- Born: 31 Dec 1847, Province of Oredo. Spain
- Marriage: Christina Traberso on 14 Sep 1878 in Manhatton, New York
- Died: 25 May 1918, Kings, New York aged 70
The Balbin brothers who came to Tampa via Havana and New York from Asturias, Spain, were
accomplished cigar manufacturers. In 1904, the Balbin brothers, Gabriel, Miguel and Benigno, moved from a cramped quarters on Franklin Street to the old A. Santaella Company cigar factory on Howard Avenue and St. Johns Street. After that building burned, they moved into the old Samuel I. Davis building on North Howard and Nassau in 19 1 1.
The building at 1202 North Howard Avenue has a history of ownership that was common in the cigar
manufacturing industry: manufacturers regularly moved from one cigar factory to another. Originally built for the Samuel I. Davis Company, 1202 North Howard Avenue was occupied by the Balbin Brothers Company in 1910. In 191 5 the Balbin Brothers sold the entire company including the brand name to the Tampa-Cuba Cigar Company. Miguel Balbin continued to operate the company under the name Balbin Brothers and Company until 1930. The other brothers, Gabriel and Benigno resigned as agreed in the sales contract.
Emigrated to USA 25/3/1874 on board Crescent City
Gabriel married Christina Traberso, daughter of Stephen Traberso and Augustina Galbarina, on 14 Sep 1878 in Manhatton, New York. (Christina Traberso was born about 1854 in Italy and died on 9 Nov 1930.)