Friends of Hastings Cemetery

Rev. John B. & Isabella Goldberg

John Benjamin Goldberg
Died 21st October 1886

Aged 65 years65 25/10/1886 In loving memory of the Rev. J.B. Goldberg who entereth into rest.  

"A lost sheep of the house of Israel found by the Good Shepherd".  "Absent from the body present with the Lord"

Affectionate wife of Rev. John Benjamin Goldberg and daughter of the late Slingsby Duncombe, Esq., of Langford Hall in the County of Nottingham, JP, who departed this life 9th October 1887 Aged 72 Years   

"Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth thee.  Trust ye in the Lord forever for the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength".  Isaiah  XX V34?

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Described as “Black granite polished slab lead letters but many gone” when recorded in c.2012.


Dr. John Benjamin Goldberg belonged to the “Perushim” sect of Ashkenazi Jews – the modern successors of the Pharisees.  He was one of a number of rabbis and learned men, who were converted to Christianity in Jerusalem in the first half of the nineteenth century.  He was baptized in Christ Church, Jerusalem by Nicolayson, in 1843.  As a result he suffered persecution and loss of property.  In 1847 he is a preacher of the Gospel to his brethren in Cairo.  Unfortunately Goldberg had to leave Cairo as the heat had injured his eyesight, he was then transferred to Salonica.  In 1851 he was appointed as missionary at Constantinople, and from there he went, in 1860, to Smyrna.  Goldberg was a most spiritually-minded and lovable man.  (Once again, owing to ill-health Goldberg had to leave Smyrna in 1866)

His latter years he spent in England, and in 1874 he contributed to the "Hebrew Christian Witness,", two learned and very valuable and extensive articles on "The Language of Christ," and on "The Future Division of the Land of Israel." [ Adapted from Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ, by Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.]

He was a brilliant Hebrew and Talmudic scholar, and humble- minded withal, as may be gathered from the words which he himself selected for his epitaph, " A lost sheep of the house of Israel found by the Good Shepherd."

Isabella was born in 1815.  She was the daughter of Slingsby Duncombe and Martha Elvy.

Census 1851: Isabella is recorded in the household of her parents at Bryanton Square, Marylebone, Middlesex, England. Aged 35

John and Isabella were married in Turin (Italy) on 12th May 1858.  It was reported in a number of local English newspapers:

May 12, by the Rev. C. L. Lauria, at the British Embassy, Turin, the Rev. J. B. Goldberg, missionary, of the London Society promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, to Miss Isabella Duncombe, fourth daughter of the late Slingsby Duncombe. Esq.

Sheffield Evening Telegraph Saturday 05 November 1887
October 26, 46, Wellington square Hastings, in the county of Sussex,
Isabella, widow the Rev. J. B. Goldberg, and daughter of the late Slingeby Duncombe, Esq., J.P., of Langford Hall the county of Nottingham, aged 72 years