Sunday, October 10, 2010

Antonio Espejo (died 1805), Spanish Colonial Mobile, Alabama 1780-1813.

Antonio Espejo was the son of Bartolo Espejo, of Malaga, Spain. There is little known about his background, his age, or when exactly he arrived, in Mobile. He worked as a Royal Carpenter, at Spanish, Fort Confederation (Fort Tombigbee), in Alabama. He arrived in Mobile and married Catalina Plock (also found as Block, born April 17th, 1781-died September 9th, 1862). Antonio received land grants, in Mobile and the County. He died, in the Yellow Fever outbreak, of 1805 and was buried at the Spanish Cemetery, in downtown Mobile, Campo Santo. His body doesn’t seem to have dis-intered and moved to Church Street Cemetery when it opened. He had children with Catalina but the surname “daughtered out”. His descendant’s include member’s, of the Tankersley and Ingersoll families, of Mobile, Alabama. Catalina Espejo re-married after he passed away and is buried at the Tankersley Lot, in Church Street Cemetery, in downtown Mobile.
Espejo Street, in Mobile, is named after Antonio Espejo and Catherine Street was named after his wife Catalina (Catalina is Spanish, for Catherine). The surname Espejo is properly pronounced Es-Peh-Hoe, the J is pronounced like H, in English, not how some in Mobile pronounce it, Es-Peh-Joe or Es-Pee-Joe. Curious about what the future holds? Click here to find out how you can receive a 10 minute psychic reading from Psychic Source.