Submitted by Descendant: Latrell E. MICKLER
Born 7 Feb 1803 in St. Augustine, Spanish East Florida, Rafaela Ynes Maria Romaulda Oliveros was the daughter of Sebastian Oliveros (born in Bonafacia, Corsica, France) and Catalina Antonia Alzina/Usina (born in St. Augustine, British East Florida, the daughter of Minorcan parents). Rafaela was a descendant of immigrants of New Smyrna, Florida in 1768. New Smyrna became known as the Minorcan colony.
She married José Baltazar Victorino Papi/Papy in St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida Territory, about 1824. To them were born ten children: Annita F; José Gaspar Blas; Dolores; Fernanda; Catalina Mercellina; Edwardo Ambrose; Maria Pilar; Ysadora Mariano; Maria del Rosario; and Thelma Nieddanuus. Eight of their children lived to maturity.
Rafaela had solid Roman Catholic roots, a common trait of the Minorcan colonists and their descendants. She raised her children in that faith.
When Rafaela died at the age of 49 on 20 Nov 1852, she left a husband and five children under the age of 21.
Rafaela Ynes Maria Romaulda Oliveros was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2005