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Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Posted: 1014830053000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1150667385000
There is a plaza in the center of town in New Iberia, called Bouligny Plaza. In the plaza, a bronze bust of Bouligny stands atop a bronze open book with the names engraved of the Founding Families of New Iberia.
Their names are listed as:
Jaen Lopez
Juan Garrido
Jose Artagno
Juan Miguez
Julian Aguilar
Rafael Vidal
Jose Fernandez
Gabriel Lopez
Lucas Garcia
Miguel Romero
Antonio Villatoro (Viator)
Bernardo de Puentes
Francisco Balderas
Jose Lagos
Francisco Segura
Jose de Porras
Francisco Ortiz
Gonzalo de Prados

A plaque under the bust of Bouligny reads:
Lieutenant Colonel
Francisco Bouligny
1738-1800
In the spring of 1779, Bouligny acting on orders of Governor Bernardo de Galvez, led about (40-60) Spanish settlers to this site, marking the founding of New Iberia. To commemorate that event the school children of New Iberia and the American Revolution Bicentenial Commission of the city of New Iberia and the State of Louisiana have erected this memorial. 1976

Of these familes only about 6 stayed and the rest moved on to other areas. The families that stay are:
Segura
Lopez
Garrido
Miguez
Romero
Villatoro (Viator)
de Prados

Most received large land grants in the area of Spanish Lake, which was for awhile called Segura, La. (on the edge of town). One of the Plantations still stands in front of the lake with an Historical Marker.
There are still many descendants to be found living in this area. Most all married deportees from Acadia and surely they lost the Spanish they originally spoke and Cajun Franch is still spoken today.

My ancestor's were Juan Miguez and Miguel Romero, whose son and daughter married after their birth in Louisiana. It wasn't until I began my quest for family 25 years ago that I discovered that my Cajun lines for this part of my family originally came from Spain. I look forward to visiting New Iberia and seeing the memorials for myself soon.

Someone sent me photos and I can share them if you e-mail me at home and I can attach and send to you.

There is also a recording of their voyage, their arrival and their provisions that were given when they first came to Lousiana Territory. Their cattle brands and much information on these founding families can be had in the book by Maurine Bergerie "They Tasted Bayou Water." I was lucky enough to get it on inter-library loan about 20 years ago and took to a copy shop where someone copied and bound it for me. I refer to it often. Also our ancestor Juan Migues was admitted to the DAR by Ms. Bergerie and those papers can be obtained from them as well.

Leslie Pierce Royce

Re: Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Posted: 1043177336000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1043192082000
I have been told that I am also kin to Miguel Romero. Do you have any kind of family tree for him? I am a teacher teaching about heritage adn would like to show my students a sample. I would also like to see your pictures.

Thanks,
Staci

Re: Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Paul Joseph Romero, Jr. (View posts)
Posted: 1049772205000
Classification: Query
I am a descendant of Miguel Romero. My Aunt Joyce researched our family tree all the way back to him, but at the time was unable to secure much information as the internet and other info wasn't readily available. I'd like to get a copy of the book you have, please contact me. Home 515-965-0590, cell 515-201-4433. My brother Tom and I have been finding more info regarding Miguels history and believe him to be a direct descendant of Francisco Romero, a poor Andalucian who saved a horse rider from a bull by waving his red Andalucian hat, which resulted in Francisco inventing the matadors cape which he demonstrated all over Spain. Pretty cool, heh?
Paul "DaBull" Romero

Re: Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Posted: 1100315967000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Romero/Romere, Davis, Adam
I'm interested in this Plaque of the Romero Spanish Ancestors in Louisiana. We descend from Francois Romero M: Isabelle Dezezar via son Diego Romero M: Marie Marrero. Their seen in the Baton Rouge Diocese Archives for the Catholic Church records as the parents and grandparents of Antoine Ramon Romero B: 9-23-1799. 2 generations later due to marriages with french speaking family members the spelling is now seen Romere. I've only recently gained the knowledge of the church records confirming Diego, but now listing Francois. Would love to know more if we are speaking of the same person.

Re: Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Posted: 1113593696000
Classification: Query
Surnames: miguez, Peltier , Brickerd
My name is Paula Miguez/ now Brickerd I believe my father is a decendent of Juan Miguez. I would love to see the pictures you have and any other information. Thanks E-mail me anytime.

Re: Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Posted: 1278283251000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Miguez
Hello Leslie,

Due to a recent passing of my great Uncle my family came together for his funeral and they were discussing some of the same info you shared below and I was delighted to hear about their co-founding of New Iberia. I was wondering if you could email me the photo's you mentioned below. Thanks for posting this online!!! Thanks so much and I look forward to receiving your email.

Shalla Miguez
~originally from Port Arthur, TX currently residing in Georgia

Re: Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Posted: 1281538757000
Classification: Query
Surnames: romero
Hey everyone, my name is kimberly romero and to believe that i am a descendent from Miguel. i live in breaux bridge, la and this is my line: miguel, bernard, bernard faustin, faustin adelatte, paul, lynn, robert. does anyone know the name of the ship that he came in on? thanks

Re: Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Posted: 1282847096000
Classification: Query
Hello,
Yes the name of the ship is 'Brigantine Josef/Joseph. If you locate in a library near you the book, "They Taster Bayou Water," by Maurine Bergerie you will find many answers.
If you just 'GOOGLE' the name of the ship; you will find more.

My line is Juan, Bernard Gorge, Sr. Bernard Georg, Jun. Drauzin Daniel, Sr., Drauzin Daniel Jr and then my grandmother Angele Miguez (1897-1995).

Leslie Pierce Royce

Re: Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Posted: 1293954203000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Romero
My name is Jonathon Howard Romero. 20 of Houma. My father is Walter Romero, Jr. My grandfather is Walter Romero, Sr. whose father is Howard Romero. My grandfather is originally from New Iberia. He also has several brothers and sisters who live in New Iberia. I was wondering if anyone here could say if I am related to you, or if you have any information about the Romero's from Spain.

Re: Plaque Honoring Our Spanish Ancestors to Louisiana

Posted: 1301608697000
Classification: Query
My name is Dustin Romero, I am a desendant of Miguel Romero. My grandfathers name is Eloi Romero from Mermentau LA. I am doing some research on the family and wondering if someone could send me a family tree and/or pictures, you can email them to dwromero37@yahoo.com; your help is greatly appreciated.
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