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Who DID Bessie Solomons of Wellington, New Zealand REALLY marry in 1906??

Query by Crawford

Bessie Solomons born 1887 in Dunedin, New Zealand, daughter of Emanuel Solomons and Evelina Marks.

Bessie is said to have married a David Cohen in New Zealand and there were 4 children of that marriage. However, I can find no record of this marriage. I have Bessies death certificate that states she was married to David Cohen.
But, there is a marriage of Bessie Solomons and Gustav(e) Ziebell/Zwiebell in 1906 in New Zealand, and they had 4 children. I have since found that the children have a variety of surnames.

Julia (Jewel) Solomons b. 1906 d. 1990. She married Francis Brown Tait in 1939
Thelma Ruth Ziebell b. 1907- d. 1994. She married Sydney Rupert Densem in 1933 and her maiden surname was then Cohen, but she was born Ziebell.
Albert Mish Ziebell b. 1908 d ? He predeceased his mother Bessie, but was still alive in 1921. He is not listed as one of the living children on her death certificate of 1961.
Nancy Doreen Ziebell b. 1910 d.? (Alive in 1961)

Bessie Cohen (Solomons/ Ziebell) and David Cohen were divorced in 1921


David Cohen had lived apart from Bessie Cohen since July, 1917. They married in 1906 and of the four children of the marriage; three had remained with petitioner and one with his wife. Mr. J. S. Hanna, for petitioner, said the suit was not opposed so long as the lady could continue to have the custody of the child she had charge of. Mr. L. Edwards, for petitioner, consented to this and the order was made.
NZ Truth, Issue 830, 10 December 1921, Page 6

SO... are Gustav(e) Ziebell/Zwiebell and David Cohen the same person??

In 1922 Bessie married Horace Michael Caldwell Fitzsimmons (my husbands grandfather)This was Horace's second marriage too.
Bessie died in Wellington 10 October 1961 aged 74 years.
Is there anyone out there who can clear up the mystery of Bessie and her husband(s)? And what happened to her two younger children? Is there anyway/anywhere I can have a look at their divorce records?

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on 2013-01-04 20:21:20

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by ngairedith on 2013-01-04 22:17:32


they are mentioned on this site Joachim Family Website
... BESSIE SOLOMONS married GUSTAV ZWEIBEL in 1906 in New Zealand - (folio 6298). Marriage record on the New Zealand marriage cd 1836-1956 gives name Bessie Solomons. Residing in Toowoomba, Qld, Australia in 1913 (Ref: Father's Emanuel's obituary notice) ...

I will also have a look to see what I can find

by Crawford on 2013-01-05 01:38:45

Hi there ngairedith,
Thanks for the Joachim website. It has some good info.
I have requested the Solomons/Zwiebell 1906 marriage cert from BDM. That should arrive next week and might shed some light on this?
Thanks for your help.

by Crawford on 2013-01-06 19:36:51

Problem solved!
David Cohen and Gustav Zwiebel are the same person.
I have just received the 1906 marriage certificate which is stamped to say that the two parties were issued with a decree absolute (divorce) in 1922.
David Cohen aka Gustav Zwiebel was born in Hungary in about 1877 (aged 29 in 1906) the son of Pinchas Zwiebel,a draper, and Chaye Zwiebel nee Horowitz.
David/Gustav's occupation is - French Polisher.

Hope this information may help anyone else who is researching this family.

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