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

Poem by Juan Bautista Chapa, From The De León Expedition of 1689

As it always happens ,Genealogy Research leads us to discover interesting things. I first came across this Poem on Ancestry.com on a members family tree and was attributed to my ancestor my 9th great grandfather Juan Bautista Chapa.

Depiction of Juan Bautista Chapa

Further research revealed that in fact he did write it into his work titled “Historia del Nuevo Reino de León, desde 1650 hasta 1690″ but as he mentions himself in that same work. He did not compose it. He goes on to state “There is a song that I do not wish to omit, although it may be alien in subject matter to the history. One of the persons who was in the settlement of the French composed a song which was inspired by seeing the tragedy and ruin inflicted by the enemy.” Continue reading

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Five by Crispin Rendon

Genealogy Research is fun but what makes it better are Genealogy Books. The fifth eBook in the series of Familes of Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico was published yesterday by Crispin Rendon. I know this eBook will be of great help on your genealogy research of ancestors from Saltillo, Coahuila.

Remember, make sure to download it as soon as you get a chance since you never know for how long it will be available online. Continue reading

General Escobedo, N.L. Apuntes Geographicos

If your ancestors are from General Escobedo, Nuevo, Mexico or if you are doing genealogy research then this free eBook I came across might be of interest to you. It is titled Gral. Escobedo NL. Apuntes Geograficos. Even though it is not an genealogy eBook it does mention historical facts and also several of my ancestors as the Ayalas from el Topo de Los Ayalas and another ancestor Joseph Trevino. I do hope that it is of interest to you.

Another thing make sure to download it since as it is with eBook ont he internet you never know how long they will be available. Continue reading

The 1635 Marriage of Alonzo de Leon and Josefa Gonzalez in Huichapan, Hidalgo, Mexico

The following is the 1635 marriage of my 10th great grandparents Alonzo de Leon and Josefa Gonzalez. They were married in Huichapan, Hidalgo, Mexico. Alonzo was the son of Lorenzo Perez and Adriana de Leon. Josefa’s parents were Antonio Leal and Maria Gonzalez. I am descendant of two of their children Alonso de Leon whom married Agustina Cantu and Antonio Leal de Leon whom married Juana Josefa Gonzalez Hidalgo. Towards the bottom of the post you will also find a listing of Alonso and Josefa’s children. Also if you are one of their descendants and would like for me to add you to my family tree just send me your family tree linking to them.

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Alo de Leon y Josepa Goncalez

Se belaron en el Veinte y tres de Septembre del ano M seiscientos y treinta y cinco Leydas las Banas. y por verdad. Lo firme Dicho dia mes y ano.

Juan de Velesar

Children of Capitan Alonso LEON and Josefa GONZALEZ were as follows:

  1. Juan PEREZ LEON, died bef 1701. He married unknown.
  2. Capitan Lorenzo PEREZ LEON, born 1638 in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married Maria CANTU, born 1642, daughter of Capitan Joseph CANTU and Maria TREVINO.
  3. General Alonso LEON, born 1639 in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; died 21 Mar 1691 in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married in Nuevo Leon, Mexico Agustina CANTU, born in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, daughter of Capitan Joseph CANTU and Maria TREVINO.
  4. Josefa GONZALEZ LEON, born in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; died 22 Feb 1726 in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She married about 1655 in San Nicolas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Joseph GARZA FALCON, born 1616 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; died 1671, son of Capitan Pedro GARZA and Ines RODRIGUEZ.
  5. Juana LEON, born about 1644 in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She married Capitan Juan CANTU, born 1640; died 12 Dec 1681 in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, son of Capitan Joseph CANTU and Maria TREVINO.
  6. Capitan Antonio LEAL LEON, born 1645 in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married (1) about 1670 in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Juana Josefa GONZALEZ HIDALGO, born 1649; died 10 Feb 1689 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, daughter of Alcalde Ordinario Bernabe GONZALEZ HIDALGO and Leonor GUTIERREZ GARCIA; (2) Margarita RENTERIA, born 1665 in Valle de las Salinas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, daughter of Sargento Mayor Diego VILLARREAL and Ines RENTERIA; (3) Juana TREVINO MAYA, daughter of Alferez Real Juan TREVINO and Ana MAYA.
  7. Francisca LEON, born about 1647 in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She married (1) Sargento Mayor Nicolas CORTEZ MEDINA; (2) Antonio CANTU.
  8. Mateo LEON, born about 1649 in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
  9. Maria LEON, born about 1651 in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She married Sargento Mayor Carlos CANTU, born 1651, son of Capitan Joseph CANTU and Maria TREVINO.
  10. Capitan Miguel LEON. He married Francisca AYALA, born 1657, daughter of Capitan Joseph AYALA and Ana BENAVIDES.

Sources:

  • FamilySearch.org, Huichapan, San Mateo Apóstol, Matrimonios de españoles 1622-1703, 1743-1769, Pg 16
  • Rendon, Crispin D., Ancestors of Moises Garza, February 9, 2014. Pg. 228 and 229

Historia, Geografía Y Estadística Del Estado de Tamaulipas

I came across a very interesting book that was published back in 1873 by Alejandro Prieto. It does mention several of my ancestors but most important it contains important information about the state of Tamaulipas. The title of the book is Historia, Geografia y Estadistica Del Estado De Tamaulipas”. You never know you may just find your ancestors in this book.

This book can be valuable when it comes to our genealogy research since it may provide you with additional clues as to where to look for documents and also a window as to what our ancestors may have had experience politically.

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This book is freely available form Google Books just click on the following link: Get your copy.

1672 Marriage of Nicolas Gutierrez de Lara and Clara Trevino de Renteria Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The following is the 1672 marriage of my 10th great grandparents Capitan Nicolas Gutierrez de Lara and Clara Trevino de Renteria. Nicolas is the son of Melchor Gutierrez and Isabel Lara. I have yet to find out whom the parents of Isabel are. The parents of Clara are Alonzo de Trevino and Mayor de Renteria. I am one of their descendants through their daughter Isabel Gutierrez de Lara. You can find more information about her and her siblings towards the bottom of this page.

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Nicolas Gutierrez y Dona Clara de Renta espanoles

En catorce de Noviembre de mil y seicientos y setenta y dos anos despuse y vele en la hacienda de la Pesqueria en Capilla aprovada a Nicolas Gutierrez y Dona Clara de Renteria haciendo procedido los bannos en primero siete y catorce de dicho mez. Fueron testigos D. Lazaro Fernandez de Castro, Joseph de la Cruz y Don Diego de Sepulveda, y lo firme -

Francisco de la Cruz

Children of Capitan Nicolas GUTIERREZ LARA and Clara TREVINO RENTERIA were as follows:

  1. Capitan Nicolas GUTIERREZ LARA, christened 13 Jun 1673 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, buried 10 Mar 1750 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married on 18 Oct 1695 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Antonia VILLARREAL, born in Salinas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; died 30 May 1754 in Salinas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, daughter of Capitan Bernabe VILLARREAL and Isabel GARZA.
  2. Antonio GUTIERREZ LARA, christened 31 Mar 1676 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, died 10 Jan 1734. He married on 19 Oct 1695 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Clara VILLARREAL, christened 15 Dec 1674 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, buried 27 Feb 1745 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, daughter of Capitan Bernabe VILLARREAL and Isabel GARZA.
  3. Clara Maria GUTIERREZ LARA. She married on 28 Dec 1700 Juan BAEZ BENAVIDES, born 1680 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, son of Francisco BAEZ BENAVIDES and Juana VELA.
  4. Melchor GUTIERREZ. He married Ana BENAVIDES, daughter of Bernardo BENAVIDES and Francisca REYES.
  5. Isabel GUTIERREZ LARA. She married Antonio GARCIA SEPULVEDA, son of Sargento Mayor Jacinto GARCIA SEPULVEDA and Clara FERNANDEZ RENTERIA.
  6. Cristobal GUTIERREZ LARA, christened 10 Dec 1687 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married Maria Isabel BAEZ BENAVIDES, born 1683; died 26 Jun 1773 in Revilla, Tamaulipas, Mexico, daughter of Bernardo BENAVIDES and Francisca REYES.

Sources:

  • FamilySearch.org Monterrey, Catedral, Matrimonios, Pg. 13 1672
  • Rendon, Crispin. “Ancestors of Moises Garza” Pg. 258

Familias de Nuevo Leon, Su Limpieza de Sangre

“Familias de Nuevo Leon, Su Limpieza de Sangre” is a 152 page book full of genealogical information written by Lilia E. Villanueva de Cavazos. Her main focus are the Families of Nuevo Leon and their claim of cleanliness of blood through many documents. Before I go any the following paragraphs are from wikipidia and they describe what Limpieza de Sangre really was.

Limpieza de Sangre “cleanliness of blood”, referred to those who were considered pure “Old Christians”, without Muslim or Jewish ancestors.

After the end of the Reconquista and the expulsion or conversion of Muslim Mudéjars (Moors) and Sephardic Jews, the population of Portugal and Spain was all nominally European Christian. However, the ruling class and much of the populace distrusted the recently converted “New Christians”, referring to them as conversos or marranos if they were baptized Jews or descended from them, or Moriscos if they were baptized Muslims or descended from them. A commonly leveled accusation was that the New Christians were false converts, secretly practicing their former religion as Crypto-Jews or Crypto-Muslims. Nevertheless, the concept of cleanliness of blood came to be more focused on ancestry than of personal religion.

This stratification meant that the Old Christian commoners could assert a right to honor even if they were not in the nobility. The religious and military orders, guilds and other organizations incorporated in their bylaws clauses demanding proof of cleanliness of blood. Upwardly mobile New Christian families had to either contend with their plight, or bribe and falsify documents attesting generations of good Christian ancestry.

As you cna see form the above pragraph many religious, military orders, guilds, and other organizations required Limpieza de Sangre. Thus in this book there are transcriptions of many documents pertaining to land grants where the petitioner describes being descendant form old Christians. Overall it is a very interesting read and not to mention I found various of my ancestors listed in this book. I hope you do find yours also. Bellow you will find the table of content and see what families are mentioned int his book. Cover of Book: Table of Content:

Sobre los Flores, del Valle del Huajuco 69

Una boda en Unares, frustrada. (Familias Olmos y Arredondo) 73

Los De Leon de Cadereyta y los Abrego de San Francisco 77

Los Del Bosque y los Vela de Cerralvo

El Gobernador Joaquin Garcia y sus ancestros 87

Fernandez, Trevino y de Ia Garza, antiguos linajes de Pesqueria Grande 97

Los Fernandez de don Diego 107

Los Cavazos de Reinosa 119

Los Lozano de Sabinas 123

Los Salazar de Monterrey 127

Francisco Trevino, «un estudiante de distinguldo nacimiento>> 131

Fuentes 135

lndice Onomastico 141

Where to get a copy of the book: You can find a copy of this book at the Special Collections at the University of Texas Pan American, youc an click here to see if this book is available. You can also search WorlCat to see if a library near you has it.

THE FARIAS CHRONICLES, A History and Genealogy of a Portuguese/Spanish Family by George Farias

THE FARIAS CHRONICLES, A History and Genealogy of a Portuguese/Spanish Family by George Farias is a true genealogical treasure to anyone that has the last name or has ancestors with the Farias last name. So far on my family tree I have I have two different Farias lines that need more research on my part. One is Antonia Farias whom was the wife of Nicolas Rodriguez and lived around the early 1700′s. They are my  6th great grandparents. The other line that I have discovered is that of my 10th great grandmother Maria de Sosa Farias whom was married to Vicente Zaldivar y Ressa. I did not find anything on my first line but on the second there are a few pages to the ancestry of Maria’s parents Alonso Farias Trevino and Ana de Sosa Navarro whom were married in Monterrey in 1615.

The following is the cover of the book that is found in the Lower Rio Grande Collection at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg Texas. Also bellow the cover is a description  of the book as provided on the Border Lands Book Store.

Book Cover of THE FARIAS CHRONICLES:

Description of book by Border Lands Book Store:

“Illustrated by Jack Jackson. Winner, 1995 Documentation Award by the Webb County Heritage Foundation. A family history in two parts combining history, genealogy and brief memoirs of the author. The first part ” The Ancient Family” describes the origin of the name, and the five root branches originating in Portugal. Included are Portugal’s heroic defenders, Nuno Goncalves de Faria and his son Goncalo Nunes; Pedro de Faria, Governor of Malacca and his relative, the merchant-pirate Antonio de Faria, a swashbuckling adventurer who lived a fascinating life and died in a tragic treasure raid on ancient Chinese royal tombs. This part concludes with notes on other family members who have some claim to fame.

In the second part titled, “The Modern Family” the author’s branch is described dating back to 1777 when his earliest known ancestor, José Antonio Farías, appears at Presidio del Río Grande de San Juan Bautista, now Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico. José Antonio’s wife was Catarina Rodríguez and they are known to have had three sons and a daughter. One son, José Andrés Farías, came to Laredo on the Rio Grande about 1798 to command the Spanish colonial garrison there as a member of the Third Flying Cavalry Company of Nuevo Santander. His marriage to Guadalupe Sanchez, a granddaughter of Tomás Sánchez, the founder of Laredo, marked the beginning of the Farias family in this future border city. A Chapter is included on the Martínez clan, the author’s maternal line, with descent from Teniente de Capitan Miguel Martínez, one of the founders of Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) Tamaulipas. Other related lines are Benavides, Fernández, Almazán, Marulanda, de las Fuentes, Gutiérrez, Salinas, and de la Peña.

Jose Andres Farias became mayor of Laredo, was commended by Simon Herrera for his military leadership against the insurgents in the Mexican War for Independence, and later commended also by Joaquín de Arredondo when he led the Royalist volunteers from Laredo to the Battle of Medina near San Antonio which crushed the army of the First Texas Revolution. Many of José Andres’ descendants served as military officers and public officials. Along with others who were ranchers and merchants, they helped forge the great state of Texas out of a wild, primitive, and sometimes lawless frontier.

Diane Reid Elliott of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville wrote in the April 1997, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, “What a delightful surprise to open a book such as this, expecting to find a detailed genealogy meaningful only to a particular family, and to discover instead tales of castles, pirates, adventures in the South China sea and the Texas frontier, along with names like Vasco Da Gama, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Ricardo Montalban and Federico Peña…. This makes for interesting reading for anyone intrigued by the history of Portugal or the Mexican-American borderlands as well as members of the family.” Limited 1st Ed. signed by the author. 12 Jackson Illus/Maps. Edinburg, Tx, 1995 , 8 pgs CP, 32 B&W, HB, 298 Pgs., ” – Borderlandsbooks.com

Interested in obtaining this book?

As I mentioned before UTPA has a copy in their Lower Rio Grande Special Collections and you can see if it is available here.

Another option that you have to obtain this book, if you have the cash, is borderlandsbooks.com just enter 1147 in the search bar to bring up the book. It is for sale at $125.00 plus $7.00 shipping and handling.

Don’t live near UTPA or have the cash to buy the book? You can always search for it in a library near you with worldcat.org.