Noble Roots: Getting from Antonio to Goncalo

In my earlier post, I showed how I connected to Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro.  Antonio is sort of anchor ancestor who connects me to several noble family trees in the Azores and throughout Europe.

One of the well known noble characters in my tree is Goncalo Vaz Botelho, “O Grande”.  He was one of the original settlers on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores chain.  Goncalo was my first connection to European royalty.  His line goes back to Portugal and then spreads throughout Europe hitting a couple of kings and queens along the way.

I was able to work back from myself to Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro and then to Goncalo Vaz Botelho.  Goncalo is my 15th Great Grandfather.   Goncalo’s wife is unknown.

By finding this line in Rodrigo Rodrigues’ work, I was able to fill a whole lot of my pedigree chart!  This ahnentafel chart documents the line from Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro to Goncalo Vaz Botelho, O Grande:

Ahnentafel of Antonio MEDEIROS CORDEIRO – 1 May 2011
——————————————————————————-

First Generation

1.  Antonio MEDEIROS CORDEIRO: born about 1735 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

Second Generation

2.  Gaspar de MEDEIROS MONIZ: born in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married on 30 Jul 1718 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

3.  Maria FURTADO: born in Ponta Garca, Sao Miguel Isl..

Third Generation

4.  Manoel CARDOSO PEREIRA: married on 16 Dec 1686 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

5.  Maria da COSTA.

6.  Joao FURTADO LEITAO: married.

7.  Margarida FURTADO.

Fourth Generation

8.  Gaspar PEREIRA: married.

9.  Maria CARDOSO.

10.  Manoel MONIZ BARBOSA: married on 12 Dec 1654 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

11.  Maria da COSTA: died in 1676 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

Fifth Generation

20.  Capitao Jorge CORREIA BARBOSA: married.

21.  Maria VIEIRA DE ALBERNAZ: born in Albernaz, Portugal.

22.  Manoel de COSTA CARVALHO: married.

23.  Isabel JORGE.

Sixth Generation

40.  Heitor BARBOSA DA SILVA: married; died on 22 May 1629 in Sao Miguel Isl., Acores.

41.  Maria SOUSA DE SAMPAIO.

Seventh Generation

80.  Pedro BARBOSA DA SILVA: married.

81.  Maria MEDEIROS.

82.  Jorge CORREIA.

83.  Isabel Pacheco da SILVEIRA.

Eighth Generation

160.  Heitor BARBOSA DA SILVA: married.

161.  Guiomar PACHECO.

162.  Alvaro LOPES FURTADO: married.

163.  Ana FERNANDES MONIZ.

Ninth Generation

320.  Sebastiao BARBOSA DA SILVA: married.

321.  Isabel NUNES BOTELHO.

324.  Rodrigo ALVARES: married.

325.  Maria de MEDEIROS.

Tenth Generation

640.  Rui LOPES: married on 9 Aug 1511 in Lisboa, Portugal.

641.  Branca GIL DE MIRANDA.

642.  Nuno GONCALVES BOTELHO: born in Sao Miguel Isl., Acores; married on 12 Aug 1517.

643.  Catarina RODRIGUES.

648.  Alvaro LOPES: married.

649.  Mecia AFONSO.

650.  Rui VAZ DE MEDEIROS: married.

651.  Ana GONCALVES DE MENDONCA.

Eleventh Generation

1280.  Rui ESTEVES BARBOSA: married.

1281.  Filipa da SILVA.

1283.  Maria or Margarida DIAS: married.

1284.  Goncalo Vaz BOTELHO “O Grande”: born about 1420 in Portugal; married.

1298.  Francisco Anes de PRAIA: married.

1299.  Mecia AFONSO?.

1302.  Jorge de MENDONCA: married.

Geni.com has Goncalo Vaz Botelho’s tree mapped out.  If you’d like to view these lines in pedigree chart form, check out “Goncalo Vaz Botelho O Grande“.

The question remains…why didn’t I get invited to the royal wedding of William and Kate????  Must have been an oversight.

 

Share

More On My Noble Roots

Earlier, I wrote about how most Azoreans will find nobility in their tree.  My ancestor, Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro, leads off into a few different noble lines.  This includes a connection to Goncalo Vaz Botelho, O Grande, who connects to European royalty.

How am I and Antonio Cordeiro Medeiros?  Antonio descends from my de Braga ancestry in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.   He is my 5th Great Grandfather.

I had researched this line in the marriage and baptismal microfilm.  So, I have quite a bit of information about Antonio and his family.  Also, the surname Medeiros Cordeiro was specific to Antonio.  His Father was a Medeiros Moniz and his Mother a Furtado.  None of his siblings used Cordeiro and so far I haven’t found it amongst his ancestors.  It may have been the surname of one of his Godparents.  Because of this, I was able to connect him to an entry in Rodrigo Rodrigues’ “Genealogias das ilhas de S. Miguel e Santa Maria, volume 1″.

I’ve edited this ahnentafel report so that it shows my connection to Antonio:

Ahnentafel  – Created 1 May 2011
——————————————————————————-

First Generation

1.  Me!

Third Generation

6.  Joao Pacheco “Bohne” SMITH

Fourth Generation

13.  Maria Esperito Santo de BRAGA: born on 2 Jun 1876 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; died on 25 Feb 1938 in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA.

Fifth Generation

26.  Jozimas de BRAGA: born on 17 Jul 1849 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married on 28 Aug 1871 in Divino Esperito Santo, Maia, Sao Miguel, Acores; died on 14 Feb 1922 in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA.

27.  Maria da Conceicao de MELLO: born in Jan 1845 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

Sixth Generation

52.  Jacintho Jose de BRAGA: born on 21 Sep 1806 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married on 26 Aug 1829 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

53.  Rosa de Medeiros PACHECO: born on 4 Mar 1810 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

54.  Felicianno Francisco de MELLO: born on 19 Apr 1807 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married on 26 Oct 1840 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

55.  Rosa Jacintha BOTEILHO: born on 24 Feb 1824 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

Seventh Generation

104.  Joao de BRAGA: born about 1770 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married on 8 Oct 1800 in Espirito Santo, Maia, Sao Miguel Acores.

105.  Maria do ESPIRITO SANTO: born about 1770 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

106.  Antonio Pacheco de REZENDES: born on 6 Apr 1776 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married on 28 Aug 1797 in Divino Esperito Santo, Maia, Sao Miguel, Acores; died after 1816.

107.  Anna de JESUS: born about 1777; died after 1816.

108.  Joao de MELLO: born on 7 Feb 1771 in Povoacao, Sao Miguel, Acores; married on 14 Mar 1796 in Divino Esperito Santo, Maia, Sao Miguel, Acores; died before 26 Oct 1840.

109.  Maria Theresa de MEDEIROS: born on 13 Aug 1778 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

110.  Manoel BOTEILHO DA ROCHA: born about 1795 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married on 22 Jan 1816 in Divino Esperito Santo, Maia, Sao Miguel, Acores.

111.  Antonia LEANOR: born about 1795 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; died before 26 Oct 1840.

Eighth Generation

208.  Manoel Paiva BRAGA: born about 1740 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married on 17 May 1771 in Espirito Santo, Maia, Sao Miguel Acores; died on 29 Mar 1781 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

209.  Isabel do COUTO: born about 1740 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

210.  Manoel SOARES DA PONTE: born about 1740 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

211.  Maria RAPOSO: born about 1740 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

212.  Manoel Pacheco de REZENDES: born about 1745 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; died on 20 Aug 1797.

213.  Catarina de MELLO E MEDEIROS: born on 30 Apr 1740 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

214.  Antonio MEDEIROS CORDEIRO: born about 1735 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married on 20 Jul 1753 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

215.  Francisca de SOUZA: born about 1735 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; died before 28 Feb 1897.

216.  Francisco de MEDEIROS: born about 1755 in Povoacao, Sao Miguel, Acores; died before Mar 1796.

217.  Josefa de MELLO: born about 1755 in Povoacao, Sao Miguel, Acores; died before Mar 1796.

218.  Antonio MONIZ (ausente): born about 1755 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married on 29 May 1778 in Espirito Santo, Maia, Sao Miguel Acores.

219.  Josefa de MEDEIROS: born about 1755 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.

220.  Antonio da ROCHA: born about 1755 in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island; married about 1786.

221.  Roza da Estrella BOTEILHO: born about 1755 in Estrela, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, Acores.

222.  Francisco PACHECO: married; died before 22 Jan 1816.

223.  Francisca IGNACIA.

If you are fortunate enough to find ancestry in the works of Rodrigo Rodrigues it can definitely expand your tree!

 

Share

Azoreans and Royalty

Since we’ve had the royal wedding this week, I thought it would be good to talk about royal roots.  Not many Azorean genealogists realize the rich history of the islands and how they were first populated by Portuguese nobility.    If you’ve got Azorean roots, there is a very good chance you also have royal blood.

The islands were first discovered in 1427, when Santa Maria island was sighted.  Goncalo Velho Cabral is given credited for officially discovering the islands in 1431.  No doubt there were others prior to this date, but none have been officially been noted.

How did nobility end up on the Azores Islands?  Infante D. Henrique ordered them to settle the islands. So, in 1432, the first groups set out to make the Azores their home.  The islands were populated by these minor nobles and their servants.  Those nobles may have been considered minor, but their roots were long.  Many connect to the royal lineage across Europe and the Middle East.

What does this mean to the modern Azorean genealogist?    Noble roots on the island have been well documented by Rodrigo Rodrigues, Gaspar Frutuoso, and others.  If you can get your line back before 1700, you have a fairly good chance of finding a connection to nobility.  It won’t be easy.  You will have to work back through the digitized/microfilmed records.  Then you’ll have to find a link in one of these books.  If you do find a connection, you may find yourself adding several generations to your tree.

Do I have nobility in my tree?  Yep!  Doesn’t it show?  I have been very fortunate with my ancestry in the town of Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.  A couple of my lines started out in Maia in the 14oos and they stayed there until I hooked up with them in the 1880s.  I have not been so lucky with my lines in Achada, Nordeste or Fenais da Vera Cruz (aka Fenais d’Ajuda).  But the people of Maia have been very, very good to me.

It was my ancestor, Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro, who really got things rolling.  Antonio was married in 1753 to Francisca de Souza.  He is the son of Gaspar de Medeiros Moniz and Maria Furtado.  Antonio’s line is connected to the Barbosa da Silva’s.  It goes back several generations to the original settler, Rui Lopes, a knight, who settled on Sao Miguel island.  He was the son of Rui Esteves Barbosa and Filipa da Silva, and married Branca Gil de Miranda in 1511 in Lisboa (Lisbon), Portugal.  Rui Lopes is Antonio’s Gr Gr Gr Gr Gr Gr Great Grandfather (that’s 7 greats).

I did a search on Geni.com and  I found that one of my ancestors, Goncalo Vaz Botelho, O Grande, has his tree in their database.   Goncalo was born around 1420 in Portugal.  He is the 8th Great Grandfather of Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro.  While Rui Lopes tree stops with his parents, Goncalo’s goes back to Portugal and spreads across Europe through the royal families.  This tree goes back many, many, many generations and connects to monarchy and pretty much everyone else.  It no doubt makes me my own cousin many times over.

I still don’t have a connection to William and Kate that I know of.  I suspect if I bring anyone of these lines forward.  One royal will marry another and branch off to Great Britain.

It was never my goal to find a royal connection.  Heck, with all my peasant laborer ancestors, I wouldn’t have even thought it possible.  It does make me wonder what happened between 1600 and 1700.  By the time the first shots are fired in the American Revolution, my ancestors have lost their land and their titles.  Their working someone else’s land.  By the 1880s, they were clamoring for a new lease on life, which is probably why they so eagerly signed sugar plantation contracts and set off for Hawaii.  Shoot, with all my connections to Kings and Queens I should least be a Duchess.

Pretty much everyone with European roots will link to nobility at some point.  The problem is whether the records are available to take you back far enough to make a connection.  Some folks, like me, get really lucky.  Others hit road blocks that make it difficult to get beyond their great grandparents.

You can explore more royal lines at Geni.com.  Here is Kate Middleton’s and Prince William’s lines to get your started

Share