I was invited back in July to be one of the speakers for the Brownsville Historical Association’s Branching Out: Genealogy Workshop 2013. This workshop took place yesterday October the 5th. I had lots of fun, meet great people, and I learned allot from each of the other speakers. Continue reading
The cemetery of Los Trevinos, Tamaulipas, Mexico is situated just a few miles away from town. As to why or how this location was chosen is unknown. This cemetery is simply known as “El Panteon”, “El Panteon de Los Trevinos”, or “El Panteon de Los Gatos”. The first one translates to “Cemetery”, the second to “The Cemetery of Los Trevinos” and the third to “The Cemetery of the Cats”. Yes you read correctly, the cemetery of the cats.
Main entrance to the Cemetery on the South side
Picture was taken on September 21, 2007.
The Cemetery of the Cats
Story goes that the cemetery was built were an old ranch used to be. They say that the ranch was owned by an old lady who had many cats and thus the name came to be “The cemetery of the cats” (El PAnteon de Los Gatos). Older people still refer to this cemetery by that name. I have asked as to the old ladies name but no one has been to provide it to me since it is a story that has been passed down and no one really knows the details anymore.
Google Earth Location of Cemetery
My Earliest Memory of this Cemetery
I must have been about five years old or less, I remember that my parents took all of us to the burial. I believe that it was someone that somehow was related or known to my parents. I think he was murdered since I clearly remember that a handgun was thrown inside the grave and two buckets of dark dirt were poured on top of the coffin once it was in the ground. I asked my father what was in the buckets and he stated that it was blood that was picked up from were he had been killed. Then they placed two bags on the foot of the coffin and he stated that those were his clothes, I did not asked any more questions. Then the customary “puno de tierra” was done by everyone attending, you grab a handful of dirt and trow it on top of the casket making the sign of the cross as a final farewell. Years later I heard the full story, unfortunately I can not relate it here due to respect for the family. Later memories would be of the yearly visiting on the traditional day of the dead and then the burial of loved ones. In a future post I will be posting a partial index to people buried in this cemetery.
If interested you can check out another post titled “A Partial Index to the Cemetery of Los Trevinos, Tamaulipas, Mexico“.