Rafaela Ynes Maria Romaulda OLIVEROS

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