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The Villas of Tamaulipas, Mexico From 1748 to 1770

The following is a listing of 26 towns or Villas during the time period of Jose de Escandon. The name in parenthesis is the name that they are known by in present day.

This list will help you determine if the genealogical information you have is correct. I have seen people listed on family trees available online with baptism dates or marriage dates prior to the town’s founding. For example I found one of my ancestors listed as being baptized in Camargo around the 1730′s but as you can see from the list the town was not founded until March 4, 1749. He might have been born in that area but very unlikely. Even if he was born in that area he would have had been baptized in a town with a church which at that time the nearest one would have had been Cerralvo. Turns out that that particular ancestor was baptized in Cadereyta in the 1730′s. As you can see this list can provide you with clues as to if information you find might be wrong.

    1. Aguayo (Ciudad Victoria) – October 7, 1750
    2. Altamira – May 2, 1749
    3. Barbon (Villagran) – May 8, 1757
    4. Burgos – February 20, 1749
    5. Camargo – March 4, 1749
    6. Croix (Casas) – June 3, 1770
    7. Cruillas – June 16, 1765
    8. Escandon (Xicotencatl) – March 15, 1751
    9. Guemes – January 1 1749
    10. Hacienda de Dolores – August 22, 1750
    11. Horcasitas (Gonzalez) – May 9, 1749
    12. Infantes – May 26, 1749
    13. Laredo – March 15, 1755
    14. Llera – Decemebr 25, 1748
    15. Mier – March 6, 1753
    16. Padilla – January 6, 1749
    17. Revilla (Guerrero) – October 10, 1750
    18. Reynosa – March 14, 1749
    19. San Carlos – July 6, 1766
    20. San Feranndo – March 19, 1749
    21. San Nicolas – April 25, 1767
    22. Santa Barbara (Ocampo) – May 19, 1749
    23. Santander (Jimenez) February 17, 1749
    24. Santillana (Abasolo) – December 26, 1752
    25. Soto la Marina – September 3, 1750
    26. Villa Hoyos (Hidalgo) – March 19, 1752

Jose de Escandon is credited as being the founder of all if not most of the above mentioned Villas. Jose de Escandon died September 10, 1770.

Source:

  • Garmendia L, Guillermo. Fundadores de Tamaulipas, 1748 – 1770 Self Published Monterrey N. L. Mexico. 1991 Pg. vi

Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770

If your genealogy research has led to to be looking for ancestors that came to Tamaulipas between 1748 and 1770 then you need to get a hold of this book. It’s title is “Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770″ and it was written by Guillermo Garmendia L. in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon back in 1991. The book is mainly a collection of 11 different censuses done between 1750 and 1766 on 11 Villas del Norte.

The book also contain more valuable information such as a whole listing of las Villas del Norte during the Escandon time period. It also contains a map of the Sierra Gorda, a page with the most common abbreviations and what they stand for. Finally it contains the bibliography and an Appendix with the old names of towns with their current names.

Cover of Book, “Fundadores de Tamaulipas 1748 – 1770″:

Bellow are the 11 Villas whose censuses were used to  make this book:

  1. AGUAYO (CD. VICTORIA) ( CENSO 3 OCT 1750)
  2. BURGOS ( CENSO 5 JUL 1750)
  3. CAMARGO ( CENSO 31 MAY 1750)
  4. CRUILLAS ( CENSO 10 MAY 1766)
  5. LAREDO ( CENSO 23 JUL 1757 )
  6. MIER ( CENSO 1 MAR 1753)
  7. REVILLA (GUERRERO) ( CENSO 25 ENE 1753 )
  8. REYNOSA ( CENSO 16 JUN 1750)
  9. SAN FERNANDO ( CENSO 15 JUL 1750 )
  10. SANTANDER (JIMENEZ) ( CENSO 3 SEP 1750 )
  11. SOTO LA MARINA ( CENSO 27 AGO 1750)

Where to get a copy of this book:

My local university UTPA has a copy. You might also want to search for it on Worldcat.org

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Three

I once again want to thank Crispin Rendon for another great genealogy resource that I know many of you will highly appreciate, since it will help you greatly in your Mexican Genealogy Research. It is the Third Volume of the Families of Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico. You can find the link to download this eBook towards the end of this post.

As Crispin mentions on his eBook;

Volume three contains marriage information found on Film 605094. This volume in a
series continues with 500 records starting on August 1736 and ending on January
1749. The records are found on images 238-372. Continue reading

1757 Census of The Villa of Reynosa – El Padron de 1757 de la Villa de Reynosa

The following is the 1757 Census of the Villa of Reynosa that was conducted by Jose Tienda de Cuervo. I do hope that it does help you out in your genealogy research.

It is interesting to note that the document refers to the Villas name as being Villa de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de Zacatecas en Reynosa. Wonder whom ever came up with such a name. Let me know if your ancestors are listed in this census.

Transcript of Document:

Padron general de los Vecinos de la Villa de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de Zacatecas en Reynosa que existen al presente fecho en el ano de mil setecientos cinquenta y siete.

1. Don Carlos Cantu Capitan Reformado casado con Dona Maria Gertrudis Cabazos tiene dos hijos.

2 Don Juna Cabazos casado con Da Emeregilda de Ochoa tiene una hija.

3. Don Honofre Cabazos casado con Da Gertrudis de la Garza tiene Seis hijos. Continue reading

Los Gutierrez de Revilla: 1756 -1875

Has your genealogy research lead you to family in Revilla? If so this great book by Jose Felipe De La Pena titled “Los Gutierrez de Revilla 1756 – 1875 will be of interest to you. He made this book out of microfilm found at the Family Search Library. Specifically LSD Film #1511726 and #116285. Film #1511726 contains copies of the original baptismal records from San Ignacio de Loyola de Revilla Catholic church recorded from 1754 to 1876. Film #1162850 contains baptisms, marriages, and deaths.

 The main focus of this book is to list all the families and persons with the last name of Gutierrez. It is an awesome genealogical resource. I am glad that I came across it at few days ago at familysearch.org. For those of you whom may not be aware Revilla is currently under water due to the Falcon Dam. The town was relocated in the early 1950′s to what is present day Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Continue reading

Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Volume Two

Here is another great resource for your genealogy research on the families of Saltillo. Yesterday I received another email from Crispin Rendon letting every one know that he has published his second eBook on the Families of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Bellow is the email in it’s entirety. I do really hope that you download your copy today and save it to your genealogy digital eBook library. Continue reading

El Rancho in South Texas: Continuity and Change From 1750

Doing my family genealogy has thought me that ranching was a very huge part in the family structure. Also my ancestors had been ranching cattle, goats, and sheep for hundreds of years. In fact through both of my parents sides I am part of the first generation that will no longer be cattle men. It is this reason that I just wanted to share with you another great book that I really like. It was written by Joe S. Graham and it is titled El Rancho in South Texas: Continuity and Change From 1750. I am barely half-ways but the information is very valuable.

I know that some of you grew up in South Texas Ranchos and I know this from the emails that I get. I myself was raised not in a South Texas Rancho but in a Northeastern Mexican Rancho just 14 miles away from the border. The similarities in ranching and even the old jacales were the same. Also the stone houses used for fortification can still be found in Continue reading

List Naming the Mayors of Laredo from 1755 to 2014

The following is a list of all the mayors that present day Laredo Texas has had since it’s birth in the 1750′s to present day. I hope this helps in your genealogical research, that is if your ancestors were form Laredo. Most of the following list was extracted form the book by Rodolfo Gonzalez de la Garza, Apellidos de Tamamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, y Texas. I only copied the names and years, I left the other additional information out since if the reader is interesting in knowing more they should obtain a copy of the book.

A word of caution, this list may contain errors since I found another one with slightly different names and different years of service. At the end of this post you will also find a link to a PDF file that also contains the Continue reading

Mier Porciones-Land Grants on the Northern Side of the Rio Grande

When doing genealogy research we some times try to put our ancestors live’s into perspective but some times our research leads us to documents that help us do that. About a year ago I came across this book titled “Anales y Testimonios Del Cantaro”. You can read more about this book in my previous post here. The authors’s main focus in writing this book was to preserve the important archives of present day Ciudad Mier.

Among the pages of this book I came across a very important list and that was the list of the people that received land grants in the jurisdiction of La Villa de Mier in 1767. On a previous post “Map of Mier Land Grants on the Mexican Side and Names of People Awarded To” I only focused on the recipients south of the Rio Grande since you can practically not find that list anywhere else. Now this post is the second part listing all the land grant recipients Continue reading

Families of “El Valle del Guajuco”, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Between researching my own family genealogy and finding my ancestors I came across a citation at Raul Longoria’s Website which read “Santiago Vallejo, “Familias del Valle del Guajuco, NL, Mexico”, http://svallejo.tribalpages.com/”. If you are one of our earlier readers then you may be already aware that my Marroquines were from this valley specially Santiago and Allended Nuevo Leon.

I promptly copied and pasted the URL address into my browser and arrived at a website named “Vallejo Families of Nuevo Leon, Mexico”. My first opinion was this website is not even about the families of El Guajuco but after reading the main page it is clear that indeed it is. I promptly clicked “People” at the top bar and then on the “M” and found Marroquin as one of the listed last names. I clicked it and found my 7th great grandfather Nicolas Marroquin. This website even let me print seven generations of Continue reading