Hello from British Columbia, Canada! Thanks for your email. I'm
still Not quite sure how we fit into the Dela Cruz clan but there
must be some connection. My father, William Bryce lived with his cousin,
Maria Feliciana Dela Cruz, in Liverpool in the early 1900's. Her husband's
name was Francis, and I believe he was born in Manilla, Phillipines.
He had been a mariner (possibly a ship's steward) and later a publican
in Liverpool. This would have been around 1910-1922. Later, after
the death of her husband, she moved to Greenock, Scotland, and died
there during the Second World War in a German bombing raid. That's
about all I know for now. I'll let you know if anything further develops.
I found your site via GOOGLE by typing in "DelaCruz, Liverpool"
All the best for now and thanks again,
...Maria Felicana Cuyco (Cayco or Quaco) married Francis Albert DelaCruz
between 1895 and 1904 and there were no children. He apparently was
a mariner in his younger years (steward) and later a publican. She
was born in London Middlesex, Eng. in 1869. Her father was Panteleon
Cuyco of Manilla, Phillipines, and her mother was Mary Barron of Greenock,
Scotland. Mary was the older sister of our grandmother, Margaret Barron.
William Bryce, our father, lived with his older cousin, Maria Feliciana,
in Liverpool from the time he was seven (1904) to adulthood and again
after military service in WW1 until he married our mother, Kathleen
Fearon, in 1929. The DelaCruz's address in Liverpool was 43 Duke St.
William attended a Catholic school in the area run by either the Jesuits
or the Christian Brothers.
Francis and Maria Feliciana owned a pub called the "Belvedere"
and our Dad was in sole charge for a time in July, 1921 when the owners
went on holiday to the Isle of Man. He would then be about 24 and
Maria Feliciana would be about 50
Our father later became a mariner, and on one of his voyages, visited
two cousins (second cousins?) in New York or California. Their picture
was on our mantlpiece in greenock for several years but was lost when
we emigrated to Canada in 1947. I believe one of the cousins was called
My sister, Kay, also has a prayer book of an Anastasia DelaCruz. Entered
is the date, 6th June 1901 and a souvenir prayer card of St. Peter,
Seel St., Liverpool. A Father Berry Sunday is also enclosed.
I think that's it except that we think that Francis Albert died
between 1929 and 1937. He is in the photograph of my parents wedding.
We also have some photos of Maria when she was younger. Can you tell
me what is the Gore's Directory and whereI might find it? Any other
advice you can give would be most appreciated. Also, I am attempting
to research my father's WW1 service but there are several William
Bryce's listed on the medal roles. I was very interested to note your
comment about British Army custom of sending RC's to Irish units.
This may help locate him.
Once again, thank you for your response.
PS I know what you mean about the various spellings of names!