Galindo was born in 1740 to Jehuda and Sarah. Nothing can be found about him
until 1770 when he married Mary Boyle at the Parish Church,
Whippingham, on the Isle of Wight. When his brother, Samuel, married out of the Jewish faith
he became baptised into the Church of England, James it seems could not be bothered about that.
The birth place of their first child
Philemon, born 1770, is unknown but a second son, Jacobus, was baptised in 1778
into the Church of
England at St Mary's in West Cowes. In this baptism entry the father's name is
given as Jacobus. It was common for Jews to have one name inside the synagogue
and another 'street' name outside, more familiar to English ears.
For example Jacob(us) became James. Trading with a Mr Ratsey in the Isle of
Wight as Merchants they suffered a devastating set back in March 1775. The owners of a ship 'The Hope'
took the traders to court for refusing to deliver up the ship and its cargo. The jury awarded £424
(£47,000 today)and costs to the owners.
From Salisbury and Winchester Journal 15 May 1775
In May they were selling by auction a ton of elephants teeth, a ton
and a half of
beeswax and three tons of redwood, presumably the cargo. In August they were selling
their own ship with all rigging etc. Leaving the Isle of Wight. he moved
to Clements Row. Islington where he was declared bankrupt in 1778, discharged in 1779
Still in London in 1784, with a daughter Amey born in 1873,
he moved to Pipe Lane Bristol a few years later. Two more children, James and
Mortimore, were baptised together on June 10th 1789 in
Augustine's Church Bristol this being the first year that James is paying Land Tax in Bristol.
Mortimore was apprenticed to John and Hannah James as a Taylor (Tailor) in Bristol on Jan 28th 1802,
nothing more known. James is
referred to in Samuel's letter of 1873. In 1836 he is in Kingston, Jamaica,
(see Philip's Diary), where presumably he died.
Amey, received a late baptism on April 15th 1805 at the
Church of St Andrew's Bristol. The baptism records supposed to have been born in
the year 1783.
She married Samuel Nason on April 5th of that year, this baptism
presumably regularised the marriage in the C of E.
1802 James abandons Mary, now 57, for Sarah Russell, a Quakeress, born 1777 (37 years
his junior!) and takes himself off to Plymouth where he is described as
a Translator and Public Notary in 1814. Their first child,
George was born in 1804, followed by Samuel (who wrote the
of 1873) in 1805. James died in 1819 and is buried in 'Artillery Ground' Islington, London. (Now a public garden)
Also known as Bunhill Fields this was a favourite resting place for nonconformists.
Interestingly there was a separate Quaker burying ground nearby also known as Bunhill Fields.
Mary, James' first, and only, wife,
remained in Bristol and died there in