Points of interest

Children and infants

Child mortality in the 19th century was much higher than today. In Bath it was probably not as high as the 33% that was reported in the the City of London in 1849, however the number of child and infant graves that we can see now in the burial ground now (seven or so out of the total of about 60) probably gives a falsly low picture of child mortality.

Only two of the children have headstones, at least that survive: Minnie Tyler (grave 37) who died in 1898 aged 2 daughter of Simon Tyler, and Lewis Cohen Silverstone (grave 6) aged 4 son of Harriet and Simon Silverstone. 

There are also five unmarked children’s graves edged with stones in the centre part of the burial ground. Without burial records, which are either lost or never kept, there is no way to know who these children were or when they died.

Researching the families of the adults buried here, and their extended families, gives us circumstantial evidence and in some cases we can make reasonable assumptions. So we think that the one of the children is Solomon Freedman, who died 1864 aged 2, the grandson of Solomon and Phoebe Wolfe. Two further possibilities are probably Reuben Goldsmid who died in 1877 aged under one year, the son of Maria and Lewis Alfred Goldsmith, and Myla Slofpoffski, who died in 1883 aged 1year 7months, the daughter of Kate and Marcus.

We also think that there were many other graves likely to be of small infants, around the edges of the burial ground against the walls, which was the conventional place to bury them.

Child mortality

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