Jewish Will Extracts 18th – 19th Century

SynagogueScribes are delighted to announce a brilliant new addition to our special section featuring Secular Records.

Ranging from 1682 to the late Nineteenth century, from towns across the United Kingdom and  places as far afield as New York, Jamaica, and Australia, from the wealthy slave-owner to the humble general dealer, from Silversmiths and Quill Dressers, Book Sellers, Publicans, Orange Merchants and  Cattle Salesmen, these abstracts reflect the extraordinary diversity of Jewish life across two centuries.

You can search for individual names by selecting “Jewish Will Extracts 18th – 19th Century” on the main search page for Secular Records – this will bring up persons of the selected name who have left a Will, or persons with that name featured in Wills left by others; or you can browse the full list from the link further down the same page.

We cannot always be certain of the “Jewish” bona fides of those we have included; some, such as Rebecca HART MYERS (NA 585) were clearly born Jewish but died outside the faith: others, such as Isaac SCHOMBERG (NA 612) were possibly even more removed from the faith of their forebears: others leave us pondering.   Our editorial policy in this matter has been based strictly on personal choice and should not be taken as conclusive one way or the other.

These extracts were prepared, and generously contributed, by David Alexander


3 comments for “Jewish Will Extracts 18th – 19th Century

  1. Caroline Bach- Price
    July 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I have recently found that my grandmother Rose Bertha Friedlander’s great grandfather (i.e. my great great grandfather was Lesser Friedlander (Birn Cuxhaven, Hamburg 1809 died London 1879). I have found good deal of information from browsng the web but wowuld like to find out more infomartion about his work for orphans – preseumably near Aldgate where he lived for most of his life. He married Elizabeth Assur at the Great Syngogue in 1838, I read that the Synagogue was destroyed in the Blitz and presumably records were lost?

    • admin
      July 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks for your comment, have you checked the Synagogue records on SynagogueScribes? your 2 x grandfather Lesser Friedlander’s marriage is shown here and if you search for family name Friedlander you will find 5 more marriages for members of the Friedlander family.
      Happy hunting,

      • Caroline Bach- Price
        August 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        Thanks for your kind reply. I will continue to browse the web for information. Thanks for keeping such good records, this well documented history has enabled me trace my ancestory. Three months ago I had no idea even of my grandmother’s maiden name! Now I have been able to get back to 1790 – further than that may prove more difficult as the records are held abroad. But I shall continue to build up a picture of their lives.
        C B-P

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *