Category Archives: Churches

1846 Drawing of the Reynosa Cathedral, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico

I found the following image of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe on ebay being sold as a print. If you search for it you will not have any problems finding it. The original drawing is in possession of the Continue reading

Location of Convent of San Francisco, Monterrey – An Email from George P. Cervantes

I received the following email from George P. Cervantes and I requested him to let me share it with you since the information and links contained in it are excellent. The previous post George is referring to is Convento de San Francisco 1590 to 1914, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Subject: Location of San Francisco, Monterrey

Hi Moises-

First, thanks for your We Are Cousins blog – a lot of interesting information! I have a number of ancestors on my mom’s side from Tamaulipas/Nuevo Leon. I haven’t seen you mention any of them yet, but we have some ancestors’ last names in common (de la Garza, Guerra, Treviño).

Anyway, I’m just getting you some info on your 12/12/12 post about the location of San Francisco in Monterrey. Maybe you have your answer already, but I found some information on this not-very active blog:

http://clioregio.blogspot.com/2009/10/el-extinto-convento-de-san-andres-de.html

That information seems to place it near the present corner of Calle Ignacio Zaragosa and Calle Melchor Ocampo (which used to be called San Francisco).

This location seems to be verified by this US Naval Intelligence map (click on “Monterey”); it was published in 1919, but it looks like the information was gathered before San Francisco was destroyed. “San Francesco Ch.” is labelled “3″:

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/mexico_handbook_1919.html

It also seems to be in this 1905 map in Spanish, where no name is listed, just a cross at the corner of S. Francisco & Zaragosa:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9302991@N05/3561352522/sizes/o/in/pool-471099@N24/

You can see the top of San Francisco to the left in this 1846 print, looking from the area near the Cathedral (the view is looking to the west-northwest, I think):

http://www.djibnet.com/photo/1846/plaza-zaragoza-monterrey-g-w-endicott-1846-3642634670.html#

and here’s a 1909 photo, from a distance – it’s in the middle right of the

photo:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/italintheheart/3582796621/in/pool-monterrey_antiguo

So…it looks to me like San Francisco was located in the middle of what’s now Calle Ignacio Zaragosa, just south of present-day Calle Melchor Ocampo; probably facing more or less north (facing up Zaragosa). And, sadly, the building appears to be all gone – to say nothing of all the people buried there. According to the first article I mentioned, some of the artifacts are in the Museo del Obispado.

I hope this is helpful. Thanks again for your work on the blog!

-George P. Cervantes

Once again thanks George for the excellent information, I hope that you all found it helpful and informative as I did.

Here is a Picture/Drawing of the Convent of San Francisco

Convento de San Francisco Monterrey 1887, Past and Present by Hannah More Johnson

 

The Following is an overlay of a 1905 map and a 2006 map of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. 

Convent of San Francisco Overlay, Monterrey Nuevo Leon mexico

 

X marks the location where the church was in 1905 and the current location today of where it would stand if it would have had not been demolished.

Convento de San Francisco 1590 to 1914, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The Convent of San Francisco is were most of the founders and settlers of Monterrey were buried.  It dated back till the 1590′s but unfortunately it was demolished in 1914. As you may have noticed, most death records of my ancestors name this Church as the place of burial. If anyone can point the location where the church used to be please send me the GPS location so that I may check it out on Google Maps.


From, The Conquistadores and Crypto-Jews of Monterrey Pg. 168

 

Photos of San Jose Church in La Havana Texas

Photos of the renovated San Jose Church founded in the 1880′s and it is part of the Oblate Trail, I tried to get a photo of the marker but a Pitbull came running at me. Thus not giving me a chance to snap a shot. Feel free to use the images for your own family stories, if you re-post them on your blog just link back to this page.



For more on Havana Texas please visit TexasScapes.com and stxmaps.com


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Los Ebanos, Texas – Some Pictures

Here are some pictures of Los Ebanos, Texas that I took with my cell phone. I forgot the camera. Oh well.

From Sullivan City to Los Ebanos, Texas

Going down the hill towards Los Ebanos, Texas

Rail Road Crossing just before Los Ebanos, Texas

Sign at the entrance of town.



San Miguel Arcangel Church in Los Ebanos, Texas.



Another picture of San Miguel Arcangel Church.



Sign next to church.



Sideview of the Los Ebanos Cemetery.



Entrance to Los Ebanos Cemetery.
Entrance to Los Ebanos Cemetery closeup.
I tried to take pictures of the ferry but due to our tax payer money at work, since they are building anew port of entry building, I could not get close to get pictures. The area was closed off. Anyone can use these pictures for non commercial use as long as they link back to www.wearecousins.info.



Copyright © Moises Garza. All rights reserved. Article may be reused for any purpose, and it is encouraged, as long as it is non-commercial use and it includes this notice. An effort has been made to use materials that provide credit to author or rights holder. If you find anything that should not be listed in this article contact me at moisesgarza@gmail.com

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

La Grulla, Texas, San Roque Catholic Church

San Roque church lies in the center of La Grulla, Texas. According to Raul Longoria the San Roque Catholic Church was built in 1891 by Juan and Yrinea Longoria in memory of their son Eugenio who was killed in 1870. Longoria mentions that Eugeino never came back after leaving to go visit some friends and relatives in a nearby Las Cuevas (present day Cuevitas). He was found weeks later near Penitas Texas (about 10 mile further than Cuevitas) with his horse having three bullet holes, but his cause of death was never determined.

San Roque Catholic Church (Abandoned historic church) La Grulla
Tx. Photo is a personal photo of Moises Garza taken in 2003.

This is the same church which can be assumed with certainty that my wife’s great-grandfather Francisco Perez Lozano and family attended to. The certainty comes from the fact that they were Catholic and that this was the only church near where they resided. Also his son Vicente worked in constructing the roof on the new church.

San Roque Church Video by Jimmy Martinez

I want to thank my friend Jimmy Martinez for allowing me to add his video to this page. You can check out his other YouTube videos using the link bellow.

Sources:
http://raullongoria.net/grulla.htm
http://youtu.be/gD1l2_xvqMM