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Moses Mordecai (abt. 1707 - 1781)

Moses Mordecai
Born about in Bonn, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 13 Apr 1761 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Mar 2015
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Biography

Moses became one of the original three hundred Jewish families in the United States (and one of the few of Ashkenazic descent). He was "a Jew of strict integrity and well respected by the community." Moses was naturalized in Philadelphia on Sep 23, 1764. He was a merchant, and peddled his wares from New York to Philadelphia to Richmond, all the while maintaining his Jewish heritage.

His eldest son, Jacob, became one of the foremost American Jewish scholars of his day.

In Philadelphia, Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America, was home to Colonial and Federal-era Jews. Moses and his family lived there in house #118 in 1769. It is located between Arch and Race, Front and Second Streets. Moses was a merchant signatory of the Non-Importation Resolutions of 1765 by which the merchants refused to import goods until the repeal of the Stamp Act. Nine Jews signed the Resolutions, the adoption of which was the first organized movement in the agitation which eleven years later gave this country its independence from England. The original document in Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia, bears the following names on the first roll of American Patriots: Benjamin Levy, Samson Levy, Joseph Jacobs, Hyman Levy, Jr., David Franks, Mathias Bush, Michael Gratz, Barnard Gratz and MOSES MORDECAI.

Sources: First Jewish Families: Americans Of Jewish Descent, American Jewish Archives, Hebrew College, Cincinnati, OH.

Mordicai: An Early American Family by Emily Bingham

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17200311&ref=wvr

Profile photo: Find A Grave; posted by Ruby Mordecai

Additional notes added 2/20/2013, by Loretta, Moses Mordecai's fifth great granddaughter

Moses Mordecai, at age 51, arrived as an indentured servant, sent to America by the British to work off a sentence.

"His eldest son, Jacob, became one of the foremost American Jewish scholars of his day." Besides being an educator and a tobacco merchant, Jacob Mordecai owned domestic slaves, as well as slaves who worked the crops on the Mordecai family plantations.



Moses Mordecai born near Bonn, Germany 1707. He went to England and was sent by England to America in 1758 on the "Schooner Tryal", which arrived at Annapolis, Maryland. He married 13 April 1761 to Elizabeth Whitlock a Protestant, born in England that converted to the Jewish faith and changed her name to Esther. She and Moses settled in Philadelphia and had four sons: Jacob, Isaac D., Joseph, and Mordecai who died young. Moses' family became one of the original three hundred Jewish families in the United States, and one of the few Ashkenazic [German] descent. Moses was a Jew of strict integrity and well respected in his community. He was naturalized in Philadelphia on 23 September 1764. Moses was a merchant signatory of the Non-Importation Resolutions of 1765, by which the merchants refused to import goods until the repeal of the Stamp Act. Nine Jews signed the Resolutions, the adoption of which was the first organized movement in the agitation which eleven years later gave this country its independence from England. The original document in Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia, bears the following names on the first roll of American Patriots: Benjamin Levy, Samson Levy, Joseph Jacobs, Hyman Levy, Jr., David Franks, Mathias Bush, Michael Gratz, Barnard Gratz and Moses Mordecai. Excerpts from original bio by Ruby Mordecai. [1]

Moses Mordecai in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013
Name: Moses Mordecai
Event Type: Residence
Residence Date: 1781
Residence Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Denomination: Jewish
Organization Name: Mikveh Israel Jewish Congregation

Sources

  1. Family Records of Mary Atkins
  • Source Citation: Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records Source Information: Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Sources obtained by Mary Atkins:

*Moses Mordecai in findagrave.com.

Acknowledgements

  • Thank you to K E for creating WikiTree profile Mordecai-25 on 1 March 2015. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by K and others.
  • Thank you to Mary Atkins for creating WikiTree profile Mordecai-124 on 10 December 2016. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Mary and others.


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http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/1pa/paarchivesseries/series2/vol2/pass2-13.html

Independent Troop of Horse, Philadelphia-1756; Mordacai, Moses is listed under Privates

posted by [Living Trogstad]
Mordecai-124 and Mordecai-25 appear to represent the same person because: Exact dates and same spouse

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