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Re: Searching for Leah Noah Da Costa #unitedkingdom

Christine Hills
 

I am trying to find the birth name of Leah who married Solomon Noah Da Costa, they are my 4xGt. Grandparents. This is Soloman's record:
FS Birth register (1767-1881) Bevis Marks Synagogue Salomon /Da Costa Noah/ Sex:Male Birth: 18 September 1770 PARENTS:Father:Isaac De Abraham Gomez /Da Costa/ Mother: Ester De Jacob /Dias/ SOURCE Miriam Rodrigues-Pereira, BA and Chloe Loewe, PhD, The Birth register (1767-1881) of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation, London (London, The Spanish and Portuguese jews' Congregation, 1993. The Birth register (1767-1881) 1/L1 K35s pt. 5.) CITING THIS RECORD The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Community Trees," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3W9K-Z5C : accessed 2017-05-26), Salomon /Da Costa Noah/. and circumcised at the Bevis Marks Synagogue, London, England on September 25, 1770.
I guess Solomon and Leah were married at Bevis Marks about 1798 as their 5 children were born between 1800 and 1817.
I would be grateful for any help in finding Leah's birth name.
Thank you. Christine Hills tinasusanamy@... born in England now living in Dublin Ireland

martyn@...
 

I have searched Bevis Marks records but can find no marriage between Solomon/Saloman da Costa and Leah (?), so it is possible that they were married in another synagogue, not Sephardi.  It is also possible that in  spite of her Jewish name of Leah, she was not Jewish and they were married in a church.
I will try in the next day or so to search through the BM records for the forename Leah and see if I can trace her that way.
Regards
Martyn Woolf

Christine Hills
 

Thank you Martyn, I couldn't find a marriage on the family search, but anything is possible. This is my souce for Leah's name and why I thought the marriage was at Bevis Marks.

Knowles Collection Register of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews Leah //Sex Female MARRIAGES (1) Spouse Solomon /Da Costa Noah/ SOURCES (1) Miriam Rodrigues-Pereira, BA and Chloe Loewe, PhD, The Birth register (1767-1881) of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation, London (London, The Spanish and Portuguese jews' Congregation, 1993. FHL book #942.1/L1 K35s pt. 5.)
Regards,
Christine

Laura Isenstein
 

There is a DaCosta family in Charleston SC dating back to the mid 18th Century immigrated from London UK. There is a Solomon DaCosta. Not sure of Leah, but you might try researching the family name in Charleston South Carolina USA. Hope this is helpful.

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martyn@...
 

Hi Christine,  I have looked at Noah da Costa marriages and Da Costa Noah marriages but could not find a Leah as a bride in any of them. I have found all five of her children, as you said, in the Birth Register of BM 1767-1881.  They are, Esther, 30 May 1800, Isaac, 20 July 1803, Abraham, 23 July 1805, Sarah, 21 March 1813 and Sampson, 10 March 1817.
I still wonder whether Leah may not have been Sephardi and she and Solomon may have been married in an Ashkenazi synagogue. I have looked quickly through the Great Synagogue and the New and Hambro synagogue records but cannot see a marriage for Leah there either.  So there is still the possibility of a Church marriage. It did happen and there is one in my family, of a couple who were certainly Jewish.  I have always thought that maybe the couple's parents forbade the marriage and that was a way they got around the family disapproval.
Sorry I cannot help more.

Christine Hills
 

Thank you for trying Martyn, those are the children I have for her, Sarah is my 3x Gt. Grandmother.  I will try some of the churches in the Stepney area for Leah and Soloman's marriage.
Christine Hills Dublin

martyn@...
 

I think that the best church to try first would be St. Mary's Whitechapel and then maybe St. Botolph's Aldgate.  Both within the area where Leah was probably living.
 I do wish you luck.

Martyn Woolf
London