Portion of Nazarena Cabahug's Will
Jacinto Andres, along with Josef Silvestre, is one of the earliest known members of the Cabahug family.  He and his wife, Maria Estefa, are named in the 1869 Testamento (will) of Doña Nazarena Maria Cabajug, as her parents24.  Nazarena was over 60 years old at the time, indicating the Jacinto and Estefa were born in the late 1700's.  [Note that prior to 1850, residents of the Philippines had two names, however they were generally known by one of those names, as indicated here.]
|Baptism Record of Maria Estefa|
Nazarena Cabahug recorded two wills in 1869, the first in July24 and the second in October25.  The second will provides additional information on her parents.  First, it states that they were born in and residents of Mandaue.  However, such information is not always accurate, due to faulty memory.  Fortunately, there is confirmation that Maria Estefa was born in Mandaue.  By shear luck, the record of her baptism was copied in 1843, likely for some legal purpose.  Estefa was baptized on June 9, 1782, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mandaue, at two weeks of age48.  This proves she was born in Mandaue, and suggests that Jacinto was also born their, or at least was a resident for most of his life.
Nazarena's second will names her parents, in this as Jacinto Ignacio and Maria Estefa.  The difference in Jacinto's name probably indicates a lapse in Nazarena's memory, rather than a sigificant problem.  It does show, however, that her father was commonly known as Jacinto to his family and the community.  We have chosen to use the name Jacinto Andres.
A 1851 entry in the Protocolos35 by Ambrocio Cabahug states that Maria Estefa recorded her will in 1847, before the Gobernodorcillo of Mandaue.  This suggests that her husband had died previous to 1847, otherwise Estefa would not record a will.  The entry also states that Maria Estefa had died by 1851.
The known children of Jacinto Andres and Maria Estefa are:
|ii.||Nazarena Maria Cabahug||Nazarena was born in the first decade of the 18th century24.  She married Mariano Cortes.|
What little we know about Ambrocio Cabahug comes from two entries in the Protocolos.  On January 25, 184534, Don Ambrocio Mariano was one of the Cabezas de Barangay of Mandaue who signed an agreement establishing the boundary between the newly created town of Liloan and Mandaue.  Then on May 25, 185135, Don Ambrocio Cabahug Mariano recorded clause number of seven of his mother's will.  Maria Estefa recorded her will in 1845 before the Gobernodorcillo of Mandaue.  [Note the connection between Ambrocio's name in 1845, and in 1851.]
Estefa's will granted Ambrocio a number of household items, including 49 buttons of silver used for a leather jacket.  These items had a total value of 16 pesos, 7 reales and 23⁄5 granos.  In addition, Ambrocio received the land were the family house was located, probably in the Poblacion, a lot in Looc and part of a lot in Omapad.  Finally, the clause mentions his eighth share of a house purchased by Ambrocio, suggesting he had seven siblings.  We only know of his sister, Nazarena.
Nazarena Maria Cabahug is known from her testamentos, recorded in the notary records of Cebu (Protocolos), which were first reported by Dr. Michael Cullinane4, in a personal communication.  In her testamento of 8 July 186924, she states that she is a "widow, more than sixty years of age", and names her parents as Jacinto Andres and Maria Estefa.  In a second testemento25, dated 20 October 1869, Nazarena states that her husband, Mariano Cortes, passed away in 1853.  This testamentos also names her eight children and several grandchildren.
The testamentos of Nazarena also give some insight into her status.  She owned land in Canduman, along with carabao and she also had a house, probably in the Poblacion24.  Finally, she owned a considerable amount of jewelery24.  The second testamento clarified her inheritance, with the land in Canduman going to her son Macario, and her jewelry going to daughter Timotea25.  She also left various items to Esperidion Flores, son of Timotea25.  The extent of her estate indicates that Nazarena was a wealthy resident of Mandaue.
The children of Mariano Cortes and Nazarena Cabahug are:
|i.||Valeriano Cortes||Valeriano died before 186924.  He had not married.|
|ii.||Leona Cortes||Leona died before 186925.  She had not married.|
|iii.||Jorge Cortes||Jorge died before 186925.|
|iv.||Macario Cortes||Nazarena was born in the first decade of the 18th century24.  She married Mariano Cortes.|
Jorge Cortes is the son of Mariano Cortes and Nazarena Cabahug.  By 1869, when Nazarina recorded her Testamemtos, Jorge had died. In her Testamemto of 20 October 186925, she named Jorge's children as follows:
|i.||Placido Cortes||Placido married Alejandra Ouano3.|
|iv.||Cornelia Cortes||Cornelia married Prudencio Sanchez3.|
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