This is the 1917 Civil Registry Death record for my 2nd great grandmother Leandra Ramirez. Her parents are not listed here but from other documents they are Guadalupe Ramirez and Antonia Martinez. I have yet to find who her grandparents where. If anyone knows please email me.
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Leandra Ramirez Gratis
Acta numero ( 68 ) sesenta y ocho
En la Ciudad de Mier Tamaulipas a las diez de la manana del dia veintidos de Septiembre de mil novecientos diesisiete: Ami, Juaquin Ramirez Juez del Registro Civil, me fue entregada una acta del tenor siguiente: Acta no ( 1) uno = “Encargatura de la Meca. = “En el Rancho de la Meca Jurisdiccion de Ciudad Mier Tamaulipas a las dos de la tarde del dia veinte del mes de Septiembre de mil novecientos dieciciete: Ante mi Encargado propietario, comparecio, el Ciudadano Evaristo Ramirez casado labrador de esta comprencion, manifestando que a las once de la manana del dia veinte de Septiembre del mismo ano fallecio la Senora Leandra Ramirez a la edad de sesenta y siete ,anos, Mexicana, del Rito Catolico, con Residencia en la Meca, agrego el compareciente que la finada fue esposa del finado Juan Tanguma de esta vecindad, y que deja desendientes, que el cadaver fue sepultado en el Cemeterio de la Meca. Fueron testigos de esta inscripcion los Senores Baltazar Garcia y Tomas H. Rodriguez, el primero casado, y el segundo soltero mayores de edad y de esta vecindad. Leida esta acta al compareciente y testigos estuvieron conformes y firmaron. = Doy fe = El Encargado propietario = Jose Hinojosa = Compareciente = Evaristo Ramirez = Testigo = Tomas H. Rodriguez = Testigo = Baltazar Garcia = Rubricas. Se Archivo el acta original = Doy fe. = Juaquin Ramirez = Rubrica.
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It had been several years that had been searching for the names parents of my great grandmother Elena Tanguma. All I new was that according to my mother she only had a brother named Toribio Tanguma. A few weeks ago I found Toribio’s death record which provided me with an estimated birth year and my search began. I found the following document indicating that his parents ware Juan Tanguma and Leandra Ramirez. It also indicates that Juan’s parents are Hipolito Tanguma and Francisca Pena. Also that Leandra’s parents were Guadalupe Ramirez and Antonia Martinez.
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Acta numero cineto nueve. 109.
En la Ciudad de Mier a las seis de la tarde del dia veinticinco de Abril de mil ochocientos ochenta y dos ante mi el Ciudadano Pablo Garcia Urizan Juez del Estado Civil de esta Ciudad comparecio el Ciudadano Juan Tanguma, casado, de treinta y seis anos de edad oficio campo, originario y vecino de esta y presento en este Juzgado un nino vivo en esta Ciudad, el dia diez y seis del presente a las tres de la tarde; que le impone por nombre Toribio Tanguma; que lo tubo con su esposa Leandra Ramirez, casada, de veintiseis anos de edad originaria y vecina de esta. Siendo Abuelos paternos de dicho nino el Ciudadano Hipolito Tanguma y Francisca Pena, y maternos los Ciudadanos Guadalupe Ramirez y la Senora Antonia Martinez. El comparesiente oyo leer esta y se conformo con ella en presencia de dos testigos que lo fueron los Ciudadanos Felipe Flores y Jose Maria Pena, el primero casado y el segundo soltero, mayores de edad y vecinos de esta, firmando conmigo un testigo, no haciendolo el comparesente y un testigo por no saber. Doy fe. Pablo Garcia, Urizan. = Una Rubrica Jose Maria Pena. – Una Rubrica.
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Growing up I had heard the story over and over again from my mother San Juana Tanguma and this is how I remember hearing it;
One day Elena was getting water from the ranch’s pond, when Yldefonso saw her as he passed by and since no one else was around he took advantage of her by raping her. As a result she ended up pregnant with my grandfather Juan Tanguma. It is said by my mother San Juana Tanguma that my great-grandmother Elena Tanguma did not want my grandfather and when he was born trew him against a mesquite to trie to kill him. Then his brother Toribio Tanguma my grandfather’s uncle took him away from her and raised him up as his own son and even gave him his last name. Elena never married and she only had my grandfather. When Juan was older he recognized Yldefonso as his father and also recognised all his half brothers.
Then one day my cousin Eddie Tanguma told me a different story and I tried to correct it but it turned out that his dad (my uncle) was right. The following story is the correct one and this is how my aunt Ernestina Tanguma (the eldest of my mothers siblings) said it happened;
Yldefonso and Elena met and he tried to court her but every-time that he would build up the courage to go and visit her, Elena’s mother Leandra Ramirez would chase him off with a machete in hand. She was very protective of her and never approved that he would have anything to do with her daughter. Then one day Yldefonso stole her and they left to Zacatecas where he was from. Unfortunately at that time the Mexican Revolution was in full swing and they had to come back to Tamaulipas. The reasons are not clear but she came back to her parents home and by that time she was pregnant with my grandfather Juan Tanguma. Leandra was the midwife when Juan was born and once she had the baby in her hands she ran outside the Jacal and threw him against one of the orcones (supporting mesquite wood beam) of the front porch trying to kill him since such was her hate for Yldefonso and her disapproval of their relationship. When she noticed that the baby was still alive she ran to grab him to finish what she started but her son Toribio Tanguma got to him first and protected the baby. The baby had an arm and several broken ribs.
My aunt stated that she meet her grandfather Yldefonso and that he used to say that he would always be in love with Elena and that she was the most beautiful woman he had ever meet. My aunt states that she never meet her since she stated that she and her parents lived in Texas around the Corpus Christi area. My mother remembers seeing her once when she visited the family and she stated that she was very beautiful with real pretty blond hair. She is buried in the cemetery of Los Trevinos, Tamaulipas, Mexico but her grave has no dates on it and I have not been able to find any additional information on her parents, her brother or her. The search is not over and I hope to interview the rest of my aunts and uncles.
Yldefonso did marry again in 1920 and I will be posting the transcription of that document soon. You can also see his family group on my previous post
Why two Stories?
Well my grandfather Juan Tanguma was born out of wedlock and her mother Leandra Tanguma tried to conceal the truth from everyone, by instead saying that her daughter had been raped. People at the ranch in Mexico see me and mention to me that I am pure Zamora and that I look exactly like the Zamora’s. I don’t mind since they have told me and my siblings that same thing since we were kids. Just wandering if there is a third story if anyone knows another version please let me know.
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