ROOTS in FLANDERS and WALLONIE
The Canary Islands were conquered by the Kingdom of Castille during the 1400s. Almost a century will past between the conquest of Lanzarote, in 1402, and Tenerife's, in 1496.
The island of La Palma was the last but one to be conquered, in 1492. By then, the Kingdoms of Castille and Aragon had Isabel of Castille and Ferdinand of Aragon, the Catholic Monarchs, as common Sovereigns.
Juana, heiress of both Kingdoms, married the son and heir of Emperor Maximilian, Philip the Beau. At the same time, the Catholic Monarchs conquered Granada, the last stronghold that the Muslims had in Spain; and Christoph Columbus, commanding the Castilian ships, discovered America. All these pieces came into place to form the Spanish Empire. Juana and Philip's son, Charles I of Spain and V of Germany, inherited not just the Spanish kingdoms and the right to be elected as Head of the Holy Roman Germanic Empire. He also received from his father Austria, the Duchy of Burgundy, and many other European countries. Among them, the County of Flanders, the Duchy of Brabant, the County of Holland, the Duchy of Luxemburg, the Lordship of Maastricht, the Counties of Namur and Hainaut... The "Netherlands" (Pays Bas).
That meant that, when La Palma was conquered, tradesmen and potential settlers from far lands, like Flanders, had the same Sovereign than the Canaries: Emperor Charles. Even in the years before his accesion to the throne, his parents' marriage opened the way to easy economic, social and familiar relations between both territories.
GROENENBERG - MONTEVERDE, from Köln (Cologne, Germany) and Antwerpen (Antwerp)
The proof is that about 1500, immediately after La Palma's conquest, a tradesman from the city of Antwerp, Jacome GROENENBERG, was clever enough to guess the economic possibilities offered by the island. He bought lands there, established sugar plantations, and built the ingenios (sugar factories) of Tazacorte and Argual. Jacome and his family came to the island, but they also brought with them staff, servants and associates. They opened an important naval traffic between Flanders and the islands. Among many other reminders of this special relation, we have still nowadays the most traditional and characteristic handicraft of La Palma island: lace and openwork embroidery, which of course came from Flanders. As well as so many religious images for churches, altarpieces, furniture, paintings, fabrics, music and fashions. And also some surnames, which are taken as "genuine" La Palma family names: MONTEVERDE, the direct translation into Spanish of GROENENBERG (Green Mount).
Jacome GROENENBERG, whose grandchildren were already called MONTEVERDE, was our ancestor. Although he came from Antwerp, he was born in Cologne (Germany), where he married. We know his parents' names, Gobert and Elichea. It seems they were from a German family, the GRÜNENBERG, whose surname was adapted first to Dutch (Flemish) and then to Spanish in just three generations. We know not very much from the Grünenberg's origin, but some informations tell that they came from Silesia, a country which was German during centuries and is part of Poland since 1945.
Jacome, already living in La Palma, had trouble with the Inquisition. This powerful organization, which cared for the religious-ideological pureness, prosecuted him for "his negligence on religious matters". He was accused of undermining the value of certain sacraments, as well as of the compulsory attendance to mass on Sundays, celibacy of the priests, etc... Prosecution was opened by the Inquisition in the Canary Islands, but the sentence was passed by the Court of the Inquisition in Seville. He had to take part in a procession or "auto de fe", to pay a fine of 10% of his heritage, and he had to stay for a whole year in a convent of Seville. He died in this city.
VAN DALE - VANDALA, from Antwerpen (Antwerp)
Jacome's son, Melchor "the Old" GROENENBERG, married Maria VAN DALE, member of another merchant family of Antwerp. Maria's father, Pauwel VAN DALE, and her grandfather, Arnout VAN DALE, were Knights of the City of Antwerp. Arnout was awarded by Emperor Charles V as member of the Nobility. Pauwel was Echevin (counselor or deputy mayor) of Antwerp, and Lord of Grevensbroek. But Arnout's grandfather, Jan VAN den DALE, the most ancient ancestor we know in this branch, was just a well-to-do merchant, a mersier (haberdasher) in Antwerp.
The VAN DALE linked to the MONTEVERDE not just through marriage, but also through business. They became the owners of the sugar plantations and factories in La Palma, and originated the VANDALA family, a Spanishlike form of their surname.
GHISELIN -GUISLA, from Ypres / Ieper
Pablo de MONTEVERDE y VAN DALE, Melchor and Maria's son, married María
de GUISLA y SALGADO, and thus he brought into the kinship two other Flemish families: the
GUISLA, and the VAN de WALLE. María de GUISLA's father was Diego de GUISLA VAN de WALLE.
Diego's father, Balthasar GHISELIN, was born in Ypres (Flanders, now Belgium). His family
was owner of the Lordships of Henthove (Flanders) and Busbeke (then in Flanders, now
Bousbecque, in Northern France). Balthasar's grandfather, Gilles GHISELIN, was
gentleman-in-waiting of Charles Le Temeraire (the Bold), who was -among other
titles- Duke of Burgundy, Count of Flanders and Duke of Brabant. Gilles fought at the side
of his Sovereign in the Battle of Nancy (1477), where the Duke was killed. Gilles'
also named Gilles GHISELIN, is the most ancient ancestor we know in this branch. The GHISELIN of la Palma became the GUISLA, a Spanish version of their surname
as it is pronounced in French.
The traditional GUISLA genealogy known in the Canary Islands has been corrected with the information graciously offered by Mrs. Van Waesberghe, which is based on original Flemish sources.
VAN de WALLE - VANDEVAL, from Brugge
Concerning Diego de GUISLA VAN de WALLE's mother, Catalina VAN de WALLE
TORRES y GRIMÓN, she was a lady from La Palma who was the daughter of another Flemish
gentleman, Georges VAN de WALLE y VAN PRAET, of the VAN de WALLE family, from Brugge
(Flanders). Louis VAN de WALLE y VAN PRAET, 12th Lord of Van de Walle and Lembeke,
and his brother Georges, came to Spain in the service of Emperor Charles I of Spain and V
of Germany. Both were Army men. Louis, the firstborn, was Army Governor of La Palma island
and Fieldmarshall of the Infantry. Georges also settled in the Canaries and he married in
Tenerife Catalina de TORRES y GRIMÓN. During the past twelve generations, the VAN
de WALLE had been Lords of Van de Walle and of Lembeke (Flanders). They all had the title
of knights and the treatment of "Messire", and they were members of the
aristocracy of the beautiful Flemish "city of canals", Brugge. Among
them were two Bourgmestre (mayor), two treasurers, and several echevin
(counselors or deputy mayor) of the city. In 1392 our ancestor Siger (Soyer) VAN de WALLE
took part in a joust which was hold in Brugge's Great Square (Groote Markt), an
event which went into the historic chronicle of Flanders for its magnificence and
But the origins of the Van de Walle were in Bellegem, near Kortrijk (Courtrai), also in Flanders. The Lordship of Walle was located in this area.
Before they came to the islands, the VAN de WALLE linked through marriage with other Flemish families. Among them were the van REYGHERS, BONIN, HONIN, van COUDENBROUCK, WANDELAERE, SAINT OMER, van VAGHEVIERE, GOEDERIECK, HALLE, ILLOIRS, BOGAERT...
The branches of both brothers who settled in the Canaries will unite when one of Louis' granddaughters married her second cousin Diego. We descend from both branches through two different marriages of the mentioned Diego. The surname VAN de WALLE has been transmitted in the Canaries in its original Flemish form, in some branches; or has become VANDEVAL in other cases.
GRIMON, from Namur (Wallonie))
We have already mentioned Catalina VAN de WALLE TORRES y GRIMÓN, who was granddaughter of Bárbola or Bárbara de GRIMÓN, daughter of the Lord of Grimon, Georges de GRIMON, gentleman from the County of Namur, the capital city of nowadays Wallonie (French-speaking Belgium). Georges took part in the siege and conquest of Granada, in 1492, as "captain of the German bombards".
The GRIMON, who were relatives of the Counts of Egmont, have been located in Namur at least until Georges' grandfather, Jean de GRIMON, who was born circa 1425 in this city by the Meuse.
Our descendancy from all these families comes through two different cases of illegitimate children in the 17th century. Both were later 'legitimated' by their respective fathers. They are not the only cases to be found among the Islands' families of this period; at the contrary, this seems to have been very frequent at the time. These illegitimate children received the family surnames and a wealthy dowry or heritage. Their lines became along the 18th century part of the Island's new leading class, through their own merits and through their marriages with members of La Palma's old families. Their descendants will reach the social summit in the 19th century, when they will be considered full members of the Canarian landed gentry.
Finally, already in the 19th century, our family received another proven link to the Flemish ancestry. Eulogia LÓPEZ CABRERA, another ilegitimate child, who was a MONTEVERDE through her grandmother on her father's side, married José CABRERA PINTO. They were my great-great-grandparents.
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12th cent. 13th cent. Gerard VAN de WALLE xxx ??? 1st Lord of Van de Walle | and Lembeke | (11??-1220) | _______________________| | | Gilles VAN de WALLE xxx Margriet van REYGHERS 2nd Lord of Van de Walle | and Lembeke | (12??-1260) | _______________________| | | Bartholomaeus VAN de WALLE xxx Katherina BONIN Josse HONIN xxx ??? Echevin (Deputy Mayor) | he was alive | of Brugge in 1260, | in 1250 | 3rd Lord of Van de Walle | | and Lembeke | | (12??-12??) | | _______________________| __________________| | | | | Gillis ("Lang Gillis") VAN de WALLE xxx Avezoete HONIN Jean de WANDELAERE xxx ??? Siger (Soyer) HONIN xxx Marie SAINT OMER Echevin (Deputy Mayor) of | | (12??-1304) | (1st wife) Brugge in 1281, | | | 4th Lord of Van de Walle | | | and Lembeke | _________________________________________| | (12??-13??) | | | _______________________| | __________________________________________________| 14th cent | | | | | | Gillis VAN de WALLE xxx Marie de WANDELAERE Siger (Soyer) HONIN xxx ??? Echevin (Deputy Mayor) and | (1st wife) Councelor of Brugge 1335, | Treasurer of Brugge in 1329,| Echevin(Dep.Major) 1345 | 5th Lord of Van de Walle | | and Lembeke | | (12??-13??) | | _______________________| | | ______________________________________________| | | Jacques VAN de WALLE xxx Elisabeth HONIN Bourgmestre (Mayor) of | Brugge in 1351 and 1353 | 6th Lord of Van de Walle | and Lembeke | (13??-1416) | _______________________| | | Siger (Soyer) VAN de WALLE xxx Walburg VAN VAGHEVIERE Waltier GOEDERIECK xxx ??? Echevin (Deputy Major)and | | Treasurer of Brugge in 1395,| | 7th Lord of Van de Walle | | and Lembeke | | (13??-1413) | | NAMUR _______________________| ________________________________________| | | 15th cent | | Siger (Soyer) VAN de WALLE xxx Elisabeth GOEDERIECK Louis HALLE xxx Adriana ILLOIRS ??? xxx Jean de GRIMON Hugues de xxx Yolante de Burgomaestre (Alcalde) de | (13??-1431) | | *Namur CORTEWILLE | HAESEBROEC Brujas | | | (1425-14??) | 8º Señor de Van de Walle | | | | y de Lembeke | | | | (13??-1429) | | | | _______________________| _____________________________________| __________| YPRES | | | | _____| | | | | Jan VAN de WALLE xxx Maria HALLE Antoine BOGAERT xxx ??? ??? xxx Georges de GRIMON Gilles GHISELIN xxx Agnes de Jean de xxx Marie de 9º Señor de Van de Walle | (14??-1498) | | *Namur (14??-1514) | CORTEWILLE HINGETTE | HALEWYN y de Lembeke | | | (1450-????) | de la LYS| (14??-1467) | | | | | _______________________| ______________________________| | | | ANTWERP | | | | | | | 1490 | | 1460 | Siger (Soyer) VAN de WALLE xxx Alexandrina BOGAERT Juana de AGUANA xxx Georges de GRIMON Gilles GHISELIN xxx Adrianne de HINGETTE Jacques xxx Joye de la Jan VAN den DALE xxx ??? 10º Señor de Van de Walle | (14??-????) (1472-15??) | Lord of Grimon Lord of Heulhove | de la LYS GOMMER | LASCHERIE (14??-ant.1479) | y de Lembeke | | (1470-15??) (14??-1514) | | | (14??-????) | | ____________________________________| | | _______________________| | | | | | | | _______________________________________________________| | | 1510 | | | | Thomas VAN de WALLE xxx Katherina VAN PRAET Diego RUIZ de xxx Bárbara o Gilles GHISELIN xxx Agnes de GOMMER Pieter VAN den DALE xxx Hildegonde VAN 11º Lord of Van de Walle | (14??-1515) TORRES | Bárbola GRIMÓN Lord of Heulhove, | (14??-1541) (14??-ant.1506) | LANGENDONCK and Lembeke | | (1492-15??) Lord of Busbeke, | | 16th cent (14??-1530) | |______________ Bailiff of Ypres | | _______________________|_________________________________________ | (14??-1514) | ____________________________________| | | | | COLOGNE | | 1537 | | | | Louis VAN de WALLE y VAN PRAET xxx María CERVELLÓ y BELLID Georges VAN de WALLE xxx Catalina de TORRES Jacome GHISELIN xxx Margriet Gobert GROENENBERG xxx Elichea Arnout VAN DALE xxx Gertrude Eustache COCQUIEL xxx Marguerite 12th Lord of Van de Walle | (15??-1570) y VAN PRAET | y GRIMÓN | QUESTROIS | BRIFT Knight | TEERLINCX | VAN RANST and Lembeke. He settled | He settled in the | (15??-15??) | | (????-1558) | (????-1529) | in La Palma (Canary Isl.) | Canary islands | | | | | (1511-1587) | (15??-15??) | | | | | ____________________________| | _______________| | | | | | | | | | | | 1526 | | | 1539 | Tomás VAN de WALLE de CERVELLÓN xxx Esperanza FERNÁNDEZ de Catalina VAN de WALLE xxxx Balthasar GHISELIN Jacome GROENENBERG xxx Margret PYNS Pauwel VAN DALE xxxxxxxx Anne COCQUIEL 13th Lord of Van de Walle | AGUIAR y CORDERO TORRES y GRIMÓN | (15??-1572) (1472-1531) | (????-1544) Knight | (15??-bef.1587) and Lembeke | (15??-1598) | | (1510-1595) | (15??-1595) | | | | ____________________________| ____________________________________________| | | | | | | | 1589 | | | María VAN de WALLE de AGUIAR xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Diego de GUISLA VAN de WALLE xxxxxxxxx Beatriz SALGADO Melchor "el Viejo" GROENENBERG xxxxxxxxxxxx Maria VAN DALE (1566-?) | (1530-1603) | de VALENZUELA Knight of the Golden Spur | (3rd wife) | | (2nd wife) | | |_____________ ________________________________________________________| | | | | | | 1613 | | Catalina GONZÁLEZ ^^^^^^^^^^ Juan de GUISLA VANDEVAL, o xxx Jerónima de BOOT María de GUISLA y SALGADO xxxxxxxxxx Pablo de MONTEVERDE y VAN DALE Ana de MONTEVERDE xxx Andrés SALGADO de FRÍAS 17thcent. (1610-???) / VAN de WALLE | y MONTEVERDE (1583-16??) | | / (1600-after1648) | | 1610 | / | ________________________| Andrés LORENZO CRESPO xxxxxxxx Beatriz SALGADO MONTEVERDE / | | (1559-desp.1618) | / | | _______________________________________________________________| / 1656 | | | Juan de GUISLA GONZÁLEZ ACUÑA xxxx María de LLANES (legitimate Beatriz MONTEVERDE GUISLA xxx Andrés LORENZO SALGADO (ilegitimate son, later | SALAZAR de FRÍAS children) | legitimated) | | (1630-1696) | | _____________________________| | | | | 1680 | María Domingo Alberto SALAZAR xxx Felipe de LAZCANO y Isabel LORENZO ^^^^^ Pablo LORENZO MONTEVERDE y FRÍAS | GORDEJUELA / (1643-after 1714) (1660-1745) | (1658-1715) / * | / | 18th cent. _____________________________|___________ / | | | / | | 1722 | / 1724 | Juan de LAZCANO xxxx Francisca Rosa José de LAZCANO xxxx María Jerónima María LORENZO MONTEVERDE xxx Jacinto José FERNÁNDEZ MONTEVERDE y GORDEJUELA | de la VEGA y y GORDEJUELA | ESTRADA y ARAUJO (ilegitimate daughter, | YANES (GROENENBERG) (1697-????) | ULATE (1685-1729) | (1695-????) later legitimated) | | _______________| (1702-1749) | | | | | ___________| | | 1757 | 1753 | | Mariana LAZCANO xxxxx Mariano MARTÍNEZ MÉNDEZ Antonio Miguel LAZCANO y ARAUJO xxxxx Beatriz YANES LORENZO y MONTEVERDE Antonio MENINO xxxxx Petra MONTEVERDE y GORDEJUELA | (17??-after 1773) (1727-1772) | (1728-17??) | de la GUERRA (1734-1782) | | | ______________| _________________| | | | | | 1794 | 1773 1790 | Josefa MARTÍNEZ xxxxx Santiago José LÓPEZ Beatriz LAZCANO y GORDEJUELA xxxxxxx Tomás de ABREU CRESPO y OROPESA José Mariano xxxxx Antonia MENINO de MONTEVERDE y LAZCANO | AUBERT YANES MONTEVERDE | (1747-????) LÓPEZ AUBERT | | (1767-????) (1754-after 1840) | (1765-18??) | | | | | | | | 1815 | | Margarita LÓPEZ MARTÍNEZ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Lorenzo de ABREU LAZCANO Antonia CABRERA HERNÁNDEZ ^^^^^ Antonio LÓPEZ MONTEVERDE (1796-1862) | y GORDEJUELA (18??-bef.1855) / 19th cent. _______________________________________| (1779-1832) / | / | / | 1845 1844 / Rosa María de ABREU LÓPEZ xxxxx José LÓPEZ ESPINOSA de la BARREDA José CABRERA PINTO xxxxxxxxx Eulogia LÓPEZ CABRERA (1816-before 1877) | (1811-before 1877) (1814-bef.1872) | (ilegitimate daughter, _________________________| ______________________________________________| later legitimated) | | (1820-after 1888) | | | 1879 | Margarita LÓPEZ ABREU xxxxx Fernando CABRERA-PINTO y LÓPEZ (1855-1944) | (1855-1920) | _________________________| | | | 1921 1906 Margarita Leonor CABRERA-PINTO xxxxx Pedro VILLAMANDOS PINTO xxx (1ª) Dolores REYES y LÓPEZ-ABREU | (1882-1925) GONZÁLEZ (1888-1959) | 20th cent. | | | 1949 Margarita VILLAMANDOS xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Julio Juan RANCEL MARTÍN CABRERA-PINTO | (1922-1998) (priv.) | _________________________|_______________________________________________________________________________________________ | | | | | | | | 1979 | 2004 | 1978 | | Beatrix SERAL xxx Julio Néstor Juan RANCEL xxx Roy Lee GENTRY Francisco RANCEL xxx Isaura (Sabrina) MEDINA Sergio RANCEL Isabel Margarita RANCEL ARANDA | VILLAMANDOS (priv.) VILLAMANDOS | NARANJO VILLAMANDOS VILLAMANDOS (1953-1997) | (priv.) (priv.) | (priv.) (priv.) (1962-1972) |___________ _______________________________________| | | | | | | | | | Mayec RANCEL SERAL Francisco José RANCEL MEDINA Patricia RANCEL MEDINA (priv.) (priv.) (priv.) 21st. cent.
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