While conducting Genealogy Research I came across “The Conquistadores and the Crypto-Jews of Monterrey” by David T. Raphael. It turned out to be an excellent book. It is full of great genealogical information, many of my own ancestors are mentioned within it’s pages. there is even a whole chapter dedicated to my 11th great grandfather Diego de Montemayor. Another whole chapter is dedicated to my de la Garza ancestors.
What I really loved about this book was Gaspar de Castanos entry into New Mexico and his brush with the Pueblo Indians. It is in my opinion an amazing chapter that shows clearly a first hand account of how the Spaniards with way less numbers than the local population would conquer them.
After reading this book it is now one of my favorite. It not only provides great information but also contains transcriptions of original documents. You may also want to pay attention to the citations since that will Continue reading
The Mexican Genealogical eBook Slaves of Monterrey Nuevo Leon Mexico is, as it’s cover describes it, a compilation of Hundreds of Notary Documents Translated by: Dahlia Rose Guajardo, Dhlia Palacios, Eusebio Benavidez, Tony Vincent Garcia and Crispin Rendon.
It is a sad thing that Spaniards had slaves but what is even sadder to me is to see my own ancestors buying and selling slaves as if they were property. You might also find your ancestor as being one of the slaves. The majority of the slaves were either Black or Mulattos.
It is not mentioned in this book but one of my ancestors was a Morisco meaning that his parents were Mulatto and Indian. A Mulatto is the designation given to children of a Spaniard and black African. The earliest mention of him is In Ciudad Mier in the middle of the 1700′s and this eBook makes me wonder if he or his family were ever slaves. Continue reading
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.
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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