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DIONICIO GUERRERO-DOMINICAN SLAVE 1764- A FREEMAN 1787, DIED 1854
Posted by: Luis A. Alvarez (ID *****4033) Date: May 14, 2003 at 17:38:29
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Searching for information about my g-g-g-g-great-grandparents DIONICIO GUERRERO, born in Paya, Baní, Province of Peravia and about his wife LUCIA DE SIERRA (I need their day, month and year of birth, names of their parents, bothers and sisters and date of their marriage.)

DIONICIO married LUCIA DE SIERRA (freewoman) while he was a slave living and working at the cattle-ranch (hato) named Paya (today village of Paya) in the island of HISPANIOLA (today Dominican Republic.) He was a slave of Manuel Guerrero son of captain Juan Luis Guerrero and María Ruíz. Manuel Guerrero was married to María Dolores Guerrero, daughter of captain Gerónimo Guerrero and María Hernández (Candelario), they were cousins. DIONICIO was also a slave(1786) of Manuel's sister Petrona Guerrero, married to Antonio Bustamante.

DIONICIO and LUCIA in Paya had the following children: 1) MANUELA GUERRERO, born in April 1778, 2) MARIA GUERRERO, died as a child on March 4, 1782, 3) YLARIO (Hilario) died as a child on Jan. 21, 1783, 4) FRANCISCA GUERRERO, born a slave on Mar. 8, 1785 from her union to Matías Mexía(mejía), son of José Mexía and Felipa de Melo, had a daughter MARIA DEL SOCORRO GUERRERO (SOCORRO GUERRERO) my g-g-great-grandmother, which was born a freewoman. Matías Mexía also united or married to María Peguero (according to my record) or María de Regla Ortíz (according to Manuel Valera,) daughter of José Ortiz and María Peguero. 5) SIMON GUERRERO born Oct. 28, 1787. DIONICIO was already a freeman at this date according to Simón's birthday record and in 1792 his wife LUCIA DE SIERRA died and was buried in the catholic church in Baní, then he united or married to Magdalena de Soto, daughter of MARCELO DE SOTO and MARIA CARMONA (María was a slave of Ana Pérez). DIONICIO was a creole blackman, meaning he was born in the island of HISPANIOLA and not in AFRICA.

The parents of DIONICIO could be: A) ANTONIO GUERRERO, slave (freeman later) of Francisca Guerrero, sister of Manuel and Petrona Guerrero former owners of DIONICIO GUERRERO. Francisca Guerrero was the wife of captain Domingo Guerrero Caraballo, her uncle. ANTONIO, was a native of Angola, Africa and his wife GREGORIA GUERRERO a black freewoman native of Guinea, Africa. DIONICIO could also be the son of: B) JUAN GUERRERO, a french blackman, slave of captain Gerónimo Guerrero Caraballo son of lieutenant Juan Ambrosio Guerrero and Mariana Nuñez. Captain Gerónimo Guerrero married to María Candelario, daughter of Marcelo Candelario and Petrona Hernández (according to Manuel Valera) or María Catalina Hernández (according to Carlos Larrazábal Blanco). JUAN GUERRERO came from or was a native of the french colony of Haiti. Gerónimo was the uncle of Manuel and Petrona Guerrero former owners of DIONICIO. JUAN GUERRERO was married to AGUEDA GUERRERO, a black freewoman, native of Guinea, Africa.

The brother and sister of Dionicio may be: 1) FELICIANO (FELIX) GUERRERO, a creole blackman same as DIONICIO and also a slave of the same owner Manuel Guerrero, he was married to JUANA AYBAR, a black freewoman, she was a freewoman the same as DIONICIO's wife. 2) DOMINGA GUERRERO, slave of Petrona Guerrero (1783), also slave of de Gerónimo Guerrero (1784) son of captain gerónimo Guerrero and María Hernández (Candelario). Dominga Guerrero married to Mariano de Lara slave also of Gerónimo Guerrero and both were slave also of his wife Ana Báez. FELICIANO (FELIX) GUERRERO is the godfather of several of the children of DOMINGA and MARIANO LARA.

LUCIA DE SIERRA, a freewoman, it may be possible that she was a former slave of the owner of the cattle-ranch (Hato) of Pizarrete in Baní, ensign Juan de Sierra. LUCIA, when she had her first child was in the record as a black freewoman. I don't have much information about her, it says in her death record that she died suddenly on Aug. 9, 1792 in Paya and she was buried on Aug. 10, 1792 in Our Lady of Rule (Nuestra Señora de Regla) Church in Baní. Another person with her same surname died before her in 1785 named ROSA DE SIERRA, she was a black freewoman native of the kingdom of Portugal with unknown parents, according to her death record.

The names (ex. Dionicio, gerónimo) and the surname (ex. Mexia) are written the way they were written in the 1700's different than now (ex. Dionisio, Jerónimo, and Mejía). Please if you can help me with some information or to make a better sense of the information given here, let me know with a message. This information most likely is known to me only extensively and now to you. Manuel Valera in his book "Baní's Historic Roots" (Baní: Raíces Historicas, 1998) never mention DIONICIO GUERRERO or LUCIA DE SIERRA nor their genealogy as one of foundation of the GUERRERO black heritage in Paya as well as in Baní and Carlos Larrazábal Blanco in his extensive work in "Dominican families" (Enciclopedia de Familias Dominicanas) refer to them as freemen with 4 of 5 of their children without any relationship to anyone. I'll appreciate your help and thank you to all of you before hands!!!!


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