Juan Ponce de Leon His New and Revised Genealogy

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John Browne Ayes, May 20, 2010 - History - 568 pages
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Many books have been written about Juan Ponce de Leon. Many of them fall short because not enough research has been done on the man's life, his ancestors and who his legitimate wife was. The author has spent over ten years researching within the Ministry of Culture Spain to retrieve documents and has come away with some new and exciting discoveries. This book has been written for the historian as well as the amateur genealogist. John Browne Ayes is an experienced Biogeographical DNA Genealogist and Paleographologist. He has had his yDNA and mtDNA tested and has used the scientific results to empower his research and discovery project which is his personal family genealogy.

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I recently bought this book out of interest of knowing more about the history of the conquistador, and first governor of Puerto Rico. I'm an amateur genealogist and this book offers good insight on ... Read full review

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Hello John: I am a Bolivian citizen living in Texas, already retired from normal activities as I am 75-years-old.. I have been doing genealogy in Bolivia for over twenty years and I have read the few pages of the preview of the book and I wanted to let you know that the Villavicencios are my ancestors. Indeed the Charcas mentioned in the document refers to Charcas the then seat of the Audience in Upper Peru, city which was also called La Plata and after the independence of Bolivia in 1825, changed to become Sucre, in honor of José Antonio de Sucre, one of the Liberators together with Simon Bolivar which troops defeated the Spaniards in a final battle called Ayacucho.
Getting back to Charcas, I have a line through my fathers side which goes back 5 generations when my ancestor Francisco Rivero Vieyra, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina of Portuguese descent is sent by the Spanish Crown as a "Corregidor" to Charcas late in the 1700s where he meets María Bárbara de Lemoine y Villavicencio, at the time a widow of Francisco Tames Manzón y Rui from Asturias, Spain. Although their first children were born out of wedlock, in the end they married through the churche's rites and become the parents of 6 "legal" offsprings. María Bárbara's father came from Marseille, France and was a Maestre de Campo in the Royal Army, title which equals that of a Colonel. Barbara's grandfather was indeed Gral. Manuel de Villavicencio y Granada, a high ranking Spanish officer in Potosi and La Plata. Greetings.
My email is riverolav1@gmail.com.


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About the author (2010)

John J. Browne Ayes is an award winning visual art painter, sculptor, photographer, genealogist, writer and poet; whose paintings have been exhibited throughout Florida, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. 

In Florida: his paintings have been exhibited within Osceola Center for the Arts, Kissimmee City Hall, Orlando City Hall's Terrace Gallery, Walt Disney World at EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios on behalf of Hispanic Heritage Month and Black Heritage Month. His art has been featured within national and locally published calendars. Showcased within local news papers as well as within national and local magazines, AARP's Segunda Juventud and Culture Magazine, The Tampa Times and Ahora Orlando. 

His paintings are within important art collections, Mi Orgullo, My Pride in the collection of former Governor Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist, and the Governor of Puerto Rico's PRFAA office in Kissimmee, FL.

The author's art has been showcased within Fox 31 News in Tampa, Florida, Access Osceola on Brite House, Channel 31 the Art's channel in Melbourne, Florida.

The author has been working upon his genealogy since the age of 14 to present and he has discovered that he is the documented 27th great grandson of don Juan Ponce de Leon. The monumental work within this book has been the result of the author's research within the Ministry of Culture, Spain's archives. The author has been researching and documenting the ancestors and descendants of the Ponce de Leon for many years as an adjunct project to his family tree. The Ponce de Leon family tree is a very large one and researching that tree in its entirety provided the discipline and the skills needed to develop and publish this book. The author is fluent in the art of paleography, the reading of old documents.  

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