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Posted by: John F. Luzader Date: January 20, 2001 at 15:38:44
In Reply to: A LUZADDER FAMILY HISTORY by Tom Severns of 412

I grew up in Taylor County,WV. , where
Aaron Luzader, son of Aaron Lousada,
settled between 1790 and 1800. The
period during which I lived there was the
1920s and 30s, when a number of Aaron's descendants still lived who were
born before the middle of the 19th cen-
tury and had known several of Aaron's children. They disagreed about many
things, but did agree that Aaron was
a Jew from Pennsylvania.
Fifty years of teaching history on the
university level and doing research for
the U. S. government has reinforced y
native skepticism; and I question some
of the received tradition. 1) Birthplace of
Jacob de Louzada. According to Rabbi
Poole, late of Shearith Israel, and Donald
Sinclair, late of Rutgers Univ., Jacob
came to England from Holland, and was
born ca. 1680. That makes sense. The
final expulsion of the Jews from Spain
occurred in 1492; and many went to
Portugal, from whence they were later
expelled when the King of Portugal
married a daughter of Ferdinand and
Isabella. The family name suggests
that they lived for a time in Lousada,
a town on the Lousa River. There
were certainly people of the name in
the Netherlands during the 16th and 17th
centuries. (2) Jacob certainly married
Rachel de Almerda at the Spanish-
Portuguese Synagogue in London . But
Moses Michaels' will refers to Aaron
as Aaron Louzada y Zulex, suggesting
that Zulex was at least part of the mot-
her's surname. The marriage in the
synagogue probably followed one in
in th parish church, as required by law.
Jacob propbaly had another son, Isaac,
who fled to Canada during the Revo-
lution and made a claim for compen-
sation to the Crown.Evidence of thePortu-
guese connection is strengthened by
the fact that Jacob's tomb is in Portu-
guese and Hebrew. (3) Aaron Luzader's
mother was a woman named Sarah,
surname unknown; and there is no re-
cord of a marriage between Aaron Lou-
zada and a Sarah.
(4) Sarah Cole's ancestry. She may have
been part Indian, but certainly not Creek
or Cjerokee. She was born in Maryland,
where many Coles lived, especially in
Baltimore County, where Cole's Harbor
was located. Records indicate that she
was daughter to Thomas Cole. There
were neither Creeks nor Cheorkees in
or near Maryland. They were southern
tribes, and the closest areas where they
had bands were present day Ky. and Tenn., with a few in western NC. Coles
living in and near Taylor County did not
claim Indian ancestry. The believed
that they descended from a German
family that migrated to England early
in the 17th century. There is no docu-
mented reference to a Chief Little Bear
of the Creek Nation. Some of my con-
clusions about the family's history are
tentative and will remain so until I can
locate solid documentary evidence.
John F. Luzader


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