Re: Portuguese Sephardic Jews


Hi Malcolm

I believe we have been in touch before as I am interested in Jewish seamen of the period. If you have or find any more evidence of your sailor ancestors I woukd be grateful for any information.
I believe that several DeFreitas families ended up in the US from Madeira. I guess the arrived in Madeira during the Inquisition.

BTW I just found a Frances Defretas who was a policeman (number K61) working in the Mile End area in 1850. He was a witness in a theft trial at the Old Bailey on 8 April.

Alan Cohen

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