Francisco Tulio Capó (27 Sep. 1853-21 Feb. 1889)

Francisco Tulio Capó was the son of Pedro Juan Capó Planchart (1809-3 Sep. 1874) (His burial was on 4 Sep. 1874.) of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and his wife, Constanza Ortíz de la Renta (1815-1857). Spanish naming customs combine the surnames of both the father and the mother. Because Pedro Juan Capó Planchart was the son of Captain Francisco Capó Iguia and his wife, Teresa Gil Planchart, he combined the patronymic Capó with the matronymic Planchart. In the same manner, Francisco Tulio Capó combined his father’s patronymic Capó with his mother’s matronymic Ortíz de la Renta, to become Francisco Tulio Capó Ortíz de la Renta. However, at the University of Virginia, and generally in the United States, he was known by a shortened form using only Capó as a surname.

Pedro Juan’s father, Captain Francisco, was a Spaniard who served from 1818-1821 as a captain of cavalry in the Royalist forces in the fight against Simón Bolívar’s rebellion. The rebellion ended with the independence of Venezuela from Spain. Pedro Juan’s family barely escaped to Ponce, Puerto Rico from their home in Nuevo Barcelona, Venezuela.

In 1871, at the age of 18, Francisco Tulio Capó arrived in the United States at Baltimore, Maryland, on the ship Italia. (Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948) He attended the University of Virginia in session 48 (1871-1872). (Barringer) He was enrolled in classes in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Natural Philosophy. (UVA, Catalogue of the officers and students of the University of Virginia, 48th session, p.8)  While at U.Va., Francisco joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity. (Catalogue of Beta Theta Pi) He left U.Va. after only one year and returned to Ponce. Beta Theta Pi reported that he was a merchant by profession.

Francisco Tulio Capó died in Manhattan, New York, at the age of 35, on 21 Feb. 1889. He was buried in St. Raymond’s Old Cemetery in the Bronx, on the 24th. (St. Raymond’s Cemetery Office; New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949) His death certificate says he was married, but does not give his wife’s name. However, a descendant of the family tells me that his wife’s name was Hortensia Capó Boscana (b. 1840).

Captain Francisco Capó Iguia, his wife, Teresa, and Pedro Juan Capó Planchart and his wife, Constanza, are buried at Panteón Nacional Román Baldorioty de Castro in Ponce, Puerto Rico. (Martin Nieves; Puerto Rico, Registro Civil, 1805-2001;

[Note: Many thanks to Martin Nieves for sharing his research into the history of the Capó family; Ponce, Puerto Rico; and the cemetery of Panteón Nacional Román Baldorioty de Castro. The burial date of Pedro Juan Capó Planchart was found in the Registro Civil, 1805-2001; his death date is extrapolated from the burial date. The dates of Constanza Capó are from The dates of Francisco Tulio Capó are from the U.Va. Matriculation Books and his New York death record. I also wish to thank the staff of St. Raymond’s Cemetery for their research on this burial, which I could not verify in the online databases.

Update: Thanks to Sarah from Geni, whose great grandfather, Diego Capó Boscana, was the brother of Hortensia Capó Boscana and her sister Ana Inés Capó Boscana (b. 1842), who married Francisco Tulio Capó’s cousin Pedro Juan Capó Ortiz de la Renta.—JLC]


Barringer, Paul. University of Virginia; its history, influence, equipment, and characteristics. v.2. New York, 1904.

Beta Theta Pi, Catalogue of Beta Theta Pi. 9th ed. New York, 1917, column 804.

Constanza Capó Ortíz de la Renta gravesite, at Panteón Nacional Román Baldorioty de Castro in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

“Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948,” database with images, FamilySearch( : accessed 27 January 2016), Francisco T Capo, 1871; citing Immigration, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, NARA microfilm publications M255, M596, and T844 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL film 417,401.

Nash, Joseph Van Holt. Students of the University of Virginia; a semi-centennial catalogue. Baltimore, MD, 1878.

“New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch( : accessed 27 January 2016), Francisco Tulio Capo, 21 Feb 1889; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,322,660.

“Puerto Rico, Registro Civil, 1805-2001.” Database with images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Oficinas del ciudad, Puerto Rico (city offices, Puerto Rico).

St. Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx, New York, Email message from cemetery office, 1/30/2016.

University of Virginia, A catalogue of the officers and students of the University of Virginia, forty-eighth session, 1871-72. Charlottesville, VA, 1871, p. 8.

University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

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