Get ready for more mind-boggling Jewish history
I sat down to start researching more about the (crypto…) Jewish connection to the slave trade, and fell down another big rabbit hole.
Here’s what I started writing, and then you’ll see when we reach another ‘twist in the tale’:
Really, it should have come as no surprise that the Freemasons were so heavily involved in the slave trade.
But it was all so hidden, that if I hadn’t had a ‘keyboard malfunction’ that meant that I accidentally clicked on the Wikipedia link for a boring Georgian-era mathematician named Charles Hayes, I probably wouldn’t have started to figure out the obvious connections.
Hayes worked for the Royal African Company that specialized in enslaving Africans by force, branding them on the face and / or torso as being the ‘property’ of the Duke of York, and then shipping them off for a lifetime of brutal work over in the ‘New World’.
Even 300 years ago, there were critics of the slave trade.
But ‘respectable’ people like Charles Hayes shut them up.
Hayes was a mathematician and a leading scientist. He was an academic.
“Follow the science!” I’m sure he yelled at anyone who dared to question whether ripping human beings away from their homes and countries to work on plantations was the right thing to do.
There is nothing new under the sun.
So anyway, I’m tootalling around on the page for Charles Hayes – which doesn’t openly say anything about him being a freemason – when I scroll down to the bottom, and that’s where I see that the whole ‘add on’ is about the Premier Grand Lodge of England.
Even more interesting!
So I decide I’m going to start working through all the other members listed there on Wiki, starting with the obvious sounding Jews, to see what turns up.
First one on the list is one Michael “Meyer” Solomon, connected to the Lazarus and Lyon / Lawrence families.
Three of his eight kids become famous painters, and at least one of them lives an openly debauched life. I notice that the dates given for ‘Meyer Solomon’ and his children don’t add up – there’s around 80 years missing.
As three of his kids are famous artists, that shows me that ‘Meyer Solomon’ was pushed back a century in time, for some reason and that his ‘alter ego’ was doing other things, by other names.
But I don’t know what. So I move on.
Next guy on the list is one Moses Mendes (1692-1758).
Already, things are getting more interesting as Moses grandfather is one ‘Fernando Mendes’;
Originally from Beira, Portugal, Fernando Mendez arrived in England in 1669. He was Physician-in-Ordinary to Queen Catherine (of Braganza) who married Charles II.
If you go to THIS link, and scroll down, you’ll find a very interesting contemporary description of how non-Jewish nosy-parkers described the ‘secret’ marrano synagogue at Creechurch Lane, around the time just preceding Oliver Cromwell’s ‘Protectorate’:
“On the establishment of the Protectorate at least fifteen of the leading foreign merchants of London were of the proscribed race, and they possessed in Creechurch-lane the secret synagogue to which reference has already been made.
Here a certain Moses Israel Athias officiated as rabbi, and a Polish Jew named Benjamin Levy was employed as beadle. The Marranos disguised their religious identity as carefully as though they were still at the mercy of the Grand Inquisitor, and they regularly attended mass at the Spanish Ambassador’s chapel.
It seems that in 1643 even the Portuguese Resident, Antonio de Souza, was numbered among the Marrano congregation. His son-in law, Antonio Fernandez de Carvajal, was one of the financial props of the Commonwealth and the principal source of the early and copious intelligence so useful to Cromwell in his foreign policy.”
All those people are interesting.
Click on the links to start reading more of the story for yourself, if that stuff interests you, but in the meantime, here’s what I noticed:
One of Moses Athias descendants is a London merchant and broker called Solomon da Costa (1690–1769), who is part of the Shabbatean movement. In 1759, Solomon donates a bunch of Hebrew books ‘formerly owned by Charles II’ to the British Museum, which becomes it’s new ‘Hebrew library’.
Solomon is also lending money to a bunch of MPs in the British House of Commons.
Meanwhile, Antonio Fernandez de Carvajal is credited with being the first ‘open’ Jew in Cromwell’s Britain, and he also has some interesting links with someone called Manasseh ben Israel, who definitely deserves his own post, some time very soon.
When I check out who Moses Mendes‘s family is, I quickly realise that the whole Mendes family has some strange links with ‘Scottish’ nobility.
Everyone appears to be married to a Scottish Baronet, or Earl, or MP.
Remember I mentioned that book ‘When Scotland was Jewish’?
One of the authors’ main premises is that large swathes of ‘ancient’ Scottish nobility actually have (crypto…) Jewish roots. And if you go and trace through the Mendes family’s marriages on geni, you start to see a bit of that story swim into focus.
The next person on the list is one Sampson Eardley, 1st Baron Eardley.
[This is where I fall down the rabbit hole].
And here is where things suddenly get really interesting, and not a little confusing, at least for me.
According to Wikipedia, Sampson Gideon bankrolls George I’s brutal suppression of the ‘Jacobite Rising of 1745’.
The Stuarts believed in something called the ‘Divine rule of kings‘ – which basically meant they felt they could do whatever the heck they wanted, and didn’t need to rule with any input from anyone else.
This is connected to the whole ‘descended from King David’ idea, and we’ll come back to it, probably, in the future, when we get there.
But the ‘Hanoverian’ kings that began with George I were a new breed.
A breed that were basically ‘controlled’ by the advisors, merchants and politicians they surrounded themselves with.
So, Sampson Gideon basically gave George I (aka ‘Gog’) the money he needed to stamp out the last of the ‘Jacobite’ uprisings in the UK, that were trying to put a Stuart back on the English throne.
Gideon’s grand-dad was one Rowland Gideon, aka Rohiel Abudiente, whose own father was Moses Abudiente, a Portuguese crypto Jew who moved from Lisbon to Gluckstadt, near Hamburg / Holstein.
The Abudientes made their massive fortune primarily from slave-operated sugar plantations in Barbados, Antigua and Nevos.
They move their operations around, to avoid paying tax. And they also branched out into many other areas of international trade and commerce.
For example, Rowland Gideon was married to one Esther de Porto, the daughter of Domingo (Avraham) de Porto, who was a diamond buyer working out of Madras – the stamping ground of another (secret crypto Jew), Eliyahu Yale.
And the de Porto family were also intertwined with the Mocatta family – the direct ancestors of the Frankist / Sabbatean point man, Sir Moses Montefiore.
This comes from the Jewish Virtual Library:
MOCATTA, English family of Marrano origin. MOSES MOCATTA (d. 1693), who came from Amsterdam, appears in a Bevis Marks (London) synagogue list in 1671. He was a diamond broker and merchant. His granddaughter REBECCA married as her second husband Moses Lumbrozo de Mattos.
Their son ABRAHAM (d. 1751), (who added the name Mocatta and later dropped Lumbrozo de Mattos) joined with Asher Goldsmid to found Mocatta and *Goldsmid, later bullion brokers to the Bank of England, engaging in enormous transactions.
Abraham Mocatta had 11 children (including Rachel, mother of Sir Moses *Montefiore).
That’s not even the most interesting thing.
If you go HERE, you’ll see how the Sephardic ‘de Porto’ family morphed into the Gunzburg family, when they moved across to East Europe, via Ulmo in what is now the Netherlands, and went full-on Ashkenazi.
The Gunzburg family (aka Ginsburg / Ginsburgh, and probably a million and one other ways to spell it) have been on my radar for quite some time.
They show up in Prague, they show up in Vilna, they seem to be connected to the Broda / Rovigo family, they are connected to Natan Nota Eibshutz, Yonatan Eibshutz’s son – and I think they are also connected to Jacob Frank, too, amongst many other things.
I don’t want to overload you with info here, so just tuck this piece of info away somewhere safe:
The ‘wealthy elites’ of the Sephardi and the Ashkenazi world spring from the same rootstock, i.e. crypto Jews with ‘xtian / assimilationist tendencies’.
OK, let’s just end this installment by going back to Sampson Gideon.
Here’s some more important take-away points about him that you need to know (from Wiki):
- James Picciotto in his Sketches of Anglo-Jewish History (1875) described Gideon as the “Rothschild of his day” and the “pillar of state credit.“
2) Sampson Gideon’s parents were married by Chacham Ayallon on 26 December 1693. (You remember, that Shlomo Ayallon was an important ‘apostle’ of Shabta Tzvi, as well as being the rabbi of Bevis Marks Synagogue.)
3) Sampson Gideon’s brothers-in-law included; Simson da Costa Athias (investor in both the Royal African Company, which traded in slaves and the Bank of England), Jacob Lobatto and Moses Carriao de Paiba.
That last person is either one and the same as Jacques de Paiva – whose wife Hieronima became the mistress of Eliyahu Yale in Madras – or it’s Jacques’ cousin.
Do you see what a small ‘crypto Jewish’ world is actually is?
As usual, I kind of have to stop in the middle of the story again.
I didn’t really get anywhere near the Freemasons here, like I started out trying to do, but you see why this is just so hard to research.
There is no rock I turn over that doesn’t have its ‘swamp creatures’ hiding underneath, and in order to unpick this properly, I keep having to go back to the beginning, to see how everyone is tangled up together.
But we will come back to this subject, hopefully in the next post.
Because that small group of ‘crypto Jews’ with Portuguese slave trading roots is still running the show here in Israel.
And their non-Jewish ‘relatives’ are doing the same thing outside the Holy Land.
And it’s well past the time to start exposing their old ‘networks’, and their connections, and their aims, to the wider world.
After I wrote this, I remembered I had a family tree for the GUNZBURG / ULMOs / De PORTOs that I hadn’t looked at for a while.
You can see it here:
The Gunzburgs are connected to the Poppers, the Honisburgs, the Bondis – and a bunch other ‘wealthy neo Frankist’ families in Prague.
For a reminder about why that matters, see this:
Once we know that the De Portos were also closely linked to the Sephardi Sabbatean merchants, and merchant bankers in London, as discussed above, we are starting to see how this Sabbatian / Frankist network actually played out, in real time.
And it’s still going today.
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