Jane Clench of Bloxworth

One of Ari’s 8x great-grandmothers was Jane Clench. She was born on 26 June 1709 in Bloxworth, Dorset, and baptised at St Andrew’s.


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Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812, Ancestry.co.uk

Her parents were Charles Clench and Jane Stroud.

On 3 Jan 1732, Jane married a farmer, Matthew Abbott, at the same church.

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Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812, Ancestry.co.uk

They had at least seven children, and at some point between the birth of Dorothy in 1744 and the next daughter Martha in 1749, they had moved about ten miles north, to the village of Winterborne Stickland.

Jane died in November 1756 and was buried in Winterborne Stickland on 1 Dec.

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Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812, Ancestry.co.uk

The note in the register was because of an Act requiring burial in wool to support the woollen industry.

“No corpse of any person (except those who shall die of the plague) shall be buried in any shift, sheet, or shroud, or anything whatsoever made or mingled with flax, hemp, silk, hair, gold, or silver, or in any stuff, or thing, other than what is made of sheep’s wool only.”

An affidavit had to be provided attesting that the burial complied with the Act. (See https://www.hungerfordvirtualmuseum.co.uk/index.php/10-themes/961-buried-in-woollen.)

The following year, Jane’s husband Mathew married a widow called Mary.

Ari, this is how you are related to Jane:

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The New Jersey connection: part 2

I wanted to write a bit more about the Feinstein family’s connection to New Jersey, having recently discovered some interesting newspaper records which give us a lot of information about their lives.

Ari’s 4x great-grandfather Isaac (Itsik) Abram Feinstein and his wife Sheva (Sophia) Brenner lived in Liepaja, Latvia, and had seven or eight children. Their first daughter, Johanna or Jennie, was born in Liepaja in 1864. Johanna married Louis Solomon in Liepaja in about 1887 and their children were all born there. They then emigrated to New Jersey in about 1905, in time to appear in the 1910 census. This census tells us that they had had eight children but only six were still living. The US census also tells us that they spoke Yiddish and English.

I have only found the passenger record of the children, who sailed alone from Liepaja to New York on the SS Petersburg in December 1906. The oldest, Esther, was 17, and the youngest, Meyer, was 7. The ship record says that their fare had been paid by their mother and that they had no money. They said that they were going to join their father at 1584 Madison Avenue, New York.

In 1918, Louis Solomon and his son Meyer and daughter Bessie were involved in a “murderous attack” on a police magistrate after a dispute with a customer:

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Asbury Park Press, 15 Aug 1918, page 1. Newspapers.com
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Asbury Park Press, 16 Aug 1918, page 2. Newspapers.com

And then a newspaper account I found from 1920 described a horrible accident involving Lewis and Meyer:

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Asbury Park Press, 3 Jan 1920, page 1. Newspapers.com

In 1923, one of Louis and Johanna’s daughters, Molly, died of an embolism in Sioux City, Iowa. The death record confirms details of her parents:

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Iowa, Death Records, 1920–1940, Ancestry.co.uk

Apart from the US census records, the city directories are very helpful. Here are Louis and Johanna in Asbury Park, New Jersey, in 1924, with son Meyer:

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U.S. City Directories, 1822–1995, Ancestry.co.uk

Meyer died in 1925 of heart failure, in his twenties.

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Asbury Park Press, 13 July 1925, page 2. Newspapers.com

Louis Solomon was advertising in the Asbury Park Press in 1929:

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Asbury Park Press, 25 May 1929, page 12. Newspapers.com

When Johanna died in July 1932, there was an obituary in The Daily Record, which made a mistake with her place of birth:

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The Daily Record, 8 July 1932, page 3, Newspapers.com

This allowed me to find her grave at Chesed Shel Ames Hebrew Cemetery in New Jersey (see https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/194767578/johanna-solomon for a photo).

I wonder how much contact there was between this branch and the siblings who went to South Africa. I know that Johanna’s oldest son, Sheftel (Cecil) was sent to South Africa at 15 to avoid having to serve for sixteen years in the Russian army, and he went to join her brother Aaron.

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Asbury Park Press, 29 June 1910, page 2. Newspapers.com