Beauchamp History


 

According to some family stories, the history books, and documents found, the Beauchamps originally came from Falaise, France, some 150 miles west of Paris and the seat of William II, first Duke of Normandy. The Beauchamps were farmers in this region for about 15 generations. During the French Revolution the entire family moved to St. Nazaire, France, located on the Bay of Biscay, to what is still known today as the Beauchamp Saline. The family trapped ocean water, evaporated it and scooped the salt to be bagged and sold.

Francois Joseph Beauchamp Menier was the last French-born ancestor and was born to Jean Pierre Beauchamp and Lucille Menier Lamoutte. He soon became of age and joined the French Army as all male subjects were ordered to do. Soon Francois was sent overseas to Haiti. He was allowed to take his wife, Elizabeth Sterling, daughter of a British soldier from Brittany, France. When a native defeated the French Army after Napoleon's downfall, the French ranks were disbanded and Francois, Elizabeth and their children boarded a boat bound for Martinique. They never made it there. The boat ran into rocks off the shore of Puerto Rico. Once on the island, they were offered land for cultivation under the provisions of the 1815 Real Cedula de Gracias. The Beauchamps made Aņasco, Puerto Rico their home and on February 4, 1816 they naturalized under the Spaniard flag.

Francois and Elizabeth had a total of thirteen children: Isabella Maria, Francisco Dorval, Pablo Antonio, Elias, Pierre Antonio, Monserrate, Juana Felicia, Dionisio, Sinforosa, Pedro Nolasco, Eduvigis, Joseph Emilio and Zoilio. Various records indicate that six of the Beauchamp Sterling children were born in Haiti. It is believed that all of the Beauchamps in Puerto Rico are descendants of this family.

We are a family rich in history. Among the Beauchamp genealogy we have farmers and revolutionaries: Pablo Beauchamp Sterling, was the majordomo of the family farm which produced coffee. Eduvigis Beauchamp Sterling, who supplied the skirts which Mariana Bracetti used to make the flag for the Lares Revolution and was named Treasurer of the revolution by Ramon Emeterio Betances. It is also written that Eduvigis secured funds and guns to support the revolution. Pablo Antonio Beauchamp Sterling, a principal leader in Mayaguez during the Lares Revolution. Elias Beauchamp Cuba who assassinated Colonel Francis Riggs in 1936. Business owners: The Beauchamp Giorgi brothers, Marcelino, Julio and Tomas who formed Casa Beauchamp. Teachers: Isabel "Tite" Beauchamp Alicea. Politicians: Carlos Maria Beauchamp Giorgi, the Mayor of Las Marias in 1898, 1901, 1912 and 1921. Ramon Beauchamp Gonzales, Secretary of the Senate in 1916, as well as many others famous and notable individuals.

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Compiled from various sources
& submitted by Kathy Rodriguez.


NOTES

This article was published in the Summer/Fall 2010 issue of Nuestra Herencia. Download the PDF version.

The Beauchamp family merged into the Brugman genealogy in 1867 when the daughter of Mathias Brugman Duliebre, Emilia Mercedes Brugman Laborde,
married Elias Beauchamp Cuba.