Levy family miniature portraits
Two miniature portraits of Chapman Levy, a Jewish lawyer, legislator, and landowner from South Carolina and later Mississippi. Also included are portraits of his mother, Sarah Moses Levy, and his sister, Eliza Levy Anderson. The portrait of Sarah Moses Chapman shows her wearing the miniature pendant of her young son, Chapman.
- circa 1789, circa 1835
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Chapman Levy was born in 1787 to Sarah Moses Levy (d. 1839) and Samuel Levy (1746-1842) of Camden, South Carolina. Legislator, lawyer, soldier, landowner, Mason, and expert on the practice of dueling, Levy is listed as a founding member of the Camden Protestant Episcopal Church, though it is unclear if he converted to Christianity. Levy was one of the largest Jewish slaveholders of his era, owning thirty-one slaves, twenty of whom worked in his brickyard near Columbia Canal in 1820. In the mid-1930s, Levy resettled in Mississippi where he appears to have prospered. Chapman Levy died at the age of sixty-two in 1849.
For more information about Chapman Levy, please see pages 118-119 of A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life edited by Theodore Rosengarten and Dale Rosengarten (2002).
0.4 linear feet (1 document box)
Two miniature portraits of Chapman Levy, a Jewish lawyer, legislator, and landowner from South Carolina and later Mississippi. Also included are portraits of his mother, Sarah Moses Levy, and his sister, Eliza Levy Anderson.
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Materials donated in 2000 by Lane Dinkins and in 2001 by Thomas W. Crockett in honor of Loraine Crockett.
Processed by Deborah Kingsbury with Sarah Dorpinghaus, December 2011.
- Anderson, Eliza Levy, 1794-1839
- Jewish businesspeople -- United States
- Jewish capitalists and financiers -- United States
- Levy family
- Levy, Chapman, 1787-1849
- Levy, Sarah Moses, 1768-1842
- Portrait miniatures -- 18th century
- Portrait miniatures -- 19th century
- Portrait miniatures, American -- South Carolina
- miniatures (paintings)
- Inventory of the Levy Family Miniature Portraits, circa 1789, circa 1835
- Processed by: Deborah Kingsbury with Sarah Dorpinghaus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus
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