Deserters from Anglo-American ships request residency in Spanish territories.

Serial Number
041-00304
Title
Deserters from Anglo-American ships request residency in Spanish territories.
Author(s)
Arrillaga, Jose Joaquin (Gobernador)
Abarca, Roque (Intendente)
Date
12-31-1804
Documentation
San Blas, Guadalaxara, Mexico. December 31, 1804 - April 2?, 1809. 60p. Various. Originals. Signed.
Summary
In 1804, Juan Brown (Negro) (Anglo-Americano) deserts fragata Ocain off of San Quintin, B.C., asks comandante of San Diego presidio to relay to appropriate authorities his request for baptism in order to remain in Spanish territory. Documents include cuenta de los socorros franquedos detailing expenses incurred by Brown while in Spanish custody. Joaquin Felix (Alias Tomson, Manuel Jose Joaquin) deserts from fragata Alexander, claims he is baptised Catholic and volunteers to render service to Spain. Later documents, perhaps confusing him with another American, state his baptism occurred in Mexico in 1806. Later documents say he solicited a pasaporte and position as pilot in Spanish navy, but disappeared in Mexico, final whereabouts unknown. Good intentions of his baptism and stay in New Spain questioned by officials. (J. M. Johnson, November 1986).
Persons
Lizana y Beaumont, Francisco Javier de (Arzobispo)
Arrillaga, Jose Joaquin (Gobernador)
Iturrigaray, Jose de (Virrey)
Bocalan, Agustin (Comandante)
Brown, Juan (Anglo-Americano)
Rodriguez, Manuel
Felix, Joaquin (Anglo-Americano) (Irlandes)
Tomson, Manuel Jose Joaquin (Alias Felix, Joaquin) (Anglo-Americano) (Irlandes)
Maitorena, Jose Joaquin
Noriega, Francisco de (Sargento Mayor)
Lanos, Joseph Maria
Casares (?), Ramon (OFM) (Catedratico)
Rodriguez Velazco, Ygnacia (Viuda de Jose Villamil)
Garibay, Pedro (Virrey)
Hernandez, Domingo (Canonigo)
Villrams, Juan (Negro) (Esclavo)
Villami, Jose
Catani, Pedro
Campo y Rivas, Francisco del
Mesia y Caicedo, Nicolas de (Oidor de la Real Audiencia)
Abarca, Roque (Intendente) (Gobernador)
Lambert, Juan
Vildosola, Joseph de
Places
Santa Barbara (Presidio)
San Diego
Ensenada
San Gabriel (Mision)
Loreto
San Quintin (Baxa California)
San Blas
Guadalaxara
Celaya (Quartel)
Queretaro, Santiago de
Veracruz
San Jose
Ethnic Groups
Negros
Anglo-Americanos
Irlandeses
First Location
AZTM, AGN, Vol. 018 ff. 109-138
Original Location
AGN, Mexico City, Provincias Internas Vol. 018 ff. 109-138
Language
Spanish
Notes
References to individuals confusing: Joaquin Gelix (also known as Tomson, Manuel Jose Joaquin) referred to as Irlandes, de la nacion Irlandesa, and Anglo-Americano. Claimed he was baptised Catholic, later documents say he was baptised. Juan Brown, here said to be Negro, but in earlier folios (1-40) he was captain of a ship. Documents out of chronological order. Many pages blank, some duplicated, several barely legible.
Reference Number
1800004
Rights
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