Monday, August 11, 2008

Miguel Babilonia Polanco

The first Babilonia in Puerto Rico arrived from Mallorca, Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain sometime in the 1760s.  Miguel Babilonia Polanco was born to Juan Amador Babilonia and Chatarina Polanco in 1743. His first marriage was to Maria Mendez (1741-9 Aug 1796) with whom he had 12 children. After she died, he married his wife's cousin, Benita Lorenzo de Acevedo y Gonzalez (1781-10 May 1861), and had 7 more children. By the time of his second marriage in 1797, both of his parents had already passed.

My research so far shows that Miguel Babilonia Polanco was not involved with the military, and did not have the title Capitan in any official capacity. Two sons that appear in the 1817 military census of Moca serve as soldiers, unlike the other families with close military ties. Miguel likely traded in linen used for clothing of the enslaved, which may have brought him to Puerto Rico.

I've been investigating this line since the late 1990s, and have been involved with genealogy since then. Perhaps I should say, obsessed?


Jose said...

Thanks for the great information, my father José Moreno Babilonia was telling me last night about Chatarina and a reunion of the Babilonia's in Puerto Rico, me into geneology myself. I was checking the origin of the name Chatarina and I find your blog. I'm talking with my father about doing DNA test for the Ydna to see the deep ancestry, so we will be talking with some of the males Babilonia for testing. I did it myself and is amazing the information that you get.
Again thanks.

Ellen Fernandez-Sacco said...

Many thanks Jose, please send me your email, as I'd love to compare notes!