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COLON Y VELEZ - Puerto Rico, Santana, Arecibo

PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:02 am
by Bonnie
Hello Everyone,

I've been working on my family tree for some time now and been able to get pretty far with my father side of the family, but when it comes to my mother side, that's a different story. I'm looking for any information on my grandmother's mother, my great grandmother's name was Cruz Colon y Velez de Legarreta. I found her on the 1910 U.S. Census which indicates she was 13 years old at the time. Then on the Puerto Rico civil registration 1885-2001 I found her marriage certificate which dates 1913, making her 15 years old but her certificates says she is 18 years old. Well, that's not too important at the moment. On the certificate, her father is listed as Martin Colon De Jesus and list a neighbor Joaquina Velez de Colon as witness. My living aunt meet her during her younger years and confirms she, Joaquina, was not their mother.

My great grandmother had two sisters and according to my aunt and my mom they were orphans. Last known residence, again according to my aunt they lived in a wooden shack with a tin roof, before she was married was Santana, Arecibo Puerto Rico.

I read some where that prior to the 1910 U.S. census Spain kept records but I can't seem to find anything. I would appreciated if anyone could point me on the right directions as I am at a lost.

Thank you
Bonnie

Re: COLON Y VELEZ - Puerto Rico, Santana, Arecibo

PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:51 pm
by flatlander
I can't help you much because I am in the same situation as you looking for Puerto Rican rinformation. I can say this for certain - the US census of 1900 did not census the whole PR population. It only accounted for the US military stationed there. I am fortunate enough to have my great-grandfather in the US military in San Juan in 1900 but I cannot find his PR native wife anywhere! There is a slave census taken in 1872 even though technically the slaves were freed in 1870. They had to stay for three years after the 1870 law that freed them, apparently to give the landowners time to replace the workforce. In 1873 the slaves were free.

If I find anything that might help you I will frward the info. Sorry to not have much info at this point for you, Marie

Re: COLON Y VELEZ - Puerto Rico, Santana, Arecibo

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:21 am
by Bonnie
Hello Marie,

Thank you very much for your time and the information. I didn't know about the 1870 slave law.


Thank you
Bonnie