Sunday, July 23, 2017

Another branch of the tree

While continuing to look through the Arizona resources on, I have stumbled onto an under-researched branch of the Suastegui family. My 5th-great-grandfather Francisco Suastegui had two families, one by first wife and my 5th-great-grandmother Maria Josefa de la Peña, and a second family after her death with Concepcion Menendez. As I understand so far, here is what I have for these two families.

Children of Francisco Suastegui and Maria Josefa de la Peña:

- Pedro Suastegui, born 1826 in Altar, Sonora, Mexico
- Maria Jesus Suastegui
- Maria Concepcion Suastegui, 1836-1903
- Jesus Suastegui, 1837-1897
- Maria Engracia Suastegui, 1841-1891
- Jose Francisco Angel Suastegui, 1842-1846

Maria Josefa died sometime before 1852. Francisco Suastegui and Concepcion Menendez had at least the following children:

- Antonio Suastegui, born March 1853, died 24 November 1853 in Altar, Sonora, Mexico
- Maria Esther Suastegui, born 27 December 1857
- Mariana Suastegui, born May 1859, died July 1893

Maria Engracia Suastegui

Francisco's daughter Maria Engracia Suastegui married William Henry Harrison Burke in Magdalena, Sonora on 16 March 1859. They had a son on 29 November 1859 in Yuma, Arizona, Palatin (or Palatine) Robinson Burke. Given the dates, Maria Engracia was likely pregnant when she married Burke.

In 1860, the young family moved to Tucson, Arizona, where they appear in the 1860 US Census.
1860 US Census, Tucson, Arizona.

In 1880, they were in Maricopa County. The family had grown to three sons.
1880 US Census, Maricopa County, Arizona.
William Burke died on 31 July 1890 in Yuma, Arizona. His obituary appeared in the Arizona Sentinel on 2 August 1890, recounting an adventurous life.
Arizona Sentinel, 2 Aug 1890.

Maria Engracia Suastegui died on 9 November 1891. Her obituary appeared in the Arizona Sentinel on 10 November 1891.
Arizona Sentinel, 10 Nov 1891.
Area newspapers mention two of the Suastegui siblings in connection with Maria Engracia, her half-sisters Maria Esther Suastegui and Mariana Suastegui. Following these two sisters has uncovered quite a fascinating story for each, stories that will have to wait until after I return from some upcoming travel.

Francisco and Laura

Arizona Daily Star, 16 Nov 1954.
Working backward from Amelia Suastegui Vasquez, this post completes the research on her parents Francisco Suastegui and Laura Vasquez. Francisco died in Tucson on 15 November 1954, and I have included his obituary above. Laura's obituary is below, she passed away on 18 January 1980.
Arizona Daily Star, 20 Jan 1980.
When I wrote about Laura last year, I referenced the voyage she took with daughter Amelia and son-in-law Frank Vasquez in 1956. Here is another clipping describing the trip:
Arizona Daily Star, 5 Apr 1956.
There are additional articles on the family but I am now working backward on the Suastegui line. More posts to follow in the near future.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Snapshots of a full life

Arizona Daily Star, 15 Aug 1998.

When I started researching the family of Francisco Suastegui and Laura Vasquez, I did not realize the fascinating story that would be found. Francisco was a Mexican diplomat and son of jeweler and silversmith Rafael Suastegui. Rafael was a grandson of Jose Antonio Suastegui and Maria Ignacia Canete, my 6th-great-grandparents. Laura was a daughter of noted blacksmith Adolfo Vasquez and Amelia Heras. Adolfo was a son of Concepcion Suastegui and Francisco Vasquez, and Concepcion was a sister of my 5th-great-grandfather Pedro Suastegui. While there is a family connection to Francisco and Laura, I know am a bit far removed from a direct connection to the family. I also know that there is a large branch of distant cousins on this side of the tree who may find this information, so I hope this is useful to them.

In August 1998, the Arizona Daily Star published a long interview with then 90-year old Amelia Suastegui Vasquez, daughter of Francisco Suastegui and Laura Vasquez. It is a great interview and captures the recollections of someone who clearly lived a full life. In her early years she lived the life of a diplomat's daughter, even attending a reception at the White House in 1926. She trained as a concert pianist and moved to New York City, Washington DC and Mexico City.
Arizona Daily Star, 15 Aug 1998.
In 1939, Amelia married Frank Vasquez. They moved back to Tucson where he was continuing the family business in ornamental ironworking. The interview notes that Amelia took painting classes in her 70s at the University of Arizona. I wonder if any of her paintings are around in Tucson today.

Amelia passed away on 9 September 2004 at the age of 96. My great-grandfather Plutarco Vasquez Campuzano also lived to be 96, so there must be something in the genes for the family in Arizona. Amelia's obituary says she is survived by 24 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She left a great legacy and clearly lived a fascinating life. If any distant cousins stumble on this page or others I have posted on the Vasquez and Suastegui branches of the family, I would be interested to know more about her art and if there are any old photos of family life in Tucson.
Arizona Daily Star, 10 Sep 2004

Returning to the Vasquez Family

Arizona Daily Star, 8 Feb 1938.
The addition of more newspapers for the Arizona Daily Star on has provided an opportunity to go back and see what references I may have missed on branches of my Arizona lines. One such example is above, a death notice for Amelia Heras Vasquez, widow of Adolfo Vasquez.

Adolfo and Amelia's son Raul Vasquez was featured in the Arizona Daily Star in April 1941, in a story on his work as an ornamental metal craftsman. I have included the photo of Raul below.
Arizona Daily Star, 6 April 1941.
Another article from 1953 describes the well-known ironwork of Vasquez and Vasquez. Raul and son Frank Vasquez were responsible for the ironwork in the All Saints Church on South Sixth Avenue and the restoration of the San Xavier Mission.
Arizona Daily Star, 28 Jun 1953.
Raul's son Frank has another connection to the Suastegui side of the tree. In 1939, Frank married Amelia Suastegui, daughter of Francisco Suastegui and Laura Vasquez.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Off to the baile

Arizona Daily Star, 4 Feb 1934.
The images above are from old wood cuts and drawings by J. Ross Browne, about 1860. These first appeared in his book "Adventures in Apache Country", and were reprinted on the front page of the Arizona Daily Star on 4 February 1934.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Yellow Wagon

Arizona Daily Star, 18 February 2016.

New articles from the archives of the Arizona Daily Star have been added to, so I am looking back through the expanded collection for stories I may have missed on the Campuzano, Vasquez and Suastegui families. February 2016 featured a story about the Vasquez family and a yellow wagon commissioned for Amelia Vasquez in 1954 that was featured in the 1964 & 2016 Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Source: Arizona Daily Star, 18 February 2016. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pow Wow DC 2017

Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Madsteez. 9 Jun 2017.
With my travels over the past month I failed to post photos from the new murals painted for Pow Wow 2017 in Northeast DC. Here is a recap of my street art walk on 9 June 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Martin Swift.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Ricardo Gonzalez.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Lotus Flower Mural. 9 Jun 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Metro + Lotus Flower Mural.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural for Pow Wow DC 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Pow Wow DC 2017 mural. 9 Jun 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural for Pow Wow DC 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Key Han.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Key Han. 9 Jun 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Julia Chon. 
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Julia Chon. 9 Jun 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural for Pow Wow DC 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural for Pow Wow DC 2017.
My photos of murals from last year's edition of Pow Wow DC are available here.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Photo - Art at Milano Malpensa Airport

Photo by Patrick Jones. Painting at Milan Malpensa. 1 Jul 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Paintings at Milan Malpensa. 1 Jul 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Painting at Milan Malpensa. 1 Jul 2017.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fly by Clipper, 1946

Miami News, 10 July 1946

The advertisement above appeared in many newspapers around the US in 1946. Perhaps Marie Ray Sexson and husband Bert saw the ad and decided to escape to Havana for the weekend just after Thanksgiving 1946.

Many airlines were advertising service to Havana around this time. An ad by Chicago and Southern Air Lines from the Indianapolis Star in November 1946 is below.
Indianapolis Star, 10 Nov 1946.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Winter in Havana

Photo by Francis Miller, LIFE Magazine. Havana, 1958.
While taking another dive through the records on Ancestry, I stumbled onto a fascinating set of records for my Nana, her mother and grandmother in the Florida Passenger Lists database. In December 1955, Nana (then Betty Jeanne Goff, before she married my Gumpy in 1961) went on vacation to Cuba with her grandmother Laura, her mother Marie and Marie's husband Bert Sexson, Nana's husband at the time William Goff, his son William (my Dad's half-brother) and daughter Pamela.
Source: Ancestry. Florida Passenger Lists, Image 631 of 1182.

They flew on Cuban airline Aerovias Q, returning to Key West from Havana on 24 December 1955. It is unclear from this record how long they had stayed in Cuba. I can only imagine where they stayed, enjoying the beaches of Cuba and nightlife in pre-Revolutionary Havana.

Marie and Bert traveled to Cuba in 1946, before they were married in June 1947. In November 1946 they took a weekend trip to Cuba, possibly to escape the onset of Indiana winter for the warmth and excitement of Havana. Marie and Bert appear on a Pan American World Airways passenger list from Havana to Miami on 2 December 1946. If I am reading it correctly they had arrived in Havana on 29 November 1946.
Source: Ancestry. Florida Passenger Lists, Image 288 of 1451.
This isn't even the earliest record of someone in Nana's family traveling to Cuba. Nana's grandmother Laura made the trip to Havana in 1938, returning by seaplane to Miami on 13 February 1938. The seaplane had 27 passengers and 5 crew.
Source: Ancestry. Florida Passenger Lists. 
As a frequent traveler, this is such a cool find. A photo of a Pan American seaplane likely similar to the one taken by Laura to and from Cuba is below.
Photo by Bernard Hoffman, LIFE Magazine. May 1940.

Another obituary for Edgar

Ind. Star, 13 Feb 1965.

This is another obituary for my great-grandfather Edgar Lawrence Jones, published in the Indianapolis Star on 13 February 1965. This obituary is a little different from the one published in the Crawfordsville Journal-Review. This one references his years as a real estate broker and work at men's clothing retailer Harry Levinson. It also provides the additional fact that he was a past master of the Thorntown Masonic Lodge.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Returning to Research

Photo by Patrick Jones. Milan, Italy, 30 Jun 2017.

Research on the blog has been admittedly slow for quite a while. The combination of warm summer weather and distractions from travel have limited my availability to follow family history leads. I am going to try to post more family history items over the next couple of weeks before travel kicks up again. Below is an article that is new to me on my Gumpy, Keith D. Jones. This is from the Indianapolis Star announcing a new role for Gumpy at Oakite Products in 1960.
Indianapolis Star, 7 Aug 1960.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

More photos from Milan

Photo by Patrick Jones. Duomo, Milan. 30 Jun 2017.
There has been a church or cathedral on the site of the Duomo di Milano since 335 CE. Construction on the current Duomo began in 1386. It is an impressive building from the outside. I did not have an opportunity to go inside, as I chose to see an art exhibition in another part of Milan earlier in the evening. The plaza around the cathedral was lively with music and people.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Door on the Duomo.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Door on the Duomo, 30 Jun 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Detailed statues on the Duomo.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Piazza del Duomo. 30 Jun 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
Next to the Duomo is the high-end mall Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This was designed in 1861 and is one of the world's oldest shopping malls.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Iron & glass dome.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Ornate architecture.