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The Sassoon family is a family of international renown, which originated in the Jewish community of Baghdad, said to have originally been descended from Ibn Shoshans, of Spain.

Sassoon ben Salih (1750 - 1830) was a banker to the vali (provincial governor) of Baghdad. His son David (1792 - 1864) fled from a new and unfriendly vali, going first to the Gulf port of Bushehr in 1828 and then to Bombay, India, in 1832, with his large family. In Bombay, he built the international business called David S. Sassoon, with the policy of staffing it with people brought from Baghdad. They filled the functions of the various branches of his business in India, Burma, Malay, and east Asia. In each branch, he maintained a rabbi. His wealth and munificence were proverbial, and his business extended to China - where Sassoon House (now the north wing of the Peace Hotel) on the Bund in Shanghai became a noted landmark - and then to England.

His eight sons also branched out into many directions. The Sassoon family was very heavily involved in the opium trade in China and India. Elias David (1820 - 1880), his son by his first wife, had been the first of the sons to go to China, in 1844. He later returned to Bombay, before leaving the firm to establish E. D. Sassoon in 1867, with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Another son, Albert Abdullah David Sassoon (1818 - 1896) took on the running of the firm on his father's death, and notably constructed the Sassoon Docks, the first wet dock built in western India. With two of his brothers he later became prominent in England and the family great friends of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII.

Of those who settled in England, Sir Edward Albert Sassoon (1856 - 1912), the son of Albert, married Aline Caroline de Rothschild, and was a Conservative member of Parliament from 1899 until his death. The seat was then inherited by his son Sir Philip Sassoon (1888 - 1939) from 1912 until his death. Sir Philip served in World War I as military secretary to Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig and, during the 1920s and 1930s, as Britain's undersecretary of state for air. The twentieth-century English poet, memoirist, and anti-war figure Siegfried Sassoon (1886 - 1967) was David's great-grandson. Intermarriage in England has caused the general loss of Judaism within this branch.

The branch that carried on the ancestral tradition has been represented by Rabbi Solomon David Sassoon (1915 - 1985), who moved from Letchworth to London and then to Jerusalem in 1970. He was the son of the David Sassoon who collected Jewish books and manuscripts and who catalogued them in Ohel David, in two volumes. This David was the son of Flora Abraham, who had moved from India to England in 1901 and established a famous salon in her London home. Solomon Sassoon had one son, Isaac S.D. Sassoon, who is also a rabbi.

Family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flora (Fahra) Reuben
(1837-1919)
 
 
 
 
 
Faraj Hayim
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alfred Ezra Sassoon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flora (Farha) Hayim [second wife]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Siegfried Sassoon
(1886-1967)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sassoon David Sassoon
(1832-1867)
 
The Thornycroft family
 
Theresa Thornycroft
(1853-1947)
 
 
 
 
 
 
George Thornycroft Sassoon
(1936-2006)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hester Gatty
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arthur Sassoon
(1840-1912)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reuben Sassoon
(1835-1905)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kate Sassoon
(1844-?)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rebecca Sassoon
(1847-1918)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Simha Sassoon
(1850-1857)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mozelle Sassoon
(1855-1952)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rifka Elkebir
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aaron Sassoon
(1841-1907)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heskel Elkebir
(1740-1816)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frederick Sassoon
(1853-1917)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Solomon David Sassoon (1841-1894)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shoua Heskel Elkebir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
David Solomon Sassoon
(1880-1942)
 
Rabbi Solomon David Sassoon
(1915-1985)
 
Rabbi Isaac S.D. Sassoon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ezekiel Abraham (Heskel Shoua Heskel Elkebir)
(1824-1896)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mazaltov (Muzli Toba) Somekh
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flora (Farha) Abraham
(1856-1936)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aziza Sassoon
(1839-1897)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saleh Sassoon
(1750-1830)
 
David Sassoon
(1792-1864)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joseph Sassoon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hannah Moses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sir Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, 1st Baronet
(1817-1896)
 
 
Sir Edward Albert Sassoon, 2nd Baronet
(1856-1912)
 
 
Sir Philip Albert Gustave David Sassoon, 3rd Baronet
(1888-1939)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rothschild family
 
Aline Caroline Rothschild
 
 
Sybil Rachel Betty Cécile Sassoon
(1894-1989)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
David Sassoon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jacob Elias Sassoon, 1st Baronet
(1843-1916)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hannah Joseph [first wife]
 
 
Elias David Sassoon
(1820-1880)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edward Elias Sassoon, 2nd Baronet
(1853-1924)
 
Victor Sassoon, 3rd Baronet
(1881-1961)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charles Sassoon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meyer Sassoon
(1855-1924)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
David Sassoon
 

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This article incorporates text from the 1901–1906 Jewish Encyclopedia, a publication now in the public domain.








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