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Adas Israel Cemetery
Brownsville, Tennessee
Photo by Lynn Franklin


Unidentified Grave Marker
First Name of Isaac
Adas Israel Cemetery
Brownsville, Tennessee
Photo by Lynn Franklin

Note that there is a close historical connection between this cemetery and community and the Bnai Israel Cemetery and community in Jackson, TN. Please refer to the footnote below the transcription list for further information on some aspects of this connection. We have also linked published obituaries to Death Dates where possible. In addition, we have linked photos of various subjects buried here. These photos were recoverd by Paul S. Furlong from a photo album which he purchased on eBay in January 2009. Paul has graciously donated the attached scans to this historical site. You can link to these photographs by clicking on the crimson Photo link where it appears on this page.

Adas Israel  
Tamm Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Memorial Plaque 1880
History
Synagogue
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Surname Birth Name Birth Date Death/Record Comment Inscription Hebrew
Anker Family Marker . . . . . . .
Anker Jeanette Aug. 17, 1832 Jan. 1, 1909 Born in Germany . . .
Anker Seligman Feb. 25, 1819 Oct. 25, 1860 Born in Germany . . .
Bacherig Dave Sept. 6, 1894 Aug. 11, 1936 . . . .
Bacherig Emil Aug. 16, 1853 Dec. 24, 1930 . . . .
Bacherig Gus Jan. 24, 1887 Feb. 26, 1942 . . . .
Bacherig Henrietta L. Feb. 7, 1863 June 29, 1923 . . . .
Bacherig Leslie Feb. 28, 1897 Mar. 18, 1959 His life enriched by every friend, chain of gold, without an end. . . .
Bacherig Selma Aug. 5, 1893 Jan. 27, 1912 Beloved Dau. Of Emil & Henrietta Bacherig May She Rest In Peace . .
Baum Fannie Nov. 1, 1874 Aug. 24, 1877 . . Hebrew .
Bauman Estelle Hirsh Feb. 11, 1857 Aug. 24, 1937 Mother . . .
Bauman Moses June 15, 1862 Mar. 24, 1938 . . . .
Bauman Rosa Solomon Dec. 14, 1864 Apr. 21, 1950 . . . .
Bauman Selig Nov. 18, 1857 Oct. 2, 1936 Father . . .
Berg Family Marker . . . . . . .
Berg Abe Sept. 22, 1882 Feb. 16, 1883 . . . .
Berg Alice S. Oct. 29, 1894 Nov. 20, 1959 . . . .
Berg Bertha S. July 10, 1856 Jan. 3, 1943 . . . .
Berg Lee Aug. 31, 1853 Mar. 26, 1923 . . . .
Berg Maurice May 23, 1884 Dec. 28, 1884 . . . .
Berg Sam L. Dec. 22, 1880 July 21, 1958 "In memoriam" . . .
Berg Sam L., Jr. June 8, 1923 Oct. 21, 1942 U. S. Military Academy Cadet . .
Bieber Celia Bauman Mar. 11, 1886 Sept. 10, 1962 Beloved Mother Passed On . .
Cahn Hortense T. 1889 1965 . . . .
Cahn Joseph 1874 1959 . . . .
Cohn Albert May 9, 1854 Sept. 13, 1905 . . . .
Cohn Frances Feb. 18, 1864 Feb. 23, 1916 . . . .
Cohn Merrill R. July 6, 1888 Oct. 14, 1896 Son of A. & F. Cohn . . .
Davis Alice S. Dec. 26, 1872 Jan. 10, 1900 Wife of Joe Davis . . .
Davis Caroline July 23, 1841 Oct. 2, 1891 Wife of Joseph Davis Born at Kalish, Poland, Died at Philadelphia, Penn Hebrew .
Davis Johanna Meyer July 6, 1866 Dec. 27, 1943 wife of Joseph Davis . . .
Davis Joseph Dec. 14, 1836 June 13, 1930 . . . .
Davis Rebecca Sept. 9,1872 Mar. 4, 1895 Dau. Of Joe & Caroline Davis . . .
Feist Betty Berg Aug. 9, 1920 Aug. 21, 2005 . . . .
Feist Bobbye Walsh Oct. 12 1943 . . . . .
Feist Francis Lee Apr. 24, 1943 Apr. 14, 2002 . . . .
Feist Herbert B. Oct. 3, 1919 Oct. 26, 2005 . . . .
Felsenthal Family Marker . . . . . . .
Felsenthal August . Nov. 1, 1878 In the 33rd Year of his age Life's troubled dream over. Rest in peace. Hebrew .
Felsenthal Bessie S. Nov. 19, 1878 Nov. 8, 1957 . . . .
Felsenthal Carrie Mar. 21, 1868 Jan. 20, 1894 Our Darling . . .
Felsenthal Clara 1871 1947 . . . .
Felsenthal Fannie Anker Nov. 15, 1859 Dec. 1, 1912 . . . .
Felsenthal Hannah June 16, 1815 Jan. 20, 1887 Born at Doerrmoschel, Bavaria . Hebrew .
Felsenthal Hannah Aug. 12, 1838 Nov. 23, 1897 . . . .
Felsenthal Harry M. Nov. 15, 1873 Oct. 16, 1921 . . . .
Felsenthal Henry, Jr. Apr. 4, 1902 Jan. 3, 1974 . . . .
Felsenthal Ike J. 1868 1945 . . . .
Felsenthal Isaac June 15, 1836 . Aged 23 Years . . .
Felsenthal J. A. Dec. 27, 1863 Apr. 3, 1919 . . . .
Felsenthal Jacob Apr. 15, 1824 Oct. 6, 1896 . . . .
Felsenthal Jonas B. 1869 1922 . . . .
Felsenthal Joseph 1905 1934 . . . .
Felsenthal Joseph Dec. 3, 1837 Nov. 30, 1912 Father . . .
Felsenthal Karoline Nov. 2, 1837 Sept. 16, 1897 . . . .
Felsenthal Marian Marks Jan. 3, 1903 Dec. 28, 1993 . . . .
Felsenthal Matilda Mar. 7, 1866 June 15, 1873 Dau. Of Jacob & Caroline Felsenthal . Hebrew .
Felsenthal Max May 30, 1870 May 25, 1871 Son of M. & H. Felsenthal . Hebrew Alternative birth/death dates: 1876/1881
Felsenthal Millye Weis 1874 1936 . . . .
Felsenthal Morton Louis Dec. 11, 1899 Aug. 9, 1983 . . . .
Felsenthal Moses Dec. 26, 1832 Jan. 17, 1884 . . . .
Felsenthal Regina Aug. 3, 1839 Aug. 28, 1887 Mother . . .
Felsenthal Richard Henry, Sr. Dec. 25, 1932 June 7, 1997 . . . .
Felsenthal Robert Henry Dec. 18, 1910 July 29, 1998 My Friend Beloved Husband of Rose Sternberger Heyman Dan . .
Felsenthal Rose Selig Sept. 14, 1904 Dec. 17, 1976 . . . .
Freed Charley . Dec. 12, 1891 Aged 2 M, 3 D Died in Trenton, Tenn. . .
Friedlob ** Hetty July 4, 1875 Feb. 5, 1878 Dau. Of J. & B Friedlob . Hebrew .
Goldsmith Henrietta Levi Nov. 24, 1848 July ,27, 1929 . . . .
Goldsmith Louis B. April 26, 1841 June 1, 1918 . . . .
Goodman Erma Bacherig June 13, 1898 May 10, 1963 Beloved Wife . . .
Greenberg Gussie Schmidt Apr. 23, 1887 Oct. 8, 1978 . . Hebrew .
Greenberg Hymie Jan. 11, 1916 Feb. 6, 1997 Beloved Son and Brother US Army World War II . .
Greenberg Israel Alter Dec. 14, 1879 Aug. 16, 1948 Beloved Husband & Father . Hebrew .
Greenberg Ruth Oct. 3, 1920 May 15, 1998 Beloved Daughter and Sister . . .
Gruenewald Mayer . 1871 26 days in Kislof Age 75 Years Born in Hemshbach, Rhinpfalz, Bayern Hebrew .
Halle Rose Bauman . Jan. 6, 1955 Beloved Sister Passed On . .
Harfield Abraham Dec. 29, 1852 Aug. 6, 1882 . . . .
Harfield Lizzie May 7, 1853 May 24, 1887 . . Hebrew .
Hessenthaler Hugo 1902 1955 . . . .
Jacobs Edward S. July 21, 1912 Sept. 22, 1987 Capt. US Army Air Corps World War II . .
Kahn Aubrey M., Jr. Mar. 27, 1915 Dec. 27, 1915 . . . .
Kahn Aubrey M., Sr. Feb. 14, 1880 May 14, 1956 . . . .
Kahn Myrtle Sternberger Jan. 22, 1892 Oct. 1, 1979 . . . .
Key Bernard, Sr. Aug. 27, 1913 Aug. 30, 1976 TEC5 Army Air Forces World War II . .
Key Ike Tillman Rothschild Nov. 12, 1947 Oct. 17, 1967 . . . .
Key Mary Rothschild May 19, 1913 Sept. 13, 1992 Mother of Bernard Carolyn and Tillman . . .
Lesser Ben Aug. 17, 1886 July 15, 1971 . . . .
Lesser Leah Jan. 12, 1888 Aug. 9, 1977 . . . .
Levi . . . . . . .
Levi Unknown . . . . . .
Levi ____lie Mar. 8, 1884 May 29,1888 Daughter Of Henry & Babette Levi . . .
Levi Babette Felsenthal Mar. 30, 1843 Feb. 27, 1928 . . . .
Levi Emanuel Feb. 2, 1974 Sept. 23, 1935 . . . .
Levi Henry Mar. 17, 1840 Dec. 27, 1910 In Loving Memory Of . . .
Levi Isaac Feb. 18, ???? Born in Martenthal in Rhei?? Died in Brownsville, Tenn . .
Levi Josye G. Oct. 27, 1883 Dec. 31, 1958 . . . .
Levy Family Marker Plot Name . . . . . .
Levy . . . . Child's marker . .
Levy Benjamin Aug. 31, 1818 Dec. 1, 1897 Born Stunbach in Donnersberg, Bavaria Died at Brownsville, Tenn. Hebrew .
Levy Emelia Oct. 16, 1849 Jan. 11, 1936 . . . .
Levy Freda Aug. 3, 1902 Sept. 16, 1989 . . . .
Levy Gertrude Bauman Apr. 22, 1886 Dec. 15, 1946 . . . .
Levy Henry Leon May 24, 1911 Feb. 24, 2002 . . . .
Levy Infant Daughter 1924 1924 Infant Dau. Of I. L. & Gertie B. Levy . . .
Levy Isaac Lee Oct. 25, 1876 July 11, 1952 . . . .
Levy Jacob Dec. 15, 1849 Oct. 9, 1889 Born at Steinbach, Bavaria Died at Brownsville, Tenn Hebrew .
Levy Jenette Marks July 20, 1816 Jan. 7, 1885 Beloved Wife of Benjamin Levy Born in Steinbach, D______rsk_ry, Germany Hebrew .
Levy Julius J. Dec. 10, 1872 June 9, 1951 . . . .
Levy Leopold Mar. 3, 1848 Jan. 5, 1921 . . . .
Levy Louise Sternberger Feb. 1, 1912 Dec. 13, 1996 . . . .
Maienthal Stella S. June 18, 1885 Aug. 21, 1975 . . . .
Marcus Joseph Aug. 5, 1883 Feb. 10, 1963 . . . .
Marcus  Irene U. Apr. 21, 1883 Apr. 21, 1957 . . . .
Marks Ann Liberman Feb. 27, 1909 July 8, 2000 . . . .
Marks Bettye Rothschild Sept. 15, 1876 June 4, 1938 . . . .
Marks David July 4, 1888 . Aged 16 Das. Born in Jackson, Tenn Son of L & M Marks . .
Marks Julius S. Feb. 1, 1873 Aug. 28, 1948 . . . .
Marks Julius S., Jr. Jan. 10, 1907 Nov. 23, 1996 . . . .
Marks Polina Apr. 14, 1827 Jan. 30, 1881 Wife of M. Marks . Hebrew .
Marx M. . May 15, 1911 Born in Poland Died Brownsville, Tenn. Hebrew .
Marx Melanie Mar. 4, 1857 Nov. 4, 1901 Born Frauenberg, Lorraine Died Brownsville, Tenn. Hebrew .
Marx Seline . 1898 Infant Daughter of M & M Marx . . .
Mayor Alex S. Oct. 28, 1903 Nov. 4, 1971 . . . .
Mayor Helen S. Sept. 15, 1880 Mar. 3, 1973 . . . .
Mayor Irving H. Aug. 2, 1871 May 29, 1961 . . . .
Meyer Abraham Henry Apr. 28, 1874 Feb. 15, 1954 . . . .
Meyer Kosta 1846 Oct. 9, 1901 Born at Kalish, Poland Died at Brownsville, Tenn 5661 Hebrew .
Miller Plot Marker . . . . . . .
Miller Aaron 1859 1918 . . . .
Miller Aaron May 7, 1918 June 2, 1981 TEC5 US Army World War II . .
Miller Floy C. Sachritz May 4, 1928 . . . . .
Miller Helen Nov. 25, 1916 Apr. 18, 1917 . . . .
Miller Jake Sept. 8, 1894 Aug. 11, 1974 In Loving Memory . . .
Miller Kate Levy Oct. 14, 1895 Apr. 7, 1979 . . . .
Miller Lillian 1914 2002 Daughter of Kate & Maurice . . .
Miller Maurice Jan. 3, 1892 Nov. 4, 1971 . . . .
Oppenheimer Ben Aug. 21, 1827 Apri. 15, 1914 Born in Essinger, Bavaria, Germany Uncle Ben . .
Oppenheimer Meyer Dec. 18, 1817 Nov. 1, 1895 Born at Essingen, Bavaria . Hebrew .
Oppenheimer Rosa Feb. 8, 1825 Sept. 30, 1891 Born at Mercheim, Rhine, Bavaria Died at Trenton, Tenn. Hebrew .
Pupkin Pearl . Mar. 19, 1897 Aged 5 Years. Dau. Of E & Anna Pupkin . .
Resneck Barry Jacob, Jr. Apr. 19, 2001 Apr. 20, 2001 Baby J . . .
Resneck Reva Ann Simmons Feb. 24, 1938 July 27, 1999 Mother of Gayle Lorri, Reed Bradley and Barry Jacob . . .
Rothenberg Mildred Solomon Aug. 21, 1895 Oct. 27, 1969 . . . .
Rothschild Celia Bauman June 13, 1888 May 14, 1972 . . . .
Rothschild Clara 1849 1911 . . . .
Rothschild Edgar Meyer May 27, 1888 Apr. 11, 1936 . . . .
Rothschild Edgar Meyer, Jr. Apr. 29, 1921 Nov. 25, 1944 Killed in Action . . .
Rothschild Harry L. Nov. 25, 1879 Feb. 28, 1893 Son of M & M Rothschild . . .
Rothschild Hermoise Levy May 8, 1898 Jan. 25, 1981 . . . .
Rothschild Ike Tillman Apr. 19, 1884 July 1, 1947 . . . .
Rothschild Joseph Adler, M.D. Feb. 8, 1925 Aug. 8, 1987 Because he cared, the world is a better place. . . .
Rothschild Lessley E. Aug. 27, 1886 Dec. 5, 1888 Son of M & Mary Rothschild . . .
Rothschild Mary Levi 1852 1894 Father & Mother . . .
Rothschild Meyer 1845 1909 Father & Mother . . .
Rothschild Peggy Goodman June 4, 1927 Jan. 4, 2004 Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Friend . . .
Schafer Plot Name . . . . . . .
Schafer Gottlieb May 8, 1861 Aug. 30, 1919 . . Hebrew .
Schafer Herman Mar. 17, 1858 Nov. 10, 1938 . . . .
Schafer Louisa 1822 1895 Born in Germany Died in Louisville, KY. Hebrew .
Seelig Simon May 9, 1857 Sept. 1, 1878 Son of M & H Seeling . Hebrew .
Shatz Mildred S. Oct. 21, 1910 Feb. 28, 1935 . . . .
Siesel Jacob Aug. 18, 1847 Oct. 14, 1880 Born Abenheim Hesse Darmstadt Died Brownsville, Tenn. . .
Silverstein Dorothy Levitch Jan. 9, 1915 Apr. 16, 2005 . . . .
Silverstein Fred, Sr. May 22, 1910 May 26, 1996 CPL US Army World War II . . .
Silverstein Jonas Jan. 21, 1868 Nov. 19, 1933 . . . .
Silverstein Theresa Tamm Mar. 7, 1875 Dec. 30, 1951 . . . .
Snyder Sarah S. 1902 1977 . . . .
Snyder William M. 1892 1954 . . . .
Solomon Gertrude Feb. 7, 1877 June 6, 1878 . . Hebrew .
Solomon Henry Sept. 28, 1858 Sept. 3, 1936 . . . .
Solomon Henry Dec. 15, 1923 Mar. 10, 1945 Tennessee SGT 498 AAF Bomb Group World War II . .
Solomon Josephine S. Dec. 28, 1866 May 26, 1935 . . . .
Solomon Leonard Sept. 17, 1880 Aug. 10, 1881 Son of E. & G. Solomon . . .
Solomon Louis Dec. 28, 1844 Mar. 8, 1880 . Inscription Hebrew Marker stand
Solomon Milton J. Aug. 23, 1888 Dec. 29, 1952 . . . .
Solomon Regina Felsenthal Mar. 30, 1899 Apr. 20, 1973 . . . .
Solomon Sophia Straus July 15, 1901 July 18, 1974 . . . .
Solomon Sylvain Louis Apr. 2, 1887 June 4, 1967 Tennessee PVT US Marine Corps World War I . .
Sternberger Plot Marker . . . Second Marker . . .
Sternberger . . Sept. 1, 1888 . . .. .
Sternberger Aaron Alex July 10, 1876 Sept. 6, 1942 . . . .
Sternberger Abe M. Mar. 26, 1874 Dec. 1, 1927 . . . .
Sternberger Alexander July 27, 1842 Apr. 18, 1896 Born at Boerstadt, Bavaria . Hebrew .
Sternberger Birdie Mar. 31, 1884 Dec. 23, 1943 . . . .
Sternberger Ethyl Mae June 18, 1893 Mar. 21, 1912 . . . .
Sternberger Fannie Sept. 22, 1853 Dec. 3, 1933 Born at Boerstadt, Bavaria . . .
Sternberger Helen Goldsmith Aug. 23, 1884 Jan. 25, 1980 . . . .
Sternberger Herbert D., Sr. Oct. 6, 1889 Jan. 7, 1972 Tennessee Sea Us Navy World War I . .
Sternberger Irving Aug. 31, 1890 Sept. 16, 1890 Inf. Son of Joe & Lena Sternberger . . .
Sternberger Jennie Davis Feb. 17, 1863 Oct. 11, 1942 Mother . . .
Sternberger Jonas Lee June 15, 1880 Mar. 24, 1962 . . . .
Sternberger Joseph Feb. 2, 1851 Sept. 21, 1936 Father . . .
Sternberger Joseph May 7, 1850 Dec. 29, 1932 . . . .
Sternberger Lena Schafer Jan. 13, 1855 Mar. 17, 1943 . . . .
Sternberger Louise Mayer Mar. 31, 1891 Aug. 2, 1982 . . . .
Sternberger Maurice May 23, 1888 Sept. 3, 1894 Son of Joe & Lena Sternberger . . .
Sternberger Milton June 20, 1877 Sept. 1, 1905 Born in Philadelphia, Penn. . . .
Sternberger Moses 1835 1915 . . . .
Sternberger Norine Bacherig July 19, 1891 Apr. 12, 1953 . . . .
Sternberger Rose 1854 1918 . . . .
Sternberger Saul L. June 3, 1884 May 28, 1978 . . . .
Sternberger Saul, Jr. Feb. 12, 1925 July 12, 1962 Arkansas Captain Medical Corps World War II Korea . .
Sternberger Sidney Sept. 9, 1894 Apr. 19, 1984 Son of Joe & Lena Sternberger . . .
Sternberger Sylvan Dec. 12, 1885 Sept. 1, 1886 Son of M & J or U. Sternberger . . .
Sternberger Infant Son Feb. 22, 1881 Mar. 28, 1881 Alternative Surname: Tamm . . .
Straus Henry H. May 22, 1875 May 17, 1929 . . . .
Straus Stella U. Jan. 25, 1876 Dec. 6, 1960 . . . .
Tamm Family Marker Plot . . Plot Marker . . .
Tamm Emil Dec. 12, 1847 Feb. 1, 1906 Father . . .
Tamm Essie July 13, 1893 Sept. 1, 1971 . . . .
Tamm Hannah Anker June 15, 1857 Aug. 19, 1920 Mother . . .
Tamm Harold J. Sept. 1, 1894 Oct. 15, 1931 . . . .
Tamm Joel L. Jan. 24, 1882 Nov. 25, 1971 . . . .
Tamm Lawrence E. Dec. 27, 1887 Sept. 11, 1957 . . . .
Tamm Nathan A. Jan. 21, 1879 Aug. 3, 1964 . . . .
Tamm Oscar Mar. 30, 1886 Oct. 25, 1887 . . . .
Weiss Jack Isador Jan. 6, 1910 Nov. 16, 1993 WT2 US Navy World War II . .
Weiss Rosalie Rothschild Oct. 31, 1916 Jan. 26, 2000 . . . .
Wilson David 1892 Aug. 17, 1896 Son of Mr. & Mrs. Wilson Aged 4 yrs. . .
Woerner Clementine Levi Feb. 21, 1876 Mar. 22, 1953 . . . .
Woerner Helen Beatrice June 17, 1902 Oct. 27, 1902 . . . .
Woerner Victor J. Oct. 31, 1867 Jan. 18, 1932 . . . .

 

** Historical footnote: In early September 2008, W. D. (Bill) Bostick exchanged the following information with Lynn Franklin and her husband, Bob Sweeney:

September 5, 2008
First, thank you for compiling the information on burials at Adas Israel in Brownsville, Tennessee. I knew that I had some distant "Felsenthal" cousins buried there, but I was excited to find a record for "Hettie Friedlob," the lone daughter of Julius Friedlob and Babette Felsenthal (there were six sons). I would like to add this information to my "Friedlob" files, with your permission.
I had earlier posted info on the Friedlob and Felsenthal buried at B'nai Israel, in Jackson, Tenn. The burial ground at Adas Israel pre-dates that at B'nai Israel, which likely explains why Hetty was separated from the other family members at Jackson.
W. D. Bostick

September 5, 2008
I'm so glad that you found the information on Hettie Friedlob! That's the purpose of our work on this site, to help people find the information that they want. Please use it freely for any non-commercial purpose. Just please reference our site.
We're working on two cemeteries at the moment, Baron Hirsch in Memphis, and the one in Clarksdale, MS. Jackson is next on our list.
I found the article that you wrote for TNGenWeb families so interesting! Thank-you from some one who's not part of the family. How would you feel about a link from Hettie Friedlob on our site to this article? I think that anyone looking up information about her would really want to see your work.
Thanks for writing,
Lynn Franklin

September 9, 2008
Thank you for your efforts to make information available, and for replying to my request. Certainly, if my postings at the Madison County, Tennessee, Genweb site may be helpful to anyone, feel free to provide a link. By posting some information on the Felsenthals, a few kind souls have been able to contact me in an attempt to re-unite photos and other artifacts for that family ("Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness").
The Congregations at Adas Israel (Brownsville) and B'nai Israel (Jackson) are obviously linked by proximity, tradition and by several families (such as the numerous Felsenthals). Where were you able to find your information on Hetty -- Congregational records? I had not found that info on other listings for that cemetery. The current cemetery at B'nai Israel had been relocated to that site from a previous burial ground in the late 1890s; it was thought that the grave site of the Friedlob daughter was at the original site in Jackson, and not found or relocated. But her father was active in Jewish congregations at Brownsville and Memphis, and was a founder of the Jackson Congregation. So, in 1875, it is very reasonable that Hetty would be buried at Brownsville.
Records for B'nai Israel were sent to the Hebrew University of Cincinnati (HUC) several years ago. I visited HUC a few years back, trying to locate records for "my" Friedlob and Felsenthal family- such as the marriage and death dates for Hetty's parents - but with very little success. I was aware that they had a daughter who died iin infancy, but could find no futher information. Thus my pleasure at being able to complete my family records by identifying Hetty.

Some excerpts from other links of possible interest for the families that I am researching:

History of Jackson
Source: The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Jackson, MS:

Jackson’s status as a regional railroad hub attracted a number of Jewish immigrants to settle in the town after the Civil War. According to one account, the first Jews to settle in Jackson were Julius Friedlob and J. Solomon, who lived in town by 1867. An immigrant from Poland, Friedlob arrived in Jackson on horseback from Memphis and opened J. Friedlob Dry Goods & Clothing Company. He was soon joined by several other Jews; by 1872, there were 21 Jewish merchants listed in the Jackson City Directory. One of these was Nathan Samuels, who owned the Pioneer Cigar Store. Later, Samuels owned a saloon, although he would annually sell the establishment to his bartender on the day before the high holidays, and then buy it back afterward so his business could remain open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur without explicitly violating Jewish law.
.. Edward Felsenthal, a German Jewish immigrant, first settled in Brownsville, Tennessee in 1860. In 1883, he moved to Jackson and opened a grocery business. His daughter Celia married Jacob Felsenthal of Chicago, and both moved to Jackson in 1895 to take over the family business after Edward had died suddenly. Jacob Felsenthal built the wholesale grocery business into a thriving operation. He was a leader of the local Jewish community, serving as president of B’nai Israel. He also became active in civic affairs, serving as both an alderman and a member of the school board. Cecilia was involved with many different women’s organizations and charities. Though they had moved to Memphis in 1918, Cecilia and Jacob later gave the deed to their 12-acre vacation estate to the Jackson YMCA so it could be used for camping and picnics by social and religious groups.

History of Brownsville
Source: The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Jackson, MS::

The earliest Jewish settler in Brownsville (Tennessee) was Jacob Felsenthal, who came to the United States in 1840. He settled in Brownsville in 1847, opening a retail store. Jacob was the acorn from which the Brownsville Jewish community grew. He soon brought over four of his younger siblings from Bavaria. Two of his brothers fought for the Confederacy, serving in Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry. One of them, Isaac Felsenthal, was killed at the Battle of Shiloh. Joseph Felsenthal began his life in America as a peddler, before joining his brother’s business. Jacob and Joseph remained in Brownsville during the Civil War and tried to keep the business afloat. They suffered economic privation along with the rest of the town. After the war, the Felsenthal Brothers contacted their creditors, and rather than asking for debt relief, requested additional credit to purchase merchandise. Correctly anticipating the economic boom of the New South, they were able to pay all of their debts within five years. Jacob Felsenthal became quite wealthy. In 1860, he owned $800 in real estate and $2300 in personal wealth. By 1870, he owned $8000 in real estate and $4000 in personal wealth. Joseph also became rich. Their store, J. Felsenthal and Brothers, was one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the state, and remained in its original location in downtown Brownsville until it closed in 1974.
In 1867, Brownsville’s growing Jewish community founded a congregation, Adas Israel. The group initially met in private homes, including that of Jacob Felsenthal and Joseph Sternberger. They also met in rooms above stores owned by the Anker and Rothschild families. Morton Felsenthal led services from 1936 to 1982.

W. D. Bostick

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Adas Israel Cemetery
Entrance on Tamm Street
Brownsville, Tennessee
August 2007
Photo by Lynn Franklin