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Fred Williamson

Hello, I am writing this for my wife Rosa. My wife is from Mexico and we have been married a long time. One day I was looking at some documents with information about her mother. I saw that she at one time used the surname Piza, I thought this was somewhat rare and wanted to know more about it. My wife told me that it was her Grandmother Gabriela surname from her mother, etc. My wife went by that name as a child, but dropped it later when other children made fun of it. When I googled it one of the few sites that had information was Sephardi.com surname database which listed it a predominate jewish name and said it also appears in the book that the church of Spain kept that contained the names of jewish families. She says that her Grandmother and Grandfather almost didn’t marry because his family objected saying that Gabriela was not Catholic or Christian that is all my wife knows. Gabriela never had any indications of catholic objects in her house like most other Mexican homes. My wife said when her father died, Gabriela told her mother that the family needed to sit and sleep on the floor for seven days, they didn’t know why (Sheva). She remembers her Grandmother telling her that her family came to Mexico from the Spain/Portugal area. She remembers her Grandmother was not as dark completion as most others and had lighter colored eyes (if any of it means anything). Other things about that side of her family lead me to believe she has some Sephardi decent.

Fred Williamson
fjw@earthlink.net