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Annie Somers

1850 – 1915

Reuben Somers

1854 – 1941

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Annie Somers
Annie Somers (nee Crozey/Crowsey) was  born in Poland. We assume she came to England with her husband  Reuben Somers a Russian subject who came to this country  in 1873 from Poland with capital of £20 and obtained employment as a  tailor in London.  

Their first three children were all born in Shoreditch, London. The family  moved to Newport where  3 more children were born before moving to Bath by 1885 when the birth of another daughter was registered in July followed by another daughter in 1889. Reuben is listed in the 1889 Bath Directory as a master tailor living at 15 Kingston Road.  

In the 1890s tragedy struck the family when Annie and Reuben's eldest son Hyman died aged 15 of Tuberculosis followed four years later by  their daughter   Miriam aged 12 who also died of Tuberculosis.
  
In June 1902 Reuben moved to London. We assume the family went with him. It was not a successful venture. At the  debtors court in 1904 it was reported that 'he purchased for £20, money given to him by a friend, the fixtures and fittings of a tailors shop at 57 Goldhawk Rd. He traded there unsuccessfully until January 1903 when he closed the shop and has since been in employment in the trade'.  By 1905 he is back in Bath working and living from 4 Pierrepoint Street. In 1910 Annie Somers advertises  'Apartments with or without board, strictly kosher at Washington House , Pierrepoint Street" in the Jewish Chronicle.

Annie died in 1915. A surviving great granddaughter reports that she is buried here but there is no headstone. 

Reuben Somers
'The Oldest Jew in Bath' ran a headline in the Bath Chronicle in 1928. Reuben was a longstanding and well known member of the Bath Jewish community. In 1890 he signed a 21 year lease for the Synagogue in Corn Street,  and he was treasurer for the Synagogue in 1900-01.  He  led an extraordinary and long life. 

In a statement to the debtors court in 1904 Reuben stated that he was a Russian subject and in 1873 came to this country from Poland with capital of £20 and obtained employment as a  tailor in London.  

His wife Annie (Crowsey) was also born in Poland and their first 3 children were all born in Shoreditch, London. They moved to Newport where three more children were born, before moving to Bath by 1885 when the birth of another daughter was registered in July followed by another daughter in 1889. 

Reuben is listed in the 1889 Bath Directory as a master tailor living at 15 Kingston Road.  In the early 1890s he has moved his workshop to 7 Railway Place. It was there in 1893 that his eldest son Hyman died aged 15 of tuberculosis. Tragedy struck again four years later when Hyman's sister Miriam died aged 12 also of tuberculosis. 

In June 1902 Reuben moved to London to set up a tailor's shop. It was not a successful venture. At the  debtors court in 1904 it was reported that 'he purchased for £20, money given to him by a friend, the fixtures and fittings of a tailors shop at 57 Goldhawk Rd. He traded there unsuccessfully until January 1903 when he closed the shop and has since been in employment in the trade'.  

By 1905 he is back in Bath working and living from 4 Pierrepoint Street. In 1910 Annie Somers advertises  'Apartments with or without board, strictly kosher at Washington House Pierrepoint Street' in the Jewish Chronicle.

After Annie's death,  Rueben moved to 5 Cleveland Place West where he ran an orthodox boarding house. In 1924 the Jewish Chronicle advertised that 'Services for the High Festival will be held at Mr Somers Boarding House'.  

By 1927 he was living with his daughter Mary in her private hotel at 33 Henrietta  Street, which advertised as  also strictly orthodox. Reuben died in 1941 in St Martin's Hospital. His great granddaughter, who still lives in Bath, reports that he and his wife Annie are buried here near the cottage with no headstones. 

Annie Somers
See Reuben Somers for full family history
Reuben Somers
Were there two sisters with the same name.  Miriam Somers is born in Monmouth in 1891. The death of Miriam Somers aged 12 is recorded in  Bath in 1897. There is no headstone for her.  Miriam Somers  is still recorded in the 1901 census, aged 19 which fits with the Miriam Somers born in Monmouth. So who is the Miriam that died ? A sister Rose is listed in the 1891 census aged 6. And the  birth of Miriam Summers, mother Crowsey was registered in Bath in 1885. So it looks like there were two daughters with the same name! Reuben signed the death certificates with a  X and it is possible that he was illiterate for all his life. 

Abraham, Reuben and Annie's youngest son, is registered in the 1911 census as living in the Somerset and Bath Lunatic Asylum. His death in 1912 is registered  in Wells. We don't know where he is buried. 

Rachel Somers is listed In the 1911 census at a lodging house for working girls, 45 Gt Prescott St, Aldgate, London, aged 20, unmarried, inmate, out of work, born at Bath.

Mary Somers married George Willcox Jones. They had 2 children. George died in 1919 and Mary ran a private hotel at 33 Henrietta Street Bath until her death in 1950. 

Miriam Somers married  Adrien Charlebois in 1917. They had one son Anthony who died in Bath in 1999. Miriam was widowed by 1930 and died in Bath in 1944 aged 59.

Clara Somers never married. She died in 1960 in Mendip Hospital Wells. 
Adelaide Somers also never married. She helped her sister Mary to run the Henrietta hotel until 1950. She spent her last 2 years in Tonbridge, Kent and  died there  May 1963.  In 2006 the family moved her plaque  to Bath cemetery. 
Census records
 1881  24 LLanarth Street  Newport
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Reuben Somers 40
Poland
Head
Tailor
Annie Somers 32
Poland
Wife
Wife
Mary Somers 8
London
Daughter
scholar
Clara Somers 5
London
Daughter
scholar
Hyman Somers 3
London
Son
Child
Adelaide Somers 1
Monmouth
Daughter
Child
 1891  15 Kingston Road  Bath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Reuben Somers 49
Poland
Head
Tailor
Annie Somers 44
Poland
Wife
Wife
Mary Somers 18
London
Daughter
Tailoress
Clara Somers 16
London
Daughter
Apprentice
Hyman Somers 13
London
Son
Apprentice
Adelaide Somers 11
Monmouth
Daughter
Scholar
Miriam Somers 9
Monmouth
Daughter
Scholar
Abraham Somers 8
Monmouth
Son
Scholar
Rose Somers 6
Bath
Daughter
scholar
Rachel Somers 2
Bath
Daughter
Child
David Cohen 17
Poland
Other refer DT
Apprentice
 1901  15  Kingston Road  Walcot
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Reuben Somers 48
Poland
Head
Tailor
Annie Somers 52
Poland
Wife
Wife
Mary Somers 26
London
Daughter
Unknown
Clara Somers 24
London
Daughter
Unknown
Adelaide Somers 21
Monmouth
Daughter
Unknown
Miriam Somers 19
Monmouth
Daughter
Unknown
Abraham Somers 19
Monmouth
Son
Clothier
Rachel Somers 11
Bath
Daughter
Unknown
 1911  4  Pierrepoint Street  Bath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Reuben Somers 58
Poland
Head
Tailor
Annie Somers 62
Poland
Wife
Wife
Clara Somers 26
London
Daughter
Unknown
Miriam Somers 19
Newport
Daughter
unknown
 1911  4  Pierrepoint Street  Bath
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Reuben Somers 58
Poland
Head
Tailor
Annie Somers 62
Poland
Wife
Wife
Clara Somers 26
London
Daughter
Not given
Miriam Somers 19
Newport
Daughter
Not given
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Annie Somers
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