A Jacobs Family Tree

David Jacobs

David Jacobs[1]

Male 1727 - 1809  (82 years)    Has one ancestor and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name David Jacobs 
    Birth 1727  [2
    • Fact Flags: Preferred
    Gender Male 
    *AKA David Letson [Litzen] 
    Court Case 11 Oct 1775  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address: Duke's Place 
    • David was offered and bought 7 watches.
      Discovered they were stolen and reported it to one of Sir John Fielding's Officers.
    Court Case 8 Feb 1777  Southwark, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • David Jacobs accused of stealing two remnants of ribbons when he visited the shop of Joseph Collins, haberdasher, of Southwark, on the pretext of making a purchase

      Unfortunately we don't know the outcome.

      Found in A2A by Phil Kirby
      FILE - Epiphany Sessions 1777xxx - ref. QS2/6/1777/Eph/ - date: 1777
      - ref. QS2/6/1777/Eph/58 - date: 1777
      Kept at Surrey History Centre, Woking
    Court Case 12 Sep 1781  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Address: Old Bailey 
    • This is an unconfirmed entry but bearing in mind david;s predliction for Ribbon, it seems that this is likely to be the right person.
    Court Case 6 Sep 1792  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Age: 70y 
    • This is unconfirmed, but the name age and description fit.
      Name: David Jacobs
      Aged: 70
      Description: 5f. 3 in. dark Eyes Black hair Sallow Complex
      Born: Germany
      Occupation: Merchant
      From: New Prison
      Committed by: Pechell
      Crime: Stealing various Goods out of the Shop of Mr Braggs.
      Tried: 12th
      Before whom: Baron Hotham
      Sentence: Not Guilty

    Court Case 4 Jun 1794  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • This is unconfirmed. The person is listed as Abraham Jacobs.
      However, he is charged with stealing ribbon and is described as being insane and frothing from the mouth.
      Not Guilty
    Court Case 12 Sep 1798  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Although the trial is in the name of SAMUEL Jacobs, this is in fact David. This information came from his record at Newgate Prison in 1801.
    Court Case 1 Jul 1801  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Age: 75y 
    Address: Petticoat Lane area. 
    • David was accused of the theft of some ribbon. He was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months in Newgate Prison. He was reported to be not of sound mind - Could he have been suffering from Dementia of Alzheimers?

      His record at Newgate also states that he was charged as Samuel Jacobs in 1798.
    • David was accused of the theft of some ribbon. He was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months in Newgate Prison. He was reported to be not of sound mind - Could he have been suffering from Dementia of Alzheimers?

      His record at Newgate also states that he was charged as Samuel Jacobs in 1798.

      In the Criminal Registers he also has the aliases of Barnet and Thos Church. [Ancestry England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892]
    Reference Number BR 0039aP 
    Reference Number BR-J 
    Death 31 Jan 1809  Whitechapel, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Address: Stoney Lane, Petticoat Lane 
    • Fact Flags: Preferred
    Person ID I897  Jacobs
    Last Modified 29 May 2024 

    Father Jacob Litzin,   b. Bef 1710 
    Marriage Bef 1726  [11
    Family ID F450  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane [Jacobs],   b. Bef 1752   d. Aug 1807, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 55 years) 
    Marriage Bef 1768  [11
    Children 
     1. Henry Jacobs,   b. Between 1767 and 1776, London, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 6 Mar 1865, St Pancras, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 98 years)
     2. Jacob (John) Jacobs,   b. Between 1769 and 1776, Aldgate, London, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1851 (Age > 83 years)
     3. Philip Jacobs,   b. Abt 1771, London, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Between Oct 1845 and Dec 1845, Shoreditch, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 74 years)
     4. Elizabeth Jacobs
    Family ID F270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 29 Apr 2022 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCourt Case - Address: Duke's Place - 11 Oct 1775 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCourt Case - 8 Feb 1777 - Southwark, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCourt Case - Address: Old Bailey - 12 Sep 1781 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCourt Case - Age: 70y - 6 Sep 1792 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCourt Case - 4 Jun 1794 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCourt Case - 12 Sep 1798 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCourt Case - Age: 75y,Address: Petticoat Lane area. - 1 Jul 1801 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Address: Stoney Lane, Petticoat Lane - 31 Jan 1809 - Whitechapel, London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The name Litzen is placed by Hyamson on the Henry Jacobs family tree as the original family surname for David Jacobs. In the Great Synagogue Records transcribed by Angela Shire she writes the name as LETSON and there are several names recorded under marriages and births where the Letson name appears.

      Phil Kirby did further research and came to the belief that the surname is LITZEN which is German and also a town name in what was Western Prussia. The town still exists. 47?52'00.0"N 10?25'00.0"E

      Philip believes that David Litzen moved around the Polish/German areas and came to the UK probably to escape the Polish pogroms.
      Philip has also looked at the Polish History and the Russian history and have a pretty good idea about the changing influences on Jews in those areas.

      If you look on Familysearch site (the Mormons) you can see the family name Litzen and it is usually Swedish/German/Finnish.

      Philip thinks David Litzen changed his name to Jacobs for business reasons and also because it was easier to pronounce.
    • When his wife was buried in 1807 at Ducking Pond Lane the burial records list her as being the wife of JACOBS David (David b. Coppel Letson)
      Ducking Pond Lane is shown on the 1830 map as Ducking Pond Row and the burial ground on North Street (modern Brady Street)

  • Sources 
    1. [S2313] Carol Freeman's Database.
      Record updated from...

    2. [S2822] Old Bailey Hearings - Jacobs, David 1801-07-01, Bef Jan 2020.
      Age given as 75 in July 1801

    3. [S2467] Witness Statement - Jacobs, David, 9 Oct 2010.

    4. [S506] Witness statement - David Jacobs Z001, 1 Jan 1980.

    5. [S3377] Old Bailey Hearings - Jacobs, David 1781-09-12, 1 Jan 1980.

    6. [S5452] Jacobs, David (b. 1727) - Middlesex Sessions - 1792, 6 Mar 2024.

    7. [S5566] Old Bailey - David Jacobs as Abraham Jacobs, 29 May 2024.

    8. [S2831] Old Bailey Hearings - Jacobs, David 1798-09-12, Bef 6 Nov 2019.

    9. [S2822] Old Bailey Hearings - Jacobs, David 1801-07-01, Bef 6 Nov 2019.

    10. [S2188] Great Synagogue Burial Records - Source: www.synagoguescribes.com copyright A. Shire, Bef 6 Nov 2019.
      Ref: GSBUR 177/1257
      Date: 1809 [31 Jan]
      Family Name: [Jacobs??]
      Forename: -
      Hebrew Name: David
      Father Hebrew: Jacob Litzin

    11. [S34] Calculated, 1 Jan 1980.
      Based on son's birth