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Hartog (Henry) Twzi Tobias Keesing (Kaysha)

Also Known As: "Hartog Elias Keesing", "Hy Keesing", "Henry Keesing"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Death: May 11, 1879 (87)
Auckland, North Island, New Zealand (bronchitis)
Place of Burial: Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Tobias (Tuvia) Hartog (Hirsch) Keesing; Tobias Hartog Hirsch Keesing (Kaysha); Clara (Gele) Jacobs Keesing and Clara Jacobs de Jong
Husband of Rosetta Raizche Barend Keesing
Father of Caroline Gila Nathan; Barnet Issachar Keesing; Hannah Asher; Henry Keesing jnr; Thomas (Tobias) Henry Keesing and 5 others
Brother of Jacobus Tobias Kesing Keesing; Rachel Tobias Keesing; Abraham Tobias Keesing Keesge; Israel Tobias Keesing and Jacob Tobias Kesing Keesing

Occupation: Shopkeeper, financier, community leader
Immigration: Union, March 1843
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About Henry Keesing

Henry Keesing was born in Amsterdam, Holland, in the Netherlands, on 31 December 1791, the second son of Tobias ben Hartog and Clara Jacobs de Jong. His Jewish name was Hartog ben Tobias but he officially adopted the name Hartog Tobias Keesing in 1811. After serving as a conscripted soldier in the Napoleonic army, he made his way to England during 1813. By 1815 he had anglicised his forename to Henry and had become a tailor in London. On 14 August 1816 Henry Keesing married Rosetta Barend Kasner, daughter of Isaac Kasner and his wife, Hannah Raphael; the marriage was registered at the Great Synagogue, London. The couple raised their nine children at 98 Great Saffron Hill, where Henry had a clothing shop.

A son, Barnet, was already in New Zealand when Henry and Rosetta Keesing sailed from England in 1842 with six of their family. They endured a five month voyage in the barque Union, which arrived at Auckland in March 1843. Henry quickly became established as a small trader in Shortland Crescent, later Shortland Street. Before many years he was able to leave the running of the thriving store, London House, to his sons while he engaged in other enterprises. By 1844 he had begun to acquire property by lending money on security of the borrower's land. His financial dealings soon expanded and he became the owner of many prime building sites in the business district of Auckland. Four of Keesing's properties were destroyed by fire in 1858.

The arrival of the Keesing family signalled a new era in the lives of the few Jewish traders in Auckland. There were now enough men to form a Minyan, and regular services got under way. A Hebrew Congregation was later formed, meeting in a little building in Emily Place. Henry Keesing was proud of his position as first president of the congregation, and enjoyed representing the Jewish community at public events.

In 1849 Henry and Rosetta Keesing shifted to a country property, Bird Grove, in Manukau Road, Epsom. They left on an extended overseas trip in 1853, and the property was leased and eventually sold. By 1856 they had returned and taken up residence at 4 Waterloo Quadrant, opposite Government House. After Rosetta died in 1862, Henry Keesing continued to buy and sell land, invest in the sharemarket and take part in social life. He received occasional visits from George Grey: the two men discussed, among other subjects, the Hebrew language, which Grey was endeavouring to learn. Until his death on 10 May 1879, Henry played an important but unobtrusive part in the community, keeping a sharp eye on his financial affairs and his numerous descendants.

Source: This biography was written by A. Agnew and R. Agnew and was first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography Volume 1, 1990http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1k5/keesing-henry

Henry achieved some financial security as a clothier in Georgian London and was able to move west to 78 Great Saffron Hill at the corner of St. Cross Street where he had a shop with living quarters above. It is also registered in the Akevoth Archives that Henry was abroad when the Adaption of December 1811 occurred and then settled in London 1813. He moved the family to Auckland 22 Mar 1843 on the ship “Union” where they watched the “Great Comet of 1843”. They settled on a 6 acre estate named “Bird Grove” near Epsom New Zealand.

Naturalized Dec 1, 1811 to Keesing: Hartog (Henry) appears to be the first Keesche (pronounced Kaysha) to take the “Keesing” name when he listed in the Napoleon Military Register as a conscript in 1810 and as listed in the Jewish family register. He drew a low number which meant he had to serve during the years of the Napoleonic Wars. Everyone resented the French occupation and the forced conscription in Holland. Many of the conscripts and entire battalions defected and taken prisoner by the Wellington’s British Army at the battle of Leipzig Germany. Henry was the founder of the 19th century Keesing’s in New Zealand. In 1815, Hartog was back in Amsterdam acting as a witness at the wedding of his cousin Israel Simon Keesing. Shortly afterwards, the Keesing family moved to London. In 1815, he had his Jewish forename converted to Henry (Christian name) and worked in the London east side. Ref (Obit): https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AS18790512.2.25 Ref (Biography) - https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1k5/keesing-henry Provided by Jack Joseph Keesing

More suggestions and sources:

  • Agnew, A. 'A pioneer Dutchman in Auckland'. Auckland--Waikato Historical Journal No 48 (April 1986): 13
  • Agnew, A. & R. Agnew. A colonial cousinhood. Devonport, 1986
  • Agnew, R. 'Birdgrove, a forgotten Epsom place name'. Auckland--Waikato Historical Journal No 48 (April 1986): 14--17
  • Obit. New Zealand Weekly News. 17 May 1879
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Keesing

http://jorge.home.xs4all.nl/gen/trees/text_keesing_2.htm#I15202

5.6 Hartog Tobias Keesing

He was born at Amsterdam, 31 December 1791, died at Auckland, New Zealand, 11 May 1879, son of Tobias Hartog Keesing (see 4.3) and Clara Jacob de Jong Charlevil.

He married at Great Synagogue, London, England, 14 August 1816 Rosetta Barend Kasner, born at London, England, 14 August 1796, died at Auckland, New Zealand, 29 January 1862, daughter of Issachar Judah Kasner and Hannah Raphael.

From this marriage:

  • 1817 Caroline Keesing [6.16]
  • 1819 Barnet Keesing [6.17]
  • 1821 Thomas Barnet Tobias Keesing [6.18]
  • 1823 Hannah Keesing [6.19]
  • 1825 Henry Hartog Keesing [6.20]
  • 1827 Harriet Keesing [6.21]
  • 1829 Abraham Keesing [6.22]
  • 1831 Ralph Keesing [6.23]
  • 1833 John Keesing [6.24]

http://levie-kanes.com/humogen/family/humo_/F31760/I88228/

Hartog Henry Tobias Keesing/ de Jon‏‎ Born ‎31-12-1791 Amsterdam, Netherland‎. Son of Tobias Hartog Keesing/ Logge and Clara Gelle de Jong Charlevil - Diets‏

Married ‎14-8-1816 London, England (45 or 46 years married) to:

reports
‎womanRosetta Kassner/ Rapae‏‎

Born ‎1797 London, England, died ‎29-1-1862 Auckland, New Zealand‎, 64 or 65 years. Daughter of Issachar Juda Kassner and Hanna Rapael‏ Children:

1) reports

‎womanCaroline Keesing/ Kassne‏‎

Born ‎14-9-1817 London, England‎

2) reports

‎manBarnet Keesing/ Kassne‏‎

Born ‎4- sep 1819 London, England‎

3) reports

‎manThomas Barnet Tobias Keesing/ Kassne‏‎

Born ‎30-6-1821 London, England, died ‎1918 Brighton, England‎, 96 or 97 years

4) reports

‎womanHanna Keesing/ Kassne‏‎

Born ‎15-8-1823 London, England, died ‎1909 Tauranga‎, 85 or 86 years

5) reports

‎manHenry Hartog Keesing/ Kassne‏‎

Born ‎2- jul 1826 London, England, died ‎1896 Auckland, New Zealand‎, 69 or 70 years

6) reports

‎womanHarriet Keesing/ Kassne‏‎

Born ‎27-6-1827 London, England, died ‎1881‎, 53 or 54 years

7) reports

‎manRalph Keesing/ Kassne‏‎

Born ‎9- jun 1831 Amsterdam, Netherland, died ‎1912 Auckland, New Zealand‎, 80 or 81 years

8) reports

‎manAbraham Keesing/ Kassne‏‎

Born ‎30-7-1829 London, England, died ‎19-8-1860 Auckland, New Zealand‎, 30 or 31 years

9) reports

‎manJohn Keesing/ Kassne‏‎

Born ‎12-6-1833 London, England, died ‎1914‎, 80 or 81 years


http://jorge.home.xs4all.nl/gen/trees/report_keesing_2.htm

5.6 Hartog Tobias Keesing

He was born at Amsterdam, 31 December 1791, died at Auckland, New Zealand, 11 May 1879, son of Tobias Hartog Keesing (see 4.3) and Clara Jacob de Jong Charlevil.

He married at Great Synagogue, London, England, 14 August 1816 Rosetta Barend Kasner, born at London, England, 14 August 1796, died at Auckland, New Zealand, 29 January 1862, daughter of Issachar Judah Kasner and Hannah Raphael.

From this marriage:

  • 1817 Caroline Keesing [6.16]
  • 1819 Barnet Keesing [6.17]
  • 1821 Thomas Barnet Tobias Keesing [6.18]
  • 1823 Hannah Keesing [6.19]
  • 1825 Henry Hartog Keesing [6.20]
  • 1827 Harriet Keesing [6.21]
  • 1829 Abraham Keesing [6.22]
  • 1831 Ralph Keesing [6.23]
  • 1833 John Keesing [6.24]

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=alvinekeesing&id=I89

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Henry Keesing's Timeline

1791
December 31, 1791
Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
1817
September 14, 1817
England, United Kingdom
1819
September 4, 1819
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1821
June 30, 1821
London, United Kingdom
1823
August 15, 1823
London, United Kingdom
1825
June 2, 1825
London, UK
1827
June 27, 1827
London, England
1829
July 30, 1829
London, United Kingdom
1831
June 9, 1831
Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands