My father’s paternal grandparents Joseph & Leah Balsom came to England about 1888/89 from a part of Russia that is now in Poland. They were probably already married when they left Russia. The reason for leaving Russia was probably due to the “pogroms” against the Jews.
Leah was born Leah Malnick and was born about 1863. Joseph was born about 1862.
The surname Balsom was traced from the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses, but I can find no other reference to this surname, although some children were registered with it. My father never mentioned it and I don’t think he was aware of it.
On 23 May 1890 Joseph and Leah had their first child, Harry who is my grandfather. The birth was registered as Harry Balzum. The family were living at 14 Nottingham Place, Mile End.
At the time of the 1891 Census, which was held on the 5th April, the family was living at 11 Anna Place, Whitechapel, above a Furniture shop. Joseph’s employment is shown as “Carpenter”.
In 1892, Ada Belson was born in Whitechapel
In 1895, Sarah Bulsom was born in Whitechapel
In 1897, Fanny Balsom was born in Whitechapel
In 1901, Myer (David) Balsom was born in Stepney
At the time of the 1901 Census, which was held on the 31st March, the family was living at 110 Stepney Green Buildings, Stepney. Joseph’s employment is shown as “Cabinet Maker”.
In 1902, Rose Bolsam was born in Stepney
In 1903, Eve Balsom was born in Stepney
In 1905, Pincus Balsom was born in Stepney
In 1907, Annie Bellson was born in Stepney
At the time of the 1911 Census, which was held on the 2nd April, the family was living at 30 Dunstan Houses, Stepney. Joseph’s employment is shown as “Cabinet Maker”. Harry is also shown as a Cabinet Maker, Ada as a Clerk/Bookkeeper and Sarah as an Underclothing Machinist. The rest of the children are shown as Schoolchildren except for Annie who was only 4 years old.