|Luarca, Valdéz, Asturias|
The parish priest in Luarca did not give me permission to take digital pictures so I have included a couple of transcription snippets. For simplicity sake I have removed abbreviations, and only included relevant pieces of information about the birthplace of Manuel Ramon de la Fraga.
#1 - baptism of Lorenzo Antonio
'En siete de Octubre del presente año de mil setezientos setentta y ocho....bautice solemnemente...un niño...que puso por nombre Lorenzo Antonio hijo legitimo de Manuel Ramon de la Fraga natural de la parroquia Santa Eulalia de Frejulfe valle de oro y de Cathalina Menendez...'
*Notice the birthplace of Manuel Ramon - it says that he was born in the parish of Santa Eulalia [in the town] of Frejulfe [in] valle de oro.
#2 - baptism of Gregoria
'En diez y ocho de Junio de mil setezientos ochenta y uno...bautice solemenmente...una niña....a quien se puso por nombre Gregoria....hija legitima de Ramon de la Fraga natural de Santa Eulalia de Frejulfe obispado de Mondoñedo y de Catalina Menendez...'
**Notice the birthplace of Manuel Ramon now - it says he was born in the parish of Santa Eulalia [in the town] of Frejulfe [in the bishopric or diocese] of Mondoñedo.
Several more children were found for this couple, but these two records provide the detail I needed (which the other children's records corroborated) to push back the de la Fraga line even further. The problem I now faced was where in the world was Frejulfe and Mondoñedo; and what about this Valle de Oro place? Turned out that the research took us to the region of Galicia, which will be the focus of my next post.