I believe that the origin of Marichalar is from Navarra, Spain on the northern part that links to France. While there are many communities in Navarra, I have traced to Villafranca in Navarra. This is probably why we have heard that we are from France. I have had this one handed down to me also. But there doesn't seem to be any connection to France until later. I also beleive that all of us here and in Mexico are related. To date I have traced us back to two Marichalars in Mexico in the late 1700s. With help from Yolanda and inputs from others you can find most of the family genealogy reports posted on this site and also on the FamilyHistory Message Boards. Francisco Xavier Marichalar was married to Maria Gertrudis De Sada in Nuevo Leon in 1798 and Jose Juaquin Marichalar married Maria De Jesus Trillo in 1808 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Yolanda recently came across documentation that lists Jose Juaquin's parents as Don Antonio De Marichalar and Dona Francisca Salavarria. So for now we have the Chihuahua Marichalars and the Nuevo Leon Marichalars. I believe they are From the same family, probably brothers. Recently I found a Licienado Miguel Francisco Marichalar going to Panama to become
In Feb, 1671, a group of pirates led by Henry Morgan attacked the Panama
City, the capitol of Panama (Panama La Vieja). Juan Perez de Guzman was to
be replaced by Marichalar who was to move the capitol to a new location and
take over as Governor. He was Governor from 1671-1676. He was ordered
there by the Viceroy of Peru. In an article from the archives of Seville,
it says that: El Conde de Lemos, virrey del Peru, ordeno a Liceniado Miguel
Francisco de Marichalar que tomase posesion del mano en Panama en reemplazo
de Juan Perez de Guzman y le ordena que mude la ciudad a Ancon."
So it appears that Miguel Francisco was in Lima, Peru and went to Panama. At that time, Peru was the place for all wealthy and well to do Spanairds, it was a very luxurious city. Panama was the center of trade where everyone and everything came to, to be shipped to either South America or north to Mexico.
I also have copies of the proclamations of the King of Spain granting Marichalar the title of Baron and Duke. I beleive that Jaime de Marichalar comes from this family. There are various family trees on him posted throughout the internet, but at this point I am trying to move in the other direction, but his family also originates in Navarra.
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