Livorno, the Francos and a further Baruch Lousada link with Baron Moses d'Aguilar

This chart is of interest for several reasons. It provides the first link we have uncovered between the original two branches of the English Lousadas (descending from Emanuel #41 and Jacob #380 respectively) since the sequence of Lamego marriages in Jamaica and London. This link arises because a great-granddaughter of Jacob Lousada #380 ie Esther Pereira Lopes married a Franco; and so did a great-grandson of Emanuel Lousada #41 (ie Jacob Lousada 1776-99). The Francos (Abraham de Raphael and Rebecca) were siblings. The chart also provides a link with Moses Baruh Lousada in that his long-term associate Antonio aka Jacob Gomes Serra is an ancestor of the later English Francos. In 2014 Alan Pereira made contact - he being a descendant of Mordecai Rodrigues Lopes shown in the chart and hence also of Jacob #380. Portraits of Raphael Franco by Gainsborough can be found here,

The Franco family as represented here descends from Livorno, as we learn from which gives background on Sir Ralph Franco (later renamed Lopes) #413. From Francesca Trivellato (ref 64) we learn that Moses Franco of Livorno had 2 sons in Livorno (Joseph and Raphael) who in March 1748 gave full power of attorney to their London brothers Abraham and Jacob. The move of the Franco brothers to London in the early 1700s was a key part of the changes in the coral and diamond trade that occurred. From ref 84 p145 we see that theirs became the most prominent firm in the coral-diamond trade with India. London became the centre of the rough diamond trade, with Brazilian rough diamonds (after discovery of diamonds in Brazil in 1728) coming to England via Lisbon and Falmouth (the packet boats on this run often also brought Portuguese New Christians escaping the Inquisition). Portuguese gold also came to England by this means (and Moses Lamego was one of the recipients - p40). Many of the families in our story were involved in the diamond and coral trade. From ref 84 we note Moses Barrow or Barukh Lousada as a (posthumous) recipient of a consignment of Indian diamonds in 1700 (p144), and Ephraim and David d'Aguilar were exporting coral in 1775 (p171) though by then the coral trade was approaching rapid decline.