MOVING BETWEEN GUAM AND SAIPAN
Until 1898, Guam and the Northern Marianas were one political unit. They were, and still are, of the same racial and linguistic family - Chamorro.
ANA MOVES TO SAIPAN
Ana Rosario Sablan, the woman pictured above, was one of those Guam Chamorros who moved north to Saipan. She did so because she was married to Francisco Ramírez Tudela who moved to Saipan as his father, mother and siblings had done a few years before him.
Ana was born on March 12, 1870 in Hagåtña, so she was 75 years old when this photo was taken in 1944. She would die only three years after the picture was taken.
Ana bore ten children, and the early ones were born almost a year apart. As a young wife, Ana was busy with a newborn every year almost!
The first four were born on Guam : José (1894), María (1895), Joaquín (1896) and Jesús (1897).
It seems that the family moved to Saipan in 1897 because the next child is born there, and Ana, her husband Francisco and these first four children are still listed as living in Hagåtña in the 1897 Guam Census.
The rest of her children were all born in Saipan : Ana (1898), Rosa (1900), Victoria (1902), Isidro (1905), Agustín (1907), Felicidad (1911).
With so many children, Ana helped make the Tudela name well-established in Saipan for many generations.
HER GUAM SIBLINGS : TEACHERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
But she left behind seven siblings in Guam!
They were all children of José Pangelinan Sablan and María Flores del Rosario. This Sablan branch is known as the familian Te'.
Her siblings on Guam were :
Vicente, a teacher at the Colegio de San Juan de Letrán in Hagåtña, who married Ana Flores Guerrero.
Juan, who married Ana Dueñas Palomo. Juan was the school teacher in Hågat and then in the early years of the American administration the Naval Governor appointed him to be Commissioner of Hågat.
Manuel, who married Rita Martínez Torres. Manuel was a clerk in the Guam court, and a teacher before that.
Joaquín, who married María Cepeda Castro.
Pedro, who married Concepción Dueñas Manalisay. Their son Ramón became the famous Doctor Ramón Sablan, the first Chamorro medical doctor and composer of the Guam Hymn (now Fanohge Chamorro).
María, who married Pedro Mendiola Delgado.
Rosa, who married Francisco Santos Camacho.
As you can see, she came from a family of some social standing, with several brothers working in the government, in the courts and in education.
It's no wonder then that Ana put down on a registry form that she spoke and read Spanish. She lived under Spanish rule for almost thirty years and came from a family of school teachers and clerks educated in Spanish.
Rest in peace. U såga gi minahgong.