My name is Louis (Lou) Sepulveda and I live presently in Denver Colorado. I am 55 years old and since I was young I was curious about the roots of my family. My Mother is Lucia Sepulveda Sepulveda and my father (deceased) was Armando Sepulveda.
As you can see from above, my mother was a Sepulveda before marying my father. He was not a close relative nor a distant one as far as anyone could determine. My mother and father were born in Puerto Rico and moved to New York before I was born, app 60 years ago. My great Grandmother on my fathers side was Delores Patino who married Michael Kraitoff. They lived in Barcelona Spain. My Grandmother on my fathers side was Maria Delores Patino Kraitoff and she married Francisco Elias Sepulveda. On my mothers side little is known. She hasn't been able to communicate for many years. She suffered from severe strokes. Her mother was Francisca DeLaRosa, her father was Francisco Sepulveda. We do not know his middle name.
When I was app. 30 years old I was able to interview my great aunt in Puerto Rico through an interpretor. I asked her about my family's geneaology. She told me that our family came from one of three brothers who left Spain for the Americas. That's all she knew. Years later I met another Sepulveda from California, first name Gary. I asked him if new anything of his lineage and he said he didn't know much. We compared names of close relatives and soon determined we were not at all related. That is until he ended the conversation by saying that all he knew of his past was that he was related to one of three brothers from Spain. You can emagine my shock and interest.
I recently went to Spain on business and made a point of going to the village of Sepulveda which is located app. 120 kilometers north of Madrid in the region of Castilla Y Leon. Sepulveda is a midevil village dating back to app. 200 BC. When there I spoke with a lady at the tourist office. She told me the legend of the Sepulvedas. Basicaly there were no Sepulvedas until around the 10th or 11th century when Jews were beginning to suffer persecution in Spain. In order to escape persecution and to remain in Spain, many Jews took other, no Jewish names. There apparently was a family living in Sepulveda who took the name of the town as their surname. From that point the Sepulvedas began. So in effect, all Sepulvedas are distantly related. I plan to return to Sepulveda Spain in November to learn more.
There was a Sepulveda in California by the name of Don Diego Sepulveda. He was the first Governor of Spain for Spain. I want to know more about him to see how he connects to the three brothers and me. And possibly you?
Would you give me all you know of your family tree? Do you know of anyone else who will share the same in exchange for more info? With the help of other Sepulvedas around the world we may all get some answers aout from whence we come.