Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Emanuel Ezekiel (c.1830-1877) married Annie Solomon (1846-1930) in London in 1866. Later that year the couple moved to Orangeburg, South Carolina. In 1867, Emanuel Ezekiel opened general store Ezekiel & Kohn with Theodore Kohn (1840-1902), a Jewish merchant from Bavaria. Ezekiel & Kohn closed in 1868, and Ezekiel opened his own general store E. Ezekiel in Orangeburg. There, Ezekiel sold everything from produce and farm supplies to clothing and pocketknives. E. Ezekiel predominantly became known as a jewelry store, however. The store’s advertisements that appeared in the newspaper often instructed customers to look for the “sign of the big watch.” E. Ezekiel remained in operation until shortly before Ezekiel’s death in December 1877. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Ezekiel returned to London and remarried.
Main Image: E. Ezekiel advertisement. Reprinted from The Orangeburg News, June 13, 1868.
Above: E. Ezekiel advertisement. Reprinted from The Orangeburg News, August 1, 1868.
Above: E. Ezekiel advertisement. Reprinted from The Orangeburg News, July 1, 1871.