Posted by: vip | May 13, 2011

Baptisms 1815-1823: gems found

Baptisms 1815-1823

The last few weeks, I’ve been dedicating my entire reading time in Carcar to the Baptisms volume 1815-up. The pre-Claveria records always draw me like a magnet.  Progress would have been exasperatingly slow (but still mesmerizing) had not a clerk notated family names on some records.

With individuals getting identified, many families became more alive to me, adding fuel for resolve.  But there just are certain records more relevant than others, some of which were, selfishly enough, my own families’.

Admittedly, my main purpose was the Aleonar family because I suspected that the children (one of them my great-great-grandfather) of the Aleonar ancestor who’d come over from Bohol hypothetically may have been born in Carcar between 1812 and 1830. Unfortunately I did not come cross any, but which only resulted in my determination to go over those years in the volume once again in my future trips to Carcar.

There were finds for Alcos, Alcoseba (that I can venture a different sequence than the Alcoseba Family Tree), Alejado, Alesna, Alfafara, Remocaldo, Navarro, Ybañez and several other families. Another pleasant find were many records for Cebu City families (Parian and San Nicolas) having their children baptized in Carcar by 1815-1823, although I cannot as yet unravel their later surnames.  But, genealogical-search speaking, that is, clearing up some family puzzlers, the other finds were really treasure-quality gems, themselves.

Barcelo. Ma. Berina (born 1827) who for more than a year now I’d thought was my great-great-grandmother, Berenguela Barcelo, turned out to be just the latter’s sister.

In this earlier volume, I came across the baptism record (1819) for a Ma. Bringuila, daughter of the same parents. Now, that’s more like my Berenguela than Berina. Thus my Aleonar and Barcelo files got a makeover.

Alegado. Although I had already suspected some sort of mixup in the names (having some impact on the family tree itself) and had even already expressed my apprehensions in the Alegado family tree page on this blog, but I just never got around to going over anything to cross-check. It all involved the lines of Soriano Alegado. I thought he was the same person also referred to as Valeriano (note the –iano endings), which jumbles were all too common in early Carcar records. Well, my naive carelessness resulted in an inordinately large number of offspring getting lumped with Soriano. Another big cause, along with the –iano suffix, was that the wife’s name was just as mix-uppable, Manuela Albarada and Ma. Manuela, may I add, respectively vice versa.

Well, this volume gave me a small workable opening to keep score on both “individuals”, and the dates for their respective children found therein really looked to overlap each other, sort of confirming that they were really two different individuals, and two sets of families.

Look at this: for Soriano – Leuterio Navillo (Sep-1819), Philomeno Alvarado (Aug-1821). Well and good. But not if we throw in Valeriano’s as well: Mariano Tiburcio (Nov-1815), Ma. Francisca (Nov-1820) and Maria Roverta (Oct-1821).  There’s just a very, very slim chance in the realm of family planning that children in a single family would be born Nov-1820, Aug-1821 and Oct-1821!

Be that as it may, still the linkage problem persists, but which was already existent even back then in my record-keeping: I don’t have the parentage for Valeriano. He could be a brother of Soriano, a cousin, an uncle — what?

Alegrado. Although we already had their names but never the right sequence in the family but this time, the first Alegrado children can now be identified: Hilario (1820) and Basilio (1823). Records found previously had been in 1828 (Eustaquio), 1830, 1832, 1835, 1837, 1841, 1845. One suspects Juan must have been the third, between 1823 and 1828, although his baptismal record was missed.

Alfafara (Laurente). Until now, family stories from all corners of the Alfafara family always accept the Pagusara family being closely related, more possibly an Alfafara offspring. The first person in that family was a Patricio Pagusara and communications that crossed back and forth between myself and Tobias Pagusara Jr., went over 1) the Pagusaras came from Talisay, 2) my find of a record describing Laurente as having been born in Talisay. 3) Patricio’s burial in Carcar with parents a Laurente and Maria (even as Laurente’s wife had always been Joaquina). Moreover, Patricio’s children were even younger than his supposed siblings’ grandchildren, causing us to mull over the prospect of Patricio’s having married previously.

Well, a Patricio Gabriel was born (1821) to Santiago Laurente and Ma. Juaquina.  A post-notation said “Alfafara”. Could he have been the Patricio Pagusara? But if he were indeed, the latter’s children Jacinto (born 1877) and Apolonio by Columba Cibua, may indeed open the possibility of Columba’s being a second wife, if not a much much younger first/only, since Patricio Gabriel would have been already 56 by the birth of Jacinto.]

Campugan. Not only did I find 4 baptisms of the children of Candelario Nazareno-Ma. Cayetana but in the earliest of these (1815) their son, Cathalino Francisco, had as madrina (please go over a previous post that already mentioned women as sponsors for boys), a Dalmacia Cathalina. Dalmacia Cathalina is Candelario’s “sister(?)”, Dalmacia Campugan — the wife of the Aleonar ancestor from Bohol.

Which takes us back to where I started: Now where are the records for Dalmacia’’s own children?!

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