Estopinal Family Genealogy Forum
Re: Estopinal Name Research, February 5, 1998
Work on this line is said to lead to the town or area of Aguimes,
Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. I would be glad to exchange
data to try to fill in the branches of the family since arrival
in Louisiana in early 1779.
What I really need is data on the family in the Canaries and from
there farther back into Spain or wherever. Of particular interest
is the possible connection with the explorer Cabeza De Vaca,whose
maternal uncle and first cousin were named Pedro de Estopinan.
The cousin, known as Pedro (Vaca) Estopinan, accompanied De Vaca
on an exploration to the west (South America) in 1540. That trip
included a stay in the Canaries, from which they departed in 1541.
(His original new world exploration with Narvaez left Spain in
1526. De Vaca did not return to Spain until 1537.
Could Estopinal be a variant of Estopinan? At least one listing
in the Cathedral records in New Orleans used that spelling in
reference to a person otherwise known as Estopinal.
Would appreciate some help on this question. The Estopinals who
arrived in 1779,(having left the Canaries in December,1778 aboard
the San Luis Nepumoceno), were Marie Artiles, widow of Diego
Estopinal, and her two minor children, Diego and Marie Estopinal.
By then, she had remarried to Barthelmy Caballero, with whom she
arrived in Louisiana. She later married a third time,to Ronquillo.
Any help in extending or connecting this line would be very much