Richea (Rycha) Levy

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Richea (Rycha) Levy (Asher)

Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Asher Michaels de Paul and Rebecca de Paul
Wife of Moses (Raphael) Levy
Mother of Bilhah Abigail Franks; Asher Levy; Nathan Levy; Isaac Levy and Michael (Jechiel) Levy
Sister of Rachel Myers-Cohen and Michael Asher

Occupation: m. Moses Raphael Levy, 1695 NY
Managed by: Lori Savage
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About Richea (Rycha) Levy

Levy was born in Germany in 1665 and arrived in NY from England in 1695. He was a successful merchant with a fleet of ships that sailed between the colonies, the Caribbean, England and North Africa. He owned 70 acres of land in NY and was a successful real estate investor. In 1718, Moses Raphael Levy, widowed in 1716, married Grace Mears, with whom he had seven children. When he died in 1728, he was considered one of NY's wealthiest citizens. He was buried at Chatham Square in NY, the oldest Jewish cemetery in America. Abigail Levy Franks, eldest of five children Moses had with first wife Richea Asher Levy, 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. Both Moses Rafael Levy and Grace Mears Levy were active in establishing the Jewish community in NY and were contributors to the first synagogue on Mill St., in the area commonly referred to today as Wall Street.

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Richea (Rycha) Levy's Timeline

New York, NY, USA
Age 28
London, U.K.
November 26, 1696
Age 29
London, England, United Kingdom
February 2, 1699
Age 32
New York, New York, United States
February 18, 1704
Age 37
New York, New York, United States
July 19, 1706
Age 39
New York, New York, United States
July 10, 1709
Age 42
New York, New York, United States
September 29, 1716
Age 49
New York, NY, USA
September 29, 1716
Age 49