover

John Peterson  – 192 pages

In the autumn of 1944 the Second World War was coming to an end. In the Atlantic the U-boats had been beaten back through a massive programme of Allied shipbuilding combined with tactical, technological and intelligence improvements. The threat to Allied shipping had diminished. But it had not disappeared, and a lone U-boat on its first active patrol slipped into the North Channel; in just a few days five ships lay broken on the seabed including the Empire Heritage, one of the largest Allied ships lost during the war, and the Jacksonville, an American tanker sailing out of New York.In Darkest Before Dawn, John Peterson presents the story for the first time of how U-482 managed to slip undetected into the busy shipping lanes of the North Channel and carry out the last great U-boat patrol of the war. It is the story of the attack, the aftermath and the men involved, including the aristocratic U-boat commander von Matushka, who was on the Bismarck when it was sunk earlier in the war – was he driven by revenge to torpedo the Pinto, a rescue ship trying to pick up the survivors of Empire Heritage – an act that some claimed to be a war crime? Based on new research and previously unpublished material, Darkest Before Dawn presents the definitive account of the attack on convoy HX-305 and unravels the mystery of the fate of U-482.