Simon Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz

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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. As a young man, he settled first in Trebitsch [now Trebic, Czech Republic], close to his native Zverkovice, where he married his first wife. However, his lack of legal standing prompted him, about 1781, to migrate over the border to Trencin City, Hungary [now Trencin, Slovakia]. He remained there into the early 1790s, except for a brief period, 1785-86, when he returned to Trebitsch. Having become wealthy as a jeweler, he officially returned to Trebitsch about 1793. He was a prominent citizen in the Trebitsch Jewish community where he continued to buy and sell jewels. 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".

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 1804 and his death in 1817, Simon resided in Brtnice, Moravia while continuing to maintain ownership of household #23 in Trebitsch. Prior to that, he transferred the ownership of his former residence in Trencin City, Hungary (which he had never sold) to his two eldest sons, Leopold and Nathan, who were living there as early as 1805.

As was the case in Trebic, Simon Kohn-Zerkowitz also held Familiant status in Brtnice:

Brtnice Familiant Records No. 132-- Simon Zerkowitz Kohn, familiant in Trebitsch, wife, Veronika, dau., Zily, dau., Regina, son, Jacob [twin], b. March 1808, dau., Karolina [twin], b. March 1808

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".

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
1777
1777
Age 22
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
1778
1778
Age 23
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysocina Region, Czech Republic
1780
1780
Age 25
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysocina Region, Czech Republic
1781
1781
Age 26
Trenčín, Trenčín District, Trenčín Region, Slovakia
1783
1783
Age 28
Trenčín, Trenčín District, Trenčín Region, Slovakia
1785
December 10, 1785
Age 30
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysocina Region, Czech Republic
1787
1787
Age 32
Trenčín, Trenčín District, Trenčín Region, Slovakia
1794
January 4, 1794
Age 39
Brtnice, Jihlava District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
1795
February 17, 1795
Age 40
Třebíč, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic