Francisco Barreto

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Francisco Barreto

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Son of Francisco Barreto and Beatriz Pinto
Husband of Maria Borges de Cerqueira
Father of Ana Barreto; Simão Borges de Cerqueira; Beatriz Borges Barreto and João Barreto
Brother of Gaspar Barreto and João Barreto

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About Francisco Barreto

Francisco Barreto

, from Cabeço de Vide, Portugal, the son of Francisco Barreto from Cabeço de Vide and Brites Pinto from Lisbon, the paternal grandson of Gaspar Dias and Anna Barreto from Cabeço de Vide and the maternal grandson of a merchant named João Luis from Montforte and Mecia Pinto from Lisbon. He was a descendant of both new Christians (Jewish descent) and old Christians, and for this reason a family member was investigated by the Inquisition of Évora for practicing crypto-Judaism. Francisco and his brothers, João and Gaspar, were merchants involved in the Atlantic trade between America, Europe and Africa (Angola). His brother Gaspar Barreto left in his will an impressive fortune for the 17th century. Many of the main colonial families in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other regions had outstanding debt with Gaspar. Francisco is also found in many wills receiving payments of debt owed to him and his brothers. Gaspar died a practicing Catholic and chose as his final resting place the main church of São Paulo (today a Cathedral), where he was buried in the habit of the order of Our Lady of Monte Carmel. Gaspar, like his brother, also married a member of the Borges de Cerqueira family. Francisco was appointed heir of his brother João Barreto. In 1649, Francisco and Gaspar's sister, Mecia Pinta, was persecuted by the inquisition in Portugal. Mecia was accused of practicing Judaism. (Arquivo da Torre do Tombo, Tribunal do Santo Ofício, Inquisição de Évora, proc. 6488 p. 30)

André L. Fr. Claeys Geschiedenis van de Brugse Lem/Lems (1337-1900)

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