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Forster/Cohen marriage look up

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wisechild Report 25 Mar 2013 15:06

John Marks Forster was born in Poland, as was his wife Maggie. They married sometime after the 1891 census because on the 1911 they have been married 19 years & I have Maggie on the 1891 at home in Grimsby with her parents Benjamin & Yetta.
No idea what John´s original name was as it has obviously been anglicised.
The couple had their 1st child in Leeds & I have them on the 1901&1911 census. The marriage could have taken place either in Grimsby or in Leeds.
Parish records are no help as the couple were Jewish.
Can´t see them either on Ancestry nor Free BMD.
Just to confuse the issue, Maggie was known to her grandchildren as Millie.
Can anyone spot them please? It´s just the marriage I need to find so that we can get the cert.


AnnCardiff Report 25 Mar 2013 15:28

can we have the children's names please


wisechild Report 25 Mar 2013 15:34

Florrie 1894
Ray Lily 1895
Gabriel 1897 All Born Leeds
Percy 1899
Leslie 1904
According to the 1911 census, John & Maggie took British nationality in 1904, but haven´t checked that out yet.
really need the marriage cert in the hope of finding John´s father´s name.


KathleenBell Report 25 Mar 2013 16:53

This is the same marriage from Findmypast (one name missing and another added but not John Marks Forster):-

Name: COEN, Maggie
Registration district: Caistor
County: Lincolnshire
Year of registration: 1890
Quarter of registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
Spouse's last name: Not available before 1912
Volume no: 7A
Page no: 1213

MarriageFinder: Maggie Coen married one of the following people:

BELCHER, William
WATSON, Walter
WOOLLEY, George Snell
WARD, Lucy Sarah

EDIT - the marriage that was posted has been deleted.

Kath. x


safc Report 25 Mar 2013 17:03


Yorkshire Marriage indexes for the years: 1895
Surname Forename(s) Surname Forename(s) Church / Register Office Registers At Reference
COHEN Millie BLOOM Morris New Synagogue, Chapletown Road (formerly New Briggate Synagogue) Leeds SYN2/B/24


Andrew Report 25 Mar 2013 17:11

I deleted the 1890 after finding wrong. Maggie Coen married George Wooleey. They are on the 1891 census. Sorry


Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 25 Mar 2013 17:19

I think I may have the answer on Family Search if you search for Percy Forster it gives you several immigration cards for Rio de Janeiro..Percy was a journalist and states he was born 18/01/1900 Leeds. He went to and fro several times between 1940 (when he was a married man) and 1953. The names of his parents vary on some of the cards but I am sure they are the people you are looking for. You can look at the cards and each has a large, clear photo of him on it. He certainly looks Jewish. On one or more occassions he puts his parents as Juan Marco and Millicent Kohan on others they are John and Millicent Forster and many variations in between.


Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 25 Mar 2013 17:28

From the above

1940John & Millicent Forster
1945 Juan Marco & Millicent Kohan
1948 John Mark and Millicent Mark
1948 (again) Juan Forster & Maria Maria Millicent (yes, as typed)
1949 John Forster & Millicent Kohan
1950 Juan & Millicent Forster
1953 John & Millicent Forster

Wendy x

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 25 Mar 2013 17:28

(above link, has below)

Nationality and Naturalisation: Forster, John Marcks, from Russia. Resident in Leeds. Certificate 16219 issued 11 August 1906.

Chris :)

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 25 Mar 2013 18:52

From Argentina arriving New York 21/04/1838 Percy etc journalist and Debora wife age 32 born Argentina both speak English and Spanish. His race is put as English and hers as Hebrew. She was born in Los Toldos, Argentina.

***I know that you are wanting to go back beyond Percy's parents but I think he is so interesting he was an International News Service Correspondent in Buenos Aires and there are several bits about him on Google.


wisechild Report 26 Mar 2013 07:34

Percy sounds an interesting character.
Plenty to look at there. ssssshould keep me quiet for a while.
John Marks & Maggie are my friend´s grandparents. I suggested that they may not have actually been married, but apparently that would have been a big no no in the synagogue & the marriage would almost certainly have been arranged, although there is a family rumour that John Marks left a wife behind in Poland.
He was apparently a bit of a lad. ;-)
Thank you all for your input.