Simon Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz

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Simon Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Zvěrkovice, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
Death: Died in Brtnice, Jihlava District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
Cause of death: Robbed and murdered
Place of Burial: Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
Immediate Family:

Son of Leopold (Juda Löbl) (Jehuda Aryeh-Leib) Kohn-Zerkowitz and Fradl Kohn-Zerkowitz
Husband of Paulina (Josephina) (Pessel) Kohn-Zerkowitz; Elisabeth (Barbara) Kohn-Zerkowitz and Eleonora (Veronika) (Elka) Kohn-Zerkowitz
Father of Leopold Kohn-Zerkowitz; Nathan Samuel (Nesanel) (Sándor) Kohn-Zerkowitz; Marie Turcsan; Rachel Kohn-Zerkowitz; Ernestina (Ester) Rosenberger and 2 others
Brother of Salomon Zerkowitz; Daugher Kohn-Zerkowitz; Michael Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz; Rozalia (Rozsal) Frommer; Anna Sontag (Kohn-Zerkowitz) and 3 others

Occupation: Jeweler
Managed by: Matt Kuenzel
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About Simon Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz

Simon Kohn-Zerkowitz was born in Zerkowitz, South Moravia [now Zverkovice, Czech Republic] and moved with his parents to Mahr. Weisskirchen in the early 1760s. Around 1780, however, he moved to Trebitsch, Moravia (now Trebic, Czech Republic). He was a prominent citizen in the Trebitsch Jewish community, and was a merchant and jeweler by occupation. He is referred to in most Trebitsch records as "Simon Zerkowitz", but is listed as "Simon Löbl Kohn" in the 1785 birth record of his daughter Rachel. From the mid-1790s through 1805, he is listed as witness to several Jewish birth records in Trebitsch -- always seen as "Simon Zerkowitz".

During the late 1780s and early 1790s, he also owned and maintained a separate residences in Trencin City, Hungary and in Pirnitz [Brtnice], Moravia. He was married to his second wife, Elisabeth, in Brtnice in 1794.

In 1803, Simon purchased household #23 (also referred to as #54) in Trebitsch for 3,500 gold pieces. It was a large residence in the center of town, consisting of a spacious entry hall, five bedrooms, a utility room, and two kitchens. This house, built in the latter half of the 17th century, still stands (2014).

As early as 1796, Simon also held rights to Familiant #15 in Trebitsch.

Between circa 1807 and his death in 1817, Simon resided in Brtnice, Moravia while continuing to maintain ownership of household #23 in Trebitsch. Prior to that, he gave his residence in Trencin City, Hungary to his two eldest sons, Leopold and Nathan (who were living in Trencin City as early as 1805).

Simon Zerkowitz was murdered on 28 August 1817, age about 62, as he returned to the outskirts of Brtnice from a trip to Leipzig, Germany. In a letter written in the 1970s, his great-grandson, Emil Zerkowitz (1892-1988) stated the following: "...Simon Zerkowitz, from Trencin, Slovakia, was a jeweler. On a ride from Leipzig, Germany to take gold along, he was murdered."

He was buried in Trebitsch, and his gravestone is still standing. In Hebrew, it states that he was Simon Zerkowitz, died 28 August 1817, with the Hebrew name of "Simeon ha-Kohen", son of "Leib ha-Kohen".

According to family information passed down in the Zerkowitz family, "Simon Zerkowitz had three distinct families. By his first wife, he had two sons and two daughters. His two sons, Leib and Nathaniel, received his residence and property in Trencin. By his second wife, he had two more children, a daughter Ester (Rosenberger) and a son who died early. Finally, by his third marriage, he had one son, Jacob, who inherited the majority of Simon's wealth at the time of his death."

Simon's large residence in Trebitsch was eventually taken over by his youngest son, Jacob Samuel Zerkowitz (following a petition by Simon's widow Eleonora), and remained in possession of the Zerkowitz family until the mid-1800s.

From "Třebíč Příběhy Židovských Familiantů" by Rudolf Fišer (2012), p. 202: ZERKOWITZ, Simon -- familiant #15 (1796-1819?) V roce 1803 koupil tento zámožný obchodník dům č. p. 54 (L. Pokorného 23) za 3500 zlatých. V hotovosti vyplatil značnou sumu 2500 zlatých.

Translated into English: In 1803, [Simon Zerkowitz] bought the sizeable merchant house No. 54 (household #23) for 3500 pieces of gold. In cash, he paid out the large sum 2,500 gold pieces.

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Simon Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz's Timeline

1755
1755
Zvěrkovice, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
1780
1780
Age 25
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
1781
1781
Age 26
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic or Trenčín, Trenčiansky kraj, Slovakia
1783
1783
Age 28
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
1784
1784
Age 29
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
1785
December 10, 1785
Age 30
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
1794
January 4, 1794
Age 39
Brtnice, Jihlava District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
1795
February 17, 1795
Age 40
Třebíč, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
1796
July 8, 1796
Age 41
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
1807
1807
Age 52
Brtnice, Jihlava District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic