Rachel Lazarus (Mordecai) (1788 - 1838)

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Birthplace: Goochland, Goochland, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Petersburg, Virginia, United States
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About Rachel Lazarus (Mordecai)

In August 1815, Rachel began corresponding with popular English novelist, Maria Edgeworth, concerning her unflattering portrayal of Jews in her writings. Rachel wrote letters to her brother, Moses, expressing her concern because he was marrying Margaret Lane, who was a Gentile. Later, Rachel's growing Christian sentiments, in 1835, created a family conflict. Her letters to her sister, Ellen, reveal great emotional distress because of her religious conflicts. Not only did she face her Jewish father's displeasure, but her husband, Aaron, threatened to take her children away from her if she tried to convert him to her "heretical beliefs." Rachel died suddenly in 1838 at the age of 50, having been baptized on her deathbed. -------------------- In August 1815, Rachel began corresponding with popular English novelist, Maria Edgeworth, concerning her unflattering portrayal of Jews in her writings. Rachel wrote letters to her brother, Moses, expressing her concern because he was marrying Margaret Lane, who was a Gentile. Later, Rachel's growing Christian sentiments, in 1835, created a family conflict. Her letters to her sister, Ellen, reveal great emotional distress because of her religious conflicts. Not only did she face her Jewish father's displeasure, but her husband, Aaron, threatened to take her children away from her if she tried to convert him to her "heretical beliefs." Rachel died suddenly in 1838 at the age of 50, having been baptized on her deathbed.

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Rachel Lazarus's Timeline

1788
July 1, 1788
Goochland, Goochland, Virginia, United States
1821
March 28, 1821
Age 32
Richmond, Virginia, United States
1822
February 6, 1822
Age 33
1825
July 13, 1825
Age 37
1828
September 12, 1828
Age 40
1830
October 9, 1830
Age 42
Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, United States
1838
June 23, 1838
Age 49
Petersburg, Virginia, United States
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Petersburg, Virginia, United States