My family has been in Puerto Rico for at least five generations, maybe six. I was born in San Juan in 1954; my father, also Jaime, was born in Coamo, PR in 1926, and my grandfather José was born in Coamo in 1896. My great grandfather's name was Clotilde, and he was also born in Coamo; his father, my great great grandfather, was José María Aponte, and he was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico. This brings the family line back to approximately the 1820's, but nobody in my family can tell me who was the first Aponte who came to Puerto Rico or when.
If you have traced the line back to Spain and 1560, you may have some helpful information for us. The Aponte's of Andalusia were granted a coat of arms featuring a fox on a bridge carrying a banner with the motto "Oh que mal paso"; I first saw it depicted in a book of Spanish Heraldry in the reserve collection of the Boston Public Library when I was a college student there in the 1970's.
I am an attorney in corporate practice with my own firm, Maymí Aponte-Parsi, P.S.C., which I founded with my partner Gilberto Maymí in February of this year. My wife, Laura Blizzard, is originally from Mexico City, and I have two daughters: Laura Cristina, 14 next September, and Victoria Isabel, 4 next September.
I look forward to hearing from you.