Guest blogger Heather Wilkinson Rojo from Nutfield Genealogy shares how a relative and then a genealogist in Spain who had read her blog post just a few hours before provided information about some little known Spanish ancestors.
Vincent’s family is from Spain. His father was born in the village of Sinovas, in the province of Burgos. The Rojo family has lived there at least since the 1700s, because I have found all the baptisms going back to a Manuel Rojo born in the mid 1700s. Records before this time are missing because of the Napoleonic wars. The local church, St. Nicolas de Bari, was built in the 800s. It is my guess that the Rojo family has lived in this tiny village, of less than 200 souls, much longer than the 1700s, and maybe even back to the origins to the church.
|Generations of ROJO babies have been baptized in this font
at the St. Nicolas de Bari church in Sinovas, Burgos, Spain –
including Juan Rojo Penacoba, described above.
UPDATE: 9:30am 19 January 2018 – Within a few hours of posting this story online, I had a good clue sent to me by Spanish genealogist Matthew Hovious, who had read this blog post. It appears that Juan Rojo Peñacoba went on to become a pharmacist in the city of Alcubilla in the contiguous province of Soria, Spain. Matthew sent me this document from a newspaper in Alcubilla, dated 3 January 1883. Thanks, Matthew! You can read more about him at his website http://www.spanish-genealogy.com/