Names of two families which led the congregation of Liverpool, England, in the early part of the nineteenth century. They trace their descent on the one side to one Ralph Samuel, who was born probably at Strelitz, possibly at Kissingen, Nov. 22, 1738, and on the other to Samuel Yates, also of Strelitz, who married Martha Abrahams; the latter's mother was one Martha Haynes (daughter of a Dorsetshire farmer), who eloped and became a Jewess. A brother of Samuel Yates married a sister of Polly Levy, and the latter married Ralph Samuel; the sisters Levy were connected with the chief Ashkenazic family of London that founded the Great Synagogue. Three daughters of Samuel Yates married three sons of Ralph Samuel, and thus constituted a combined family, some of the later members of which adopted the name of Yates. For chart of the Samuel and Yates pedigree see pages 32 and 33.

Two members of the family are in the British Parliament: Herbert Samuel, born 1870; educated at Baliol College, Oxford. He was secretary of the Home Counties Liberal Federation from 1895 to 1902. In Parliament he sat for the Cleveland Division of the North Riding of Yorkshire, Nov., 1902. He wrote "Liberalism: Its Principles and Proposals" (London, 1902). Stuart M. Samuel, born Oct. 24, 1856; educated at Liverpool Institute and University College School. He is president of the Home for Jewish Incurables, and vice-president of the Jewish Workingmen's Club. He represented Tower Hamlets (Whitechapel Division) in 1900.

  • L. Wolf, History and Genealogy of the Jewish Families of Yates and Samuel of Liverpool (privately printed, London, 1901);
  • Jewish Year-Book, 1904-5.
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