Eliau Salas (b. - 1728)

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Birthplace: Livorno, Toscana, Italia
Death: Died in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Nederland
Managed by: Lina Salas
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About Eliau Salas

In Amsterdam everyone who came of age, or married or arrived from elsewhere, was assessed by the Portuguese Jewish Community for his wealth and taxed accordingly. These assessments were recorded yearly or twice a year. The name Salas was not found here. Then there were those who were too poor to pay these “fintas”. Some of them were admitted to poor relief. Thus we find Eliau Salas, admitted to poor relief or “sedaca”, in 1722 (CAA, PJC 21, folio 268). In 1729 his widow is mentioned as admitted to poor relief, “Abodat a Hesed” (CAA, PJC 21, folio 459.) shortly before she died.

The following excerpt is from: http://www.hebrewhistory.info/factpapers/fp005_robles.htm...

Among the glassmaking Marranos who wended their way into Amsterdam were members of the Salas family, a family which had been most distinguished among the glassmakers of Barcelona. It will be remembered that Barcelona was one of the cities in which Juan "Rodriguez" had practiced his trade. The Robles saga appears to have continued on into Amsterdam.

The Amsterdam archival documents record that a Sara Robles is registered as having originated from Seville, and married into the Salas family in Amsterdam in the early 18th century. Sarah was a name commonly taken by converso Jewesses upon returning openly to their faith. Inasmuch as no Robles glassmaking family appears in the census of Seville, and no Rodriguez family existed in Cadalso, it is tempting to surmise that Sara Robles stemmed from Juana Rodriquez, daughter of Juan Rodriguez, alias Abraham Robles, nee Juan Robles!

Refuge in the Carribean The names Robles and Salas were linked throughout glassmaking history in Italy, Spain, France, and Holland. The Jewish Salas family was the outstanding glassmaking family of Barcelona. After 1492 members of the family dispersed into the Diaspora. A Domenico Sala is recorded to be a Venetian producer of glass in 1572, and a Dominique Sala, and his son, "glassmakers from Catalonia," established themselves in Paris as late as 1906. The families continue to be linked with other erstwhile glassmaking families (de Medina and da Costa) in the records of Surinam, Curacao, and St. Thomas, albeit no longer as glassmakers, for those islands were ill suited for that industry.14 ....

.... The records deposited in various communities of the wide Diaspora weave together the history of these and other glassmaking families. A significant list of marriages solemnized by the Dutch-Portuguese Jewish congregation at Surinam from 1642-1750 registers the names of Rachel Robles de Medina, David de Robles, Abigail Robles de Medina, Ester Robles de Medina, Rosa Robles de Medina, Rachel de Robles.16

The descendants of the Judaic glassmakers of Cadalso, Barcelona and Seville are residents of those islands to the present day. An exhibition sponsored by the Israeli museum, the Beth Hatfutsoth, is entitled la Nacion and lists in its catalog those who assisted the exhibition with family records, Prominent among them are the Robles family of Surinam; Mr. Harold Salas of Panama; and Mr. R. Salas of Curaçao. "These descendants of the Marranos..." the catalog states. "came to the region [of the Caribbean] in the 17th century and established a chain of flowering settlements." They termed themselves la nacion

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Eliau Salas's Timeline

June 21, 1724
Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 9, 1728
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Nederland
Livorno, Toscana, Italia
Ouderkerk, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands