The Hyams Family

The history of the Hyams family, prior to the 19th century, is unknown. It is reasonable to assume that they lived in London, and indeed the name Hyams was a common one in England. It is generally accepted that the name is Sefardi in origin, deriving either from Chayim or Jaime (the Spanish for James). In the case of many Sefardi families, their scattering was such after the exile from Spain in 1492 that they re-appeared, for example, in Northern and Central Europe, where they would not be expected. Many people are searching for the origins of Hyams ancestors, but we have been unable find any common ground.

1801 Birth: Michael Hyams: our earliest known ancestor in this family, in London in about this year. From 1841 at the latest, until his death in 1869, he resided continually at 14 Ropers Buildings, in the parish of St. Botolph, which is in the East End, just outside the City of London. This lack of movement may indicate that the social and economic condition of the Hyams family in London did not vary much during the 19th century.

1830 Marriage: Michael Hyams and Elizabeth Lewis in or about this year, taking into account the age of their son, Samuel (as recorded in the 1841 Census, but without taking into account any miscarriages or deaths in infancy, of which we are unaware.

1840 Birth: Hyam Hyams: Elizabeth notified the birth, and described Michael Hyams as a General Dealer, and was able to sign her name.

1841 Census: Michael Hyams described himself as a clothes-dealer, which was a traditional occupation of the poorer Jews in England at that time. At this stage, in addition to his wife, there were also four children in the house: Samuel (aged 9), Jonas (aged 6), Martha (aged 2), and Hyam (aged 1).

1842 Birth: Jacob Hyams: Michael Hyams notified the birth, at Ropers Bldgs. He described himself as a Clothes Dealer, and made his mark, instead of signing.

1851 Census: Michael Hyams was aged 50, once more described as a General Dealer, and a year's discrepancy had crept into Elizabeth's age. Samuel was a shoemaker, aged18; Jonas was a cigar-maker, aged 16; Martha was 'At Home', aged 12; Hyam was a scholar, aged 11, and all but one of the rest of the children had been born: Jacob (aged 9), Sarah (aged 7), and Leah (aged 5)‑-all described as scholars‑-and the following infants: Isabella (aged 2), Catherine (aged 1), and our ancestor, Barnett Hyams, (aged 1 month), whose history is continued separately, below. Isabella Lewis is recorded at the same address, aged 80.

1853 Birth: Hannah Hyams.

1856 Death: Elizabeth Hyams (nee Lewis) on 30th October, at Ropers Bldgs, as the result of Bronchitis. Her age was given as 42, which does not tally with the Census.

1861 Census: Michael Hyams' age was given as 67 (a discrepancy of 7 years). Samuel had changed from a shoemaker to a General Dealer; Jonas was not mentioned; Martha was a tailoress; Hyam was not mentioned; Jacob was a Shopman, Sarah was a feather-maker; Leah, Barnett, and Hannah had no occupation.

Michael Lawrence Hyam, grandson of Michael Hyams remembered a cigar-maker. He remembered his aunt Isabella, generally known as 'Bella', as a nurse in a Jewish institution, and that she lived to a good age, at Jubilee St., in the East End. He also remembered Catherine, whom he knew as 'Katy', and that one of his aunts married a member of the Starr family, who lived in Dagenham.

1869 Death: Michael Hyams: allegedly aged 73, which tallies with no other record. His son, Hyam Hyams, was present at the death, and reported it.

1871 Census: The family was much dispersed and now untraced. By that date, only Isabella, Catherine, and Hannah were left at Ropers Bldgs, which was in any event demolished a few years later, to make way for a railway. At that stage, our knowledge of the Hyams family of London, came to a stop, except for Barnett Hyams, for whose history, see below.


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The Hyams Family

The history of the Hyams family, prior to the 19th century, is unknown. It is reasonable to assume that they lived in London, and indeed the name Hyams was a common one in England. It is generally accepted that the name is Sefardi in origin, deriving either from Chayim or Jaime (the Spanish for James). In the case of many Sefardi families, their scattering was such after the exile from Spain in 1492 that they re-appeared, for example, in Northern and Central Europe, where they would not be expected. Many people are searching for the origins of Hyams ancestors, but we have been unable find any common ground.

1801 Birth: Michael Hyams: our earliest known ancestor in this family, in London in about this year. From 1841 at the latest, until his death in 1869, he resided continually at 14 Ropers Buildings, in the parish of St. Botolph, which is in the East End, just outside the City of London. This lack of movement may indicate that the social and economic condition of the Hyams family in London did not vary much during the 19th century.

1830 Marriage: Michael Hyams and Elizabeth Lewis in or about this year, taking into account the age of their son, Samuel (as recorded in the 1841 Census, but without taking into account any miscarriages or deaths in infancy, of which we are unaware.

1840 Birth: Hyam Hyams: Elizabeth notified the birth, and described Michael Hyams as a General Dealer, and was able to sign her name.

1841 Census: Michael Hyams described himself as a clothes-dealer, which was a traditional occupation of the poorer Jews in England at that time. At this stage, in addition to his wife, there were also four children in the house: Samuel (aged 9), Jonas (aged 6), Martha (aged 2), and Hyam (aged 1).

1842Birth: Jacob Hyams: Michael Hyams notified the birth, at Ropers Bldgs. He described himself as a Clothes Dealer, and made his mark, instead of signing.

1851 Census: Michael Hyams was aged 50, once more described as a General Dealer, and a year's discrepancy had crept into Elizabeth's age. Samuel was a shoemaker, aged18; Jonas was a cigar-maker, aged 16; Martha was 'At Home', aged 12; Hyam was a scholar, aged 11, and all but one of the rest of the children had been born: Jacob (aged 9), Sarah (aged 7), and Leah (aged 5)‑-all described as scholars‑-and the following infants: Isabella (aged 2), Catherine (aged 1), and our ancestor, Barnett Hyams, (aged 1 month), whose history is continued separately, below. Isabella Lewis is recorded at the same address, aged 80.

1853 Birth: Hannah Hyams. 1856 Death: Elizabeth Hyams (nee Lewis) on 30th October, at Ropers Bldgs, as the result of Bronchitis. Her age was given as 42, which does not tally with the Census.

1861 Census: Michael Hyams' age was given as 67 (a discrepancy of 7 years). Samuel had changed from a shoemaker to a General Dealer; Jonas was not mentioned; Martha was a tailoress; Hyam was not mentioned; Jacob was a Shopman, Sarah was a feather-maker; Leah, Barnett, and Hannah had no occupation.

Michael Lawrence Hyam, grandson of Michael Hyams remembered a cigar-maker. He remembered his aunt Isabella, generally known as 'Bella', as a nurse in a Jewish institution, and that she lived to a good age, at Jubilee St., in the East End. He also remembered Catherine, whom he knew as 'Katy', and that one of his aunts married a member of the Starr family, who lived in Dagenham.

1869 Death: Michael Hyams: allegedly aged 73, which tallies with no other record. His son, Hyam Hyams, was present at the death, and reported it.

1871 Census: The family was much dispersed and now untraced. By that date, only Isabella, Catherine, and Hannah were left at Ropers Bldgs, which was in any event demolished a few years later, to make way for a railway. At that stage, our knowledge of the Hyams family of London, came to a stop, except for Barnett Hyams, for whose history, see below.


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