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Table of Contents
Ancestors and Siblings
Wives and Children
Siblings and their Families
ERRATA (Vásquez Valdés de Coronado)
DE VARONA Lineages
MIRANDA (Y-DNA) Lineage
PÉREZ-NAJARRO (Mt-DNA) Lineage
DE LA TORRE Lineages
PORCALLO MANUEL DE FIGUEROA Lineage
WILLIAM the Conqueror Lineage
ERRATA (de la Cerda)
Bulletin Boards and Lists
Heráldica y Genealogía Hispana
Researchers Of This Family
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+-------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | DESCENDANCY REPORT - CURRENT AS OF 16 Feb 2014 | +-------------------------------------------------------------------------+ CODE KEY: #: = Generation number +m#: = Marriage number +rm: = Room-mate - a generic category for all unmarried relationships which may include but are not limited to live-in housekeepers and/or companions, partners, significant others, etc. !SL! = Still Living - consider privacy, guard against identity theft ?______? = data unknown - send us corrections if you know please ?EG? = Educated Guess - send us corrections, pretty please +-------------------------------------------------------------------------+ 1: Ignacio María de Varona y Aguero (C.E.) [AKA Ignatius M., I.M.] +m1: María Manuela Arostegui y Betancourt [source: Earl Jaruco] ....2: Angela Mariana de Varona y Arostegui [source: Earl Jaruco] ....+m1: Miguel Angel Abalo y Betancourt (M.D.) [source: Earl Jaruco] ........3: Dolores Abalo [b: abt 1888] ........3: Angela Abalo [b: 21 Jul 1890 Manhattan, NYC, twin?] ........3: Esperanza Abalo [b: 21 Jul 1890 Manhattan, NYC, twin?] +m2: Luisa Betancourt y Sanchez [AKA Louise Betancourt, Louise Barona] ....2: Bertha Luisa de Varona [b: 16 Jun 1875-76] [AKA Bertha Barona] ....+rm: María Teresa Palacios [AKA Theresa, Tressia, Aunt Tressa] ....2: Dora Ang. de Varona [b: 1875-77, d: 09 Mar 1895] [AKA Dora Barona] ....2: Amy Belen de Varona [b: 14 Jun 1879] [AKA Emma Barona] ....2: Edwin Ignacio de Varona [b: 21 May 1880] [AKA Eddie, Ed. Barona] ....+m1: Bessie Berlyle Buck [m: 14 Sep 1902 Manhattan, NY, NY] ....+m2: Teresa Ruane [AKA Theresa, Tess] ........3: Katherine Theresa de Varona [b: 03 Sep 1910, d: 31 Dec 1988] ........+m1: Edward Burke [b: abt 1908] ............4: Mary K Burke [b: abt 1931] ............4: Margaret Burke (Testa) [b: abt 1933] ............+m1: Joseph B Testa [m: 15 Nov 1952 SF, CA; b: abt 1931] ............4: Fr. Walter E "Dev" Burke [b: abt 1934; d: 2006] ............4: Roger Burke [b: abt 1938] ............4: Edward Michael Burke [b: aft 1940] ........3: Leona Josephine de Varona [b: 13 Jan 1913, d: 1981] ........+m1: Terrell R Williams [b: 14 Jun 1906] ............4: Terrell R Jr. Williams ............4: Cecil Dolores Williams ....+m3: Vivien ?___________? ....2: Jose de la Cruz de Varona [b: 18 Mar 1883] [AKA Joseph, Crussie] ....+m1: Elizabeth Thomas ........3: David (C.) Thomas de Varona [AKA Dave] ........+m: Martha Louise Smith !SL!........4: Still Living de Varona !SL!........+m1: Still Living Story (de Varona) !SL!............5: Still Living de Varona [?EG?] !SL!............5: Still Living de Varona [?EG?] !SL!........+m2: Still Living M_________? (de Varona) !SL!............5: Still Living de Varona [?EG?] !SL!............5: Still Living de Varona [?EG?] !SL!........4: Still Living de Varona (Pinto) !SL!........+m1: Still Living Pinto !SL!............5: Still Living Pinto !SL!............5: Still Living Pinto !SL!........4: Still Living de Varona (Kerns) (Appleton) [AKA Cruccie] !SL!........+m1: Still Living Kerns !SL!............5: Still Living Kerns !SL!........+m2: Still Living Appleton ............4: Kurt Ray de Varona [7 Feb 1959-25 Apr 2012] !SL!........+m: Still Living Dorcich !SL!............5: Still Living de Varona ....+m2: Lenore Cooper (y Stuwart or Stewart) [sister: Miriam Cooper] ....2: Flora María de Varona [b: 1886] [AKA (Granny) Pinkie/Pinky] ....+m1: Frank Louis Sullivan(i) [m1: 20 Dec 1906] [AKA Frank Sr, Francis] ........3: Frank Louis Sullivan(ii) [b: 18 Mar 1908] [AKA Frank Jr, Spike] ..........+m1: Patricia Marion Broderick [b: ca. 1912, d: 1987] !SL!........4: Still Living Sullivan !SL!........+m1: Still Living Kirby (Sullivan) !SL!............5: Still Living Sullivan (Herlihy) !SL!............+m1: Still Living Herlihy !SL!................6: Still Living Herlihy !SL!................6: Still Living Herlihy !SL!............5: Still Living Sullivan !SL!............+rm: Still Living Rounds !SL!................6: Still Living Sullivan !SL!........+m2: Still Living Bronstein (Sullivan) !SL!............5: Still Living Sullivan ........3: Luisa Susan Sullivan ........+m1: John Blackwell Chenault Jr. !SL!........4: Still Living Chenault ............+m1: Ann McIntosh [d: 07 Sep 2001] !SL!............5: Still Living Chenault (Southward) !SL!............+m1: Still Living Southward !SL!................6: Still Living Southward !SL!................6: Still Living Southward !SL!............5: Still Living Chenault !SL!............5: Still Living Chenault !SL!............5: Still Living Chenault !SL!........4: Still Living Chenault !SL!........4: Still Living Chenault (Farmer) !SL!........+m1: Still Living Farmer !SL!............5: Still Living Farmer !SL!............5: Still Living Farmer !SL!............5: Still Living Farmer ....+m2: John Alfred Miller(ii) [AKA Al Miller] ........3: John Alfred Miller(iii) [AKA Jack Miller] !SL!....+m1: Still Living (Mrs. Miller(iii), Mrs. Hinchcliffe) !SL!........4: Still Living Miller (Iris) !SL!........+m1: Still Living Iris !SL!............5: Still Living Iris !SL!............+m1: Still Living Mr. Nelson (Iris) !SL!................6: Still Living Iris !SL!............5: Still Living Iris !SL!............+m1: Still Living Land (Iris) !SL!................6: Still Living Iris !SL!............5: Still Living Iris !SL!........4: Still Living Miller (Miller-Crowley) !SL!........+m1: Still Living Crowley !SL!............5: Still Living Crowley !SL!............5: Still Living Crowley !SL!....+m2: Still Living (Mrs. Miller(iii)) !SL!....+m3: Still Living (Mrs. Miller(iii)) [Jack's widow] ........3: Devarona Miller [AKA (Uncle) Dev] ........+rm: Tommy ?______? [born in Ireland; Dev made Flora adopt Tommy] +m3: Mary Cathleen Josephine Culhane [m3: 02 Mar 1897] [AKA Minnie] ....2: Mary Dora de Varona [04 Jan 1898-13 Dec 1979] [AKA Marian, Marion] ....+m1: Kenneth Wiggins Lindsey [03 Oct 1899-05 Aug 1964] [AKA Ken] ........3: Varona Lindsey [m1: 18 Apr 1949] [is "Nona" still living?] ........+m1: Steven Clark [is he still living?] ........+m2: ?__maybe_Larry__? Hennigan [is he still living?] ....2: (Basil) Ignatius Marcel de Varona [1901-1930] [AKA Ignace] ....+m1: Kathryn Anna Cecilia Mills (Holbrook) [1895-1988] ........3: Dolores May de Varona [1924-1949] !SL!....3: Leslie Marion de Varona (Dempsey) (Osborn) [1929/30-] ........+m1: James Frederick Dempsey [d: 22 Apr 1986] [AKA Jim] !SL!........4: Still Living Dempsey !SL!........+m1: Still Living ?______? (Dempsey) !SL!............5: Still Living Dempsey !SL!............5: Still Living Dempsey !SL!............5: Still Living Dempsey !SL!........4: Still Living Dempsey !SL!........+m1: Still Living ?______? (Dempsey) !SL!............5: Still Living Dempsey !SL!............5: Still Living Dempsey !SL!............5: Still Living Dempsey !SL!........4: Still Living Dempsey !SL!........+m1: Still Living ?______? !SL!............5: Still Living ?______? !SL!........4: Still Living Dempsey ........+m2: Harold Osborn [d: 2008/09] 1: Jose de la Cruz de Varona y Aguero (M.D.) [AKA Dr. Joseph C. de Varona] +m1: Jennie Vail [18??-BEF 1900 census] ....2: Irene C(ruz?) de Varona [1880-AFT 1929][AKA Mrs. Irene Fagan] ....+m1: Terrence F. Fagan [1878-AFT 1929][AKA Terence, Tarence] ........3: Paul C. Fagan (M.D.) [22 Dec 1916-10 Dec 2009] ........+m1: Marjorie A. Malay [18 Feb 1925-24 Jan 2006] [AKA Marge] !SL!........4: Still Living Fagan !SL!........+m1: Still Living Morier (Fagan) !SL!........4: Still Living Fagan (Gordon) !SL!........+m1: Still Living Gordon !SL!........4: Still Living Fagan (Merrow) !SL!........+m1: Still Living Merrow !SL!........4: Still Living Fagan (Bilodeau) !SL!........+m1: Still Living Bilodeau ....2: Joseph Leo de Varona (M.D.) [b: 1882, d: 29 May 1909] 1: Serapio Manuel de Varona y Aguero (M.D.) [b: Dec 1848, d: 24 Dec 1873] +-------------------------------------------------------------------------+
1. Francisco de Varona born after 1512 in Spain.
Francisco de Varona nacido despues 1512 en España.[Hilda B. Pomares GEDCOM database]
2. Francisco Varona Rodriguez de Rebolledo born circa 1541 in Seville, Spain.
Francisco Varona Rodriguez de Rebolledo nacido circa 1541 en Sevilla, España.[Hilda B. Pomares GEDCOM database]
3. Francisco Varona y Saravia, native of Spain, moved to the island of Santo Domingo, married Ana de Anaya. Their son was: Francisco Varona Saravia y Anaya.
Francisco Varona y Saravia, natural de España, pasó a la isla de Santo Domingo, casó doña Ana de Anaya. Tuvieron por hijo: Francisco Varona Saravia y Anaya. [Hilda B. Pomares GEDCOM database; Jaruco, vol 4, pag 349]
Notas generales (esposo Francisco Varona y Sarabia)
HISTORIA GENEALOGICA DE LOS CEBALLOS DE LA RIOJA. Oriol Martí Ceballos. TOMO II. Pág. 779
Nacio mientras su padre ejercia el cargo de Veedor de las Reales Armadas entre 1539-1541. Paso soltero a Indias como mercader el 19-2-1562. Debio regresar a España a estudiar Derecho, posiblemente en Salamanca, donde fue profesor su hermano mayor, el Doctor Juan de Varona, ya que la documentacion de la devolucion de la carne de Sevilla lo llama licenciado Segun el Memorial de D. Luis de Varona Sarabia, Francisco paso a las Indias, y se asento en la isla de Santo Domingo el año 1568. Este matrimonio, parece que entre otros hijos tuvo uno, contemplado ya por el Conde de Jaruco en su Historia de Familias Cubanas.
Notas generales (esposa Ines Anaya y)
HISTORIA GENEALOGICA DE LOS CEBALLOS DE LA RIOJA. Oriol Martí Ceballos. TOMO II. Pág. 779
A quien probablemente conocio su marido durante sus estudios de Derecho.
4. Captain Francisco Varona Saravia y Anaya a native of Santo Domingo married María Isabel Vázquez Valdés de Coronado y Miranda, daughter of Captain Pedro Vázquez Valdés de Coronado y Duque de Estrada, Lieutenant Governor and a Judge of the villa of San Salvador del Bayamo, and Mariana de Miranda y Martín de Frutos. [Ed. Note: Francisco de Varona died on 25 Feb 1679 defending Pto. Príncipe from pirates (according to pag 29 of REVISTA vol 12 Jan 2003 num 1). The likely leader of these buccaneers was the Frenchman, Francois de Granmont, AKA El Caballero (the gentleman), AKA Cpt. Sonda, who led a month long occupation of Camagüey in 1679.] Their daughter was: María Varona y Vázquez Valdés de Coronado y Miranda.
El Capitán Francisco Varona Saravia y Anaya natural de Santo Domingo casó doña María Isabel Vázquez Valdés de Coronado y Miranda, hija del Capitán Pedro Vázquez Valdés de Coronado y Duque de Estrada, Teniente de Gobernador y Alcalde ordinario de la villa de San Salvador del Bayamo, y de doña Mariana de Miranda y Martín de Frutos. Tuvieron por hija: María Varona y Vázquez Valdés de Coronado y Miranda. [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 349]
Notas generales (esposo Francisco Varona y Sarabia)
HISTORIA GENEALOGICA DE LOS CEBALLOS DE LA RIOJA. Oriol Martí Ceballos. TOMO II. Pág. 780
Del cual el Conde de Jaruco, solo dice que nacio en España. Sin embargo otros autores dicen que nacio en la Isla de Santo Domingo (Republica Dominicana). Como se comenta, es probable que naciera en su solar burgales(sera en su solar de Valdegobía-Alava) y que fuera hermano o proximo pariente del cronista Luis de Varona Sarabia, del cual habla Micaela Portilla en sus Torres y Casas Fuertes en Alava. Segun un documento de la Seccion de Inquisicion del Archivo Historico nacional (Legajo 1597), un Francisco de Barahona(sic) Saravia, de 40 años en 1612, asistio como testigo en ciertas informaciones sobre la dureza de la Inquisicion en Bayamo. Este documento, pues, nos habla de un Francisco de Barahona (probablemente nuestro Francisco de Varona), asentado en Bayamo en 1612 y nacido en 1572, fecha concordante con la del asentamiento de su padre en Santo Domingo (año 1568) con lo que parece que no hay duda de que fuera hijo de los anteriores. Fue Capitan y paso a Cuba donde fue Teniente General y Auditor de Guerra. Murio defendiendo la villa de Puerto Principe. La frase del Conde de Jaruco, "paso a Cuba", debio entenderla como que habia pasado desde España, y de ahi que lo hiciera natural de este pais. Sin embargo, tambien puede entenderse que paso a Cuba(Bayamo) desde la Isla de Santo Domingo, donde probablemente habia nacido, dado que su padre se habia sentado alli en 1568.
HISTORIA GENEALOGICA DE LOS CEBALLOS DE LA RIOJA. Oriol Martí Ceballos. TOMO II. Pág. 785 [http://ortizdepinedo.com/f6505.htm#f52279]
Notas generales (esposa Isabel Vazquez Valdes de Coronado y Miranda)
HISTORIA GENEALOGICA DE LOS CEBALLOS DE LA RIOJA. Oriol Martí Ceballos. TOMO II. Pág. 780
O Maria, segun el Doctor Masnata, quien la apellida tambien Maria de Miranda
HISTORIA GENEALOGICA DE LOS CEBALLOS DE LA RIOJA. Oriol Martí Ceballos. TOMO II. Pág. 785 [http://ortizdepinedo.com/f6505.htm#f52279]
5. María Varona y Vázquez Valdés de Coronado, also known as the "Alemán" (which may be in reference to her noble Visigothic-Spanish heritage?), left a last will and testament in the villa of Pto. Principe dated 3 Jul 1666. She married Captain Estéban de Miranda Agüelles y Manuel de Figueroa, native of the villa of Bayamo, a Judge of Pto. Principe, and son of Captain Julían de Miranda y Argüelles, and Juana Manuel de Figueroa. Their children were: María, and Francisco Varona y Miranda; and Isabel María, Félix, and Juan de Miranda y Varona.
Doña María Varona y Vázquez Valdés de Coronado, conocida por la "Alemán", que testó en la villa de Puerto Príncipe el 3 de julio de 1666. Casó con el Capitán Estéban de Miranda Agüelles y Manuel de Figueroa, natural de la villa de Bayamo, Alcalde ordinario de la de Puerto Príncipe, hijo del Capitán Julían de Miranda y Argüelles, y doña Juana Manuel de Figueroa. Tuvieron por hijos: a María, y Francisco Varona y Miranda; y Isabel María, a Félix, a Juan de Miranda y Varona. [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 349]
6. Captain Francisco Varona y Miranda, swapped his maternal surname with his paternal surname in order to perpetuate the VARONA surname of his mother (who was an only child). He married Catalina Pinto y de la Torre (AKA Catalina Pinto de Cabrera), daughter of Lieutenant Francisco Pinto Tovar y Fogoso, native of the kingdom of Portugal, and lady Mauricia de la Torre y Cabrera. Their children were: Margarita Mauricia, Francisco, José, Estéban, and Diego Varona y Pinto.
Capitán Francisco Varona y Miranda, antepuso el apellido materno al paterno con el objeto de perpetuar este apellido. Casó con doña Catalina Pinto y de la Torre, hija del Alférez Francisco Pinto Tovar y Fogoso, natural del Reino de Portugal, y de doña Mauricia de la Torre y Cabrera. Tuvieron por hijos: a Margarita Mauricia, a Francisco, a José, a Estéban, y a Diego Varona y Pinto. [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 350]
7. Captain Diego de Varona y Pinto (AKA Diego de Varona y Miranda, mentioned earlier as the son of Francisco Varona y Miranda and Catalina Pinto y de la Torre), was a Deputy or police agent of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in the city of Cartagena and a Judge of the villa of Pto. Principe in the years 1702, 1717, 1718 and 1730. He left a last will and testament dated 24 Nov 1734. He married in the Cathedral of the previously referred to villa 20 Jul 1679, with Catalina Barreda y Zayas-Bazán (AKA Catalina Barreda y Zayas), daughter of Captain Fernando Barreda y Guevara, and the lady María de Zayas-Bazán y Roxas. Their children were: María Rufina, Ana, Juana, Francisco, Fernando, and Diego Varona y Barreda.
Capitán Diego de Varona y Pinto (anteriormente mencionado como hijo de don Francisco Varona y Miranda, y doña Catalina Pinto y de la Torre), fué Familiar del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición de la ciudad de Cartagena y Alcalde ordinario de la villa de Puerto Príncipe los años 1702, 1717, 1718 y 1730. Testó el 24 de noviembre de 1734. Casó en la Catedral de la referida villa el 20 de julio de 1679, con doña Catalina Barreda y Zayas-Bazán, hija del Capitán Fernando Barreda y Guevara, y de doña María de Zayas-Bazán y Roxas. Tuvieron por hijos: a María Rufina, a Ana, a Juana, a Francisco, a Fernando, y a Diego Varona y Barreda. [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 358]
Last Will and Testament of Diego de Varona y Miranda, son of Francisco de Varona y Miranda and Catalina Pinto de Cabrera, married with Catalina Barreda y Zayas, had as offsprings: Francisco, Diego, Fernando, María, Ana, Juana. Dated 24 Nov 1734. Ref. #47.7.
Testamento de don Diego de Varona y Miranda, hijo de Francisco de Varona y Miranda y de Catalina Pinto de Cabrera, casado con Catalina Barreda y Zayas, tuvieron por hijos: Francisco, Diego, Fernando, María, Ana, Juana. 24 Nov 1734. #47.7 [REVISTA vol 8 Jul 1995 num 3 pag 25]
8. Don Diego Varona y Barreda (mentioned earler as the son of don Diego Varona y Pinto, and doña Catalina Barreda y Zayas-Bazán), was the lead City Councilman, the Royal Standard Bearer, and a Judge of the villa of Puerto Príncipe. He married, in the Cathedral of the previously referred to villa on 20 Sep 1699, with lady Ana de la Torre y Recio, daughter of Lieutenant Pedro de la Torre y Cabrera, and lady Isabel Recio y Zayas-Bazán. Their children were: Diego, Ignacio, Juan José, Gregorio, Joaquín, and Antonio Varona y de la Torre.
Don Diego Varona y Barreda (mencionado anteriormente como hijo de don Diego Varona y Pinto, y de doña Catalina Barreda y Zayas-Bazán), fué Regidor Alférez Real y Alcalde ordinario de la Villa de Puerto Príncipe. Casó en la Catedral de la referida villa el 20 de septiembre de 1699, con doña Ana de la Torre y Recio, hija de Alférez Pedro de la Torre y Cabrera, y de doña Isabel Recio y Zayas-Bazán. Tuvieron por hijos: a Diego, a Ignacio, a Juan José, a Gregorio, a Joaquín, y a Antonio Varona y de la Torre. [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 363]
9. Captain Antonio Varona y de la Torre (mentioned earlier as the son of don Diego Varona y Barreda, and the lady Ana de la Torre y Recio), was City Councilman, Town Sheriff and the Chief Political and Military Officer of the province of the villa of Puerto Príncipe. His last will and testament was dated 9 Mar 1778. He married in the Cathedral of Pto. Príncipe on 3 Aug 1733, with the lady Rosa Varona y Agüero, daughter of don Agustín Varona y de la Torre, Sargeant major, City Councilman, Town Sheriff, and the Chief Political and Military Officer of the province, and the lady Juana Agüero y Proenza. Their children are: María del Rosario; Brígada; Rosa; María Mercedes; Ana Antonia; Juana; Agustín; Pablo; Ignacio, and Francisco Xavier Varona y Varona.
Capitán Antonio Varona y de la Torre (mencionado anteriormente como hijo de don Diego Varona y Barreda, y de doña Ana de la Torre y Recio), fué Regidor Alguacil Mayor y Alcalde Provincial de la villa de Puerto Príncipe. Testó el de 9 marzo de 1778. Casó en la Catedral de la referida villa el 3 de agosto de 1733, con doña Rosa Varona y Agüero, hija de don Agustín Varona y de la Torre, Sargento Mayor, Regidor Alcalde Mayor Provincial, y de doña Juana Agüero y Proenza. Tuvieron por hijos: a María del Rosario; a Brígada; a Rosa; a María Mercedes; a Ana Antonia; a Juana; a Agustín; a Pablo; a Ignacio, y a Francisco Xavier Varona y Varona. [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 372]
10. Don Ignacio de Varona y Varona (AKA Ygnacio Antonio de Varona), was an Army Colonel. His last will and testament is dated 15 Sep 1821. He married in Puerto Príncipe (now Camagüey), in the parish of Soledad, 23 Oct 1775, the lady Rosalía Teodemira Guerra y Quesada, daughter of Captain Pedro Pascasio Guerra y Agüero (AKA Pedro Pascasio Guerra), and lady Prudenciana de Torres Quesada y Agüero (AKA Prudenciana de Quesada). Their children were: María Belén, Josefa Cupertina, and Ignacio Varona y Guerra.
Don Ignacio de Varona y Varona, fué Coronel de Ejército. Testó el 15 septiembre de 1821. Casó en Puerto Príncipe (hoy Camagüey), en la parroquia de la Soledad, el 23 de octubre de 1775, con doña Rosalía Teodemira Guerra y Quesada, hija del Capitán Pedro Pascasio Guerra y Agüero, y de doña Prudenciana de Torres Quesada y Agüero. Tuvieron por hijos: a María Belén, a Josefa Cupertina, y a Ignacio Varona y Guerra. [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 373]
Last Will and Testament of the lady Rosalía Teodemira Guerra y Quesada, daughter of Captain Pedro Pascasio Guerra, and lady Prudenciana de Quesada, married with the Colonel Ygnacio Antonio de Varona, had as offsprings: Josefa Cupertina, María Belén, and Ygnacio María. Dated: 7 Jul 1818. Ref. #182:9.
Testamento de doña Rosalía Teodemira Guerra y Quesada, hija del Capitán Pedro Pascasio Guerra, y de doña Prudenciana de Quesada, casada con el Coronel Ygnacio Antonio de Varona, tuvieron por hijos: Josefa Cupertina, María Belén, y Ygnacio María. 7 Jul 1818. 182:9. [REVISTA vol 15 Sep 2006 num 3 pag 21]
11. Don Ignacio de Varona y Guerra (AKA Ygnacio María de Varona y Guerra, AKA Papa Varona) was born in Puerto Príncipe (now Camagüey), Cuba. He married doña María Trinidad de la Torre y Cisneros (AKA Trinidad de la Torre) 26 July 1806 in the Cathedral of Puerto Príncipe (now Camagüey), Cuba, daughter of Bernabé de la Torre y Arteaga and María Trinidad Cisneros y Cisneros.
More About Ignacio de Varona y Guerra:
Fué Teniente Coronel de Milicias de la villa de Puerto
Príncipe, y Regidor de su Ayuntamiento en 1813. Hizo
información de nobleza en la referida villa el 7 de
octubre de 1837, ante José Rafael Castellanos.
[Jaruco, vol 4, pag 373;
email from cousin Antonio J "Tony" de Varona of Tampa, Florida declared that Jaruco's researchers missed three of the children: María Dolores (AKA Lola/Lolita), Irene, and Ignacio Antonio because at the time they were doing interviews his branch had just suffered a recent death in the family and while mourning were not into being interviewed. Tony related that the son Antonio de Varona y de la Torre was one of his great grandparents, who was a Justice of the Real Audencia, who married his niece, Trinidad (AKA "Trinidacita") de la Torre y de Varona, and sired: Antonio J (Tony's paternal grandfather who married his first-cousin Irene de Varona y Guerra, daughter of Ignacio Antonio de Varona y de la Torre(-1868) and Francisca María Guerra(-1868)), Romualdo, Cupertina (the one who did the genealogical tree), and Adalberto. Tony, also, said that María Trinidad de Varona y de la Torre was another of his great grandparents, her daughter "Trinidacita" was niece to her husband Antonio de Varona y de la Torre, brother of María Trinidad. Tony further related that the missing son Ignacio Antonio de Varona y de la Torre, was another of his great grandparents, who married Francisca María Guerra, and had issue: Irene de Varona y Guerra, who married her first-cousin, Antonio J de Varona y de la Torre, as mentioned above. So, three of the children of Papa Varona are Tony's great grandparents: María Trinidad, Antonio, and Ignacio Antonio. Furthermore, Tony related that the two sisters, María Dolores (Lola/Lolita) and Irene never married, lived in the same family home, and as maiden aunts raised the children of their brother Ignacio Antonio when he and his wife Francisca María Guerra died of the pox in 1868 at the start of the Ten Years War. We can now understand that that would make Lola (María Dolores) a very important family matriarch, according to what Tony said, and that would make her very important to the young I.M., as well, which resulted in the poem he wrote that we see in the VERACRUZ story. Tony said that María Dolores (Lola/Lolita) outlived her sister Irene.]
Children of Ignacio de Varona y Guerra and Trinidad de la Torre y Cisneros are:
Tuvieron por hijos:
12. Licenciado Ignacio María de Varona y de la Torre was born in 1819 in Puerto Príncipe (now Camagüey), Cuba. He married a first cousin Angela Mariana Agüero y Varona 23 February 1840 in the Soledad parish, Puerto Príncipe (now Camagüey), Cuba, daughter of José Mariano Agüero y Betancourt and aunt María Belén de Varona y Guerra. She was born circa 1820.
More About Ignacio María de Varona y de la Torre:
Baptized 26 September 1819 in the Cathedral of Puerto Príncipe. He may have been a licensed attorney-at-law (Licenciado).
Licenciado Ignacio Varona y de la Torre, bautizado en la Catedral de Puerto Príncipe el 26 de septiembre de 1819, casó en la referida villa, en la parroquia de la Soledad, el 23 de febrero de 1840, con doña Angela Agüero y Varona, hija de don José Mariano Agüero y Betancourt, Teniente Coronel de Milicias, Alcalde ordinario, y de doña María Belén Varona y Guerra. [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 374]
Children of Ignacio M. Varona y de la Torre and Angela M. Agüero y Varona are:
Tuvieron por hijos:
NOTE: Several branches of this de Varona lineage are traceable farther back in time in España.
SEE ALSO: Brandon Josef Szinavel's 'El origin de apellido Arroyo' and HISTORIA GENEALOGICA DE LOS CEBALLOS DE LA RIOJA by Oriol Martí Ceballos referred to in the Bibliography below [6,7].
13.1. Don Ignacio María de Varona y Agüero, was born in Cuba on 04 Dec 1842, the oldest documented son of Licenciado Ignacio M. Varona y de la Torre and doña Angela M. Agüero y Varona. Ignacio died in Manhattan, NY on 12 May 1922.
More About Ignacio María de Varona y Agüero:
Here are details from an image of Ignacio's Intent to Naturalize Form submitted to the court in Manhattan:
New York Petition for Naturalization
Name: IGNACIO MA. DE VARONA AGO
Naturalization Date: 12 May 1880
Former Nationality: Spanish
Title and Location of Court: Common Pleas Court, New York County
Record Number: 21
Address of Naturalized Person: 114 E. 18 St., N. Y. City
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Name of Witness: Henry T. Martin
Address of Witness: 658 Warren St., Brooklyn, NY
[re: Ancestry.com, New York Petitions for Naturalization [database on-line], Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc. 2007, Original data from Index to Petitions for Naturalization filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts located in New York City, 1792-1989. New York, NY, USA: National Archives and Records Administration, Northeast Region.]
13.1.1. Don Ignacio María de Varona y Agüero, was first married in the Cathedral of Puerto Príncipe on 26 Jun 1865, to doña María Manuela Aróstegui y Betancourt, the daughter of Miguel Aróstegui y González, and Águeda María Betancourt y Agramonte.
Don Ignacio María Varona y Agüero, que casó en la Catedral de Puerto Príncipe el 26 de junio de 1865, con doña María Manuela Aróstegui y Betancourt, hija de don Miguel Aróstegui y González, y de doña Águeda María Betancourt y Agramonte. [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 374, 52; Parish Register of El Sagrario, Camagüey, Cuba -- Cuban Genealogical Society's REVISTA Vol 7 Oct 1994 Num 4 pag 45)]
Children of Ignacio and Manuela were: Angela Mariana
Tuvieron por hija: a Angela Mariana
184.108.40.206. Angela Mariana de Varona y Aróstegui (1867-?1893?) married Doctor Miguel Angel Abalo y Betancourt, M.D. (1867-1929), the son of Miguel Abalo y Cartaya, and Sacramento Betancourt y Vázquez. Cousin José de Herrera commented that his grand-mother said that the family called Angela "the Procrastinator" because it seems that she preferred "cleaning her hair ribbons" instead of "showing up at family gatherings on time". From her 06 Dec 1889 US Naturalization record we can tell that she immigrated to Manhattan, NY, NY, USA, as did her relative Francesca Aróstegui y Betancourt, and that her husband, Miguel A. Abalo, M.D., signed for both Francesca (on 17 Jul 1890) and herself. We do not yet know whether Francesca was a cousin or an aunt or what. But we think she might be her mother Manuela's sister who Conde de Jaruco names as Francisca -- the usual Spanish spelling -- not Francesca -- the usual Italian spelling. [re: email from José de Herrera y Vilató; Jaruco, vol 4, pag 52, 394]
Doña Angela Mariana Varona y Aróstegui, que casó con el Doctor Miguel Angel Abalo y Betancourt, Médico, hijo de don Miguel Abalo y Cartaya, y de doña Sacramento Betancourt y Vázquez. [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 374]
Children of Angela and Miguel were:
Tuvieron por hijos:
220.127.116.11.1 Dolores Abalo was born ca. 1888 according to the ship Manuel Calvo manifest for arrival date 4 Apr 1904 in NY, NY. Her birth year, about 1888, is too early for her to be a daughter of Miguel's next wife Micaela Bartlett y Zaldívar since they did not marry until 12 Dec 1894, so we are presuming that Dolores is Angela's daughter instead, since it is about what we would expect if they married ca. 1886.
18.104.22.168.2 Angela Abalo was born 21 Jul 1890 (twin?) according to her IGI Individual Record at www.familysearch.org.
22.214.171.124.3 Esperanza Abalo was born 21 Jul 1890 (twin?) according to her IGI Individual Record at www.familysearch.org.
13.1.2. Luisa Betancourt was the second wife of Ignacio de Varona y Agüero (he married two more times after Manuela). Luisa was a 1st cousin of I.M.'s first wife Manuela; Luisa's father, Pablo, was a brother of Manuela's mother, Agueda. Luisa was born in Cuba 3 Apr 1852 and died 39 years, 4 months, and 2 days later in New York on 5 Aug 1891. Her parents (per her death certificate) were Pablo Betancourt y Agramonte and Micaela Luisa Sánchez-Peréira y Betancourt, both born in Cuba. According to the 1880 US Federal Census, where she was called Mrs. Louise Barona, she had a brother F. Betancourt (presumably, Florencio), a college student born circa 1858, living with her and her husband James Barona (presumably, our Ignacio de Varona) at that time. In some reference documentation her name is written as Louise Betancourt. Still Living Miller-Crowley remembers that Granny Pinkie once told her that they commonly spoke French around the household -- because "all the best families spoke French". Which makes perfect sense once you understand the historical context ... that the Betancourt family originated in France. So, we will probably need to someday make this a tri-lingual web site and port it to the French language as well. But for now we have a reprieve. We will make do by pointing you to the Bethencourt family web site at this URL [ http://bettenco.my.meganet.net/ ] and let you have at it on your own. The Bethencourt web site is backed by a family tree that you may find at ancestry.com if you have an account there. Someday we promise that we will include more Betancourt data in our site. It is, also, important to note that I.M. is himself a Betancourt via his mother's father's mother, Angela Betancourt y Miranda. We have already emailed these facts to the maintainer of the Bethencourt family web site so he can add I.M.'s own Betancourt heritage to it.
Death Certificate of Luisa Betancourt
Surname: DeVerona [sic = de Varona]
Given Name: Luisa
Age: 39 yr 4 mo 2 dy
Birth Place: Cuba
Father: Pablo Betancourt
Father Birth Place: Cuba
Mother: Micaela Sanchez
Mother Birth Place: Cuba
Children of Ignacio and Luisa were:
Tuvieron por hijos:
126.96.36.199. Bertha Luisa de Varona was born 16 Jun 1875/76. She graduated from Normal College (now the Hunter campus of CUNY) in NYC on 23 June 1893 according to the NY Times. From census data it looks like Bertha stayed in Ignacio's household up until Ignacio had died. After that she is listed on several passenger ship manifests (possibly spending her inheritance) cruising to Europe and the Caribbean (just as did both her sister's Amy B. and Marian). In the 1830 U.S. Federal Census in Manhattan her occupation is listed as being a Public School Teacher, and in fact, Still Living Sullivan remembers that his grand-aunt Bertha was a Spanish Teacher ("back when that was something to be proud of"). For a time Bertha, her sister Amy B., and a house-keeper whose full name was María Teresa Palacios, shared Bertha's apartment in Manhattan. Teresa Palacios was also known as Theresa, Tressia, and, "the honorary Aunt" Tressa. Leslie Osborne remembers visiting them when her sister Dolores needed surgery in NY and running around the apartment with her cousin Nona. Leslie said that Aunt Tressa got very angry one time and threatened to "cut off their hair" which she says was meant as a major insult because all three of these aunts were very proper and noble Spanish ladies with beautiful, long, dark hair. Aunt Tressa was the daughter of Juan (John) Palacios, another Spanish immigrant from Cuba, who had moved to Newark, New Jersey. Both Flora's second husband, Al Miller, and Bertha were sick and dying at nearly the same time -- so, Flora took care of both Al and Bertha in Bertha's apartment in Manhattan until both of them had passed away -- then Flora moved back to Maysville to be near her daughter Luisa (as per the memories of Jack's first wife, Still Living (ex Mrs. Miller(iii), now Mrs. Hinchcliffe)).
Last Will and Testament of Bertha L. de Varona dated 30 Jun 1954 was offered for probate 18 Jul 1955 in the County of New York. NOTE: some Still Living individuals are mentioned in Bertha's will and it is rather long, so we have not included it here. We will do so in a summarized form (obscuring the Still Living names) at a later date. Suffice it to say that many of the family members and relationships we have mentioned in this site are proven beyond a shadow of doubt by Bertha's will. Special thanks go to a Still Living Chenault for providing it to us.
188.8.131.52. Dora Ang. de Varona was born circa 1875/77. Dora graduated from Normal College (which was more-or-less equivalent to a modern high school, community college, or a teacher's college depending on who you choose to believe) on 22 Jun 1894 according to the NY Times -- one year after Bertha which leads us to believe that she was one year younger than Bertha. However, there is some confusion in the references where she is found as to whether she was one year older or younger than Bertha. In the 1880 US Federal Census Bertha Barona is listed as only 5 months old, followed by Dora listed as 4 years old, then Emma, then Edwin. The order that the children are listed in US Federal Censuses for this same family are usually top-down oldest to the youngest so we believe this was an error on Bertha's age and that she was 5 years old, and about one year older than Dora. We believe that Dora might have been either twins with a C_____? who died early; or that Dora followed a-one-year-after-Bertha C_____? about two years after Bertha; or Bertha and C_____? were the twins and Dora came one year after; or else C_____? was a miscarriage in-between Bertha and Dora. The early daughters had first initials that followed an alphabetical pattern: A=Angela, B=Bertha, C=C_____?, D=Dora, E=Emma (Amy B.), F=Flora. We had noticed this peculiarity, and it was also mentioned by a Still Living Chenault whose father had once told her the same thing. He'd said that the alphabetical naming pattern was followed on purpose. Likely female names that begin with the letter 'C' found in these families are: Catalina, Ciriaca, Cupertina, Carmen, and Caridad. Dora died in her late teens on 09 Mar 1895 [as per her death certificate]. The last daughter Mary (who went by Marian) was given Dora as her middle name -- perhaps in memorium [re: email discussions with José de Herrera y Vilató about the missing C_____? daughter.]
184.108.40.206. (Emma) Amy Belén de Varona (AKA Emma Barona) was born 14 Jun 1879. It seems that early on Amy was known as Emma Barona [1880 US Federal Census]. But all later references have her named Amy B. [several NY Times articles and 1910, 1920, 1930 US Federal Censuses] or Amy Belén. According to the NY Times she was an excellent singer. Not much else is known about her, except that like Bertha in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census in Manhattan her occupation is listed as being a Public School Teacher, and that she had remained in Ignacio's household until he had passed on, then she had spent her inheritance traveling about on cruise ships. At least one census shows Amy was living in the same household as her sister Bertha and Tressa Palacios after I.M. had passed away. It appears that Amy (like Bertha) never married. Spanish naming conventions vary over the centuries, but one thing that is common is more than two names before the combination surnames (or last names, in Spanish they are the primer apellido and segundo apellido). For example, Amy B.'s first, second, and third names may actually be: Emma Amy Belén. We suspect that one of her father's names was: Diego. In at least one place he was also referred to as: Antonio. We believe that his full name might have been something like Ignacio María Antonio Diego de Varona y Agüero -- Antonio, from his GG grandfather, and Diego from his GGG and GGGG grandfathers. Diego is a Spanish form of the English name James -- thus the James Barona used in the 1880 census. Or Diego could be in reference to Santiago, St. Iago, St. James the Great, a patron saint of Spain [re: Santiago de Compostela], the root of Diego. Often times one or more of the nombres (names) are the names of saints such as St. María (Mary), San Diego (James), San Juan (John), San José (Joseph), San Pedro (Peter), St. Pablo (Paul), &c. But often some names may be those of ancestors. Of course, in Amy's case, it is also possible that Emma and Amy are more or less treated as equivalent names -- the later maybe more Anglo-Americanized than the former (or visa versa?). [re: email discussions with Sylvia Easton and José de Herrera about the Emma vs Amy name issue.]
220.127.116.11. Edwin Ignacio de Varona (AKA Eddie) was born 21 May 1880 in Manhattan, NY, NY. His occupation was a Court Stenographer/Clerk. It appears that, like his father, he married three times. Edwin and his first wife Bessie Berlyle Buck married 14 Sep 1902 in Manhattan, NY, NY, and both parents, I.M. and Louise Betancourt, were witnesses on his marriage certificate. His second wife was T(h)eresa (AKA Tess) Ruane born 21 Dec 1881 in Scranton, PA. With Tess, Edwin had two daughters: Katherine Theresa (AKA Katherine Teresa) born 03 Sep 1910 in Los Angeles, CA, and Leona Josephin(e) born 13 Jan 1913, probably in Scranton, PA, since Tess Ruane died 23 Jan 1913 in Scranton, PA -- only just about 10 days after the birth of Leona. Katherine Teresa married Edward Burke and had five known children: Mary K., Margaret, Walter, Roger, and Edward Michael Burke [the later indicated by autosomalDNA]. Leona Josephine married Corp. Terrell R. Williams and had two known children: Terrell R. Williams Jr., and Cecil Dolores Williams (who was, apparently, named after her paternal grandmother, Cecil Dolores Wood). Katherine Theresa died 31 Dec 1988 in Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, CA. Leona Josephine died on 21 Aug 1981 in Los Angeles, CA [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3764953]. By 1918 when Edwin registered for the WWI Draft in Milwaukie, Wisconsin, he was married to Vivien ?_____?. But, by the 1920 US Federal Census Edwin is listed as a single boarder in Milwaukie, Wisconsin, and his daughters are listed as living in the Ruane father-in-law's household in Pennsylvania probably in the care of two or three of Edwin's sister's-in-law also living in the same household. Edwin died in 1945 in St. Petersburg, Florida according to the Ruane family genealogy site [ http://trees.ancestry.com/owt/person.aspx?pid=135791665 (you must have an Ancestry.com login account to access this site); http://genforum.genealogy.com/ruane/ (public forum); http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=waltonsullivan&id=I26309 (public tree)].
18.104.22.168. Joseph (José de la) Cruz de Varona (AKA Crussie) was born 18 Mar 1883. In Spanish Joseph's full name would have been: José de la Cruz de Varona y Betancourt. He appears to have been named after I.M.'s brother: José de la Cruz de Varona y Agüero, also known as Dr. Joseph C. de Varona. That his name was José de la Cruz was confirmed by his half-niece, Leslie Osborn. He might have been designated by Conde de Jaruco as a later day "Rama Primera" or "Rama A" branch of the family tree below I.M. if Jaruco were still alive and spinning his genealogical marvels about the Spanish-Cuban nobility. We say this because it appears that the only remaining males below I.M. with de Varona as their surnames descend from Ignacio's son Joseph. Crussie is found married to Elizabeth Thomas by the time of the 1910 US Federal Census living in Michigan with their young son David (C.) Thomas de Varona born in 1908 in Detroit, MI. Note that there is an issue with David's middle name(s). In the 1910 US Federal Census in Michigan he is listed as: David C. de Varona. In Spanish his primer apellido and segundo apellido would have been: David C. de Varona y Thomas. Later documentation shows him only as: David Thomas de Varona. If the initial C. stood for Cruz as in his father's name, then it is certainly possible that his full Spanish name could have been: David de la Cruz de Varona y Thomas. David T. Devarona married Martha Louise Smith and had issue. Sometime after Elizabeth Thomas died [-- or they were divorced(?), remembers half-niece Leslie Osborn --] Crussie married Lenore Cooper. The "Still Living" de Varona branch of I.M.'s family descends from Crussie and his son David (AKA Dave) de Varona. Lenore Cooper was the only grand-mother (from this side of their family) that Dave's children ever knew [according to email from one of Dave's Still Living daughters].
22.214.171.124. Flora María de Varona (AKA Pinkie/Pinky) was born ca. 1886 in New York. When elder sister Bertha first saw Flora it is said that she exclaimed, "She's as tiny as my little pinky!", and that is how Flora obtained the nickname: Pinkie/Pinky. Pictures verify that Flora was indeed a rather short lady. Flora married two times. Her first marriage was 20 Dec 1906 to Frank Sullivan(i). They had two children: Frank L. Sullivan(ii) (nicknamed Spike) (b. 18 Mar 1908 in New York), and Luisa Susan Sullivan (Chenault) (b. 29 Aug 1909 in New Rochelle, Westchester Co., New York; d. 28 Jun 1952 in Mason Co., Kentucky). Sometime after Frank(i) died, Flora married her second husband John Alfred (AKA Al) Miller(ii). They also had two children: John Alfred (AKA Jack) Miller(iii) (b. 5 Mar 1922 in New Rochelle, Westchester Co., New York; d. 28 Feb 2000 in Bellevue, King Co., Washington), and Devarona (AKA Dev) Miller (b. 29 May 1924 in New Rochelle, Westchester Co., New York; d. 7 Jan 1992 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California). Flora died 06 Aug 1972 in Maysville, Mason Co., Kentucky. She is buried there in the Chenault family crypt with her daughter Mrs. Luisa Chenault. The "Still Living" Sullivan, Chenault, and Miller branches of the family descend from Pinkie.
13.1.3. Mary C. Josephine Culhane (AKA Mary J Culhane, AKA Minnie De Varona, AKA Minnie C De Varona) was Ignacio de Varona y Agüero's third wife. Minnie, the daughter of Thomas G. Culhane and Bridget Sheahan, was probably born in Glin, Limerick, Ireland, although in some US Federal Censuses her children and/or step-children reported that she was born in England. Minnie and Ignacio were married 02 Mar 1897 in Manhattan, New York, USA [certificate #3521]. Preliminary investigations led us to believe that, apparently, Minnie did not much like the land that Ignacio had purchased at Sand Lake, Michigan because of this report -- that his wife "not liking it around the lake ... sold all the land he owned" there just as soon as he died...
"The first cottage on the North Shore was the 'Silver Cottage'
which is now the home of Mr. & Mrs. Mike Horton. On the beautiful
wooded north shore of Sand Lake, is a cottage of which the land
was taken up be Wm. Lyster from the United States Government
May 30, 1837. It was sold several times, and was laid out in
Killarney Park Sub-Division. On Sept. 20, 1921, Alice Angel
bought a lot of Ignacio M. DeVarona, a Spaniard. She built a
The Spaniard was taken sick and died and his wife not liking it around the lake, would have nothing to do with it, sold all the land he owned."
The problem we found was this: Minnie is not listed with the family in the 1905 New York State Census, nor in the 1910 US Federal Census, nor in the 1920 US Federal Census, and Ignacio (I.M.) is listed with Marital Status as Widowed and Widow in the 1910 and 1920 US Federal Censuses, respectively, all of which taken together indicate that Minnie had died before the New York State census was taken in 1905, long before Ignacio died in 1922. So it would probably have been Bertha instead of Minnie who actually sold the land at Sand Lake in Michigan as Bertha was the executor for the estate...
New York, State Census, 1905
Name: Ignatius Devarona
Birth Year: abt 1843
Birth Place: Cuba
Residence Year: 1905
Residence: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA
Relationship to Head: Head
Assembly District: 31
Election District: 19
62 Ignatius Devarona
26 Amy Devarona
17 Flora Devarona
07 Marion Devarona
03 Ignatius Devarona
20 Anna Sheedy
New York State Archives; Albany, New York;
State Population Census Schedules, 1905;
Election District: A.D. 31 E.D. 19;
City: Manhattan; County: New York; Page: 24.
Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1905 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
New York, State Census, 1905. Population Schedules.
New York State Archives, Albany, New York.
1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Ignatius M De Varona [Ignatius M Devarona]
Age in 1910: 67
Birth Year: abt 1843
Home in 1910: Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York
Immigration Year: 1858
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Cuba
Mother's Birthplace: Cuba
Neighbors: View others on page
67 Ignatius M De Varona
34 Bertha L De Varona
31 Amy B De Varona
12 Marion D De Varona
08 Ignatius M De Varona
23 Lizzie Vegnor
Year: 1910; Census Place: Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York;
Roll: T624_1025; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0657;
FHL microfilm: 1375038.
Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Thirteenth Census of the United States,
1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls).
Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29.
National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents
of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA
1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Ignacio M Devarona
[Ignacia M Le Varona] [Ignacio M Le Varona]
Home in 1920: Manhattan Assembly District 21, New York, New York
Age: 77 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1843
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed [Widow]
Father's Birth Place: Cuba
Mother's Birth Place: Cuba
Home owned: Rent
Year of Immigration: 1857 
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
77 Ignacia M Le Varona
43 Bertha L Le Varona
40 Amy B Le Varona
21 Marian D Le Varona
18 Ignace M Le Varona
Year: 1920; Census Place: Manhattan Assembly District 21, New York,
New York; Roll: T625_1224; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 1445; Image: 1057.
Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920.
(NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls).
Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29.
National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents
of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.
Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).
Since those earlier findings, I.M.'s grand-daughter Leslie Osborn found our web site, and she has been able to fill in lots and lots of blanks. Leslie said that her grandmother was known as "Cathleen" (not "Minnie"); that Minnie did die before I.M.; and that I.M. was known to have outlived all three of his wives. She, definitely, agreed with our assessment that Bertha was I.M.'s executor; and that it was, actually, Bertha, as executor, who sold I.M.'s land at Sand Lake, Michigan; and furthermore, that Bertha pocketed the money and purchased her own summer get-a-way cabin on an island in Maine with the proceeds. Bertha's own will identified the property as "THE VISTA MARIA on Whitehead Street, Peaks Island, Portland, Maine", and it was inherited by her nephew, Dev Miller.
Children of Ignacio and Minnie were:
Tuvieron por hijos:
126.96.36.199. Mary Dora de Varona (AKA Marian, Marion) was born 04 Jan 1898 in Manhattan, NY, NY. As mentioned above, Marian lived in Ignacio's household until he died, then seemed to spend her inheritance on several cruises. One of Flora's grand-daughters, a Still Living Chenault, thought that Marian married someone and had at least one child -- this has now been confirmed by Marian's niece, Leslie Osborn. Her husband was Kenneth Wiggins Lindsay, of Hartford, Connecticut; son of Robert Johnson Lindsay and Arabella Wiggins. Marian and Kenneth had a daughter, Varona Lindsay, who was called Nona. Nona is known to have married at least twice: first, on 18 Apr 1949, to Steven Clark (who was in the U.S. Navy at the time), and second, to ?_______? Hennigan. Both Marian and Kenneth are buried in El Paso, Texas. Marian's middle name, Dora, may have been an in memorium gesture to the daughter Dora Ang. who had passed away earlier in her late teen age years, as was mentioned above.
Children of Marian and Kenneth were:
Tuvieron por hija:
188.8.131.52. (Basil) Ignatius Marcel de Varona was born circa 1901 in Manhattan, NY, NY. We show his first given name, Basil, which was changed a few days later by his physician, his uncle Dr. Joseph C. de Varona, to Ignatius. So, you will find two birth certificates for him, the first with the given name Basil, the second, with the name change to Ignatius [Jr.]. Master Ignace died in 1930, apparently after the date the 1930 US Federal Census was taken, and he is buried in the Notre Dame Cemetery in Malone, Franklin County, upstate New York with his wife Kathryn M. (1895-1988) and their oldest daughter Dolores M. de Varona (1924-1949). Their footstones can be found at the cemetery located on Andrus Street, .3 miles south of the intersection with Route 11 in Malone as per this data link ...
From their daughter, Leslie Osborn, we have learned that Ignatius had contracted TB (tuberculosis), and when he was in upstate New York at a sanitarium "taking the cure" he met and married Kathryn Anna Cecilia Mills (Holbrook) (1895-1988). Ignatius and Kathryn had two daughters, Dolores May (1924-1949; who also contracted TB and died early) and Leslie Marian de Varona (1929/30-). Some of what Leslie confirmed is alluded to by the 1930 census where Ignace's wife was named Katherine A., she was 32 in 1930, and born in Massachusetts. Her father was born in Maine, and her mother was born in New York. Both of their daughters appear to have been born in New York -- Dolores was 5 years old and Leslie was 4 months old at the time the 1930 census was taken.
Children of Ignatius Marcel and Kathryn were:
Tuvieron por hijos:
NOTE: In the future we hope to link here to the emails from Leslie.
13.2. Don José de la Cruz de Varona y Agüero (AKA Dr. Joseph C. de Varona) was born in Cuba on 25 Jan 1843, the second to the oldest documented son of Licenciado Ignacio M. Varona y de la Torre and doña Angela M. Agüero y Varona. Like his younger brother Dr. Serapio de Varona, Dr. Joseph C. de Varona completed his internship at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Dr. Joseph married Jennie Vail who came from either Rhode Island or Connecticut -- which are the two states given variably in the 1920 and 1930 US Federal Censuses by their daughter Irene as the places of birth of her mother. Mrs Jennie Vail de Varona died BEF 1900 census. From his obituary in the New York Times we know Dr. Joseph died on 30 Nov 1917 at the home of his older brother Ignacio. If the obituary is correct he should be buried at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in East Orange (Newark), New Jersey.
Children of Dr. Joseph and Jennie Vail de Varona were:
Tuvieron por hijos:
13.2.1. Irene C(ruz?) de Varona was first encountered in our research in an article from the New York Times archives where she is listed with her uncle Ignacio, and some of his children, her cousins, as guests at a resort on summer vacation. Later we found her recorded in her father's obituary along with her husband, Terrence (AKA Terence, Tarence) F. Fagan of 57 Heller Parkway, Newark, New Jersey. Irene's age and date of birth, 27 Feb 1893, are estimated from the 1920 and 1930 US Federal Censuses (where there is some disparity), and from a 1929 ship manifest for the SS President Roosevelt returning from Havana, Cuba. Cuban women seem to lie about their ages a lot so take this date of birth with a grain of salt. From the reading of the image of the 1900 US Federal Census her birth year appears to be about 1880, which may be more correct. Irene's fellow passengers on this cruise were her husband, Tarence [sic] F. FAGAN born circa 19 Jan 1878, her son Paul FAGAN born circa 15 Nov 1918, and two of her cousins traveling together (who also appeared to have lied about their ages, year-wise at least): Anny B. [misspelled, should be Amy Belén] supposedly born circa 14 Jun 1881, and Bertha L. DEVARONA supposedly born circa 16 Jun 1878. We can extrapolate from the 15 Mar 1929 arrival of the SS President Roosevelt in NY, NY that she died sometime after that date, and the same goes for her husband, Terrence, and their son Paul, and her two de Varona cousins. Terrence may be buried in the same cemetery as her father, as we found a Terrence Fagan listed as one of the deceased occupants of that place via a preliminary search at www.findagrave.com.
13.2.2. Dr. Joseph Leo de Varona, M.D., was the son of Dr. Joseph C. de Varona and his Unknown spouse. Details about Leo are a bit sketchy, but we are confident that he existed, and we have at least one instance of him being listed as the son of Dr. Joseph C. de Varona, which is in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, where his birth year is given as 1882. We, also, know that he was practicing medicine in Brooklyn as mentioned in an obituary published in the CORNELL ALUMNI NEWSLETTER where his death date is listed as 29 May 1909.
13.3. Don Serapio Manuel de Varona y Agüero, M.D. was born in Cuba in Dec 1848, the youngest documented son of Licenciado Ignacio M. Varona y de la Torre and doña Angela M. Agüero y Varona. Like his older brother, Dr. Joseph C. de Varona, Serapio did his internship at Bellevue Hospital, where records about his death and the proof that Serapio was the brother of Dr. Joseph are also found. Dr. Serapio de Varona died in early adulthood while working for the public health department of the city of New York on 24 Dec 1873.
Click here to view supplemental data and errata in a separate window or tab from cousin José de Herrera y Vilató about the Varona and Vásquez Valdés de Coronado family ties that pertain to numbers 4, 5, and 6 in the section immediately above.
The origins of the de Varona are found elsewhere in this document. There are at least the following variant lines of descent between the earliest known de Varona ancestor, Francisco, and Ignacio María de Varona y Agüero. The variations are italicized to help you distinguish the differences between the first, primary listing and the others. The main point we are trying to make here is that, as with the de la Torre and the Agüero and the other families, they tended to intermarry within their own families and within their class. Take special note of the 7th tier, de Varona y Pinto, because of the five siblings at this level, Diego, Estéban, José, Margarita Mauricia, and Francisco, all 7 of Ignacio's lines shown below descend from all of them except Francisco who apparently went into the church [Jaruco, vol 4, pag 350-351].
NOTE: These lineages may be traceable farther back in time in España. These simple descendancy reports show the primary individuals at each generation by which the VARONA blood lines were handed down.
NOTE: This is I.M.'s actual paternal Y-DNA lineage. This lineage may be traceable farther back in time in España. José de Herrera wrote: "The Quirós and Cienfuegos families have a common descent, according to legend they issue from a brother of a Roman Emperor. Most certainly, the very first Bernardo de Quirós, was a grandson of Bernardo del Carpio and that is why they added Barnardo as part of the surname. Quirós is derived from the Greek word Kirios (Lord), so if there is any truth to the legend about the aforementioned Roman Emperor it can only come from a Byzantine source." [Source: Genealogias Asturianas by José Manuel Trelles Villademoros (1760), and email from José J. de Herrera y Vilató.]
NOTE: This is I.M.'s maternal Mitochondrial-DNA lineage. This lineage is probably not traceable farther back in time in Cuba. The farthest back known ancestress is the illegitimate daughter of the conquistador Cpt. Francisco Pérez-Najarro and a Cuban Indian Woman. [Source: http://www.cubagenclub.org/upload/files/2010_S_F_Final_ENS.pdf] [Source: http://figueredo.freeservers.com/gedpage/ntf00095.htm] [Source: http://www.figueredo.freeservers.com/gedpage/fam00174.htm] [Source: http://www.perez-montesdeoca.org/gene3.htm] [Source: Jaruco, vol 5, pag 6 (Agüero)] [Source: Jaruco, vol 5, pag 38 (Barreda)] [Source: Jaruco, vol 6, pag 154 (Guerra)] [Source: Jaruco, vol 6, pag 239 (Pérez-Najarro)] [Source: Jaruco, vol 6, pag 277 (Quesada)].
The origins of the de la Torre are found in the Visigothic royalty of Spain (King Alarico &c). María de la Torre y Roxas, a native of Madrid, first arrived in Cuba from Spain in the XVI century circa 1575-1580, she married Diego Sifontes y Lucena, a native of Sevilla. There are at least the following five lines descending from them down to Ignacio María de Varona y Agüero. The key players causing the different lines of descent are displayed in italics. The lists may make more sense to you if you read each of them up from the bottom noting the italicized key players along the way. The persons on the left are the descendents of the persons on the lines above them, and the persons on the right are the spouses. In some cases both spouses have de la Torre as either their paternal or their maternal surname. The first three lists should be compared together as each are variants of the other two. The last two are a bit farther afield. Another interesting point to make here is that we have yet another case of the children using swapped surnames where their mother's surname is their first surname -- most of the children of María de la Torre y Roxas and Diego Sifontes y Lucena have de la Torre before Sifontes -- indicating, possibly, that María was the last of her lineage.
NOTE: These lineages may be traceable farther back in time in España.
SEE ALSO: The work of cousin José J. de Herrera y Vilató who is probably the world's foremost authority on the de la Torre and de Latorre families.
NOTE: There are at least thirteen lineages back to Vasco Porcallo de Figueroa. The one shown here is the mostly paternal, main or primary lineage. This lineage is traceable farther back in time in España and one branch of it goes at least as far back as the Anglo-Norman king William the Conqueror as shown in the next section below. The Spanish name "Elvira de Mendoza" that Vasco gave to his indiginous wife, gives us a clue to his similarly illustrious maternal heritage, as it descends from the Dukes of Feria and other noble houses.
William I of Normandy invaded England and defeated
Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
William married, in 1053, Matilda of Flanders, a descendent of the Anglo-Saxon King, Alfred the Great.
Click here to view supplemental data and errata in a separate window or tab about the de la Cerda family that pertain to the OCTAVA, NOVENA, and DÉCIMA GENERACIÓN sections immediately above.
NOTE: There are thirteen or more lines that resolve back up to Camagüebäx. The one shown here is the main paternal de Varona line. It is doubtful that this lineage will ever be able to be traced farther back in time beyond what is shown here.
NOTE: the Google translation from Spanish to English of this wonderful article by Roberto Méndez Martínez, poet, essayist, art critic and narrator was pathetic to say the least. So until we can do a decent translation you will have to crack out your Spanish dictionary and have a go at it in its beautiful native tongue. The poem was written by Ignacio M. de Varona y Aguero and is dedicated to his aunt Lola (AKA María Dolores?) who is undocumented by our main source Conde de Jaruco. We chose to copy this article into our web site for several reasons instead of linking to it: (1) it is slow to load into our web browser probably because it is actually in Cuba; (2) their toolkit seems to conflict with our version of Dojo and Dijit and so it does not display correctly; and (3) we can control the formatting of it a little easier.
EL CRISTO DE
Hay momentos en la historia de Puerto Príncipe en que se mezclan hechos
reales y legendarios de tal modo, que no hay manera de desligarlos, como si lo
maravilloso formara parte de la vida cotidiana del territorio, hasta el punto
de que una visión demasiado racionalista del acontecer sería incapaz de
comprender la íntima urdimbre de los acontecimientos. Así sucede con dos
elementos que van a superponerse en la memoria del ya lejano siglo XIX
camagüeyano: el misterioso Cristo de
Unos sencillos hombres de Nuevitas encontraron en el mar, mientras
pescaban, una gran caja de madera, con una sola inscripción: VERACRUZ. Al
abrirla encontraron en su interior una gran imagen de Cristo crucificado.
¿Aludía la inscripción exterior al destino de la talla, quizá encargada para
uno de los tantos templos de la mexicana Villa Rica de Veracruz?, ¿se refería
quizá a que se trataba de una de esas imágenes del Crucificado, muy veneradas
en Europa, que en alguna parte de ella atesoraba una reliquia consistente en
astillas de la "vera Cruz" o sea, el leño que sirvió de tormento a Jesucristo,
encontrado por la madre del Emperador Constantino en Jerusalén, conservado en
la iglesia romana de
Tampoco los ilustrados de Puerto Príncipe sabían del asunto, quizá la
mayoría prefirió pensar que esta había caído de un barco o había sido arrojada
al agua durante una tormenta, como era tradición que hacían algunos marinos
desde muy antiguo para aplacar la furia de los elementos. Llamativamente la
pieza no fue llevada a un templo, sino sacada a la venta pública. Fue adquirida
por un matrimonio acomodado, de rancia estirpe principeña: Don Ignacio María de
Varona y Doña Trinidad de
Pronto la imagen ganó fama popular de milagrosa. Cada año el matrimonio
la llevaba durante
Es interesante apuntar que en esa casona de la calle Mayor nació Ignacio
María de Varona y Agüero, nieto del citado matrimonio, quien andado los años se
convertiría en un ingeniero relevante, que llegó a ser Jefe del Departamento de
Agua, Gas y Electricidad de New York, ciudad en la que contribuyó a la
instalación del tranvía urbano y para la que diseñó los famosos "elevados"
neoyorkinos. Tanto en la contienda de 1868 como en la de 1895 colaboró con los
insurrectos y ayudó a recabar fondos para enviar expediciones a
Yo, vivo; y vos, muriendo dueño amado;
Yo, en gloria; y vos en penas mi querido;
Yo, sano; y vos, mi bien, tan mal herido;
Yo, con soberbia; y vos tan humillado;
Yo, con honor; y vos tan afrentado;
Yo, celebrando; y vos escarnecido;
Yo, contento; y vos tan ofendido;
Yo, confortado; y vos crucificado.
No, Señor, no es razón siendo mi esposo
Que yo no muera a fuerza de mi llanto,
Muriendo vos tan triste y abatido.
Muramos ambos, Dueño Sacrosanto:
Vos de amor que me tenéis piadoso;
Yo, de dolor, de haber pecado tanto.
El 14 de marzo de marzo de 1848 llegó a Puerto Príncipe una figura que inmediatamente despertó la curiosidad de los vecinos, se trataba de un médico natural de Pekín, al que se comenzó a conocer como "el chino Siam". Hombre ceremonioso y cortés, pronto ganó prestigio con las curaciones que realizaba, a pesar del temor y la ignorancia de muchos principeños que al principio lo consideraban como un hechicero y de los comprensibles celos de muchos galenos locales a los que iba sustrayéndoles clientela. Un suceso inesperado lo cambiaría todo.
Un Viernes Santo, muy probablemente el de 1850,
mientras la procesión de
Según consta en el Archivo de
La imagen de
 Hoy Cisneros esquina a Raúl Lamar.
 El Camagüey Legendario, p.107.
 Enrique de
 También conocida como Calle del Teatro, luego Padre Valencia.
 Padrón de vecinos de 1879. Archivo personal de Gustavo Sed Nieves.
 Registro de
 El Camagüey, 25 de marzo de 1885, p.3.
DE VARONA, Ignatius M., Civil Engineer, was born in Puerto Principe, Cuba, Feb. 4, 1842, son of Ignatius M. de Varona y de la Torre and Angela M. Agüero y Varona. Both parents belonged to the oldest and most distinguished families in Cuba. He was admitted to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, N.Y., in 1860, and was graduated with the degree of C.E. in 1863, subsequently completing his education in Europe. After some miscellanous work, he was engaged for the extension of the Nuevitas and Puerto Principe railroad, Cuba, which was planned and built under his direction, and was chief engineer of that railroad when the ten year's revolution (1868-78) broke out in Cuba, in which he took a prominent part from its inception, his professional knowledge, influence and untiring energy rendering his services particularly valuable. He perfected and at great personal risk carried out a plan which gave the patriots control of the above important railroad line; and charged with the protection of the landing of the Galvanic expedition, erected at Guanaja the trenches under cover of which the Spanish attack was repulsed and the entire cargo of arms and ammunition successfully landed and delivered to the Cuban forces. Sent abroad by the revolutionary committee, he ran the Spanish blockade, safely reaching Nassau, then the site of an important revolutionary centre, and from there went to the United States, where his labors for the advancement of the Cuban cause, and especially to forward arms and ammunition to the Cuban patriots, were as constant as efficient. In this patriotic task he visited many of the Antilles and South America twice, having the second time full charge of the ill-fated Virginius, then on its first and successful expedition. Later he went to Europe in the interests of the Cuban cause. In 1877 he acted as consulting engineer, and later as government inspector on contracts for some docks and bridges for the West Indies. At the end of the Ten Years' War he went to Cuba to settle the family estate, and was placed in charge of the Nuevitas and Puerto Principe railroad, which had been seized as practically wrecked by the government during the war. He was engaged in the reconstruction of this road for nearly three years. In 1882, under Mayor Seth Low's administration, Mr. de Varona received an appointment in the engineering bureau of the Brooklyn department of city works, being assigned to take charge of the surveys for and study the extension of the water works east of Rockville Centre. The energy and thoroughness displayed in the conduct of this work early secured him the absolute confidence of the Brooklyn municipal authorities -- a confidence which is unimpaired in spite of the frequent political changes that have taken place. In 1894 he was appointed by Commr. A. T. White, engineer of water supply, a position which he still holds. Among his reports and documents are: "Report on Future Extension of Water Supply for the City of Brooklyn" (1896) and "History and Description of the Brooklyn Water Works" (1896), the latter being exhaustive in its treatment and unexcelled by any similar work. The value and extent of his labors long ago secured Mr. de Varona a prominent place among leading hydraulic engineers. Although mainly engaged in Brooklyn, he has also done considerable professional work as consulting engineer for Albany, Newport News, Jersey City and elsewhere, as well as for private firms and corporations. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; of the Brooklyn Club; the Democratic Club; and of other organizations. He has been married twice, and has six children.
NOTE: This is a bio sketch from what genealogists call a "Mug Book". It has errors of course, especially, the last line. We know, for example, that I.M. married three times and had eight (or nine) children. Still, it provides a PR style snapshot of the life of the emigrant ancestor, as well as, an example of his signiature in his own handwriting under an image of him at a mature age.
Ignacio M. de Varona A.,C.E., son of Ignacio M. and Angela M. (de Aguero) de Varona, was born at Puerto Principe, Island of Cuba, February 4, 1842. Prepared at Mr. Berger's French school, Madison Avenue, N.Y., and entered the Institute September, 1860. Began professional work in 1863, and has continued practice since, with the execution of the years 1868-69, in Cuba, South America, Europe and the United States, mostly in railroad work. For the past two years has been assistant engineer on the Brooklyn city works, in charge of the proposed Aqueduct extension. Built, as chief engineer, the extension to the Bay of Nuevitas, terminal station of the Nuevitas & Puerto Principe railroad, finished in 1867. Married, June 26th, 1865, Mannela [sic Manuela] de Arostegui, daughter of Don Miguel de Arostegui, of Puerto Principe, Cuba. Three children. P. O. address, I.M. de Varona A., assistant engineer, department of city works, Brooklyn, N.Y.
NOTE: This is another bio sketch from what genealogists call a "Mug Book". It has errors of course, especially, his first wife's name was "Manuela" instead of "Mannela", and the second to last sentence states that he had "Three children". We know that I.M. married three times and had eight (or nine) children. This makes us wonder if he had three children with his first wife or not? We know of only one child with his first wife. The other two may have died very young? At any rate, this does provide another PR style glimpse into the life of the emigrant ancestor including where he went to prep school.
Ignacio Marea de Varona, son of Ignacio M. and Angela M. (de Aguero) de Varona, was born at Puerte Principe, Island of Cuba, February 4, 1842. His ancestors were members of prominent Spanish families in Cuba. He received private instruction preparatory to his entering Mr. Berger's French school, Madison Avenue, New York, where he was prepared for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., which he entered in September, 1860, and graduated therefrom with the degree of C.E. in 1863.
Mr. de Varona began his professional work immediately upon graduation and continued the practice of his profession throughout his long life. The earlier part of his professional career was spent in Cuba, South America, Europe and the United States, on railroad work. In 1882 he was appointed as assistant engineer on the Brooklyn water-supply work, and continued in connection with the City's water-supply system until his retirement on July 1, 1914. In 1902 he was appointed Chief Engineer in charge of the Brooklyn system, and in 1905 was appointed Chief Engineer, having jurisdiction over all the boroughs of Greater New York. From 1906 to 1910, Brooklyn, and for a time some of the other boroughs, were under a separate engineering organization, but upon the reorganization of the department in 1910 Mr. de Varona was again placed in charge of the entire City water-supply.
Mr. de Varona was a man of great mental ability, with an unusual amount of physical and nervous energy. He strongly fought
* Memoir prepared by WILLIAM W. BRUSH. M.M.E.N.Y., Deputy Chief Engineer,
Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity, New York City.
for what he thought represented the best interests of the City, and he carried through to successful completion many important improvements to the system, among which were the development of the gallery system on Long Island, the high-pressure fire-service systems in Brooklyn and in Manhattan, and the remodeling of the distribution system in Brooklyn.
Mr. de Varona died on May 12, 1922, at his home, 805 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, and he is survived by several sons and daughters.
NOTE: A brief bio sketch in a memoir about I.M. in a professional journal that has a couple of typographical errors: of course, I.M.'s middle name was "Maria" instead of "Marea"; and "Puerte" is more correctly "Puerto" in the Puerto Principe, Island of Cuba place name.
Without any doubt, one of the most illustrious families in Cuba was
de VARONA family, whose founder was the Captain Francisco de
Varona y Saravia, Lieutenant General and Auditor of War.
Unfortunately, even after many efforts, we have not been able to find
his ancestors or any other documentation before his death
[Ed. Note: this article was first printed in 1995 in REVISTA, since
that date more is known about the ancestors of this family].
He was married in the Villa of Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe (today the city of Camagüey) to Isabel Vázquez Valdés de Coronado y Miranda, daughter of Captain Pedro Vásquez Valdés de Coronado y Duque de Estrada, the Lieutenant Governor, and Mayor of the Villa de San Salvador de Bayamo, and Mariana de Miranda y Martín de Frutos.
From this marriage they had only one child, María de Varona y Vásquez Valdés de Coronado (La Alemán) who married Captain Estéban de Miranda Argüelles y Manuel de Figueroa, from the Villa of San Salvador de Bayamo and mayor of Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe. He was the grandson of the illustrious Conqueror and founder, Captain Vasco Porcallo de Figueroa. María left her last will and testament on July 3, 1666, in Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe, but unfortunately she did not mention any paternal ancestry.
Her two children, María and Francisco selected to use their mothers' surname in order to perpetuate the VARONA surname [Ed. Note: only two of her five children chose to swap their surnames, the other three remained Miranda y Varona, however, the important thing to realize today is that all five lines descending from this couple in terms of male Y-DNA would be from the father's Miranda side not the VARONA].
Reviewing some genealogical records from Cuban history, we found that this family continued its noble quality by marrying other noble families from Puerto Príncipe. For centuries they held the highest positions in Government, such as Mayor, and Alderman. In the military, they held the ranks of Colonels of the Army and Militia. Others held ranks in the Marine of War and a few held the Holy Office of the Inquisition. [Ed. Note: due to the Spanish laws of the day -- none of these positions could be had unless you were from the noble or royal classes.]
At the beginning of the Cuban independence movement, and later during the war that ended in the liberation of the island, the Varonas were the first to unite the efforts for the cause of freedom, sacrificing land and even their lives for the Independence of Cuba. If we study a list of all the freedom fighters that died in the Ten Years War compiled by Jorge Juárez Cano in his book Apuntes de Camagüey, page 172, we will notice the names of 23 members of these families that were victims of decease [sic], hunger, assassinations, etc. between the years of 1868 and 1878 only. If we consider long family history, and heroism and sacrifice as a mark of nobility, the Varona's certainly meet the mark.
One of the heroes of this family, was General Bernabé de Varona y Borrero, known also by the nick name of "Bembeta". He organized the [second] expedition of the "Virginius" that later was captured and taken to Santiago de Cuba. He was executed in front of a firing squad on November 4, 1873. [Ed. Note: Ignacio María de Varona y Agüero was an organizer and integral part of the first and successful "Virginius" expedition.]
As the most prominent member of this family we had among us, until his death in 1933, a survivor of [the] old revolutionary movement, the mentor of the 1930's generation, the patriot, poet, and writer, Enrique José de Varona y de la Pera.
Curious to know if the Spanish branch of the Varona family had as many illustrious members as the Cuban branch enjoyed, we made contact with Rodrigo de Varona y Guinea, XXVI Lord and present possessor of the Manor and Tower of Varona in Villanañe, Province of Álava, Spain. Taking advantage of a trip taken around the Americas by [a] close relative of his, priest Vidal Fernández de Palomares, he provided us with copies of genealogical trees that were taken from the oldest archives that were maintained at his palace. He also provided a copy of the work by Eleutario de la Inmaculada, a priest, entitled Historia del Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Agosto y del Valle de Godea de la Muy Noble y Muy Leal Provincia de Álava.
This book, in it's entirety was based on information taken directly from the Varona archive of Villanañe, explains in great detail the origin of this lineage, including all its participation in the history of Spain from approxiamately the year 680 of the Christian Age.
We will present the family tree as they were found in the house of his ancestors:
1. Great Admiral Ruy Pérez, born in Helvecia who arrived at Santoña in 680. He was born in 642. He was the father of:
2. Ruy Pérez, born in 664; who was the father of:
3. Estrabón Pérez, born in 686. He died in the battle of Guadalete on November 11 of 711. He was the father of:
4. Rodrigo Pérez who died in 788; the father of:
5. Ruy Pérez, named "El defensor" (The defender), who died in 810; and was the father of:
6. Pelayo Pérez, born around 731. Married to Paula de Cárcamo, daughter of "Cuchillo de Moros y Judíos" (knife of Moors and Jews). Pelayo died in 830; he was the father of:
7. Martin Pérez, founder of Cárcamo and the father of:
8. Rodrigo o Sancho Pérez, born around 839; the father of:
9. Sancho Pérez. Died at the age of 87 in 970, so probably was born around 893. His son lived to be 70 years old.
10. Gómez Pérez, died in 1040. Married to Elvira González, blood related niece of Count Fernán González. They were the parents of:
11. María Pérez "La Varona", who is believed to have been born between 1028-1031, sister of Fernán, Gómez, Alvar, Gonzalo, and Ana. She married Infante Vela, son out of wedlock, of the King Ramiro I of Aragon.
(If we were to continue the ancestry of the VARONA
by the maternal ancestral branch of "La Varona",
Elvira González, niece of Count Fernán González, we
would find two illustrious ancestral branches).
María Pérez, "La Varona", and the Infante Vela, were the parents of:
12. Rodrigo Varona, I Lord of the House of Varona in Villanañe, married in 1100 to María Munguia. (This Rodrigo, is the twenty third grandfather, and twentieth of the previous mentioned Lord of Villanañe, Rodrigo de Varona y Guinea). They were the parents of:
13. Rodrigo de Varona, II Lord of the House of Varona in Villanañe, who was the founder of Arroyo in Valdivieso. He was married to Emilia o Elvira de Velasco, and they were the founders of the House of Varona, and first Lords of Arroyo.
From information extracted from the family trees it was found that the Varonas of Villanañe and the Varona of Arroyo maintained strong ties by successive marriages. Both branches were distinguished for the determination and courage their men applied in their jobs next to the Kings, specially in the military, and were married with the most notorious noble houses in Spain.
Genealogical information was found to prove the link of Francisco de Varona y Saravia, founder of this lineage, to Cuba. In the XVI century, there were in existence various noblemen with the same name and surname with similar quality, whose fundamental circumstances we analyze here:
Francisco de Varona y Saravia, the grandson of the I Lord [Ed. Note: just 'I' seems wrong here date-wise, shouldn't it be 'VIII', 'IX' or 'XI'?] of Villanañe. It is not known whether or not he had any descendence. It is known that one of his sisters, Magdalena, was married to her cousin Rodrigo de Varona, XII Lord of the House of Villanañe, having as offsprings:
1. Gonzalo de Varona y de Varona, Captain of the Tercios of Naples.
2. Miguel de Varona y de Varona, Caballero [knight] de Alcántara y Grand Master of the Army of Lombardy.
3. Juan de Varona y de Varona, Regent in Italy, Chancellor in Milán and knight of the Order of Santiago.
Francisco de Varona y Saravia, the son of Francisco de Varona XIII Lord of the House of Arroyo, Inspector of the Royal Army. He earned the title of noble in Granada, and his testament was found in Seville, dated August 29, 1591, given before Melchor Fernández, and Urbana de Saravia de Rueda. He had two brothers; Juan Varona de Saravia, XVI Lord of the House of Arroyo, and Gabriel de Varona y Saravia.
Francisco de Varona y Saravia, son of XIII Lord of the House of Arroyo, as per information furnished by the emminent genealogist Juan de Rújula y Vaca, "A single man that came from the mountains, went by Seville, and from there embarked to the Indies in 1568, residing in the Island of Santo Domingo where he married Inés de Anaya, from Salamanca, having a son Agustín, born in Santo Domingo. Agustín married Francisca Zurbano and they had one son, Pedro who also had one son, Nicolás.
Francisco de Varona y Saravia. The Conde de Jaruco, in his work Historias de Familias Cubanas, mentions "Captain Francisco de Varona y Saravia, born in Spain, went to Cuba, and became Lieutenant General, and Auditor of War. He died defending the Villa of Puerto Príncipe".
There are different circumstances that make us believe that the Captain Francisco de Varona y Saravia that travelled to the Indies in 1568, residing in Santo Domingo, was in fact the same person that started the VARONA lineage in Cuba [Ed. Note: however, today there are many who dispute this, and who believe that Cpt. Francisco had a son Francisco with Ana de Anaya in Santo Domingo, and that it was in fact his son Francisco who actually first emigrated to Cuba].
1st. If there is documentation that proves that Inés de Anaya married Captain Varona, and that his son and grandson of Agustín were born in Santo Domingo, then how come, the proof of the death of Captain Francisco de Varona y Saravia was not found in Santo Domingo?
2nd. There are coincidences of name, surnames and dates.
3rd. There are coincidences of category and quality of person.
4th. There is chronological proximity with the time in which a majority of families relocating to the Indies were living previously in Santo Domingo.
All of above are facts that make us believe that Captain Francisco de Varona y Saravia, when he became a widowed [sic] in Santo Domingo, occupied high ranking positions on the Island of Cuba and also remarried there.
We will treat now María Pérez, the originator of the Varona surname.
The distinguished Francisco Bernardo de Varona, knight of the Order of Santiago, Artillery General, wrote a memorial to King Carlos II, in 1686, presenting all the merits of his ancestors in relation with his origin. Such memorial reads as follows:
"The origin of the VARONA surname, was due to María Pérez, ophan, single, maid, and beautiful with two brothers; Alvar and Gómez, both noblemen and expert captains at the militia, who were called by King Alfonso VI of Castille to serve in the war that he had established against his step-father King Alonso of Aragon. Having the responsibility to care for their sister, they argued as to what to do to keep her in a safe and honorable state. She was very determined and decided that for her, the most acceptable and honorable way was to accompany her brothers, dressing in the same manner as them, so that she also would go to war."
"Her brothers relented and took her with them, all dressed up in combat gear and riding her horse like her brothers and the rest of the army. When the war began between the Aragoneses and Castilians, a great confusion arose in the battle as both armies were engaged in a very bloody campaign. She was separated from her brothers, and during the night they were not able to find each other. María, in her wanderings, came to see herself face to face with Alonso de Aragon who was also separated from his army. A very close fight developed."
"María, even thought [sic] she had broken her sword, yet was able to subdue the King, making him her prisoner. She brought him to King Alonso of Castille, where he was encamped in his military quarters. He received her with veneration for her great courage and valor. The King told her: "You have not performed as a weak woman, but as a brave man, for which you will have the honor to be called VARONA and all your descendants will bear that name in memory of such great heroism. You will bear the arms of Aragon, which are four bloody bars with a gold background". These arms have been used in the shields from such remote times by all knights descending from the Varona lineage. The place where the battle took place was near the Paredes de Atienza, and it was known from then on as the field of Varona, in memory of this event."
Another reference to María Pérez, "La Varona", is from Carlos José de Varona y Saravia dated 1715. The author while on a vacation trip to Villanañe, wrote a very extensive manuscript named Memorias de la Infanzona Torre y Casa Fuerte de Villanañe, Solar de Varona. It begins treating the progenitors of the Varonas:
"In some nobility books and memorials that have the linage of Varona descending from the Infante Don Vela, Count and Lord of Ayala and María Pérez, his wife, named La Varona by King Alonso VI who conquered Toledo, they do not show the ancestry of Don Vela of [sic] his wife, mentioning only that she was related to Count Fernán González de Castilla."
"But, having researched the archives of the House of Villanañe, made available to me by Rodrigo Melchor Varona, quoting some authentic documents that were found and other papers, here is what they say:"
"In first place, the old memorials mention María Pérez del Val de Gobea named "La Varona" descended from Andeca, Count of Cantabria, who died in 714 in the battle of Guadalete".
When it mentions "La Varona" is says: "María's parents died, and her two brothers became her legal guardians at a very young age. Beauty, valor and wealth were attributes of the Lady of Villanañe, who inherited Bachicabo, Espejo, Villanueva, Gurendes, Quejo, Valluerca, Quintanilla and Osma, where she was patroness of the [what?] with all the rights of the manors and had jurisdiction over which included the entire Valley, together with her brothers and relatives, at the Villarcayo and Villacanes, Siguenza and Quintanilla de Siguenza. She also had the inheritance in the high mountains of Burgos, part of Cantabria, as a descendant of the previous Lords; she was also Lady of Cárcamo, and inherited Lacozmonte from her mother". Also in this memorial it is mentioned that María, with great effort fought with the moors and was the "La Varona", that captured King Pedro of Aragon, in the year 1119".
Carlos Varona Saravia also mentions the same story as Francisco Bernardo Varona, the battle of Atienza. In the following page it is mentioned that the victory of Dueñas that was obtained by this brave woman with her army, in that campaign against the moors, caused the King to name her "mirror of valiant knights". This new noble title, is the reason for the shield to have eight round reflections with a golden background.
SEE ALSO: item 6 in the BIBLIOGRAPHY section below.
Adelantado = advanced one
Ancestros = ancestors
caballero = knight; the basic rank of the aristocratic system
cacique = indiginous chief or chieftan
Camagüey = pron. [like gamma] camma-way, formerly the Villa of Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe
casa = house
ciudad = city
conde = like an English earl or a continental European count; step below marqués; assigned by the king/queen
Conquistador = conqueror
de = of (in English), le (in French)
Descendencia = descendents
don = lord; respectable prefix said before his name like the English "milord"
doña = lady; respectable prefix said before her name like the English "milady"
Duque(s) = duke(s) (step above count(s), assigned by the king/queen)
Escudo de Armas = Coat (Shield) of Arms
España = Spain
Español = Spanish
Esposas = spouses
fidalgo = a minor Portuguese aristocrat (from filho d'algo = filho d'alguém = son of someone [important])
Generación = generation
hidalgo, hijos-dalgo = child(ren) of a noble; king/queen cannot assign this, you are born with it (see: fidalgo)
hijos, hijo, hija = children, son, daughter
isla = island
linaje = lineage
LINEA PRIMERA = top-level primary lineage or line
LINEA SEGUNDA = top-level secondary lineage or line
miembro = member
nobleza = the nobility (nobles)
Poblador = settler
Preparado por = prepared by
procrearon = they procreated
Pto. = abbreviation of the spanish Puerto, or Port in english, as in Pto. Príncipe
Rama A = the A or first sub-sub-branch
Rama B = the B or second sub-sub-branch
Rama C = the C or third sub-sub-branch
Rama Primera = primary sub-branch
Rama Segunda = secondary sub-branch
Rama Tercera = tertiary sub-branch
regidor del Ayuntamiento = member of the city council
villa = a town that enjoyed certain peculiar privileges, including a magestry
y, e = and (use e instead of y if next letter is I or H as in "e Hidalgo")
SEE ALSO: Colonial Spanish Terms and Phrases...
SEE ALSO: Babylon Translation...
0. The main source for the de Varona family data prior to I.M. emigrating to the U.S.A. is Conde de Jaruco. Specific volume and page references to Conde de Jaruco's work are embedded in-line in the text above within a pair of brackets of the form: [Jaruco, vol x, pag y]. So far, Conde de Jaruco's work are contained within this nine volume set...
Historia de Familias Cubanas por Francisco Xavier de Santa Cruz y Mallén, Conde de San Juan de Jaruco;
La Habana, "Editorial Hercules", 1940-1988
1. The second source for data on de Varona and allied families prior to I.M. emigrating to the U.S.A. are the many volumes of REVISTA as published by the Cuban Genealogical Society in Salt Lake City, Utah, and edited by Mayra F. Sanchez-Johnson. The REVISTA data comes originally from several sources such as the Parish Register of El Sagrario, Camagüey, Cuba and the Parish Register of Ntra. Sra. de la Soledad, Camagüey, Cuba for marriages, and the Archivo General de Protocolos de Camagüey for wills. Specific volume, number, and page references to REVISTA entries are usually embedded in-line in the text above within a pair of brackets of the form: [REVISTA vol x Mon Year num y pag z].
2. A primary source for de Varona ancestors prior to Francisco emigrating to Santo Domingo in the Caribbean is the gigantic GEDCOM database of Hilda B. Pomares. Hilda is related to this family via the sister of our Catalina Barreda y Zayas-Bazan (if not via others as well). Start here...
3. Ancestry.com and its affiliates are another main source of genealogical data, especially the US Federal Censuses, unfortunately, you will need to purchase an account there to access much of it...
Trees -> OneWorldTree -> Francisco Varona Miranda can also be found at ancestry.com which has some relevant data about the family...
4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints (LDS) is another main source of genealogical data, unfortunately, to make corrections when someone else has submitted bogus data about your family you must be a church member, and to date, there has been some misinformation submitted about I.M. and some of his ancestors, and about Luisa Betancourt, as well, ...
5. Google has been scanning documents like mad, especially those where the copyrights have expired. I.M.'s Biography used above came from one of these documents found on-line...
THE NATIONAL CYCLCOPEDIA OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY edited by Distinguished Biographers, Selected From Each State, Revised and Approved by the Most Emminent Historians, Scholars, and Statesmen of the Day, Volume X; New York, James T White and Company, 1909
6. Here are some links to supplement the VARONA section above. First, more about the legendary Varona, the eponymous ancestor María Pérez. The initial three are in Spanish and are awaiting English translations. In the mean time you could copy&paste them into the Google or Yahoo (Altavista) babelfish online translators ...
For the intellectually curious a further treatise has been published analyzing the play "La varona castellana" by Lope de Vega which can be found here along with an excerpt in English ...
Finally, if you are curious about and/or would like to travel to the ancestral homelands of the House of Varona at Villanañe and the House of Arroyo at Villante(Villadiego) here are some links to get you started. You should of course google further yourself using phrases like "Torre de los Varona -verona", "Castle tower de Varona -verona", "House of Varona Alava -verona", "ruina Arroyo Villante Villadiego", &c ...
Tower of the Varona Family
The Varona Family's Palace-Tower
Castillo Torre de Varona
Ruins of the Varona House of Arroyo in Villante (Villadiego)
Brandon Josef Szinavel's 'El origin de apellido Arroyo'
7. Finally, another important reference for researching de Varona and allied families is the two volume set (TOMO I, II): HISTORIA GENEALOGICA DE LOS CEBALLOS DE LA RIOJA by Oriol Martí Ceballos. Most of the pertinent data for the de Varona families is in TOMO II. Oriol is a very strict and thorough researcher and has made many corrections and enhancements to the work of Conde de Jaruco. He proposes that the lineage of the Varona's of Cuba came originally from the House of Arroyo, which also seems to be the belief of the above researcher Brandon Josef Szinavel. At any rate, Oriol's work seems to primarily be available from the author these days in electronic form, and it is very expensive (in euros). We were finally able to purchase our own two volume set by continually checking on Amazon. Until we found our own copies we mostly relied on second hand data in the footnotes from the web site devoted to the research of LUIS ANTONIO ORTIZ DE PINEDO ANGULO in Valladolid, España which can now only be found in the internet archives via this URL link:
* Our post(s) to the Cuba.General bulletin board:
* Note: this is an equivalent site since posts to rootsweb are cross-posted to ancestry.com (and visa versa):
* Our post(s) to MessageBoards.Surnames.Varona:
* Our post(s) to MessageBoards.Surnames.Betancourt:
* Biblioteca Heráldica (Barahona):
* Heralderia - Heráldica y Genealogía Hispana:
* SEPHARDIM.COM -- Sephardic Names Translated:
* SEPHARDIM.COM -- A Research Tool for Sephardic Genealogy:
* Sephardim - Conversos - Marranos -- Historical Overview:
* Marranos, Conversos, and New Christians:
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