Juan Barbero was born possibly in Sevilla at least by 1500, which would make him about forty years old when he went on the Expedition. This same Juan Barbero was married to Francisca Rodríguez. We are not sure whether his last name also indicated his profession, a barber. He served in Viceroy Mendoza's personal guard, giving him a special status. Juan was present at the 1540 muster as a well-armed footman.
?AGI, Pasajeros, L.1, E.2547= Boyd-Bowman, Indice geobiográfico, I:3259 [Juan Barbero, marido de Francisca Rodríguez, vecino de Sevilla, June 24, 1517] (this would make him born at least by 1500);
1540, Feb: Muster in Flint & Flint, Documents, Document 12 [Barvero, footman, arquebus, sword, dagger, native arms]
AGI, Justicia, 259, pieza 2 [fol. 58r-58v: 3 Dec 1543 ; fol. 60r-60v: 5 Jan 1544, lists Juan Barbero de a pie in Mendoza’s personal guard]
?AGI, Contratación, 199, N.14 [1560: a Francisco Martín, vecino de Ayamonte, buys zaraguelles at auction; a maese Juan Barbero is a witness, saw Hernández in the hospital, Barbero could sign, but no signature] (this is probably a ship owner)