THE BELLEMS

 

Plymouth Synagogue (the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue in the English speaking world still in use).

 

Mattathias Bellem's (born about 1735) place of birth, and, therefore, that of his father Elijah, is not known. I have a theory that they may have come from the town of Bellem, which is in northern Belgium near the Dutch border, or Mattathias may have been born in Plymouth, but by 1776 he was in Dartmouth (Susser archives). He was a Hayim (leader of the Jewish community) of Dartmouth, and may have been a founder of a Synagogue there (although no trace or records of this exist).

 

Harriet Bellem (one of Hannah Bellem’s sisters) who was born in about 1809 was born deaf and dumb. She remained a spinster all her life. After her mother died she was supported by the Plymouth Jewish Community (see the entry for the 1871 census) by being given 2/6d per week from the donations given to the Plymouth Synagogue, she was also supposed to have been an excellent seamstress.

 

The ‘black sheep’ of this family was Isaac Bellem, born about 1814. He married Betsy Marshall in 1839 but is not with her in any census. Together they had at least 4 children, 2 of which died young. I couldn’t find him in 1851 but in 1861 he is living with Elizabeth Ann Truan, who says she is his wife, and 1 of his sons, but I can’t find a marriage entry for them but if I had it would have been bigamous as Betsy was still alive, living in Devon with her mother and their other son.

 

Elijah Bellem b: nk

 

Mattathias Hayim Bellem b: 1735

 

Aaron Bellem b: 1780, Plymouth

          Wife: Rachel Bellem (Bas Abraham) b: 1783, Plymouth

          Daughter: Rachel Bellem b: 1803, Plymouth

          Daughter: Hannah Bellem b: 1804, Plymouth

          Daughter: Harriet Bellem b: 1809, Plymouth (born deaf & dumb)

          Daughter: Esther Bellem b: 1810, Plymouth

          Son: Jacob Bellem b: 1811, Plymouth

          Son: Isaac Bellem b: 1814, Plymouth

          Son: Abraham Bellem b: 1822, Plymouth

 

23TH OCTOBER 1833 PLYMOUTH

Aaron Bellem died (age 53)

 

11TH FEBRUARY 1839 – LAUNCESTON (District Launceston Vol. 9 Page 177)

Isaac Bellem married Betsy Marshall

 

1841 Census (taken on 6th June)

Living in 22, Morley Place, Plymouth, Devon (HO107/269/4 Folio 17 Page 29)

Rachel Bellem (Bas Abraham) b: 1783, Plymouth (widow)

          Daughter: Harriet Bellem b: 1809, Plymouth (born deaf & dumb)

          Son: Abraham Bellem b: 1822, Plymouth                                                    Dyer

 

Living in High St., Great Torrington, Devon (HO107/221/22 Folio 20 Page 35) (name spelt Bellen)

Jacob Bellem b: 1811, Devon                                                                              Licensed Hawker

 

Living in Cambridge St., Devon (HO107/269/2 Folio 17 Page 29)

Betsey Bellem (Marshall) b: 1811, Devon                                                            Dress Maker

 

Living in Fore Street, Fowey, Cornwall (HO107/145/1 Folio 35 Page 10)

Isaac Bellem b: 1815                                                                                           Renovator

 

2ND QUARTER 1848 – PLYMOUTH (District Plymouth Vol. 9 Page 394)

George Bellem born (10th April 1848)

 

1ST QUARTER 1850 – PLYMOUTH (District Plymouth Vol. 9 Page 417)

Aaron Bellem born (14th February 1850)

 

1851 Census (taken on 30th March)

Living in 26, Morley Place, Plymouth, Devon (HO107/1879 Folio 530 Page 66)

Rachel Bellem (Bas Abraham) b: 1783, Plymouth (widow)                                   Housekeeper

          Daughter: Harriet Bellem b: 1813, Plymouth (born deaf & dumb)                Seamstress

          Son: Jacob Bellem b: 1811, Plymouth (widower)                                        General Dealer

          Son: Abraham Bellem b: 1823, Plymouth                                                    Dyer

 

Living in 28, Claremont Street, Plymouth, Devon (HO107/1878 Folio 197 Page 15)

Betsy Bellem (Marshall) b: 1808, Plymouth                                                                   Clothes Cleaner & Dyer

          Son: George Bellem b: 1848, Plymouth

          Son: Aaron Bellem b:  1850, Plymouth

 

1861 Census (taken on 7th April)

Living in 25, Morley Place, Plymouth, Devon (RG9/1441 Folio 48 Page 38)

Rechel Bellem (Bas Abraham) b: 1783, Plymouth

          Daughter: Harriet Bellem b: 1811, Dartmouth (born deaf & dumb)

 

Lodging in 3 Dunns, Bridge Street, Chepstow, Monmouth, Wales (RG9/1441 Folio 48 Page 38)

Isaac Bellem b: 1818, Plymouth                                                                           Optician

          Wife: Elizabeth Bellem (Truan) b: 1833, Plymouth

          Son: George Bellem b: 1849, Plymouth

 


Living in 74, Cambridge Road, Devon (RG9/1441 Folio 37 Page 15) (name spelt Bellum)

Grace Marshall b: 1774, Plympton                                                                       Annuitant

          Daughter: Betsy Bellem (Marshall) b: 1813, Devonport

          Grandson: Aaron Bellem b: 1850, Plymouth

 

1ST QUARTER 1863 – PLYMOUTH (District Plymouth Vol. 5b Page 217)

Rachel Bellem died (aged 70)

 

4TH QUARTER 1866 – STOKE DAMEREL (District Stoke Damerel Vol. 5b Page 245)

Abraham Bellem died (aged 44)

 

1ST QUARTER 1871 – PLYMOUTH (District Plymouth Vol. 5b Page 432)

George Bellem married Mary Jane Odam

 

1871 Census (taken on 2nd April)

Living in 36, Claremont Street, Plymouth, Devon (RG10/2119 Folio 7 Page 7)

Harriet Bellem b: 1810, Dartmouth (born deaf & dumb)                                       Sup. by Jewish Com.

 

Lodging in Firemen’s Arms, Llanelly, Breconshire, Wales (RG10/5588 Folio 24 Page 41) (name spelt Hellen)

Isaac Bellem b: 1815, Dartmouth                                                                         Optician

 

Living in 4 Arch Pl., St Mary Redcliffe , Gloucestershire (RG10/2520 Folio 13 Page 13)

Head absent see above

          Wife: Elizabeth Bellem (Truan) b: 1832, Penryn, Cornwall

          Daughter: Emma Bellem b: 1862, Bristol, Somerset

          Son: Charles Bellem b: 1864, Bristol, Somerset

          Daughter: Kate Bellem b: 1870, Bristol, Somerset

 

Living in 37 Marlborough Rd., Portsea (RG10/1133 Folio 54 Page 8) (name spelt Bellon)

George Bellem b: 1851, Plymouth                                                                                 Porter to an Upholsterer

          Wife: Mary J.  Bellem (Odam) b: 1844, Bermondsey

 

4TH QUARTER 1874 – CLIFTON (District Clifton Vol. 6a Page 76)

Elizabeth Ann Bellem died (aged 38)

 

1881 Census (taken on 3rd April)

Living in 36, Claremont Street, Plymouth, Devon (RG11/2197 Folio 48 Page 5) (name spelt Bellam)

Harriet Bellem b: 1810, Dartmouth (born deaf & dumb)

 

Living in 18, Claremont Street, Plymouth, Devon (RG11/2197 Folio 21 Page 35)

John Marshall b: 1811, Devonport                                                                       Naval Pensioner

          Sister: Betsy Bellem (Marshall) b: 1807, Devonport                                    Seamstress

          Granddaughter: Kate Marshall b: 1857, Plymouth                                       Domestic Servant

 

Lodging in E 178 King St., Llanelly, Breconshire, Wales (RG11/5465 Folio 87 Page 22) (name spelt Bellam)

Isaac Bellem b: 1814, Dartmouth (widow)                                                           Optician


Living in 20, Chichester Terrace, Southampton (RG11/1206 Folio 112 Page 28) (name spelt Bellen)

George Bellem b: 1848, Plymouth                                                                       Labourer in Ship Yard

          Wife: Mary J.  Bellem (Odam) b: 1847, Bermondsey

          Son: George F. Bellem b: 1872, Southampton

          Son: Edwin J. Bellem b: 1875, Southampton

          Daughter: Minnie Bellem b: 1879, Southampton

 

Living in Cripples’ Home, 20 Marylebone Rd., Marylebone (RG11/141 Folio 66 Page 36) (name spelt Bellam)

          Inmate: Emma Bellem b: 1863, Bristol, Gloucestershire

 

Living in 24 Bright St., Bristol St George, Gloucestershire (RG11/2489 Folio 75 Page 43) (name spelt Bellam)

          Lodger: Charles Bellem b: 1864, Bedminster, Bristol                                  Mariner

 

Living in Trafalgar Terrace, Taunton St James, Somerset (RG11/2368 Folio 136 Page 4)

          Lodger: Kate Bellem b: 1864, Cothay, Bristol

 

1ST QUARTER 1889 – WEST DERBY (District West Derby Vol. 8b Page 703)

Aaron Bellem married Elizabeth Kendrick

 

4TH QUARTER 1890 – PLYMOUTH (District Plymouth Vol. 5b Page 198)

Harriet Bellem died (aged 80)

 

1891 Census (taken on 5th April)

Lodging in 36, Claremont Street, Plymouth (RG12/1733 Folio 10 Page 14) (name spelt Bellen)

Isaac Bellem b: 1814, Dartmouth (widower)                                                        Opticianer

 

Living in 16, Ann’s Place, Stoke Damerel (RG12/1733 Folio 10 Page 14) (name spelt Bellam)

William S Susan b: 1854, Stoke Damerel                                                             Boiler Maker

          Wife: Kate A Susan (Marshall) b: 1858, Devon

          Son: William J M Susan b: 1887, Devon

          Daughter: Kate O Susan b: 1889, Devon

          Great Aunt: Betsy Bellem (Marshall) b: 1807, Stoke Damerel

 

Living in 65, Grove Street, St. Mary, Hampshire (RG12/918 Folio 80 Page 31) (name spelt Bellen)

Geo Bellem b: 1843, Plymouth                                                                            Shipyard Labourer

          Wife: Mary J Bellem (Odam) b: 1847, Bermondsey

          Son: Geo F Bellem b: 1872, Southampton                                                  Builder’s Appr.

          Son: Edwin J Bellem b: 1875, Southampton                                                Boot Finisher’s Appr.

          Daughter: Minnie Bellem b: 1879, Southampton

          Son: John B Bellem b: 1884, Southampton

 

Living in 1, William Henry Street, Bootle, Lancashire (RG12/2972 Folio 58 Page 45)

Aaron Bellem b: 1850, Plymouth                                                                         Dock Labourer

          Wife: Elizabeth Bellem (Kendrick) b: 1850, Ireland

          Stepson: George Kendrick b: 1877, Liverpool

 

1ST QUARTER 1898 – STOKE DAMEREL (District Stoke Damerel Vol. 5b Page 320)

Betsy Bellam died (age 86)

 

3RD QUARTER 1896 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 48)

George Frederick Bellem married Annie Ada Gayton

 

2ND QUARTER 1897 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 2)

Annie Bellem born

 

2ND QUARTER 1897 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 1)

Annie Bellem died (age 0)

 

1ST QUARTER 1898 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 23)

Madeline Annie Bellem born

 

2ND QUARTER 1899 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 54)

Minnie Bellem married Henry Joseph Marsh

 

4TH QUARTER 1899 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 43)

Edwin John Bellem married Ada Harriet Marsh

 

4TH QUARTER 1899 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 36)

Fred Bellem born

Percy Bellem born

 

4TH QUARTER 1899 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 21)

Fred Bellem died (age 0)

Percy Bellem died (age 0)

 

4TH QUARTER 1900 – BRISTOL (District Bristol Vol. 6a Page 119)

Isaac Bellem (spelt Bellen) died (age 86)

 

1901 Census (taken on 31st March)

Living in 65, Grove Street, St. Mary, Hampshire (RG13/1058 Folio 145 Page 46)

George Bellem b: 1848, Plymouth                                                                        Shipwright’s Labourer

          Wife: Mary J Bellem (Odam) b: 1845, Bermondsey

          Son-in-law: Henry J Marsh b: 1878, Southampton                                      Blacksmith’s Hammerman

          Daughter: Minnie Marsh (Bellem) b: 1878, Southampton

          Son: John B Bellem b: 1882, Southampton                                                 Coach Smith’s Boy

 

Living in 25, Hiddrek Street, Kirkdale, Lancs. (RG13/3471 Folio 176 Page 7) (name spelt Bellam)

Aaron Bellem b: 1847, Plymouth                                                                         Dock Labourer

          Wife: Elizabeth Kendrick b: 1846, Ireland

          Stepson: George Kendrick b: 1879, Liverpool                                            Dock Labourer

 

Living in 82, Dover Street, Southampton, Hampshire (RG13/1053 Folio 44 Page 24)

George F Bellem b: 1872, Southampton                                                              ? Labourer in Gas Works

          Wife: Annie A Bellem (Gayton) b: 1873, Southampton

          Daughter: Madelina A Bellem b: 1898, Southampton

 

Living in 82, Dover Street, Southampton, Hampshire (RG13/1053 Folio 44 Page 24) (name spelt Bellein)

          Boarder: Ada H Bellem (Marsh) b: 1877, Southampton (husband Edwin John absent)

          Daughter: Ada L Bellem b: 1900, Southampton

 

Living in 211 Royal Mint Sq., Whitechapel (RG13/307 Folio 28 Page 9)

Charles Bellem b: 1864, Bristol                                                                            Seaman

          Wife: Mary Bellem (Plant) b: 1875, Staffordshire

 

1ST QUARTER 1911 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 22)

Annie A Bellem died (age 38)

 

1911 Census (taken on 2nd April)

Living in Southampton Workhouse, St. Mary St., Southampton (RG14PN5987 RD99 SD1 ED54 SN9999) (name spelt Bellam)

          Inmate: George Bellem b: 1847, Plymouth                                                  Formerly Iron Shipwright

 

Living in 8 Salmon Terrace, South Shields, Durham (RG14PN30277 RG78PN1745A RD556 SD1 ED18 SN223)

Charles Bellem b: 1862, Parish Ratcliffe Bristol                                                    Seagoing

          Wife: Mary Bellem (Plant) b: 1872, Chase Town, Staffordshire

          Son: John Bellem b: 1904, Newcastle Under Tyne

 

Living in 9 Peto Street, Southampton (RG14PN5972 RG78PN273B RD99 SD1 ED38 SN177)

George Frederick Bellem b: 1872, Southampton (widower)                                 Syphonman Gas Works

          Daughter: Madeline Annie Bellem b: 1898, Southampton

          Daughter: Doris Ada Bellem b: 1903, Southampton

 

Living in 48 Radcliffe Rd, Southampton (RG14PN5962 RG78PN273A RD99 SD1 ED28 SN192) (name spelt Bellen)

Edwin Bellem b: 1875, Southampton                                                                   Stoker Electricity Works

          Wife: Ada Bellem (Marsh) b: 1877, Southampton

          Daughter: Ada Bellem b: 1901, Southampton

          Son: George Bellem b: 1905 Southampton


Living in 65 Grove Street, Southampton (RG14PN5973 RG78PN273B RD99 SD1 ED39 SN160)

Henry Joseph Marsh b: 1878, Southampton                                                         Blacksmith Striker

          Wife: Minnie Marsh (Bellem) b: 1879, Southampton

          Daughter: Winifred Violet Marsh b: 1902, Southampton

          Daughter: Laura Ivy Marsh b: 1904, Southampton

          Daughter: Edith Mary Marsh b: 1907, Southampton

          Son: John Henry Marsh b: 1910 Southampton

          Wife’s Mother: Mary Jane Bellem (Odam) b: 1844, Bermondsey

 

4TH QUARTER 1911 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 45)

George Frederick Bellem married Florence M Cheetham

 

George Frederick (b: 1871), Florence Matilda (b: 1873) and Ethel Linda (b: 1913)

 

3RD QUARTER 1924 – POPLAR (District Poplar Vol. 1c Page 926)

John C P Bellem married Amelia H Beckwith

 

4TH QUARTER 1936 – SOUTHAMPTON (District Southampton Vol. 2c Page 58)

George F Bellem died (age 65)

 

George Frederick Bellem born about 1871.