A man honest and upright
Mr Samuel son of Mr Simcha Dov
aged 46 years at his death on the first of the month Adar 11
in the year (5)643
May his soul be bound up in the bond of life eternal
איש תם וישר
ר שמואל בן ר שמחה דוב
בן מו שנה במתו
בראש חדש אדר שני
Samuel was born in Norwich, to Simon and Hannah Aaron. He had two bothers and a sister.
By 1851 Samuel, unmarried, was living in Torquay with his widowed mother (his father having died in 1844) and two unmarried brothers Rueben and Maurice. All three are listed as Jewellers.
In 1853 Samuel married Kate Reuben who was born and lived in Dover. They lived in Torquay and had three children, Louisa born in 1854, Rachel in 1854, and Simeon Reuben Aaron born in Newton Abbot in 1868.
The 1856 Kelly's directory for Torquay listing the Aaron Brothers, Goldsmiths and Jewellers at 4 Torwood Road. However, Maurice had died in 1855 and Reuben two years later. Perhaps this is why Samuel made his will in Torquay in 1962? Or perhaps his health was poor?
Samuel's will gives his address as 14 Strand . Samuel is listed as an Artillery Volunteer in 1871 and still listed as a resident of Torquay in March 1873. Soon after, in May 1873 Samuel and his family, including his mother, had moved to Bath, when the Bath Chronicle advertised 'The shop no 6 Broad Street lately carried on by Helier and Lewis, is now opened by Aaron from Torquay'. Their daughter Louisa also advertised in June 1873 as a 'Professor of Piano Forte' and the paper carries many reports of her piano concerts at the Pump Room, commenting on her 'graceful execution and skilful execution'.
Samuel died at 6 Broad St, Bath in 1881. The cause of death is 'malignant tumour on the neck'. His son Simeon Reuben Aaron was present at his death. His personal estate was valued at less than £300.
After her husband's death in 1881, Kate took on the lease at 6 Broad Street for the yearly rent of £50 ( just over £6,000 today) advertising as a Dealer in Antique Plate. She died in 1901 and is buried in grave 13.
Louisa fell on hardtimes after her mother's death. In the 1911 census she is recorded as an unmarried teacher of music living at St Giles workhouse in London. We think she died in 1925 in Wandsworth London.
Rachel is listed in the 1911 census as unmarried and a visitor in Ramsgate. We are unable to trace any more records.
Simeon (Sydney) became a 'traveller in mock jewellery' married to Blanche, an Australian, and travelled frequently between New York, Cape Town and London where he lived. He died in 1933 in Ilford.
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Tomorham, Torquay, Devon
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Kate Aaron: Dealer in Antique Plate