A. Weinberg


Pearl Street
Darlington, SC

FAMILIES: Weinberg

Abraham Weinberg (1846-1933) was born and raised in Charleston by his German father, Benedict (1799-1890) and Benedict’s second wife, Fannie Reis Weinberg (1828-1878). Around 1870, Abraham moved to Darlington and started his own business, likely operating under his name. In 1874, he married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Iseman (1858-1880), and the young couple had four children together before Lizzie passed in 1880. The following year, Abraham married Lizzie’s sister, Rosa (1859-1926), and over the course of the next twelve years, Rosa and Abraham welcomed another five children to their family. Just before their family was complete, Abraham was faced with a series of setbacks in his business. In November 1891, a fire broke out in the business district, damaging his store and stock. Three months later, an even bigger fire destroyed the newly remodeled building, costing Abraham another $6,000. Nevertheless, in May 1892, Abraham unveiled a new brick store on Pearl Street and was once again in business. He retired from his general store before 1920.

Main Image: Newspaper excerpt describing renovations after the 1892 fire. Reprinted from The State, May 21, 1892.


Above Image: Diagram depicting damage from the 1892 Darlington fire with Abraham’s building outlined in red. Reprinted from The Darlington News, March 3, 1892.

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