Descendants of Zacarias Sanchez and Basilia Cortes

The earliest known member of the Sanchez family, is Zacarias Sanchez, who was born about 1860, according to his death record1.  The Sanchez family belonged to the Mestizo-Sangley (Chinese-Mestizo) community of Mandaue, placing them among its leading families.

About 1878, Zacarias married Basilia Cortes who was born about 18581.  During spanish rule, Zacarias served as Cabeza de Barangay (Barrio Captain)5.  Little else is known of Zacarias until the mid-1920's.  In 1926, Zacarias along with his grandson, Hilario Cabahug, went to Labinay, Ozamiz City, on the southern island of Mindinao. From there they proceeded to Aurora, Zambouanga del Sur16.  Aurora was a newly pioneered municipality in the rural mountainous area, which attracted many settlers from Mandaue.  Presumably, Zacarias accompanied Hilario to assess opportunities for settlement in Aurora.  Hilario's father, Ambrosio, followed in 1927 and among with other family members, settled their16.

According to the civil Registery, Zacarias Sanchez died on June 8, 19261, in Mandaue, Cebu.  This would suggest that Zacarias returned from Aurora shortly before his death.  His wife, Basilia died in Mandaue on May 5, 19361.

The children of Zacarias and Basilia are:

i. Cayetana Sanchez Cayetana was born about 18791, and she died on August 14, 196313.  Cayetana married Ambrosio Cabahug.
ii. Anatolia Sanchez Anatolia was born about 18821.  She married Genaro Gakit on February 18, 1914, at Mandaue, Cebu1.  Genaro was born about 18671, the son of Gregoria Gakit.
iii. Gregoria Sanchez Gregoria was born about 18881.  She married Baldomero Mendoza on May 12, 1910, at Mandaue, Cebu1.  Baldomero was born about 18741, the son of Lucas Mendoza and Pascuala Villamor.  They had three children.
iv. Vicenta Sanchez Vicenta was born about 18901.  She married Jose Gitgano on September 11, 1912, at Mandaue, Cebu1.  Baldomero was born about 18881, the son of Fabiano Gitgano and Arcadia Rosal.  They had nine children.
v. Vicente Sanchez Vicente was born about 18931, and he died on November 28, 19341.  Vicente married Porferia Lumapas on September 7, 1917, at Mandaue, Cebu1.  Porferia was born on September 5, 18951, the daughter of of Potenciano Lumapas and Fabiana Cortes They had eight children.
vi. Visitacion Sanchez Visitacion was born about 19001.  She married Dominador Ceniza on June 1, 1923, at Mandaue, Cebu1.  Dominador was born about 18981, the son of Tiburcio Ceniza and Sixta Cabahug.  They had four children.
vii. Herman Sanchez
viii. Victoria Sanchez Victoria married _____ Lazaro

Other than names, places and dates, little additional information is currently known about this Sanchez family.  Basic information on the children of the above family members can be found in the RootsWeb WorldConnect database.  For a direct link is to the family in that database, click here.

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