From the Hebrew inscription: Jacob b Shlomeh ... died Tuesday 16 Iyar 5627
Susser: Here lies the worthy bachelor it is a duty to remember him in honour/ because he dealt in faithfulness,/ charity to the poor he gave,/ his righteousness will remain forever,/ may he reap the reward of the righteous./ He left his wealth as an everlasting memorial/ to see the pleasantness of the fruit of his work./ Jacob ben Solomon died with a good name Tuesday 16 Iyar and was buried on Wednesday the 17th thereof in the year 'You shall be remembered', in his 83rd year.
Beneath are deposited the remains of one of the worthies of his native town Plymouth. Jacob Nathan who departed this life the 21 May 5627 [= 1867]. Reader ponder on the momento of a good man. His path during life was upright, just and righteous. The name of Jacob Nathan was proverbial for deeds of kindness and acts of charity to the needy and unfortunate.
Jacob Nathan was the largest single benefactor to the Plymouth Congregation leaving them the bulk of his estate of £13,000. He was a bachelor, first mentioned in Congregational records in 1819, is mentioned in English Goldsmiths as a goldsmith in 1833.