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The Lopez family of Gibraltar
José Lopez and María Gavira of Casares, Spain went to live in Gibraltar where they settled and had children:
José Juan Lopez
born 9th October 1813, baptised 10th October 1813 in Gibraltar. Godparents: Juan Perez and Juana Luguez.
born 14th October 1816, baptised 20th October 1816 in Gibraltar. Godparents: Francisco Lopez and Isabel Lopez
María Josefa Lopez
born 18th January 1825, baptised 21st January 1825 in Gibraltar. Godparents: Francisco Lopez and María Cano
born 17th August 1827, baptised 8th September 1827 in Gibraltar. Godparents: José de los Santos and María Cano
born: 1822 in San Roque, Spain. Died 11th August 1894, Gibraltar. On his death certificate, he is shown as a tobacconist who died of old age. He is buried in the North Front cemetery, grave number 2007, in plot K.
Census April 1881 entry 990: Castle Street District 3 House 47 (Castle Street is pictured above)
Pedro Lopez age 59 - born Spain - Catholic - labourer - 58 years residency - married
married to María
born 1819, Ronda, Spain, her parents were Jacob Ribero and Maria Mendez
Pedro and María married in Gibraltar at the church of Santa María la Coronada on 2nd July 1849. The witnesses were Antonio Marengo and José Marengo
April 1881 census, entry 991:
Castle Street, District 3, house 47
Maria Ribero de Lopez - 62 years - born Spain - Catholic - at home (occupation) - 48 years residency
Maria died before the 1891 census.
Jacob Ildefonsus Lopez
born 28 Feb 1852, Gibraltar. Christened 7 Mar 1852. Witnesses: Juan Merseque & J. W. McKean; Godparents: Joannes Merseque & María Dolores Lopez
María Dolores Lopez
born 5 Oct 1853, Gibraltar. Christened 16 Oct 1853. Witnesses José Fendilla & Benito Cruz. Godparents José Fendilla and María Dolores Lopez
And the eldest:
José Francisco Lopez§
born 21 Apr 1850, Gibraltar. Christened 18 May 1850. Witnesses: Juan Merseque
& Antonio Marengo; Godparents: Juan Merseque & Coecilia Marengo
On the Gibraltar 1891 census -
District 24 House 28 Hargreaves Parade - José is listed as the head of the household, a widower, 41 yrs, carpenter, employed. Also living there: his father Pedro, a widower aged 69, his daughters Maria aged 16 and Emilia aged 11, and his sons Esteban aged 14 and Alberto aged 7. This is a postcard José sent to his son to wish him a happy Christmas and New Year. Unfortunately it doesn't have a date on it. Click here for the text.
José died before his son Alberto's marriage in 1927. On Alberto's marriage certificate, José is shown as deceased, formerly a carpenter.
José married María Antonia Forbes§ on 5th December 1874. María's parents were José Forbes and Ignacia Pinella.
The witnesses were Pedro Lopez and Juan Pinna.
María Antonia died before the 1891 census leaving her very young children.
José remarried - Josefa. Josefa wrote this postcard to Stephen.
Alberto Leonardo Lopez
born some time between 18th June and 2nd November 1884, worked as a carpenter. Married Caroline Louise Britto [née Jones] (known as Cissie) who was a widow with a son, on 18th June 1927 at the Gibraltar register office. At the time he was 42 years old and a painter and Cissie was 35. Her father was William Jones (deceased), who was a Publican in England. They were both living at 27 Castle Ramp. The witnesses at the marriage were Alfred J. Dyer and José Lopez.
Alberto died on 2nd November 1970 at St Bernard's hospital, Gibraltar, aged 87. He died of bronchopneumonia, cardiac failure and anaemia.
Esteban Francisco Lopez§
born: 26 Jun 1877.
[Details of Esteban's godfather: Esteban Bebeagua on the 1881 Census: Upper Castle Road - 56 years - born Gibraltar - Catholic - Tavern Keeper - married to:
Maria Bebeagua - wife - 41 years - born Gibraltar - Catholic - at home]
Esteban worked as a Theatrical production manager for the Bandman Theatre Company, internationally.
died: 3 Jun 1953 in London of cancer
Married Bessie Webb§ in 1927 in Calcutta, India.
They had 4 children between 1928 and 1942:
Mary Elizabeth Lopez
Bessie Josephine Lopez
Albert Edward Lopez§ (my father)