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Anes, Dunstan [formerly Gonsalvo Anes; alias Gonzalo Jorge] (c. 1520–1594), merchant, was born in Portugal as Gonsalvo, the second son of a merchant, Jorge Anes (d. in or before 1540), and his wife, Elizabeth Rodrigues (b. 1481, d. after 1568)...

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Bamber [née Balmuth], Helen Rae (1925–2014), human rights advocate and psychotherapist, was born at Westminster Hospital, London, on 1 May 1925, the only child of Louis Balmuth (1887–1961), accountant, and his wife Marie, née Bader (1895–1969), a singer. At the time of her birth registration her parents, both of Polish-Jewish descent, lived at ...

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Brampton, Sir Edward [Duarte Brandão] (c. 1440–1508), soldier and merchant, was born in Lisbon c.1440, reputedly the illegitimate son of Rui Barba and the wife of a Jewish blacksmith. About 1468 he travelled to England and converted to Christianity. As was usual in such cases, the ...

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Carvajal, Antonio Fernandez (d. 1659), merchant, was probably born in Portugal, for in his youth he seems to have lived in Fundão. He may have fled to Spain at some time, and apparently owned land in the Canary Islands. By the early 1630s he was in ...

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Costa, Anthony Moses da (1667x9–1747), merchant, the eldest son of Alvaro Jacob da Costa (1646–1716), also a merchant, and Leonor Mendes Gutiérres (1651–1727), was born in Budge Row, in the City of London. He was baptized on 12 January 1679 at St Antholin, Budge Row...

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Goldsmid, Abraham (c. 1756–1810), merchant and financier, was born in the Netherlands about 1756, the youngest son in the family of four sons and three daughters of Aaron Goldsmid (d. 1782), a merchant, and his wife, Catherine de Vries. His father migrated from ...

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Hardoon, Silas Aaron (1851–1931), merchant and property owner, was born in Baghdad, one of the six children of Aaron Hardoon. He moved with his family to Bombay about 1856. His family was poor and he received only an elementary education, possibly supported by the local ...

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See Hart, Aaron [Uri Feibusch, Uri ben Rav Hirz Hamburger]

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See Hart, Aaron [Uri Feibusch, Uri ben Rav Hirz Hamburger]

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Isaac, Samuel (1812–1886), merchant and projector of the Mersey Tunnel, son of Lewis Isaac (c.1788–1879), a furniture broker, of Poole, Dorset, and his wife, Catherine (c.1789–1863), daughter of N. Solomon of Margate, was born at Chatham. He went to ...

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Isaacs, Nathaniel (1808–1872), trader and author, was born in Canterbury. His father, a merchant and inhabitant of Chatham, was married to Lenie Solomon, one of the many children of Nathaniel Solomon of Margate and Phoebe Mitz, a Dutch Jew; Saul Solomon, the merchant king of ...

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Lopez, Aaron [formerly Duarte] (1731–1782), merchant in America, was born Duarte Lopez in Lisbon, Portugal, the son of Diego Jose Lopez and his second wife (name unknown). Nothing is known of his early life. In 1752 Lopez left Lisbon, taking his wife, ...

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Lucas, Louis Arthur (1851–1876), merchant and traveller in Africa, was born on 22 September 1851 at Temple House, Cheetham, Manchester, the only surviving son of Philip Lucas and his wife, Juliana. Philip Lucas (b. 1797, d. before 1876), cotton merchant, was born in 1797 in ...

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Medina, Sir Solomon de [formerly Diego de Medina] (c. 1650–1720), merchant and financier, was born in Bordeaux, a younger son of Francisco de Medina, merchant, and his wife, Gracia Pereira, who were both of Portuguese Jewish origin. In 1662 the family moved to ...

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Mendes da Costa, Benjamin (1704–1764), philanthropist and merchant, was born in Amsterdam, the son of Luis (Abraham) Henriques Mendes da Costa (1652–1724), merchant, and his wife, Theresa (Judith) Salazar. His parents were the descendants of Iberian Jews who had converted to Christianity in the late middle ages and later found refuge from inquisitorial persecution in ...

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Mendes da Costa, Philip Jacob (1708–1780), merchant, was born in London on 24 February 1708, the elder surviving son of John Abraham Mendes da Costa (1683–1763), a rich Anglo-Jewish merchant of St Christopher-le-Stocks in the City of London, whose father had fled from ...

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Nunes [Nuñez], Hector [known as Dr Hector] (1520–1591), physician and merchant, was born in Evora, Portugal. His family were among those Jews who had been forcibly baptized in 1497 by order of King Manuel I. He studied medicine at Coimbra University, taking a BA in 1540 and an MB in 1543. Because at this time the ...

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Pacifico, David [known as Don Pacifico] (1784?–1854), merchant, was a Sephardic Jew of Italian descent. Accounts of his early life, founded on his own conflicting statements, vary considerably. The child of parents married at the Bevis Marks Synagogue, London, in 1761, he variously gave his birthplace as ...

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Polack, Joel Samuel (1807–1882), trader and author, was born in London on 28 March 1807, the son of Solomon Polack, painter and engraver, and his wife, Sarah. He had at least one brother and two sisters. The family were Jews who had migrated from the ...