Author Archives: Moises Garza

About Moises Garza

This blog is an attempt to document my family and make you aware of resources that I find. I also hope that with this blog I can network with other researchers interested in this region and connect with long lost relatives. To keep up to date with this blog follow us with RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Contact me at moisesgarza@gmail.com

1706 Church Marriage of Jose Antonio Salinas and Juana Garcia in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The following is the 1706 marriage record of my 7th great grandparents Jose Antonio Salinas and Juana Garcia whom married in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The marriage date was April 26, 1706. Unfortunately this document does not indicate whom their parents were but through other sources we know that the parents of Antonio Salinas where Joseph Salinas and Micaela Camacho. I only know of Micaela father whom was Pedro Garcia and have yet to figure out whom her mother was. If you know let me know.

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Anto. Salinas con Juana Garcia

En beinte y siete dias de el mes de Abril de el ano de st, y seis case y vele a Anto. Salinas y a Juana Gracia, aviendo precedido las vanas a once. a diez y ocho y a beinte y sinco de este mes, fueron testigos Ygnacio de [?] y Migl. Cantu y porque conste lo firme.

Geronimo Lopez Prieto

Children of Jose Antonio Salinas and Juana Garcia were as follows:

  1. Francisco Javier SALINAS, christened 2 Apr 1715 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, died 12 Jan 1792 in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He married (1) Maria Rosa LONGORIA, born about 1715 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; died 26 Feb 1767 in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, daughter of Joseph LONGORIA and Maria CHAPA; (2) in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico Maria Quiteria VILLARREAL, born 1738 in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico; died 3 Mar 1804 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, daughter of Jose Antonio VILLARREAL and Maria Catarina HINOJOSA.
  2. Pedro Jose SALINAS (my sixth great grandfather), born 1735 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; died 10 Sep 1792 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married Maria Catarina GARCIA, born 1725 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; died 17 Dec 1793 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
  3. Jose Antonio SALINAS, died 27 Oct 1802 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married Anastacia BENAVIDES, died 8 Nov 1810 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, daughter of Francisco Javier BENAVIDES and Maria Francisca GONZALEZ.

Sources:

  • Rendon, Crispin D. “Ancestors of Moises Garza” February 9, 2014 Pg. 85

WAC-011: The Real History of Starr County by Jesus “Chuy” Correa

 

WAC-011 - The Real History of Starr County by Jesus Chuy Correa

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In this episode Jesus “Chuy” Correa talks about The Real History of Starr County form prehistoric times to present times. It is a recording of his presentation to the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society.
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Cerralvo Church Marriage Records 1761 – 1880 Book II

In case that you do not know I just want to make you aware that the Spanish American Genealogical Association (SAGA) out of Corpus Cristy, Texas back in 1989 indexed the Cerralvo Church Marriage Records covering the time period of 1761 to 1880. This particular book “Cerralvo Church Marriage Records 1761 – 1880 Book II” lists all the brides by alphabetical order by maiden name.

This book is invaluable to our research since as you may or may not be aware of the Cerralvo Marriage Church Records have not been indexed by familysear.org. They are only available at ancestry.com but that is more than $30.00 to get access per month. instead just look for this book or buy it off the SAGA website.

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Remember once you find an entry to one of your ancestors you can obtain a copy of the original at familysearch.org. They are here.

Where to get a copy:

  • WorldCat.org – Find book in a library near you. Check Now.

1702 Church Marriage of Cristobal Guerra Canamar and Nicolasa de Trevino in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The following image is the record of the 1702 marriage of my 7th great grandparents Cristobal Guerra Canamar and Nicolasa de Trevino in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. They married in February 26, 1702. The following document unfortunately does not mention their parents names but through other documents we have come to find out that Cristobal’s Parents are Ignacio Guerra Canamar and Catalina Fernandez de Tijerina. The parents of Nicolasa are Francisco Baez de Trevino and Catalina de Amaya.

Also this document also lists another of my ancestors as a witness to the marriage. My 9th great grandfather Nicolas Lopez Prieto. Finally it also mentions that a church dispensation was done due to them being related by four degrees of consanguinity. Now I have to try and find this marriage dispensation since it will offer more valuable information and clues.

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Christoval Guerra y Nicolasa de Trevino. Espan

En veinte y seis de Febro. de mil setess. y dos a. en la Parrochial de esta Ciudad despose y vele y in facie Ecleccie a Christoval Guerra con Nicolasa de Trevino, aviendo precedido las vanas en diez y nueve veinte y quatro y veinte y seis de este mez y an. Dispenso su Y[?]ma. en quatro grado en igualdad de sonsanguinidad. Fueron testigos el Cppn. Nicolas Lopez Prieto el Cappn. Pedr. Bapta. Saldua. y el Sargto Mor. Po. Guaxdo Para que conste lo firme.

Geronimo Lopez Prieto

Children of Capitan Cristobal Guerra and Nicolasa Trevino were as follows:

The following list comes from the hard work of Crispin Rendon.

  1. Ignacio Javier GUERRA CANAMAR. He married on 2 May 1736 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Angela Josefa GARZA, born 1720, daughter of Blas GARZA and Maria Magdalena GARCIA.
  2. Maria Gertrudis GUERRA. She married on 7 Oct 1720 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Capitan Cristobal GARZA, son of Capitan Gabriel GARZA and Clara GARZA.
  3. Micaela GUERRA. She married on 11 Aug 1748 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Ignacio FERNANDEZ VALLEJO, born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, son of General Antonio FERNANDEZ VALLEJO and Maria GARCIA SOSA GUERRA.
  4. Ana GUERRA.
  5. Tomasa Rosalia GUERRA, christened 5 Jan 1710 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She married on 25 Nov 1753 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Jose Jesus RODRIGUEZ, son of Joseph Antonio RODRIGUEZ and Maria Ines GARZA.
  6. Antonia Catalina GUERRA, christened 12 Apr 1711 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She married (1) on 1 Feb 1733 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Capitan Lucas Regalado GONZALEZ HIDALGO, christened 25 Jun 1684 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, died 5 Apr 1749, son of Capitan/Alcalde Lucas GONZALEZ HIDALGO and Micaela GARCIA DAVILA; (2) on 23 May 1752 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Juan Antonio DAVILA, christened 28 Feb 1711 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, son of Francisco Antonio DAVILA and Nicolasa GONZALEZ HIDALGO.
  7. Francisca Javiera GUERRA, christened 25 Jun 1712 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She married (1) Jose Salvador GARZA, born 1695 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, son of Capitan Salvador GARZA and Juana GUTIERREZ CASTRO; (2) on 16 Jul 1741 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Carlos BAEZ BENAVIDES.
  8. Joseph Bernardo GUERRA. He married on 15 Jan 1741 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Ana Maria GARCIA, christened 17 Jul 1718 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, daughter of Nicolas GARCIA and Maria Teresa SALDUA.
  9. Jose Ramon GUERRA (my 6th Great grandfather), born 21 Apr 1715 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; died 23 Jun 1798 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; buried in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married on 3 Feb 1752 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Maria Rosalia HINOJOSA, died 14 Jun 1773 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico, daughter of Jose Manuel HINOJOSA and Maria Ines CHAPA.
  10. Maria Rita GUERRA, born about 1716 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She married on 19 Sep 1734 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Joseph Aparicio GONZALEZ HIDALGO, christened 20 Aug 1694 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, son of Capitan/Alcalde Lucas GONZALEZ HIDALGO and Micaela GARCIA DAVILA.
  11. Maria Josefa GUERRA, christened 27 Jul 1717 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
  12. Jose Felix GUERRA.
  13. Pedro Baltazar GUERRA, born about 1720 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married on 22 Jul 1754 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Maria Jesus GARZA, christened 2 Jun 1733 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, daughter of Blas GARZA and Maria Magdalena GARCIA.
  14. Pedro Ignacio GUERRA. He married on 6 Aug 1752 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Ana Maria RODRIGUEZ, daughter of Joseph Antonio RODRIGUEZ and Maria Ines GARZA.

Sources:

  • Rendon, Crispin D. “Ancestors of Moises Garza” February 9, 2014 Pg. 95 and 96

Alonso de Leon Sus Descendientes – Alonso de Leon His Descendants

If you are a descendant of Alonso de Leon then you are in for a treat. Guillermo Garmendia Leal made a study that he named “Los Descendientes de Alonso de Leon” which is actually a complete study about the Founders of Cadereyta.

In the first chapter he shows his ten daughters and sons as well as their ancestors and in the second chapter he writes about the descendants up to the 6th generation reaching up to the 1760’s.  He mentions that he stopped at that year since after that the baptism records are available in Monterrey. Now days they are available at FamilySearch.org.

He also mentions that no books are available before that time and that between 1750 and 1760 the great exodus of Cadereyta begins to populate Tamaulipas and Texas. He does mention that some lines do reach up to 15 generations but that they are his wife’s own personal family lines up to 1992. Continue reading

WAC-010: The Church Padrones (censuses) of Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

 

The Church Padrones (censuses) of Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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In this episode Moises talks about the Church Padrones (censuses) of Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico and how they can help you in your research. He also talks about the 1930 Mexico census and using Evernote for Genealogy.
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Turning Facts Into Fiction And Writing The Historical Novel

Guest Post By Ernesto Uribe

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms defines the historical novel as “a novel in which the action takes place during a specific historical period… often one or two generations before, sometimes several centuries, and in which some attempt is made to depict accurately the customs and mentality of the period…” We, the sons and daughters of colonial settlers and Mexican immigrants to South Texas have our own rich history from which to draw for writing historical fiction. We all have the tales, los cuentos of our ancestors as told to us by our grandparents and parents as well as our more formal readings of the history of the communities from where our ancestor came, and those in which we were raised.

My first novel Tlalcoyote is based partly on the adventures of a real person who was born in Revilla (later Guerrero) in Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1799 and lived on the frontier until his death in 1882. I ran across the story of this abducted vaquero in The Kingdom of Zapata, a book written by Virgil Lott and Mercurio Martinez published in 1958. It was only then that I discovered the young man’s name. He had been Manuel Ramirez Martinez, born in Revilla in 1799 and kidnapped by Comanches in 1819. The story of his captivity is expressed wonderfully in Spanish by Manuel Ramirez himself in nine verses of ten lines called Decimas. These Decimas that read like a Greek epic poem, and the four pages provided by Lott and Martinez finally gave me the outline I had been seeking to write my story.

During the 83 year span of Manuel Ramirez Martinez’s life, the area in which he lived went from a Spanish colony to become a part of the Republic of Mexico; experienced most of the Comanche and Lipan Apache incursions; felt the impact of the Texas War for Independence; saw the rise and fall of The Republic of the Rio Grande; endured the U.S. Army occupation during The Mexican-American War; witnessed the Juan Nepomuceno Cortina incursions; and felt the ripples of the American Civil War as Tejanos in Gray fought Tejanos in Blue along the Rio Grande. On top of these major events, there were countless encounters with los rinches, the Texas Rangers with bandits or perhaps heroes, depending on the point of view; there were range wars; large tracts of land were stolen; there were influential and not so influential political bosses doing most of the stealing; and countless family tragedies and stories. These many wonderful and exciting events are there, just waiting to provide the background for writing our historical novels.

The unfortunate fact is that most of us are not aware of our rich history. The history of our people and our area is not easy to find because it is hardly mentioned in the compulsory middle school and high school Texas history textbooks required by state educators. Let’s face it, Texas history was not written by or for Hispanics, and with rare exceptions, most historians from both sides of the border have short-changed us when it comes to the history of our people. Americans have little interest in the “Mexicans” who live in South Texas and Mexican historian lost all interest in the history of what was once Northern Mexico and is now the United States.

Perhaps an interest in the history of our part of the world could be awakened through historical fiction. We already have two wonderful examples of historical novels written in the 1930s and 1940s by Hispanics. It was only good fortune that the works of a very talented and bold Hispanic woman were rescued from oblivion and brought to light by Professor José E. Limón of the University of Texas. These two forgotten and unpublished manuscripts were written by Jovita Gonzalez (1904-1983) and co-authored by Eve Raleigh (1903-78). These novels, Caballero (Texas A&M Press, 1996) and Dew on the Thorn (Arte Publico Press, 1997) deal with the cultural clash experienced by the established Hispanic families in South Texas when they encountered the U.S. Army of occupation during the period of the U.S–Mexico War of 1846-48. Another rare example of an early Hispanic historical novel is El Mesquite. This wonderful story about ranch life in South Texas was written by Elena Zamora O’Shea and was actually published by Mathis Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas in 1935.

This writer has one of the few remaining original copies of Elena Zamora O’Shea’s book and although pleased to see El Mesquite re-published by Texas A&M Press in 2000, I was disappointed with the more than sixty pages of academic baggage inserted at the beginning of the book. It is sad that such a wonderful little book had to be trampled in such manner by zealot academics. They should have shown Mrs. O’Shea the respect she deserves and saved their remarks for inclusion as an appendix after her narrative.

There is evidence that Jovita Gonzalez and Eve Raleigh tired to get their work published but had no success. It appears that romances between Anglo-Saxon U.S. Army officers and young Mexican maidens were not considered appropriate for publication in Texas in the 1930s. Perhaps “historical facts” that dealt with the politics of the period and the mention of abuses such as the open handed stealing of lands belonging to the original Hispanic settlers was considered inflammatory by the powers of the time and editors refused to publish the books. Jovita’s co-author also seemed to fear repercussions because she used a pseudonym when they submitted the Caballeros manuscript to publishers. Another variable that might have contributed to the non-publication of these early historical novels could have been the mere fact that the books were written by women, and one was a “Mexican” to boot.. On the other hand, Elena Zamora O’Shea’s “cute” and non-controversial novel about ranch life was published by what appears to have been a small printing shop in Dallas.

The marketing of historical fiction is still not easy. And believe it or not, there are still prejudices out there. My novel Tlalcoyote made it up the line at Bantam Books until it hit an ethnic snag, and this is what an editor wrote my agent: “I was impressed with Mr. Uribe’s ability to evoke three different cultures in a single narrative. Since he has an especially strong talent for depicting the Comanche and Mexican cultures, I think this novel could thrive with a publisher that has stronger ties to the hispanic (small h) market….”

Some years ago the noted author Jean Avel wrote an extremely successful series of historical (pre-historical?) novels. They were The Clan of the Cave Bear, Valley of the Horses, and Mammoth Hunters among others. What if her publishers had turned down her novels with: “It appears that Ms Avel has an especially strong talent for depicting caveman culture, I think this novel could thrive with a publisher that has stronger ties to the caveman market.”? I guess Bantam Books puts Hispanics a few rungs lower than Neanderthals.

So, what does it take to get your material published? It takes endless patience, a lot of writing, rewriting, and re-rewriting, and then it takes editing, reediting and re-reediting until your work is as perfect as can be before submitting it to a publisher. Two other important variables are persistence and a lot of luck. Okay, that’s the mechanics, but before you get there, you have to have something to rewrite and reedit, and that’s the story itself.

Almost all of us have that big story in mind that we want to write. So now that you have that word processor with spell check warmed up, it’s just a matter of putting fingers to the keyboard and follow the advice of the running-shoe commercial and, “Just Do It!”

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Where to Buy Ernesto’s novel:

You can buy Ernesto’s novel TLALCOYOTE at Amazon.com just click here.

About Ernesto:

Ernesto Uribe grew up on horseback, popping cattle out of the brush on a South Texas ranch where his family has raised beef since 1755. Educated in the public schools of Laredo, he went on to Texas A&M College on a track scholarship and holds a master’s degree from that institution. Joining the United States Information Agency as a foreign-service officer in 1962, he filled posts primarily in Latin America until leaving the senior ranks of the service to write fiction full-time.

1689 Church Marriage of Antonio Lopez Prieto and Maria Rodriguez de Montemayor in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The following is the 1689 marriage record of my 8th great grandparents Antonio Lopez Prieto and Maria Rodriguez de Montemayor. They married in June 21st of 1689 in what is now days Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Antonio was the son of Nicolas Lopez Prieto and Maria de Ayala. Maria was the daughter of Diego Rodriguez de Montemayor and Ines de la Garza. This document clearly indicates the parents as such.

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Antto. Prieto y Maria Rodriguez espanoles.

En veinte y uno dias del mes de Junio de mil y seis cientos y ochenta y nueve anos despose y vele a Antonio Prieto hijo del Cappan. Nicolas Lopez Prieto y de Maria de Ayala: con Maria Rodriguez hija legitima del Cappan. Diego Rodriguez de Mte.mor. difunto y de Ynes d ela Garza todos vezinos de este Rm. aviendo presedido las vanas en cinco nueve y doze de este mes y Ano: fueron testiogs el Sarto. mor. lucas Cavallero Alonso Ruiz y P.o de salazar y para que conste lo firme ut supra. =

Joseph Guaxardo

Children of Capitan Antonio Lopez Prieto and Maria Rodriguez Montemayor were as follows:

  1. Maria LOPEZ PRIETO
  2. Antonio Regalado PRIETO, born about 1700 in Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; died bef 1729. He married on 25 Jan 1712 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Maria Josefa GUERRA, christened 7 Jun 1697 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, died bef 1741, daughter of Capitan Juan GUERRA CANAMAR and Juana FLORES ABREGO.
  3. Pedro PRIETO VILLELA (my 7th great grandfather), died bef 1745. He married Francisca AGUIRRE, christened 31 Oct 1693 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, daughter of Capitan Pedro AGUIRRE and Mariana RAMOS ARRIOLA.

Sources:

  • Rendon, Crispin D. “Ancestors of Moises Garza” February 9, 2014 Pg. 113

WAC-009: The Municipal Archives of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

WAC-009 The Municipal Archives of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

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In this episode Moises talks about the Municipal Archives of Saltillo, their catalogs, and how to request a document from them. He also talks about the book Origen de los Appellidos Garza Y Trevino en Nuevo Leon and backup service Dropbox.
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The Descendents of Don Jose Manuel Goseaschea And Dona Catarina Malas de Echevarria

The Descendents of Don Jose Manuel Goseaschea And Dona Catarina Malas de Echevarria is a very short book made and compiled by Jophn D. Inclan back in November 2003. Mr. inclans starts the book with the description of Rancho Viejo, Texas that as he mentions came from The Handbook of Texas Online. Jose Tomas Canales and Juan Nepamuseno Cortina are mentioned in this book as descendants.

The other last names mentioned in this book are Alderete, Cadena, Canales, Cavazos, Cisneros, Cortinas, De Leon, Gold finch, Gonzalez, Guerra, De La Garza Falcon, Menchaca, Ramirez, Tijerina, and Villarreal. So if you have any of these last names checking this book out is a must.

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Where to get a copy:

Over all I only found two copies one at UTPA and the other one in the public library of Houston.