Jewish Will Extracts 18th – 19th Century

Will Extract
Reference NA757
Family Name De PAIVA
Forenames Jacques
Probate Date 1688 (15 Nov)
Spouse Jeronima de Paiva
Parents Mother living and mentioned but not named.
Siblings Jacob
Children John, Henry,
Other Relatives Cousins, Abraham Zagache and “poor Moses who goes with us” who should marry Mariana Gonsales.
Bequests The children of Jb.(Jacob?) Gonsales are Mariana, Deborah, Ester, Abigail, Lea and Sarah (not clear if the latter is a daughter, the wife or another relative of Gonsales). Bequest to the daughters of Valverde. Friend, Joseph Marfis? (Markis?). He nominates Jacques Gonsales, Joseph Markis?, Joseph de Almanca and cousin Moses to be overseers of the orphans charity “Chamber of Orphans”.
Executors, Administrators Jeronima de Paiva and Antonio Rodrigues Marques.
Witnesses Benjamin Franco (in 1688 to the translation from the Portuguese).
Notes Jacques de Paiva sometimes known as James and Isaac and whose Hebrew name is thought to have been Moses Zagache (according to R.D. Barnett and Edgar Roy Samuel see Jonathan Schorsch, Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva, An Amsterdam Portuguese Merchant abroad in the Seventeenth Century, in The Dutch Intersection, The Jews and the Netherlands in Modern History ed. Yosef Kaplan, Leiden 2008, pp. 63-86. In note 61 Schorsch refers to Barnetts work on the Circumcision registers of Isaac and Abraham de Paiva ad to Samuels Diamonds and Pieces of Eight.). Jacques wrote his will aboard the ship Beaufort en route to Madras. Cousin Moses who goes with us is Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva the subject of the article by Schorsch. Apparently, Jacques had travelled to India to buy diamonds, but he took sick and died in Madras in 1687. He was buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Peddanaickenpet. This cemetery was later moved and his tombstone lost (see S. Muthiah, Diamonds were traded for coral, Madras Miscellany in The Hindu, Online edition of Indias National Newspaper, Monday, April 24, 2000). Jacques parents are thought to be Diego Netto de Paiva b. 1618 in St. Marnie and Lea Sagache b. 1636 in Madrid. They married in Amsterdam in 1648 (see Akevoth, Sepharadim Sephardic Marriages, certificate no. 680-19). Jacques cousin Abraham Zagache would therefore be a son of Leas brother. Jacques notes in his will that his cousin Moses (Pereira de Paiva) should marry Mariana Gonzales. According to E.R. Samuel (see above) the mother of Moses was Ribca de Paiva, this is possibly Ribca de Paiva (b. 1631 in Seville) who in 1651 married Jacob Pereira (b. 1629 in Madrid). The will concludes with a letter to Antonio Roiz / Rodrigues Marques (see NA1267) that includes an inventory and mention of Francis Francia. After Jacques died his widow Jeronima became the mistress of Elihu Yale, Governor of Madras and later said to be the founder of Yale University. Their son was Charles Yale.
NA Cat Ref Prob/11/393