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User Request – The Garza’s From La Havana Texas

I received the following message from Ramiro Garza, I strongly want to encourage anyone with time to spare to help him out since it sounds like a good project that can at the end benefit others.

Good Morning to All,
    I am Ramiro Garza Jr. from Havana, Texas and I am a full time student at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg pursuing a Master’s degree in history.  Currently I am preparing to write a thesis about the people, culture and over all trials and tribulations of the Mexican and Mexican-American population of South Texas (specifically Hidalgo and Starr counties).  My father is Ramiro Garza Sr. and is an original descendent of those individuals who settled on porciones awarded to them by the Spanish Crown in the 1700’s.  For many years in my family and I am sure in other families as well across the valley stories have been passed down that land was given by the Spanish Crown to those individuals willing to venture north of Mexico City to what is now known as the Rio Grande Valley.  Then shortly thereafter the story goes the land changed hands from Mexicans to Anglos (eager to grab land illegally or legally from Spanish land grant recipients) due to Texas becoming its own nation in 1836 and then becoming part of the United States in 1845.
    Therefore, based on these stories I have developed a great passion to help put back together the broken links of our rich history.  Like many others before me I have begun tracing back my descendants in hopes of finding direct answers too many questions.  Unfortunately, using U. S. census records and other databases has only yielded information as far back as 1850 which falls short about a hundred years.  Nevertheless, each record as far back as 1850 to 1910 indicates that my forefathers lived in Havana Rancho.  My dilemma at this present time is that I have not been able to trace my family lineage past 1850 and as a result have only identified my Great, Great Grandfather as Patricio Garza who married Petra Garza in 1863.
    From old stories I have been told by my father and his brothers (my uncles) we were original recipients of land by the Spanish Crown in the cities of Camargo, Mier and Rio Grande and perhaps other places in South Texas.  However, at this point it is pure speculation since I am unable to find official documents that prove it.  Therefore, it has become apparent to me that I must seek the help of individuals like Moises Garza who might have access to birth, baptism and marriage records in Mexico.  Once I am able to fully identify my forefathers and distinguish their role during the early settlement of the Rio Grande Valley I can begin laying the ground work for my research.
    Fortunately for me I stumbled across Moises Garza’s extraordinary website We Are Cousins-South Texas and Northeastern Mexico Genealogy because it confirms to me that there is a genuine and unique attachment found in many original descendants living in this region to the land and each other.  If anyone can help me I can be reached at ragar092369@gmail.com or via mobile phone at 956-432-9068.  If for some reason I do not answer the phone please leave a message and I will return the call.

I hope that someone researching the Garza family from La Havana gets in contact with Ramiro.

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Francisco Javier de la Garza and Maria Guadalupe Felipa Cervera, 1734 Marriage in Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

This is the 1734 marriage of my 6th great grandparents Francisco Javier de la Garza and Maria Guadalupe Felipa Cervera. I have an idea of whom their parents are but I have yet to find a document proving it. If anyone has one please let me know.

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216 Xavier de la Garza y Phelipa Selbera 

Enesta Parroquia de Cadereita en 9 de febrero de 1739 a[?] chas Las diligs. que ordena el santo concilio, y amonestados en tres dias festivos inter missarum solemnia, de que no resulto impedimiento, case, y vele, infacie eclesie, a Francisco Xavier de la Garza mestiso, Origo. y vecino de esta villa con Phelipa de Selvera, origo. castisa de sn. gregorio de Zerralvo y vesina de esta feligresia, pads. fueron Francisco Gonzalez de Ochoa, y Ana Leal de Leon y Testigos a verlos casar, Dn. Joseph de la Garza, Pablo de la Garza y otra mucha gente y lo firme 

Fr. Miguel Davila

Source: FamilySearch

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Jose Carlos Valentin de La Garza Pena and Maria Gertrudis Pena Alanis, 1802 Marriage in San Gregorio Magno, Cerralvo, Mexico

This is the 1802 Marriage record of my 4th great grandparents Jose Carlos Valentin de La Garza Pena and Maria Gertrudis Pena. Carlo’s parents are listed as being Francisco Angel de la Garza and Maria Cayetana Pena. Gertrudis parents are listed as Antonio Garcia and Maria Quiteria Alanis. This document also demonstrates that Antonio was laready diseased by the time this marriage occurred and that she was originally from la Lajilla which is a small town not far from Carlos town of Arcabuz.


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Carlos Valentin de la Garza caso con Ma. GErtrudis Garcia [?] espl. 

El dia siete de Junio de mil ochocientos y dos as. en esta Ygla. Parroql. de Zerralbo el Ba. Dn. Juan Jph de la Garza, thente de cura en ella caso Infaccie Ecclecie y Velo a Carlos Valentin de la Garza por espl. originl. y vezo. de la Jurisdicn. de Mier en el Rancho del Arcabus hijo legi. de Franco. Angel de la Garza y de Ma. Cayetana Pena, con Ma. Gertrudis Garcia ps espa. originaria y veza. de esta Jurisdicn. de Zerralbo en el Rancho de la Laxilla hija legita. de Antonio Garcia difunto y de Quiteria de Alanis haviendo precedido todas las diligencias necesarias por  [?] siendo dispensados del parentco. de consanguinidad entercer grado igual con qe. [?] logados pbo, el M. Yltie y Ve. Senor Deany Cabildo Gonz., En fede Vacante de este obispado del Nuevo Reyno de Leon, y amonestado asi en la Ygla. Parroquial, de Mier como en esta de Zerralbo en los dias nueve, quinze, y diez y seis del Immediato antecedente mes de Mayo Domo. 3o. y 4o [?] eh. y dia de Sn. Ysidro Labrador deqe. no les resulto amas del parentco., dispensado, empedimiento otro alguno qe. obstase, a lo valido Disq. Matrimo. a lo sierto por lo que lo contraxeron, siendo testigos presentes al celebrarlo Dn. Rafael Gonz. y Dn. Juan Benavidesfuera de otros motivos queconcurrieron. y porque Conste lo firmo Yo el cura con ano thente. 

Jph Alexandro de la Garza Julio de 1802 as. Ba. Juan Jose de la Garza

Source: FamilySearch

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Diego Gonzalez de Trevino and Ana Maria de Trevino Marriage de la Garza, 1716 Marriage in Sagrario Metropolitano, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

This is the 1716 church marriage of my 8th great grandparents, Diego Gonzalez de Trevino and Anna Maria de Trevino de la Garza. This document indicates that Diego’s father was Diego Gonzalez and Anastacia de Trevino. It also indicates that Anna’s parents are Melchor de Trevino and Antonia de la Garza.

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Diego gonzalez y maria de Trevino espanoles 

En Agosto de mil Setesientos y dies y Seis anos Case bele infaccie eclesie a Diego Gonzalez y Maria de trebino hijo lexitimo el nobio del Cppn Diego Gonzalez y de Anastasia de Trevino y la nobia de Melchor de trebino y Antonia de la Garza Seleieron las banos en 16, de Julio y 31; y 2, de Agosto fueron testigos Joseph Rodriguez y Miguel de la Garza y por que Conste lo firme.  

Geronimo Lopez Prieto

Source: FamilySearch

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Rafael Garza Sanchez, 1860 Mier Civil Registry Death Record

The following is the 1860 Mier Civil Registry Death record for my 3rd great grandfather. This document helped me and other researchers distinguish between two Rafael’s. Turns out that they were first cousins and both used both last names to distinguish each other. Both are listed on the Mier Church census residing in the same town of Arcabuz Tamaulipas. Turns out that the parents of Rafael Garza Sanchez are Jose Rafael de la Garza and Maria Tomasa Sanchez. I have yet to find the parents of his wife Ramona Garcia.

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16 En la Villa de Mier a los Ventiocho dias del mes de Setiembre de mil ochocientos secenta anos el Sr Encargado de Justicia del rancho del Arcabuz dice a este Jusgado lo que a la letra copio.,, A las once de la manana del dia veintitres de Junio de mil ochocientos secenta fallecio Don Rafael Garza Sanchez de cuarenta y cinco anos de edad casado con Dona Ramona garcia aquien dejo viuda y fueron testigos de haberlo visto Sepultar el cadaber en la fosa comun del Semeterio del rancho de Santa Teresa de Jesus los Ciudadanos Antonio Garza y Matias Ramires el primero de cuarenta y seis anos de edad, estado casado, Oficio campo y tener parentesco con el finado en segundo grado y el Segundo de treinta anos de edad, estado casado oficio Campo y tener parentesco con el finado en segundo grado de afinidad  Ambos vecinos de este rancho quienes no firmaron la presente acta por no saber = Antonio Pena Garza = Trinidad Pena y Pena.” Y para la debida constancia mande levantar esta Acta que firmo doy fe = Ambrosio Gonzalez.

Resource: FamilySearch

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Maria Gertrudis Vela de La Garza 1789 Death Mier Tamauliaps Mexico

This is the 1789 church death record of my 7th great grandmother Maria Gertrudis Vela de La Garza. She was the daughter of Lazaro Vela and Maria Antonia de la Garza. I have yet to find her grandparents. The following document indicates that she died from a snake byte.

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Dela Villa Da. Maria Gertrudis Vela Espanola Adulta, casada con Dn. Juan P Yssaguirre – 

Agosto de 1789. P 

En esta Villa de la Purissima Concepcion de Mier en dose dias del Mes de Agosto de este presente ano de Mil Setecientos Ochenta, y nueve. Yo Fr Pedro Maldo. y Zapata como MInistro de esta Villa en esta Santa Yglecia Parrochial de mi Cargo. Di Ecleciastica Sepultura  Entierro mayor en tercero tramo rotura de tierra de sinco pessos al Cuerpo de Da. Maria Gertrudis Vela Espanola  Originaria de la Villa de Sn. Gregorio de Zerralvo, y vecina de esta desde Nina. Hija legitima de Dn. Lazaro Vela, y Da. Maria Antonia de la Garza. Casada con Dn. Juan Pantaleon Ysaguirre Espanol. No recivio los Sacramentos motivo de la distancia, y violencia con que Murio de la picada de Una Vivora, y Murio a los quarenta anos de Edad no testo porque hera pobre, y para que conste lo firme en esta Dicha Villa, Dicho dia, Mes, y ano ut Supra. 

Fr. Pedro Maldo. y Zapata

Source: FamilySearch

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Juana Maria Cuellar Lopez, 1798 Baptism in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following is the 1798 baptism record for my 4th great grandmother Juana Maria Cuellar Lopez. She was the daughter of Jose Antonio Cuellar Gutierrez and Juan de Dios Lopez de la Garza.


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Juana Maria Ea. h.l. 

En esta Parroquia de la Villa de Mier en venti y tres de Febo. de noventa y ocho: como cura de ella Baptise Solemnemente puse los Santos, oleos, y Sagrado Chrisma a una nina Espa. de dies dias de nacida a quien puse por nombre Juna Maria hija legitima de Jose Anto. Cuellar y Juana de Dios Lopez fueron sus Padrinos Jose Nicolas y Maria Ygnacia Lopez a quienes adverti su obligacion, y parentesco; y pa. qe. conste lo firme. ut Supra. 

Fr. Franco. Davalos Palomera 

Source: FamilySearch


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Maria del Rosario de la Garza Garcia, 1826 Baptism In Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following is the 1826 baptism record of my maternal 3rd great grandmother Maria del Rosario de la Garza. She was the daughter of Carlos de la Garza and Gertrudis Garcia. I have an idea of whom her grandparents were but I have yet to find a document proving it. It is interesting to note that Carlos de la Garza and Gertrudis Garcia were also the godparents for my paternal 3rd great grandmother Maria Tomasa de la Garza Cuellar.


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N64. Ma del Rosario H. lega. 

En esta Parroquia de la Villa de Mier en diez y seis de Mayo de mil ochocientos veinte y seis yo el Presbytero Felipe de Jesus Cepeda Cura interino de Esta Villa bautize solenemte. a Ma. del Rosario, de nueve dias, hija lega. de Carlos de la Garza y de Gertrudis Garcia, del Arcabuz: fueron Padrinos Pedro Gonzalez y Juana Cuellar; y pa. qe. conste lo firme. 

Felipe de Jesus Cepeda

Source: FamilySearch


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Juan Jose Gonzalez and Maria Balvina de la Garza, 1791 Church Marriage in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following is the 1791 Church Marriage record of my 5th great grandparents Juan Jose Gonzalez and Maria Balvina de la Garza. Unfortunately this document does not indicate whom their parents were. I have found other internet sources indicating who are Juan’s parents but I have yet to find any concrete sources, so I will not be listing them here. I have yet to find Mari Balvina’s parents also.


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Dn (Don) Juan Jose Gonz (Gonzalez) con Da (Dona) Maria Balvina de la Garza espanolez 

En esta santa Yga (Yglesia) Parroquial de la villa de la Purisima concepcion de Mier, en veinte y dos de Novre (Noviembre) de mil setecientos noventa u uno Yo el infrascripto cura, encomendado po la Sagrada Mitra de ella, Haciendo procedido todas la Dilige (Diligencias) q. (que) previene [?]. y haviendo Sido amonestados entres dias festivos continuos inter misiaxum solemnia segun ordena el santo concilio de Trento q. (que) lo fueron las Dominicas vigerina Secunda Tercia, et. quarta por pemciostem. De las quales proclamae no haviendo resultado impedimto Canonico, case, y vele infacie eclecie a Dn. (Don) Juan Jose A. Gonzz. (Gonzalez) con Da. (Dona) Maria Balvina de la Garza Spanoles ambos tome a los dispuestos por [?] Santa Mar______ Siendo Padrinos Dn. (Don) Juan Salinas, y Da. (Dona) Anna Maria Rios y testigosal verlos casar, Dn. (Don) Jose A. Gregorio Guadiana, y Dn. Jose A. De Chapa, sin otros vexio. q. (que) havia precnetes, y para que conste lo firme en ocho dia, mes, y ano. [?] 

Jx. Manuel Tavares y [?] 

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User Request – Demetrio de la Garza and Dionisia Casas Any Information is Appreceated

On June the sixth I received the following inquiry and now I am sharing it with all of you in hopes that together we may help each other out or at least in hopes that someone out there may have the answer’s  for Linda.

Inquiry:

I am looking for information on Demetrio de la Garza and his wife Dionisia Casas. I have found the baptismal records for 2 of their children – Jose Encarnacion (1879) and Maria Ignacia (1881), and they also had another son named Nicolas(1889). Those records show Baptisms registered at Nuestra Senora del Refugio in Matamoros. Demetrio’s father was listed as Rafael de la Garza and his mother was listed as Ignacia Lopez Gonzales (or Gonzalez Lopez). Dionisia’s parents were listed as Encarnacion Casas and and Juana Saurez or Juarez. Dionisia (Leonicia) Garza died in Victoria, Texas (1935). I believe that Demetrio died in Matamoros before 1900, and his widow moved her family back to Texas (they were in the 1900 Goliad census). Any information about Demetrio is helpful. Thank you!

Any information you can either post it on the comment section of this post or email Linda at mwwlrw1@gmail.com


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