Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ignacio de Balderes

Ignacio de Balderes 
Attributed to José Francisco Xavier de Salazar y Mendoza 
c. 1790 
Oil on canvas, 45 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches 
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of Mr. Harvey Truxillo, M141.2
Born in Salamanca, Spain, in 1757, Balderes entered military service as a private at the age thirteen as a private. He was sent to West Florida to work as a surveyor and rose through the ranks. As a sergeant in 1779, he earned distinction by capturing a post at Pass Manchac during the Battle of Galvez-Town. Balderes was knighted by the king of Spain and given a large land grant near Pensacola. 

Salazar painted many of Colonial Louisiana's prominent citizens, figures associated with the government, the military, and the church. Well-versed in the late Baroque style popular in Spanish colonies, Salazar was the first significant painter to work in New Orleans

In the early 1790s, Balderes was a Sub-Lieutenant of the Grenadiers, Second Battalion of the Regiment of Louisiana, and commander at Balize, an outpost guarding the mouth of the Mississippi River. The single epaulette - which is in the Museum's collection - indicates his rank as a lieutenant. Balderes was respected for his zeal and leadership. Francisco Bouligny, his commander, wrote "I believe it is always fitting to provide officers of well-known courage, good conduct, assiduity and who are intelligent" with promotion when he became adjutant-major of the Third Battalion in 1793. Balderes eventually reached the rank of captain in 1798, and died in 1815 at the age of fifty-eight.

His son Antoine became a lieutenant as well.  His children married into many families of Louisiana.

1. Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Department of Archives, v3, p66, Lafayette Public Library, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501.

2. Holmes, Jack D. L., Honor and Fidelity: The Louisiana Infantry Regiment and the Louisiana Militia Companies, 1766-1821, Birmingham, AL, 1965, p92, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Edith Garland Dupre Library, PO Box 40199, Lafayette LA 70504.

3. Charles E. Nolan, editor, Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Vol 3, 1772-1783, p12, Lafayette Public Library, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501, LA 929.376335 WOO.

4. Churchill, C. Robert, Officers, Spanish and Natives of Louisiana, serving under Gen. Don Bernardo de Galvez in his Campaign Against the British, 1779, 1780, 1781, p11, Tulane University Library, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 7001 Freret St, , New Orleans, LA 70118, Ph:(504) 865-5605.

5. Granville W Hough, Spain's Louisiana patriots in its 1779-1783 war with England during the American Revolution, Midway City, CA, SHHAR Press, 2000, p29, Tulane University Library, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 7001 Freret St, , New Orleans, LA 70118, Ph:(504) 865-5605.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Genealogía y heráldica

Alot of information regarding heraldry and some genealogy in Spain.



For those researching Spanish heraldry, coat of arms, crests and such, this document explains alot.  There are numerous books on heraldry. Some are theoretical studies on the concept of heraldry, the notions of shields, their interpretation, their symbols and terminology, which is already fixed and is typical of this area. Others are codes of shields, with explanation of its components, which contains sources studied or families who own them.

Keep in mind that many genealogy books include extensive information on heraldry. So many sources cited in the study of genealogy also serve to begin in heraldry.

To become familiar with these books, nothing better to start with the text of José Antonio Vivar del Riego.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Spanish Louisiana Books on FamilySearch

Looking for books regarding Spanish Louisiana history? Family History Books is a collection of more than 40,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Odyssey of the Canaries in Texas and Louisiana

Jose Balbuena's book "Odyssey of the Canary Castilian Texas and Louisiana", is not only a publication about facts of this historical epic of the Canarian colonial America, but also serves as a picture of their offspring born in this large American territory, which have expressed pride, heritage, have been able to convey generosity. Its author is a well known and excellent journalist who joined the newspaper The Province in 1972, writing many interesting features, interviews and chronicles of travel, making it one of the first journalists of the Canary Islands in the dissemination of specialized tourism issues.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Index to the Vicente Sebastián Pintado Papers

A Finding Aid to the Collection in the Library of Congress.

Surveyor general of Spanish West Florida. Correspondence, bills of sale, court
transcripts, testimonies, surveys, notebooks, plats, land grants, maps, petitions, and other papers
relating principally to Pintado's duties as alcalde, commandant, and surveyor general.

Land grants--Alabama.
Land grants--Florida.
Land grants--Louisiana.
Land grants--Mississippi.
Land tenure--Alabama.
Land tenure--Florida.
Land tenure--Louisiana.
Land tenure--Mississippi.
Real property--Alabama.
Real property--Florida.
Real property--Louisiana.
Real property--Mississippi.
Vicente Sebastián Pintado Papers 2Alabama--Maps, Manuscript.
Florida--History--Spanish colony, 1784-1821.
Florida--Maps, Manuscript.
Louisiana--Maps, Manuscript.
Mississippi--Maps, Manuscript.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Looking for old maps of the Mississippi River, New Orleans, and surrounding areas? Check out the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. They are dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the 15th century to the present, including many Louisiana maps.