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Zulmarie Alverio Ramos

The Ecclesiastical Archive of Puerto Rico states that Celestina was born on 6 April 1787 and was baptized on 22 April 22 by Father José Antonio Espelera of the Catholic Church in the city of San Juan. It should be noted that the Catholic Church provides baptism, marriage, and death records, which are divided into three volumes: those for whites; those for free blacks, also known as morenos libres; and those for the enslaved. According to the marriage archives of the Catholic Church, there is no evidence that Celestina was ever married, and the death certificate dated 18 January 1862 states that she died at the age of seventy-six and was single, domiciled at San Juan, and a parishioner of the Catholic Church.

Celestina s parents were Lucas Cordero and Rita Molina free blacks who lived part of their lives in the Cabildo of San Juan moved to the ...