Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Keturunan Ismail bin Mohd Salleh

Maulidur Rasul 12 December 2016

Tonight is a great night. I found my father's documents tonight - his certificates, photos, photo album, birth certificate, death certificate, booklets, cards etc. They were in my house all the time. I had a look at them long ago, but forgot about them, except the photos.

I found everything tonight except some sheets about his family tree, which I prepared before. I remember the details but I have misplaced those papers.

Tonight I found out my ancestors on my father's side. Tonight I found his Pagaruyung family tree, but all in tulisan Jawi, which I cannot read (it is in very small print). It is the same family tree that Tok Kalthom showed me at her home in Batu Uban, Penang.

  • 1802 Masjid Kapitan Keling
  • 1806 Masjid Melayu Aceh 
  • Abu Seman b Awang Besar (Pak Abu in Facebook)
  • Alijah bt Mohd Sharif
  • Hjh Mahani bt Hj Khalil
  • Keturunan Ismail Alyamani
  • Salma bt Hj Khalil 
  • Tuan Haji Zakaria bin Hj Khalil

Part 1
Location: Jelutong, Penang

Shaik Mohamad bin Salem Alyamani married 2 wives -
  1. Hjh Noor bt Abdullah
  2. Hawa bt Jelani
1st wife:
Hjh Noor's daughter is Fatma Bee bt Shaik Mohamad.

Fatma Bee bt Shaik Mohamad was known as Patma Bee, or written only as Pahmah on her son's birth certificate (Mohd Yusope, born 11 Feb 1896). Bapak described her as "putih macam Cina".

Pahmah's mother, Hjh Noor bt Abdullah, must have been a fair lady too - maybe of a Malay father and Chinese mother. Her Malay father maybe from Pagarruyung side. Her Chinese mother could be from mainland China.

2nd wife:
Hawa Jelani had 7 children:
  1. Siti Saedah (Zubaidah)
  2. Shaik Omar
  3. Shaik Abdul Aziz (this is Ami Aziz Alyamani)
  4. Siti Mariah
  5. Siti Kechil
  6. Siti Hajar (did she marry to ISMAIL as his 2nd wife?)
  7. Shaik Ismail
#3 Shaik Abdul Aziz was known as Ami Aziz Alyamani to my father. He married 2 wives. I met both wives when I was a small girl till I was a teenager in 1960s-1970s.
  1. Siti Rahmah bt Abdul Rashid Makawi (better known as Nenek Rahmah; was from Batu Uban, Penang). She lived in a small wooden house in Jelutong Timur ... I met her in Jelutong when I was a small girl. She made delicious soft white powdery putu kacang for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
  2. Siti Aishah bt Abdullah (better known as Nenek Jepun) lived in a colonial brick shophouse behind Masjid Jalan Hutton (Hutton Lane) in George Town, Penang. I met her at the shophouse (home) with a big tree near the house in the 1960s. The big tree had buttress roots.

#7 Shaik Ismail was known as Ami Ismail Alyamani. He married Maimunah bt Zainal (Nya Intan) of Klang. She is anak Tok Zainal of Klang*.

*Tok Zainal is the youngest of 3 brothers:
  1. Haji Mohd Shariff bin ISMAIL (Banda Hilir), 
  2. Haji Mohd Nordin bin ISMAIL (Ujong Pasir) and 
  3. Zainal/Zenal bin ISMAIL  (Klang). 
Haji Mohd Shariff and Haji Mohd Nordin were Imam Masjid Banda Hilir, Melaka. Lorong Imam Hj Nordin in Banda Hilir is named after Hj Noordin. There is no road or lane named after Hj Mohd Sharif as he had passed away quite young.

Part 2

ISMAIL BIN MOHD SALLEH married Inche Nyonia bt Sheikh Mohd Shahbuddin of Tengkera, Malacca. Sheikh Mohd Shahbuddin was probably from somewhere else, and came to reside in Tengkera. He was probably Mohd Shabuddin bin Mohd Amin of Kadilangu, Java in Dutch Indonesia. His daughter Inche Nyonia married to ISMAIL BIN MOHD SALLEH and she came to live in Banda Hilir. They had 3 sons - Haji Mohd Sharif, Haji Nordin and Zainal (Zenal).

Q2. What was ISMAIL's occupation?

His occupation is unknown. He could have been a British ship engineer or an established trader in Malacca. He could have been a well-known figure in society when he married Inche Nyonia, the daughter of an ulamak (Dato Mohd Shahbuddin bin Mohd Amin). He could have come from George Town, Penang or Malacca.

Q3. Where did ISMAIL work?

His workplace is unknown. His grave is nowhere to be found. Inche Nyonia's grave is nowhere to be found.

Q4. Who are his family members?

His father Mohd Salleh bin Khatib Yusof was mentioned is Hj Md Sharif's Wasiat of 1912.

His grandfather Khatib Yusof must have worked at a masjid as a Khatib - either in Banda Hilir or Tengkera, Penang, or Singapore.

T. K. Mohamed Salih (who was he?).
T. K. Mohamed Salih. Dealers in Jewellery Boxes, Displays & Jewellery Tools
Menjual Kotak-kotak Barang Kemas & Alat Pertukangan Emas
Near Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, Penang.

Jewellery shops beside Masjid Kapitan Keling
Habib Jewel near Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang.

Part 3

Diamond Merchants, 
Manufacturing jewellers, 
Dealers in Precious Stones
Location: No. 82-1 & 82-2 Brass Bassa Road, Singapore

ISMAIL BIN MOHD SALLEH could have been a diamond trader from Singapore, or travelling through the Straits Settlements - Penang, Malacca and Singapore.

This advertisement of 6 September 1899 was by Ismail & Raheem, diamond merchants, manufacturing jewellers, dealers in precious stones. The shophouse was located at No. 82-1 and 82-2 Brass Bassa Road, Singapore.

ISMAIL BIN HAJI MOHD SALLEH or Ismail bin H. Saleh was an Engineer for Steam Launch - Alert under Marine Dept. A colleague, D. Theseira was a Chief Clerk. The Theseira family lived behind the wall of Masjid Banda Hilir.

Part 4
Location: Jelutong, Penang vs. Malacca

ISMAIL BIN MOHD SALLEH (possibly) married 2 wives.

It is unknown where ISMAIL is buried. He would possibly be buried in Jelutong.

It is unknown where Inchek Nyonia is buried. She could be buried in Tengkera. Bapak said there is Makam Shahbudin Alyamani in Tengkera. He could be her father.

Siti Hajar would possibly be buried in Jelutong, Penang.

Part 5
Location: Tengkera vs Banda Hilir, Malacca

Inchek Nyonia bt Tuan Sheikh Sahabudin was from Tengkera, Melaka. It is unknown whether Tuan Sheikh Sahabudin was indeed Dato Shahbuddin bin Haji Mohd Amin (asal Cirebon) or Sheikh Shahbudin Alyamani (an Indian Muslim) from Tengkera (more likely). Makam Shahbudin Alyamani is at Tengkera (Bapak beritahu). I haven't seen this Makam Shahbuddin.

Inchek Nyonia had 3 sons:
  1. Hj Mohd Sharif bin ISMAIL (Banda Hilir, eldest) ... my great-grandfather.
  2. Hj Mohd Nordin bin ISMAIL (Ujong Pasir, middle) ... Mohaini Mahabob's great-grandfather.
  3. Zainal/Zenal bin ISMAIL (Klang, youngest) ... grandfather of Uncle Arshad Wahit?

Part 6
Location: Bapak cerita

Bapa said he went to ask Ismail Alyamani in Penang for money to go to Kirkby, England. So Ismail Alyamani was living in George Town, Penang in 1951? Ismail Alyamani gave Bapak some money. Bapak said he was rich. This Ismail would likely be #7 below.

#7 Shaik Ismail was known as Ami Ismail Alyamani. He married Maimunah bt Zainal (Nya Intan) of Klang. She is anak Tok Zainal of Klang*.

Part 7
Location: Masjid Acheh, George Town, Penang

I had spoken to an Indian Muslim man who came on his bicycle, to  pray at Masjid Melayu Acheh, Penang. I asked him about ISMAIL ALYAMANI (a jeweller). He said that he knew ISMAIL YAMANI's people. According to him, ISMAIL ALYAMANI was in the jewellery business at Masjid Kapitan Keling area in George Town, Penang.

Minaret of Masjid Melayu Acheh viewed from the minaret at Masjid Kapitan Keling

Masjid Melayu Acheh, George Town, Penang

Part 8
Location: Banda Hilir

Hj Mohd Sharif bin ISMAIL married Fatma Bee bt Shaik Mohamad (Patma/Pahmah). She came from Penang to Tengkera, and over to Banda Hilir when she married. She had 5 children in Banda Hilir:
  1. Mohd Yusope (born 11 February 1896 - deceased 4 January 1954) - eldest child; my paternal grandfather.
  2. Mahani - unmarried
  3. Amnah (she married to Hj Ahmad bin Hj Abdul Latiff (HABHAL) as his first wife)
  4. Alijah - unmarried
  5. Asiah - married Haji Ibrahim, a businessman in Tampin

#1 Mohd Yusope bin Hj Mohd Sharif (1896-1954) is called Walid by his 13 children (2 of 15 children died). He married Aishah bt Mohd Amin (Mat Amin Pasar, penguasa Pasar Chow Kit di KL). Mat Amin of Kg Baru, KL was from keturunan Jawa. Mat Amin was the adopted son of Haji Hassan.

#2 Amnah married to Hj Ahmad b Hj Abdul Latiff (HABHAL) and went to live in Singapore. HABHAL made kicap cap kipas udang in Singapore (tawkey kicap). HABHAL is cicit Hj Muhammad Saleh @ Nakhoda Nan Intan. HABHAL is Hj Ahmad bin Hj Abdul Latiff bin Hj Nuruddin (@Hj Tambi) bin Hj Muhammad Saleh (@Nakhoda Nan Intan). HABHAL, Hj Abdul Latiff and Hj Tambi were from Tengkera, Melaka but they had a cloth shop (kedai kain) at North Bridge Road in Singapore; their business was in Singapore. Nenek Amnah passed away in the late 1960s and HABHAL remarried, this time to Che Mahani bt Hj Khalil. Hj Khalil bin Hj Hussein was Mufti Pertama Negeri Melaka. Bapak went to Singapore to buy silk fabric to make our baju Raya in 1971-72. He could have bought them from his uncle's shop in Singapore.

#3 Mahani is Nenek Ani who taught Quran at Banda Hilir to Ayah Wan Merican Noordin (a cousin of my cousins Baizura, Mas, Shawal & Kamarul) and my sibs Abang Sharif and Kak Sharifah (Pah). I did not mengaji Quran from Nenek Ani when I was small - memang rasa sangat rugi lah.

#4 Alijah is Nenek Jah. She was unwell, but I liked her very much. She lived in a hut with smooth mud floor. She reared 16 cats in a big metal pen. I played with her cats inside the pen.

Alijah bt Hj Mohd Sharif (Nenek Jah/Nek Jah)
She was on her way to town and passed by our front staircase, Banda Hilir

#5 Asiah is Nenek Ya. She married to Haji Ibrahim, a mamak businessman and they lived in Tampin. She had no children, but adopted an Indian boy. She also taught Quran at Banda Hilir (assisted Nenek Ani). She died on 28 April 1984 and is laid to rest at Kubor Jalan Panjang, where Makam Datuk Shahbuddin is. Bapak noted her demise in his diary.

Rumah Nenek Ya (Nek Ya).
Rumah Nek Ya was built after Rumah Mak Sarah was built. Both houses were built in the early 1960s (1962/63/64). Rumah Nek Ya was originally painted light green when it was first built.

Nenek Ya (Nek Ya Tampin/Ya Tampin)
Nenek Ya (Nek Ya) passed away in Banda Hilir on 28 April 1984, and was laid to rest at Kubor Jalan Panjang, Qariyah Banda Hilir, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho. From a page in Bapak's diary.

Part 8
Location: Kg Hulu, Melaka

Hj Khalil bin Hj Hussein was a family relative from Kg Hulu.

According to my eldest brother (Mohd Sharif), our great-grandfather Hj Mohd Sharif bin Ismail, his middle brother Hj Mohd Nordin bin Ismail, and the future Mufti Melaka Hj Khalil bin Hj Hussien, went together to perform the Hajj in 1896/97.  However, the Mufti's son (Hj Zakaria) said his father returned from Makkah in 1899 (he was in Makkah from age 13 years and returned when he was 25, ie 1886-1899).

They returned and each built the same house style - rumah godang Minangkabau (rumah godang means big house).

Hj Mohd Sharif was already married and his wife (Pahmah/Padma Bee) was expecting their first child, a son (Mohd Yusope) when he was away on Hajj. His eldest child and only son (Mohamed Usuf/Mohd Yusope) was born on 11 Feb 1896 in Banda Hilir, Malacca. However, the son's birth was registered by his youngest brother Zenal (Zainal bin Ismail). If Hj Mohd Sharif came home in 1899, then his next child (Mahani/Nek Ani) would be born in 1899 or 1900. The next child (3rd, Amnah) would be born in 1900 or 1901. The next child (4th, Alijah/Nek Jah) would be born in 1901 or 1902. The next child (last child, Nek Ya) was born in 1903/1904/1905/1906.

The 3 Hajis each built a big house as their residence in their respective villages.
  1. Hj Mohd Sharif built his house at 262-T Banda Hilir - adjacent to Masjid Banda Hilir (1897-2007). It is a big black wooden house built without iron nails as the house was by the sea (5 minutes walk to the beach, Straits of Malacca). 
  2. His younger (middle) brother Hj Mohd Nordin built his house in Ujong Pasir (house is extant but was moved to Duyong). 
  3. Tuan Guru Hj Khalil built his house (rumah pusaka) in Kg Hulu but the house was demolished since it was dilapidated.


Tuan Guru Hj Khalil bin Hj Hussein was the first Mufti of Melaka (1926-1960; officially appointed April 1960). He was the one who held up the Merdeka Charter for Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra to read at Padang Merdeka in Banda Hilir, Melaka. Merdeka was first proclaimed in Melaka before it was proclaimed at Stadium Merdeka in Selangor. I have no personal photos of this event so far.

Tuan Guru Hj Khalil bin Hj Hussein married 4 wives and had 13 children. His wives are:-
  1. first wife
  2. second wife
  3. third wife
  4. fourth wife

Names of his children are (not in order):
1. Salma
2. Hjh Mahani
3. Hjh Mariam
4. girl
5. Tuan Haji Zakaria


#1 Salma married to (Abdul) Majid who made famous Majid Satay of Kg Baru, KL. Their son was the famous jazz singer, Abdul Aziz @ Zain Azman (nama samaran). Zain's elder brother, Datuk Mohd Salleh, had worked in the Land & Mines Dept in KL, and was the boss of Hj Mohd Shapri bin Nasir, the elder son of Nenek Zainab bt Mohd Amin (Nenek Jenab). Mohd Shapri bin Nasir had worked under Datuk Mohd Salleh Majid in KL. He remembered Datuk Mohd Salleh Majid, his boss. Hj Mohd Shapri was better known as Hamid or Pak Hamid in Kg Baru, KL. Nenek Jenab and her 2 sons, Hj Mohd Shapri & his younger brother at Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia have all passed away. Her 2 sons died in 2016.


#5 Zakaria went to school with Abu Seman bin Awang Besar (Pak Abu). Pak Abu attended Sek Men Sultan Abdul Halim, Jitra, Kedah. Pak Abu studied at the Malaysian Teachers' Training College (MTTC), Johor. He was a Mathematics teacher at MTTC. Pak Abu is retired now, but paints at the Kraftangan Village in Kota Bharu. He lives in Kota Bharu

Abu Seman b Awang Besar (Pak Abu) FB image

I met Pak Abu at the Karnival Seni & Kemanusiaan on campus last week. Pak Abu will try and contact Zakaria for details and photos. Pak Abu said to me that "orang2 Kg Hulu ini semua cun2 belaka"  - very pretty people! They have kulit putih-merah (humaira - macam Nabi SAW sebut tu). So we wait and see.

With Pak Abu at the Karnival on campus 8 Dec 2016

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