I am a direct descendant of Batholomew (Bartolomeo) Taliaferro from Venice, Italy. There is a lot of debate as to whether this surname is actually Sephardic, especially since Taliaferro is a variation of the actual Italian surname Tagliaferro. It was recorded in a book of Sephardic surnames in an ancient synagogue in Toldeo, Spain. If you Google Bartholomew Taliaferro, you will find a wealth of informatio . Keep me informed as to what you find.