The 14th Family of the List of Canary Islanders taken at: Cuautitlán, November 8, 1730
Juan Rodríguez Granado married María Robaina de Bethéncourt while living in the Spanish
Canary Islands. She was the daughter of Manuel de Bethencourt and Paula Umpienes
(Umpierre). Maríawas born in 1703 in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, and died January
26, 1779 in La Villa de San Fernando de Béxar. Her husband, Juan Granado, died only
a few weeks after their arrival at Vera Cruz on May 5, 1730. An epidemic of vomito,
or tropical fever had been raging throughout Vera Cruz and a number of people had
died to include fellow Isleño Lucas Delgado who died a month after Juan. Both where
buried in the parish cemetery of Vera Cruz.
Within a few years after her arrival at San Antonio de Bexar, Maria married Martín
Lorenzo de Armas, her second husband, the son of Roque Lorenzo de Armas and Teresa
Maria Robaina de Bethéncourt was also know as, Maria Rodriguez-Provayna, MaríaRodríguez,
MaríaRodríguez-Provayna, Robaina de Bentacourt and MaríaGranado. She was described
as, a native of Lancerota, about 27 years old, good figure, slender, long face, fair
complexion, black hair and eyebrows, thin nose.
In 1731 Maria Robaina de Bethencourt, as head of the Fourteenth Family was granted
the Granado homestead on the southeast corner of Main Plaza and Commerce Street.
Her oldest son, Pedro Granado, occupied the homestead after the death of his mother. He
was a Sergeant at the Presidio de los Adaes. He was also a tutor at the Presidio
de San Juan Bautista del Río Grande. Then in 1786, Pedro’s son, Second Lieutenant
Joseph Granado obtained interest in the Granado homestead. He remained there for
forty eight consecutive years, bequeathing the property to his son, Jose Laureano
Granado, who in turn, with his mother, sold the homestead to Ramon Muzquiz in 1839. Juan
de Acuña’s daughter María Josefa de la Encarnacion Granadowas born October 8, 1759
in La Villa de San Fernando. On April 17, 1776 she married Fernando de Veramendi,
son of Martin de Veramendi and Benita de Olagrie.
Maria Robaina de Bethéncourt claimed be a descendant of Jean de Béthencourt who,
early in the fifteenth century, achieved the conquest of the Canary Islands for Henry
III of Castile. The Bethencourt family dates back to circa 1200 in Normandy, France
where the first Bethencourt joined the Duke of Normandy in the invasion of England
in 1066. This was four hundred years before descendant Jean de Béthencourt invaded
the Canary Islands in the early 1400's. In 1405 he visited Normandy, and returned
with fresh colonists who occupied Hierro. In December 1406 he left the islands to
the government of his nephew, Maciot de Béthencourt, reserving for himself the royal
title and a share in any profits obtained. He returned to Normandy, where he appears
to have spent the remainder of his days. He died in 1422, and was buried in the
church of Grainville-la-Teinturire in Pájara on the island of Fuerteventura.
Juan never had the chance to witness the birth of his 3rd son and sixth child, Juan
de Acuña, who was born about 4 months later on September 15th, 1730 at Cuautitlán. Maria
named her newly born son after the viceroy of New Spain, Juan de Acuña, Marqués de