Category: Genealogical Oddities

Curiosidades Genealógicas (XLVII): Un parroquiano de Albalate del Arzobispo casa en Calanda

Quienes hemos investigado alguna vez la genealogía de alguna familia asentada en este pueblo turolense sabemos de sobra la triste situación de su patrimonio documental, habiendo sido destruido en los años 30 tanto su archivo parroquial como su registro civil. Por eso, comparto aqui este matrimonio celebrado en la parroquia de Calanda pero que acaso…

Curiosidades Genealógicas (XLV): Un Pagazaurtundúa vasco casa en La Rioja

El 1 de diciembre de 1837 en Treviana, el notario Joaquín de Belandía escrituró las capitulaciones matrimoniales del Dr. D. José de Pagazaurtundúa con Dª Bárbara Briones. Él era el médico titular en dicha villa riojana, natural de Güeñes en ‘las Encartaciones de Vizcaya’, e hijo de D. Francisco Javier Pagazaurtundúa y de Dª María…

Genealogical Oddities (XLIV): An American Sailor’s C19th Spanish Burial

Juan Huldrich was buried in Málaga on 27 October 1836. Aged 25, unmarried, he was stated to be a native of Boston, and described as ‘Anglo Americano’, so presumably the city in question is that in Massachusetts, not Lincolnshire. He was said to have been a sailor on the frigate ‘General’ and to have died…

Genealogical Oddities (XLII): A Flemish Gardener’s 1807 Marriage in Catalonia

On 25 December 1807 at the parish of St Peter in the Catalan city of Reus, ‘Benito’ Vandenboske, a gardener, stated to be from Liedekerke in the Diocese of Mechelen in Flanders, married Francisca Girardi y Ripoll, native of Reus. The groom’s parents were named as Judocus Vandenboske and Francisca Gilis. I am unsure what…

Genealogical Oddities (XLI): An Italian Jewish Convert to Catholicism in 18th Century Cadiz

Marking the start of Hannukah, here’s a rare reference to a modern-day convert from Judaism in Spanish sacramental registers. At the chapel of Cádiz’ La Carraca arsenal on 29 June 1787, Benjamin Norza, ‘known as Alejandro Ferreti in the Marine Batallions’, aged 34 or 35, was baptised a Catholic and given the names Pedro Antonio…

Genealogical Oddities (XL): A Scots Nobleman in Spanish Service

19th Century Spanish records document the interesting history of a branch of the distinguished family of Arbuthnott. A gentleman by the name of Jaime Arbuthnot y Arbuthnot was training for the priesthood in Spain when the Peninsular War erupted. In British Liberators in the Age of Napoleon, Dr Graciela Iglesias Rogers speculates at his origin,…

Genealogical Oddities (XXXIX): An 18th Century Irish Marriage in Cadiz

On 27 October 1751, at the chapel in Cádiz’ La Carraca arsenal, Diego Conway (ie., James Conway), native of ‘Ross in Ireland’, a son of Paul Conway and Isabel or Elizabeth ‘Flanaly’, married Maria Olfield, a native of Dungarvan in the province of Munster, and the daughter of Thomas Oldfield (or Olfield) and ‘Ana Geraldino’.…

Genealogical Oddities (XXXVIII): A Yorkshire Quaker in 18th Century Cadiz

On 8 November 1757 at Cadiz’ Cathedral, one George Rennolds or Reynolds, about 24 years of age and a native of ‘the city of York in England’, son of ‘Guillermo Rennolds’ and ‘Isabel Yaerel’, was baptised into the Catholic faith, having until then belonged to ‘the quaking sect’, as the record puts it. His Godparent…