Back in 2006, while tracing my Tigley family as a gratis boarder at the Barili convent (undying thanks to Msgr. Elias Matarlo and Fr. Antonio Medida (co-moderators) and Fr. Marlito Binondo, and the Barili townspeople), I came across a marriage record dated 21-Feb-1843 for a Francisco Juan and Anselma de la Cruz.
Francisco Juan was said to be the son of Antonio Urbano and Maria Bonifacia, all natives of Carcar. The bride, Anselma, was from Barili, the daughter of Agustin Juan and Ysidaria de la Cruz. Remember the year is 1843 and the Claveria surnames decree was still nearly 7 years into the future.
By that time, though, I had already established that the pre-Claverian Agustin Juan and Ysidaria were my great-great-great-grandparents Agustin Tegley and his wife, the latter Ysidaria Villahermosa. 6 generations. But as for the groom Francisco Juan, I had absolutely no idea what surname his family in Carcar later assumed, or even whether the new couple lived in Barili or Carcar or elsewhere because I wasn’t able to come across any subsequent record for their line in Barili. Or, maybe their older children were born in Barili but I failed to flag the names, losing the tree amidst the forest of entries on a first-name basis.
Anyway, when I started the Carcar books fourth quarter of 2007, those two names, Francisco Juan and Anselma (presumed Tegley), along with some others, had been etched on my mind. So I was really also looking out for a Francisco or a Juan married to an Anselma (Tegley)–because I did not even know whether he retained his first or his second name. It was like that, you know.
So you can imagine my huge sigh of relief and exhilaration when I came across an 11-Feb-1862 Carcar marriage record for Julian Alesna and Ysabel Bargamento. In the record, Ysabel was said to be the daughter of Juan Bargamento and Anselma Tigley!
If only I, or other Philippine searchers like me, could have known the names before our searches! If only we had always had surnames even before 1849. Searches would have been much easier. But, on the other hand, those missing links make discoveries like what I had doubly sweeter. Since I was not covering the Bargamento family before that, I began to from the moment on. However, even as I write, I have not yet unearthed the family name for Maria Bonifacia, Juan Bargamento’s mother, and I just hope I will someday.
Be that as it may, this Tigley-Bargamento line now include individuals carrying the surnames Alesna, Canasa, Montesclaros, Padin, Paraz, Tangarorang, Tecson and many others. Cebu Cathedral parish priest Monsignor Roberto Alesna is in the family, and so is the lawyer Delano Tecson. In all probability the two wouldn’t even know I exist, much less that they are related to me. From Francisco Juan and Anselma de la Cruz, my file for this branch now contains 214 individuals!