Victorina GRACIANI LORENZO4
was born on 23 Mar 1862 in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain.
She was baptized after 23 Mar 1862 in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain.
She was educated at the Escuela Nacional de Música y Declamación and
graduated on 1 Jul 1880 in Madrid, Spain.22
"Primer premio en la enseñanza de declamación." She was
an actress in Madrid, Spain before 1883.4
«Mamá ganó como sabías el 1er premio por oposición
después de graduada pero se casó enseguida, abandonando la carrera.»
She immigrated on 2 Apr 1907 to Havana, Cuba.4,23 It is almost
certain she first came to Cuba on this date, nearly 2 years after her husband
Manuel (who may, however, have returned to Spain in the meantime). According
to Isabel BESTEIRO GRACCIANI, she came with her children Pepita, Jorge and Isabel,
and this is verified by an entry in the 2 April 1907 edition of El Diario de
la Marina, which lists "Victoria Gración y tres hijos."
She lived Consulado 104-106 in Havana, Cuba in 1908.24 This is where her son Francisco LAGOS GRACIANI was
born in October 1908.
She visited Spain about 1914.25
She travelled with her husband Manuel and youngest daughter Isabel, as indicated
on their arrival together in New York. She visited on 12 Nov 1914 in New York,
NY, USA. They were going to visit Antonio LAGOS and Josefa BESTEIRO
and their family in New York City. She visited on 18 Aug 1915 in New York, NY,
USA.26 She was visiting
her daughter and her family, then living at 344 E. 85th Street. She visited
on 24 Apr 1920 in New York, NY, USA.27
Together with her husband Manuel, her daughter-in-law Mercedes LORET DE MOLA
BETANCOURT, and her grandchildren Ricardo and Miguel Ángel BESTEIRO LORET
DE MOLA, visited her daughter Pepita and her family, then living at 526 E. 83rd
Street. She visited on 21 Nov 1922 in Paterson, Passaic, NJ, USA.
She went to visit her daughter Pepita and her family, living on 307 Park Avenue.
Curiously, although she was living in Havana (at San Lázaro 143), her husband
Manuel was living in Santiago, and she was listed on the passenger manifest as
"single." (It is known that they had a turbulent marriage.)
She was living in 1924 in Paterson, Passaic, NJ, USA.28 On the 1924 passenger manifest of their trip from Cuba
(arrived 7 April 1924), Victorina and her husband Manuel were listed as US residents.
She was living about 1927/28 in Paterson, Passaic, NJ, USA. Manuel
and Victorina lived first at Oak Street, then Madison Street. (This was while
the Lagos family was living at 922 22nd Street.) She left Paterson - possibly
for the last time - to help her daughter Isabel when Isabel's son Pepe was born
in October 1928.
She died on 14 Jul 1931 in Havana, Cuba.29
From cemetery documentation at home of Arturo VÁLDES DENIS: Cuartel Noroeste
Cuadro 10 Campo Com. Bóved 21 . . . Milicia Josefina 8163. / 10 julio 1931
Joaquín / 15 julio 1931 Victorina She was exhumed and placed in an ossuary
on 31 May 1944 in Havana, Cuba29
She was also known as GRAZZIANI and GRACCIANI. Her funeral card
says "GRACCIANI LORENZO", and her children used the second apellido
"GRACCIANI". She the original Maina. This was a mispronunciation
of "Mama Victorina" by her granddaughter Carmen LAGOS BESTEIRO.
Victorina GRACIANI LORENZO and Ricardo Julián BESTEIRO FERNÁNDEZ
were married in 1881/82 in Madrid, Spain. Según la historia
oral, Ricardo fué rechazado por su familia por casarse con una actriz.
BESTEIRO FERNÁNDEZ (son of José Francisco BESTEIRO GUIZA and Juana
Peregrina FERNÁNDEZ GARCÍA) was born on 7 Feb 1854 in Madrid, Spain.30,31
Full name: Ricardo Julián José María He was baptized on 8 Feb
1854 in Madrid, Spain.31,32 Baptized at San Ginés.
He was a businessman in Madrid, Spain. It appears that he inherited
his father's food business (víveres). This is based on oral tradition and
there is no documentation. He died on 25 Jun 1899 in Madrid, Spain.33 He died at 8:15 AM of a stroke (apoplejía). (Note
that although I reference his death certificate, I don't seem to have it. I
assume I did, or do, somewhere.) Victorina GRACIANI LORENZO and Ricardo Julián
BESTEIRO FERNÁNDEZ had the following children:
GRACIANI LORENZO and Manuel LAGOS TOLEDO were married on 4 Jan 1904 in Madrid,
TOLEDO (son of Francisco (Frasquito) LAGOS MUÑOZ and Mª del Carmen
(Mariquita) TOLEDO RUIZ) was born on 3 Jan 1878 in Periana, Málaga, Spain.34,35,36 Nació en la casa de sus
padres, Calle de las Monjas nº 3. He was educated at the Instituto de Cardenal
Cisneros and received «el Título de Bachiller» on 18 Dec 1893
in Madrid, Spain.37 He
immigrated on 18 Apr 1905 to Havana, Cuba.4,38 He sailed on the Manuel Calvo,
which departed Barcelona on 26 March. He arrived at Ellis Island, New York, on
11 April, and got to Havana on 18 April. He lived at Consulado 104-106 in Havana,
Cuba in 1908.24 This is
where his son Francisco LAGOS GRACIANI was born in October 1908. He lived at
San Nicolás, 1 in Havana, Cuba in Dec 1909.39 This is where he was living when his son Paquito died
on 12 Dec. 1909. He lived at San Nicolás, 1 in Havana, Cuba in 1912.40 He visited on 12 Nov 1914 in
New York, NY, USA.25 Arrived
from Barcelona with his wife and her youngest daughter Isabel to visit his brother
and his family, living at 344 E. 85th Street.
He was a «contador» (accountant) at the Compañía Eléctrica
Santiago in Santiago, Cuba in 1918.41
We know he was at this position in 1918 because of a 21 September newsclipping
brought back by Gregorio LAGOS ESCALONA, who visited Cuba at that time. This
occupation appears to have lasted several years.
He visited on 4 Oct 1922 in Paterson, Passaic, NJ, USA. He was
living in 1924 in Paterson, Passaic, NJ, USA.28
This, according to the ship manifest of his and Victorina's trip from Havana
on 7 April 1924. He lived in 1927/28 in Paterson, Passaic, NJ, USA.
Manuel and Victorina lived first at Oak Street, then Madison Street. (This was
while the Lagos family was living at 922 22nd Street.) He shot himself in an
unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide about Aug 1934 in Havana, Cuba.42 His brother Antonio, who visited
him shortly afterwards, noted that the cause of this misfortune "looked
like Betty Boop." He lived with his brother Antonio and family for a time
between 1936 and 1939 in Paterson, Passaic, NJ, USA.42 The exact time period is not clear, but the total time
was probably about a year or so. This was when the family was living at 129
He was a «juez de carrera caballo en el Hipódromo de Marianao»
in Havana, Cuba about 1950.43
He was a judge at the Marianao race track in Havana. 1950 is an estimate of
one of the many years that he was employed there. He lived in the Hotel New
York for several years between 1950 and 1960 in Havana, Cuba.43 He was living here when he died. He died on 26 Jul
1960 in Havana, Cuba.44
He was buried on 27 Jul 1960 in Havana, Cuba.45 Buried in Colón Cemetery. He was exhumed and
placed in an ossuary on 17 Jan 1964 in Havana, Cuba29,46 A description
of this curious Cuban tradition may be found in "Your Man in Havana",
written by Emil SIGNES in 1999. He was recorded as resident with a Dr. Muin
in Santiago, Cuba. Victorina GRACIANI LORENZO and Manuel LAGOS TOLEDO had the
(Paquito) LAGOS GRACIANI ** was born on 13 Oct 1908 in Havana, Cuba.24 Born at "la casa núms.
104 y 106 de la calle Consulado". He was baptized on 13 Nov 1908 in Havana,
Cuba.24 His birth &
baptism announcement reads: "Yó Francisco Lagos Graciani vine al mundo
en 13 y Martes, dos días que dicen ser fatídicos pero yo no lo creo.
Hecha ya mi presentación quiero decirles á ustedes: Que nací
en la casa núms. 104 y 106 de la calle Consulado; Que son mis papas Manuel
Lagos Toledo y Victorina Lagos Graciani y Lorenzo; Que mi bautizo hecho hoy 13
Noviembre; debió verificarse en la Iglesia de Montserrate pero al capricho
de mi tío y padrino se debe el haber recibido las aguas de Jordan en mi
propia casa; Que son mis padrinos Antonio Lagos Toledo é Isabel Besteiro
Graciani; Y nada más ..... Paquito" (I . . . came into the world
on the 13th and a Tuesday, two days which they claim are ominous, but I don't
believe it . . . I was baptized today the 13th of November. It should have
taken place at the Church of Montserrate but at the whim of my uncle and godfather
I received the waters of the Jordan at my own house . . . My godparents are Antonio
Lagos Toledo and Isabel Besteiro Graciani. And nothing else. . . . Paquito).
He died on 12 Dec 1909 in Havana, Cuba.39
The news paper Diario de la Marina referenced a December 12 entry in the Registro
Civil: "Francisco Lagos, 3 meses, San Nicolas, 1." The age was off
by a year, but the address was correct and the family oral history always stated
that he was a bit over a year old when he died.