Category Archives: La Havana

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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La Havana Texas Cemetery Historical Marker

The following is the Texas Historical Marker that is outside the Cemetery of La Havana Texas. You can check the names of the people buried in this cemetery up until 1976, cemeteries-of-tx.com.

You can also check out La Havana Cemetery at findagrave.com.

Permission to reuse photo is here granted as long as you link back to this page.
Transcript of above image:

Located on land known as Porcion 46, ceded by the crown of Spain to Don Jose Matias Tijerina in 1767, the community of Havana was named for Havana, Cuba, where Tijerina had stopped on his journey from Europe. Among the early settlers here were the families of Josefa de la Garza Salinas and Civil War Union soldier Patricio Perez. A frame church was built in 1891 and named for St. Joseph. Descendants of early settlers still live in the area. Many Havana pioneers are buried here in the Havana Cemetery. (1988)

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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


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