Who are the Vallee Cadignan Padrinos?

In my last post I reviewed general information I gleaned from the baptism records I found for my maternal grandfather, Hilarion “Julio” Vallee, and some of his siblings. Now I want to take a literal look at each one to figure out who was listed as their godparents. That can only mean one thing….it’s time for another round of “What the Heck Does That Record Say?!”

Below each image I will share what I’ve been able to decipher in bluePlease let me know if you are able to fill in any of my blanks or have different interpretations to my own! Any red font indicates the input of others added after this post was originally published.

Hilarion & Ursula Baptism

Lucky for us, it looks like the same two people were appointed to be the godparents for my grandfather and his twin sister so we get two chances to figure these ones out. In both records the first godparent seems to pretty clearly be written as Luis Eloise.  The next name looks like Juliano in Ursula’s entry but Julian in Hilarion’s.  This is a bit confusing because if we take these spellings at face value it looks like these were two men. But somehow I doubt the Catholic Church or my ancestors were that liberal back in 1921. So here’s what I’m thinking: I think the second name is definitely supposed to be the godfather’s name and that is confirmed by the “o” ending in Ursula’s record entry.  Sure, O can be easily confused with A, but I think this case is not so ambiguous. The fact that the final vowel was dropped in the second entry also suggests the owner of the name is male.  I don’t know enough about French names, but I am wondering if this is a married couple and the first person’s name is actually Louise Eloise.  My reasoning is that Eloise looks more likely to be a middle name than a last name, so the surname that appears after Julian/o’s name could apply to both godparents…Or I could totally have this all backwards! As far as the last name, I think it starts with an L or an S; a friend on Facebook suggested that the initial letter may be an S by comparing it to how “Simon” is written.  She suggested the full name is Soacre.   

Alfonso Baptism

Tio Alfonso’s godparents’ names seem to be a little easier to make out. I read them as Ernesto Solomon and Josefina Marcelina.  SIDENOTE: You can also see the “marginal information” I mentioned in the last post. It records Alfonso’s marriage over thirty years later.

Homero baptism

Tio Homero’s padrino  appears to be a Joseph Armand.  I really got a kick out of reading who his godmother is: his big sister Simona Cadignan!  She was almost 13 years old at the time of the baptism so while it seems a bit young, the uniqueness of her name makes it unlikely it was someone else with the same name. 

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Vallee Cadignan Baptism Records

In last week’s posts I explored the baptism records I recently found online for my maternal grandmother and her siblings. This post will focus on my paternal grandfather and his siblings, the Vallee Cadignans.  The table below lists all nine children but shows that I only found baptism records for four of them.  In the case of the Colomb Mondesis, the earliest indexed record I accessed was for a 1912 baptism. You would expect all of the Vallee Cadignan records to be indexed since the first child, Simona, was born in 1914.  However despite a variety of searches I could not pull up baptism records for the first four children and, most surprisingly, for the youngest.  There are a few reasons this could be, but it will take time and a lot more creative searches to figure out why.  I figure that either these babies were not baptized (but I doubt it), those particular records have not been indexed yet (which blows out of the water my theory for why I couldn’t find some Colomb Mondesi baptisms), or I need to get even more creative with the versions of their names I use when conducting searches. But for now, this is what we have.

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No Jumping, Please

Addendum to report #4 on my 2011 genealogy research trip to Panama

I have to say, things have really been moving on the Cadignan end of things. I also have to admit that I may have gotten so excited about the progress I was making I jumped ahead of myself and went running full steam ahead towards a conclusion based on shaky evidence.  I’ll explain. Continue reading

Francois and Adele

Report #3 on my 2011 genealogy research trip to Panama

Nearly two years ago Alfonso Vallee Cadignan, one of my grandfather Hilarion’s brothers, passed away. This led relatives to go through his old documents and make an interesting discovery.  Though we had always known his parents’ names to be Simon and Josephine, they were listed as Francois Vallee and Adele Cadignan on Alfonso’s birth certificate. This lead to an automatic reaction of “Who the heck are they?” from the members of my mother’s generation who had never heard their grandparents referred to as such.  In a fairly offhand manner their last living child, Tia Claire, confirmed that these were her parents’ real names.  It was quite a shocking paradigm shift for those of us who marveled over this discovery at the time. Continue reading