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Solomon Marache

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Death: January 5, 1819 (85)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Mosseh (Meers) Marache and Esther Marache
Husband of Rebecca Marache and Mary Marache
Father of Hetty (Esther) Mordecai; Judith Marache and Henrietta J. Armstrong
Brother of Jacob Marache; Benjamin Marache and Moses Marache

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About Solomon Marache

United States Census 1800:

The marriage of Solomon Marache to Rebecca Myers 13th of August 1766 in New York. (Knowles Collection)

The marriage of Solomon Marache to Mary Holton took place on the 12th of May 1787 in Philadephia. (FamilySearch)

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Mention of Solomon Marache in the book "The French Physician's Boy: A Story of Philadelphia's 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic"

Mention of the birth of Solomon Marache in Curacao in the book "Sephardim in the Americas: Studies in Culture and History"

Congregation Mikveh Israel, the first Jewish congregation in Philadelphia, had its beginnings about 1745 and is believed to have worshiped in a small house in Sterling Alley. In 1761, owing to the influx of Spanish and Portuguese Jews from England, the Netherlands and the West Indies, the question of building a synagogue was raised, but nothing was then accomplished in that direction. In 1773, when Bernard Gratz was parnas and Solomon Marache treasurer, a subscription was started "in order to support our holy worship and establish it on a more solid foundation." The number of Jewish residents in Philadelphia was suddenly increased at the outbreak of the American Revolution by the influx of Jewish patriots from New York, which had been captured by the British (Sept., 1776). The congregation removed from the house in Sterling Alley and then occupied quarters in Cherry Alley, between Third and Fourth streets.[3]

The building in Cherry Alley, which had sufficed for the few families in the city, became inadequate, and steps were taken to secure a more commodious building. Gershom Mendes Seixas, who had fled from New York to Connecticut, was requested to act as the first rabbi of the reorganized congregation. The estimate for the new building was £600, and the subscription being inadequate, Haym Salomon, the banker and financial agent of the Continental Congress, agreed to pay one-fourth the cost. A lot was purchased in Cherry street, near Third street, and a suitable building erected.[4] The governor of Pennsylvania and his official family were invited to attend the dedication ceremonies, which were held on September 13, 1782. At this time the congregation had over 100 members;[5] its officers were Jonas Phillips (president), Michael Gratz, Solomon Marache, Solomon Myers Cohen, and Simon Nathan. On November 25, 1783, New York was evacuated by the British, and many of the members of the congregation returned to their former homes. The congregation also started Mikveh Israel Cemetery.[6]

In 1765, the Non-Importation Resolutions were drawn up. By these resolutions, adopted October 25, 1765, the merchants and other citizens of Philadelphia agreed "not to have any goods shipped from Great Britain until after the repeal of the Stamp Act." One of the Jewish signers was Solomon Marache

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Solomon Marache's Timeline

Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
February 20, 1768
Age 34
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
February 26, 1770
Age 36
Newport, Newport, RI, USA
January 5, 1819
Age 85
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States