Bilhah Abigail Franks (Levy) (1696 - 1756)

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Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Occupation: Eldest of five children of Moses R. Levy & first wife, Rycha Asher; m. 1712 to London-born Jacob Franks; 9 children
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About Bilhah Abigail Franks (Levy)

In 1718, Franks’s father, widowed in 1716, married Grace Mears, with whom he had seven children. Abigail despised her stepmother and spared no insult in her prose. But when Grace Levy, left a widow with many young children in 1728, made a bad remarriage to David Hays in 1735, Abigail’s assessments of her shifted. Through Abigail’s letters a rare portrait of a widowed colonial Jewish woman emerges—of Grace Mears Levy Hays as female shopkeeper who single-handedly supported and raised her young family, survived a deeply unhappy second marriage, and died brokenhearted, too young, and finally admired by her oldest stepdaughter.

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Bilhah Franks's Timeline

November 26, 1696
London, England, United Kingdom
Age 15
London, England
Age 16
New York, New York, NY, USA
July 1, 1715
Age 18
New York, New York, New York, United States
January 1, 1718
Age 21
September 23, 1720
Age 23
New York, New York, NY, USA
June 19, 1722
Age 25
January 16, 1723
Age 26
[object Object], Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
January 26, 1731
Age 34
December 8, 1732
Age 36