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Jacob Isaac Soesman (1787) supposedly has died the evening of November 13th 1831, because there is a deed in his estate file (see below) specifying November 14th 1831 as the date the sworn clerk arrives to the house of the yesterday evening deceased Jacob Isaac Soesman.

There is a large file on how his estate is being managed (over 400 scans apparently a lot of posessions/ slaves). Earliest date I can find with a quick scan: August 8th 1836. This date seems/appears to coincide and/or correlate with the arrival of his supposed son - your ancestor-  in Boston as your records show. If you look at the last scans the estate finally seems to have unraveled in 1840.


Sara Jacobs Soesman, housewife H. J. de Jonge 1/5
Abr. Jacobs Soesman (Abraham? minderjarige = minor aged) 1/5
Isay Jacobs Soesman (minderjarige = minor aged) 1/5
Jacques Js. Soesman (minderjarige = minor aged) 1/5
J. M. Bromet 1/5 
(minor aged = below 25 years)

Be aware of mixups in (abbreviations of) names: Isay (Isai, after the father of king David) and Isaac (Isaak, Isaq, after the son of Abraham)
As far as I have seen in the records the Soesman going to North America in 1838, and the Soesman, son of Jacob Isaac Soesman is/are called 'Isay'.

Al lot more can be learned from these 400+ pages, but I'll leave it here as that may take days or even weeks to decypher and interpret.


From : Surinaamsche Courant, 7-11 july 1831

Deceased: June 24th Ester Jacob de Meza housewife Jacob Isac Soesman, Age 48

So born about 1782-1783, supposedly couple of years older than Jacob. Died a couple of months before Jacob died.

More information on the ancestors of Isay/Isaak Jacobs Soesman see: 

Goes back to ~~1675. Most data seems to correlate with what you have got and what can be found in records online


An even better documented family tree:

ELIESER SOESMAN ben ISAAC Rudelsum is the source of our ancestral surname 'Soesman'. I don't know if the name 'Soesman' (literally: sweet man) was given to him at birth (it is often associated with the name 'Elieser') or if it was earned by being a gentle, pious and saintly scholar. He is usually called just 'Soesman (ben) Isaac Rudelsum'. His grandson ELIAZER (about 1778 in Paramaribo, Suriname) dropped the surname 'Rudelsum' and the family's surname was thenceforth 'Soesman'.

Alternative reading on the early genealogy...which I have not investigated.

I happen to disagree with most of the interpretations of the place of origin in several genealogies. I think this one is quite likely:

"Ludwigshöhe ist ein vergleichsweise junger Ort, geht aber auf das merowingische Rudelsheim zurück.[...]Rudelsheim wurde erstmals am 21. März 766 in einer Schenkungsurkunde des Klosters Lorsch,[3] im Regierungsjahr Pippin der Jüngere, erwähnt. Damals schenkte Franco zu seinem Seelenheil einen Weinberg in Rudolfesheim.[...]Von vielen rheinhessischen Ortsnamen sind meist jüdische Familiennamen abgeleitet, z. B. Oppenheimer, Niersteiner, Dexheimer, von Dienheim, Alsheimer, Mettenheimer und auch: Rudelsheimer, die seit Ende des 17. Jahrhunderts in Amsterdam bekannt sind. Die jüdische Gemeinde hatte noch bis 1937 einen Friedhof in Ludwigshöhe, dessen Lage heute unbekannt ist"

"Ludwigshöhe is a comparatively young place, but goes back to the Merovingian Rudelsheim. [...] Rudelsheim was first mentioned on March 21, 766 in a deed of donation of the Lorsch Monastery, [3] in the reign year Pippin the Younger. At that time Franco gave to his salvation a vineyard in Rudolfesheim. [...] Of many Rhenish Hessian place names are usually derived Jewish surnames, z. B. Oppenheimer, Niersteiner, Dexheimer, of Dienheim, Alsheimer, Mettenheimer and also: Rudelsheimer, which are known since the end of the 17th century in Amsterdam. The Jewish community had until 1937 a cemetery in Ludwigshöhe, whose location is unknown today"

Alternative for the place of origin is probably Rödelheim near Frankfurt:

"Jüdische Geschichte in Rödelheim. Ab dem 17. Jahrhundert entwickelte sich Rödelheim zu einer Quelle jiddisch-kabbalistischer Folklore. Eine Ausgabe des Ma'assebuchs wurde hier im Jahre 1753 durch Jona ben Josche Gamburg herausgegeben und durch Karl Reich gedruckt."

"Jewish History in Rödelheim. From the 17th century Rödelheim became a source of Yiddish-Kabbalistic folklore An edition of the Ma'assebuch was published here in 1753 by Jona ben Josche Gamburg and printed by Karl Reich."

(translations Google Translate)


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