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  • By Carmen L. Browne
    Aug 10, 2016
    John On Dec. 10, 2014 I placed an online order for your book, Juan Ponce de Leon His New and Revised Genealogy. I suspected there was a connection to the brave and illustrious Discoverer, Juan Ponce de Leon for a while; ever since I came across the Ponce de Leon surname in my family tree. Prior to knowledge of this book, I read a few online accounts by other authors. Sure, they sparked some interest in me to want to learn more of him, but left me with no guidance as to how I can make this discovery for myself. Then, I came across a link that lead me to your page. I thought to myself, 'Here is someone who has a connection to the Discoverer, himself. Anyone who truly loves their own family history takes a certain pride into making sure the truth is told about them. If they don’t have that particular pride in doing research, it comes through. This man, John J. Browne Ayes, exudes love and pride in the history of Juan Ponce de Leon. He wants the truth about him to be told.' As I read... More > about some of your own endeavors and the tons of references concerning the Discoverer of Florida, I also learned of a book you wished to publish. I contacted you at this point through FB as I saw you had a page there. After answering a couple of questions for me, I decided to give myself a Christmas gift by ordering your book. I never regretted it. Along with references and documentations, I found myself reading passages and seeing history unfold before my very eyes as my ancestors made their first mark into the New World. Well, long story short, lol! I was able to locate the line that connects my Ponce de Leon ancestor who was in my tree for years to the Ayudante/Discoverer Juan Ponce de Leon. I felt ecstatic, that is putting it mildly. I was really bursting at the seams. Thank you so much for taking an interest in wanting to help others make their own discoveries. Because to make that find is a thrill that is indefinable< Less
  • By John Browne Ayes
    Mar 12, 2012
    Book reviews are important to an author. Especially if they come from someone who has purchased the book the author wrote. The review will speak for itself. Have a very good day! Ayes Customer Reviews Juan Ponce de Leon His New and Revised Genealogy Update: 03/12/2012 Hi Mr. Ayes, This is just a note to see if I have the correct e-mail address. I purchased your amazing book on Juan Ponce de Leon. I am from the Nichols Ponce de Leon line in the Floridas, and have a few questions, if you don't mind. Waiting your reply, Sally Viada Louisiana Updated 03/12/2012 Hi John, Hope youre doing OK, haven't contacted you in a while! I just wanted to let you know that last week I received a military file from the Archivo General Militar de Segovia for one of my great grandfathers, Don Atanasio Quadra. It includes a request for a marriage licsense for him and includes a Probaza or Pureza de Sangre of one of my great grandmothers, Maria Josef Quinones de Matos. In that Probanza theres evidence that... More > she is a descendant of Don Antonio de los Reyes Correa, the famous Captain Correa from Arecibo. Researching Capt. Correa I found out that he was a descendant of Ponce de Leon. Now your book comes handy! I have to revisit your book. -- Vic Update: 01/24/2012 Hi John, Just got my copy of your book. My dear man this is not just a book but a College type "text book" that deserves to be merited and carried along with other Institutional Historical documents relative to learning facilities. Your book deserves to be used in Universities and the like. It should be promoted as such and should be the pride of Puerto Rico to have a man such as yourself to have the integrity that you have had and given thus to this book. I have only read the Introduction and like what I am reading thus far. I am going to do my part in introducing your book to my friends and colleages at work and family members. Hope your book will be nationally recognized as a historical book and gets the recognition that it deserves. Congratulations on a job well done. Your Cuz--Sonia Rodriguez MALDONADO! Received E mail 01/24/2012 Hi John, Just got my copy of your book. My dear man this is not just a book but a College type "text book" that deserves to be merited and carried along with other Institutional Historical documents relative to learning facilities. Your book deserves to be used in Universities and the like. It should be promoted as such and should be the pride of Puerto Rico to have a man such as yourself to have the integrity that you have had and given thus to this book. I have only read the Introduction and like what I am reading thus far. I am going to do my part in introducing your book to my friends and colleages at work and family members. Hope your book will be nationally recognized as a historical book and gets the recognition that it deserves. Congratulations on a job well done. Your Cuz--Sonia Rodriguez MALDONADO! Updated 10 23 2011 Dear Mr. Ayes, I hope this e-mail finds you well. I took a few minutes off from my dissertation to verify some information I had on my Sotomayor family and I came across your book on the revised genealogy of Juan Ponce de León. Honestly, your work is impressive and thorough. Congratulations. I read your chapter on the Sotomayor family and found it interesting. In particular, I was happily surprised that you have a copy of the letter, I think of 1515, to Ponce de León granting the Tainos in encomienda to Pedro de Sotomayor, the son of Cristóbal. (I think it’s in page 74) I was wondering, if it was possible for me to have a jpeg of this letter. I am putting up a little binder of documents relating to my family for my dad as a Christmas present, and this letter would be very nice to include in the binder. Do you have a jpeg or pdf copy that you can share with me? I would really appreciate it. I assure you that I don’t plan to use it in any publication whatsoever. On the other hand, I read your theory that Don Pedro Álvarez de Sotomayor married Doña Isabel de Molina and had a Juan Álvarez de Sotomayor. First of all, I agree with you that Pedro de Sotomayor, the one born in Puerto Rico, was not Pedro de Sotomayor “El Parricida,” of Galicia. The dates don’t match, the story either. We are talking of the son of Don Cristóbal de Sotomayor in PR. Second, I think you argue that you found Don Pedro that married Isabel de Molina and had children in Spain. Maybe I’m missing something, but I think this Don Pedro might be from another branch of the family, still cousins. Don Juan Alvarez de Sotomayor, was born in Ecija, Andalucía. I think that Pedro when taken as a child to Spain might have gone to his immediate family in Pontevedra, Galicia. Even though there were Sotomayor cousins in Andalucía, I doubt he was taken there and not to Pontevedra. Could it be that this Don Pedro Álvarez de Sotomayor belonged to the Andalucía branch of “Álvarez de Sotomayor?” There was a branch of Alvarez de Sotomayor in Andalucía that used the compound name in the XVI century. [See Fiegueroa y Melgar, Estudio histórico sobre algunas familias españolas, 1958, Tabla “Familia Sotomayor (Rama de Andalucía),” no dice página.] Maybe you have the records to prove that he was the son of Don Cristóbal, that’s ok. I’m not suggesting that you share with me your findings if you don’t want to. Unfortunately, I don’t have more information to share that might help in your research. I wish I could help you, but I can’t for now. In any case, please let me know if you can share the image of the letter mentioned above. It would really mean much to me, not as a genealogist, but as a member of the Sotomayor family. I hope you have a nice weekend. Kind regards, A de .S. Antonio Sotomayor Ph.D. Candidate Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellow Department of History The University of Chicago Updated 09/24/2011 John - see attached document - I do have a copy of your book and have found it a great source. This is one area where my source documents give another genealogy - appreciate your views - btw, I too published a two volume set of my mother's Garriga family - but it was intented for our family and not as a source or research document like yours. Best regards, Joe Ginorio Update 06/11/2011 by the author: Some very good news the book can be found in the University of Puerto Rico: Sistema de Bibliotecas, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras SAN JUAN, PR 00931 United States ______________________________________________________________________________ Louis Paiewonsky Jr2:53pm May 7th John, thanks for your email. I'm glad that Lola is also on your family tree. I'm also a descendant of don Juan Ponce de León, through Lola's youngest brother, Nicolás Rodríguez de Astudillo y Ponce de León (1849-1917), my great-grandfather. I purchased your book, a few weeks ago. I must commend you on the quantity and quality of your research. Felicidades! Es algo serio, por lo que lei en la sinopsis, 10 años de trabajo es algo bastante serio. Mi respeto. deseandote que sea un éxito. No te puedo decir de mi lo mismo, los editores me han dado respuesta del último libro mio presentado. Parece que si, que lo van a aceptar para publicar , pero sin definición por ahora. Me alegro por tu éxito y por el estudio sobre nuestra familia , voy a escribir para que lo compren y me lo envien. Saludos , de tu otro primo. Chao Gilberto Ayes Belinda TorresFebruary 3, 2011 at 3:23am Re: Re: From John Ayes I think your book is well written. I've enjoyed reading it. Belinda TorresJanuary 9, 2011 at 1:43pm Re: Re: From John Ayes Hi John, I received the book on Thursday and I'm loving it. Thanks Monumental Work, September 16, 2010 By Victor Carmona Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Juan Ponce de Leon His New and Revised Genealogy (Paperback) I recently bought this book out of interest of knowing more about the history of the conquistador, and first governor of Puerto Rico. I'm an amateur genealogist and this book offers good insight on how to make a deep genealogical research using spanish records. The author uses primary sources and includes images of the records, I just can't imagine the time and effort of going through them. ________________________________________________________________________ Received an E mail: 08/07/2010 Reviewing my book: From: army@yahoo.com To: Ayesart11@aol.com Sent: 8/6/2010 3:25:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time Subj: RE:Your Book! Hi John I received your book Thursday night so far I wish I could read for hours,but I am reading slowly up to page 56 LOVE IT!! Congratulations on your narrative style I think the description of Ponce De Leon character honors his ancestors and descendants,have you spoken to schools about him?? maybe it would make a great impression on young people it took wisdom & courage to sail into the unknown I saw also the small insert about your art it looks beautiful and almost like is telling a story well done John! While doing your research John did you ever hear of a book titled: Nobiliario Y Armeria General De Nabarra by Argamasilla DE La Cerda Y Bayona? I am trying to get a hold of the book if you have any suggestions please send me a note about it Well of to read some more once again congratulations on your book and the beautiful art as always all the best God's Blessings to you and your family V.R. Francia P.S. I was scaning the book before reading and saw a copy of a painting of queen Juana I have a niece that I never knew who she look like. John I could be wrong,but she looks a little like that painting so I looked on line for a color scan,beautiful,tiny,redish blond hair,blue gray eyes high forehead [she hates it !] which the whole family thought is was weird strange,but true she will get a kick out of it! ______________________________________________________________________________ Recieved 08/10/2010 From: army@yahoo.com To: Ayesart11@aol.com Sent: 8/9/2010 10:08:47 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time Subj: Re: Your Book! Hi John I am still enjoying your book,it's history and genealogy all roll into a great book,and thanks you for all your great pointers on my family search I am trying to follow all your advice and taking lots of notes also,I try to Google the book, Nobiliario Y Armeria General De Nabarra? by Argamasilla DE La Cerda Y Bayona before and the book was not available,but I will try again. Yes you can use my Email just block my personal information so I do not received spam or crazy Email LOL other than that no problem My best to you John continue success with your research with the blessings of our ancestors V.R. Francia ____________________________________________________________________________ Just recieved an E mail in response to mine from Comma Art gallery in Orlando. The owner suggested a book signing! see copy of E mail: Answer: commagallery@gmail.com Way awesome, maybe we can do a book signing for you in the fall/ Kare On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 2:59 PM, wrote: Hi! Won't be able to attend.... Head's up....My book, Juan Ponce de Leon His New and Revised Genealogy has been published. You can go here to see a limited preview of its contents: (Google Book Search): http://books.google.com/books?q=juan+ponce+de+leon+his+new+and+revised+genealogy&btnG=Search+Books ______________________________________________________________________________ Today, 06/04/2010 I received another E mail from a person who purchased the book: "Hola John, I finally was able to download the book. Thank you very much for your assistance. I was just glacing the book, and it looks great. Sincerely, Jorge"< Less
  • By David Castaner
    Jun 8, 2010
    I found the book to be an adventure. To anyone interested in Ponce de Leon either historically or genealogically this is an important book. You will find a treasury of new information. The book requires patience in reading but the labor is well rewarded. The author gives the reader copies of the support documents. If your search is genealogic, get this one and be prepared for some interesting turns and surprises! While a knowledge of spanish is useful, it is not required.
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Product Details

ISBN
9780557466535
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Lulu
Published
December 11, 2010
Language
English
Pages
568
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
3.55 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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