Granados Family has had a long time residence in the
town of Aracena. It is believed that one Don Pedro Fernandez
Granados distinguished himself especially
in the recapture of Jerez de la Frontera from the Moors
in 1254, where, In reward, the King, Alfonso X "The
Wise" granted him hereditary titles and their corresponding
estates in Andalucia. The name is mentioned many times
in Los Libros de Repartimientos de Tieras de la Conquistas
de Andalucia, and its nobililty is mentioned in Las
Ordenes de Santiago, Calatrava y San Juan de Jerusalem
and La Real Maestranza de Seville.
Town of Aracena had its beginnings as a Moorish fortified
town or Alcazaba on the top of the hill (Cerro de Castillo).
This consisted of a large walled precinct divided in
two by the Castle proper which was the home and command
post for the local Moorish lord of the area. The towns
Mosque was largely demolished and replaced by the current
church the Iglesia del Castillo which is among the oldest
in the area. This fortress town is though to have been
built in about the 12th century particularly because
like in Seville at the Cathedral there the original
minaret of the mosque was retained as the tower of the
church. The patterned brickwork is similar to the Giralda
in Seville. The crypt of the church is the burial place
of many Granados ancestors and provides key confirmations
about the genealogical information of the family.
a clearer view of the genealogical tree it may be helpful
to click on the listings on Wikitree.
in 2005 Under the auspices of Uncle Tony the Family
commissioned a series of professional genealogical investigations
looking at the ancestry of Ramon Granados Marquez and
Maria Concepcion Rey Capdevila (see also Rey Family
in Spain) from researcher Matthew Hovius. His series
of reports is listed to the right. Earlier reports are
contradicted in some details as new information has
come to light. The Granados family's long history in
Aracena presents a difficult set of circumstances in
the investigation in to family history. Records of births,
deaths, marriages and such are primarily recorded in
church records. In 1935, during the Spanish Civil War,
Miners burned all of the civil and ecclesiastical records
in the town so there is virtually nothing to go on.
Fortunately the Granados clan is an argumentative bunch
and have historically prone to filing law suits and
in making wills so there is still a good bit of information
from the individual archives of lawyers practicing in
the town. Much of the work done by Mr Hovius involved
painstaking sifting through these records which have
been indexed as far back as the mid 1750's Older records
exist but need to be looked at page by page and sampling
some of these has yielded some interesting discoveries.
Details of these reports are summarized below.
Ancestry of Ramon Granados-Marquez
Granados Family History
By Kathrine Collins Granados
Ramon Granados Marquez
Father: Luis Granados Fernandez
Mother: Maria del Rosario Marquez Muñoz
had four children: Luis, a lawyer; Ramon, born September
4, 1880; Librada and Celestino, who amused children
with his Kaiser Wilhelm style moustache. Librada married
Juan Parra, and they had five sons, Fernando, Luis and
German (two others un-named).
Granados-Marquez born September 14, 1880 in Aracena,
Huelva, married Maria Concepcion Rey Capdevila of Seville.
Since Ramon was in Cuba at the time, they were married
by proxy in a civil ceremony in Seville on January 20,
1903. Concepcion's brother Viriato stood in for Ramon.
Maria Concepcion left for Cuba and was married to Ramon
in a ceremony before a priest on February 10, 1903.
Luis Granados Fernandez
Father: Ramón Granados Barrera
Mother: Dolores Fernández Domínguez
del Rosario Marquez Muñoz
Father: Antonio Marquez Garcia
Mother: Carmen Muñoz Galvan
Ramon's father, Luis Granados Fernandez, was born about
1840 in Aracena He died on January 12, 1895 and is buried
in the family crypt at Aracena's "Iglesia del Castillo".
He married Maria del Rosario Marquez Muniz before 1875.
As early as 1864 Luis held the position of Procurador
(Prosecutor) at the local court, and had business interests
Maria del Rosario was born before 1856 in Aracena. Other
children included Luis, who became a lawyer; Librada,
who married Juan Parra and had three sons, Fernando,
Luis and German; and Celestino, a playboy who never
Ramón Granados Barrera
Father: Celestino Granados de Valladares
Mother: Josefa Barrera Monsalve
Mother: Catalina Dominguez (?)
Granados married Dolores Fernandez-Dominguez, whose
mother was Catalina Dominguez. Their sons were: Juan
Nepomuceno, a Catholic Priest; and Luis.
Juan Nepomuceno Granados entered the priesthood, his
aunt, Maria de los Dolores Barrera, gave him properties
known as El Pino, Pera Mora, end of Aroche; Huestos
Viejas, Cerro and Vinerias. His will, dated January
1, 1912, bequeathed these properties to St. Peter's
Priesthood. Other properties included a chestnut orchard
at Carrera del Caballo, an olive grove at Dehera on
the road to Cortelazos, a vineyard at Dehera, and an
olive grove at Rebollar.
Granados Barrera, the father of Luis Granados-Fernandez,
was born before 1805 in Aracena. He married Dolores
Fernandez Dominguez, and owned land in and around Aracena,
where he appears in a great many documents pertaining
to land transactions. He died on April 17, 1870 and
is buried in the family crypt. Dolores was born in the
nearby township of Cumbres Mayores. She died after 1883.
A second child of this couple was Juan Nepomuceno Granados,
a priest, whose 1912 will provided much information
about this family.
Antonio Marquez Garcia, the father of Maria del Rosario
Marquez-Muniz, was born in Aracena, and died after 1875.
He married Maria del Carmen Muniz Galvan. His will,
made in 1875 specified that his only child, Maria del
Rosario was to receive 3,625 Pesetas as a dowry at the
time of her marriage.
del Carmen Muniz y Galvan was born in Aracena. She died
after 1875. Her parents' will indicates that she had
received a dowry of 8,000 Reales at the time of her
marriage. Her parents also left her a hacienda called
La Barquera and a home on Aracena's Campito Street.
Celestino Granados de Valladares
Father: Pedro Pío de la Barrera
Mother: Doña Nicolasa Barrera Monsalve
Granados de Valladares, the father of Ramon Granados-Barrera,
was born before 1766 in Aracena. He died after 1827.
His immediate parentage is unclear, but notaries referred
to him as Celestino Granados y Valladares when preparing
legal documents for him, although he never signed that
way. It's likely that a lengthy and acrimonious lawsuit
between the two families was to blame, a suit that began
at the Real Chancilleria of Granada in 1763 and lasted
for years. Celestino's first wife was Teresa Guerra,
who died before 1790, and their son Jose Granados Guerra,
became a priest. In 1791, Celestino owned a home on
Aracena's Calle Real, and in 1808 he bought a hacienda
that bordered on that of a Jose Granados. Celestino's
second wife was Maria Magdalena de la Barrera. Other
children included: Maria del Dolor, who married Jose
Lobo; Maria del Carmen, who married Tomas Garcia; and
Maria del Pilar Sagrario, who married Jose Gonzalez-Gonzalez.
Antonio Marquez, the father of Antonio Marquez-Garcia,
lived in Aracena in the early to mid 1800's. He married
Francisca Garcia. and although several Marquez families
resided in Aracena in the early 1800's, efforts to determine
his parentage have thus far been unsuccessful,
Muniz, the father of Maria del Carmen Muniz, was born
in Aracena and died after 1856. Before 1829, he married
Ana Galvan, who was born before 1793. Another child
of this couple was Maria Francisca.
Pedro Pio de la Barrera y Narvaez, the father of Maria
Magdalena Barrera, was born about 1724 in Aracena. By
1758, he applied to the royal officials in Cadiz for
permission to return to the Americas, where he had previously
spent some time. He was to embark on an unspecified
mission from the Bishop of Papayon in Columbia. Before
permission could be granted, he had to produce 3 witnesses
who stated that he left no wife in Spain. Two of the
witnesses were Valladares men from Aracena.
No record exists of his first Americas trip, but he
must have returned after 1761, for the will of his brother
Agustin reveals that Pedro Pio had given him 16,000
reales when he returned from the Indies, "due to
the death of our brother friar Manuel Barrera y Narvaez
... from assets that Manuel had in the city of Seville."
Friar Manuel is stated in an Aracena history book to
have been killed by pirates shortly after his ship set
sail from Seville. Pedro Pio married Nicolasa Monsalve
y Mora after 1758. His will, dated September 3, 1791,
stated that he held the post of Regidor General, and
Alguacil Mayor del Santo Tribunal de la Inquisicion,
or the equivalent of being head of the City Council
and Sheriff for the Inquisition. Their other children
included: Josefa, Agustin, Luisa, Diego, Mames, Pedro
and Maria del Dolor. Mames studied law in Madrid; Maria
del Dolor became a nun, and Agustin, Josefa and Luisa
married. Nicolasa Monsalve y Mora was born in Niebla.
She died after 1807. Pedro Pio died about 1791 in Aracena.
Jose Antonio Muniz, the father of Francisco Javier Muniz,
married Ventura Bernal. Other children included Victor,
Maria del Carmen, Maria Jesus and Teresa. He owned a
home on Aracena's Campito Street and some land in El
Castano. An unusual notation on his will was the precise
date and time of his death: 9:00 a.m. on September 3,
1829. Ventura Bernal's dowry included a crucifix to
be worn around her neck, dresses of velvet and other
cloths, undergarments, shawls, shoes, fans, buttons,
beads and lace among many other personal items. She
died after 1829.
Galvan, father of Ana Galvan, was buried on January
15, 1793 in Aracena. He married Candida Carrion, who
died after 1793. Other children of the couple included
Maria Francisca and Felix. .
Juan Bernal, father of Ventura Bernal, died before
1796. He married Florencia Fernandez.
for Further Research
This new report on the Granados ancestry leaves many
options still open for documenting additional ancestors:
It would be advisable to determine if there are additional
Limpieza de Sangre files pertaining to any of the
people mentioned herein. Specifically, Hernando Granados
Francisco and Pedro Pío de la Barrera y Narváez
are known to have held posts with the Inquisition;
Pablo Granados, and Francisco Granados Infante, mentioned
below, were priests. Friar Agustín Narváez
y Cárcamo was Prior of a Convent in Sanlúcar
de Barrameda from 1719 to 1725, and then took up a
post with the inquisition of Seville. Locating and
either examining or obtaining copies of such records
for these individuals would be worthwhile. This type
of file has already been used to much advantage in
the past in establishing ancestry for the Barrera
and Monsalve families; there may still be other such
resources in Archives, waiting to yield their secrets.
in Seville may identify some additional ancestors
of Felipe de Quadros Caro and his wife Antonia Osorio.
Rafael Sánchez Saus' work on medieval families
of Seville includes a lengthy pedigree of the same
Quadros family from which Felipe claimed descent.
But he does not develop all of the lines given in
the sources that he consulted, keeping his work within
the medieval period. The Institución Colombina
in Seville holds many unpublished manuscripts, such
as one written by Juan Ramírez de Guzmán
in 1652 on noble lineages descended from Seville's
knightly settlers. They also hold a manuscript history
of the Monsalve family.
much of the Granados' ancestry in San Juan del Puerto
has been amply documented through two lawsuits mentioned
below, some research in San Juan del Puerto's parish
records would perhaps add the as yet unknown parents
of Elvira Encalada and Leonor Bravo de Laguna.
regard to the Encalada and Bravo de Laguna families,
now that their places of origin in northern Spain
have been identified, it may even be possible to determine,
through bibliographical research, some medieval ancestry
of these families.
may be worthwhile to contact Javier Pérez-Embid,
author of the Aracena history book mentioned below,
to see if he can provide any additional information
or shortcuts to source documents. He indicates repeatedly
in his book that he has examined a two-volume manuscript
history of Aracena by a local historian named González
Tello, but does not indicate where the manuscript
is held; it does not seem to be in Aracena's Municipal
research in Aracena's notarial records would surely
yield the names and life stories of more Granados