Ketubahs; Marriage certificates; Manuscripts, Hebrew -- 19th century
Bound compilation of manuscript marriage contracts for 62 couples married by George Jacobs between November 5, 1873, and November 13, 1881. Jacobs served as the rabbi of Congregation Beth El Emeth from 1869 to his death in 1884. His term followed that of Isaac Leeser, who founded the synagoge in 1857 and served as its rabbi until his death in 1868. Most weddings took place in Philadelphia, with two each in Doylestown and Lancaster, Pennsylvania; one each in Harrisburg, Manayunk, Abingdon, and Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; and one each in Richmond and Lynchburg, Virginia. Every ketubah is written in the hand of Jacobs, with the abridged ketubah text in a single block paragraph, justified by stretching characters, and his Hebrew name Gershon bar Mosheh S_imh_ah inscribed at the foot of each leaf. Ketubahs are signed by the groom and 2 witnesses. Congregational president Morris Rosenbach signed as witness on several occasions. Couples' English names, wedding date, and wedding location when not in Philadelphia recorded in English at the head of each leaf. The contracts were entered into the volume from left to right on the rectos, with versos left blank. Volume bound in blind-stamped leather, with gilt title on left cover; covers detached and spine damaged.
Congregation Beth El Emeth (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jacobs, George, 1834-1884
Aramaic; Hebrew; English
Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica (University of Pennsylvania)
Codices; Receipts (financial records); Tax stamps; Manuscripts, American -- 19th century
An oblong, leather-bound volume containing receipts of payment to various people and companies in Ringtown, Pennsylvania spanning the years from 1852 to 1866. Receipts of payment were made to banks, Jewish merchants, to bury lumber, rent, and working on Rumbel's farm. Some payments were made to Herman Benner, Joshua Weiner of Miners Bank, and John J. Zimmerman. A payment of judgement was made in favor of Daniel Larer. Revenue stamps are affixed to receipts from 1864 to 1866. The receipts in the volume are written parallel to the spine in the manner of a note pad. Inscription on inside front cover: Daniel Rumbel his book February 15, 1851. The receipts are written on the first twenty leaves. The remainder of the volume is blank.
One of six children born to Henry and Salome Andrews Rumbel in East Brunswick, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. The family moved to Ringtown where Henry Rumbel was a lumber merchant. Daniel Rumbel inherited and purchased tracts of his father's and ran profitable farming and timber operations. Additionally, he trained to become a shoemaker. Rumbel sold lumber to the Catawissa Railroad Company. He sold portions of his land to Jacob Laudig and the Ringtown Fair Association. Rumbel later lost his land in a sheriff's sale after backing others' business ventures. Rumbel became a shoemaker opening his own shop in Ringtown. Rumbel married Sarah Seltzer and they had three children: Emmaline, William, and Trenton.