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General state of the foundation of the colony of Nuevo Santander

As I was doing some genealogy research I came across a citation for “General state of the foundation of the colony of Nuevo Santander / translated by Edna G. Brown”. I searched Google to get an idea of where I could locate the book and soon came across the website of Gerard Mittelstaedt called South Texas Boat.  On his website you can find a digital version of the translation work done by Edna Garza Brown.

I placed all the links in an easy to read format and for your convenience here they are.

GENERAL STATE OF THE SETTLEMENTS MADE BY
D. JOSE de ESCANDON
IN THE COLONY OF NUEVO SANTANDER COAST OF THE GULF OF MEXICO

Volume 1 

Table of Contents V1

Part 1 of Volume 1
Part 2 of Volume 1
Part 3 of Volume 1
Part 4 of Volume 1

Volume 2 

Part 1 of Volume 2
Part 2 of Volume 2
Part 3 of Volume 2

Name index – Volume 1 
Name index – Volume 1

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