Francisco Ravest descendants

 

The following is derived from: Familia descrita en el libro de Guillermo de la Cuadra Gormaz, Familias chilenas (Origen y desarrollo de las familias chilenas), Editorial Zamorano y Caperán, Santiago, 1982, Tomo II: P-Z.

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Francisco Ravest, oriundo de Francia; c.c. Rafaela Améstegui Canales de la Cerda [h. Francisco Améstegui y Lorenza Canales de la Cerda León]. Hijos registrados:

  1. Marcos Ravest Amésteguic. Juana Soto. Hijos registrados:
    1. Nolasco Ravest Soto.
    2. Ventura Ravest Soto.
    3. Ignacio Ravest Soto
    4. Santiago Ravest Soto
    5. Juan José Ravest Soto
    6. Toribio Ravest Soto
    7. Antonio Ravest Soto
    8. Josefa Ravest Soto
    9. Dolores Ravest Soto
    10. Carmen Ravest Sotoc. Manuel Murúa. Descendencia está registrada en Manuel Murúa.
  2. Ramón Ravest Améstegui, Jesuíta.
  3. Bernabé Ravest Améstegui c.c. Francisca Castillo. Con sucesión Ravest Bonilla, Ravest Campaña, Ravest Hurtado, etc.
  4. Valeriano Ravest Améstegui, Mercedario.
  5. Lorenza Ravest Améstegui
  6. Francisca Javiera Ravest Améstegui
  7. Ursula Ravest Améstegui

A later, related Francisco Ravest is recorded in Familias chilenas :

Francisco Ravest c. siglo XIX c. Agustina Castro. Hijos registrados:

  1. Clemente Ravest Castro, testó ante Gómez Solar en Santiago 1881; c.c. Natalia Rivera Cienfuegos. Hijos registrados:
  2. Clemente Ravest Rivera
  3. Francisco Ravest Rivera
  4. Arturo Ravest Rivera
  5. Alberto Ravest Rivera
  6. Natalia Ravest Rivera
  7. Elena Ravest Rivera
  8. Albina Ravest Rivera

 

Dona Rafaela Amestegui Canales de la Cerda

Dona Rafaela Amestegui Canales de la Cerda married Francisco Ravest and is therefore the”mother” of the Chilian, (and hence UK), Ravests.

She was the daughter of don Francisco Amestegui and dona Lorenza Canales de la Cerda y Leon.

Dona Lorenza came from an illustrious family which can trace its ancestry to Hernando de Canales y Villamal, Duke of Valencia.  The great-grandson of Hernando, Fernandes Canales de la Cerda, (born around 1580), came to Chile as a soldier under the command of Marcos Sotomayer in 1605.

It is possible that the de la Cerda family derive from Fernando Alfonsez III, King of Castilla y Leon, born 1201.

Guillermo Ravest, my Grandfather

My grandfather, Guillermo Oliva Ravest, was the start of the UK Ravests. I have found only a few records concerning my grandfather. He is recorded in the 1911 UK Census as an engineer, aged 30, and being married for 8 months to my Grandmother, Maudie, aged 19, [full name Ethel Maude Ravest, 1891-1973].  It records that she was born in Woking, Surrey. They were living in Holborn, London.  From this I assume that he was born around 1880.

I understood from older members of my family that Guillermo was a navel officer, attached to the Chilean embassy.  I can now confirm this.  He graduated from the Escuela de Aspirantes Ingenieros de la Armada in 1900.

The passenger list for the Pacific Line ship Orissa names Lieutenant Guillermo Ravest as leaving Liverpool for Valparaiso on 1 June 1911.  He was with four other lieutenants, all traveling first class. One of these, (Lieut. Victor Soffia), graduated from the Escuela in 1904.  My Grandmother travelled later.

I believe that he was in England on a mission related to the procurement by the Chilean Navy of a new class of destroyer, the Admirante Lynch Class.  Six of these destroyers were ordered in early 1911.  They were significantly larger and heavier armed than contemporary British destroyers. Only two were delivered before the First World War.  The others were taken into the British Navy of which three survived to be delivered after the war.

My father, (Guillermo Mario Ravest on his birth certificate), was born in Concepcion, Chile on 2 Sept 1913. He was brought to England by his mother under the name William Ravest. They traveled second class on the Orita, arriving Liverpool 8 December 1913, when my father was aged 3 months. My father was later known as Lesley Ravest.

I am very keen to get more information on Guillermo Ravest, his family and career.

 

Francisco Ravest

Francisco Ravest appears to be the founder of the Ravest family in Chile.  He is identified as coming from France in the following extract from:

Guillermo de la Cuadra Gormaz, Familias chilenas (Origen y desarrollo de las familias chilenas), Editorial Zamorano y Caperán, Santiago, 1982, Tomo II: P-Z.

” RAVEST, DON FRANCISCO. De Francia. Celebro esponsales con dona Rafaela Amestegui Canales de la Cerda, hija de don Francisco y dona Lorenza Canales de la Cerda y Leon. Sus herederos: Marcos, c. c. dona Juana Soto; Ramon, jesuita (Vol. 656, ano 1744); Bernabe, con suc. de dona Francisca Castillo; Valeriano, mercedario (Vol. 556, ano 1747); Lorenza; Francisca Javiera; Ursala (Quillota, Vols 4, 8, 19. 38, 47, 51, 57, 65 de Notarios). Fueron los Ravest Soto: Nolasco; Ventura; Ignacio; Santiago; Juan Jose; Toribio; Antonio; Josefa; Dolores; Carmen, mujer de don Manuel Murua (Vol 51), con cuatro hijos, Domingo, Juan de Dios, Mercedes y Josefa. La familia Ravest ha tenido ramas establecidas en Rancagua y Valparaiso. A una de elles pertenecio don Francis, que se unio en matrimonio a principios del siglo XIX a dona Agustina Castro, y cuyo hijo don Clemente Ravest testa en Santiago (Gomez Solar, 1881) designando por herederos a Clemente, Fransisco, Arturo, Alberto, Natalia, Elena, Albina, habidos todos en su legitima esposa dona Natalia Rivera Cienfuegos. De los Ravest Castillo procedieron los Ravest Bonilla, Ravest Campana, Ravest Hurtado y otros. ”

In English:

RAVEST, DON FRANCISCO. From France. Married dona Rafaela Amestegui Canales de la Cerda, daughter of Don Francisco and Dona Lorenza Canales de la Cerda y Leon. His heirs Mark, c. c. Juana Soto; Ramon, jesuit (Vol. 656, 1744); Bernabe, who married dona Francisca Castillo; Valeriano, [mercedario] (Vol 556, 1747.); Lorenza; Francisca Javiera; Ursala (Quillota, Vols 4, 8, 19, 38, 47, 51, 57, 65 of Notaries). From Soto Ravest: Nolasco; Fortuna; Ignacio; Santiago; Juan Jose; Toribio; Antonio; Josefa; Dolores; Carmen, wife of Don Manuel Murua (Vol 51) with four children, Domingo, Juan de Dios, Mercedes and Josefa. The Ravest family had established branches in Valparaiso and Rancagua. Of which one belonged to Don Francis, who joined in marriage in the early nineteenth century to dona Agustina Castro, whose son Don Clemente Ravest, made a will in Santiago (Gomez Solar, 1881) designating heirs as Clemente, Fransisco Arturo Alberto, Natalia, Elena, Albina, born to his legitimate wife dona Natalia Rivera Cienfuegos. From the Castillo Ravest family came the families Ravest Bonilla, Ravest Campana, Ravest Hurtado and others.