Groskop family of Stockton, c1915

The Groskop family of Stockton on Tees c1915. Back row from left to right, Leah, Zillah & Zeta. Front row from left to right, Lauretta, Henry, Annie (nee May) & Olive Freda. The family lived in the Smithfield area where Annie ran the Shakespeare Arms. Henrys father, Garshon, was born in Poland c1831. The names were identified by descendants of the Groskop family Stockton on Tees. Photograph courtesy of Brian Swales

23 thoughts on “Groskop family of Stockton, c1915

  1. Henry and Annie would have been at the Shakespeare Arms on 14 June 1917 when King George V and Queen Mary passed by walking to Ropner shipyards on their royal visit to Stockton.

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  2. I am one of the the branches of the family which changed the spelling to a more anglecised form, my late father Daniel John Groskop (later Groscop ) was the son of Levi Groskop (son of Gershon) and Margaret Melia (both from Stockton), he was born in Barry Glamorgan in 1912, he had 4 brothers and 3 sisters all who had a mixture of surname spellings. The last of my Aunts, my fathers sister, Margaret(Molly) sadly passed away in Barry in Jan 2011, she was 90 years of age. My son Michael John Groscop is the last male of this line, my cousin Ivor Groskop, son of Ivor Groskop and Vera Wilde have a married daughter Vivienne who retains the surname Groskop and is a successful journalist and latterly stand up comic.

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    • Bernie, we exchanged ancestry information in 1987 ! At that time you were the last male leg of the Gershon Family tree. It has been an incredible journey that Picture Stockton has given us to record our personal history. Lets hope that Michael keeps things going?

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  3. Regarding RG’s question, comments on photos t6612 and t6688 gave an account of how the Groskop family may have arrived in North East England from Poland. Statistically Groskop and some derivative surnames in pre-war Poland were concentrated in and around Lodz. With regard to their origin my part of the late Stockton family simply wrote ‘Gershon Groskop was from Warsaw, Poland.’ Thus it is unclear to me whether Gershon was born in Warsaw, whether he was born elsewhere and his family migrated to Warsaw, or whether he just travelled to the UK from Warsaw, alone or with others. So far I have not found any evidence my family had a Russian or (what is now) Lithuanian origin, despite Gershon living in the Thistle Green area of Stockton once associated with immigrants from these regions. Maybe other descendants can answer such questions and enlighten me, since I strongly suspect Gershon had contacts or relatives already in the North East (likely Sunderland) before his arrival around 1860. I am aware of families in Manchester, the East End of London, and elsewhere in the UK with similarly spelt surnames, such as Grosskopf, thought to be of German origin. So far I have not connected them to the Stockton family. The Stockton born family can occasionally be found as Groskopf or Grosskopf on old original burial records and on other official documents. It is unlikely all such references are due to spelling errors by civil servants or council employees, so Grosskopf may have been the original spelling of their surname in the distant past. One strand of the UK Groskop family altered their surname to Groscop. The above photograph shows my grandmothers family.

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  4. I have the name Grosskopf and know my great grandparents settled in Manchester 1900. Would anyone know if these Groskops are related?

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  5. My Grandfather Levi Groskop was Henry’s brother & 6th son of Gershon Groskop & Martha(nee Robinson)
    Levi married Margaret Melia (in Durham I believe)They lived on Barry Island, Wales & had 9 children, the 7th of which was my father Donald.
    His youngest sister Mollie still lives in Barry & will be 90 next year.
    I would love to have further information about the Groskop family as I have only just started to investigate it.
    I believe Levi & two other brothers, Godfrey & Joseph, all setteled in Barry so it is interesting that two of Henry’s daughters had links with the town too.

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  6. There was a Porter in Stockton & Thornaby Hospital in the 1940/50’s who was called Grasskop (Groskop?) He was a small chap and lived in the Winston St area.

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  7. My Great Grandmother was Uno Worton, Ino’s Sister. Uno, my mum, was the youngest daughter of Uno’s eldest daughter Mabel Ann and she has lots of information about the Wortons as they were a very close family. I will speak to her and post more info asap.

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  8. Thirlwell Ltd, photographers of 21 Bridge Road, Stockton, see s1103 and t6131, made this Groskop family portrait circa 1915. The photograph is mounted in their gilt edged white cardboard frame with a gold embossed logo “Thirlwell Ltd” on the front. The logo style is very similar to t6131. The back of the frame has a grey printed address list of local branches of Thirlwell”s, and spaces for the print copy number and print order number A46778G, both filled in with pencil. Two print copies are known to survive in Stockton. One has the print copy number of twelve, but the total number made remains unknown. Copies were given to the above young women and probably other branches of the Groskop and May families, and friends. The originals are better in quality than the published picture. Individual portraits of the above daughters survive from photo sessions circa 1915. There was a half sister Rica. The daughters were born at different addresses. Their parents ran the Shakespeare Arms at 2 Smithfield. Some of the daughters are named after older or deceased family members in the UK or Poland. The daughters and their occupations are, back row left to right; Leah- a dressmaker at J. Jones Ltd of 147 Stockton High Street. She was a prize-winner at the Norton Horticultural and Industrial Society Show (Industrial Section) of 23 August 1907; Zillah- very clever at school, thought to be the first female professional photographer granted a council licence to work the beaches of Barry Island (Wales) taking “while you wait” holiday portraits, see Tom Clemett”s excellent- Internet History of Barry (Postcards Section), although the “Grozcop” family detail given here is incorrect; Zeta- a talented cook at Scarborough Hotels and also the Devonport Hotel, Middleton One Row. In the above photograph she appears to be wearing a RFC brooch popular in WW1. Having the surname acquired by birth and not marriage Zeta lived to 94, possibly the oldest UK Groskop. She knew her grandfather Gershon, one of a small number of immigrants or refugees from Russian occupied Poland that first settled in Stockton during the 1860″s. Front row left is Lauretta- a singer and concert artist in and around Stockton during and post WW1, later a music teacher in Wales. A surviving programme of the Stockton Hippodrome shows she sang at a concert in 1917 to aid the Stockton and Thornaby Hospital Fund, seemingly a family charity (see photo t9275 = Brewery Square). Front row right is Olive Freda- thought to have been in domestic service at Yarm Lane, but living at Durham Street by 1922. She was probably named after her Uncle Fred, and her non-surviving brother Frederick (there may have been another-William). The local Groskop families (sometimes Groscop, rarely Groskopf) mainly lived in and around the Thistle Green and Parkfield areas of Stockton. Zeta and Leah were renting 8 Bickersteth Street in 1925/6 (the documents survive), with Zeta sometimes helping out at her Aunt Lauretta Wilson”s (nee Groskop) shops at 64 Cecil Street and 38 Pearson Street. The Groskop families reached their numerical peak around WW2, since then the surname has been in decline in the UK. The surname no longer survives on Teesside, and is very rare elsewhere in Britain.

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    • I’m having to pick up this thread relating to the Groskop Family after almost a decade has elapsed. I have just discovered that that it was my (half) Grand-Uncle George Albert Wilson who married Lauretta Groskop in 1905. It was only after researching a return from the 1911 Census for 36 Pearson Street that I learned of the connection: it appears that George Wilson and Lauretta, on the night of the Census had Zeta Groskop (Servant), staying at their home. Zeta being the daughter of Henry and Annie Groskop (as shown in your photograph).

      I am trying to establish who Lauretta Wilson (formerly Groskop) actually was. She was born c.1883, being 28 years of age in 1911. I surmised that she would be the daughter of Gershon (George) and Martha Groskop, (parents of Henry, above) – but the only likely individual I could identify was from the 1891 Census . . . Laura, age 8 (b.1883) and living at 5 Thistle Green with her parents. She is clearly NOT the Lauretta (Concert Hall singer – shown in your photograph) – who appears to have been born c.1901 – another daughter of Henry and Annie Groskop

      Are there any Groskops still out there who could confirm that Lauretta Wilson (formerly Groskop, Shop proprietor) is in fact the Laura Groskop, (1891 Census transcription error)? – daughter of Gershon (George) and Martha. . . I don’t yet seem to be able to find any Laura OR Lauretta Groskop (b.1883) in the 1901 Census for Stockton – which might have provided some sort of resolution.

      Regards Anthony

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      • Hi Anthony !

        I’m Lauretta’s great-granddaughter, and from what I learned about the family from my father, Lauretta’s father was named Isaac / Izaac and her mother was perhaps a Jenny ? He claims the couple had 27 kids including a Letticia, another Izaac / Isaac plus Billy and Lauretta. If more names are helpful, Lauretta and George Albert (‘Geordie’) Wilson went on to have a son, George Albert Wilson (again), born 7 March 1910 in Stockton. He married Elizabeth Wood, born 3 Nov 1911, also in Stockton, and they went on to have a son, George Michael David Wilson (my father).

        Hope this helps !
        Lorna

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  9. My Great Grandmother was Sarah WORTON, sister of Ino who married Leah GROSKOP. I would be happy to share information with anyone with an interest in the WORTONs and GROSKOPs. The Picture Stockton team have my email address.

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  10. There was a Worton family living in Camden Street,Parkfield years ago and I believe there is still a family living in Roker Street,Parkfield called Worton.I went to school(Richard Hind Juniors) with Jean Worton and I know Jean had two brothers. Jean”s husband had a butchers shop for a number of years on Bowesfield Lane.

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  11. My family are the Wortons from Stockton. I am so excited to have found this site and the above photo, especially the mention of Ino Worton, who was my great grandfather. I would love to find out more about the Groskops and Wortons , to compare against the stories handed down through the generations !If anyone has any tips please contact me via this site. Loraine Dale – I will try and contact you…

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  12. To Ann marie lythe ( Nee Worton). I have a photo of a Ino Worton with his wife and children. If you would like to get in touch through the PictureStockton Team

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  13. A “Quickie” While looking up the past of Stork and Castle in “Wades of 1938” came across Groskop Bros 17 Brunswick Street, Motor Engineers . a home addres is given Groskop Joseph 16 Rokeby Street . this is behind the Richard Hind School

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  14. Hi, I have read these posts with much interest, my Grandmothers family name was Groskop, her Father was George Groskop, Sisters, Henrietta and Violet. My Father”s was George Emmanuel Umpleby Son of Mable Groskop. Any information would be much appreciated. I do have some photographs, I am quite new to this and will seek help to post them soon, my email address is mauden@umpleby.net if anybody can email me with any photographs or information on any family connections it would be really appreciated. Thank you.

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  15. Hi! I live in Belarus and my grandfather George Groskop is from Russia and his ancestors, as far as I know, were from Latvia… It would be great to find our relatives or just to know about my family more:) My e-mail: kgroskop@mail.ru

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  16. I am Loraine”s Cousin, Robert, a real Groskop. I have Photographs back to Gershon and have completed the Groskop”s family tree after he arrived in England, likely from Poland. I would be happy to send information if anyone has specific questions. The tree is posted on the Morman web site I believe familyshearh.org or similar Unformtuately due to a computer crash I have lost the information regarding the posting however I do have paper back-up. My email address is Bob.Groskop@Shaw.ca Norman Brown if you read this I have not been able to get throught to the email address that you send me ?

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  17. My grandfather, William Isaac Groskop was the youngest brother of Ashkel,(Henry). My cousin, Robert, has done a lot of research on the family. We have a photo of all the sons and daughters of Gershon, (George). We did not know which one was Henry, but now we can add his name to the photo. We believe we can identify sisters, Leah, Harriet and Laura, and one brother Robert. We could not identify Henry, Emanual, Frederic, or Levi. We can now tell who is Josef.

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  18. I”m looking for Wortons in Stockton and wondering if this picture is the family im looking for. My great grandfather and his brother crossed the Pennines from Wolverhampton in 1900, one brother settled in Stockton and the other my grandfather John Worton settled in Middlesbrough.  If you have any information please contact the Picture Stockton Team for my details.

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  19. I recently gave you some information regarding one of the daughters named Leah, which I thought was my grandmother. On further investigation I have found that Henry was my grandmother”s brother and she was also called Leah. This information is suported by the 1901 Census website which states there were two Leah Groskops at this time one aged 20 years and 1 year old.

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