Mostrando las entradas con la etiqueta Coamo. Mostrar todas las entradas
Mostrando las entradas con la etiqueta Coamo. Mostrar todas las entradas

jueves, 6 de agosto de 2020

Reconstructing the Vásquez Family Tree in Cayey, Coamo, and Guayama: The Descendants of Juan Vásquez de Rivera

By David M. Stark, Ph.D.

Anyone who has ever searched for their ancestors in Cayey and can trace them back to the eighteenth century is sure to have encountered the Vásquez family at some point in their research. The Vásquez family figures prominently in the early history of Cayey, both in terms of their sheer numbers and their role in the community’s foundation in 1773. In that year, Juan de Mata Vásquez representing the interests of 31 vecinos, or heads of household, successfully petitioned the island’s governor Miguel de Muesas to have Cayey established as a separate community from Coamo, with a church dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and its own teniente a guerra, or all-encompassing civilian and military leader, in the person of Juan de Mata Vásquez. The identity of the different Vásquez families and how they were related has until now been impossible to establish with any degree of certainty. However, it is now possible to (re)construct the genealogy of the Vásquez family not only in Cayey, but also in nearby communities such as Coamo and Guayama by using nineteenth-century marital inventories for military officials who wished to marry in Puerto Rico in conjunction with extant parish baptismal, marriage, and death records. I will endeavor to unravel the mystery of the Vásquez genealogy and follow it back to Juan Vásquez de Rivera.

While this article does not claim to have identified all the children of Juan Vásquez de Rivera and Juliana de Alvarado, it does provide a partial list of their children based upon a reconstruction of dispensations for consanguineous marriages contracted by various individuals of the Vásquez family during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Perhaps other genealogists or historians may be able to contribute additional branches to the Vásquez family tree or add to our knowledge of Juan Vásquez de Rivera and Juliana de Alvarado.

You can access the article here.


  1. Pio López Martinez, "Historia de Cayey," Rio Piedras: Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1972.
  2. Picó, Fernando, "Amargo café," Rio Piedras: Ediciones Huracán, 1981.  
  3. Archivo General de Indias, Escribanía de Camara, 129 A.
  4. Stark, David M. and Teresa de Castro, “The Militia Muster Rolls Compiled by Gabriel Gutiérrez de Riva as Tools for Reconstructing Puerto Rico’s Population in 1700,” Boletín de la Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía, VIII:1-2 (abril de 1996): 77-114.
  5. Archivo Histórico Arquidiocesano de San Juan, Justicia – Capellanias, caja 1, Capellanias 22 de noviembre de 1791, which lists don Juan Collazo de Rivera y doña Rosa Vásquez de Alvarado, su mujer.

jueves, 11 de junio de 2020

The Genealogy and Family History of the Apontes in Eighteenth-Century Coamo

Dr. Stark discusses the origins of the Aponte family in Coamo and their genealogy. Anyone who has traced a family history in Puerto Rico back to the eighteenth century knows how difficult it can be to reconstruct genealogies during this period. At some time or another many of us have run into brick walls in our research because of the absence of demographic (census) records and the scarcity of parish (baptismal, marriage, and death) registers. This is especially true of rural communities, such as Coamo.  

Dr. Stark examined the family’s seventeenth-century origins clarify the relationship among the various Aponte families in Coamo during the initial decades of the eighteenth century, with particular attention devoted to don Nicolás de Aponte and Juan de Aponte Díaz. Not only were they two of Coamo’s leading citizens, but more importantly the ancestors of many Apontes throughout the island. Dr. Stark also discusses the Aponte’s economic activities within the broader framework of south-central Puerto Rico. As a result, students of the island’s colonial past will come away with a better understanding of the Aponte’s genealogy and the family’s role in the economic, political, and social life of eighteenth-century Coamo. 

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