Abraham Jacobs & Family – Update

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This is an update on the original 2008 post Abraham Jacobs & Family

Phil Kirby contacted me in May 2024 and suggested having a fresh look at Abraham and his family to see if we could make any progress on the original theory.

Unfortunately the answer is still a ‘maybe’. However, the latest data and thoughts are shown beloe.

Questions Arising

  1. 1851 Anglo Jewry Database indicates possible spouse for Abraham of ‘Lizzie’ but offers no explanation as to why.
  2. Whilst we have a lot of Jacobs entries for properties in Crown Street (45 entries) – we only have 1 for No. 14 and that is Abraham.
  3. Parents for Abraham and his sister Alice indicate they would have to be married before 1780 (Alice’s birth)
    1. This would make their parents born before 1760 (1780-20)
    2. The 3 known sons of David Jacobs (1727)  are:
  1. Henry c1767; Jacob (John) c 1869 BD PHILIP C 1771
    1. I would argue that this rules out these 3 sons as father of Abraham and Alice
    2. What it doesn’t do is rule out Dave as their father



I’ve come up with a tree based on that information:


Abraham Jacobs





c. 1791


Spittalgate (1871 census)


Alice b. c1780

Md Mr Harris

d. 1852  Age 72


Bef. 1824 (1st child)




b.c 1824 Elizabeth

Md Solomon Solomon

(Poss 1850)

d. 1894 Australia




Whitechapel c.1827




Whitechapel c.1828


< 1871



1841 Census


14 Crown Street

Age 50 (so dob c 1791)

1851 Census


14 Crown Street

Age 60 (so dob c 1791)


Sister is living with him


Abraham, Henry & John form partnership with Solomon Solomon

Abraham & Henry go to Australia

Partnership dissolved – Jacobs UK goes bankrupt

Court case trying to include Solomon goes on for several years


The Argus (Mbne)

Dissolved partnership with Solomon Solomon

1857 Nov 03

London Gazette


Father & 2 sons


Henry Harris dies

11 King Street

Abraham – executor

1861 Census

Not Found



1871 Census


11 King Street

Age 80 (so dob c 1791)



11 King Street

Age 82 (so dob c.1790)

Supporting Documentation

1841     1841 Census HO 107-0706 B06 F06 P06 2 sons and assume sister

1851     1851 Census HO 107-1533 F281 P4 Widower, 2 sons & sister

1857     Notice in London Gazette re bankruptcy

1871     1871 Census RG 10-0438 F71 P19

Death Cert – Formerly Glass Merchant – Registered by W Fox of 37 ½ Clifton Street

                                                                                                                                Next door neighbour

1895     Sister, Elizabeth Solomon (widow of Solomon Solomon) dies aged 71.

                Mother of A J Solomon, Mrs J D Joseph, Mrs M Myers