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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 (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 (XXXVI): A Powell family from London in 19th Century Galicia

On 12 Dec 1817 in the city of Orense, at its church of Santa Eufemia la Real, took place the baptism of Carlota Josefa Luisa, daughter of Don Bernardino Losada, an administrator with Spain’s Tobacco distribution network, and his wife Doña Luisa Powell. The infant’s maternal grandparents were named as Don Basilio Powell and Doña…