Jewish Will Extracts 18th – 19th Century

Will Extract
 
Reference NA1182
Family Name ISRAEL
Forenames Levi
Probate Date 1802 (16 Sept)
Address Chatham
Occupation Silversmith
Spouse
Parents
Siblings
Children
Grandchildren
Other Relatives Niece, Rachel Israel
Bequests Abraham Moses
Executors, Administrators Thomas Bradley of Chatham and Abraham Moses
Witnesses
Notes “Levi Israel was one of the founders of the Synagogue at Chatham “August 14 1780 No. 7 a lease renewed to John Roberts of two tenements in St. Margaret’s, Rochester. “One used for a Jews Synagogue, let to Levi Israel and others, etc”. (Ch2/l8). Presumably Levi Israel and his associates had been in occupation of this tenement since 1770 at the latest…..Later in the same document for 1787 (Ch2/14 p.225) there is a copy of a licence from St. Bartholomew Hospital, Rochester to Roberts to alienate both tenements….to: Levi Israel of Chatham, silversmith Solomon Mordecai of Rochester, silversmith Israel Levi of Rochester, chapman Humphrey Solomon of Rochester, salesman Isaac Abraham of St. Margaret’s, Rochester, tobacconist Hart Cohan of Chatham, salesman Michael Abraham of Chatham, salesman Abraham Moses of Chatham, salesman. This document, dated 6 January 1787, may well contain the first explicit record of the leading members of the Jewish community in Chatham and Rochester acting together and is also a useful genealogical record in itself.”
Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre (digitised by The National Archives as part of the National Register of Archives digitisation project, NRA 37637)
Rochebter-upon-Medway Studies Centre DE.202 RECORDS OF CHATHAM MEMORIAL SYNAGOGUE AND THE CHATHAM HEBREW CONGREGATION 183*1 – 1972. Deposited on permanent loan by Mr. G. Lancaster, Chatham Memorial Synagogue, 15 January 1993
NA Cat Ref IR/26/401

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