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My grandfather Juan Bautista Davila Melendez was married to Dolores Beauchamp de Jesus. He engendered my mother, Lydia Davila ?, out of wedlock with 'allegedly' the family's maid. While his wife, Dolores Beauchamp, did not approve of it, he accepted my mother-gave her the surname which is of her blood-and had my mother raised in his household. Although--I understand--that Dolores was not happy with the idea. They (Juan & Dolores) sold the properties and moved to Coamo, where he(Juan) re-established himself. He (Juan B) died Oct 25, 1941, according to records of pulmonary tuberculosis. His wife Dolores Beauchamp de Jesus was living at the time of his death. It sounds about right, the timeframe Oct 1941 to Nov 1942, that my mother left the household and married my father Americo Davila Medina, when she gave birth to my oldest brother Jose Rafael Davila Davila (a.k.a. Rafin, as he was known as a kid). My mother's step-mother, Dolores Beauchamp de Jesus, abandoned my mother after my grandfather Juan Bautista died--which coincides with the timeframe of my grandfather's death and the eventual birth of my eldest brother. It has been said that Dolores and her family then severed any ties with my mother Lydia because she did not want to leave Lydia with any inheritance. That would not surprise me.