The Baruch Lousadas of Barbados

On the left of the first line of this chart are the 4 Baruh Lousada 'siblings' David, Aaron, Gracia and Abraham who appear in Wilfred Samuel's work in ref 5, starting the family presence in Barbados. The parentage of the 'siblings' is discussed here. Their places of death demonstrate mobility typical of Sephardic families in those times. All the Barbados Baruch Lousadas found in refs 61 and 132 can be fitted into the chart mostly without difficulty (but see notes 1, 5 and 10 below). Some who died young are not shown (see note 11 below). Ref 5 has been extended by
ref 207 and this latter work added some additional elements of the picture, and as we discuss in note 12 below some of these elements raise questions. The chart shows the result of inferences in some cases which allow us to bridge the vast gap in Barbados marriages records. Thus, as discussed in note 10 below, we give David #1263 a sister Rebecca #2111; and as discussed here (scroll down to note 14) we give Solomon #712 a daughter Rachel #1262.

 An Emanuel Baruh Louzada of Barbados appears in the London will of Sarah #384 (see note 7 below), and had a lifespan of 1737-92 (#287 ref 61). Rachel, a niece of Isaac Lindo whose will shows she was the daughter of David Baruh Louzada, was a widow when she married Emanuel a widower (ref 132 #10) in 1783. Most likely she had previously married Emanuel's brother Daniel when she was aged about 16, an age we infer from the birthdate of her probable daughter Esther #1573 (see note 7 below). Daniel taking after his uncle David was Hazan - cantor - for services in the Bridgetown synagogue. Their grave locations are revealing - ref 61 shows grave #286 was that of Esther d1775, Emanuel's first wife; #287 was that of Emanuel, #288 was that of Rachel and #289 was that of Daniel. The Lindo will, which as mentioned above shows Rachel #1811 to have been a niece also shows that Ephraim Baruh Louzada was a nephew of Isaac Lindo and Rebecca #1569 a niece. Ephraim and Esther #1573 - whom as mentioned above we think was Rachel's daughter with Daniel - both died on 10 Oct in the hurricane of 1780, and Ephraim at age 25 would have been the uncle of Esther aged 12.

Rachel had thus suffered 3 major losses (husband, brother and daughter) in the 1779-80 period and perhaps her marriage to Emanuel in 1783 was a comfort; but it was not without challenge. For Karl Watson (in ref 131 Chapter 11 p214) remarks that the inheritance of the free mulatto Amelia Baruh under the will of the widow Rachel Baruh Lousada would have left her a wealthy woman, for the childless Rachel inherited the fortune of her husband Emanuel Baruh Lousada. Watson says that Amelia was 'in all likelihood the illegitimate daughter of Emanuel Baruh Lousada and that the two (half-) siblings John (Meik) and Judith (Annesly) (who also inherited under Rachel's will) were probably the children of Amelia Baruh'. Rachel's bequest to Amelia Baruh seems to reflect a compassionate nature untainted by her own misfortune.

It seems that Amelia Baruh may have carried the line forward to the present day if she was indeed the Barbados Baruh Lousada ancestor that Errol Barrow claimed he had. But there were other mixed-race Baruch Lousadas in Barbados (see note 6 below). An evocative portrayal of life in Barbados can be found in ref 92. The author's family knew Errol Barrow, who in 1966 became first post-independence Prime Minister of Barbados. Errol Barrow's elder sister Dame Ruth Nita Barrow became in 1990 the first woman appointed Governor-General of Barbados. Errol Barrow told Mordechai Arbell (ref 21) that he (Barrow) was descended from the Barbados Baruh Lousadas. So far we have not confirmed the link, and that would seem to require establishing the ancestry of Errol Barrow - working backward - a task we have barely started (see ref 203).


Aaron and Isaac were the last known Barbados Baruh Lousadas from ref 61. Aaron who died 26 Feb 1824 was on the Jewish burial register but there is no memorial. Isaac was on a separate record of Jewish burials and death was between 24 May 1831 and 16 Jul 1832. Because there seemed to be no alternative (Rachel had no surviving children - see comments on her will above) we suggest that they derive from a previously unknown third marriage of Jeremiah (to Esther #1576 d1809 Bridgetown) - this marriage would have been before 1778 (which is the date of the earliest marriage shown in ref 132) and after 1754 (the year Jeremiah's second wife Sarah died when he was 49). Aaron and Isaac must have contemplated burial in London, for the Bevis Marks burial register appears to show modest payments ending in 1824 (Aaron) and 1822 (Isaac).

2. We would expect Solomon Baruch Lousada to be a duplicated name for the 1st son of each of the 3 brothers Aaron, Jeremiah and David would have been called Solomon. The one buried at Bridgetown (ref 61) had a wife Jael and was Solomon #712 who died in 29 Nov 1743 aged 65 was the grandfather. The Solomon who died on 28 June 1746 but having no identified grave was probably the son of David #1263 (and does not appear in the will being deceased), and the Solomon who appears in the will of David #1263 must have been the son of Jeremiah. Aaron's wife Esther died young and there were probably no children. As discussed here we infer the existence of a daughter Rebecca, but he would have had a first daughter Rachel and nothing is known of her but it is possible she was the last wife of Isaac Lamego as discussed here - scroll down to note 14 and 16.

3. Three 3 wives of a Jacob Baruh Louzada are buried at Bridgetown. After reviewing the evidence we conclude that Jacob #380 married Leah (who died 2 Feb 1702) in Barbados before he moved to Jamaica around 1705. Jacob #380 was in Barbados at the time of his mother's death in 1703, but no children of his are apparent then, and he seems to have died in Jamaica on 22 June 1722 where he was buried at Hunts Bay (ref 88); so he seems to have packed a lot into 19 years - a second marriage, 5 children and a move to Jamaica. The other 2 wives of Jacob Baruh Louzada buried at Bridgetown - namely Rebecca and Rachel - were probably wives of Jacob #711, son of David Baruch Louzada #44. Certainly we know of Rebecca from ref 5.

4. The long-lived Jeremiah became the senior family representative in Barbados after 1768; we wonder whether he the key point of contact with the Barrows after their arrival in Barbados, leading to the business and marriage links between the Barrows and the Baruh Lousadas. However the Massiah family link was perhaps a stronger factor. Jeremiah was the witness of the 1738 Barbados/Surinam deed written by his uncle David #612 (described in note 5 below).

5. As for David, the first son of Aaron #376, his father's will refers to him as going to London, but we have found a record of his 1741 Barbados death (ref 100).
From the will of Rachel Gomez Henriques we see that David had a daughter Rebecca (Ribca) but this is likely to have been a mistranscription of Rachel in the original Portuguese script for Rachel is what David's first-born daughter would have been called - certainly there is no evidence of the Barbados death of Rachel if Rebecca really was the correct transcription. Barbados will transcriptions are somewhat unreliable (ref 192), and in any case this is not our first encounter with this particular transcription error (this first encounter was in the will of Emanuel #135 discussed here). David was back in Barbados in 1703 when he signed his mother's will. Before his death he signed a 1738 deed in which his Surinam assets are placed in the hands of the 'church wardens' there (see ref 112). In 1705 a deed was prepared for him and Rebecca Lopes Mirandella (ref 194) whose surname can be found in Surinam in 1695. She was probably his wife and they probably married in 1702 given the existence of their 1st child in 1703 discussed above. His will is discussed in note 11 below.

6. Ref 85 p12 gives us gravestone details of Master Frederick Baruh Lousada - data supplied to the author by Vere Langford Oliver. Frederick died aged 13 on 20 Apr 1816, and was buried at St Mary's Church Bridgetown. He was probably of mixed-blood as ref 21 p200 suggests. And on 4 Dec 1827 in the Parish of St Michaels, Thomas Harris married Esther Baruch Lousada and both were noted as free coloured as was a witness John Montefiore; they had a daughter Catharine Rose who was baptised on 10 Sep 1828. We have not linked these people with Errol Barrow.

7. The will of Sarah Baruh Lousada #384 gives a bequest to Daniel and Emanuel Baruh Lousada, sons of Jeremiah #1189. Daniel's (probable) widow Rachel #1181 died childless in 1810 - but the child Esther #1573 who died in the hurricane of 1780 could have been hers. Ephraim #1558, Rebecca #1569 and Rachel #1811 as children of David #1263 appear in the will of Isaac Lindo which was written in 1774 and proved in November 1780. Neither Esther #1573 nor Esther #1998 appear in Isaac's will; Esther #1998 was probably born in the 1740-5 period and married to a Baruch Lousada (see note 9 below) before Isaac Lindo wrote his will, while Esther #1573 was in the next generation being born in 1767 to daughter Rachel #1811 then only 16 or 17. Thus Rachel #1811 was probably married (to Daniel #1557) when the will was written in 1774, a widow when the will was proven in 1780, and married (to Emanuel #1500) in 1783. Daniel #1557 and Emanuel #1500 do not appear in the will of Isaac Lindo either; a possible explanation in Daniel's case is that he died in 1779. Emanuel #1500 does appear as executor of the will of Simon Massiah d1775, who was an uncle of Isaac Lindo's future daughter-in-law Rachel Massiah. It is hard to avoid a conclusion that Isaac Lindo was especially attached to Ephraim #1558, Rebecca #1569 and Rachel #1181 for reasons we discuss here (scroll to note 10).

8. An Abraham Baruh Lousada makes an appearance in ref 131 Chapter 11 p210 as a freemason apparently around the 1797-1829 period. We have no basis upon which to place him in the above chart as no other evidence of him has been found. Perhaps he was a grandson of the Abraham in note 12 below.

9. Esther Baruch Lousada #1998 is shown by ref 61 in Appendix I (those on the Jewish Burial Register but with no memorial) as dying 13 Tisri 5569 as a Baruch Lousada wife for she carried those surnames without being a spinster like Rebecca #1559. She must have been the third wife of Jeremiah #1189 and the mother of Aaron and Isaac shown above. As Jeremiah's 2nd wife died in 1754, it is likely that Esther #1998 married him around the time her father died in 1759. As she appears to have been born in the 1740-5 period, she was still a teenager when she married, and in 1759 she would have been in the 14-19 age range. One cannot imagine Jeremiah waiting more than a few years to remarry.

10. Two of the 3 suggested ''Baruch Lousadas'' in ref 210 we have rejected, and as discussed here (note 1) we accept only Rebecca #2111 (thus she is shown in the chart).

11. The wills of David #612, David #1263 and Rachel #1181 were transcribed by Pat Stafford and provided on 30 Oct 2017 (ref 224). These wills added usefully to our understanding of the Barbados Baruch Lousadas. For instance, they show that David #1263 had a daughter Esther, meaning we are now able to identify her with the Baruch Lousada wife in ref 61 who died on 13 Tisri 5569 and has no memorial; she can be distinguished from Esther #1563 who was born well after David #1263 died. Thus we can add Esther #1998 to the 3 children of David known from Isaac Lindo's will, making 7 in total since Solomon, Jael and Luna died young. The name 'Jael' is derived from the paternal grandmother, which in turn is derived from the Valverde/Navarro influx from Dutch Brazil. The will of David #1263 also shows links by marriage to the Massiahs and Lindos of Barbados as discussed here. The will of David #612 adds to the profile in note 5 above - for it makes reference to his Surinam estate being dealt with elsewhere. David's largest bequest is to Rachel the wife of Elijah Aboab of Curacao and this is probably his daughter Rachel (see note 5 above). David #612 was closer to Jeremiah #1189 than were his brothers Aaron #714 and David #1263, for only Jeremiah received a bequest, and Jeremiah was named in the 1738 deed (see note 5 above).

12. Ref 207 in its family summaries includes the Baruch Henriques with the Baruch Lousadas but we do not include the Baruch Henriques family in our chart. The property-owning Rebecca Lousada (see table dealing with property ownership 1679-80 ref 207 PTI p3 - our page numbering) may have been an unmarried Baruch Lousada daughter of Isaac #42 or David #1584 and hence a half- or full- sister of Aaron #376 who we deduce elsewhere to have been a son of David and a nephew of Isaac. But from the same table Jacob Baruch Lousada is harder to place; Jacob #1388 of London and Amsterdam was consistently in Amsterdam from 1662 until his death in 1681 and was probably a full brother of Aaron #376 and hence a son of David #1584, whilst Jacob #1801 of Livorno and Tunis is likely to have been a son of Isaac #42. We included Jacob in the top line with Rebecca without a firm view on whether he was Jacob #1388, Jacob #1801, or a member of another family branch. The Abraham Baruch Lousada appearing in Barbados in 1729 (ref 207 PTI p24 - our page numbering) may have been Abraham #1587 of Curacao as we cannot place him anywhere else.