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Zalman Been

Zalman Been
Born 1870s.
Died 1940s.
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This biography is a rough draft. It was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and needs to be edited.


Name: Zalman /Been/
Also Known As: Solomon[1]


Date: 1875
Place: Europe, Lithuania, Kaunas Gubernia, Panevezys District, Joniskelis
Note: Known as Yanishkel in Yiddish. Also known as Janiskel and Joniskelio.
Longitude: 24 10
Latitude: 56 02[2]


Date: 16 MAY 1947
Place: Africa, South Africa, Johannesburg[3]

Data Changed

Data Changed:
Date: 24 SEP 2007

Prior to import, this record was last changed 24 SEP 2007.


Place: Africa, South Africa, Johannesburg (Westpark Cemetery)[4]


Date: 1894
Place: Africa, South Africa via Leith[5]
Date: 1899
Place: Europe, Lithuania[6]
Date: 1908
Place: Africa, South Africa (with Milka and Ben)[7]


Date: 9 AUG 1925
Place: Africa, South Africa, Rustenburg (Plein St.)[8]


Occupation: Trading as Solomon and Socher
Date: 1927[9]


Note: The first time Zalman went to South Africa he left from the Baltic States to Leith for about 6 weeks. At that time he didn't speak English, only Lithuanian and Yiddish. From Leith he went to Southampton, England, and from there to South Africa. He initially came to South Africa in the 1890s but then went back to Lithuania for a time. As a kid he worked for IW Osrin in his consession store, but then went to Rustenberg, South Africa and went into the cattle business. One night he was riding ahorse whe it rained so much that he had to climd a tree and tie himself to it. He spoke to everyone, knew the MP (nephew of Paul Kruger). He went to Lithuania in 1898 because of the Boer War, where he got married and then returned after the war ended. Ben was born in 1902 - Zlamma may have come back to South Africa before Ben was born, and then collected Malka and Ben taking them to Rustenburg.
When in South Africa he spoke Yiddish and Afrikaans plus a bit of English. Zalman was very outgoing, talke to everyone, unihibited.
NAAS record payment related to Standard Bank of South Africa (1927), recording Solomon Been and Abraham Socher trading as Been and Socher, confirmed by dad. Abraham Socher and family lived in Rustenberg, inluding brother Charlie Socher and sister Sarah who married into the Plescus family - who Phi subsequently bought the garage from.
He knew everyone, all the police, magistrates but was no good at book keeping or finance.
He worked as a cattle trader but also opened a general store. Malka was then involved. She used to go to the salesrooms and bought furniture. She didn't drive and the store was hald a mile away from the house. The "stuff" was brought through (?from Joburg) by train or lorry. Malka couldn't write in English and Willie and Emmie had to do some book keeping. As kids they all had to serve in the shop.
Zalman also started a Petrol Station with a view to setting up Phi with a business. Phi had started doing some mesanger work in Jobueg but didn't like it.
One of Zalman's nephews (Lacob) took over the general store and Malka continued with the furniture section. Lacon couldn't pay for the goodwill. Harry Gudelsky came from Lithuania age 12, put him to school (same class as Phi who was 6 or 7). Eventually Harry Gudelsky went to Brakspan, opened a furniture store and became a millionaire. (His mother was Zalman's sister). Eventually he changed his surname to Goody.
Malka was very religious but Zalman was not. (eg gave kids Biltong, and they did play football on Saturday).
Zalman died in Joburg 4 days after an elective prostatectomy (?Joburg General Hosptial) (This was before mum and dad were married).[10]


Husband: Zalman Been
Wife: Malka Chait
Child: Benjamin Been
Child: Emmie Been
Child: Philip Been
Child: Willie Been
Child: Joseph Banat Been
Child: Leslie Been
Child: Ephraim Been
Date: 1897
Place: Europe, Lithuania, Kaunas Gubernia, Panevezys[11]


  • WikiTree profile Been-22 created through the import of fulltree.GED on Jan 4, 2012 by Max Heffler Heffler. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Max Heffler and others.
  • Source: S1358 Title: Africa, South Africa (Jewish Rootsbank) Abbreviation: Africa, South Africa (Jewish Rootsbank) Italicized: Y
  • Source: S501 Title: Been Family Tree Abbreviation: Been Family Tree Italicized: Y
  • Source: S758 Title: Africa, South Africa (1925 Arrival list) Abbreviation: Africa, South Africa (1925 Arrival list) Italicized: Y
  1. Source: #S501 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2
  2. Source: #S501 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2
  3. Source: #S501 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2
  4. Source: #S501 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2
  5. Source: #S501 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2
  6. Source: #S501 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2
  7. Source: #S501 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2
  8. Source: #S758 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2
  9. Source: #S501 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2
  10. Source: #S501 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2
  11. Source: #S1358 Quality or Certainty of Data: 2

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