Samuel Jacobs was born in 1801 in London. He married Phoebe Levy, born in London in 1799, at the Great Synagogue London on 31 October 1821. They had three sons and six daughters, all born in London.
In 1836 Samuel, a clothes salesman, registered an insurance policy on 10 South Street, Manchester Square, London. The family are living at this address in the 1841 census.
His business must have prospered as by 1845 he has registered insurance polices at two other premises in London. Their eldest son, Philip, died in 1845 and is buried in Brady Street Jewish Cemetery. There is no record of the family in the 1851 census.
Samuel, Phoebe and four of their unmarried daughters were still living in London in the 1861 census, but have now moved to Paddington.
We do not know why they moved to Bath. Perhaps because of Samuel's health? Samuel is registered in the Bath Directories 1862-6 as a Gentleman living at 12 Bladud Buildings. He died there in 1866.
The Bath Chronicle of Thursday 8 Feb 1866 reports:
'Feb. 4, at 12, Bladud-buildings, Bath, Mr. Samuel Jacobs, late of Connaught-terrace, London, in the 65th year of his age.'
The Probate Register records that died a rich man - effects at death were under £5,000, which is £500,000 in 2020 terms.
Phoebe and three of their daughters, Harriet, Rachel and Julia are buried in Bath. We have not been able to find any records about the life of Samuel and Phoebe's other children except for Hannah, who married Abraham Edward Alexander and lived in Birmingham.