Alonso de Sayavedra

Brief Biography: 
Alonso de Sayavedra came to New Spain in 1533 and was present at the 1540 muster as an unassigned horseman. After the Expedition he took up residence in Quito, Ecuador and maintained contact with other former expeditionaries who also moved to Quito.
Gender: 
Male
Title (Y/N): 
No
Date of Birth: 
1522
AGE-1540: 
18
Age Set: 
15-25
Died on the Expedition?: 
No
Last Known Location: 
Quito, Ecuador
Position on Expedition: 
Horseman
Residence After Expedition: 
Quito (Ecuador)
Name of Children: 
Gonzalo de Saavedra, natural son
Ability to sign name: 
Yes
References-Documentary: 

1540-1550:

1540, Feb.: Muster in Flint & Flint, Documents, Document 12 [one horse, elk hide jacket, head armor, native arms]

AGI, Justicia, 1021, N.2, Pieza 6, “Relación sacada de la probanza, 1551” [witness: Hernando de la Cadena, natural de Medellín, estante en México, more than 30 years old] [could sign his name, [says: el exército...fuesen a buscar mantas y pellones de pluma o cueros de vacas...porque se morian de frio muchos negros] [he was one of the persons who went from pueblo to pueblo rogando a los naturales [with López de Cárdenas?]...andando de casa en casa...Alonso Saavedra wanted an old manta lying on the floor, but the Indians stuck him with sticks... maltratamiento de los Españoles]

1560-1570:

AGI, Contratación, 471, N.4, R.2 [Quito, bienes de difuntos de Alonso de Aranda, mercader], 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, escribano, 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 Mendez, Carlos de Salazar, Pedro de Ruanes, vecinos and Pedro de Ortega Guillén, vecino; witness to the will includes Andrés Martín, estante in Quito; 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 ora 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 [fol. 13r]; 25 Feb. 1563-still sick in bed, wants to endow a capilla 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 673 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 cofradias 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 iglesia de 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 padrón 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, difunto, que era natural de 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 Maese Miguel, cirujano, "por siete dias que me curo;" Aranda has a book of accounts; he is a mercader and has a tienda 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 de Quito];

1570-1580:

AGI, Patronato, 117, R.5 [méritos y servicios: Rodrigo de Paz Maldonado, 1571] [witnesses, Alonso de Saavedra, vecino de Quito, about 46 years old, has known Rodrigo de Paz Maldonado about 29 years];

AGI, Patronato, 121, R.8 [Miguel de Entrambasaguas, meritos y servicios; Dec. 11, 1577; residente in Quito; knew him (Sayavedra) in Nueva España 35 years ago; was on the expedition, too; he was in the company with Entrambasaguas with captain Rodrigo de Salazar, with the royal standard in the Valle de XaquiXaguana; was present at the death of Gonzalo Pizarro; 55 years old; signed (no signature on copy)];

1580-1590:

AGI, Patronato, 127, N.1, R.10 [méritos y servicios: Alonso de Saavedra, 1583] [Saavedra is vecino of Ciudad de San Francisco del Quito en Perú] [50 years ago Saavedra went to Nueva España, de donde salio con Francisco Vázquez Coronado governador de jalisco debajo del estandarte real con sus armas y caballos en cuya compañia fue al descubrimiento conquista y pacificación de los naturales de las siete ciudades y otras provincias en que anduvieron tiempo de quatro años conquistando y pacificando los naturales; 46 years ago went to Peru, has a natural son named Gonzalo de Saavedra, fought against Gonzalo Pizarro] [Lorenzo de Padilla, vecino of Quito, more than 64 years old, is a witness, supo en la ciudad De muchas personas particularmente de Rodrigo de paz maldonado y de miguel de Entrambasaguas y de francisco hernández como el dicho alonso de saaVedra se havia hallado En lo que la pregunta dize (conquista de las siete ciudades); witnesses: Miguel de Entrambasaguas [vecino de Quito, more than 76 years old], Francisco Hernández de Arriba [vecino de Quito, about 80 years old], Lorenzo de Padilla, Hernando de Obregón, Hernán López de Vergara, Melchor de Arevalo, Matías de Arenas, Francisco Arcos, Gaspar Ruíz]