Ezekiel & Kohn


Orangeburg, SC

FAMILIES: Kohn; Ezekiel

Theodore Kohn (1840-1902) immigrated to the United States from Bavaria in 1850 with his parents, Philip David Kohn (1806-1876) and Dina Lichtenstein Kohn (1819-1868). That year, the Kohns settled in Orangeburg, where Mrs. Kohn’s brother, Deopold Louis (1816-1885) resided. By 1860, Theodore Kohn was living with his uncle and working in his general store, D. Louis. At the start of the Civil War, Kohn enlisted in the Confederacy’s Edisto Rifles and remained in service through the end of the war. After the war, Kohn returned to Orangeburg and opened general store Ezekiel & Kohn with Emanuel Ezekiel (c.1830-1877) on the corner of Market and Russell Streets. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland around 1830, Ezekiel married Annie Solomon (1846-1930) in London in 1866. That year the Ezekiels moved to Orangeburg. Following Emanuel Ezekiel’s death in 1877, Mrs. Ezekiel returned to London and remarried. Short-lived, Ezekiel & Kohn closed in 1868.

Main Image: Ezekiel & Kohn advertisement. Reprinted from The Orangeburg News, March 9, 1867.


Above: Corporal Theodore Kohn, Edisto Rifles. Reprinted from A Sketch of the War Record of the Edisto Rifles, 1861-1865, William Valmore Izlar.

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