Alonso de Aranda

Brief Biography: 
Alonso de Aranda was born in Hinojosa (in the modern province of Córdoba). He died in February of 1563. Alonso was present at the 1540 muster as a member of Diego López's company. After the Expedition, historical records indicate that Alonso de Aranda was a merchant in Quito around 1563. Alonso de Aranda was married with a son, Juan de Aranda. His parents were Gil Hernández de Aranda and Leonor Martín. Alonso de Aranda could sign his name.
Gender: 
Male
Birthplace
Country of Origin: 
Spain
Place of Birth (modern province/state/region): 
Córdoba
Place of Birth (City/Town): 
Hinojosa
Date of Death: 
2/1563
Died on the Expedition?: 
No
Last Known Location: 
Quito
Position on Expedition: 
Horseman
Within Viceroy Mendoza's Sphere: 
No
Post Expedition Occupation: 
Merchant
Residence After Expedition: 
Quito
Married: 
Yes
Name of Children: 
Juan de Aranda
Ability to sign name: 
Yes
Relatives: 
father: Gil Hernández de Aranda; mother: Leonor Martín
References-Documentary: 

1540-1550:

1540, Feb: Muster in Flint & Flint, Documents, Document 12 [under Diego López, horse, native arms]

1560-1570:

AGI, Contratación, 471, N.4, R.2 [Quito, bienes de difuntos of Alonso de Aranda, merchant], native of Hinojosa, María de Aranda was sister to Alonso de Aranda; case in the Casa de Contratación because the heirs have not received the money sent by Aranda, request made in Madrid 10 Dec. 1568; in Tierra Firme; Quito, 1 Jan 1564 it was stated that Aranda, merchant, died about 11 months before; paid Gonzalo Yáñez Ortega, scribe, 6 pesos, 3 tomines, 6 granos; Aranda is estante in Quito; Will made in Quito, 7 Feb. 1563- Juan de Aranda is his son, apparently still in Hinojosa; 300 masses to be said for him in Fuente Obejuna; has a slave, Catalina, who was Isabel de Mejía's; he names albaceas in Spain -his brother Diego Sánchez Pozuelo, sister - María de Aranda, Melchior de Morales, and Juan de Aranda; also names some in Quito; heirs-Diego Méndez, Carlos de Salazar, Pedro de Ruanes, vecinos and Pedro de Ortega Guillén, vecino; witness to the will includes Andrés Martín, estante in Quito; fol.13r: 21 Feb. 1563-Aranda states-his father was Gil Hernández de Aranda, mother-Leonor Martín, both deceased; he is sick in bed, adds a codicil: Capitan Juan Proçel vecino que fue desta ciudad le devia por vertud de una obligacion ciertos pesos de oro que no se ha alerda? quantos son la qual esta en su cofre los quales pesos de oro contenidos en la dicha escriptura de obligacion el dicho Juan Proçel le dio e pago lo en ella contenido por tanto dixo que la da por ninguna e de ningun efecto e valor e da por libre e quito al dicho capitan Juan Proçel de los pesos de oro en ella contenidos e a sus bienes e herederos]; 25 Feb. 1563-still sick in bed, wants to endow a chapel in San Juan church in Hinojosa; and money to the convent Nuestra Señora de la Merced; signed his name-no signature; a shipment of gold and silver was registered for Aranda = over 67 3 pesos; gross estate of 2516 pesos from 635 in auction sales, 942 debt collection, 785 collected in silver, 106 pesos in gold and silver, 48 pesos in silver; [fol. 6r-7r: an Alonso Saavedra is paid one and a half pesos from Aranda's estate; a Maese Miguel is paid five pesos from Aranda's estate that the deceased owed him; Francisco Gómez is owed 3 pesos; in his will of February 1563 Aranda gives four pesos to each of the cofradías of Santisimo Sacramento, Vera Cruz, and Nuestra Señora de la Colevación; and he gives 15 pesos each to two pueblos of Indians (Chultos--Juan de Padilla and Tiquezambe--Pedro Martín Montanero); he establishes a capellanía in Hinojosa for a chapel to be built in the church of San Juan; 10 pesos to the mayordomo del colegio de San Andrés; and he directs that ornaments and real property that can serve the capellanía; the clerigo is to be whatever relative is nearest to Aranda who is qualified; he delegates the role of patron for the Capellanía to his brother Diego Sánchez Pozuelo, Melchior de Morales, and his son Juan de Aranda, all vecinos de Hinojosa; Aranda also leaves 100 pesos for Juana, his niece and daughter of Diego Sánchez, deceased, who was a native of Cumbres Mayores, and who (Juana) is in the house of Juan Flamenco in Quito; Aranda owes 9 pesos to "Miranda el viejo;" he owes 5 pesos to Maes Miguel, surgeon, "por siete dias que me curo;" Aranda has a book of accounts; he is a mercader and has a store in Quito; he owns a black woman slave, Catalina, who formerly belonged to Isabel Mejía; his albaceas in Spain are the three padrones above plus his sister María de Aranda; his albaceas in Peru are Diego Méndez, Carlos de Salazar, and Pedro de Ruanes, all vecinos de Quito, also a Pedro de Ortega Guillén, also vecino of Quito]

Other Info:

?AGI, Indiferente General, 1379  "Peticiones y Memorials sin fecha [dice que el tiempo de los dos anos porque vuestra magestad le a echo merced de mandar que las justicias de las indias donde rreside no le hagan molestia ni obliguen averria? a estos reinos se cumplira brevemente y que las cobrancas a que asiste no sera ynposible acabarse en el dicho tiempo  - supplica a vuestra magestad le haga merced de prorrogarle la licencia que el esta concedida por otros tres anos mas pues tiene consentimiento y licencia de su muger que en ello recivira merced] (doesn't say where);

Relatives:

?AGI, México, 96 [1549-there was a Gonzalo de Aranda in the government, Mexico City; relative?]