Topics

Settlements in Curaçao and St. Thomas #sephardic


John Anderson
 

I have come across an extended family, probably Sephardic, who came to the US (San Francisco) around 1882. One was the DEL VALLE family who probably came from Curaçao. One married into the CORTISSOZ family from St. Thomas. It is an interesting search, but I do have a problem with one location: in the 1900 Census of California (San Francisco), I find these people:

Rachell Delvalles

David Delvalles

Dan Delvalles

Joe Delvalles

Ray Delvalles

Ida Delvalles

Judith Delvalles

Delia Lindo

Otto Lindo

Hilda Lindo

Albert Lindo

Olga Lindo

All the DELVALLEs were born in the “West Indies” which I know to be St. Thomas, having migrated from Curaçao except the LINDO family.  Delia (DEL VALLE) LINDO was born in the West Indies, but she married someone named S.J. LINDO, and 2 of his children (lotto and Hilda, above) were born in “U.S. Columbia” according to the 1900 census. Where is that? Is it Colombia? Panama? Curaçao?  The others (Albert and Olga) were born in Germany. As I said, a very interesting family!

 

John Anderson, Orlando, Florida

 


Barbara Zimmer
 

When Hilda LINDO MADURO  (her married name)  travels in 1945, her documents say that she was born in Panama.   Several other  manifests show her as born in Panama or in "R. P"  which  means Republic of Panama.  

 

New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945



Name
Hilda Lindo Maduro
Arrival Date
31 Mar 1945
Birth Date
1889
Birth Place
Panama R.P
Age
56
Gender
Female
Nationality
Panamanian   


Barbara Zimmer 
Virginia 


EdrieAnne Broughton
 

  All the DELVALLEs were born in the “West Indies” which I know to be St. Thomas, having migrated from Curaçao except the LINDO family.  Delia (DEL VALLE) LINDO was born in the West Indies, but she married someone named S.J. LINDO, and 2 of his children (lotto and Hilda, above) were born in “U.S. Columbia” according to the 1900 census. Where is that? Is it Colombia? Panama? Curaçao?  The others (Albert and Olga) were born in Germany. As I said, a very interesting family!
 
 I found Delia and her daughter Olga on a ship in 1934.  Delia said her birthplace was Panama City, Panama.  Olga says Germany so we don't need to look further at her.  Otto and Hilda were born in the US part of the Canal Zone which was originally owned by Colombia...So I'd say that Otto and Hilda were born on US soil.  I don't know what that would do to their citizenship.  
     
EdrieAnne Broughton
Vacaville, California


Sherri Bobish
 


Hi John,

I found that Hilda LINDO's married name is Hilda MADURO.

A 1927 passenger manifest shows Hilda MADURO & other family arriving in San Francisco.

That manifest gives her birthplace and citizenship as Panama.  The area that became Panama was part of Colombia until 1903.

Here is one scenario why 1900 census would give her birthplace as "US Columbia."

If her father was a diplomat, or other U.S. citizen working officially in Columbia / Panama, that would have made Hilda born a U.S. citizen. Hence, the "US / Columbia" on 1900 census.  

If Hilda married a citizen of Panama she would have automatically taken on the citizenship of her husband, and lost her U.S. citizenship.  That was the case until 1922.

In 1927 Hilda is traveling with what looks like two of her children named Oswald & Doris MADURO.

Several Lindo family members are also traveling with Hilda.

Yes, an interesting family!

Regards,   Sherri Bobish,  Princeton, NJ


EdrieAnne Broughton
 


Hi John,
I found that Hilda LINDO's married name is Hilda MADURO.
A 1927 passenger manifest shows Hilda MADURO & other family arriving in San Francisco.
That manifest gives her birthplace and citizenship as Panama.  The area that became Panama was part of Colombia until 1903.

Here is one scenario why 1900 census would give her birthplace as "US Columbia." 
 
The Panama Canal Zone was an unincorporated territory of the United States from 1903 to 1979.  That was officially.  Prior to 1903, as in 1881 the French began construction of the canal.  They pulled out due to sickness and engineering problems.  At that point it was controlled by Colombia but the US was pulling lots of strings.  By 1903 the US took over construction, but ownership was pretty fluid in the interim.   I found another ship's manifest from the summer of 1926, with Delia with husband Samuel and daughter Olga.  The purpose of the trip to San Francisco from Panama was pleasure, however Samuel,a merchant ,died in San Francisco in October and was buried in one of the cemeteries in Colma.  Delia went back to Panama, dying there in 1944.  Her ashes were returned to San Francisco.
 
EdrieAnne Broughton
Vacaville, California
 


John Anderson
 

With thanks to all the responders.....all indications are that U.S. Columbia refers to Panama.

John Anderson


haakonc@...
 

Hello John,
This is indeed very interesting. My great-grandparents, Simon Lazarus Lansburgh and his wife Rebecca lived in Panama City. After he died, Rebecca came to San Francisco with her two young sons. According to family lore, the came with their best friends the Delvalles. The Delvalles are not listed in the passenger list with them ("Passengers Arrived," SF Examiner 31 Dec 1881 pg 3, col 5; Newspapers.com). However, Rebecca apparently came on her own about a year earlier, and stayed in the grand old Arlington Hotel in Santa Barbara, to recuperate from tuberculosis. An article about her imminent return also mentions that "Mr. Mrs. and Miss Del Valle of Panama" were heading directly to Santa Barbara (untitled, Morning Press (Santa Barbara CA), 29 Dec 1881, pg 3, col 3; California Digital Newspaper Collection: cdnc.com).


haakonc@...
 

It seems my last post didn't post for some reason.

It looks like these 3, still identified only as "Mr. Mrs. and Miss Del Valle," came on the Colima, leaving Panama about 6 Feb 1882, which matches the year you mention. ("Visitors and Sojourners in Santa Barbara", Morning Press (Santa Barbara CA), 6 Feb 1882 pg 2, col 1; California Digital Newspaper Collection: cdnc.com).

This article quotes the Panama Star and Herald, (with somewhat different titles over the years) which may have more information. Last I looked, this was not online, but is on Newsbank/Readex - World Newspaper Archive  in their Latin American Collection, available through some libraries.

Haakon L. Chevalier


dmjacobs@...
 

I grew up in Panama City and went to school in what was then the Canal Zone.  I had my Jewish education with these same families and was confirmed with a Lindo and a Maduro, and the president of the temple at that time was a DelValle.  There are many families with those names in Panama many of whome have 400 year old family trees!  

Panama is the only country besides Israel that has had two Jewish presidents in the twentieth century – Max Delvalle Maduro and Eric Arturo Delvalle Cohen-Henriques. Interesting families to be connected to!!

The use of US Columbia as place of birth tells me that the family and maybe the census taker were a bit confused about the details of the area.  In 1900, the area we know as the Republic of Panama and the part that was the Canal Zone were both part of the country of Columbia.  Teddy Roosevelt set in motion a series of negotiations and military activities which culminated in the creation of the independent country of Panama and the purchase of land from Panama to construct the Panama Canal.  The canal was built from 1903-1914.   From 1903 to 1979 the area known as the Panama Canal Zone was an unincorporated territory of the US until it was turned over to the Republic of Panama.  Residency in the Canal Zone was restricted to individuals and their families who were employed by the civilian government of the Canal Zone, and members of the armed forces who were stationed at any of the bases.  Anyone born there derived their citizenship from their parents, the vast majority of whom were US citizens. It was a little more complicated at certain times, but there is a clear distinction in citizenship between those born in the Zone and those born in Panama.   Someone born in Panama would not be a US citizen unless their parents (or one parent) were US citizens.  It is likely that many of the Jewish families living in Panama in the 20th century had a variety of citizenships in their family trees.  Those who were US citizens  would most likely have been naturalized in the US. 

Diane M. Jacobs
Winter Park, Florida 


YaleZuss@...
 

The US "arranged" the independence of Panama from Columbia so it could build the Panama Canal.