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domingo, 22 de outubro de 2017

Pequena biografia de Maerten Lem (em inglês)

Hola primos !

I just wanted to inform you that, after some 7-8 years of research, the 
history on Martin LEM -I- and -II- has been 'almost' finished.
Of course,  a research is an ' on-going affair ' and what is finished 
today may be surpassed tomorrow!

But I believe that the  ' Time-Line ' which we have now is very accurate 
and everything fits ' in ' overall picture!
As you will see from my added ' SHORT  BIOGRAPHY ' there has been not 
much change over the past 4-5 years, but much more
had been found on the life of Maerten Lem -IIa- the burgomaster of Bruges!
We do have a statement by the ' Clerks of the Vierschaer ' (the medieval 
judicial administration in Flanders) dating 1487 where it has been stated
that this deceased Maerten Lem was known as : the young / o'moco/ le 
jeune... and that was proof what we have been searching for!
Several learned people like SAB at Bruges, Andre Claeys and Jacques 
Paviot, did join in the Theory -1 as it now is called!
That all plus the ' explanation of the painting ' of Maerten Lem is very 
convincing and all pieces of the puzzle are now fitting in!

The so-called Portuguese Line, including Wil Lem, is however different 
in thinking : they believe that Martin Lem -I- was also Maerten Lem 
-IIa- and that was
an ' assumption ' just to link both periods together ; linking the pre 
1466 period to the post 1466/1467 when a Martin became the burgomaster
of Bruges!  Some said : there was NO other Martin Lem available in Bruges!
Well, I proved them wrong, as you will see from the enclosed ' SHORT 
I am working now on te planned book and hope to get that ready before 
soon.... Of course, your own contributions are welcome and will partly 
be included in the book!

So sorry that I have been so quiet for some time, but the writing has 
the priority and you all are waiting for the final outcome!
I hope you all are well and give my best regards to the family!
We are okay and so is our family, daughters and grandchildren!
Adios y ate logo!

primo Ruud

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Concerning the
Dynasty 1400 –
By : Ruud J. LEM (NL01-IXj) Spring 2017

This biography is about the Flemish Merchant Martin Lem, born about 1410 at
Brugge in Flanders. His father, reportedly also called Martin, and a grandfather
called Willem (William/ Guillaume) who was married to Claire van Beernem, the
daughter of Jan, Lord of Beernem, nr. Brugge. It has, however, not been possible as
yet, to work out this early genealogy, due to lack of baptism-; marriage- or burialbooks.
These records came only into use from about the middle of the 16 th.C.
This Merchant Martin Lem -I-, commenced his business around 1430 and went to
Portugal where he started to import goods from Flanders and export goods from
Portugal. About the early years nothing is known, but from 1450 onwards there are
entrees about a partnership with a Zegher Parmentier. ( Civiele Sentencien SAB – folio
259). Somewhat later in 1451 or ‘52, Martin was asked to deal with a case about
jewellery, which the Bruggian merchant Rombout de Wachtere had sold through two
of his agents, these sold the goods but failed to handing over the proceeds. That all
will be dealt with in 1466/’67 through the courts; all nicely recorded!
However, we do find entries about a marriage of Martin Lem -I- at about 1432 in
Lisbon and the mention of a son born, equally named Martin, expected around 1435.
Info : Anais de Flandes 1624, by Emmanuel Sueyro, a chronologist living in Antwerp.
He wrote about known Flemish and Brabant-people from early days! It is not known
where Sueyro obtained his information from, but there were some LEM- familydescendants
living in Brugge in 1600! Perhaps he paid them a visit…
However, we find more information about the woman Martin married, a certain Lady
Joana, of noble origin, whom we later find back in Brugge as : ….Jeanne van
Poortegaale…. It can be expected that Martin lived now in Brugge and that he
accompanied his shipments himself, as merchants traditionally used to do.
However, around 1445 Martin Lem -I- engaged in a relationship with a ‘ single,
unmarried young woman (muhler solteira) called Leonor Rodrigues (*1425 – 1506)
and 7-8 extramarital children were born, which Martin Lem in 1464 asked king
D.Afonso V, to legitimate. That was done by contract and the children were named,
but not put in sequence and without birthdates! Historians believe that Martin Lem
married Leonor, as in 1500 she stated that she was : the widow LEME. It hence can
be expected that Martins first spouse, Joana, had died before 1464.
From 1452 onwards a number of contracts between the king and Martin Lem are
known, too many to mention here! Martin Lem made also a loan of a sum of money
to the king for the first Siege of Tanger and Arzila, in north-west Africa, both places
were reputedly centres of pirates and the Portuguese king wished to establish a new
Province here (Ceuta). This 1463 siege was no success, but the second one in 1471
was and Martin Lem’s son Antonio (*c.1446), who was in the service of the Infant D.
Joao, was ennobled by the king and allowed to have his own Coat-of-Arms, based to
that of his father. He became an escudeiro and the family-name was to become
LEME (1471)
In 1464 Martin Lem -I- lived in Lisbon and was ennobled as an escudeiro and his
own Coat-of-Arms was confirmed in Portugal. This CoA was however already, earlier
in possession of the ancestors of Martin Lem in Brugge. (info : Arquivo da Torre do
Tombo, Lisboa, Chancellery of D. Afonso V, book 13, fo. 134)
But in 1466 Martin Lem, 56 years of age, decided to go to Brugge, in order to be
present at the wedding of his ‘ first born son Maerten Lem-IIa, who was also
appointed on September 2, 1467 as the Burgomaster of the Corpse (Mayor/Maire) of
Brugge. This Maerten, born c. 1435 married Adrienne van Nieuwenhove, the 19-year
old daughter of a Patrician- family of Brugge.
Evidence of this has been found in the ‘ quarterly divided Arms ‘ as shown on p.1
Reading of Heraldic Arms is a ‘speciality’ and goes back centuries; the traditions
were very much in use in the 15 th.C ; the ‘ first-son born became the inheritor on
the day his father died. Historians believe that Martin Lem -I- died c. 1474 when on a
document of 1478 was mentioned that a loan was made by Maerten, the son of
Martin Lem. ( Archivo Historico Portuguez, Vol.IV 1906 p.434 Anselmo Braancamp/ Pero Estaco)
In 1466 en ’67 also the Legal Case about the jewellery took place in Brugge where
Martin Lem -I- was the defendant, as he still ‘ looked ‘ after the proceeds!
It hence is not very likely that he was appointed as burgomaster, as claimed by
some! As we have learned, his son Maerten Lem -IIa- became the burgomaster.
The Coat-of-Arms we also find back on the portrait of Maerten Lem-IIa- which can be
seen in the Museum ‘ the Potterie ‘ at Brugge. The same CoA was also shown on
the tomb of Maerten Lem -IIa- who died in Leuven on March 27, 1485. This again
provides proof that this Maerten Lem -IIa- was the son of Martin Lem -I- the noble
Merchant. Also his grandson Maerten Lem -IVa (1516-1597) inherited this CoA as he
was the first-born son of Maerten Lem -IIIb (1476-1539)
Interestingly, Maerten Lem, the burgomaster, before his death in 1485, had given
notary, lawyer and factor Loys (de Carmin) the order, in case he would die, to
disband the Trading-Company; to pay the owners of the merchants-ships and to pay
the balance to his widow. The clerk dealing with the transcription in 1487 added that
this burgomaster Maerten Lem was ‘ the young/ de jonghe/ le jeune’ ; hence we
know that he was the son of Martin Lem -I- who was known in Portugal as ‘ the old
/o’velho/senior’. (info : SAB – Clerks of the Vierschaer 1484 – 1486 folio. 125)
We have now learned that this ‘burgomaster Maerten Lem -IIa, was also in business
as a merchant; we therefore can really speak of the ‘ Lem -Dynasty of Merchants.
Next to these merchants, another son, for a ‘ change ‘ also named Martin (!) -II c
(c.*1445) son of the marriage to Leonor Rodrigues, was active as a merchant in
Portugal, with shipments to and from Madeira, the Acores and Flanders.
Clearly: the use of this name Martin has created many times confusing reports and
several historians assumed that these were the same!
Above we have shown that a ‘ first-born son ‘ Maerten Lem (*c.1435-+ 27.03.1485)
did exist and the Coat-of-Arms is compelling evidence.
In case the father Martin Lem -I- would have been that burgomaster, the CoA would
have been very different, notably: a single silver shield with 3 black merlets.
Maerten Lem (II a)- Coat-of-Arms has been described by the Armeiro Mor in Lisbon
as the ‘ alliance -Arms ‘ of two families : the Flemish family LEM and the Portuguese
family VELHO ( also found as Barrosos). These Arms were actually the ‘ businesscard’
of the beholder and Maerten Lem did chose this ‘ quarterly divided Arms ‘ in
order to emphasize his descend from the marriage of Martin Lem to Joana Velho.
This also has been underlined by the inheritance which Maerten Lem-IIa- bequest to
his wife Adrienne, including the LEM -Company; no descendants were later known to
have been merchants to Portugal.
A book will be published in the near future, to be named :
‘ Biography of Martin LEM, noble Flemish Merchants to Portugal, 15 th. C. ‘
The book will carry many copies of documents, contracts, entries, maps, charts etc.
related to these Merchants of the late Middle-Ages.
Many people have been waiting a long time for such a publication!

New Milton, UK, Spring 2017 @RJL email :

domingo, 1 de outubro de 2017


O primeiro Goulart que deu origem a descendência Portuguesa chamava-se HENRY OKLA DE GOULART, embaixador do rei Carlos da França em 02/11/1387, que foi para Portugal representando não somente o rei como a França no casamento de D. João I, hospedando-se no mosteiro de São Francisco, onde já estava hospedado o Rei de Portugal, conheceram-se e nasceu dai uma mútua admiração. Após os festejos de casamento D. Henry de Goulart foi convidado a acompanhá-lo a Lisboa, fazendo-o Conselheiro Real, já como escrivão do Reino, Administrador do Castelo Real, no ano de 1415 redigiu o acordo de posse de Ceuta, em Tavira, ao retornar a lisboa foi feito par do Reino, 1º Conde e Duque. Recebeu seu brasão de armas por decreto do Rei Com direito a sucessão de seus herdeiros portugueses.

C ontribuiçâo de JOSÉ CARLOS GOULART

quarta-feira, 19 de abril de 2017

quinta-feira, 4 de fevereiro de 2016

Zarco, nosso avô judeu mais antigo.


Bem, alguns negam essa origem, porém outros dizem que ele era sim um "cristão novo".

Publish at Calameo

Clique na figura para conhecer a publicação sobre esse nosso longínquo ancestral, provavelmente de origem judaica e contemporâneo, como dizem alguns, de Isaac Abravanel, judeu espanhol de renome que foi expulso daquele país com a Inquisição Espanhola, uma mancha na história da humanidade.

Leia mais sobre Zarco nos links abaixo:

terça-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2016

Página de obra antiga de Manuel Soeiro ou ' Emanuel Sueyro ' Los Anales de Flandes, onde cita a origem dos Leme(s) de Martin Lems.

Em resumo: a página do livro de Manoel Soeiro (Emanuel Soeyro) cita a origem dos Leme(s) como sendo de Martim Lems e dama da família Barroso, pais de Antônio e Martim Leme, sendo que, através de um desses filhos (Antônio) o clã de recebeu honrarias de fidalgos, através de um escudo próprio que ainda hoje é usado como nosso símbolo. Cita que Martin Lems (Maerten Lem, como apuramos mais tarde nos trabalhos de Wil e Ruud Lem) era da cidade de Berghes (Bruges) em Flandes, Bélgica, flamengo que prestou grandes serviços ao rei de Portugal.
Maerten Lem era mercador e possuidor de embarcações que foram usadas batalhas por Portugal.

domingo, 3 de janeiro de 2016

Armazem de nosso parente Amâncio Lemes em Alfenas. Alguém sabe o endereço correto?

Contam alguns membros da família, dele parentes mais próximos, que esse Lemes se tornou um próspero comerciante na cidade de Alfenas no ramo do café. Ele tentou ajudar alguns dos seus parentes da terra natal de Cambuquira. Dizem que comprou uma fazenda no Triângulo Mineiro e para lá enviou alguns sobrinhos ou primos.
Contam que ele participou da fundação de um banco regional onde tinha grande participação.
Casado, não deixou herdeiros diretos e sua fortuna deixou em testamento para sobrinhos da esposa.
Consultando um parente nascido naquela cidade, ele tem opinião que Amâncio Lemes era esse aí de terno escuro ao lado de outro homem, talvez seu irmão ou empregado de confiança.

Esse armazém que figura n foto, conforme nos informou nosso parente João Alfredo Costa, ficava numa rua paralela à antiga via férrea, hoje Av. Lincoln Silveira (provavelmente Lincoln Westin da Silveira). Contou-nos também que o banco fundado por ele ficava na Rua Ruy Barbosa ou Benjamin Constant (atual Sara Engel) .Amâncio Lemes também o nome de uma rua em Alfenas, dado em sua homenagem, a pedido de seu afilhado Gilberto Alves Madeira, já que ele fora um dos benfeitores daquela cidade.. Já em Lorena-SP, consta o nome de Amâncio Lemes de Figueiredo, que diz também ter alguma ligação com ele como sobrinho indireto, isto é, sobrinho da esposa.

sábado, 19 de dezembro de 2015

terça-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2015

sexta-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2015

MAERTIN LEM - Agora nossa história ficou mais clara.

Maerten ou Maertin Lem, nosso mais remoto antepassado, sempre nos levou a dúvidas: uma se ele era o mesmo que figurava como casado com um belga de nome Adrienne, ou que fossem dois indivíduos de mesmo nome, ou até mesmo que aquele que tivera filhos com a portuguesa chamada Leonor Rodrigues fosse filho de um Maertin Lem e Adrienne van Nieuwenhove. 
Agora, com a ajuda do pesquisador Belga Wil Lem que com o seu primo Ruud Lem escreveram e editaram a Genealogia Geminiana, onde demonstram o grande trabalho de pesquisa que fizeram desvendando os mais diversos troncos dos Lem, nossos parentes nos países baixos (Holanda e Bélgica), Alemanha, França e outros países.

Publico abaixo o e-mail que Wil me enviou com anexos, que posteriormente vou postar nos blogs dedicados a nossa grande família.

Dear Gilberto,

In 2008 Margarida Leme published her essay Os Lemes - um percurso familiar de Bruges a Malaca in which she wrote that there was only one Maertin Lem in Portugal and Bruges.
That was the start d a big discussion about the two theories about the relation between Maertin Lem I and II or Maertin the merchant in Portugal and Maertin the politician in Bruges.
In 2013, I have tried to explain these two existing theories about the descent of Maertin Lem.
See annex: Theories about the descent of Maertin Lem.docx.
I also discussed the existence of Joanna Lem. 
see annex: phantom Joanna.

This year a collection genealogies made by Johannes Masin (1631-1695) was inventoried and there we found clearly explained that ‘ecoutette' Maertin Lem who was married in Bruges with Adrienne van Nieuwenhove had naturel children with Leonor Rodrigues.
At that moment all the puzzles pieces came together.
Our conclusion in 'Theories about the descent of Maertin Lem' was correct.

With al this information I wrote the history of Maertin Lem, only based on proven facts.
see annex Lem.
Another annex (gezin Maertin) gives Maertin Lem and his children. 
I hope this is useful for you on your blog of the Leme family.

When you have any questions, pleas ask.

Kind regards,



Caro Gilberto,

Em 2008 Margarida Leme publicou seu ensaio Os Lemes - Um Percurso familiarizado de Bruges a Malaca, no qual ela escreveu que havia apenas um Maertin Lem em Portugal e Bruges.
Esse foi o início da grande discussão sobre as duas teorias sobre a relação entre Maertin Lem I e II ou Maertin o comerciante em Portugal e Maertin o político em Bruges.
Em 2013, eu tentei explicar essas duas teorias existentes sobre a descida do Maertin Lem.
Ver anexo: Teorias sobre a descida do Maertin Lem.docx.
Eu também discutiu a existência de Joanna Lem.

ver anexo: fantasma Joanna.

Este ano a genealogias coleção feita por Johannes Masin (1631-1695) foi inventariado e lá encontramos claramente explicado que "ecoutette 'Maertin Lem quem se casou em Bruges com Adrienne van Nieuwenhove teve filhos naturel com Leonor Rodrigues.

Naquele momento, todas as peças de quebra-cabeças veio junto.
Nossa conclusão em 'Teorias sobre a descida do Maertin Lem "estava correta.
Com esta informação ai eu escrevi a história da Maertin Lem, apenas com base em fatos comprovados.

ver anexo Lem.

Outro anexo (gezin Maertin) dá Maertin Lem e seus filhos.
Espero que este seja útil para você em seu blog da família Leme.

Quando você tiver alguma dúvida, pergunte fundamentos.


Will Lem 

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