New York Synagogue records 1822-32 #usa #records

Sherri Bobish


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A marriage announcement in The NY Spectator in 1829:

Married on Wednesday 4th Feb., by The Rev. Phenix HART,  Mr, Joshua D. NORDEN, of this city, to MIss Catharine, eldest daughter of Henry Lazarus, of Charleston, S.C.

Also Dec. 2, 1830, The NY Evening Post, Joshua D. NORDEN's name is included in a list of names of people having letters waiting for them at the post office.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Hazel Dakers

Many thanks indeed Barbara. Interestingly Meyer Mansfield's wife was born Lazarus - not an unusual name of course. I'll certainly follow up.  I looked at the Center for Jewish History's website and was not surprised that it is closed.  May be that is simply to physical visitors.  I shall certainly try writing to both.

Hazel Dakers

Barbara Ellman

The oldest synagogue in NY is Congregation Shearith Israel.  It is a Sephardic congregation.  The Lazarus family was a prominent member of the congregation.  The congregation has several cemeteries - it might be possible that a member of the family is buried in one.

The congregation is still operating.

There may also be some records at the Center for Jewish History
Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

Hazel Dakers

Are there any New York Synagogue records for the period 1822-32? If so, where are they?


I am trying to fill a gap in the short life of Joshua Davis Norden, a London Jew who eventually settled, along with siblings, in the Cape of Good Hope (now South Africa) and died there. Unusually there is a plaque in his memory in Grahamstown Cathedral. I have a little knowledge of his life in London, b. 1804, and a considerable amount about his life and death in the Cape and have previously written of his widow and youngest son’s return to the US


However, documentary evidence shows that between 1822 (when he wrote a letter in London) and 1832 (when he joined the Albany Lodge of the Society of Freemasons in Eastern Cape South Africa), Joshua Davis Norden went to New York and married an American woman named Catherine (surname???) Their eldest son, same name as father, was born 15 February 1830 in New York – according to South African records. Can anyone help me to find records of this marriage and birth? I would hope that such records would lead me also to uncover Catherine’s surname.


Hazel Dakers, London UK researching:

BIRNBAUM (Zgierz, Poland), GOLD (Zgierz, Poland),  HEIMANN (South Africa and Luegde, Germany), NORDEN/NORDON/NORTON (London and South Africa)