ASSIGNMENT No, 4
2- Pedro Phelipe Damere, No. 112, So. "H" 1763 Puente.
South side Cuna in back of present Benet House.
First mention that I have found on Pedro Phelipe Damere
who was twice called Juan Damere, was in 1751.
Baptisms: July 7, 1751, Ph. 373, 2nd item.
Here I found name of his wife, Gertrude Casanas.
So far I have found no marriage altho the children
are listed as legitimate. She was listed as "native".
Juan Jose Solana Damere was their first child. July 7,
1751. This name presented no clues as many named the children
after the revered Parish Priest. When a priest was here
called Francisco Xavier or Bonifacio there would be a rash
of both names.
Second child was Jose Bonifacio, 5, 15, 1753
Third child was a girl, Maria Rosalia, 7, 20, 1756
Fourth child was Juana, 4. 25, 1758 and here(if we are
to credit the translation) Damere was a "Frenchman".
The year 1757 saw the burial of a "3 yr.old" whom I suspect
was Rosalia. For the first time the mother was listed as
"Escovedo". This I feel sure is a poor translation. As it
has been mixed with the name CASTENEDA before.
I am just as sure that Casanas is a derivation of Casteneda
(or a sloppy way of spelling in the 1750's) for I have found
another such who was positively a Casteneda and listed CASTANAS
the same as Gertrude except for the "".
At any rate this re uced the lists. There was just one
Casteneda family in this particular section(70 years)
who could possibly have been responsible for Gertrude.
Francisco Perez de Castaneda with wife, Juana Serrano.
He was from New Spain, she was a native.
Married April 20, 1678, Ph. 131.
Two of their children seem to marry and carry the line
thru the years(marked by the time honored way..13 to 50 years
for the bride) we must seek in order to get Gertrude.
At first I hope she could be the last child of this couple.
But I could find no such Gertrude.
Then I made note of the marriage of Gaspar de Casteneda
in 1726 to Augustina Rodriguez. I found no children but
that is not to say there were not any as I have found for years
many listings in the Index(the Leturiando Index of some of
the Parish records) not mentioned in the complete record
and vice-versa. I used both. I found also that Mrs. Gaspar
died in the epidemic of 1727 so there certainly was little
time for a child.
I found a 2nd marriage by him to Sebastiana de Vargas in 1731.
Followed by several children. I added the death of two of the
children, his own burial in which he mentions his daughters
but no Gertrude. He did mention "Maria".
The last few listings in 1763 give dates of previous baptisms
of natives. This Maria is listed under a "no date".
Gaspar died in 1751. Son of the couple mentioned on page 1.
Ana Maria de Casteneda was a daughter of said couple and sister
of Gaspar. She was born 3/1/1700 and married Francisco Perdomo
(listed twice Padron..but subsequent listings brought out well
known Perdomo name) March 27, 1719 h. 312.
They had a daughter, Gertrude Perdomo y Casteneda(listed
Castanas in one record) and you know well the custom....
men and women alike used the name they liked best. Even
a grandparent. March 25, 1724, Ph. 81.
But in all the years 1711 thru 1740 this was the only
Gertrude whose father or mother bore a name similar to
If she comes from this line (which is almost certain)
then she will have for grandfather, Salvador Francisco
(Perdomo) No. 12 on the Ruined House list.