Whatever happened to the descendants of America's first Jews?
This is an interesting web project from the University of North Carolina.
Particularly interesting is the segment entitled A Sephardic Story by Robert Altamont Moses.
I have always wondered whatever happened to the descendants of the Sephardic pioneers who first settled these shores. Undoubtedly, many assimilated and have become part of the melting pot that is America, but it would be interesting to find out if there are still identifiably Jewish descendants out there.
I did recently read an article which mentioned one Henry Noach a descendant of the famous American Sephardi Mordecai Manuel Noah who is active in an organization called Shavei Israel that assists "lost Jews"(Nice to see him following in his illustrious ancestor's footsteps).
I have been referred to some books that may shed more light on the subject:
The grandees: America's Sephardic elite by Stephen Birmingham
First American Jewish Families: 600 Genealogies 1654–1988 by Malcolm H. Stern
Note: I have yet to read them.