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Re: NM Chavez family anomalies
Posted by: Michael Harris (ID *****1990) Date: November 22, 2004 at 21:44:43
In Reply to: NM Chavez family anomalies by John Chávez of 947

You indicate that "he shipped out from Spain on May 7, 1598 listed on the passenger manifest as "El Capitan Pedro Duran de Chaves, al Peru" (destined for Peru)."

In Spanish, "de Chaves" would indicate that Pedro Duran is "of Chaves," meaning that his family originates from the Portuguese city of Chaves. This matches with my expectation that Pedro Duran is descended from the early kings of Portugal and the House of Burgundy. It turns out that the city of Chaves in Northern Portugal and the House of Burgundy converge in history as follows:

My many close DNA comparisons with the surname Chavez are best explained if Pedro Duran descends from Henry of Burgundy. My Harris line also descends from the House of Burgundy, but derives from the Norman conquest of England and a companion of William the Conqueror, Hughes d'Hericy.

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