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Juan Tanguma and Josefina Lopez 1939 Marriage in Los Trevinos Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following is the Civil Record of the 1939 marriage between my grandfather Juan Tanguma and my grandmother Josefina Lopez. I got to meet my grandmother, but already passed away back in 2008 my grandfather died in 1981. According to my parents he did meet me and used to carry me calling me “guerito“. Unfortunately that same year that I was born he passed away, in December. I wish I could remember him. I just have two photos of him, one is of him and my grandmother and the other one he is under the porche of his Jacal but the image is very dark.


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Matrimonio de Juan Tanguma y Josefina Lopez, verificado el dia 4 de Septiembre de 1939.

Acta numero dieciseis
En los Trevinos, del municipio de Mier, Estado de Tamaulipas, siendo las once horas del dia cuatro de Sptiembre de mil novecientos treinta y nueve, ante mi, Trinidad Segovia, Juez del Registro Civil de Congregacion Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, y constituido el Juzgado que es a mi cargo en la casa Habitacion del Senor Cesareo Lopez y estando presentes ante mi el Senor Juan Tanguma y la Senorita Josefina Lopez asi como los testigos senores Melecio Garza y Perfecto Gonzalez por parte del Senor Tanguma y los senores Valentin Cavazos y Trinidad Garcia por parte de la Senorita Lopez, el primero y tercero casados y los demas solteros, el primero comerciante y los demas agricultores, el tercero originario y vecino de El Barrio de Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon y los demas originarios y vecinos de Los Trevino del Municipio de Mier, Tamaulipas. – En seguida se dio lectura a la solicitud del matrimonio que con fecha primero del Actual presentaron ante mi. asi como a los documentos que se acompanaron y diligencias que se practicaron con motivo de dicha solicitud, de los que resulta que no hay impedimiento para celebrar dicho acto y que se senalo el dia de hoy a las once horas para autorizarlo en la casa antes expresada. – Luego interroge a los testigos antes mencionados sobre si los pretendientes son las mismas personas a que se refiere la solicitud que se ha dado lectura y habiendo contestado afirmativamente me dirigi a los contrayentes en estos terminos: Senor Juan Tanguma ? es la voluntad de usted unirse en legitimo matrimonio a la Senorita Josefina Lopez, que esta presente entregandose por su marido y recibiendola como esposa? y habiendo contestado afirmativamente a la pretensa ? Senorita Josefina Lopez, es la voluntad de usted unirse en legitimo matrimonio al Senor Juan Tanguma, que esta presente entregandose por su esposa y recibiendolo como marido? y habiendo dicho que si, dije en alta e inteligible voz: “Declaro en nombre de la Ley y de la Sociedad que quedan ustedes unidos en legitimo matrimonio con todos los derechos y prerrogativas que la Ley otorga y con las obligaciones que impone. – Inmediatamente se procedio a levantar la presente acta, hacindose constar en ella el cumplimiento de la Ley y hacindese constar tambien que la Senorita Josefina Lopez, abtuvo el concentimiento de su padre el Senor Cesareo Lopes para poder celebrar su contrato de matrimonio con el Senor Juan Tanguma. – Que las generales de los pretendientes son como sigue: el Senor Juan Tanguma, soltero, agricultor, de veinticuatro anos de edad, hijo legitimo de la Senora Elena Tanguma soltera, de sesenta anos de edad: la Senorita Josefina Loepz, celibe, de diesiseis anos de edad, con oficios propios del hogar, hija legitima del Senor Cesareo Lopez casado, agricultor, de cincuentaidos anos de edad y de la Senora Maria Trevino, ya finados todos originarios y vecinos de Los Trevinos del Municipio de Mier, Tamaulipas. – Presentes los cuatro testigos senores Melecio Garza, Perfecto Gonzalez, valentin Cavazos y Trinidad Pena, bajo protesta de decir verdad declaran y firman esta acta asi como los documenteos y diligencias que se practicaron y que se agregan al apendice del corriente ano bajo el numero diesiseis que es el que le corresponde a la presente acta de la que previa lecturas formaron los interesados y testigos de conformidad, De lo que Doy fe – El Juez del Registro Civil. – Trinidad Segovia. – Juan Tanguma. – Josefina Lopez. – Torivio Tanguma. – Melecio Garza. – Cesareo Lopez. – Perfecto Gonzalez. – Trinidad Pena. – Balentin Cavazos. – Cristina Hinojosa. – Hortencia Pena. – Antonia Garcia. – Eustolia Tanguma. – Rubrica. – Es copia fiel del acta original. De lo que doy fe.-
El Juaz del Registro Civil.-
Trinidad Segovia

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1814 Baptism of Jose Hipolito Tanguma, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

This is the 1814 baptism record of my 3rd great grandfather Jose Hipolito Tanguma. He was the son of Benito Tanguma and Clara Rodriguez, I have yet to find their parents. Jose Hipolito married Maria Francisca Pena.

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14 Jose Polito Casta de Miguel Perez HL 

En esta Parroquia de esta Villa de Mier en cuatro del mes de Junio de mil ochocientos catorze, Yo Je. Anto. del Alamo cura de esta villa y encomendado de esta villa Bautixe solemnemente puse los Santos Oleos y Sagrados chrismas eccie ynfanze carra qe. nacio en el rancho de Miguel Perez el dia onze de Mayo a el qual puse por nombre Jose Polito Hijo de Benito Tanguma y de Clara Ma. fueron padrinos aquienes adberti el parentesco Juan Jose Guerra y Ma.Casilda Guerra y pa. qe. Conste lo firme. 

Je. Anto. del Alamo

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1841 baptism of Juan Tanguma Pena, Purisima Concepcion, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following is the 1841 image and transcription of my 2nd great grandfather’s Juan Tanguma, baptism. My grandfather was named after him. He was born on Feb 07, 1841 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He was the son of Jose Hipolito Tanguma Rodriguez and Maria Francisca Pena Barrera. He died in Aug 15, 1909 in Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico at the age of 68 years. He is buried at the local Cemetery of Congregacion Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico. I hope that his grave has a tombstone, since I had no idea he was buried there I have yet to look for it.

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N. 32
Juan de la Villa 

En dies y ocho de Febo. de mil ochocientos quarenta y uno En esta Parroquia de la Purisima Concepcion de la Villa de Mier yo El Presvo. D. S. Luis Gonza. Garcia Cura into. de Esta Villa Bautize Solemnemte. puse los Santos Oleos y Sagrado Crisma a Juan de Once dias h.l. de Ypolito Tanguma y de Franca. Pena fueron padrinos Juan Galindo y Ma. Anta. Galindo a quienes adverti su obligacion y parentesco Espiritual y para que conste lo firme. 

D. Luis G. Garcia

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1861 Baptism of Jose Demetrio Tanguma Pena Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

This is the image and transcription to the 1861 Baptism of my 2nd great grand uncle Jose Demetrio Tanguma. It was through him that I found the grandparents of my great grandfather Juan Tanguma. As you can see it is always good to do research on all the family members, you never know what you will uncover.

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N. 18 

Je. Demetrio Tanguma

A los tres dias del mes de Enero de mil ochocientos sesenta y uno yo el Presbitero Francisco G. Trevino vicario de esta Parroquia bautize solemnemente y puse los Santos oleos y crisma a Je. Demetrio de veintetres dias de nacido hijo lejitimo de Hipolito Tanguma y de Francisca Pena Abuelos Paternos Benito Tanguma y Clara Barrera Abuelos Maternos Santiago Pena y Ma. de Jesus Barrera fueron padrinos a quienes adverti el parentesco y espiritual obligaciones contraidas Wenceslao Martinez and Visenta Garcia y para que conste lo firme.

Francisco G Trevino

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1917 Civil Registry Death Record for Leandra Ramirez Martinez, La Meca, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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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1887 Civil Registry Birth Record of Toribio Tanguma Ramirez, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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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1835 Church Marriage of Jose Hipolito Tanguma and Maria Francisca Pena in Mier Tamaulipas, Mexico

This is the image and transcription to the Church Marriage record for my 3rd great grandparents Jose Hipolito Tanguma and Maria Francisca Pena. It is interesting to note that the parents are not listed anywhere in the image but on the search results Hipolito’s parents are being listed as being Benito Tanguma and Clara Rodrigues. It might be that who ever helped index the records may have known who his parents were since I have found through other sources that Benito and Clara are his parents. You can see the index image after the transcription.

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N. 41
Jose Hipolito Tanguma Soltero con Ma. Franca. Pena 

En esta Parroquia de la Villa de Mier a los diez diaz del mes de Nbre de mil ochocientos treinta y sinco. Yo el Presbto. Jose Ancelmo Fuentes, Cura interino de dicha Villa, haviendo precedido todas las dilig. que previene el derecho amonestados en tres dias festivos inter Miraxum Solemnia, segun dispocision del Santo concilio tridestino que lo fueron los dias veinte y ocho de Octubre y el primero y ocho de Nbre. y no haviendo resultado impedimto. algo. pasadas mas de las veinte y cuatro horas despues de la ultima amonestacion Case y Vele infancie Ecclasie a Jose Ypolito Tamga. Soltero con Ma. Franca. Pena fueron testigos al verlos casar y velar Jose Anto. Ybanez y los padrinos que los acompanaron Jose Ma. Guerra y Ma. Guadalupe Tanguma. Y para que conste lo firme. 

Jose Ancelmo Fuentes

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Yldefonso Zamora Mendoza and Elena Tanguma Ramirez – A Love Story

This is a story about my great grandparents Yldefonso Zamora Mendoza and Elena Tanguma Ramirez. Growing up I had heard the following 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 try 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 recognized 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.

The White Goat – Toribio Tanguma’s Witch Story

Toribio Tanguma related the following story to my mother Sanjuan Tanguma Lopez as well as her siblings. Toribio was my mothers uncle. This might have had happened during those frequent gatherings outside the jacales while gazing at the stars where story telling would ensue as a tradition of spending the evening, before bedtime would come.

The details of the story I am about to tell are as I remember them when the story was told to us, also during an evening after dinner while we also gazed at the stars contemplating God’s miracle.

There are brujas (witches) and they do exist, be wary of owls and animals out of the ordinary. A time back every night an owl would look at this jacal from that mesquite (Toribio pointed at the nearest tall tree) and it happened for three weeks in a row, then one time back while we were getting ready to fall asleep, the front door of the jacal (mud and hatch building) being open to catch the nights breeze, a small goat white in color came inside the jacal. I did not think much of it and thought that it must belong to one of the adjoining ranches we tied it inside the jacal from one of its front legs, as to keep it safe from coyotes or as of fear of it getting lost in the monte. We all fell asleep and early before dawn we were woken up by someone knocking on the front door. It was a man whose name I don’t recall but used to live in a nearby ranch. He came looking for help since his wife had come home without an arm and was bleeding badly. As the man was relating this he pointed to an arm on the floor that was tied with a rope to the wall of the jacal. I told him about the little white goat and the man’s fright could be seen on his face and he stated that this confirmed his suspicion that his wife was a witch. He rallied all the people of the nearby ranches by showing them the severed arm and we all together with him went to his home and dragged his wife out and we saw her burn in a pile of green mesquite wood. The place we burned her is in that near by field in the spot were the weeds don’t even grow. After that day we never saw the man again nor the owl ever stopped again on that mesquite (he pointed again to the tall tree).

If this story is true, only God knows. I doubt that this may ever be verified. The spot of the alleged burning is now covered by a huge cement tank to hold water.

Yldefonso Zamora His Wives and His Children

1st Generation

Yldefonso Zamora (my great-grandfather) was born About 23 Jan 1886 in Mier, Tamaulipas to Gabino Zamora and Marta Garza. I have yet to find any documents with his death date.  He married 1st Felipa Rios on Oct. 4, 1920 in Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Felipa, daughter of Andres Rios and Pilar Gonzalez, was born About 1904 and died on an unknown date. He met 2nd Elena Tanguma (my great-grandmother), daughter of Juan Tanguma Pena and Leandra Ramirez Martinez. Continue reading