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Jesse Fishel

1795 – 1870

Here lies
the woman 
Mrs Jessse daughter of Myer 
who died on the 12th day of Shevat 
in the year 630 small counting aged 74 years 
May her soul be bound up in the bond of life eternal

נפ
חרמ השאריאמ חב הישי
טבשב בי םויב הרטפנ
הנש דע חב קפל לרח חנש
הבצנח


SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JESSE FISHEL,
DIED JANUARY 13TH 1870,
AGED 74
MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE


Jesse (née Joseph) was born in London and married Myer Fishel, a watchmaker and jeweller, who is buried in the adjacent grave. 

Their five children were all born in Bath but as far as we know none was buried here. Jessie is listed in the 1833 Bath Directory as a Wardrobe Dealer. 

After her husband died in 1861, she ran an antiques business at 11 Union Passage (source: Bath City Directories for 1864-1871). Jessie's death aged 74 was registered 1870/Q1 in Bath.
The Fishel family arrived in Bath in the early 1830s. The 1833 Bath Street Directory lists Myer Fishel, Silversmith at 6 New Bond Street. 

The family suffered an early setback: on 2 July 1835 the Bath Chronicle carried a report of a 'Daring burglary and extensive robbery' at the dwelling house of Mr Fishell, Jeweller, of Walcot Buildings. The thieves crossed the river in a boat and tied ladders together to reach the drawing room window. Watches and jewellery to the value of £100 were stolen. 

The family stayed in Bath and a few years later in 1839 the Bath City Directory lists Myer Fishell as a watchmaker and optician in Broad Street. By 1846 he is listed as a watchmaker and optician at 1 New Broad Street Place and by 1858 as a Watchmaker and Antiquarian at 4 Upper Walls. 

The same Directory lists Jessie at the same address as a Wardrobe dealer.

The census records that their five children were all born in Somerset; Morris in 1832, Elizabeth in 1834, Samuel in 1835, Louis in 1836 and Amelia in 1838. Amelia's birth is recorded in Bath. 

 A number of reports in the Bath Chronicle paint a vivid picture of life in Bath during the 1840s and 50s:

In 1847 'two little urchins' were convicted of stealing a silver plated cup from Myer Fishel.

In 1847 a thief was committed to trial for stealing a silver skewer, which he offered for sale to Mrs Fischel who detained it as she thought it was stolen

In 1850, Samuel is accused and acquitted of stealing two silver spoons from Mr R Solomons; in 1853 Samuel is assaulted in Upper Burough Walls and in 1852 Louis was fined 2s 6p for committing assault. In 1853 Mr Fishel was summoned for the recovery of 11s 6p for commission on the sale on a piano and 1856 Mrs Fishel is summoned for non payment of 2s for a bonnet (payment was subsequently made).

It is possible that the family are related to Barnett Lichtenstein, Reader at the Synagogue 1867-mid 1870s, who was married to Susannah Fishel, but it has not been possible to evidence the connection. 

The Myer children did not stay in Bath. Morris went to London where he initially lived with Samuel Joseph - perhaps his uncle. He was baptised in 1852 and married Harriet Banks.

Louis and Amelia went to the USA. Elizabeth married Joseph S Woolf and had four children in New Orleans. Louis died in new Orlean in 1916. Amelia never married - after the death of her mother she went to the USA and lived with Louis in New Orleans until she died in 1922. There is no further trace of Samuel.
Census records
 1841   Kingsmead St  Bath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Myer Fishel 50
Somerset
Head
Watchmaker
Jesse Fishel 40
Somerset
Wife
Unrecorded
Samuel Fishel 6
Somerset
Son
Unrecorded
Amelia Fishel 2
Bath
Son
Unrecorded
Morris Fishel 9
Somerset
Son
Unrecorded
Elizabeth Fishel 7
Somerset
Daughter
Unrecorded
Louis Fischel 4
Somerset
Son
Unrecorded
 1851  36  Westgate Street  Bath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Myer Fishel 66
Poland
Head
Watchmaker
Jesse Fishel 47
London
Wife
Wife
Elizabeth Fishel 13
Bath
Head
Unrecorded
Samuel Fishel 16
Bath
Head
Jeweller
Louis Fischel 14
Bath
Head
Unrecorded
Amelia Fishel 12
Bath
Head
Unrecorded
 1861  11 Union Passage  Bath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Myer Fishel 84
London
Head
Jeweller
Amelia Fishel 22
Bath
Daughter
Dressmaker
Jesse Fishel 63
London
Wife
Wife
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