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Abraham in P.Rico and Virgin Isles

PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:59 pm
by benart2
My great-great grandfather Bartolo (Berthold?) ABRAHAM migrated to Puerto Rico from somewhere in the Caribbean between 1815 and 1840. His ancestors may have come from Ireland or Holland or another European country, perhaps after the expulsion of Jews from Spain . The name is an Ashkenazi, not a Sephardic, surname, but traders in the Dutch West Indies Company appear on the roster of sailors plying their trade in Asia and in the Americas with that and similar names. I have many references on their participation in the trips between the US mainland , the coast of Africa, and the islands up and down the Virgin Islands. Enticed perhaps by the Spanish government's offer of lands and the new promise of being open to non-Catholic immigrants, many foreign citizens from these nearby Dutch (Curacao, for.ex.), Danish (St.Thomas)and other places such as St.Kitts and St.Croix moved to Puerto Rico after 1815. My ancestor B. Abraham married a widow who had inherited land and became a farmer and father to her children and their own. Where did he really come from? The land which he cultivated is now the site of El Conquistador Hotel in Fajardo, P.R.

Re: Abraham in P.Rico and Virgin Isles

PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:49 pm
by benart2
For reasons that only the people in those times can fathom, many of our ancestors chose to use different surnames when they registered for any civil (e.g. census) or religious event (e.g. baptism). Their descendants might use their maternal surname or choose to carry a specific combination of surnames (e.g. Porrata-Doria) from one generation to others. In the case of Bartolo Abraham, it appears that his mother-in-law chose to call Bartolo and his son Ricardo by that name, whereas the name he reported at the time of his marriage and at his son's Ricardo's baptism was DE LA COS, which is a surname that can be found in Spain, in particular at the province of Cataluna, and which may be a modified form of the name DE LA COSA, the name of the Captain of one of Christopher Columbus' three boats in 1492 and 1493. In any case, the surname Abraham has survived to this date but, in the case of Bartolo, must be traced back in time as DE LA COS.