Grave 57
     

Hetty Samuel

1808 – 1867

[We do not have the Hebrew characters yet]

Sacred
TO THE MEMORY OF
HETTY, THE BELOVED WIFE OF
DAVID SAMUEL.
OF PHILADELPHIA, U.S. AMERICA
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
May 26TH 1867.
AGED 58.
YEAR 21ST 5627
"May her soul rest in Peace"


Hetty (Ester) Moss was the wife of David Samuel. They emigrated to Philadelphia in 1835 with their three children Henry, John and Eleanor, all born in London. They had two more sons born in Philadelphia, Joseph in 1853 and J  Bunford Samuel in 1854.  

We know from J Bunford's letters that are preserved in the archives of the Board of Deputies of British Jews that 'My father and mother visited England for my mother's health. She died in Bath 26th May 1867. My father is buried here (Philadelphia). Two sisters of my father (Samuel Samuel) are buried also in Bath'. We know one of these is Matilda Samuel (grave 17). We have not yet identified the other sister. One of Samuel Samuel's relatives also contributed to the fund to extend the Burial Ground in 1861. 

J Bunford Samuel visited the Burial Ground in Combe Down in September 1908 when he was in England. He met Mr Somers (buried Bath 1842 in an unmarked grave) and was concerned that there were not enough funds for repairs and upkeep of the Burial Ground.  

Throughout 1911 he wrote many letters in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade the Board of Deputies of British Jews to take responsibility for the cemetery. He offered to make yearly donations and to establish a fund with a donation of £100 (about £12,000 today). Perhaps because of concerns about the upkeep of the cemetery, J Bunford Samuel came to England in 1922 to exhume his mother's body and transport it and the tombstone to Philadelphia where she was reburied next to her husband David in Mount Sinai Cemetery. 

The image here is of the tombstone in Philadelphia.
The only detail we have of Hetty's life in Philadelphia is that she was an office of the Females Hebrew Benevolent Society.

We don't know the Samuel family's connection with Philadelphia. Three of David's siblings  also emigrated to Phildelphia, Frederick, Albert and Eleanor. 
David and Hetty lived in Philadelphia with their four sons and daughter. From the 1880 and 1890 Philadelphia census records it seems that Herny (a merchant) Joseph (an artist) and Eleanor (keeping house) never married. Clara married Fredrick Myers and they had one daughter, Frances. Clara  died in 1860.

J Bunford Samuel married Ellen Phillips Samuel (1849 -1913). He wrote 'From Records of the Samuel Family' in 1913, which contains images for his father and mother, David and Hetty Samuel, and his grandparents Samuel and Brindella Samuel. We know from David's passport application that he was 5ft 7in, had a high forehand, hazel eyes, a prominent nose, a large mouth, full chin, black hair and a sallow complexion!

His wife, Ellen Phillips Samuels was a remarkable woman. She was a philanthropic supporter of many cultural activities in Philadelphia and when she died in 1913 left the bulk of her estate in trust to the Art Association. The Ellen Phillips memorial in Fairmount Park includes three terraces and seventeen sculptures.
Census records
 1850   South Ward  Philadelphia
Name | Age
Birth
Relationship
Occupation
Hetty Samuel 41
Poland
Wife
Wife
David Samuel 40
England
Head
Merchant
Henry Samuel 21
Philadelphia
Head
Clerk
John Samuel 20
Philadelphia
Head
Student at law
Ellen Samuel 17
Philadephia
Daughter
Unknown
Clara Samuel 14
Philadephia
Daughter
Unknown
Edward Samuel 5
Philadelphia
Son
Unknown
Associated addresses
 1867-1867  21 Milsom Street  Bath
Lodging House where Hetty Samuel died in 1867.
Hetty Samuel 
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Hetty Samuel
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