Grave 31
     

Abraham Leon

1818 – 1897

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ABRAHAM LEON
BORN AT HAGENOW 23RD AUGUST 1818
DIED AT BATH 23RD JUNE 1897


Abraham Leon was born in Mecklenburg, North Germany where his father Joseph was a merchant. Abraham and his brother Salaman (who later anglicised his name to Edward) travelled between London and Germany for several years from 1839. By 1844 both had moved to Sheffield, where their older first cousin lived with his wife and family.

By the 1851 the census Abraham, an unmarried merchant was living in Solly Street, Sheffield. He applied for naturalisation in the same year, stating that  he was an 'unmarried Manufacturer of Hardware and Cutlery and a Merchant, living at 196 Solly Street and with a business at 190 Solly Street'. 

He was a skilled craftsman and at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 showed his 'American Hunters knives, various sizes from 20 inches downwards, in Morocco and electro-plate sheaths. Dagger knives, elector plate and Morocco sheaths, with black and pearl dotted handles. Also pierced electro plate, with silk velvet sheath'. His knives and razors are much sought after by collectors today and command high prices.

Around 1860 Abraham married Henrietta Meyerhof. Their son Joseph was born in 1862 and their daughter Golda in 1865. 

An entry for September 1879 in the bath synagogue minute book for A Leon, evidences that the family had moved to the city. In the 1881 census Abraham, a Steel Manufacturer, and Henrietta are recorded with Golda, now aged 16 a pupil at Bath High School and Joseph, now aged 19 an undergraduate at London University. Together with a cook and two servants they lived at Lime Lodge, Oldfield Park, a large house and garden, which Abraham rented for £55 pa.

Abraham was a senior member of the Bath Jewish community and one of the signatures for the 21-year lease for the Corn Street Synagogue in 1890. 
Henrietta died in 1894 and is buried in grave 28. Abraham died in 1897.
His effects according to probate records amounted to £7,545, which is equivalent to about £1m in 2020.  Today his knives are much sought after by collectors and command high prices. 
Abraham was born in Mecklenburg Germany in 1818. His father was Joseph Liebermann Leon, born in 1785 in Mecklenburgh a merchant and his mother was Emilie Salamon born in Hanover in 1787. 

 Abraham was the youngest of three children. He had a sister Sabine born in 1813 and a brother Salamon born in 1816. 

There is a record for Salamon Leon from Germany arriving in the port of London in July 1939. It is likely that he anglicised his name to Edward. There is a record for Abraham Leon, born in Mecklenburg, arriving in the port of London in May 1840. In his naturalisation application, Abraham states that he travelled frequently between Germany and England until 1844 when he decided to  settle permanently in Sheffield. 

There is a record for Henrietta Meyerhof arriving Port of London from Bremen December 1859.

Abraham and Henrietta had two children:
Joseph born 1861 Sheffield, Yorkshire
Golda born January 1865, Sheffield, Yorkshire.

The death of Henriette Leon, aged 71, was registered 1894/Q3 Bath (grave 28). There was a death notice in the Bath Chronicle. The death of Abraham Leon, aged 78, was registered 1897/Q2 Bath. There was a death notice in the Bath Chronicle of Thursday 1 Jul 1897.

From the National Probate Calendar 1897: 'LEON Abraham of Lime- lodge Wells-road Bath retired steel-manufacturer died 23 June 1897'. Probate Bristol 17 September to Joseph Abraham Leon steel-merchant and Golda Elizabeth Leon spinster. Effects £7,545 15s. 4d. 

Son: Joseph Leon
Married July 1893 London to Ester Phoebe Defries (1864-1949). Son Edward Joseph Leon born Oct 1894 Paddington London.
Son Walter Abraham Leon born Northwood, Middlesex 18 August 1987 (1900-1897).
Son Henry, born 1903 Wood Green Middlesex.
Death of Joseph Leon: 24 May 1934 Paddington.

Golda Elizabeth Leon
Married April 1898 Paddington London to Harry Zwi Hirsch Heilbut. (1855-25 November Amsterdam).
Birth of daughter Frederika Olga Heilbut (1899-1943).  Emigrated  to New York 1940,  filed for naturalisation 1946, Death: Jan 1967, Pinellas, Florida US?
Brother: Edward, a furrier, married Emma Meyerhof (Henrietta's sister?) in 1852 in New York. They had three sons and Edward died in New York in 1877. 
Census records
 1851  7 Solly St  Sheffield
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Abraham Leon 30
Germany
Head
Hardware merchant
Name unknown 0
Unknown
Servant
Servant
 1861  17 Endcliffe Vale  Sheffield
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Abraham Leon 42
Mecklenburg, naturlaised British
Head
Cutting Merchant
Henriette Leon 37
Hanover
Wife
Wife
Edward Leon 45
Mecklenburg
Brother
Gentleman
Emma Leon 29
Hanover
Sister in law
wife
 1881  Lime Lodge Wells Road  Bath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Abraham Leon 62
Germany
Head
Steel Merchant
Henriette Leon 57
Hildersheim
Wife
Wife
Joseph Leon 19
Sheffield
Son
Undergraduate
Golda Leon 16
Sheffield
Daughter
Pupil
 1891  Lime Lodge Wells Way  Bath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Abraham Leon 72
Mecklenburgh
Head
Steel Manufacturer
Henriette Leon 67
Hildersheim
Wife
Wife
Joseph Leon 29
Sheffield
Son
Clerk
Golda Leon 26
Sheffield
Daughter
unknown
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