Category Archives: Guerra

El Corrido de Narciso A. Guerra (The Ballad of Narciso A. Guerra)

I vividly remember Mr. Guerra from when he would substitute, when any of our teachers were out. He was very sociable and loved to make us smile. He would always tell us that he was going to open the theater once again just for us. I also remember that before he used to substitute he was also one of the teachers for my brother and two sisters.

My parents also used to get all their paperwork notarized with him. I used to love his office since it had many photos and awards but my favorite where the old coins and bills under the glass of his desk. Continue reading

Maria Nicolasa Guerra Guerra, 1859 Baptism in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

This is the 1859 baptism record of my paternal second great grandmother Maria Nicolasa Guerra Guerra. She was baptized in Ciudad Mier. She was the daughter of Jose Gorgonio Guerra Gonzalez and Maria Felicita Guerra Gonzalez.


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N. 222 Ma. Nicolasa Guerra 

A los diez y ocho dias del mes de Diciembre de mil ochocientoscincuenta y nueve en la Parroqa. de la Villa de Mier, Yo el Cura propio D. Franco. de P. Benavides, bautize solemnemente puse los Stos. oleos y Crisma a Ma. Nicolasa de Catorce dias de nacida h.l. de Gorgonio Guerra y de Felicitas Guerra, Abs. P. Feliciano Guerra y Tomasa Gonsales, Abs. M. Antonio Guerra y ma. del Refugio Gonsales, fueron padrinosa quienes adverti el parentesco espiritual y obligaciones contraidas, Santos Garcia y Tomasa Gonsales. y pa. qe. conste lo firme. 

Franco. de P. Benavides

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Maria Felicita Guerra Gonzalez, 1836 Baptism In Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

This is the baptism of my 3r great grandmother Maria Felicita Guerra Gonzalez through my paternal line. She was the daughter of Jose Juan Manuel Antonio Guerra de Guadiano and Maria del Refugio Gonzalez Guerra. She is the mother of my 2nd great grandmother Maria Nicolasa Guerra Guerra.


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N. 176 Ma. Felicita parba. 

En esta Parroquia de la Villa de Mier a los veinte y tres dias del mes de Nbre de mil ochocientos treinta y seis. Yo el Presbto. Jose Ponciano de Taurequi. Cura into. de Esta Villa, Bautize Solemnemte. a Ma. Felicita de tres diaz h.l. de Jose Anto. Guerra y de Ma. del Refugio Gonzl. fueron Padrinos Pedr Jose Barrera y Ma. Ursula Barrera.. y para que conste lo firme.  

Je. Ponciano de Taurequi

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Jose Benito Gonzalez, 1899 Baptism in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following is the 1899 baptism record of Jose Benito Gonzalez. He was the brother of my great grandmother Maria Amalia Gonzalez. It indicates that he was born at Guardados de Arriba Ranch back in March 31, 1899. This mentioned ranch is now a small town.

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No. 54 Jose Benito Gonzalez 

En la Parroquia de C Mier a 30 de Junio de mil ochosientos noventa y nueve Bautize solemnemente a un nino que puse por nombre Jose Benito que nacio en el rancho de Guardados de Arriba el dia 31 de Marzo de 1899 h.l. de Andres Gonzalez y Nicolasa Guerra fueron sus padrinos Norrberto Garcia y Virginia Bazan a quienes adverti su parentesco espiritual.

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1899 Civil Registration birth of Jose Benito Gonzalez Guerra, Guardado de Arriba, Tamaulipas, Mexico

For years I had been searching for the parents of my 2nd great grandparents Andres Gonzalez and Nicolasa Guerra without much luck. That was until I found the following document for their son Jose Benito Gonzalez (great grand uncle). It is his 1899 Civil Registration Birth Record in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It lists his paternal grandparents as being Francisco Gonzalez and Antonia Salinas. It also lists his maternal grandparents as being Gorgonio Guerra and Felicitas Guerra.

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Acta numero 74. setenta y cuatro. = En la ciudad de Mier Tamaulipas, a las diez de la manana del dia 3 tres de Abril de mil ochocientos noventa y nueve, ante mi, Candelario Garcia Garcia. Juez del Registro Civil de esta localidad me fue entregada una acta que es como sigue: Al margen un membrete infuso que dice: “Encargatura de Guardado de Arriba, Tamaulipas.” = Acta numero 1. uno. = En la de mi cargo, a las nueve de la manana del dia 31. treinta y uno de Marzo de mil ochocientos noventa y nueve, antemi, presente el senor Andres Gonzalez, con los testigos Exiquio Gonzalez y Trinidad Garcia, mayores de edad y vecino de esta, manifesto: que el dia 20. veinte del mismo mes le nacio un nino, que me presento, vivo sin bautizar, a quien puso por nombre Benito Gonzalez, que es su hijo legitimo y de su esposa Nicolasa Guerra, el de cuarenta y ella de treinta y seis anos de edad respetivamente, y ambos de esta vecindad: que el nino es nieto por linea paterna y materna de los finados Franco. Gonzalez y Antonia Salinas, Gorgonio Guerra y Felicitas Guerra, finada tambien esta ultima, los primeros originarios de Nuevo Leon, y los segundos de esta comprencion. Se leyo esta acta al compareciente y testigos, quienes estubieron conformes y la firmaron. = Doy fe. = Noresto Garcia. = Andres Gonzalez. = Exiquio Gonzalez. = Feliberto Garcia. =Rubricas. = Se asento y archivo esta acta conforme a la ley, bajo el numero y folio del presente libro. = Doy fe. = Candelario G. Garcia. = Una Rubrica. = AL margen. = Benito Gonzalez. = Recibo numero 170. = Derechos 50 cs, cincuenta centavos.

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Pedro Marroquin Perez and Maria Amalia Gonzalez Guerra, 1912 Church Marriage in Guardados de Arriba, Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following is the image and transcription of the marriage that took place in the house of Andres Gonzalez in Guardados de Arriba in Tamaulipas, Mexico back in August 27, 1912 between Pedro Marroquin Perez and Maria Amalia Gonzalez Guerra. The image does indicate who their parents are. The image also does indicate that the witnesses to the marriage were Senores Jose de la Trinidad Barrera, Blas Guerra, Pioquinte Garza, and Juan Vela. Pedro Marroquin Perez and Maria Amalia Gonzalez Guerra are my great-grandparents through my father’s paternal maternal side of the family. What I found that is interesting is that it states that Pedro was baptized in Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, but he was actually baptized in San Pedro Apostol, Allende Nuevo Leon, Mexico on Sptember 5, 1880.

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En Guardado de arriba Jurisdiccion de la Parroquia de Ciudad Mier a veintireis se Agosto de mil nobecientos doce ante mi el infrascrito cura economo a efecto de contraer matrimonio Cristiano Pedro Marroquin soltero de veinticuatro anos de edad originario y vecino de este lugar y vautisado en la Parroquia de aldamas N. L. hijo lejitimo de Jose Angel Marroquin y de Francisca Perez que viven: Con Maria Amalia Gonzalez doncella de dieciocho anos de edad originario de Herreras N. L. y vautizada en la parroquia de Aldamas N. L. y actual mente domicialiada en este hace dies anos hija legitima de Andres Gonzalez que viven ambos contrayentes presentaron como testigos de su libertad y solteria a los Senores Jose de la Trinidad Barrera Blas Guerra Pioquinte Garza y Juan Vela los cuales equeridos ante la senal de la Cruz. arreguraron vajo juramento que en dichos pretensos no encontraba inpedimiento alguno cannonico que dificultara su pretendido matrimonio y para constancia firmo. – Jose S. Cisneros

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Pedro Merroquin con Ma. (Maria) Amalia Gonzalez

En Guardado de arriba juridiccion de la Parroquia de Ciudad Mier a veintesiete de Agosto del ano del Senor de mil nobecientos dose. En el domicilio de Don Andres Gonzalez, Yo el infrascrito cura economo previas las debidas informaciones matrimoniales y leidas las tres moniciones conciliares seguidas y no resultado impedimiento alguno canones conferados ambos pretensos y preguntelo en seguida su reciproco consentimiento por palabras de presente. Case y Vele segun el rito de Nuestra Madre la Iglesia amore missiones a Pedro Marroquin con Amalia Gonzalez Siendo Testigos Trinidad Barrera Blas Guerra y Pioquinte Garza y padrinos de casamiento Jose de la Trinidad Barrera y Teresa Garcia y para constancia firmo.

Jose S. Cisneros Presbo. (Presbito)

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Severo Marroquin Gonzalez – A Life Changing Event

The following story was told to me by my father Lauro Garza Marroquin and it is a story about his uncle Severo Marroquin Gonzalez. I will try to relate it as complete as possible since it has been several years since I heard it. Severo Marroquin Gonzalez was born on August 8, 1913 in Rancho Viejo, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico to Pedro Marroquin Perez and Amalia Gonzalez Guerra.

When Severo was about 16 or 17 years old he used to work the fields and other people would also be hired to work on his fathers property cutting and picking up corn (maiz). He relates that one day Severo refused to go out to the fields and when his father Pedro asked him why he didn’t want to go to work he stated that since he was small there was an older kid, Jose Moreno, that would always harass him (amagaba muncho) and would always beat him up. His father Pedro then gave him his 1911, 45 caliber handgun and told him to stand up for himself and to use it if he needed to, he also told him that the gun had only one bullet and to make it count. That same day Severo was making monas de maiz (piramid looking stack of corn to protect it from the weather) when Jose Moreno arrived and started to make fun of him. Jose Moreno yelled and told him te voy a golpear (I am going to beat you up) Severo responded tabien (that’s fine) let me just drink some water. Unknown to Jose, Severo had the gun that his father had given him next to the water thermus and as he reached down pretending to get water he grabbed the gun picked it up and fired. He hit him in his right arm, Jose left as fast as he could before Severo could shoot him again. Severo didn’t want to kill him, but he did want to scare him. Severo continued working in the field and later on armed men arrived from Arcabuz to take him before the local judge, by this time it had started to rain and he was wearing his red cape. My father stated that by the time they were taking him from Arcabuz to Ciudad Mier a local corridista (balad composer) had already written a corrido about the incident, unfortunately the only part he remembers is “ahy llevan a severo marroquin con su capa colorada, ahy lo llevan a dar declaracion a esos hijos de la chingada” (there they are taking Severo Marroquin in his red cape, there they take him to give declaration to those bastards) . Severo was taken to Ciudad Mier, Mexico where the judged ordered him to serve five years under arrest, he was not placed in jail but could not leave the city, he had to work and make a living without leaving town. Severo used to say that he never regretted it since he met his wife and married her in Ciudad Mier durign that time and also that he became the best of friends with Jose Moreno.

Growing up we were thought to always stand up for ourselves and to never let anyone put us down. We were also thought to never start a fight, nor look for one but when the time came, we had to defend ourselves. The above story is a drastic representation of that belief and it could have had ended with other consequences if that bullet had killed Moreno, but it does show Pedro’s (my great-grandfathers) belief that it was OK for a peaceful person to use lethal force to stop a bully.

Sources: Lauro Garza Marroquin

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

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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

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Spanish Colonial Ranching Communities a Dissertation by Mary Jo Galindo

Anyone doing Genealogy research in South Texas and Northeastern Mexico at one point, while doing research, cannot help but stumble into Mary Jo Galindo’s Dissertation “Con Un Pie En Cada Lado: Ethnicities and the Archaeology of Spanish Colonial Ranching Communities Along the Lower Río Grande Valley” which is a great 353 page work about South Texas and Northeastern Mexico Ranching and its early families. Continue reading