If you have not come across this book, El Nuevo Reino de Leon Y Monterrey A Traves de 3000 Documentos (The New Kingdom of Leon and Monterrey through 3000 Documents) you are in for a treat. This book was written by Israel Cavazos Garza back in 1998 it is the synopsis of 3000 documents from the Civil Archives of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Continue reading
Dos Familias en la Conformacion Historica del Noreste Novo Hispano, Siglos XVII-XIX by Francisco Javier Rodriguez Gutierrez describes the strategies that some Northern Mexico families utilized to acquire, conserve, and consolidate their power and presence in the area from the beginning of the 17th century. Continue reading
The following is the baptism record of my wife’s 6th great grandmother Josepha Antonia Cantu de la Garza. Her parents are listed as being Joseph Cantu and Gertrudis de la Garza. Continue reading
The following is the 1695 marriage of my 7th great grandparents Nicolas de Ayala and Antonia de la Garza Montemayor. They got married in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The following document indicates that the parents of Nicolas where Joseph de Ayala and Ana de Benavides and at the time of the marriage both were deceased by then. Continue reading
This is the 1690 Marriage record for my 9th great grandparents Diego Gonzalez Ochoa and Maria Anastacia de Trevino Ayala. They got married in what is present day Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Through other sources we have come to know that the parents of Diego where Diego Gonzalez de Esquivel and Maria Petra Ochoa de Ruelas and Anastacias parents to be Alonso de Trevino and Catalina de Ayala. Continue reading
The following is the 1728 Death record of my 9th great grandfather Diego Gonzalez. This document indicates that his wife is Ana Caballero. I am a descendant of Diego and his first wife Maria Anastacia de Trevino whom died 18 Mar 1707. From other sources Diego’s parents are Diego Gonzalez de Esquivel and Maria Petra Ochoa de Ruelas. Continue reading
The following is the October 17, 1734 marriage of my 6th great grandparents Nicolas Marroquin and Maria Josepha de Alanis, they got married in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The following documented indicates that Nicolas was the son of Nicolas Marroquin and Francisca Montemayor. It also indicates that the parents of Josepha are Lorenzo de Alanis and Fabiana Rodriguez. At the time fo the marriage Nicoals Sr. and both parents of the bride were deceased. The parents or the groom are listed as being from El Valled del Guaxuco present day Allende and Santiago Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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Nicolas Marroquin Maria Josepha de Alanis
En dies y siete de este mes y ano Case y vele a Nicolas Marroquin hijo lexmo. de Nicolas Marroquin difunto y de Franca. de Montemaior Espanoles y Vecinos del Valle del Guaxuco y a Maria Josepha de Alanis Hija Lexma de Lorenzo de Alanis y de Fabiana Rodriguez difuntos. F. T. Joseph Anto. Rodriguez y Pedro Manzon premisies Equisitiny yo lo firme.
fr. Juan Baez Trevino Cura
The following is the 1694 death record of my 11th great grandfather Joseph de Ayala. He was buried in El Convento de San Francisco. This document indicates that his son Nicolas de Ayala was his executor. Through other sources we have found out that his wife was Ana de Benavides and that he was the son of Joseph de Tremino and Leonor de Ayala. He obviously got his last name from his mother. If you are a descendant of them let me know in the comments.
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Joseph de Ayala Espanol
En diez de Abril de mil seiscientos y nobenta y quatro Anos murio Joseph de Ayala se mando enterrar en El convento de San Franco. hizo testamto. anto D. Diego de Miranda Llanos ecrivano Rl fue su albacea Nicolas de Ayala su hijo mando dean dos nobenarios de missas cantadas el uno en la Parrochia y el otro en en campto. de San Franco. con missa y Vigilia cantada de cuerpo presente = Dexo a la casa Santa de Jerusalem quatro pesos y alas de mas mandas, por, cosas a quatro Rs. para que conste lo firme et supra -
Br Lorenzo Perez de Leon
The following is the transcription to the 1734 marriage of my wife’s sixth great grandparents Joseph Gonzalez Hidalgo and Maria Rita Guerra. They married in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. They were the parents of my wife’s 5th great grandmother Maria Ynes Gonzalez. The great thing about this document is that it lists both of their parents. The parents of Joseph are Capitan Lucas Gonzalez Hidalgo and Michaela Garcia Dabila, both deceased at the time of the marriage. Rita’s parents are listed as Xptoval Guerra and Nicolasa Baez Trevino. Turns out that Xptoval and Nicolasa are also my 7th Great Grandparents.
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Dn Jph Gonzalez Da Rita Guerra espanoles
En dies y nueve de Septiembre de mill Setecientos treinta y quatro anos Case y Vele a Dn Joseph Gonzalez Hidalgo hijo Lexmo. del Capitan Dn Lucas Gonzalez Hidalgo y de Da Michaela Garcia Dabila Espanoles difuntos y a Da Maria Rita Guerra hija lexma. de Dn Xptoval Guerra y de Da Nicolasa Baez Trevino Vecinos de esta ciudad. F. T. Dn Marcos Gonzalez y Joseph Anto Rodrigues premissin requisitos y lo firme
Br. Juan Baez Trevino cura
Yesterday I received the following email concerning the Marriages for Monterrey Mexico. It is very interesting and in my opinion very informative. Let me know in the comments what you think about it.
It has been alleged that Monterrey, Nuevo Leon was founded partly by a population of conversos and crypto-Jews. Many believe that descendants of this group have continued maintaining a population there. I wonder if a vestige of Jewish cultural tradition can be seen in a mundane marriage decision; the day of the week to be married.
The marriage information I use comes from two sources: “Martrimorios en la Catedral de Monterrey Libros 1 y 2 1667-1781″ by Jose Francisco Garza Carrillo, Monterrey, N.L. Mex. 2004. & “Marriages of Sagrario Metropolitano: Nuestra Senora de Monterrey 3 February 1781- 4 May 1791″ by Aida Martinez, Los Bexarenos Genealogical Society 2006.
I entered those records into my PAF genealogy software. I then exported the dates to a format that allowed me to determine and count weekday and month. The marriage records of another Nuevo Leon city, General Teran are presented for comparison.
I know next to nothing about Jewish culture so I GOOGLED the following two sites and learned that Tuesdays are good days for marriage and Saturdays are not.
“Weddings may not be conducted on the Sabbath (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday), other holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover Shavuot, and Sukkoth); the three weeks between the seventeenth of Tamuz and the ninth of Av, which generally fall in July and/or August and commemorate the destruction of the Temple; the Omer period (between Passover and Shavuot), seven weeks that usually fall in April and May.”
“For much of Jewish history, the third day of the week (Tuesday) was considered an especially auspicious day for a wedding. This was so because, concerning the account of the third day of creation, the phrase “… and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:10,12) appears twice. Therefore, Tuesday is a doubly good day for a wedding.”
I know enough about Catholicism to know that Friday is a day of abstinence. The celebration of marriage while observing abstinence would appeal to few.
My friend Viola Rodriguez Sadler and others wrote to tell me of an old dicho: “En martes no te cases ni te embarques.”
On Tuesday don’t marry nor start your trip (or start a project). I understand this admonishment is still given.
This is neither Jewish nor Christian but superstition. I will call it a European belief. Tuesday (Martes) takes it name from Mars the Greek and Roman god of war.
Below find a weekday accounting of all 2,926 Catholic Church marriages that occurred in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico during the 125-year period from 1667 to 1791. Does this marriage distribution, in some way, have anything to do with Crypto-Judaism? You be the judge.
Monterrey marriage totals
1. Sunday: 639
2. Monday: 729
3. Tuesday: 415
4. Wednesday: 405
5. Thursday: 308
6. Friday: 185
7. Saturday: 245
Total weddings: 2,926
General Teran, N.L., Mexico Marriages (1809-1911)
Number of Marriages
1. Sunday: 680
2. Monday: 582
3. Tuesday: 316
4: Wednesday: 740
5. Thursday: 542
6. Friday: 517
7. Saturday: 1,280
Total weddings: 4,657
Monterrey Monthly Marriage totals
1. January: 357
2. February: 471
3. March: 84
4. April: 208
5. May: 284
6. June: 195
7. July: 216
8. August: 318
9. September: 231
10. October: 187
11. November: 295
12. December: 80