Great News! Yolanda was able to find a distant relative that confirmed that John Paris’s son, Henry AND grandson, Henry, both carried the middle name of “Demetrio.” This is great news as this lends supports to the oral history that John was also known as “Demetrio.” We had evidence that grandson Henry’s middle initial was D. but we could not find any evidence of what it stood for. Yolanda was able to find the family of grandson Henry D. Paris by looking in the phone book and calling up a former contact. If I understand it correctly, the informant is the daughter of the late Henry D. Paris’s (the grandson) wife and her husband, William Enos.
In other news, I have enlisted the participation of a member of the Perez/Taitano who has agreed to have their DNA tested. I hope that this will shed light on the connection of Francisco Taitano that owned land adjacent to that owned by Demetrio Perez. There is also a Francisca Perez that owned land to the south of that owned by Demetrio. This particular individual is from the Cruz clan. The land was bordered on the north by land owned by Mariano de la Cruz.....hmmmm.
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~ Jillette Leon Guerrero
Comprehensive as it is, the research of Jillette de León Guerrero presented in this blog complies with one of the most important aspects of scholar research: the suppression of the hardships of all the previous work, sacrificed in favor of a direct, broad presentation of the facts. After all, what matters is the outcome of the research.
But, ah! How much work is behind these facts presented in Across the Water in Time… Only Jillette herself knows. Documentary research proves to be one of the most difficult intellectual activities: Records are often scattered in different locations; the researcher does not really know what can be found, nor where, among the thousands of records deposited in one given location… Hours and hours of tedious search of microfilms, photocopies or original documents, can often be rewarded with no particular data.
However, in other instances, such as the naturalization document of “Juan Perez”, presented below, the researcher hits the jackpot by locating a single, revealing document, which can serve as a testimony of the hypothesis and foster the continuation of the work.
Work is progressing with our project. Today we shot our first scene recording Omaira Brunal-Perry, curator of the Spanish documents collection at the Micronesian Area Research Center explaining the land document that we found that mentions Demetrio Perez. It went well and we did get some good footage.
Carlos Madrid and I went to the Department of Land Management last week to try to find land documents for “Demetrio Perez.” While we were unsuccessful at finding any documents prior to the one that mentions Demetrio, we were able to get a map that included the area known as JALAGUAG. This was the area where the property that Demetrio Perez sold to Jose Blas Asuncion in 1868.
The one hectare property was bound on the north by that of Mariano de la Cruz, in the east by that of Gertrudis Tenorio and Jose Flores, in the south by that of Francisco Perez, and in the west by that of Francisco Taitano.
It is interesting to note that in 1897 this area was a plantation of coconut and coffee.
- Jillette Leon-Guerrero