Grace Levy (Mears) (1694 - 1740)

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Birthplace: Spanish Town, St Catherine Parish, Jamaica
Death: Died in New York, New York, NY, USA
Occupation: m. 1718, London; m2 4/28/1735 to David Hays, NY
Managed by: William Ansley Marjenhoff
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About Grace Levy (Mears)

In 1718, Abigail Levy Franks’s father, Moses Raphael Levy, who was widowed in 1716, married Grace Mears, with whom he had seven children. Abigail despised her stepmother and spared no insult in her prose. But Grace Levy was left a widow with many young children (Moses Levy died 10 days after her youngest child was born in 1728). After 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. Grace Mears Levy was active in establishing the Jewish community in NY, as was her husband, and they were contributors to the first synagogue on Mill St., in the area commonly referred to today as Wall Street.

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Grace Levy's Timeline

Spanish Town, St Catherine Parish, Jamaica
Age 24
New York, New York, United States
February 27, 1719
Age 25
London, United Kingdom
February 11, 1720
Age 26
New York, New York, United States
Age 26
New York
February 28, 1721
Age 27
New York, New York, NY, USA
August 19, 1722
Age 28
September 22, 1723
Age 29
Philadelphia, PA, USA
September 5, 1726
Age 32
New York, NY, USA
June 12, 1728
Age 34
New York, New York, United States