I have been looking for years to find what
happened to my Baghdadian ancestors and wonder if any readers
can help. My great grandfather was David Michael. He had
a brother, Joseph Rahamin Michael. They were both born in
Baghdad in the second half of the nineteenth century.
David Michael had four sons and a daughter: Albert, Sassoon
Hay (1877-1963), Solomon (Sidney, 1880-1966) and the daughters
Toffaha. As far as I know, all these were born in Baghdad.
Sassoon Hay Michael married Lulu Badnani (changed to Baring)
in Manchester, 1918. Solomon (Sidney) Michael, my grandfather,
married Moselle Marcus in 1912 in Singapore. Joseph Rahamin
Michael was educated in India, at the David Sassoon School
and Elphinstone High School, and when at the age of fifteen,
David Sassoon & Co. were needing clerks to send to their
house in China, and although he was anxious to continue
his studies he was taken to the Bombay office, where he
was apprenticed for six months, and was then sent with S.J.
Solomon, who was about 24 years of age, to Calcutta, where
they stayed a week, and was then sent out to the Sassons'
He left Sassoons in 1888 and set up on his own. Business
prospered, and he took on his two nephews, Solomon (Sidney)
Michael and Sassoon Hay Michael, and also one Mr R A Gubbay.
He later established an office in Hong Kong, and emigrated
to London in the first part of the twentieth century, together
with Solomon (Sidney).
All that is known of Albert Michael is that he went to South
Toffaha apparently went to Israel.
I should very much like to know the ancestry of this family
in Baghdad, and should be most grateful if anyone can help.
With many thanks
Joseph Rahamin belonged to a well known Gubby family that
occupied important positions within the Iraqi Jewish community.
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