But naturally for a centuries-old town, some smoke has been blowing every which way in it, and a filter may be needed to set or keep the records straight and dust from settling. This blog here is a start, a primitive attempt at a filter. Here’s hoping a definitive story sifted from various sources will rise proverbially from the smoke’s ashes.
1. Sarmiento family—Roman, his brother Severo and even their parents, Antonio and Dorotea Maria, were said to be natives of Cebu City according to church records. So were other Sarmiento branches in Carcar but whose relation to the Antonio Branch cannot be ascertained yet.
2. Canarias family – there was a Canarias family in Carcar at the time of Doña Ana Canarias (wife of Roman Sarmiento). The starting couple in my file are Luis Francisco and Maria Agustina who were born around 1800. Their son Hipolito Canarias was said to have been born in Dumaguete around 1823 if we are to believe his age (58) given in his second marriage in 1881. The surname is spelt either Canarias or Canaria but both are attributed to the same family, and some records had it Ana Canaria, too. Anyway, this information opens up the possibility that it was the Canariases who were already in Carcar, and thus Roman came to live in Carcar. The big however is that the relationship of Ana and the other Canariases has to be established yet.
3. Noel House – The house could not have been built 1859, or at least not by Florencio Noel who was born around 1849. Noel bought the original house and lot in 1873 from Jacinto Aldocente, even if Noel was already a resident of Carcar maybe by 1870. More likely, Noel renovated the original Aldocente house after he bought it. Thus, family reminiscences supposedly of Florencio’s construction of the house must have been actually of the renovation work. When he bought it the house was described only as tabla y nipa, and the present stone edifice would certainly signify what may amount to a new construction altogether–but again only after 1873. His eldest son was also born 1873 and except if the renovation were done in the 1890s, any earlier than that, but for Florencio himself, memory of any house work may have been passed on to the family only by other sources. I think Jerry Martin Alfafara who has custody of the house may have the details of that heritage work, down to the major carpenters involved.
4. Noel Families in Carcar – By the way, Florencio could not have been the first Noel in Carcar. Anacleta Noel was already here as wife of Catalino Gantuangco Regis and their children were born here around 1860s. She was widowed and married Leocadio Cui Jaen in 1867 in Carcar (when Florencio would have been just getting out of his teens).
Anacleta’s parents were Vicente Noel and Leoncia Agaton/Osmeña, while Florencio’s mother was Benedicta Noel with an unrecognized father.
However, Florencio’s wife, Filomena Jaen, was born in Carcar in 1854 to Victoria Cui Jaen and an unrecognized father. Victoria was a sister of Leocadio Jaen above, making Filomena Leocadio’s niece.
A third Noel, Martin Noel, and his wife Gregoria Son (or Suson) lived in Sangat a little later than the two. His parents were Luis and Eugenia Roselló.
I cannot establish the exact relationships of these three Noel lines but they were all from Cebu City and can be presumed to be from the same clan from Parian and Cebu City, some of whose branches also spread to Dumanjug, Toledo and Tuburan.
5. Fr. Anastasio Nuñez del Corro House - Padre Tatyong (1860-1948) never lived in the house known to be his. The grand old priest lived at the Carcar parish convent where he was the parish priest until he died in 1948. After he died, his half-sister Susana Nuñez Silva who’d also lived at the convent with him then transferred to the house. And after she herself passed on, possession of the house went to Dr. Nemesio Silva, a younger son of Susana’s half-brother Benito Barcenas Silva. Dr. Silva’s heirs still possess the house.
6. Dodoy Jaen’s House – The house known by everyone to be where Leon Kilat was killed was actually owned at that time by Don Timoteo Barcenilla. Ownership of the house passed from Barcenilla to Don Leocadio Jaen, and the latter’s son Vicente (Dodoy) Noel Jaen lived in the house until his own death such that to this day it is still called as Dodoy Jaen’s house.
Dodoy and his wife, Francisca Alegado Mercado*, had no children and the house passed to the family of Josefa, Dodoy’s Regis half-sister (see Anacleta Noel above), who was married to Nicanor Enriquez.
7. The Varga family – Originally spelt Barga, the family was distinct from the Bargamento family, contrary to some “rumors”. However, the Barga ancestor Dionisio Feliciano’s wife was Candida Bargamento which may have given rise to the rumors. But the descendants were all Barga. In one of the lines, the Barga ancestry was said to be from Dalaguete.
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* granddaughter of Santiago Alegado (see Surnames 3: Sarmiento)