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The Usina Family of St. Augustine by Stephen R. Renouf
The Usina family has a long history in the oldest city in the United States. In fact, its history goes back to the time when the Union Jack was flying over Castillo de San Marcos...to 1777, when the survivors of the New Smyrna colony marched the long road to the capital of British East Florida. The City had already received many refugees, mostly Loyalists fleeing the Rebellion in 13 of the 15 British Colonies from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. The Menorcan refugees were granted land to settle in the northern part of the city, near the Castillo and the Old City Gate. In the Spanish Quarter of the city, the Usinas lived, worked and left many descendants to the present day, some of which still bear the name Usina.
The Usina family, from which I am descended, is native to the Island of Menorca in the Western Mediterranean. The modern surname Usina is derived from the Catalan surname Alzina, alternatively spelled Alcina or Alsina. This may originally be derived from the ancient Italian surname Olcina.
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