Tuesday, 22 February 2011
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