The name Mandry or Mandri in my family comes from Spain, but you can also find it in France, Germany, the United Kingdom (Wales) and the Netherlands.
My Spanish family (Mandry or Mandri) is of converso origin. That means that in 1492 they were Jewish and chose to become Christian. Some time in the mid XVI century the family settled in the city of Ronda, but also part of the family chose to remain Jewish and, according to family tradition, went to the Neatherlands. There are Mandry's in the Neatherlands distantly related to me (or maybe you).
The family left Ronda in the 1840's and settled in Puerto Rico in the town of Humacao. (As far as I know there are no more Mandry's in Ronda.) There were two brothers: Salvador and Francisco. Salvador was a doctor, and as far as I know left no male heirs. Francisco was a lawyer and left quite a few descendants, both male and female. I descend from his youngest daughter, Modesta who married Cristobal Vallecillo. Now, things get a bit complicated here. Modesta was prolific. She had 10 sons and 1 daughter. One of her sons, Antonio moved to New York in the early 1920's and changed his name to Mandry, because Vallecillo was unpronounsable in American-English. His nephew Cristobal did the same thing, but he moved to New Orleans. Even though they are Mandry's, the lineage is different. You will have to give me more information about your father Francisco. Where is he from originally? Who were his parents? Maybe with this information I could give you more information, becasue I will be able to place you better.
You can send the information to my personal e-mail address (Turnierwandm@AOL.com
). I am still in Chapel Hill, but I do not know for how long. Sincerely, Marife