About Joseph Ben Israel
Menasseh's wife, Rachel, was a granddaughter of the Abarbanel. Menasseh had three children by her. Menasseh's wife was, according to family legend, a descendant of King David, and he was proud of his children's Davidic ancestry.
Both of Menasseh's sons predeceased their father.
Menasseh's eldest son was Samuel Abarbanel Soeiro, also known as Samuel Ben Israel, who worked as a printer and assisted his father with matters in England. He died in 1657.
Menasseh's youngest son, Joseph, died at age 20, in 1650, on a disastrous business trip to Poland.
Menasseh also had a daughter, Gracia, born 1628, who married Samuel Abarbanel Barboza in 1646, and died in 1690.