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1837 Baptism of Jose Martin Garza Garcia, Mier Tamaulipas Mexico

The following image is of the baptism of Jose Martin Garza in February 9, 1837 which took place in the church of Inmaculada Concepción, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It lists as place of birth Rancho Santa Teresa and his parents as listed as Rafael Garza and Ramona Garcia. It also states that he was 11 days old, thus one can conclude that he was born on Jan 30 1837.

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Original image can be found at; FamilySearch > Mexico, Catholic Church Records > Tamaulipas > MierInmaculada Concepción (Mier, Tamaulipas) > Indice de Bautismos 1819-1874

Transcript of above image:

N. 25 Jose Martine Del Rancho de Sta Teresa

En esta Parroquia de la Villa de Mier a los nueve dias del mes de Jose MartinFebo. de mil ochocientos Treinta y siete. Yo el Presbto D. J. Ponciano de del RanchoLaurequi: Cura into. de Esta Villa, Bautize solemnemente puse los de Sta Teresa stos oleos y sagrado Crisma a Jose Martin de Once dias h. l. de Rafael Garza y de Ramona Garcia Fueron Padrinos Juan Lo-pes Y Franca. Lopes, Y para que conste lo firme.

Fr. Ponciano de Laurequi

The Children of Jose Jorge Lopez Gonzalez and Maria de la Luz Garza

Through my Mexican genealogy research I have found the following information in regards to my 2nd great grandparents Jose Jorge Lopez Gonzalez and Maria de la Luz Garza.

1st Generation

Jose Jorge Lopez Gonzalez was born About 1855 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on an unknown date.  He was the son of Gabriel Lopez and Maria de Jesus Gonzalez. He married Maria De La Luz Garza (have not been able to find her parents, yet)  her parents are Rafael Garza and Maria Ramona Garcia. If anyone knows who the parents of Ramona are please send me an email.

Children of Jose Jorge Lopez and Maria De La Luz Garza

  1. Faustina Lopez was born About 1879 and died on an unknown date.
  2. Felicitas Lopez was born on Jan. 20, 1881 and died on Feb. 20, 1962.
  3. Calixta Lopez was born in 1885 and died on an unknown date.
  4. Paula Lopez was born on Jun. 4, 1891 in El Arcabuz, Nuevo Leon, Mexcio and died on Dec. 8, 1975.
  5. Carmelita Lopez died on an unknown date.
  6. Manuela Lopez died on an unknown date.
  7. Jorge Lopez died on an unknown date.

2-nd Generation (Children)

  1. Faustina Lopez was born About 1879 and died on an unknown date.  She married Genaro Garza on Jul. 21, 1902 in Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Genaro, son of Jose Martin Garza and Maria Ruperta Lopez, was born About 1881 and died on an unknown date.
  2. Felicitas Lopez was born on Jan. 20, 1881 and died on Feb. 20, 1962.  She married Jose Angel Lopez on Aug. 13, 1902 in Inmaculada Concepción, Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Jose Angel, son of Jose Angel Lopez and Maria Soledad Burnia, was born on Apr. 10, 1880 in San Diego, Texas, USA and died on Mar. 30, 1969.
  3. Calixta Lopez was born in 1885 and died on an unknown date.  She married Secundino Garza on Sep. 17, 1905 in Aldamas, Nuevo León, Mexico. Secundino, son of Nazario Garza and Tomasa Garcia, was born About 1884 in Arcabuz, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on an unknown date.
  4. Paula Lopez was born on Jun. 4, 1891 in El Arcabuz, Nuevo Leon, Mexcio and died on Dec. 8, 1975.  She married Eusebio Garza on Mar. 20, 1907 in Los Aldamas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Eusebio, son of Jose Martin Garza and Maria Ruperta Lopez, was born on Aug. 14, 1883 and died on Jun. 4, 1947.
  5. Carmelita Lopez died on an unknown date.
  6. Manuela Lopez died on an unknown date.
  7. Jorge Lopez died on an unknown date.

I have found the Marriage records for Faustina, Felicitas, Calixta and Paula. I will be transcribing those and posting them on this blog.

NOTE: Most of the information here came from my father Lauro Garza Marroquin. Also some from FamilySearch and cemetery tombstones.

Escuala Faja De Oro (The Belt of Gold School)

This post is about the school my father and all his siblings attended when they were younger during the 1940′s and 1950′s. It is located in what is called Rancho Los Guajillos (Guajillos is a small chilly pepper, but I do not know if it is from there that this place gets its name). The land called Los Guajillos covers about 10 Square miles or more in the Municipality of Miguel Aleman Tamaulipas Mexico. There are about 50 ranches in this area. The school in itself is about four to five miles away from El Ebanito (Ebony) Ranch were my father and his siblings were raised.

The official name of the school can be seen in the picture “ESCUELA RURAL FEDERAL FAJA DE ORO RANCHO LOS GUAJILLOS“. Now days it is abandoned due to not having enough kids to attend it, and has fallen badly in disrepair. The school is much bigger and I failed to picture the rest of it. It includes a small house to its left where the professor would reside, and in between the school and the house there is a cistern where the rain fall would be collected and it served as water for both the professor and the students.

The front of the school. Photo from the personal photos
of Moises Garza.
Stage on the back of the school. Photo from the personal
photos of Moises Garza.
This is the stage located in the back of the school and on the front of it is a big court yard. Plays and other community events would take place here, events such as community dances where groups would use it to set up their equipment and perform
Better close up of eagle on stage. Photo from the personal
photos of Moises Garza.
Source: “Escuela Faja De Oro” 26°13’34.22″ N  99°09’32.44″ W
elev 341 ft. Google Earth. October 18, 2007. October 9, 2011.

The small triangle in the above picture is the property belonging to the school and the bigger piece that you can see used to belong to my grandfather Eulalio Garza Lopez, he used to call it “La Labor de Altamira” (The Field of Altamira). My uncle Adolfo Garza inherited it but in a short few years sold it to Javier Ramirez whose ranch is next to this property.

Paula Contreras Garza – Marriages and Children

1st Generation

1. Paula Contreras was born in Jun. 1891 in San Miguel, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died on Nov. 2, 1921 in La Grulla, Starr, Texas, USA.  She was the daughter of Apolonio Crontreras De La Garza and Demetria Garza Solis. She married 3rd Francisco Perez on May 24, 1911 in Starr, Texas, USA. Francisco, son of Encarnacion Perez and Dorotea Lozano, was born on Feb. 12, 1865 in Encadenado, General Terán, Nuevo León, Mexico and died on Feb. 14, 1942 in La Grulla, Starr County, Texas. She married 2nd Juan Duarte.  She married 1st Flores.

Children of Paula Contreras and Francisco Perez

i.2.Donaciano Perez was born on Sep. 6, 1912 in Texas, USA and died on Nov. 29, 1990.
ii.3.Frumencio Perez was born on Oct. 27, 1913 in Texas, USA and died on Mar. 23, 1999 in Hidalgo, Texas, United States.
iii.4.Ezperanza Perez was born in 1916 in Texas, USA.
iv.5.Vicente Perez was born on May 24, 1917 and died on Feb. 14, 1990  in Starr, Texas, USA.
v.6.Nieves Perez was born in 1920 in Texas, USA.

Children of Paula Contreras and Juan Duarte

vi.7.Justo Duarte was born in 1907 in Texas, USA and died on Oct. 25, 1972 in Mcallen, Hidalgo, Texas, USA.

Children of Paula Contreras and Flores (I have yet to find his name)

vii.8.Tomas Flores was born in 1905 in Texas, USA.

2nd Generation (Children)

  1. Donaciano Perez was born on Sep. 6, 1912 in Texas, USA and died on Nov. 29, 1990.  He married 1st Ramona Pena on Jul. 14, 1984 in Starr, Texas, USA.  He married 2nd Antonia Solis.
  2. Frumencio Perez was born on Oct. 27, 1913 in Texas, USA and died on Mar. 23, 1999 in Hidalgo, Texas, United States.  He married Petra Florez on Sep. 19, 1933 in Starr, Texas, USA.
  3. Ezperanza Perez was born in 1916 in Texas, USA.  She married Manuel Longoria on May 19, 1933 in Starr County, Texas, USA. Manuel, son of Epigmenio Longoria and Ricarda Villarreal, was born on Mar. 1, 1909 in La Grulla, Starr, Texas, USA and died on Feb. 27, 1961 in Olmito Ranch, Starr, Texas.
  4. Vicente Perez was born on May 24, 1917 and died on Feb. 14, 1990 in Starr, Texas, USA.  He married Maria Dedar Flores, daughter of Desiderio Flores and Guadalupe Villarreal, on Oct. 28, 1940 in Starr, Texas, USA.
  5. Nieves Perez was born in 1920 in Texas, USA.  She married Roman Ybarra on Oct. 28, 1935 in Starr, Texas, USA. Roman, son of Tomas Ybarra and Maria Solis, was born on Aug. 9, 1915 and died on Dec. 12, 2004 in Starr, Texas, USA.
  6. Justo Duarte was born in 1907 in Texas, USA and died on Oct. 25, 1972 in Mcallen, Hidalgo, Texas, USA.
  7. Tomas Flores was born in 1905 in Texas, USA.

Photo of Paula Contreras Garza and Francisco Perez Lozano

This post is the first one that I publish in regards to my wife’s side of the family. The picture bellow is of Francisco Perez Lozano and Paula Contreras Garza, my wife’s great grandparents.

I came into possession of this picture last month when I decided to go trough a box of things belonging to my wife.

Photo of Francisco Perez Lozano and Paula Contreras Garza

Paula Contreras Garza and Francisco Perez Lozano

We had gotten the box about two months prior from my mother in law and we just left it in the garage until it started to bother me and since my wife never took the initiative I decided I was going to go through it.

It turned out that most of the things were books. I found several yearbooks and my wife’s old bible. The bible turned out to be a treasure of genealogical information, at least in my view point. I found several old photos including the one above and several laminated obituary notices.

The above photo must have been taken between 1911 and 1923 since Francisco and Paula Married in 1911 in Starr County and Paula died in 1923, her death certificate does not state what she died from but my father in law states that she died from a snake bite.

Other Posts About Francisco and Paula

Breaking Brick Walls in Genealogy Research

I recently broke two brick walls when doing my own family research; I thought it would be nice if I shared them with you all.

First Brick Wall,

In my Garza family line I had only gone as far back as to my great-great-grandpa, I only knew his name to be Martin Garza but I could not figure out his wife’s name. I searched every possible way I knew how. I did ask my father but he did not know who the wife might be. I thought if my dad does not know no one knows. Then I thought to myself what if I ask my dad’s sister tia Amelia. So I called my cousin Yolanda who is the eldest daughter of my aunt and she agreed to ask my aunt if she knew who that wife of Martin Garza might be. She called minutes later and told me that the name was Ruperta Lopez. Once I hanged up I could not wait and headed to www.familysearch.org and found their marriage record listing their parents also, and guess what tonight I’ll be researching them.

Second Brick Wall,

I was doing research on one of my wife’s aunts by marriage. I knew she was from the area of Abram Texas and I also had her parent’s names but could not find any more information about them. So I went over to www.texaslandrecords.com and searched for her mother first, there I came across a 1955 Oil and Gas Lease listing her and her husband. What caught my eye where the other names listed on the lease with her same last name. I then went over to www.familysearch.org and searched for one of those names which I had assumed was one of her brothers and there it was a U.S. 1910 Census matching three of the names in the Oil and Gas Lease, and listing also the parents. The same happened once I started to search for her father’s information, I found a 1956 Oil and Gas Lease and found him listed in the U.S. 1920 census listed as Amidio instead of Amadeo. It listed all the siblings and also their parents.

The Lesson,

  • Reach out and ask
  • Try and go around the brick wall by searching for siblings instead

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