Monday, May 7, 2018

Father Angelus de Revillagodos

Father Angelus de Revillagodos became the founding pastor of Ascension church at Valenzuela. He got his appointment from the Bishop of Cuba, Rev James Joseph de Echeverria on June 16th, 1772 to serve in Louisiana under Governor Unzaga. He arrived on July 19th, 1772 in New Orleans alongside Capucihin Fray Cyril de Barcelona and were "well received by the Spanish authorities".3,4,8  According to historical records, "Father Dagobert, leading the French Capuchins, and followed by a large crowd, went in a procession to the levee. Standing in front of the "Place d'Armes" the new comers were received with due honors and great demonstrations of joy. The next day they were formally introduced to Governor Unzaga. Father Cyril then presented his credentials from the bishop, whereupon the Governor expressed his willingness to carry into execution the mandates of his superior, the Bishop of Cuba."1,8  

They traveled to the area which at the time was known as Lafourche de Chitimachas and declared the new parish "The Ascension of Our Lord". Sent by the King, his purpose was to "minister to the spiritual welfare" of the community.6  The first church along Lafourche was founded on August 15th, 1772 and became an integral part of welcoming the first Islenos in 1779. Legend has it that Valenzuela was born amidst dancing and feasting.5   Because of “good times,” on Christmas 1779, the Islenos held a large celebration with Ascension's Father Angelus de Revillagodos marrying six couples and baptizing two infants. By 1773, he was assisting the parish of St. Gabriel up the river and continued to do so until 1782.7  In 1781, he helped oversee a new church in Ascension.

During these years, Fr. Revillagodos and Comandant Louis Judice didn't always agree. Judice suffered from alchoholism, indigence, and poor adminstration. Many priests in his territories ended up leaving. Given his conservative nature, Fr. Revillagodos also found himself embroiled with the French Acadian population and their customs. In 1776, while standing at the altar of the church, he prohibited all of his female parishioners from utilizing the services of Madame Desire LeBlanc, who had served as midwife for 22 years. Leblanc and her husband filed a complaint with Judice. Gov Unzaga overruled Revillagodos.

With the Ascension church far enough away from most Islenos, Fr. Revillagodos occasionally visited the Islenos in their own settlement for baptisms, marriages, and burials. During the building of the new church, Fr. Revillagodos received an unexpected departure notice in 1782 to serve Natchez for about a year. Although he asked to remain there, in 1783 he resumed his duties in Ascension.

Fr. Revillagodos, perhaps the first Spanish Capuchin to administer a parish in Louisiana, died in the church rectory in December 1784 after serving Ascension for a dozen years.2  It's been said that he died of grief brought on by Judice.5  The following year, he was replaced by Capuchin Father Joaquin de Ajofrin and then by Capuchin Father Pedro de Zamora. Today, many of our Isleno ancestors from Valenzuela and Galveztown had religious sacraments performed by Fr. Revillagodos.



  1. In and around the old St. Louis Cathedral of New Orleans By Celestin M. Chambon
  2. Baudier, The Catholic Church in LA, 184, 203-05, 235; BRDR, vol. 2
  3. https://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=10809
  4. Life And Times Of The Most Rev. John Carroll, Bishop And First Archbishop Of Baltimore: Embracing The History Of The Catholic Church In The United States 1763-1815 by John Gilmary Shea
  5. Canary Islanders of Louisiana by Gilbert Din
  6. The WPA Guide to Louisiana: The Pelican State By Federal Writers' Project
  7. http://www.stgabrielcatholicchurch.com/history/st-gabriel/
  8. History of Louisiana: the Spanish domination by Charles Gayarré



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Jose Antonio Rivero & Dominga Flores

DID: 12345.  DAR: 

Name: Jose Antonio Rivero

Ship: Santisimo Sacramento
Birth: 

Wife: Dominga Flores

History

Jose left Santa Cruz, Tenerife in July 10, 1778 sailing on the Santisimo Sacramento and landed in New Orleans on TBD, with his daugher, Tomasa.1 . He resided at Galveztown settlement and New Orleans.

Children

  1. Tomasa (b. 1774)
  2. Francisco (b. 1782)
  3. Marie Louise (b. 1785)
  4. Paula Juana Viridiana (b. 1788)
Daughter Tomasa was married to Francisco Cantero, son of Francisco Cantero and Josefa Aret of Valencia, Spain on November 24, 1794.4    

On Jan 29th, 1798, daughter Tomasa (spelled Thomasa) appeared in New Orleans and stated that she was married for seven months to Francisco Cantero, a native of Valencia, Spain.  The ceremony took place in the Auxiliary Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe outside the walls of Havana, Cuba, on November 24, 1794. He abandoned her leaving for Spain. Learning that he had established himself in Vera Cruz, she asks (Penalver) to send a letter to the bishop of that diocese to bring him back.4   

A letter was sent to the vicar-general of Vera Cruz to make Cantero come to New Orleans to be united with his wife.4    

References

  1. Gilbert C. Din, The Canary Islanders of Louisiana, Louisiana State University Press, p220, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Edith Garland Dupre Library, PO Box 40199, Lafayette LA 70504.
  2. Diocese of Baton Rouge Church Records.  Vol 2.
  3. Diocese of Baton Rouge Church Records.  Vol 3.
  4. Records of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas (1576-1803).  Jan 29-31, 1798.  V-l-g D., A.D.S., Draft (Spanish) 4pp. 4to. 10. University of Notre Dame Archives. 607 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Josef Garcia

DID: 12345.  DAR: A209313

Name: Josef Garcia (Moreno)

Ship: Santisimo Sacramento 
Birth: Manzanares, La Mancha, Spain2  


1st Wife: Barbara Rodrigez
2nd Wife: Maria Josefa Aleman

History

Josef was born in Manzanares, La Mancha, Spain2 and resided in Aguimes, Gran Canaria.  He married Barbara Rodrigez and became a widower.2  

Josef left Santa Cruz, Tenerife in July 10, 1778 sailing on the Santisimo Sacramento and landed in New Orleans on TBD.1  He settled in the Valenzuela Settlement.2    

Josef married Maria Josefa Aleman in the Valenzuela Settlement on Feb 22, 1784.3     

By 1797, Josef was in "Coramaluapan in the Diocese of Puebla de Los Angeles" (Cosamaloapan, Veracruz, Mexico in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Puebla de los Ángeles) where he intended to get married.   Josefa had requested Father Isidro Quintero of New Orleans to have Bishop Penalver y Cardenas send a letter to Father Jose Lara (Fr. Jose de Lara de San Rafael of Iglesia de la Puebla de los Angeles) "so that the second marriage is not allowed and that he may be sent back to fulfill his duties."2   


References

  1. Gilbert C. Din, The Canary Islanders of Louisiana, Louisiana State University Press, p220, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Edith Garland Dupre Library, PO Box 40199, Lafayette LA 70504.
  2. Records of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas (1576-1803).  Sept 5-6, 1797. V-1-c D.S., A.L.S. 3pp. 4to. (Spanish). University of Notre Dame Archives. 607 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
  3. Diocese of Baton Rouge Church Records.  Vol 3.

Isidro Hernandez & Barbara Gonzales

DID: 12345.  DAR: A209313

Name: Isidro Hernandez

Ship: Santisimo Sacramento
Birth: 

1st Wife: Barbara Gonzales
2nd Wife: Ana Sanchez

Marriage investigation for
Isidro Hernandez and
Ana Sanchez
Jan 13th, 1794

History

Isidro, born on (TBD) in the Canary Islands, was the son of Gonzalo Hernandez and Maria Josefa Gonzalez.  

Juan left Santa Cruz, Tenerife in July 10, 1778 sailing on the Santisimo Sacramento and landed in New Orleans on TBD.1 He arrived at St. Bernard.

Isidro remarried to Ana Sanchez (b. 1770), daughter of Gaspar Sanchez and Beatriz (Flores) Helas by Father Salvador de Esperenza, chaplain of the Royal Hospital in New Orleans on Jan 13th, 1794. His former wife is listed as Barbara Pedron.  Isidro had previously bore a son, Antonio Dionesio, to Ana's aunt Juliana (Perez) Hela, who is in Havana and is more than eight years old. Isidro had promised marriage to Juliana which never occurred.  Juliana fled to Havana.2    

Although Isidro and Ana were married, after she found out about his child to her aunt Juliana, the couple never lived together due to "the repugnance she felt toward him because of his relationship with her aunt".  Apparently the marriage to Ana was "performed while she was ill in bed, they came in and took her unawares and she being confused at seeing Don J(ose)ph Pontalba and Don Pedro de Marigny former Commandant of the "Turn," (English Turn) and a sergeant named Matias, answered yes to Father Salvador's questions."  Father Patrick Walsh could not find the original marriage record at New Galvez (St. Bernard).2   


Children




References

  1. Gilbert C. Din, The Canary Islanders of Louisiana, Louisiana State University Press, p220, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Edith Garland Dupre Library, PO Box 40199, Lafayette LA 70504.
  2. Records of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas (1576-1803).  1794/01/13 - 1794/02/14. IV-4-o D., A.D.S. A.L.S. 21pp. 4to. (1p. 8vo.) (Spanish)   University of Notre Dame Archives. 607 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
  3. Hernandez, Isidro and Ana Sanchez.  Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas, .  University of Notre Dame. (http://archives.nd.edu/mano/17940214.htm)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Felipe Artiles & Juana Ximenez

DID: 12345.

Name: Felipe Artiles

Ship: San Ignacio de Loyola
Birth: 

Wife: Juana Ximenez (Casorla)

History

Felipe left Santa Cruz, Tenerife in 29 Oct 1778 on the ship San Ignacio de Loyola and landed in New Orleans on Jan 9, 1779 with his wife Juana and his children, Juan, Antonio, Maria and his brother Juan Cazorla.1   He arrived at the Barataria settlement.

By 1779, Felipe is listed as Phelipe Artille and his family were living in Barataria receiving rations.4  By 1798, the family left Barataria and had settled in St. Bernard settlement with other Islenos given the marriage dispensation of his son Antonio.2   In the dispensation record, he is listed as Felipe Artiles and she is listed as Juana Casorla, daughter of Juan Casorla and Maria Rodriguez Ximenez.   It further states, Maria is daughter of Francisco Rodriguez and Ines Ximenez.5  

Children

  1. Juan (b. 1767)
  2. Antonio  (b. 1771)
Son Antonio married Maria Garcia and seeked dispensation from the bishop on November 16th, 1798 in New Orleans.  His reasoning was "Maria Garcia has a stepfather who mistreats her and she is poor and unattractive to anyone but Artiles who has been fond of her since they were children."5  On November 23rd, 1798, "Penalver grants the dispensation under these conditions: that they make a general confession and one other, that they say the rosary every day for a month and fast every Friday for the same period."  The decree was sent to the church at "New Galvez (St. Bernard) in order to be married.5 

References

  1. Gilbert C. Din, The Canary Islanders of Louisiana, Louisiana State University Press, p220, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Edith Garland Dupre Library, PO Box 40199, Lafayette LA 70504.
  2. Diocese of Baton Rouge Church Records.  Vol 2.
  3. Diocese of Baton Rouge Church Records.  Vol 3.
  4. "Libro Maestro P. sentar el cargo del dano. de la Pob. Barataria", Archivo General de Indias, Seville,  Papeles de Cuba, Legajo 548, 84-44-L, Reel 92, Microfilm copy seen at The Historic New Orelans Collection (HNOC) in New Orleans, La.   (Papeles de Cuba, Legajo 2358 Folio No 49)
  5. Records of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas (1576-1803).  Roll Eight: Sept. 1798 - Dec. 1799.  V-2-a D., D.S. (Spanish) 9pp. 4to. 15. University of Notre Dame Archives. 607 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Juan Alvarado & Maria Suarez

DID: 12345.

Name: Juan Alvarado

Ship: San Ignacio de Loyola
Birth: 

Wife: Maria Suarez

History

Juan left Santa Cruz, Tenerife in 29 Oct 1778 on the ship San Ignacio de Loyola and landed in New Orleans on Jan 9, 1779 with his children, Tomas, Isabel, and sister-in-law Francisca Antonia.1   He arrived at the Barataria settlement.

By 1782, Juan and his family were living in Barataria receiving rations.4  By 1792, the family left Barataria and had settled in Valenzuela with other Islenos with the birth of his son, Francisco.2   Maria is listed as Maria Duarez in the Barataria ration listings and she's commonly listed as Maria Mata in her children's sacramental records. 

Juan was buried on November 8th, 1816 in Plattenville.

Children

  1. Tomas (b. 1774)
  2. Isabel Catharina (b. 1776)
  3. Francisca (b. 1787)
  4. Francsico (b. 1792)
  5. Antonio (b. )
  6. Francisca De St. Maria (b. )
  7. Juan (b. )
Son Tomas married  Maria Mercedes Rodriguez, daughter of Christobal Rodriguez and Maria Francisca Diaz, on December 20th, 1797 in the Valenzuela settlement.2  

Daughter Isabel Catharina married Vicente Fernandez, son of Bartolome Fernandez and Catalina Morales, on December 29th, 1794 in the Valenzuela settlement.2  She was buried on August 21st, 1821 in Plattenville.2  

Daughter Francisca married Pedro Perera, son of Andres Perera and Marie Catarina Perera, on January 13th, 1806 in Plattenville.3 

Son Francisco was born on September 7th, 1792 in the Valenzuela settlement.2  He was buried on June 1st, 1814 in Plattenville.3     

Son Antonio married Maria Soveno, daughter of Juan Batista Soveno and Ana Hernandez, on March 1st, 1802 in Plattenville. Her name is listed as Maria Chauvin.3   He was buried on October 22nd, 1811 in Plattenville.  

Son Juan married Jeanne Ramirez, daughter of Michel Ramirez and Melchora de Torres, on Decmeber 28th, 1807 in Plattenville.3    His name is listed as Jean.   He was buried on March 9th, 1811 in Plattenville. 


References

  1. Gilbert C. Din, The Canary Islanders of Louisiana, Louisiana State University Press, p220, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Edith Garland Dupre Library, PO Box 40199, Lafayette LA 70504.
  2. Diocese of Baton Rouge Church Records.  Vol 2.
  3. Diocese of Baton Rouge Church Records.  Vol 3.
  4. "Libro Maestro P. sentar el cargo del dano. de la Pob. Barataria", Archivo General de Indias, Seville, (Papeles de Cuba, Legajo 2358) Papeles de Cuba, Legajo 548, 84-44-L, Reel 92, Microfilm copy seen at The Historic New Orelans Collection (HNOC) in New Orleans, La..

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Vicente Sardina & Rita Carbrera

DID: 12345.   SAR: P280959

Name: Vicente Sardina

Ship: La Victoria
Birth: 

Wife: Rita (Gabriela) Carbrera

History

Vicente left Santa Cruz, Tenerife in Oct 22, 1778, sailing on La Victoria and landed in New Orleans on Jan 14, 1779 with his children Maria and Jose.1   He arrived at the Galveztown settlement.  

He was shown on the TBD census in TBD.  

His name can be found spelled Visente Sardina and her name spelled as Rita Cabrera 
in the baptism of his son Manuel Antonio Josef in 1783.4  

Children

  1. Maria (b.1765)
  2. Jose (b. 1778)
  3. Manuel Antonio Josef (b. 1782)
  4. Jean Mipomucene (b. 1784)
  5. Antonio Paulino (b. 1787)
  6. (possibly) Rosalie (b. 1790)


Son Manuel Antonio Josef was born December 3rd, 1782 in Galveztown.3,4  

Son Jean Mipomucene was born December 8th, 1784 in Galveztown.3,

Son Antonio Paulino was born June 22nd, 1787 in Galveztown.3,

NOTE: Rosalie Sardina, married to Francois Torres in 1815, is possibly the daughter of Vicente Sardina.
    

References

  1. Gilbert C. Din, The Canary Islanders of Louisiana, Louisiana State University Press, p220, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Edith Garland Dupre Library, PO Box 40199, Lafayette LA 70504.
  2. Surveyors Maps of the District of Galveston, Louisiana. 1793-1794.  Box 3e487, Folder 4
  3. Diocese of Baton Rouge Church Records.  Vol 3.
  4. St. Bernard Parish Church, Galveztown, LA, GAL-BMF 1783-1803.  GAL-BMF 5-25