Monthly Archives: October 2011

The White Goat – Toribio Tanguma’s Witch Story

Toribio Tanguma related the following story to my mother Sanjuan Tanguma Lopez as well as her siblings. Toribio was my mothers uncle. This might have had happened during those frequent gatherings outside the jacales while gazing at the stars where story telling would ensue as a tradition of spending the evening, before bedtime would come.

The details of the story I am about to tell are as I remember them when the story was told to us, also during an evening after dinner while we also gazed at the stars contemplating God’s miracle.

There are brujas (witches) and they do exist, be wary of owls and animals out of the ordinary. A time back every night an owl would look at this jacal from that mesquite (Toribio pointed at the nearest tall tree) and it happened for three weeks in a row, then one time back while we were getting ready to fall asleep, the front door of the jacal (mud and hatch building) being open to catch the nights breeze, a small goat white in color came inside the jacal. I did not think much of it and thought that it must belong to one of the adjoining ranches we tied it inside the jacal from one of its front legs, as to keep it safe from coyotes or as of fear of it getting lost in the monte. We all fell asleep and early before dawn we were woken up by someone knocking on the front door. It was a man whose name I don’t recall but used to live in a nearby ranch. He came looking for help since his wife had come home without an arm and was bleeding badly. As the man was relating this he pointed to an arm on the floor that was tied with a rope to the wall of the jacal. I told him about the little white goat and the man’s fright could be seen on his face and he stated that this confirmed his suspicion that his wife was a witch. He rallied all the people of the nearby ranches by showing them the severed arm and we all together with him went to his home and dragged his wife out and we saw her burn in a pile of green mesquite wood. The place we burned her is in that near by field in the spot were the weeds don’t even grow. After that day we never saw the man again nor the owl ever stopped again on that mesquite (he pointed again to the tall tree).

If this story is true, only God knows. I doubt that this may ever be verified. The spot of the alleged burning is now covered by a huge cement tank to hold water.

1865 Church Marriage of Jose Encarnacion Perez Ayala and Maria Dorotea Lozano Bosquez in General Teran, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The following is the image and transcription of the marriage that took place in Nuestra Señora de la Soledad church in General Teran Nuevo leon Mexico back in February 25, 1865 between Jose Encarnacion Perez Ayala and Maria Dorotea Lozano Bosquez. He was 18 years old and she was 15. Even though the image does not indicate it, Jose Encarnacion was the son of Jose Tomas Perez Garcia and Maria Francisca Ayala and Maria Dorotea was the daughter of Jose Justo Lozano and Maria Gertrudis Bosquez. The image indicates that the witnesses to the marriage were Jesus Elizondo and Francisco Sanchez. Jose Encarnacion and Maria Dorotea are my wife’s great-great-grandparents through her paternal side of the family.

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Source: FamilySearch > Mexico, Catholic Church Records > Nuevo León > General Terán > Nuestra Señora de la Soledad > Matrimonios 1855-1882

Transcription from Above Image

Encarnacion Perez con Ma. (Maria) Dorotea Lozano

En la Parroquia de la Villa de Gral (General) Teran, en 25. de Fbro. (Febrero) de 1865 Conducidas las diligencias matrimol. (matrimoniales) y leidas las moniciones en tres dias Festivos continuos que lo fueron segun dispocision conciliar el 2. 5. y 12. del corriente mes y ano, y no habinedoles resultado canonico impedimiento: Yo el Presbo. (Presbito o Presbitero) Cristobal Cavazoz Cura propio de esta Parroqa. (Parroquia) Case y vele infacie Ecce. (Ecclesiae) a Encarnacion Perez de 18 as. (anos) de edad soltero con Maria Dorotea Lozano de quince anos de edad, Fueron Testigos del matrimonio Jesus Elizondo y Franco. (Francisco) Sanchez, lo que para consta. (constancia) firme.

Cristoval Cavazos

Sources: FamilySearch

Maria Amalia Gonzalez Guerra – 1891 Baptism in Los Herrera, Nuevo Leon, Mexicos

Maria Amalia Gonzalez Guerra is my great-grandmother through my fathers maternal side. The following is the image of her baptism followed by it’s transcription. She was baptized in Los Herreras, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on the 16th of February of 1891. The document indicates that she was born on June 17, 1890 and that her parents are Andres Gonzalez and Nicolasa Guerra. It lists her Godparents as being Martin Ramirez and Antonia Gonzalez.

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I was looking for path to locate original document but it seems that Los Herreras is not there anymore: FamilySearch

Transcription of the Above Image

N 89 Ma Amalia Los Herreras

En la Villa de Los Herreras comprhn de esta parroqa a los diesiseis dias del mes de Febr. de mil ochosien tos noventa y uno. Yo el  Tomo Jesus Ma Vela Rodrigz Cura encargado de ella Bautise solemnemente a una nina nacida el 17 de Junio anterior alli a quien pu se por nombre Amalia, Hija Lejitima de Andres Gonzalez y Nicolasa Guerra: fueron PP. Martin Ramirez y Antonia Gonzalez a quienes di fe su oblig y parentesco. Y y pa consta lo firme.

Jesus Ma Vela Rodriguez

Sources: FamilySearch

Yldefonso Zamora His Wives and His Children

1st Generation

Yldefonso Zamora (my great-grandfather) was born About 23 Jan 1886 in Mier, Tamaulipas to Gabino Zamora and Marta Garza. I have yet to find any documents with his death date.  He married 1st Felipa Rios on Oct. 4, 1920 in Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Felipa, daughter of Andres Rios and Pilar Gonzalez, was born About 1904 and died on an unknown date. He met 2nd Elena Tanguma (my great-grandmother), daughter of Juan Tanguma Pena and Leandra Ramirez Martinez. Continue reading

1866 Baptism of Francisco Perez Lozano In General Teran, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Jose Francisco Perez Lozano is my wife’s great-grandfather. He was the son of Encarnacion Perez Ayala and Dorotea Lozano Bosquez and was married to Paula Contreras. (View their Marriage Record Here)

The following is an image of his baptismal record in General teran, Nuevo Leon, Mexico back in 1866.

His God parents are listed as being Doroteo Perez and Maria Carmen Perez. Jose Encarnacion had a brother named Dorotea and also a sister named Maria Carmen Perez. It is very likely that his god parents, aunt, and uncle are the same.

Original Image:

The above image can be found at: FamilySearch.org > Mexico, Catholic Church Records > Nuevo León > General Terán > Nuestra Señora de la Soledad > Bautismos 1770-1872

Transcription From Original Image:

Febrero 12 de 1866 Jose co Bauto

En la Parroquia de la Villa de General Teran el 19 de febrero de 1866 el Presbito Cristobal Cavazos Cura Propio de ella, bautiso Solemnemente y puso los santos oleos y Sagrado Crisma a Jose Francisco de Ciete dias de nacido hijo legitimo de Encarnacion Perez y de Ma. Dorotea Lozano, fueron sus padrinos Doroteo Perez y Ma. Carmen Perez quienes quedaron advertidos de sus obligaciones y parentesco espiritual y para que conste lo firmo.

Cristobal Cavazos

Sources: FamilySearch

Podcast Manager for Your Genealogy Podcasts

What It Is

Let me tell you a bout a tool that I like and use a lot. It is Gpodder a  free podcast aggregator that can download both audio and video podcasts. It can also play them and keep track of them. The description on their we site is:

gPodder — simple, usable podcast consumptionDownload free audio and video content (“podcasts”) from the Internet and watch it on your computer or on the go. – http://gpodder.org/

How I Use It

As you can guess I use it to download genealogy podcasts and also other podcast that are of interest to me. The software comes in a zip file and once you unzip it just click on the file named gpodder.exe and the program will start. For a user manual and how to tweak gpodder please visit their Wiki Page.

Available Genealogy Podcasts

If you know of any other great genealogy podcasts please leave me their address in the comments, I’ll be glad to check them out.

Screen Shot of Gpodder in Action

Gpodder.net – https://gpodder.net/

What is neat about gpodder is that it can be used with gpodder.net a free service to help you track your podcasts which you have subscribed on your devices, desktop computer, notebook, mobile devices, etc. Whenever you change computers or use another computer once you install gpodder you can enter the username and password created at gpodder.net and it will automatically sync your subscriptions. By Using this website you can also search a directory of available podcasts and also subscribe to them.

Other Devices

You can also configure gpodder to synchronize to your devises and keep track of listened podcasts. I use this all the time with my android phone.

If you don’t have a podcast manager give this one a try and you never know you might have just had found what you were looking for.

Matias Portales, His Wives, and Children

The following is some research that I had done on some possible ancestors. I say possible since I did not have a definite document proving it. It was until years latter that I did find one and I ruled them out as being my ancestors.

1st Generation

Matias Portales died on an unknown date, parents are also unknown.  He married 1st Luisa Gertrudis De Guadalupe Ruiz, her parents are unknown also. He married 2nd Maria Gertrudis Caballero on Sep. 20, 1818 in Nuestra Senora Del Refugio, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Maria Gertrudis, daughter of Jose Anselmo Caballero and Maria Josefa De La Garza, was born About 1802 in SANTANDER JIMENEZ, TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO and died on an unknown date.

Children of Matias Portales and Maria Gertrudis Caballero

    1. Maria Facunda Portales died on an unknown date.
    2. Maria Josefa De Los Dolores Portales was born About 1820 in CIUDAD VICTORIA, TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO and died on an unknown date.
    3. Maria Francisca De La Cruz Portales was born About 1822 in CIUDAD VICTORIA, TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO and died on an unknown date.
    4. Feliciana Portales died on an unknown date.
    5. Polonia Portales was born About 1831 in CIUDAD VICTORIA, TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO and died on an unknown date.

Children of Matias Portales and Luisa Gertrudis De Guadalupe Ruiz

7. Jose Miguel Wenceslao Portales was born About 1814 in CIUDAD VICTORIA, TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO and died on an unknown date.

2nd Generation (Children)

  1. Maria Facunda Portales (my great-great-great-grandmother) died on an unknown date.  She married 1st Jose Juan Nepomuceno Lopez on Jan. 13, 1840 in Inmaculada Concepción, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Jose Juan Nepomuceno, son of Jose Domingo Lopez and Maria Bernarda Vela, was born on Feb. 4, 1817 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and died on May 18, 1867 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She married 2nd Hemenegildo Vela, son of Desiderio Vela and Juliana Lopez, on Sep. 7, 1868 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  2. Maria Josefa De Los Dolores Portales was born About 1820 in CIUDAD VICTORIA, TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO and died on an unknown date.
  3. Maria Francisca De La Cruz Portales was born About 1822 in CIUDAD VICTORIA, TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO and died on an unknown date.
  4. Feliciana Portales died on an unknown date.  She married Bruno Castillo, son of Luciano Castillo and Viviana Nieto, on Mar. 30, 1842 in Nuestra Senora De La Consolacion, Soto La Marina, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  5. Polonia Portales was born About 1831 in CIUDAD VICTORIA, TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO and died on an unknown date.
  6. Jose Miguel Wenceslao Portales was born About 1814 in CIUDAD VICTORIA, TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO and died on an unknown date.

Source: All information was found on FamilySearch.

South Texas Resources at Linkpendium

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I recently read about Linkpendium on Google + and was amazed at the wealth of Genealogical information that can be found by using them. They also have a state by state search engine that will let you search up to 2,648,502 pages of free genealogical data with a single query. Give it a try it is very useful to anyone doing Genealogical Research or research for Family History. If you want more information Continue reading

Desiderio Flores Flores and Guadalupe Villarreal

1st Generation

Desiderio Flores Flores is my wife’s great-grandfather, he was born on Dec. 12, 1883 in Mexico and died on Jan. 25, 1968 in Pct. #4, Hidalgo, Texas.  He was the son of Anastacio Flores Flores and Manuela Flores Vela. He married Guadalupe Villarreal on Feb. 11, 1919 in Starr, Texas, USA. Guadalupe, daughter of Juan Villarreal* and San Juana Rodriguez*, was born Mar 10, 1895 in Texas, USA and died Jun 25, 1968 in Mission Municipal Hospital, Mission, Hidalgo, Texas, USA. Note: Unfortunately I have not been able to find her parents due to her name being very common and the little facts known about her. Since the story goes that she divorced Desiderio and married several times after him. If anyone has any information about her please contact me. Thank you Rosie for your invaluable information.

Children of Desiderio Flores and Guadalupe Villarreal

    1. Maria Dedar Flores died on an unknown date.
    2. Paula Flores was born About 1911 in Texas, USA.
    3. Leonor Flores was born About 1914 in Texas, USA.
    4. Cipriano Flores was born About 1919 in Texas, USA.
    5. Manuela Flores was born on Aug. 13, 1923 in Los Ebanos, Hidalgo, Texas, USA and died on Jul. 23, 1968 in Mission Municipal Hospital, Mission, Hidalgo, Texas, USA.
    6. Andrea Flores was born on Nov. 31, 1928 in Starr, Texas, USA.
    7. San Juanita Flores was born on May 29, 1930 in Starr County, Texas, USA and died on an unknown date.
    8. Ananstacio Flores was born on Aug. 11, 1933 in La Grulla, Starr, Texas, USA and died on Jul. 4, 1934 in Precinct 5, Starr County, Texas, USA.

2nd Generation (Children)

  1. Maria Dedar Flores died on an unknown date.  She married Vicente Perez on Oct. 28, 1940 in Starr, Texas, USA. Vicente, son of Francisco Perez and Paula Contreras, was born on May 24, 1917 and died on Feb. 14, 1990 in Starr, Texas, USA.
  2. Paula Flores was born About 1911 in Texas, USA.
  3. Leonor Flores was born About 1914 in Texas, USA.
  4. Siprian* (aka Cipriano) Flores was born Dec 28, 1919* in Texas, USA.
  5. Manuela Flores was born on Aug. 13, 1923 in Los Ebanos, Hidalgo, Texas, USA and died on Jul. 23, 1968 in Mission Municipal Hospital, Mission, Hidalgo, Texas, USA.  She married Enrique Flores.
  6. Andrea Flores was born on Nov. 31, 1928 in Starr, Texas, USA.
  7. San Juanita Flores was born on May 29, 1930 in Starr County, Texas, USA and died on an unknown date.
  8. Ananstacio Flores was born on Aug. 11, 1933 in La Grulla, Starr, Texas, USA and died on Jul. 4, 1934 in Precinct 5, Starr County, Texas, USA.

Sources:

  • Rosie Flores, facts with a * where provided by Rosie
  • FamilySearch
  • Interviews with my Father In-Law Heraclio Perez

Inmaculad Concepcion Church Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

The church of Inmaculada Concepcion of Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico has played an immense role in my family’s history and now in tracing my Genealogy. I have traced over two hundred years of Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths through the records left behind by her priests. Here are some old pictures and some modern ones of this great church that up to this date is impacting the lives of the surrounding community as it has been doing since the 1700’s.

1874 Picture of Mexican Army in Front of Church

Mexican Army in front of Inmaculada Concepcion Church in Mier
Tamaulipas in 1874. Source: http://juancrouset.blogspot.com

Early 1900’s

Source: http://www.hispanicgs.com

More About the Church

Parroquia de la Purísima Concepción (PurísimaConcepciónParish) Calle Hidalgo, facing Plaza Juárez Mier. The church dates to 1780 and its enormous tower to 1795. It has been restored and its roof structure modernized. The structure is in excellent condition due to the great care of the parishioners. Continue reading