|About The Rivera Family
(as published at y la Familia website)
Florencio Rivera Maldonado was born on August 9, 1872. He was the son
of Manuel Alejo Rivera and Maria Dominga Maldonado. His paternal grandparents were Don
Jose de los Santos (Rivera) and Dona Cipriana Maldonado and maternal grandparents were
Felipe (Maldonado) and Maria Polonia Rivera.
There had been some question and confusion about Florencio’s parents because he was
said to have been raised by an uncle after he was orphaned, and the only mention of
siblings was a younger brother, Juan, who died as a child. As we now know, he had six
brothers and sisters, but at least three of them died young, and perhaps Florencio was
not close to Dionicia del Carmen, the only sibling that we know for a fact lived into
her thirties. Nothing is known of the uncle and aunt that raised Flor after his
parents died. It is believed, though, that they also took over the farm that Flor’s
father left behind.
Flor is said to have learned to read and write on his own, and to have had nice
handwriting. He was tall and thin, had a light complexion with blond hair and blue
eyes. He always wore a mustache. He had six children with his first wife and eight
with his second wife. Several of his children are still living to this day.