Grave 19
     

Leah Brooks

1851 – 1883

She died young, taken from her husband and children
A precious woman, Leah daughter of (title?) 
Mordecai zl died Thurs 27 Menachem Av
....
She returned to her father's house in her youth
she ascended to heaven at the cost of her days
Praised (loved/respected) by all her acquaintances
 May her soul be bound up in the bond of life eternal

[notes: the first (rightmost) letters of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines are emphasised and say:

לאה

which is LEAH.
The name of the fifth month on the Jewish calendar, Av, literally means 'father'. It is customary to add the name 'Menachem', which means comforter or consoler—so , as here, Menachem Av.

פנ

מרתמלכהבתר

שמואלמלאנדוןשהלכה 

לשלמהכיוםגלחדש

שבטונקברהביוםהלהר

עשקבתשבעיםשנהואהד

שנתתרכזפהבאטה

ת  נ   צ   ב   ה 


IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
LEAH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
ALFRED BROOKS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AUGUST THE 30TH 5643 – 1883
AGED 31 YEARS.
--
DEEPLY LAMENTED BY HER SORROWING HUSBAND BY HER BELOVED CHILDREN AND RELATIVES
--
MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE


Leah Marks was born in 1851 in Birmingham to James and Sarah Marks. Her father James was born in Poland in 1811 and was a cap maker. They had seven sons and seven daughters.

In 1872 Leah married Alfred Brooks, who was born in Warsaw in 1851. Leah and Alfred Brooks are not recorded in the 1881 census. However, intriguingly in the 1891 census living with two of Leah's sisters, Gertrude and Amelia and her mother Sarah, are three nieces, Gertrude L Brooks aged 15 born Birmingham, Amelia G Brooks aged 11 born Cape Town South Africa, Florence L Brooks aged 11 born Capetown South Africa, and a nephew  Louis M Brooks aged 10 born South Africa. Are these Leah and Alfred's children? Did they go to South Africa in the 1870s?

We don't know why Leah was visiting Bath in 1883 where she tragically died aged just 32 of smallpox in the statutory hospital Claverton. 

We don't know what happened to Alfred. Their children continued to live in London. 

Census records
 1851  13 Moat Lanes  Birmingham
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Leah Brooks 0
Birmingham
Daughter
Child
James Marks 40
Poland
Head
Cap Maker
Sarah Marks 36
Surrey
Head
Wife
 1861  27  Edgebaston St  Birmingham
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Leah Brooks 11
Birmingham
Daughter
scholar
James Marks 57
Poland
Head
Cap Maker
Sarah Marks 45
Surrey
Wife
Wife
 1871  5 Wellington Terrace  Balsall Heath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Leah Brooks 19
Birmingham
Daughter
not stated
James Marks 60
Poland
Head
Cap Maker
Sarah Marks 52
Surrey
Head
Wife
Associated addresses
     Statutory Hospital   Claveton
Statutory Hospital at the bottom of Brassknocker Hill
Leah Brooks 
19
Leah Brooks
d1883