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Sarah (Lipman) Elsbach
(In Leadville early 1890s-1901)
Born: March 1839 (Pennsylvania)
Died: January 10, 1903
Married to: David Elsbach (Tennessee 1855) [1]

Sarah Elsbach (née Lipman born March 1839 in Pennsylvania) was the mother-in-law of Adolph Schayer [2]. The census of 1870 listed Sarah as married to David Elsbach with a residence in Spencer, Ohio. Her daughter, Clara (Carrie), was 14 years old that year. [3] Carrie would go on to marry Adolph Schayer about 1885. Adolph would establish himself as an important liquor dealer and businessman in Leadville by 1889. In 1891, the Herald Democrat announced that Mrs. Elsbach joined her daughter and grandchildren on a trip to Glenwood Springs from Leadville. [4] Sarah’s most important role in Leadville was as the Sunday school Superintendent for Temple Israel in 1894. [5] She did not appear in the city directories until 1900, however this could be because she was included in the Schayer household for the proceeding years or that she did not live permanently in Leadville until 1900. Intermittent social mentions of her between 1891 and 1900 do not precisely indicate where her permanent residence was located. Train service to Leadville was excellent by 1889 and Sarah could have “commuted” up to Leadville from Denver to visit her family on a regular basis. She was listed however as a resident of Champa street in the Denver city directory for the year 1895. [6] In 1897 Sarah was listed as “Mrs. Elsbach” on a list of party attendees at the 6th street Kahn household. [7]

According to the census of 1900, Sarah was a resident of the Schayer household at 122 East 8th Street, Leadville. Sarah was listed as 61 years old and widowed. [8] Sarah died in Denver on January 10, 1903 and was buried first at the Hebrew Cemetery in Capitol Hill before her grave was moved in October 1923 to Congregation Emanuel cemetery. [9]

1 Ancestry.com. Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-2002 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. Nashville, TN, USA: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm.
2 For more information on the Schayers, see http://www.jewishleadville.org/schayer.html
3 “Clara” is likely an error on the part of the census taker: her birthdate and age in 1870 indicate this is “Carrie” Elsbach who went on the marry Adolph Schayer.
4 “Society’s Giddy Whirl” Leadville Daily/Evening Chronicle, September 7, 1891 p. 1
5 “Notices” Leadville, CO; USA. Herald Democrat, July 6, 1894 p 6
6 Denver City Directory p 377
7 “The World of Society” Herald Democrat, January 24, 1897 p 6
8 Year: 1900; Census Place: Leadville, Lake, Colorado; Page: 9; Enumeration District: 0049; FHL microfilm: 1240125 Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
9 Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.


Corbett, TB, Hoye, WC and Ballanger, JH. “Corbet, Hoye and Co’s Seventh-Twentieth Annual City Directory: Containing A Complete List Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms Etc. In The City Of Leadville For 1885-1900”. Democrat Printing Company; Leadville, CO: USA. 1885-1900.

Corbett, Hoye. “1895 Corbett, Hoye & Co.’s 23rd Annual Denver City directory: City directory of all residents and businesses in the Denver area in the year 1895.” News Printing Company; Denver, CO: USA. 1895

Accessed via familysearch.com and ancestry.com:

1870 United States Federal Census

1880 United States Federal Census

1900 United States Federal Census


Leadville Daily/Evening Chronicle (Leadville, Lake County, Colorado)

Carbonate Chronicle (Leadville, Lake County, Colorado)

Herald Democrat (Leadville, Lake County, Colorado)


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AUTHOR: Trevor Mark
EDITOR: William Korn
SOURCE: Jewish Surnames/Elsbach
PUBLISHED BY: Temple Israel Foundation. Leadville CO; USA. 2018
STABLE URL: http://www.jewishleadville.org/elsbach.html

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