Roots of our Family
Our family according to researcher Joseph Ben Brith (Israel, in his book
"History of the Henriques Family") says that Hayym Henriques born
1769 in Schleswig Holstein (a various times part of Denmark & Germany) Germanized his name to Haymann / Heymann
The story of our family leading up to the 18th Century is a fascinating
tale reflective of the story of the Jews through out the ages.
Particularly interesting is our familys lived in the Golden age of
Spain and Portugal and the eventual forced conversion, execution,
and expulsion from Spain in 1492 and Portugal 1497.
They can be traced
to the first Chief Rabbi of Portugal Rabbi Jahia Negro Ibn Ya'isch
(born 1100 in Cordoba Portugal died in Lisbon Portugal. He was
also Chief Advisor (Court Jew) to the first King of Portugal Alfonso I. the Conqueror.
His Son Rabbi Jose-Jehuda Ibn JACHIA was the Royal Treasurer and Principal Administrator of King Sanchos I. (1185-1211) and Chief Rabbi of Portugal.
His son Rabbi Don Joseph JAHIA was one of the great Talmudists in
history.. His son Don Selomo JACHIA was the Parnas (Head Jewish Community) and
a Commander Portuguese army.
The Jachia family
continues prominently in Portuguese life until the Inquisition and
forced conversion. Many family members were forced to convert and
become Marronos (and thus secret Jews). Finally after escaping to
Venice, Amsterdam, Altona & Hamburg and many other place they
were able to return openly to their religion.
The escape from the
Inquisition and from Spain and Portugal is another great story of
history. The De Millao Family was a wealthily trading and merchant
family with extensive business interests. Eventually they were
able to migrate many family members to safe countries. There were
with many tribulations, imprisonment, fines and bribery, murder by
burning at the stake (Auto de fe) and intrigues that enabled them
to do this.
They appeared in
Antwerp, Amsterdam, Venice, Hamburg, Glueckstadt and many other
cities as the family Dinis, Abensur, De Milao, Henriques,
etc Again they became influential in business and affairs of
the state. (see Kellenbenz book who
dedicates several chapters to the Dinis and De Millao families). Alvaro
Dinis, alias Semuel Jachja founder and organizer of the new Jewish
communities in Hamburg and Glueckstadt
the story of Alvero Dinis (Semuel Jachja)
and his family
the Story of The
Family de Milao
perspective - Royal House of Portugal & their Kings as relates
to our family
History of the Jews of Spain & Portugal - The Sephadim