following information on the Rey family traces the American
Granados family's heritage back to its origins in Spain.
The information below was compiled by Luis Granados,
II (aka "Sonny"), son of Luis Granados, grandson
of Ramon Granados and Maria Concepcion Rey.
oldest known Rey ancestor was Manuel, who married Maria
Pozo. They had three children:
Teofilia, who married Emilia; and Salvador.
Rey was a highly successful builder and architect who
married Maria Concepcion Capdevila Munoz. They lived
in luxury in Seville and had seven girls and a boy.
Children were as follows:
Luisa (aka "Cha-Cha")
Maria de la Concepcion
examining a building under construction, Antonio Rey
contracted pneumonia, which later turned into tuberculosis.
A year later he died, leaving the family nearly penniless.
His son, Viriato, died in much the same manner.
the loss of both breadwinners, the family had to find
a means of support. They sold pictures, taught music
and took in sewing to survive.
"Cha-Cha", the oldest, never married, and
was the governess for a wealthy family for three generations;
Emilia married German Repetto. Florentina married the
painter Nicolas Alperiz, Celestina married a man named
Amparo, Maria married Julio Venegas, and it's unclear
who Modesta married.
husband, German Repetto, was a Justice of the Supreme
Court. Their son, Manolo, also a Supreme Court Justice,
didn't like sitting on the bench hour after hour, so
went to school and became a dentist. He found he wasn't
making enough money, so got re-appointed to the Supreme
de la Concepcion married Ramon Granados which marked
the joining of the Granados and Rey Families.
was said that Concepcion, born July 31, 1881, was in
the kitchen only twice in her life - once to play with
the cook's daughter, and the other when invited to a
Christmas party. She learned sewing and music, and became
a teacher of piano and voice. On July 8, 1901, she was
tested by the Academy of Seville Philharmonic Society
and proclaimed a Professor of Sight Reading.
marrying Ramon Granados by proxy in Seville, Concepcion
joined him in Cuba.
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 Maria Concepcion Rey Capdevila
and Ramon Granados Marquez (see also Granados 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. Details of these reports are summarized
Ancestry of Maria
Concepcion Rey Capdevilla
report is a third version, with additions, of the ancestry
of Concepción Rey Capdevila, who was born in
the city of Seville in 1881 and subsequently emigrated
to the United States with her husband, Ramón
work focused on documenting Concepción's immediate
ancestry within the city of Seville, and faced challenges
resulting both from the research facilities in Seville
and from the movements of the Rey family itself. With
regard to the former issue, genealogical Research in
Seville is hampered by the fact that all of its sacramental
records are still in their parishes of origin, and the
only ecclesiastical archive with any centralised holdings,
the Archdiocese Archive, was closed for over a year.
Regarding the latter issue, the fact that Antonio Rey
and his father-in-law José Capdevila both worked
in the building profession probably influenced their
families' frequent change of address; they are never
to be found at the same place in any consecutive municipal
census lists. Fortunately, Concepción's birth
in a census year made it possible to find her family
at the address given on her birth record, determine
her mother's age, and then find her mother's birth record
after searching through over 2,000 entries for children
born in Seville in 1843. This record made the rest of
the research possible. The most recent additions to
this report come from two marriage licence application
files located in the Archdiocese Archive, those of José
Capdevila and his father-in-law José Muñoz.
These files contained the baptism records of both spouses
as well as other information about their families.
for Further Research
There are still some avenues of research open to continued
work on Concepción's ancestry, principally that
of her father. Antonio Rey's family leads to Sanlúcar
de Barrameda, a parish whose records are known to be
highly complete and well-preserved for at least 200
years before his birth; the Rey line then leads to El
Puerto de Santa María, a parish which is not
receptive to enquiries from researchers. Some additional
research on Concepción ancestry through her great-grandmother
Ana Conejero has been made possible by Ana's baptism
record, which revealed that all four of her grandparents
were born in towns other than Seville. Unfortunately,
Concepción's Capdevila and Castillo ancestry
appears to be out of reach, at least without considerable
searching. The baptism record of José Capdevila
did not name any of his grandparents or provide any
information about their origins. A search in the index
to wills at Cádiz revealed too many Castillo
references to identify any that could at first glance
be considered promising. There was a single will made
by a Capdevila from Barcelona, which could have been
most valuable, given the possibility that Ramón
Capdevila may have married Candelaria del Castillo in
her native city; but the testator was a doctor who had
no sons named Ramón, and though he does not mention
any of his grandchildren, it is unlikely that the family's
status would have dropped from doctor to bricklayer
in just two generations, even in contemporary Spain.
Surviving marriage licence files from 1809 in Seville
did not include that of Ramón Capdevila, and
those from 1808 have been lost, so it appears any progress
with the Capdevila and Castillo families would require
the discovery of the couple's marriage record in either
Cádiz or Seville.