By W. D. Bostic



A narrative history of this family is presented at The patriarch was Julius Friedlob, described in the "Goodspeed Histories of Madison Count, Tennessee" (orignially published in 1888) pp. 861-2:

Julius Friedlob, a prominent dry goods merchant of this city {Jackson, TN}, was born in Poland in 1841, and is the son of L. and Sarah Friedlob. In 1862, he emigrated to the United States, and lived in New York, peddling from that place about six months; then went to St. Louis, following the same business for about nine months; then went to Memphis, where he remained until the day after Lee surrendered; then he came to this city and engaged in the dry goods and clothing business, which has proven very successful. Mr. Friedlob began life poor, his possessions being gained by his own honesty, industry, and perseverance. He occupies his own house, and has other property also in a very desirable portion of the city. In 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Bettie Felsenthal, daughter of Eli Felsenthal. She was born in Bavaria, Germany, and is the mother of six boys. He is a member of the I.O.O.F, K. of P., K. of H., A.O.U.W., and belongs to a Jewish society in Memphis, called the I.O.B.B., and belongs to the Jewish congregations both here and at Brownsville, Tenn. In politics, he is neutral, but Democratic.


In this family burial plot are Julius' wife, the former Babette (Bettie) Felsenthal (1841-1897), his sons Sam (1869-1926) and Joseph (1879-1913), Sam's son, Sam Julius (1910-1916) and Joseph's wife, the former Willis Hatch.[1] Sam Julius ("Sammie"), much beloved son of Sam Friedlob and his wife Rosa Derry, died of complications form appendicitis while visiting his uncles (Hertz and Eli), then living in Chicago.

It is interesting that Sam, Sr., was buried at B'nai Israel. In 1908, Sam married Rosa Derry, a young Protestant girl who had clerked at the Friedlob store. Sadly, Julius disowned Sam for marrying outside of the faith. However, Sam and his father were reconciled later when Julius, aged and dying, moved in with Sam and Rosa. Julius must have witnessed the very real love that existed in the family.



The Babette Felsenthal that married Julius Friedlob was born 1841 in Bavaria, Germany, the daughter of Israel Felsenthal, and the sister of Jacob Felsenthal who located to Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a cousin to the Felsenthals who immigrated from Bavaria and settled in Brownville, Haywood Co., TN, before the Civil War.[2] A contemporary cousin, also named Babette (1843-1928), lived in Brownsville. An article from the Commercial Appeal (11-Mar-1999) discusses about 30 Jewish families that settled in the Brownsville, Haywood County, TN area. It mentions a Babette Felsenthal coming to Brownsville in 1860 with her mother, Carolina Mandel Felsenthal, and brother Edward to join older brothers Jacob (who came to the US in 1840 from Munchweiler, Germany at the age of 16)[3] and Joseph (who came to the US in 1852). The Haywood County Babette married her cousin, Henry Levi [4]; her brothers Isaac, Joseph and Moses served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War under Nathal Bedford Forrest's calvary. Isaac was killed at Shiloh in 1862 and Moses was a POW.

Emanuel (Edward) Felsenthal (1845-1895), interred at B'nai Israel, was the youngest son of Joel Lyon and Carolina Mandel Felsenthal. Edward married Carrie Anker (1856-1927) on January 15, 1873, in Haywood County. The family moved in 1883 from Brownsville to Jackson, TN, where Carrie and Edward would raise 8 children.[5]

The 1908-9 Jackson, TN, City Directory lists:

Felsenthal, Carrie (wid. Edward) 331 Highland Ave.
Felsenthal & Tamm, grocers [6]

Carrie, born in Brownsville and educated in Philadelphia, died 13-April 1927, and is interred at B'nai Israel. Her will is recorded:

Abstr last Wills & Testaments, Madison Co., TN, 1927-1937, p. 4 (18). Mrs Carrie Anker Felsenthal, 21-Jun-1923 - 21-Apr-1927 (d. 13-Apr, 1927) to daus Mrs. Celia Felsenthal & Mrs Ruby F. Tamm, Mrs. Nell F. Levy. Homeplace 332 Highland Ave, Jackson.

Also, daughter Stella Felsenthal married Ludwig Hess. Thus, the connection to the Tamm, Levy, and Hess families, some of whom are also interred at B'nai Israel.

Many other Felsenthal kin are buried at Adas Israel Cemetery in Brownsville, Haywood Co., TN; see

Cecilia Felsenthal, daughter of Carrie Anker Felsenthal, wrote a genealogical history (now out of print) entitled "The Felsenthal Family." A microfilm copy is available at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City UT. The narrative is somewhat difficult to follow, but is a great aid for researchers on the Felsenthal and allied families.[7]



  1. It is assumed that Willis is interred here, since her name is given on the head stone, but no death date is given.
  2. The confusion over the "two Babettes" may have mostly been my own ! From the information generously shared by Susan King (founder of JewishGen) others, this appears to be their relation:
    The Babettes were thus cousins, living in adjacent counties of West Tennessee. (Julius Friedlob, husband to one of the Babettes, was a member of both the Brownsville and Jackson Tennessee Jewish congregations). The Babettes would have known each other well, and would probably have been amused how they had become confounded in some histories.
  1. History of Haywood Co., TN (1989), Haywood County Historical Soc., p. 70 In 1840, 16-yr old Jacob Felsenthal ventured across the Atlantic in a small sailboat from his ancestrial home in Muchweiler, Germany. (a 6-week journey). Settled in Brownsville, TN in 1847. Joined in 1852 by two other brothers, Moses and Isaac. In 1856, Jacob and Joseph started their Department store business.
  2. Information shared by Felsenthal researcher David Shapiro in 1999: The "other" Babette (i.e., the one who married Mr. Levi) is mentioned in an article dated April 19, 1998 in the Washington Post magazine section. The article entitled "The Remains of Her Days" is by Jennifer Moses and describes her Alzheimer stricken grandmother Jennie Ester Levy (granddaughter of the "other Babette"). According to this article, she had a collection of family papers including some from Germany.
  3. 1900 Soundex for TN: Madison Co., Vol. 45, ED 112, Sheet 112, line 10:
    Felsenthal, Carrie, b. Mar 1858 (age 42), r. Highland Ave, Jackson
    Cecelia, dau, b. Dec 1873 (age 26)
    Jake, S in L, b. May 1891 (age 35)
    Stella, dau, b. Sep 1875 (24)
    Hattie, dau, b. Apr 1877 (23)
    Nell, dau, b. Jun 1880 (20)
    Jack, son, b. Oct 1881 (18)
    Sidney, son, b. Mar 1884 (16)
    Henry, son, b. Mar 1886
    Ruby, dau., b. Oct 1888
    plus several others (boarders?)
  4. Ruby Regina Felsenthal, daughter of Edward and Carrie, married Sam Tilden Tamm.
  5. Jacob and Cecelia Felsenthal, "The Felsenthal Family", pub. Memphis, 1939 (2nd ed.), quoted from excerpts of documents sent by Nancy King of JewishGen: "My grandparents, Joel Lyon and Carolina Mandel Felsenthal had a large family.., special mention being made of those whom I knew - Jacob, Joseph, Moses, John, Louise, Babette and my father Edward. The eldest son, Jacob [b. Abt 1824], was the first member of the family to emigrate from Munchweiler, Germany, to America. He came with two adventurous friends in a sailboat, and they were on the ocean six weeks before landing at New York... [Jacob was about 16 years of age at this time]; a few years (Jacob) was established in ... Brownsville, Tennessee. Joseph, his brother, soon followed, and in 1856 they started the business that is still a thriving department store [J. Felsenthal & Bros.; family-operated until its sale in 1974]." [This Babette is the one who married Mr. Henry Levy of Jackson, TN; she came to Brownsville, in Haywood County TN, about 1860 with her mother, Carolina Mandel Felsenthal]. [Note from Michelle Felsenthal, 1999: Isaac, Joseph, and Moses Felsenthal served in the Confederate army under Nathan Bedford Forrest]. From Haywood County Families: Jacob married a cousin, Karoline Felsenthal from Philadelphia.