Emila Tosta was my grandmother who was also a sister of Vicente Tosta. Jose Moran was married to her. Jose was born in El Salvador but lived most of his life in Honduras. Jose had my mother, Martina, and my aunts, Consuelo, Corina, Rubenia, and an uncle, Pompilio. My aunts, Connie, and Corina, were brought to the US by my parents when they were in their late teens. They lived with us for a while before they got married. Jose also had another daughter, Marina, who is my half-aunt, so to speak. Marina is married to the former economics editor of La Prensa, I don't recall her last name, but the last I heard, Jorge, her husband, was connected with the Interamerican Bank.
In the early seventies, I visited Jesus de Otoro, and I got to know Emilia and Rubenia.I also met Carlos Tosta,a cattle rancher, and my mother's uncle, at a restaurant which he owns just before entering Jesus de Otoro. While in Honduras,I also met with Pompilio Moran and some of his kids who live in another town, Villanueva, I believe. One of Pompolio's sons, Luis, my cousin, was an officer in the Honduran military. Through him, I visited a number of places in Tegucigalpa, including the Cuartel, and a number of neighboring towns. Several years after I visited Honduras, I learned that Luis had been killed by another military person, and of course, he left his wife and kids. I met other Morans & Tostas, and I recall meeting a number of female Tostas who are probably my distant cousins.
I'm aware that my father had a brother and two sisters. One sister married an American engineer, moved to the US, and apparently they were both killed in an automobile crash in Los Angeles many years ago. My other aunt, Candida, I got to know in the seventies as she lived near San Francisco, CA. She had a son, my cousin, by the name of Luis Morales whose father was from the well known Morales family of Honduras. Luis was brought to the US when he was a teenager, and lived close to San Francisco near an uncle of his who was a physician connected with the UC Medical Center.
My father's brother, my uncle, is known as Santos, and I have never met him or his children. Apparently, my father and him did not get along, and so my father barely ever mentioned him to me and my brothers.
My father, was also a Daniel, and he worked as a supervisor for the Tela RR Company. I, and my brothers were all born in a hospital operated by the Tela RR Company according to my birth certificate. We came to the US in 1943, and my father served in the US Navy during WWII
We moved to Chicago, and in my early thirties, I moved to Calfornia. I spent a number of years working for several major American firms in the international business field. Later, I became a high school teacher, and a few years ago, I took early retirement, and I am now an independent investment advisor/broker in association with WallStreet Electronica, an on-line brokerage firm located in Miami.
I live in Salinas, California which is about a 30 minute drive from Monterey, Carmel, and Pebble Beach. This has been my home for the past 15 years or so.
We came to this country with very little, struggled quite a bit, but eventually, I pushed myself academically, as I hold a BS in Business Administration, an MA in Public Administration along with three credentials in the teaching of business and computers.
Both my mom and dad are deceased along with a brother, Alan Kenneth, who died very young in 1963. My older brother, Dennis, lives with his wife and daughter in suburban Chicago.
As we were quite young when we left Honduras, we were too far removed from getting to know so many members of the Fajardo, Moran, Tosta, and Escobar families.
In my study of the Fajardo clan, I learned that a Fajardo was admiral of the Spanish fleet, and he retired just before the Spanish Armada was crushed by the English. I also learned that most original Fajardo's come from a small town located in the province of Catalonia.
Some years ago, when I was in Caracas, Venezuela, I learned that they have an Avenida General Francisco Fajardo, who fought with Simon Bolivar. The first governor of the Philippines under the Spanish was an Alberto Fajardo.
I suppose that many of us are related to some degree, and it would be interesting to hear from some other Fajardo members even if we are not all related.
According to Juan Sorto Fajardo, a book is available written by a Fajardo in Honduras who traces the lineage to Sephardic Jews. I would like to know more about this, so if any of you who have been following this strand of messages can tell me more, I am quite interested.
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