Friday, February 19, 2016

Matias Martinez & Maria Magdalena Santos

DID: 12345

Name: Matias Martinez
Ship: San Ignacio de Loyola
Birth: Aguimes, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Wife: Maria Magdalena Santos


Galvestown Settlement Survey
Matias left Aguimes in 29 Oct 1778 sailing on the San Ignacio de Loyola and landed in New Orleans on TBD with his son and daughter, Juan and Maria.   He arrived at the Galveztown settlement.

He was shown on the Galvez census of February 8th, 1804.7  In 1794, he owned land along Bayou Manchac, north of Juan Malchor and Francisco Morales.

His name can be found spelled Mattias Martin in both the ship manifest list of 1778, the 1794 survey, as well as a witness to many marriage investigations in Galveztown in 1787.2,5

In 1804, shortly after American possession, Mathias is mentioned in US territorial claims. Mathias Martin claims concession and measured in February of 1794, five arpents and a half of land of front, by twenty of depth, bounded on the north and south by vacant lands, on the east by those of Juan Median, and west by those of Franco Morales and Juan Melchor.6 

Both are listed as the godparents to Antonia Maria Rodriguez of Galveztown on April 13, 1787.4  


  1. Juan Santos (b. 1774)
  2. Maria (b. 1776)
  3. Ferdinand Bernard (b. 29 Jan 1783)
  4. Fernando Antonio (b. 5 Jan 1784)
  5. Maria Antonia (b. 27 Mar 1789)

Son Juan Santos married Antonia Gonzales. Listings show marriage "investigations" on Jan 30, 1803 in Galveztown.  Parents are listed as Martin and Maria Santos, both deceased, both from Aguimes.   "The groom [Juan] said he was a native of the Canary Islands and brought as a boy to this parish of Galveztown where he has remained. The said Santos is of major age of 25 years and governs himself without any need to seek the permission of anyone to dispose of his person. The bride has her mother's consent which I guarantee by having her in my presence before publishing the Banns(?).The bride [Antonia] is 15 years old."3

Census of 1804

Juan is listed as Juan Santos Martin in the Galveztown census of February 8th, 1804.7   After 1810, many of his children can be found residing at Spanish Town, Baton Rouge.


  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
  3. St. Bernard Parish Church, Galveztown, LA, GAL-BMF 1783-1803.  GAL-BMF 57-127 
  4. St. Bernard Parish Church, Galveztown, LA, GAL-BMF 1783-1803.  GAL-BMF 11-50
  5. St. Bernard Parish Church, Galveztown, LA, GAL-BMF 1783-1803.  GAL-BMF 42/43-102
  6. Iberville County Louisiana Archives Court. Governors Of Galveztown, Et Al  February 8, 1804.  Record of the lands conceded by the Governors to the inhabitants of this District of Galveztown, with description of the arpents which they possess.
  7. "Registro de las Tierras Concedidas por los Señores Govennadones à los abitantes de este Districto de Galveztown con èxpression de los àrpanes que cadauno tiene febr. 8th 1804". Conveyance Book B, May 3, 1787 - January 30, 1804.  Iberville Parish Courthouse, Plaquemine, LA

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