Alphonse Louis Reis was born on 21 January 1860 at 5 Chatsworth Street, Liverpool, the youngest son of
Jonas and Marian (Samuel) Reis. He
married (1) Marian Dugan on 5 September 1883 at civil ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland.
Then, on 10 September,
Marian Dugan was born in 1859 in Ireland, the daughter of Ezekiel Dugan of the Royal Irish Constabulary and Elizabeth Stafford. Marian died on 16 June 1929 at 55 Arden Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Margery was born on 18 August 1870 at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, the daughter of Henry Waters and Grace Forsyth. She died on 13 April 1941 at 56, Gladstone Place, Aberdeen, Scotland and was also buried at the liberal Jewish cemetery.
The child of Alphonse Louis and Margery also belongs to Reis Generation Three and is:
NOTES: The civil marriage between Alphonse and Marian occurred in September 1883 and Charles, the eldest child, was born in October 1883. The address for both parties on the marriage certificate (which can be viewed HERE in PDF) indicates the same residence - 135 Paisley Road, Glasgow. One year later they were married at Garnethill Synagogue. This tells us that Marian converted to Judaism. Marian would have had to have received religious instruction and satisfied the religious authorities as to her knowledge of Judaism and its traditions as well as her sincerity, etc.
Margery, ALR's second wife, was a divorcee (her first husband being James Dow). Her marriage to James Dow occurred on 8 June 1892 at 12 Ravelston Park, Edinburgh. James was born in 1863. His parents were James Dow and Margaret Collins.
The child of Alphonse and Margery, Isolda Reis, was born in 1914. In his will Alphonse says he has resided in England for sixteen years. The will is dated 1931 which would mean he had resided in England from approximately the time of Isolda's birth. This is probably the point when Alphonse left Marian, his first wife. It is interesting to note that the Times death announcement for Marian (above), made over 15 years after ALR's departure, specifically mentions him and gives his London address. Left is Alphonse a young man.
Alphonse, like other members of the Reis family, was a jeweler with shops at Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. He was however a very talented piano player, and often said that if he had had a choice he would have tried a career as a pianist. In the 'Edinburgh Professions and Trades Directory' (1920 edition) is listed under the section 'Jewellers and Gold and Silversmiths' the following: Reis, A Louis & Co, 8 & 10 Leith Street, also 36 South Bridge. This means that ALR owned shop premises in two quite diverse areas of the city, i.e. Leith Street serving a more working class community, whereas South Bridge allowed them to diversify and target a much more upper class market. Another extract from the Directory gives the following information on H. Samuel: Samuel, H. Ltd., 40 North Bridge, 25 Princes Street, and 46 Leith Street
ALR was also a Freeman of the City of London, and a spectacle maker (?). His birth certificate can be viewed HERE (<--- PDF), his will can be read here HERE. (<--- PDF). Marian (Dugan) Reis's death certificate can be viewed HERE (<--- PDF) and Margery's death certificate can be viewed HERE (<--- PDF). Below ALR as very young boy.