Jose de la Cruz Varona Betancourt

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About Jose de la Cruz Varona Betancourt

In Spanish Joseph's full name would have been: José de la Cruz de Varona y Betancourt. He appears to have been named after I.M.'s brother: José de la Cruz de Varona y Agüero, also known as Dr. Joseph C. de Varona. That his name was José de la Cruz was confirmed by his half-niece, Leslie Osborn. He might have been designated by Conde de Jaruco as a later day "Rama Primera" or "Rama A" branch of the family tree below I.M. if Jaruco were still alive and spinning his genealogical marvels about the Spanish-Cuban nobility. We say this because it appears that the only remaining males below I.M. with de Varona as their surnames descend from Ignacio's son Joseph. Crussie is found married to Elizabeth Thomas by the time of the 1910 US Federal Census living in Michigan with their young son David (C.) Thomas de Varona born in 1908 in Detroit, MI. Note that there is an issue with David's middle name(s). In the 1910 US Federal Census in Michigan he is listed as: David C. de Varona. In Spanish his primer apellido and segundo apellido would have been: David C. de Varona y Thomas. Later documentation shows him only as: David Thomas de Varona. If the initial C. stood for Cruz as in his father's name, then it is certainly possible that his full Spanish name could have been: David de la Cruz de Varona y Thomas. David T. Devarona married Martha Louise Smith and had issue. Sometime after Elizabeth Thomas died [-- or they were divorced(?), remembers half-niece Leslie Osborn --] Crussie married Lenore Cooper. The "Still Living" de Varona branch of I.M.'s family descends from Crussie and his son David (AKA Dave) de Varona. Lenore Cooper was the only grand-mother (from this side of their family) that Dave's children ever knew [according to email from one of Dave's Still Living daughters].

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March 18, 1883
Manhattan, New York City, New York County, New York, United States