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Rebecca Vance (Baptista)

Also Known As: "Rebecca Basticia", "Rebacca Bastisia"
Birthplace: Londonderry, Derry, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Londonderry, Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of ... Baptista
Wife of Joseph Vance
Mother of Elizabeth Barnett; Catherine Barnett and John Vance
Sister of Anthony Baptista

Managed by: Wilbur Elliott Gravley
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About Rebecca Vance

Rebecca Baptista (or Basticia) (c1621-after 1648). She is recorded in the birth record of her daughter Katherine as Rebacca Bastisia. Her surname suggests that she was a converted Jew, a Gypsy, or a foundling. She might have been a sister or daughter of the Italian physician John Baptista, who battled with the The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1665-1667 over his license to "sell drogs and use cures" in Edinburgh.

There were, however, few Jews in northern Ireland so early. Manuel Lightfoot, a Jewish tailor, was living in Belfast in 1652. See Ireland at Jewish Virtual Library.

"A permanent settlement of Jews was definitely established, however, in the late fifteenth century. Following their expulsion from Portugal in 1496, some of these Marrano Jews settled on Ireland's south coast. One of them, William Annyas, was elected as mayor of Youghal, County Cork, in 1555, there was also Francis Annyas (Ãnes) a three time Mayor of Youghal in 1569, 1576 and 1581. Ireland's first synagogue was founded in 1660 near Dublin Castle, and Ballybough Cemetery the first Jewish cemetery was founded in the early eighteenth century in the Fairview district of Dublin, where there was a small Jewish colony." History of the Jews in Ireland at Wikipedia, visited Dec. 28, 2012.

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Rebecca Vance's Timeline

Londonderry, Derry, United Kingdom
Age 20
Londonderry, Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
May 24, 1643
Age 22
Londonderry, Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Age 27
Londonderry, Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Age 27
Londonderry, Derry, UK