The Massiah / de Peza / Lindo linkage in Barbados between the Baruch Lousadas and Barrows

  The de Peza name suggests that family sojourned in Pisa, which if so creates an interesting backdrop to the link shown above between the Barbados Baruch Lousadas and the Barrows, both of whom sojourned in Livorno which is of course near Pisa. The right-hand branch of the Massiah family had many connections with the de Pezas including the fact that the name of de Peza Massiah points to an early male de Peza / female Massiah marriage (see note 5 below). Other Massiah data (discussed in note 6 below) was provided by Claire Myers who descends from the 1783 marriage of David Lindo and Rachel Massiah.

Central to first preparing the above chart was the puzzle as to how it was that in the will of Isaac Lindo he describes himself, in effect, as uncle of the 3 surviving children of David and Sarah Baruch Lousada. We have discounted 4 possibilities here (see note 1 below) and consider that the most likely explanation was that the wives of David Baruch Lousada and Isaac Lindo were sisters. Further we note that Simon Massiah d1775 had a Baruch Lousada nephew (see note 2 below). Because Simon d1775 was not a brother of the 2 supposed sisters (Judith who survived him was not in his will) Ephraim must have been a nephew by another connection. This connection arose because Esther Sarah Massiah married Aaron #714 who was the real uncle, so Simon d1775 was a brother-in-law of an uncle. We suggest a somewhat similar thing happened with the 2 sisters, with Judith being the aunt, so Isaac Lindo was an uncle by marriage. Simon Massiah d1775 does not appear to be otherwise related to Isaac Lindo, but Simon Massiah d1787 was a nephew of Isaac Lindo (see note 3 below).

Currently we have some difficulty giving our 2 proposed sisters Sarah Baruch Lousada and Judith Lindo a Massiah father (see note 4 below). Accordingly it seems that they may have been Lindo cousins (but see note 8 below) of the three Lindo siblings shown above. Another uncertainty remains - though as mentioned above we expect to find that the de Peza surname was introduced to the Massiahs by a male de Peza marrying a female Massiah, we cannot find record of such a marriage but as shown above it seems that the husband was Isaac de Peza in whose grave the infant Daniel was also interred.


1. Isaac Lindo's will reveals a sister Sarah Belinfante whose gravestone inscription reveals that she did not marry again (see note 3 below). Thus David's wife Sarah was not a sister of Isaac Lindo. The remaining 3 possibilities are that: (a) Sarah Baruh Louzada was a step sister or half sister of Isaac and Sarah Belinfante or perhaps even a widowed sister-in-law - but no such additional family is known; (b) David married again and in this marriage cut short by David's death he married another sister of Isaac Lindo - but there is no grave in ref 61 of another wife of David's; (c) Isaac Lindo married a sister of David - but Judith does not appear in the Baruh Louzada wills where David and his children, and his brothers Aaron and Jeremiah, do appear as well as married female cousins in Jamaica so Judith was not a Baruh Louzada.

2. Ephraim, whose forename is not given in the will of Simon Massiah d1775, died prematurely in the hurricane of 1780, but still outlived his 'uncle'.

3. Simon Massiah d1787 was a witness to the will of Isaac Lindo and was a nephew of Isaac Lindo, because his aunt Esther was a sister of Isaac Lindo. Simon's wife was named Sarah but she was not Isaac Lindo's sister Sarah Belinfante who was widowed in 1752, appeared in her brother's 1780 will as Sarah Belinfante, and died as Sarah Belinfante in 1785 (dates of death from ref 61 #321 and #322).

4. In 1706 died a young child Daniel (#172 ref 61) of Simon (probably the one shown above with life span 1673-1746) and Sarah Massiah. Abraham the father-in-law of Joseph Barrow and his brothers Judah and Benjamin were probably also sons of this Simon. Our 2 proposed sisters Judith and Sarah could fit here but a possible objection is that Sarah Baruch Lousada would then have had the same name as her mother. They probably were not daughters of Benjamin since Judith (who survived him) does not appear in his will. The remaining possibility it that Judith and Sarah were the daughters of Judah and Esther. Esther Massiah a widowed sister appears in the will of Isaac Lindo, so Esther died after him (actually in 1782). She was married to Judah Massiah. In this scenario Judith would have been his niece whom Isaac Lindo could in principle have married - except for the fact that Judith who outlived her did not appear in Esther's will.

5. Abraham de Peza of Speightstown who died in 1736 was closely linked to the Massiah family. In the same grave as the young Daniel Massiah (see note 4 above) is Isaac de Peza who died a few years earlier on 21 Heshvan 5457. Abraham left behind a wife Esther, sons Isaac (the youngest) and David, and a daughter Sarah (ref 5). His will was (pessimistically) written in 1716. His will was witnessed and executed by 'Simeon Massiah' no doubt the person we show as Simon Massiah 1673-1746 (not however a son-in-law - see note 7 below). Iberian naming tradition (male surname precedes the female) suggests that the de Peza name (as reflected in the name of the Isaac de Peza Massiah - brother-in-law of Joseph Barrow) was adopted through a Massiah marriage with a male de Peza. In any case Isaac de Peza d1697 was probably not Abraham's father as his son Isaac -  alive in 1716 aged less than 21 when Abraham's will was written - was not the first-born son. Judah Massiah had a de Peza witness his will, and Benjamin Massiah had Emanuel de Peza witness his will.

6. The data can be found here. It comprises Barbados Massiah wills and will extracts, together with the wills of Aaron Baruch Lousada #376 and his wife Rachel Gomez Henriques (the founders of the Barbados Baruch Lousadas). From the data we know that Judah d1747 had brothers Abraham and Benjamin (Claire Myers advised by email 12 Jun 2016 that the will of Judah Massiah had been indexed under the name Judith Massiah and hence that the work of N Darnell Davis replicated this error. Claire Myers also advised that Judah's father was Simon d1746). Daniel had children including Esther Sarah, Simon, Abraham and the commercially very successful Jacob. Esther Sarah was the wife of a Baruch (Lousada) whom we know from ref 61 #11 and #12 to have been Aaron #714. The wife of Joseph Barrow had a father Abraham whose father was Simon. The wife of Baruch Barrow had a father Simon whose father was Benjamin. Simon d1775 had a brother Abraham. The father of Simon 1673-1746 was Jacob who died in 1707. On 17 Jun 2016 Claire Myers by email advised that the 1736 will of Mordecai shows Abraham de Peza's son Isaac as a son-in-law and that Daniel Massiah was a bother-in-law; and that the will of Sarah Massiah who died in 1796 shows that Emanuel de Peza was her brother. Claire Myers also provided genealogical data on the Massiah, de Peza, Lindo and Burgos families as shown here.

7. Though Sarah was the name of his wife her surname was not de Peza according to Claire Myers.

8. From the Lindo family tree of Claire Myers we know that Isaac Lindo's cousin Sarah (daughter of Abraham Lindo who is not show above) married Moses Jessurun and moved to Curacao. Thus it appears that the proposed sisters Judith Lindo and Sarah Baruch Lousada would not have been first cousins of Isaac Lindo. Perhaps they were 2nd cousins descending from the first Anglo-Sephardic Lindo who was Isaac 1638-1712 (ref 80 p598) who was perhaps a brother of Abraham the father of David as shown above.

9. On p83 of ref 191 can be found a 1766 bequest of a Broad Street property by Isaac de Peza to his grandson Isaac de Peza, son of Abraham Massiah who married Esther de Peza. Though Esther is not shown we can thus link Isaac de Peza in the above chart (middle right) to Abraham Massiah shown as father of Isaac de Peza Massiah (lower middle). Clearly therefore Abraham lived to at least 1766, while Isaac (senior) was close to the end of his life. It is curious that he regards his grandson as a de Peza not a Massiah, though as we indicate in the chart Abraham was a de Peza Massiah.