Pedro de Écija

Brief Biography: 
The name Pedro de Écija appears only once in the Boyd-Bowman compilation, which may suggest that any individual with that name in New Spain would be the expeditionary. Two substantiated facts do exist for Pedro, namely his being listed in the 1540 muster as a member of Vázquez de Coronado's company and that he shared lodging with fellow expeditionary Juan Troyano. He probably is the named individual accompanying Luna y Arellano to Florida in 1559.
Gender: 
Male
Last Known Location: 
Mexico City
Position on Expedition: 
Horseman
Residence After Expedition: 
Florida, Mexico City
References-Documentary: 

1530-1540:

?Boyd-Bowman, Indice geobiográfico, II:8283 [merchant, vecino of Mexico City 1536 = Millares Carlo y Montecón, Indice y extractos, Martín Castro, scribe, II:1808 [fols. 9v y 10r: July 7, 1536, Statement by Pedro de Écija, merchant, vecino of México, and Antón de Silva concerning a debt of 400 pesos owed by Pedro Pérez to Alonso Dávalos and Juan de Altamirano]

1540-1550:

1540, Feb: Muster in Flint & Flint, Documents, Document 12 [horse, helmet, beaver, native arms, member of Vázquez de Coronado's company]

AGI, México, 206, N.12 [Juan Troyano lodging w/Pedro de Écija]

?APSM, “Bautismos de Españoles, 1536-1746” [1544, Pedro de Éçija and his wife baptized Juan, padrinos were Juan de Busto and Catalina de Sanabria his wife and Gonzalo de las Casas]

1560-1570:

Luna Papers, Priestley, ed. [1:247: 1560, in Florida with Luna, served under the sargento];

AGI, Justicia, 1013, N.2, R.1, “Autos entre partes, México, 1561”  [Tristán de Luna y Arellano, vecino de la ciudad de Oaxaca, con don Luis de Velasco, Virrey de Nueva España, sobre haberle este privado injustamente de cierto encargo que se le había dado en la jornada de la Florida: fols. 112v-113v, la copia de la gente que hay sana para poder yr; includes a Juan Muñoz de Sayas, a Luis Hernández, an Antón Martín, a Pero Hernández, a Pedro de Écija, an Alonso González, a Francisco Rodríguez, a Graviel López, an Alonso Martín, a Francisco Martín, the wife of Juan Xaramillo, an Azebedo, and a Domingo Alonso]

?Rojo Vegas,  Guía de Mercaderes [p. 23: entry # 211, 1562. Compañía María de Aguilar = Pedro de Écija, de mercaderías ‘así de Flandes como de Francia y Lisboa y reino de Portugal’. 7.052-175” Source: AHPV, Protocolos, Legajo 7052, fol. 175r]

1570-1580:

?Acuña, Relaciones Geográficas: Guatemala. [Zapotitlán: 1579, Xicalapa; witness: Pedro de Écija, estante]

After 1590:

?AGN, Instituciones Coloniales, GD23, Real Audiencia, Civil, vol.477, exp.6 [1598: Yucatán sobre 170 pesos que les traspaso en Pedro de Écija porque le salieron inciertos; fol.183; (right side of entire document missing); 8 Jan 1599, Mérida, Marcos Juan sobre los 170 pesos que le pide no de.. por aver se los traspasado y dado le poder en causa .. para que los cobrase de Pedro de Éçija como constades....de hazer diligencia contra los bienes del dicho Pedro de Écija; Francisco Sánchez Cerdan is Pedro's albacea; fol.188v-poder from Écija, residente in villa e puerto de San Francisco de Campeche, says he owes Baltasar Cordero money; says he has some houses in the villa; written 1593; Ana Ruíz, daughter of Gonzalo Ruíz Ronquillo, wife of Pedro; she in turn is trying to collect her dowry; Pedro died in Campeche; carta de dote y arras que pasa ante Felipe de Mier, escribano publico en 15 Nov. 1594; 924 pesos]

Other Info:

APSM, “Bautismos de Españoles, 1536-1746” [fol. 17bis: 9 June 1553 Juan Pérez and Beatriz de Salamanca baptize Francisco, ? Écija, gunpowder maker]

Relatives:

?AGI, México, 1064, L.1\1\, “Informes” [fol.197v:a Gonçalo de Éçija says he is a vecino of México; native of Éçija; son of Juan de Éçija and Ana Martínez; 20 years in Nueva España; with his wife and 2 sons who have died in the service of the King (no mention of Vázquez de Coronado)];

?AGI, Pasajeros, L.3, E.4254 [Francisco de Éxija, native of Medina del Campo, son of Pedro de Écija and María de Aguilar to Nueva España 1559];

?Himmerich, Encomenderos [Andres de Écija: w/Cortés, vecino of Colima]