The descendants of
Joao Rodrigues "Versinha",
The Alvares/Orobio de Castro Family

from Bragança, Portugal
c.1531


  • The family crest above is of Spanish origin.
  • The original bearer of the name de Castro, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in one of the places named Castrothe, which is the name of many places in Spain. The place-name Castro is derived from the Latin word "castrum" which means "fortress."


  • Coat of Arms of Bragança

  • The city of Bragança is the capital of the Bragança District located in the Northeast of Portugal.
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    The Citadel, Bragança

    The Juderia, Bragança

    16th. Generation
     
    Joao RODRIGUES "Versinha"
    11th. Great Grandfather
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    est. 1531
    possibly Bragança, Portugal
     
     
     
     
     
     
    unknown RODRIGUES
    unknown
     

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    est. 1556
     
     

    Anna 'Joao' RODRIGUES
    11th. Great Grandmother
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    est. 1581
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Joao LUIS
    Leonor ALVARES de CASTRO
     

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    15th. Generation



    Coat of Arms of Seville and Cadiz

  • The city of Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia and of the province of Seville.
  • Cadiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. It is the capital of the Cadiz Province, one of eight which make up the autonomous community of Andalusia.
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    Melchor 'Joao' RODRIGUES
    10th. Great Grandfather
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    est. c.1557
    Bragança, Portugal
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Joao RODRIGUES "Versinha"
    Anna 'Joao' RODRIGUES
     

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    est. 1582
     
     

    Joanna GONÇALVES
     
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    est. 1561
     
     
    before 1586
     
     
     
     
    unknown GONÇALVES
    unknown
     

    Children of 1st. Marriage:
    9GGU/A
      1. Isabel GONÇALVES q
          Born: est. 1583

      2. Baltazar RODRIGUES
          Born: est. 1585
     

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    Justa de LEAO
     
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    before 1586
     
     
     
     
     
    unknown LEAO
    unknown
     

    There was no recorded issue from this marriage.

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    Leonor 'Jacome' ALVARES
    10th. Great Grandmother
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    c.1594
    Seville, Andalucia, Spain
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Jacome RODRIGUES "o Vigano"
    Maria 'Joao' LUIS
     

    Children of 3rd. Marriage:
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    14th. Generation
     
    Manuel alias Abraham 'Melchor' ALVARES OROBIO de CASTRO
    9th. Great Grandfather
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    c.1590
    Bragança, Portugal
    01 Tishrei 5430 (26 Sep 1669)
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    Sep 1669
    Beth Haim Cemetery, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Amsterdam
    Abraham Orobio de Crasto
     
    Melchor 'Joao' RODRIGUES
    Leonor 'Jacome' ALVARES

    Burial Record #18846

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    est. 1614
    Cadiz, Spain
     

    Sarah alias Mencia 'Antonio' FERNANDEZ NUNES
    9th. Great Grandmother
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    c.1594
    Seville, Andalucia, Spain
    01 Iyyar 5426 (06 May 1666)
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    May 1666
    Beth Haim Cemetery, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Amsterdam
    Sara mulher de Abraham Orobio de Castro
     
    Antonio 'Lourenço' RODRIGUES LOURENÇO
    Ana GONÇALVES

    Burial Record #18877

    Children:
    8GGF/A/U
      1. Judith alias Leonor 'Manuel alias Abraham' (ALVARES de) OROBIO de CASTRO married
        • Abraham 'Israel' RODRIGUES MONSANTO

      2. Isaac alias Balthazar 'Manuel alias Abraham' ALVARES OROBIO de CASTRO  married
        • Esther alias Isabel 'Francisco' PEREZ de la PENA

      3. Leah alias Violante 'Manuel alias Abraham' (ENRIQUES NUNEZ) OROBIO de CASTRO married
        • Pascual (Jacob) NUNEZ

      4. Hannah alias Ana 'Manuel alias Abraham' (GONCALES) OROBIO de CASTRO married
        • Manuel alias Antonio de CASTRO

      5. Jacob alias Melchior 'Manuel alias Abraham' ALVARES OROBIO de CASTRO married
        • Rebecca 'Abraham' RODRIGUES MONSANTO

      6. Rachel alias Clara 'Manuel alias Abraham' OROBIO de CASTRO married
        • Moses BARUCH PEREZ
     

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    Christovao alias Abraham de CASTRO (CRASTO) TARTAS (speculative) Betty Tartas
    9th. Great Grandfather
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    c.1591
    Bragança, Portugal
    after 1640
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    after 1640
     
     
     
    Melchor 'Joao' RODRIGUES
    Leonor 'Jacome' ALVARES
     

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    est. 1616
     
     

    Benvenida alias Isabella d'AGUILAR de PAZ
    9th. Great Grandmother
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    c.1595
    possibly Seville, Andalucia, Spain
    03 Tamuz 5405 (27 Jun 1645)
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    Jun 1645
    Beth Haim Cemetery, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Amsterdam
    Benvenida de Castro de Paz
     
    Isaac ISRAEL d'AGUILAR
    unknown de PAZ

    Burial Record #6738

    Children:
    8GGM/U
      1. Rachel or Sarah de CASTRO TARTASmarried
      2. Isaac 'Abraham' de CASTRO TARTAS alias Tomas LUIS
          Born: Jul 1626 Tartas, Gascony, France
          Died: 15 Dec 1647 Lisbon, Portugal (burned to death in Auto da Fe)

      3. Jacob 'Abraham' de CASTRO de PAZ (TARTAS) married
        • Sarah 'Solomon' SALOM

      4. David 'Abraham' de CASTRO de PAZ (TARTAS) married
        • Rebecca BARUCH ROSA (assumed sister of Samuel BARUCH ROSA)
     

    Brother of:
     
    Santiago Jacome alias Isaac 'Melchor' LUIS
    9GGU
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    c.1594
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Melchor 'Joao' RODRIGUES
    Leonor 'Jacome' ALVARES
     

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    est. 1618
    Cadiz, Spain
     

    Violante 'Gonzalo' de PAZ
    9th. Great Grandmother
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    c.1598
    Bragança, Portugal
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Gonzalo GONZALES
    unknown
     

    Children:
    1C-10R
      1. Melchor 'Santiago Jacome (Isaac)' RODRIGUEZ

      2. Leonor 'Santiago Jacome (Isaac)' ALVARES

      3. Gonzalo 'Santiago Jacome (Isaac)' LUIS

      4. Maria 'Santiago Jacome (Isaac)' NUNES

      5. Isabel(ica)'Santiago Jacome (Isaac)' LUIS

      6. Manuel 'Santiago Jacome (Isaac)' LUIS
     

    13th. Generation
     
    Dr. Balthazar alias Isaac 'Manuel alias Abraham' OROBIO de CASTRO
    8th. Great Grandfather
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    c.1617
    Bragança, Portugal
    01 Kislev 5448 (07 Nov 1687)
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    Nov 1687
    Beth Haim Cemetery, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Amsterdam
    Doutor Yshak Orobio de Castro
    Physician
    Manuel
    alias Abraham 'Melchor' ALVARES OROBIO de CASTRO
    Sarah
    alias Mencia 'Antonio' FERNANDEZ NUNES
    Burial Record #18858

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    1654
    Cadiz, Spain
     

    Isabel alias Esther 'Francisco' PEREZ de la PENA
    8th. Great Grandmother
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    c.1639
    Bragança, Portugal
    01 Tamuz 5472 (05 Jul 1712)
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    Jul 1712
    Beth Haim Cemetery, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Amsterdam
    Ester mulher do Dr. Yschak Orobio
     
    Francisco PEREZ
    unknown de la PENA (unconfirmed)
    Burial Record #18852

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    7GGM/A/U
     

    Balthazar (Isaac) Orobio de Castro (c.1617 – November 7, 1687), was a Jewish philosopher, physician and apologist, born at Bragança, Portugal.

    While still a child, he was taken to Seville by his parents, who were Marranos. He studied philosophy at Alcalá de Henares and became teacher of metaphysics at the University of Salamanca. Later he devoted himself to the study of medicine, and became a popular practitioner in Seville, and physician in ordinary to the duke of Medina-Celi and to a family nearly related to the king.

    When married and father of a family, De Castro was, at the instigation of a servant whom he had punished for theft, denounced to the Inquisition as an adherent of Judaism, and thrown into a dark and narrow dungeon, where he remained for three years, subjected to the most frightful tortures. As he persistently denied the charge, he was finally released, but compelled to leave Spain and to wear the sambenito, or penitential garment, for two years. He thereupon went to Toulouse, where he became professor of medicine at the university, at the same time receiving from Louis XIV the title of councilor; but, weary at last of hypocrisy and dissimulation, he went to Amsterdam about 1666, and there made a public confession of Judaism, adopting the name "Isaac." In that city De Castro continued the practice of medicine, and soon became a celebrity, being elected to membership in the directory of the Spanish-Portuguese congregation and of several academies of poetry. He died at Amsterdam. Esther, his wife, died on July 5, 1712.

    Orobio de Castro was a very prolific writer. His work entitled Certamen Philosophicum Propugnatæ Veritatis Divinæ ac Naturalis Adversus J. Bredenburgi Principia was published at Amsterdam, 1684 (reprinted 1703 and 1731). This work, in which De Castro attacks the ethics of Spinoza, with whom he maintained a friendly correspondence, was translated into Spanish under the title Certamen Philosophico, Defiende la Verdad Divina y Natural Contra los Principios de Juan Bredenburg, by G. de la Torre, (The Hague, 1741).

    All the other writings of De Castro, like the foregoing translation, are still extant in manuscript. They are: Prevenciones Divinas Contra la Vana Ydolatria de las Gentes (Libro ii, Contra los Falsos Misterios de las Gentes Advertidas a Ysrael en los Escritos Propheticos); Explicação Paraphrastica sobre o Capitulo 53 do Propheta Isahias. Feito por hum Curiozo da Nação Hebrea em Amsterdam, em o mez de Tisry anno 5433 (compare Adolf Neubauer, The Fifty-third Chapter of Isaiah, pp. 21-118, London, 1876);
    Tratado em que se Explica la Prophesia de las 70 Semanas de Daniel. Em Amsterdam à 6 Febrero anno 1675, a paraphrastic explanation of the seventy weeks of Daniel; Epistola Invectiva Contra un Judio Philosopho Médico, que Negava la Ley de Mosse, y Siendo Atheista Affectava la Ley de Naturaleza. This is identical with Epistola Invectiva Contra Prado, un Philosopho Medico, que Dubitava, o no Creya la Verdad de la Divina Escritura, y Pretendió Encubrir su Malicia con la Affecta Confacion de Dios, y Ley de Natureza, a work directed against Juan de Prado, a physician and author of Picardy who resided in Amsterdam.

    Long after De Castro's death a Jew by the name of Henriquez published an alleged work of his in French under the title Israel Vengé, claiming it to have been originally written in Spanish (London, 1770). It has been translated into English by Grace Aguilar (London, 1839).

    De Castro's discussions on Christianity with the Dutch preacher Philipp van Limborch were published by the latter in the work entitled De Veritate Religionis Christianæ Amica Collatio cum Erudito Judæo, Amsterdam, 1687.

    The de Castro family:
    The various branches of this family are all of Spanish and Portuguese origin. Some have continued to bear the simple name of "De Castro", others are known as De Castro-Osorio; De Castro Sarmento; De Castro-Castello-Osorio; Pereira de Castro; De Castro Vieira de Pinto; Rodriguez de Castro; Orobio de Castro; De Castro de Paz; Henriquez de Castro, etc.

    Wikipedia

  • There is a book about the life and times of Isaac Orobio de Castro, "From Christianity to Judaism: The Story of Isaac Orobio de Castro" written by Yosef Kaplan, translated by Raphael Loewe: Oxford University Press, 1989.

  • 12th. Generation
     
    David (OROBIO) de CASTRO
    assumed son of Balthazar alias Isaac OROBIO de CASTRO
    8GGU
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    c.1655
    Spain
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Dr. Balthazar alias Isaac 'Manuel alias Abraham' OROBIO de CASTRO
    Isabel
    alias Esther 'Francisco' PEREZ de la PENA
     

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    c.1680
     
     

    unknown
     
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    est. 1659
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    unknown
    unknown
     

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    1C-9R
     

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    Dr. Moses 'Balthazar alias Isaac' OROBIO de CASTRO
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    est. 1663
    Spain
    15 Cheshvan 5469 (29 Oct 1708)
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    Oct 1708
    Beth Haim Cemetery, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Amsterdam
    Dr. Moses van Isaac van Abraham Orobio de Crasto
    Physician
    Dr. Balthazar alias Isaac 'Manuel alias Abraham' OROBIO de CASTRO
    Isabel
    alias Esther 'Francisco' PEREZ de la PENA

    Burial Record #18869

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    c.1686
    Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein
     

    Sarah
     
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    est. 1667
     
    15 Cheshvan 5488 (30 Oct 1727)
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    Oct 1727
    Beth Haim Cemetery, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Amsterdam
    Sara Orobio de Crasto
     
    unknown
    unknown

    Burial Record #18879

    Children:
    1C-9R
      1. granddaughter of Isaac (Balthazar) OROBIO de CASTRO assumed daughter of Moses, married
        • Abraham FURTADO
          The Furtado family are probably part of the Furtado de Mendonça branch of the MENDOZA family.

      2. Isaac OROBIO de CASTRO assumed son of Moses married
        • Rachel 'David' de MENDOZA [6GGA]
     

    11th. Generation
     
    Isaac OROBIO de CASTRO
    assumed son of Dr. Moses 'Balthazar alias Isaac' OROBIO de CASTRO
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    est. 1695
     
    before 1735
     
     
     
     
     
    Dr. Moses 'Balthazar alias Isaac' OROBIO de CASTRO
    Sarah
     

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    07 Sep 1718
    Bevis Marks Synagogue, London, England
     

    Rachel 'David' de MENDOZA
    6GGA
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    c.1699
    Badajoz, Spain
    May 1736
    Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
    12 Sivan 5496 (22 May 1736)
    Beth Haim Cemetery, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Amsterdam
    Rachel de Mendonsa
     
    David de MENDOZA
    Abigail 'David' de la PENHA CASTRO

    Rachel remarried in 1735 to Moses RODRIGUES

    Burial Record #16085

    Children:
    1C-7R
      1. Solomon 'Isaac' OROBIO de CASTRO married
        1. Esther 'Jacob' QUERIDO [3C-8R]
        2. Judith 'Abraham' NUNES RIBEIRO

      2. Abigail 'Isaac' OROBIO de CASTRO married
        • Jacob 'Abraham' BASSAN

      3. Abraham 'Isaac' OROBIO de CASTRO married
        • Sipora 'Jacob' BUENO de MESQUITA
     

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