A worthy and beloved wife
True and straight were her words
Torah from her lips was as sweet as honey
Kindness and mercy were her pleasures
Daily conscientiously attended to the duties of her household
Until illness prevented her any more
Her pure soul departing unto eternity
Devastated and bitterly weeping were her husband and children
Who now must leave the beauty of the home and keep it going alone
Yenta wife of Abraham ben Yosef Levi
71 years of age died on the 22nd Ellul 5655
SGL = Segal The name Segal is said to be derived from Hebrew segan leviyyah (assistant to the Levites)
אשה חשובה ואהובה
נפת תטפנה שפתתיה
חסדורחמים היו שעשועיה
צנה וסחרה לביתההכינה
איר שבתמחמר ביתםפארלב
האשה יענטעאשת אברהםבןיוסףסגל
כב אלול תרנה לפק
BORN AT HILDESHEIM JUL 26. 5583 AM
DIED AT BATH SEPTEMBER 22. 5684,
AGED 71MERCY AND TRUTH ARE MET TOGETHER; RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE HAVE KISSED EACH OTHER. PSALM LXXXV, VERSE 10
Henriette Meyerhof was born in Hildeshiem Germany in 1823. She arrived in England in December 1859. By the 1861 census she is married to Abraham Leon, and they are living in Sheffield, with Abraham's brother and his wife. They had two children, Joseph and Golda while in Sheffield. Abraham was a successful knife and cutlery maker.
There is no record for the family in the 1871 census so we are unsure when or why they moved to Bath. Perhaps for health reasons as Henriette suffered from chronic bronchitis. The earliest record we have is an entry for September 1879 in the Bath synagogue minute book for A Leon.
By 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.
Henriette died on 22 September 1894 at Lime Lodge, Wells Road, aged 71. Cause of death was bronchitis, acute for 17 years. Her son Joseph was present at her death
See life story of Abraham Leon
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.
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