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The surname HAHN is of German origin and means Rooster.Spelling variations include: Hahn, Hahnn, Hahen, Hahenn, Haahn, Haahnn and others.First found in Mecklenburg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history.Some of the very first settlers of this name or some of its variants were:Maria Elizabeth Hahnm who came to Philadelphia in 1738, and who was among the first of many bearers of this name to land in Philadelphia; she was followed by Johanes Hahn in 1739, Domas Hahn in 1746, Jacob Hahn in 1749, and Christian Hahn in 1751; Heinrich Hahne came with others.It is not known if any of these people are relatives of our branch of the Hahn family.
The name HAHN
David Henry Hahn IOur first known relative was David Hahn, born May 25, 1817 in Kleinmuhl, near Immeskeim, Rheinpfalz, Germany.He died in Zanesville, Ohio on January 30, 1910.He married a woman by the name of Sophia, however her maiden name is not known as of yet.She was born August 4, 1816 in Zittersheim in Elsass (the spelling has since been changed to Alsace), Germany.She died in Zanesvile, Ohio on January 28, 1900.They had a son, David Henry Hahn II.
David Henry Hahn IIIt is not known if he was born in Germany or the United States.Together with Katherine Griffith, they had a son, David Henry Hahn III, born in Zanesville, Ohio on January 21, 1875.It is also not known if his parents were ever married.
David Henry Hahn IIIDavid III was orphaned and apparently also had a sister.At the age of 12 he was sent out into to world from the orphanage to be on his own.He worked various jobs for various families until he joined the U. S. Army in 1898 and was sent to the Phillipines to fight in the Spanish American War.At the conclusion of the war, he liked the Phillipines enough to stay and make his home there.He held numerous civil service positions for the United States after leaving the U. S. Army.He later met and married Maria Francisca Yrastorza.They had 6 children: William Griffith, Laura,Henry Gordon, Annie, Dolores and Mary.Laura died at the young age of 3, the cause being pneumonia and Annie died at the young age of 6, the cause being disentary.During World War II the Japanese took over their home and all possessions.David was put into Santo Tomas Internment Camp and Maria, along with Dolores and Mary were sent to another camp.William managed to escape capture andfled for the hills, joining the guerillas and Henry had long since left for the United States and joined the U. S. Navy.In February, 1945 the Americans freed all captives and David, with his family returned to the United States.Unfortunately, the Japanese had destroyed their home and they were left with nothing.
After arriving in Los Angeles, California they eventually made their final home in North Highlands, a suburb of Sacramento, California on David St.Their youngest daughter, Mary and her family moved into the house next door.David died October 29, 1956. which also happened to be the First Communion day of his Grandson, Gordon Henry Hahn.
The name YRASTORZAThe family name YRASTORZA is over 350 years old and originated from the Guipozcoa province in the Basque region of Northern Spain.The original Euskara spelling of the name was IRASTORZA.
The change in spelling apparently took place the last half of the 19th century, when the rush of modernity that included the language itself, proper names which started with "I" were changed to "Y".When our descendants immigrated to the Phillipines in the mid 1800's, "IRASTORZA" was Hispanicized to become "YRASTORZA".
During the immigration of the Basques, a few of them went to the Phillipines, Cuba and South America (Argentina and Uruguay) to join fellow Basques and settled in colonies.The outflow continued into the following century, with only a trickle to the Phillipines, the latter bringing with them the changes which were going on in the motherland..... as a result, "I" rather than "Y" are found in South America while Cuba, "Y" is more common.
There have also been other traces of the family name, including an old house in Tolosa, province of Guipozcoa, Spain, which has engraved in its doorway the name "YRASTORZA".This was found by Dr. Jaime "Jimmy" Yrastorza and his wife during a visit in the late 1970's in the Basque region of Spain during his search of his family roots.Jimmy is the great grandson of Gregorio Yrastorza.
Up to the present time, Jimmy occassionally communicates with the Irastorzas in Bilbao who have offsprings residing in Madrid, Mungia and London, England.The patriarch has a spinster sister also living in Bilboa who spells her surname with "Y".In the Basque region, the influence of their culture has kept some (if not many) of their past ways unaffected for centuries.
Granted that although members of the YRASTORZA or IRASTORZA family name are scattered throughout the whole world, it is clear that anyone with these last names are related.
The Phillipine branch of the YRASTORZA family begins with Gregorio.
Gregorio YrastorzaGregorio Yrastorza was the family patriarch.His parents were from Guipozcoa, which is a Province in the Basque region of Northern Spain.Gregorio was born on the ship inbound to the Phillipines when they immigrated in the mid-1800s.He established himself in the shipping business in Ormoc, Leyte.Although he was born to Basque parents from the town of San Sebastian in the province of Guipuzcoa, Spain, the names of his parents are not known at this time.At the time they immigrated to the Phillipines, which was part of the vast Spain Empire, it was to find a better life.The family settled in the small town of Ormoc, Leyte.He married Ana Torres, a "mestiza" (spaniard and native parents) Her family had evacuated and settled in Ormoc from Camiguin Island, Phillipines to escape the devastation wrought by the eruptions of Mt. Hibok-hibok volcano (also known as Mt. Catarman) in 1827 and 1862.They had seven children: Manuel, Maria, Ricardo, Emilia, Guadalupe, Rose and Luisa.Gregorio supported his large family primarily by operating a few sailboats and engaging in buy and sell of abaca ( a Phillipine plant used to make rope and fabrics).The family, while mostly Phillipine citizens, maintained the basque culture around them.Most of the children married other Basques and Spaniards of "misteza/mestizo" mix. He also owned a few ships by the late 1800s.
Manuel Yrastorza married Michaela Vano and they had two children: Pedro and Jaime.
Maria Yrastorza married Ambrosio Palou and they had four children:Lorenzo, Roque, Rita and Gregorio.
Ricardo Yrastorza married Margarita Patricio and they had three children:Maria Francisca, Luisa and Rafael.
Ricardolater married Fortunata Carillo and they hadone child: Dr. Gregorio "Goring" Carillo Yrastorza.
Ricardo had yet another family with Andrea Fortunata and they had four children: Cristeta, Lucrecia, Joaquin and Teodoro.
Emilia Yrastorza married Paulino Aboitiz.
Guadalupe Yrastorza married Angel Moraza.
Rosa Yrastorza never married.
Luisa Yrastorza entered a religious order and became a nun.
From these original seven children have sprouted seven generations of descendants to date.
In the early 1970s, the Aboitiz Company, a huge conglomerate in the Phillipines owned and operated by the descendants of Paulino and Emilia conducted an official family tree and genealogy research in conjunction with the publishing of a family book entitled " THE STORY OF ABOITIZ & COMPANY, INC. AND THE MEN BEHIND IT".When it was published in 1973 in Cebu City, Phillipines, the count of traceable family members were geographically dispersed not only in the Phillipines but also throughout the world including the United States, Australia and other places.Only a handful of families bearing the original Yrastorza last name maintained residence in Ormoc City, Leyte.The Aboitiz Company traces its roots to 1901 when Paulino Aboitiz and Jose Muertegui consolidated their businesses to establish the principal trading company of Muertegui & Aboitiz.They were initially traders of abaca and general merchandise.Eventually the trading business in abaca, general merchandise and a shipping business expanded into other areas.
On February 4, 1920 Aboitiz & Company was incorporated and officially became ABOITIZ & COMPANY in 1935.It is one of the most diversified management investment companies in the Phillipines.The main industries involved in the conglomerate include: power, banking, food, transportation and logistics, real estate, construction and industrial trading.
*** I want to thank Mario Hermosilla for providing the above information on the Yrastorza name and heritage.
Maria Francisca Yrastorza, daughter of Ricardo Yrastorza and Margarita Patricio,was born April 24, 1885 in Manila, Phillipine Islands.She married David Henry Hahn III who was born January 21, 1875 in Zanesville, Ohio.They had six children: William Griffith, Laura.Henry Gordon, Annie, Dolores and Mary.During World War II the Japanese took over the Phillipines Islands and although they were all U. S. citizens, the family was separated and interned in different camps.David was sent to Santo Tomas and Maria, along with the Mary and Dolores were sent to another.By the grace of God, William was able to escape to the hills of Manila and join forces with the guerillas to fight against the Japanese. Henry was already in the United States and therefore escaped capture.The Japanese took over their home and farm and when they were released in February, 1945, they had nothing left, so the family immigrated to the United States, where they settled in California.Eventually they moved to North Highlands, a suburb of Sacramento, California and lived next door to their daughter Mary and her family.Maria was a housewife that loved to cook for her ever growing family.She was a gentle and loving person.Maria died July 31, 1967 in Sacramento, CA and her husband David died October 29, 1956.It just so happened that the day David died was the day of his Grandson, Gordon Henry Hahn's First Communion.
William Griffith Hahn son of David Hahn & Maria Yrastorza, after World War II was contracted by Kodak to take pictures of the destruction of the Phillipines, for the U. S. Navy.He married for the first time to Elvira Garcia and they later divorced.He later went to work for Sylvania where he became very successful.He was also, always the family photographer and is responsible for so many wonderful photographs of the families, as they grew. William later married again to Margaret (Peggy) Dorris and to them were born two children:Douglas and Elizabeth ("Lizzie").Douglas died in his early twenties.Upon his retirement the family moved to Corvallis, Oregon.William is still survived by his wife and daughter.
Laura Hahn, daughter of David Hahn and Maria Yrastorza died at the tender age of 3 yrs. old due to pneumonia.
Henry Gordon Hahn was born July 13, 1910 in Leyte, Phillipines.He graduated from Manila Central High in 1928 as Senior Class President.Henry then traveled for a time and eventually ended up in the United States.He married for the first time to a Greek woman by the name of Virginia and they were quickly divorced.He later married a woman he met in Florida, Violet and he divorced her while stationed in Brasil.He went to work for W. P. Fuller Company. in the Accounting Dept.As time passed, he joined the U. S. Navy and became a radio man for planes.He was stationed in Clinton, Oklahoma when he was transferred to Rio de Janiero, Brasil, as a trainer.It was while in Rio de Janiero that he met and married Susan Hilmar Rodrigues.They were married in Brasil on June 22, 1945 and again in Los Angeles on January 3, 1946.Upon discharge from the Navy, Henry returned to work at W. P. Fuller and quickly advanced through the company, finally ending up in the wallpaper division.In 1959 he was transferred to open an international operation in Mexico City.In 1963, the operation was closed down and the family returned to United States and settled in Anaheim, CA.They later moved to Canoga Park, CA and Henry continued to work until he became disabled with Tortacalis.In the meantime, Susan also began to work for Zody's stores and later for Montgomery Wards and H&R Block Tax Services.Susan continued workling until October, 2000 when she was involved in a very serious automobile accident, which rendered her disabled at the age of 76.They had four children:Patricia Susan, Gordon Henry, Phillip James and another girl who prefers to remain anonymous.Henry died on May 13, 1984 in Stanton, CA and Susan is now living with the oldest daughter, Patricia, in Orange County, CA.
Annie Hahn, daughter of David Hahn and Maria Yrastorza died at the young age of 6 yrs. old due to disentary.
Dolores Hahn, daughter of David Henry Hahn and Maria Francisca Yrastorza married George Robin and they had two children:Georgette and Anna Marie.The settled in North Highlands, Sacramento, CA.They later divorced and Dolores moved to Auburn, CA where she currently resides.Aunt Dolores has been a great contributor of information in assisting with the family history and I am greatly indebted to her.
Mary Hahn daughter of David Henry Hahn and Maria Francisca Yrastorza married Richard O'Shea and they had 5 children:Richard, Larry, Michael, Terri and Gloria.Mary was a stay at home mother that loved to cook.Mary died in 2001 and Richard is still residing in the Auburn house.
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