This is very interesting as we have never had any contact with anybody with the de Notkin[Denotkin] surname. My great grandfather who went under the name Charles William de Notkin said he was born in Vilna now Vilnius in Lithuania but then in Poland.
My great grandmotherr caled him Sebastion. They had 3 children born in Kent,England. The oldest was my grandfather Charles William Denotkin. The name was changed because the registrar spelt his name wrong on his birth certificate.
My mother aged 92 is the oldest of his children.we live in New Zealand now but my 2 oldest brothers and I came to New Zealand in 1953 when we were young children with our parents. 3 other siblings were born in New Zealand.
My mothers younger sister Kathleen followed us out to New Zealand and married a New Zealander.The only son my Uncle Michael emigrated to the USA in the 1950s and changed his name to Dennison.One of my Aunts died a few years ago. 2 other Aunts live in Wales.
We have very little information about my great grandfather. He was a watchmaker,jeweller. He did not put his fathers name on his marriage certificate so left us no clues.
I found Sebastion on the 1891 census Rochester,Kent,England.he had a newhew living with him.
My grandfather was very bright but was unable to continue his education because Sebastion left his wife with 3 young children and she could not afford to let him stay on at school.
We have been told that Notkin is a very common Jewish name and that the "de" was added later but have not been able to prove this.
I am not sure if I have been able to help but can send you my data base if you want it.
Sebastion[Charles William] spoke 7 languages and was the translater for the Rochester Court.
We are also curious about our ancestry too.
I am married with 3 adult children.
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