The Rey Family Origins in Spain

Ramon Granados Marquez

The 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.


Maria Concepcion Rey Capdevila


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The oldest known Rey ancestor was Manuel, who married Maria Pozo.  They had three children:

Antonio; Teofilia, who married Emilia; and Salvador. 

Antonio 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.  

The Children were as follows:

Viriato - son
Luisa (aka "Cha-Cha")
Maria de la Concepcion

After 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. 

With 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. 

Luisa “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.  

Emilia’s 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 Court.  

Maria de la Concepcion married Ramon Granados which marked the joining of the Granados and Rey Families.

It 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.

After marrying Ramon Granados by proxy in Seville, Concepcion joined him in Cuba.

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