Portuguese Sephardic Jews

M Thatcher

Hi I am trying to trace my family named, DeFraytis, who left Portugal in around 1650 to escape the inquisition. They came and settled in the Rochester Kent and the surrounding towns.

There is family spoken history of three family groups coming together, they were Mariners and were so working in then Medway dock yards up until the late 19th century. The earliest I have managed to get back to is 1710 Francis Defrates,  It is possible his father was also called Francis born around 1680.

Any help would be most welcome. I am going to Rochester in November to do more research.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Regards Malcolm

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