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Posted by: Priscilla Sanville Date: February 13, 2001 at 06:05:46
In Reply to: Re: SANVILLE FROM VERMONT by Edward J. Sanville of 43

Dear Edward,
Thanks for your message. So you now have another Sanville family. The Sanvilles I come from actually were originally German jews(which I only discovered in my trip to England) and the name was Salomons. They immigrated to london in the late 1700's and eventually settled in Manchester, Englnad. The name began its change in the late 1800's by one member of the family Edward Salomons who was a very established architect and water colorist. Edward began signing his paintings E.Sanville and kept the name Salomons on all his architecture which still are standing today in many parts of Manchester and london. The name according to one of our living relatives, who lives in Bath UK, was changed with the help of Edward's wife and derived the name from the French Huegonots 'Sans ville'(without a village) the name change contined in England and now all desendents of the original Salomons name are Sanvilles and all became members of the church of england. My great Grandfather came to NewYork as Frederick Salomons but changed his name to Sanville when he married, Hannah levy and so it goes. It has taken many months to uncover all of this and most of the present family only knew that there were stories but not much solid evidence. I have all the documentation from grave sites to a dissertation written on Edward Salomons/sanville that I was fortunate enough to get my hands on when in Manchester. Frederick and Hannah Sanville changed their name during the years when "israelites will not be permitted to stay at this hotel." etc. It was a tough time..most of my family became quaker or other protestant religions. What I don't know is there were 15 other children of the Salomons family in the 1800's and I still have to find out where and what happened to them. This gives you some background. My brother and sister and I have also checked, like you, and we have always come up with that there were clearly two other Sanville families that appear not to be connected to our family. so it sound like there are three Sanville families. It is an irony given your history that my parents ended up retiring in Vermont and died there(Nufane, Vt.) Thanks for sharing.... if in your research you hit upon anything that might be related to the story I have told you please pass it on and I will do the same. Fond regards, Priscilla Sanville

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