Grave 41
     

Phoebe Wolfe

1800 – 1860

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Phoebe Lyon was born in Bideford Devon in 1800, one of the five children of Francis Lyon, a watch and clock maker, and Sarah Wolfe, the daughter of Abraham Woolfe one of the founders of the Portsmouth synagogue.
We know nothing of  Phoebe's  life until 1836 when she married Solomon Wolfe, the Reader of the Bath Jewish congregation at the Corn St Synagogue. He was 56 years old when they married - was he perhaps the son of Phoebe's grandfather Abraham? 

Phoebe and Solomon had two daughters, Frances born in 1837 and Hannah born 1841 in Bath. 

Solomon could not make a living on his salary as reader so he supplemented his salary by working part of the week at his general dealers shop at 2 Lower Borough Walls, helped by Phoebe and their two daughters.

Phoebe died in March 1860 aged 60 of cancer. Solomon was present at her death at their home in 43 Walcot Street (now the YMCA). We assume that she is buried in the grave adjacent to Solomon Wolfe.
Hannah Wolfe, dressmaker,  married Harris Freedman, a pawnbroker from Glamorgan, at Bath Synagogue in March  1861. Harris died in 1862 a month after being hit on the head by a ‘powerful man’ whilst in Rhymney. Following his death his father refused a post mortem despite the fact that the doctor put Harris’ death down to the blow, consequently nothing further was done.

Their son Solomon died in 1864 at the age of two. In 1865 Hannah married John Corbet who a fishmonger born in Poland, though he later turned to painting and decorating. They moved to Southampton and then to Leigh on Sea. 

They had six children who became respectively a house decorator, a teacher, a silversmith, a watchmaker, a teacher of music and a carpenter. John Corbett dies 1 June 1928 Rochford Essex Hannah Wolfe dies 1 March 1929 Kidderminster.

Frances Wolfe married Frederick Elias Frielich in 1870 (born in Hessen) and they lived in Portsea where Frederick was a fishmonger. They had three children; Solomon, Rachael and Phoebe. Frederick died in 1896 and Francis in 1902, whilst living in Bristol, which is where she was buried. We assume she had been staying with Phoebe as she was living there with her husband, Sydney Rosen. 
Census records
 1841  4 Church Street, St James  Bath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Solomon Wolfe 45
Foreign parts
Head
Reader at synagogue
Phoebe Wolfe 35
Outside Somerset
Wife
Wife
Frances Wolfe 4
Somerset
Son
Unstated
 1851  5 Walcot Street  Bath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Phoebe Wolfe 47
Biddeford
Wife
Shop keeper
Frances Wolfe 14
Bath
Son
None
Hannah Wolf 9
Bath
Daughter
None
Associated addresses
 1840-1846  2 Lower Borough Walls  Bath
Second hand clothes shop of Solomon and Phoebe Wolfe
Phoebe Wolfe 
Solomon Wolfe 
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Phoebe Wolfe
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