Solomon Block’s Household

Solomon Block and Mary Levinson, then a resident of Washington, Arkansas [Source Goldring/Woldenberg Institute for Southern Jewish Life](60-70 miles from Solomon’s home in Camden) were married 21 Feb 21 1856 in Hempstead County, Arkansas (Washington is in that County).

In 1860 the US Census showed the  family lived in Camden, Arkansas with children John Edward (age 4) and Joseph (age 6/12 months). [2] The family still resided in Camden in 1870 and the US Census roll included Solomon (47), Mary (32) , John (13) , Joseph(10) and Simon (age 6), Celesthia (age 4), Georgia (age 2) and Grace L (age 1) [subsequently I found a cemetery record. for Lena Grace Block (b. 24 Jan 1869 d. 15 Dec. 1871)]  A Sarah Hartman (age 13) was also part of the household. [3] Sometime between 1860 and 1870 Solomon Block purchased the Benjamin T. Powell home in Camden, Arkansas.

Solomon Block and his partner Edward Feibleman purchased a 1,900 acre sugar plantation on Bayou Teche on Louisiana, which Block managed. By 1880, the household had moved to New Orleans, Louisiana which is about 100 miles from New Orleans so perhaps Solomon Block left his family in the city while he was working at the plantation. Listed on the 1880 US Census roll as household members were Solomon (54), Mary (43), Lillie (14), Georgie (12), Isisdore (7) and Charles (4) plus Sarah Levy (27), Amanda Nelson (24) and Sallie Wiggins (35).[4]

Solomon Block and Mary Levinson Block were buried in Jewish Rest Cemetery in Camden, Arkansas.


Source: US Census records for [2] 1860 ,[3]1870 and [4]1880
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