Tag Archive for Jewish

Two Angels? fact or fiction

What are the chances of two sisters – Abigail and Sarah – both marrying someone  with the same, very distinctive name,  within one year of each other?  Pretty slim, you would think.  I certainly doubted it,  although both marriages appeared…

Lyon Samson update

Like many Jewish families, my ancestors were great mythologisers.  They polished and shined our family story until it gleamed, leaving no trace of past crimes and misdemeanours.  Thus, one of my great uncles could write, in all sincerity, a couple…

A Colonial Australian Mystery

Benjamin Jacobs, Isaac Lev Lyons and William Shannon.   On 6th November 1810 Benjamin Jacobs made out his will leaving all his “goods, chattels, money and wearing apparel” to his “good friend” and sole executor Ann Taylor. The witnesses to…

Confusion in the stars!

The Star of David (Mogen David) is frequently seen on tombstones but not all are Jewish and many cause confusion. We were recently contacted by Evelyn Simak who very kindly photographed tombstones at Jewish cemeteries in East Anglia for us.…