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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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Yldefonso Zamora Mendoza – 1887 Civil Registration Birth Record, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

I was searching for the birth record of Cesareo Lopez my great-grandfather in the Mier Civil Registry at FamilySearch and instead came across my other great-grandfathers birth record. All I had for him was his name and names of his parents. I had originally assumed that he ans his parents were from Zacatecas Mexico but turns out they are not. I had previously written a post about his mother Paula Mendoza and had found her parents, who were from Zacatecas/Jalisco and now this document indicates that they may have had been from Guadalajara. But I had completely no information on his father Gabino Zamora. Well now I have his parents names Fernando Zamora and Marta Garza, and it also indicates that they were from Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon. I’ll be posting latter on on my research about these families.

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Acta numero 40, cuarenta = En la ciudad de Mier a las cuatro de la tarde del dia dos de Febrero de mil ochocientos, ochenta y siete, ante mi, Casimiro Garcia Juez del Estado Civil de esta Municipalidad comparecio el ciudadano Gabino Zamora de veinticinco anos de edad. Casado, de campo nacido en Cadereyta Jimenez y vecino de esta, y veei y presento un nino vivo, manifestando que nacio en esta, a las ocho de la noche del dia veintitres de Enero proseimo pasado, en una casa situada por la calle de Hidalgo; que a dicho nino le inpone el nombre de Yldefonso Zamora, que es su hijo legitimo y de su esposa Paula Mendoza de diez y ocho anos de edad, casada, nacida en Aguascalientes y recidente con su esposo; que son abuelos paternos los nacidos y muertos en Cadereyta expresada, Fernando Zamora y Dona Marta Garza, y abuelos maternos Tiburcio Mendoza y Lorenza Mireles, el primero de treinta y nueve anos de edad, labrador, y la segunda de treinta y ocho de edad, ambos casados, nacidos y avecindados como su hija. Fueron testigos de esta inscripcion los ciudadanos, Macario Mendoza, Bruno Albares, y Tomas Salinas Hinojosa casado este, solteros los otros dos, todos mayores de edad, y de esta vecindad. Con lo cual se dio porterminada la presente, que ratificaron en todo su contenido los presentes y firmo con uno de los testigos por no saber los demas Doy fe = Casimiro Garcia = Tomas S Hinojosa = dos rubricas = , al margen = Derechos cincuenta centavos .50. C

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Paula Mendoza Mireles – 1932 Civil Registry Death Record, Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico

This is the death record of Paula Mendoza, one of my brick walls. Did I say brick walls? Well thanks to this record she is no longer one of my brick walls. Paula Mendoza is my great-great-grandmother for whom I had not been able to find her parents but the following document clearly indicates that her fathers name was Tiburcio Mendoza and her mother’s name was Lorenza Mireles. It also indicates that they were from Zacatecas. Through a bit more research I found out that they were form a small town named Ojuelos, Zacatecas, Mexico. More research pending.  :  )

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Paula Mendoza

fallecio el 15 de
Abril de 1932. 

“Acta numero # 3. tres. “
” En la Congregacion de Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, a las 18 diesiocho dias del mes de Abril de 1932 mil novecientos treinta y dos; hallandome en el despacho de esta Oficina se recibio una acta que a la letra dice. = ” En el Rancho de El Nogalito, Jurisdicion de Ciudad Mier, a horas que son las diez del dia 15 quince de Abril de 1932 mil novecientos treinta y dos, ante mi Eulalio Hinojosa, Subdelegado Municipal de esra comprencion, comparecio el senor Zenon Zamora, soltero, mayor de edad, y de esta vecindad, manifestando que a las cinco horas de el dia de hoy, en el rancho de La Meca y en su propia casa fallecio la senora “Paula Mendoza” ha consecuencia de fiebre; a la edad de 62 sesenta y dos anos; que dejo desendientes, que el cadaver fue sepultado en el cemeterio de Arcabuz y que fue hija de los finados Tiburcio Mendoza y Senora Lorenza Mireles, originarios de Zacatecas. Fueron testigos de esta acta los senores Santos y Teodoro Hinojosa, mayores de edad y vecinos de esta; leeida la presente acta al interesado y testigos estubieron conformes y firman. Doy fe. = Eulalio Hinojosa. = Zenon Zamora. = Santos Hinojosa. = Teodoro Hinojosa = Rubricas. = Es copia correcta de su original Doy fe = El Juez del R. Civil. = Reyes Reyna. = Rubrica. ==

Es copia fiel y legal que abra en el libro original Doy fe. __

El Juez del R. Civil. __
Reyes Reyna

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1920 Civil Marriage of Yldefonso Zamora Mendoza and Felipa Rios Gonzalez in Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The following is the 1920 Civil Marriage transcription of Yldefonso Zamora Mendoza and Felipa Rios Gonzalez. Yldefonso Zamora Mendoza is my great-grandfather though my mothers paternal side of the family. He was the father of Juan Tanguma my grandfather. Elena Tanguma had him out of wedlock with Yldefonso. You can check out the family group on my previous post. This document lists Yldefonso’s parents as being Gabino Zamora and Paula Mendoza. They are the same as listen in Luis Zamor’a Baptism.

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FamilySearch > Mexico, Nuevo León, Civil Registration, 1859-1962 > Los Aldamas > Matrimonios 1909-1923

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Matrimonio No. (Numero) 19 del Sr. Yldefonso Zamora; y la Seta (Senorita) Felipa Rios

Acta numero (44) cuarenta y cuatro En la Villa de Los Aldamas Estado de Nuevo leon a las (7) siete de la noche del dia (4) cuatro de Octubre de 1,920 hallandome constituido en la casa del Sr. (Senor) Lucio Pena mayor de edad casado labrador y de esta vecindad, ante mi el C. Anastacio Cantu Juez del Registro Civil en esta Municipalidad comparecieron con objeto de celebrar su matrimonio el Sr. (Senor) Yldefonso Zamora ser soltero de (30) treinta anos de edad labrador hijo legitimo del Sr. (Senor) Gabino Zamora y de la Sra. (Senora) Paula Mendoza y la segunda selibe de 16 dieciseis anos de edad hija legitima del Senor Andres Rios ya finado y de la Sra. (Senora) Ma. (Maria) Del Pilar Gonzalez originarios de C. (Ciudad) Mier Tamaulipas con residencia en la Congregacion El Arcabuz Jurisdicion de C. (Ciudad) Mier Tamaulipas. Agregaron que habiendo trascurrido el termino fijado por la ley para las publicaciones que se hicieron: declarado por los testigos en el acta de la presentacion no haber impedimiento que los inhabilite para el matrimonio ratificado un consentimiento y llenado los requicitos que la ley previene para la validez de este contrato: piden al presente Juez autorise su union. En virtud de ser cierto lo expuesto por los contrayentes les interrogue si es su voluntad unirse en matrimonio y habiendo contestado afirmativamente. Yo el Juez hise la solemne y formal declaracion que sigue: En nombre de la sociedad declaro en perfecto legitimo e indosuluble matrimonio el Senor Yldefonso Zamora y a laSenorita Felipa Rios. Fueron testigos de este acto los Senores Juan Mendiola y Ygnacio Salinas de este origen y vecindad. Con lo que termino la presente que leida que les fue la ratificaron y firmaron los que supieron hacerlo con migo el Juez: Doy fe.

Anastacio Cantu

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.

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