Countess Rachel d'Avigdor

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Rachel d'Avigdor (Goldsmid)

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 5, 1896 (80)
Paddington, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Balls Pond (Road) Jewish Cemetery, Islington, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Isaac Goldsmid, 1st Baronet and Isabel Goldsmid
Wife of Count, Duke d'Acquaviva, Salomon Henry d'Avigdor
Mother of Elim Henry d'Avigdor; Mariam Isabelle Olga Lucas; Sergius Henry d'Avigdor and Boleslas Henry d'Avigdor
Sister of Anna Maria Miriam Goldsmid; Benjamin Goldsmid; Sir Francis Goldsmid; Daniel Goldsmid; Charles Goldsmid and 6 others

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About Countess Rachel d'Avigdor


By: Joseph Jacobs, Goodman Lipkind

Communal worker at London, England; born Sept. 19, 1816; died Nov. 5, 1896. She was the second daughter of Sir Isaac Lyon and Isabel Goldsmid, and was privately educated by some of the most eminent teachers of the time, including Thomas Campbell, the poet. In June, 1840, she was married to Count Salamon Henri d'Avigdor, son of the d'Avigdor who was a member of the Great Sanhedrin assembled by Napoleon. Shortly after their marriage, the count and countess d'Avigdor went to London, where were born their three sons and one daughter. Her husband, from whom she eventually separated, returned to Paris, and became a personal friend of Napoleon III., who conferred upon him the title of duke.

The countess took a deep interest in the communal institutions of the English metropolis. She was at one time president of the Ladies' Committee of the Jews' Deaf and Dumb Home, and honorary secretary of the West End Charity; also a member of the committees of the Jewish Convalescent Home, of the workhouse committee of the Jewish Board of Guardians, and of the West End Sabbath School. Both the Bayswater schools and the Jews' Deaf and Dumb Home owed their inception principally to her advocacy.

Bibliography:Jewish Chronicle, Nov. 6 and 13, 1896.

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Countess Rachel d'Avigdor's Timeline

September 19, 1816
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
March 9, 1841
Age 24
Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
December 26, 1843
Age 27
Paris, Île-de-France, France
August 23, 1849
Age 32
London, United Kingdom
May 13, 1853
Age 36
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
November 5, 1896
Age 80
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
November 9, 1896
Age 80
Balls Pond (Road) Jewish Cemetery, Islington, Middlesex, England
Privately Educated by the poet Thomas Campbell