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Levy family miniature portraits

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1099

Collection Overview

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.

Dates

  • circa 1789, circa 1835

Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

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 Colombia 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).

Extent

0.4 linear feet (1 document box)

Abstract

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.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the item level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2000 by Lane Dinkins and in 2001 by Thomas W. Crockett in honor of Loraine Crockett.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Kingsbury with Sarah Dorpinghaus, December 2011.

Source

Title
Inventory of the Levy Family Miniature Portraits, circa 1789, circa 1835
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Deborah Kingsbury with Sarah Dorpinghaus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus
Date
2012
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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