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Levi's and Barnett's - SE London

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Ruby Report 9 Dec 2008 01:13

It seems that my grandfather changed his name. The family appear in the census for 1901 with the Surname BARNETT:

Address: 63 Landcroft Road. Dulwich. Camberwell.
Name: Joseph Barnett
Age: 33
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1868
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Sarah
Gender: Male
Where born: Newington, London, England

Civil Parish: Camberwell
Ecclesiastical parish: St Clement
County/Island: London
Country: England

Registration district: Camberwell
Sub registration district: Camberwell
ED, institution, or vessel: 48
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 298
Household Members:
Name Age
Arthur Barnett 1
Ernest Barnett 3
George Barnett 5
Reginald Barnett 7
Edward Barnett 9
Joseph Barnett 33
Sarah Barnett 34

Reginald's birth was recorded in the Parish record: Reginald Levi Barnett. 23 SEP 1893 Christening: 08 OCT 1893 St Barnabas, Lambeth, Surrey, England. However, he and all his siblings are registered as having the surname 'LEVI' not 'BARNETT' and Barnett is registered as a middle name for Ernest (1898 Jan+, Camberwell) and Reginald (1893 Oct+, Lambeth). The name 'Levi' does not feature in any later records for Reginald as either a middle or a surname. The above children are all born in Lambeth and Camberwell.

I wonder if anyone has this family or any connections to this family in their records? It would be great to find some descendents.

Thanks :-) Ruby


MrsBucketBouquet Report 9 Dec 2008 01:47

Births Oct/Nov/Dec 1893

Christian names'Reginald Barnett'
District Lambeth
Volume 1d
Page 425

If you want to buy a BMD cert,heres how and here
is the addy where you can buy it online... (copy n paste the following...)

Never pay more than £7
For a marriage,you only need
put one partners name when ordering.

If you are ordering online from the GRO,
make sure that when the form asks
"Is the full GRO reference known?"
that you tick the 'yes' box.


EvieBeavie Report 9 Dec 2008 01:54

For ref, e.g.:

Births Dec 1893
Levi Reginald Barnett Lambeth 1d 425

Were they Jewish and assimilating? Joseph and Sarah ... could go either way.

Joseph in 1891?

Name: Joseph Barnett
Age: 22
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1869
Relation: Lodger
Where born: London, England
Occupation: General Dealer (Hawk)

Henry Lavis 23
Ellen Lavis 29
Henry Lavis 9
William Lavis 6
Nellie Lavis 1
Joseph Barnett 22

I read that "Lavis" as Lewis, so it doesn't seem to be a Levi connection.


Marriages Mar 1893
* Barnett Joseph Bethnal Green 1c 321
Crowne Jane Bethnal Green 1c 321
* Davis Sarah Ann Bethnal Green 1c 321
Tiedeman William Bethnal Green 1c 321

Interesting household in 1881 -- do you have pre-1901 info?

Name: Joseph E. Levi
Age: 12
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1869
Relation: Son
>> Father's Name: Barnett
Mother's Name: Emma C.
Where born: Southwark, Surrey, England

Civil Parish: Southwark St George Martyr
County/Island: London

Amelia Levi 5
Barnett Levi 40 - born London, (Com) Traveller Fancy Goods
Emma C. Levi 30
Heneretta R. Levi 8
Joseph E. Levi 12


Ruby Report 9 Dec 2008 02:16

Thanks EvieBeavie

I had the first two bits of info and had wondered whether that was my Joseph with the 'Lavis' family.
Your final find is a real gem though (I didn't find that one). I think you could have cracked it! :D

I've ordered some more certs (Reginalds birth and the marriage cert you noted), so hope that will help.

Thanks for advice Mrs B :) Have found all children in reg books under 'Levi'; That's what confirmed the name change theory. Couldn't find Joseph though, who is recorded, as born in Newington in the 1901 census, but am going to double check (may have got a bit boggle eyed).
Quite right always have reg details before buying certs ;)

Thanks to you both ... think I'd better go to bed! gd night :D


EvieBeavie Report 9 Dec 2008 15:56

I had to do that too, get to bed.

Bits and pieces:


Name: Barnett Levey
Age: 28
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1843
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Amelia
Where born: Whitechapel, Middlesex, England
Civil Parish: Whitechapel
Ecclesiastical parish: St Mary
Registration district: Whitechapel

Amelia Levey 28
Barnett Levey 28
Jessie Levey 9 weeks
Morris Levey 4
Rebecca Levey 1
Rosetta Levey 5
Sarah Levey 3

Joseph should have been there if that's the right family, hmm.

Amelia doesn't match the specs for Emma in 1881 (Amelia is older) -- but note daughter Amelia in 1881 household.

Name: Amelia Levy
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1839
Year of Registration: 1888
Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep
Age at Death: 49
District: Whitechapel
County: London, Middlesex
Volume: 1c
Page: 168

1871 -- just interesting at the moment, may be worth looking into -- I don't see a Joseph Barnett or Levi to match your Joseph in 1871 --

Name: Joseph Hart
Age: 2
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1869
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Barnett
Mother's Name: Annie
Where born: St George in The East, Middlesex, England
Civil Parish: St George in The East
County/Island: London
Registration district: St George In The East

Joseph Hart 77 - general dealer
Caroline Hart 64 - wife
Barnett Hart 32 - son, married, clothier
Annie Hart 23 - wife
Joseph Hart 2
Elizabeth Hart 7 months
Rachael Hart 27 - daughter (of Joseph Sr and Caroline presumably)
Emma Nate 16 - servant

Births Mar 1869
Hart Joseph St. Geo. East 1c 409


EvieBeavie Report 9 Dec 2008 16:07

Marriages Mar 1865
* Cohen Amelia London City 1c 203
Cohen Frances London City 1c 203
Isaac Henry Patrick London City 1c 203
* Levy Barnett London City 1c 203


EvieBeavie Report 9 Dec 2008 16:11

Huh - there seem to have been two Barnett Levys, one married to Emma and one to Amelia.

Barnett and Amelia are still together in the 1881:

Amelia Levy 39
Barnett Levy 39
Jessie Levy 10
Morris Levy 15
Rebecca Levy 12
Rosetta Levy 16
Sarah Levy 14

So where are Barnett and Emma in 1871 ...?


EvieBeavie Report 9 Dec 2008 16:17


Name: Joseph B Levy
Age: 7 months
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1870
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Bernet
Where born: Newcastle Upon Tyne

Name: Bernet Levy
Age: 27
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1844
Relation: Lodger
Where born: Goldinger Cureland
(that's how it seems to read; the original has a "?" beside it)

Occupation: Hawker
Condition as to marriage: Widower

Civil Parish: All Saints
Ecclesiastical parish: St Ann
Town: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Registration district: Newcastle Upon Tyne
County/Island: Northumberland


EvieBeavie Report 9 Dec 2008 16:20

Possible, if Barnett was a travelling dealer?

Marriages Mar 1872
Cumming Rebecca W. Derby 8b 770
* Filmer Caroline Emma W. Derby 8b 770
GARNER William W. Derby 8b 770
* Levi Barnett W.Derby 8b 770


EvieBeavie Report 9 Dec 2008 16:38

Henrietta Levi aged 8 in 1881, daughter of Barnett and Emma:

Births Jun 1872
LEVI Henrietta Rose W. Derby 8b 274

Amelia Levi aged 5 in 1881:

Births Sep 1875
Levi Amelia St. Saviour 1d 172

There are three possible marriages 1860 - 1870 that could be Joseph Levi's parents:

Marriages Mar 1865
Levy Barnett London City 1c 203
-- no, that one is Barnett & Amelia

Marriages Dec 1870
LEVY Barnett London C. 1c 218
LEVY Barnett London C. 1c 222

I haven't had any luck matching up deaths in 1870 to any potential brides on those pages, although this death could be a possibility:

Deaths Sep 1870
Levy Lena 24 Newcastle T. 10b 82

Well hmm.

Marriages Mar 1867
Bremer Jacob London C. 1c 181
* HART Barnett London C. 1c 181
LEVY Annie London C. 1c 181
* WINNIK Lena London C. 1c 181

But no ... that's Barnett Hart (from the 1871) marrying Annie, one would think!



David Report 31 Jan 2024 21:37

David Barnett Son of Denis Barnett Grandfather Joseph Edward Levi Barnett
Can i Help


greyghost Report 31 Jan 2024 22:52

You may have noticed that this is a 16 year old thread.

It does look as though Ruby is still a member of Genes.

Click on her name - in green above her post and send a message. She will be notified if her email is the same one she registered with GR, you just have to hope she's in a position to reply.


David Report 1 Feb 2024 07:49

Denis Barnett and Joan Barnett & Pam Barnett My grandfathers
Ernest Reginald George I am David Barnett son of Denis Barnett


nameslessone Report 1 Feb 2024 08:58

David, welcome to Genes and the boards. It is very unlikely that Ruby will spot your posts.
Genes do not notify the OP if anything has been added to a thread, so if you wish to contact Ruby please follow greyghosts suggestion.