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Palomba, testating while in the house of another widow, leaves her meager possessions to the confraternity known as the Compagnia di Ghemilut Hasadim, which, among other activities, cared for the ill, as it seems to have cared for Palomba. (See also…

The widow Cosa leaves nearly all of her possessions to the confraternity known as the Compagnia di Ghemilut Hasadim. She notes that this generosity comes as repayment for the fact that the confraternity cared for her during her illness, despite the…

Consola is a businesswomen on her deathbed in her son Elia's house. She is co-owner of a taverna and a pescaria, and her will mostly deals with money she owes related to these businesses. Her will is recorded by either Leone (father) or Isach (son)…

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The widow Annella leaves money for her three children, two sons and a daughter. The daughter is already married, but the moneys are meant to fund her dowry, and are to be given to the daughter's husband. Her younger son is still a minor. Other money…

This will of a lonely Jewish widow was recorded by a Jewish notary in Hebrew, either by Leone (father) or Isach (son) Piattelli.TRANSCRIPTION:In the Scola Siciliana, in the women’s gallery, Simcha, widow q.m Giacobbe Siciliano, on her deathbed, gives…

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…

Living life in Zaragoza, Fermosa and her husband had two children, a daughter named Astruga who predeceased her, and a son named Acach who converted to Christianity and became known as Juan de Embun. Astruga left a daughter, Merian. Merian would be…

Tolosana was a member of the de la Caballeria family, a wealthy and prestigious Zaragozan family, and married a relative named Benvenist, who was a financier to two Aragonese kings. Together they had seven children (two boys, five girls). Five of…

Jamila had married the cobbler Jento Arrueti, and together they had two daughters. One, Orosol, remained Jewish. One, Violante, abandoned her husband and was baptized Christian. Her three children (Jamila's grandchildren) did not become Christian.…

Jamila and her late husband had four sons. Three of them remained Jewish (Juce, Acach, and Azmel), while one (Solomon-cum-Salvador) chose baptism and became Christian. In her will, Jamila left all four sons the amount stipulated for all legitimate…

Reyna was married to the physician Juce Abenardut, and had three daughters with him. The Abenardut family was a famous medical family in Aragon. Juce had predeceased Reyna, and had named her his universal heir in his (undated) will. In her own will,…

Duenya came from a well-known Navarrese Jewish family. She and her husband had three sons, and lived in Pamplona. She lived there until, widowed, she moved to Zaragoza to live with one of her sons. Two of the three sons converted to Christianity, but…

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Francisca Coronel, wife of Juan Dinis, was the daughter of Hector Coronel and Beatriz Alvarez, New Christians and residents of Salvatierra (Galicia). Francisca's mother Beatriz Alvarez, already a widow , was condemned as a Judaizer by the Santiago de…

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Isabel López was a native of Padrendo on the border between Galicia and Portugal. Around 1585, she married Enrique Méndez, a university graduate and lawyer who was a native of Monção, Kingdom of Portugal. Both were New Christians and both were…

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This is the codicil to the will of Antonia Saraiva. Around 1560, Antonia Saraiva married her relative, the doctor Antonio Dinis, both New Christians born in Barcelos (kingdom of Portugal) and living in Pontevedra (Galicia). She was the daughter of…

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This is a fragment of the will of Elena de Saa, a native of Barcelos (kingdom of Portugal). She had married her relative, the merchant Jorge Blandón, in 1590. They were both New Christians, descendants of the Jews converted in Barcelos during the…

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In 1582, in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain, Martha Dinis married the licenciado and merchant Enrique Pereira. She was the daughter of the licenciado Paulo Núñez de Vitoria and his wife Isabel Thomas. All of these people were new Christians, natives of…

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.
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