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  • Collection: Latinate Wills

Ster's will suggests that she was very poor.

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Sara married Davi of Castebany, a major moneylender of Perpignan, and together seem to have had three sons: Mosee, Bonsenyor, and Profet. Davi predeceased her.

In her will, she leaves nothing to her sons, since ostensibly they had already been…

Simcha was a member of the Portuguese Jewish diaspora living in Ferrara following the expulsion. Her will demonstrates that she was a high-level businesswoman. She left 2050 scudi to a certain Rodrigo Alvarez, and another 600 scudi to her executor.

Among Donna's bequests are those "for the remission of her sins." These include gifts of cloth sufficient to dress two women, Clemenza and Anfrosina. She also leaves money for the dowries of two Jewish Portuguese girls.

This will was written for the niece of the famed Gracia Nasi. It was ostensibly made soon after her marriage to Samuel Nasi, and soon before she left to Constantinople. She was around 19 at the time of the will's recording. For more on Gracia…

Benvenida was a member of the famous Sephardic Abravanel family, from Naples, resident in Ferrara. The will records that Benvenida had already made a will in Hebrew on the very same day. This Latin will, however, states that it is explicitly meant to…

Micla (or Minela) came from an Ashkenazic family. She dictated two wills, one in 1540, and then in 1545.

Micla (or Minela) came from an Ashkenazic family. She dictated two wills, one in 1540, and then in 1545.

Rosa's will attests to her having had a dowry of 127 scudi.

Among Gentile's bequests was 70 scudi for the dowries of local poor Jewish girls, and 50 scudi for the Jewish burial society.

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Ginevra was a silk manufacturer. Among her bequests she left money to the synagogue for lighting, and charity for the Jewish burial and charity society. Stefanie Siegmund suggests that this will may have been written during a pregnancy; Ginevra was…

Palma was a member of the Ashkenazi community of northern Italy.

The widow Richa was a member of the Ashkenazic community of northern Italy. Her Latin will names her second son, Mose, as her universal heir, even though her other son, David, had been named universal heir in an earlier, Hebrew, document. David…

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The widow Pasqua was a member of the Ashkenazic community of northern Italy. She was also a moneylender in the town of Trieste. Her will leaves a major part of her considerable wealth to her daughter Richa, though also gives bequests to her two sons,…

The widow Usellina was a member of the Ashkenazic community of northern Italy. Her will contains significant concern for her burial, including specifics on where she should be buried and instructions that a plaque that should be placed on her…

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The widow Reina distributed 2,720 sous in her will. She gave 500 sous to marry off poor Jewish girls, and orders money to be invested to finance a Torah for the synagogue. She leaves money to family and friends, most notably 1000 sous to a female…

TRANSCRIPTION: XI kalendas DecembrisGentill uxor Iacob Abrahe Choen Iudei, licet etc., meum facio et condo testamentum de bonis meis, ordinando etc. In quo testamento constituo manumissorem meum et executorem huius mee ultime voluntatis dictum…

Among the fascinating clauses in this will is an attempt by Astruga to prevent  her husband, Jucef, from remarrying -- or at least to disincentivize a second marriage. She first leaves to her mother, Fava, 600 Barcelonan sous. But then, she…

TRANSCRIPTION:Regina uxor Bondia Coras Iudei condam, licet sim infirma etc., meum facio et condo testamentum de bonis meis, ordinando etc. [deleted: in quo constituo]. In primis iubeo corpus meum sepeliri.Et iubeo dari Iuceff Choen C solidos, quos ei…
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