Friday, October 1, 2010

Antonio Espejo (died 1805), Spanish Colonial Mobile, Alabama 1780-1813 // Antonio Espejo (? -1805) Epoca Colonial Espanola en Mobile, Alabama, 1780-1813.

Antonio Espejo was the son of Bartolo Espejo, of Malaga, Spain. There is little known about his background, his age, or when exactly he arrived, in Mobile. He worked as a Royal Carpenter, at Spanish, Fort Confederation (Fort Tombigbee), in Alabama. He arrived in Mobile and married Catalina Plock (also found as Block, born April 17th, 1781-died September 9th, 1862). Antonio received land grants, in Mobile and the County. He died, in the Yellow Fever outbreak, of 1805 and was buried at the Spanish Cemetery, in downtown Mobile, Campo Santo. His body doesn’t seem to have dis-intered and moved to Church Street Cemetery when it opened. He had children with Catalina but the surname “daughtered out”. His descendant’s include member’s, of the Tankersley and Ingersoll families, of Mobile, Alabama. Catalina Espejo re-married after he passed away and is buried at the Tankersley Lot, in Church Street Cemetery, in downtown Mobile.

Espejo Street, in Mobile, is named after Antonio Espejo and Catherine Street was named after his wife Catalina (Catalina is Spanish, for Catherine). The surname Espejo is properly pronounced Es-Peh-Hoe, the J is pronounced like H, in English, not how some in Mobile pronounce it, Es-Peh-Joe or Es-Pee-Joe. /// You can click here and listen to the radio show episode I did where I speak about Antonio Espejo http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rosales-history-of-the-south/2010/11/15/rosales-history-of-the-south-show-2-la-historia-de, I hope you enjoy it.

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Antonio Espejo era hijo de Bartolo Espejo de Málaga, España. Es poco lo que se sabe sobre él, su edad, o cuando arribó exactamente en Mobile. Trabajó como un Carpintero Real, en Spanish Fort Confederation (Fort Tombigbee), en Alabama. Llegó a Mobile y se casó con Catalina Plock (también conocida como Block, nacida el 17 de Abril, 1781-fallecida el 9 de Septiembre de 1862). Antonio recibió terrenos en Mobile y en el condado. Murió en la epidemia de Fiebre Amarilla. de 1805 y fué enterrado en hel Cementerio Español, Campo Santo, en el centro de Mobile. Su cuerpo no parece haber sido exhumado y movido a Church Street Cemetery cuando este se abrió. El tuvo hijos con Catalina pero su apellido se diseminó. Sus descendientes incluyen miembros de las familias Tankersley e Ingersoll, de Mobile, Alabama. Catalina Espejo se volvió a casar después que su esposo murió y está enterrada en el Tankersley Lot, en Church Street Cemetery, en el centro de Mobile.

La Calle Espejo (Espejo Street), en Mobile, está nombrada por Antonio Espejo y Catherine Street fué nombrada por su esposa Catalina (Catalina es Catherine en Inglés).

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