Calder Family Papers
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In October 1983, the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, Inc. Bulletin, Vol. XXVII, No. 1 published excerpts from letters between family members and also provided further family history. Aaron Marks married Esther Cohen on May 10, 1803 and she bore him eight children; Gershon (1804-1868), Benjamin (1805-1806), Phila Cohen (1806-1888), Rachel (1807-1883), Washington (1808-1831), Angelina Green (1809-1887), Maria Cecelia (1811-1872), and Almira Emma (1814-1888). Esther died in November of 1816 and in 1821 Aaron Marks married Rachel Mordecai who bore him four additional children. When Aaron died in 1841 leaving no will it was noted that, "as a result of his death the house was abondoned, fortunes changed and the children scattered."
Phila Cohen Lazarus married William Calder and together they had three children: Catherine Theodosia, Robert Edward and Washington Lazarus (whose name was changed to William Calder, Jr. after the death of his father on December 9, 1844). Phila Calder spent some time in Rhode Island after the death of her husband but returned to Wilmington, NC in 1846.
Phila's brother Gershon Lazarus legally changed his name from Lazarus to Larendon on December 20, 1864 in Fulton County, Georgia. Phila addresses her brother's decision to her sisters Almira and Julia in a letter dated March 29, 1866 from Wilmington, NC. She notes that her Aunt Adeline who has recently died would have been "pained and annoyed" had she been aware that her nephew had renounced his family name.
Phila Cohen Lazarus Calder, the last surviving child of Aaron Marks and Esther Cohen Lazarus, died on September 28, 1888.
Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, Inc. Bulletin. Wilmington, NC. Volume XXVII, Number 1, October 1983.
Note written by Deborah A. Edwards
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