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Inherit the Dust from the Four Winds of Revilla: A 250-Year Historical Perspective with Emphasis on Ancient Guerrero, its People and Its Land Grants

If you have traced your ancestors back to Revilla then this book is a must have for your genealogical information. Inherit the Dust from the Four Winds of Revilla: A 250-Year Historical Perspective with Emphasis on Ancient Guerrero, its People and Its Land Grants is a 388 page book written by Jose M. Pena back in 2006.

This book is packed with colonial and local history. It is full of genealogical information and even includes many family trees.  The author did an excellent job in this masterful book. Allot of land grant information is also presented in this book.

Inherit the Dust From The Four Winds of Revilla

This book is available at Amazon.com and this is the book description that they provide:

“Rich in period analysis, here is fascinating historical perspective covering 250 years of existence primarily of a 1750 Spanish settlement originally called “Villa del Señor San Ignacio de Loyola de Revilla” and now known as “Guerrero Viejo.” Although many books cover the genealogical aspects of families that originated in this city, the historical contributions of the early pioneers, their descendents, and the controversy related to land grants, called “Porciones” — awarded by the King of Spain — have, for the most part, remained in the background. This, then, is the principal objective of this book. The book provides summaries on the evolution, history, wars, and problems of Mexico. Using some of his ancestors as a sample, the author shows the hardships they endured and discusses their contribution in the formation of the two great nations that the United States and Mexico have become.

At the same time, the book shows that the land grants (and heirs) took one of two alternate roads — depending on their location — when Texas and other territories were ceded to the United States. People and land grants located on the Mexican side were victims of the violent and blood soaked history that Mexico has had. On the other hand, those located on the U.S. side, were subjected to mischief and flagrant violations of the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Sadly, in 1953, the Falcon Dam inundated Guerrero Viejo and many of the land grants.

Thus, for all intents and purposes, the heirs of most land grants met the same end and a financial obligation (of $193.0 Million plus interest) exchanged between the U.S. and Mexico has remained unpaid for over 80 years. The reader will long-remember the amazing facts developed in this book.” Amazon.com

This is the Book Cover of the Book “Inherit the Dust form the Four Winds of Revilla”:

The following are the contents of the book so that you may get an idea of what to expect to find within the pages of this book.

Book Contents:

Ackltowledgments ……………………………………………………………………………. 7
Chapter 1: Introduction …………………………………………………………………… 9
Chapter 2: Mexico’s Evolution and the Spaniard’s Conquest …………… 17
Chapter 3: First Two Hundred Years After Conquest ……………………….. 44
Chapter 4: Parade of Ancestors and Families ………………………………….. 51
Chapter 5: Establishment of Revilla and Other Settlements ……………. 60
Chapter 6: Degree of Conversion of the Indian Nations ………………….. 70
Chapter 7: Land Grants of Revilla ……………………………………………………. 87
Chapter 8: Life in Revilla and Guerrero …………………………………………… 109
Chapter 9: Prologue to a Violent Mexican History …………………………… 130
Chapter 10: Mexico’s Independence from Spain …………………………….. 132
Chapter 11: The Indian Attacks against the Settlements …………………. 143
Chapter 12: The Loss of Texas and Other Territories ……………………… 162
Chapter 13: Mexico’s Restoration ………………………………………………….. 185
Chapter 14: Mexico’s Porfiriato ……………………………………………………… 200
Chapter 15: Mexico’s Revolution ……………………………………………………. 210
Chapter 16: Mexico’s Postrevolution ……………………………………………… 228
Chapter 17: Mexico’s Recent History ……………………………………………… 239

Most of the family trees are listed in Chapter Four but there are even more in the APPENDICES that start on page 319.

The following are the one page family trees in the Appendices:

  • General Pedro Elizondo de Paredes and Maria de la Garza Renteria
  • Vicente Garcia and Maria Josefa Gertrudis Elizondo
  • Jose de Jesus Pena Nagas and Maria Guadalupe Garcia Elizondo
  • Juan Jose Baez Benavides Ochoa and Maria Guadalupe Garcia vda. de Pena
  • Cristobal Javier Baez de Benavides and Margarita Ochoa
  • Jose de Jesus Benavides and Matiana Benavides
  • Jose Bernardo Benavides and Maria Manuela Palacios
  • Bartolome de Lizarraras y Cuellar and Maria Gregoria Martinez
  • Geronimo Garcia Vela and Felicita Benavides
  • Jose Felipe de Jesus Vela and Maria Ana Gertrudis Benavides
  • Pedro Vela and Maria Gertrudis de Lizarraz y Cuellar
  • Antonio Pena and Antonia Narcisa Vela
  • Jose Francisco Garcia and Maria Maxima Trevino
  • Jose Tomas Garcia Trevino and Maria del Refugio Martinez
  • Jose Ignacio de Jesus Garcia Martinez and Maria Ignacia Vela
  • Jesus Maria Garcia Benavides and Antonia Pena
  • Jose Maria Pena Cavazos and Hortencia Garcia de Pena
  • Francisco Javier Pena and Maria Antonia de Nagas
  • Jose Manuel Santiago Pena and Maria Gertrudis Recio
  • Cristobal Recio Soberon and Maria Antonia Dolores Salinas Pena
  • Manuel Pena (widower of Maria Gertrudis Recio) and Cayetana Pena
  • Jose Joachin Pena and MAria Guadalupe Saldivar
  • Jose Jesus (de la) Pena Vela and Maria del Jesus Vela
  • Jose Maria Pena Vela (widower of Josefa Villarreal) and Ruperta Cavazos Serna
  • Jose Maria Pana Vela and Josefa Villarreal
  • Felipe Cavazos and Eufemia Serna
  • Jose Maria Pena Garcia III and Pauline Aguilar

Where to Obtain Your Own Copy:

Where to Borrow a Copy:

  • UTPA – University of Texas Special Collections (View Availability)
  • WorldCat.org – Find it in a library near you (Find now).

Dolores, Revilla, and Laredo – Three Sister Settlements

While searching for a book at the University of Texas Pan American I came across this one titled “Dolores, Revilla, and Laredo – (Three Sister Settlements)” by Rogelia O. Garcia. It is a 51 page book that is very interesting. Especially if you have traced your ancestors to any of these three settlements as I have done for Revilla.

The author states:

“This small volume is the outgrowth of several years of research and is intended to commemorate the saga of the great and noble men and women who settled in the vast wilderness along the Rio Grande and left us a great heritage, their culture and ideals. The men of Dolores and Revilla were men of very liberal ideas, while those of San Augustin de Laredo were conservative. Their descendants are proud of them.” – Rogelia O. Garcia

The author also mentions that most of the information that you will find in this book comes form the;

  • Estado General de las Fundaciones Hechas por Don Joseph de Escandon en la Colonia del Nuevo Santander,
  • The Spanish Archives of Laredo,
  • The Archives of San Augustin Church,
  • The Papers of Mirabeau B. Lamar,
  • And other books relative to early Tamaulipas and Texas

Cover of Book:

This small book contains:

THE GREAT COLONIZER

  • Don Joseph de Escandon

VILLA DE NUESTRA SENORA DE LOS DOLORES

  • Settlement Declaration of Don Bartolome Borrego to Capt. Jose Tienda de Cuervo Liberal attitudes.

VILLA DE SAN IGNACIO DE LOYOLA DE REVILLA

  • List of original settlers – Inspection report of Capt. Jose Tienda de Cuervo.

THREE GREAT REVILLANOS

  • Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara Col. Antonio Zapata. Historian Don Lorenzo de la Garza (C. Guerrero)

SAN AUGUSTIN DE LAREDO

  • Settlement Inspection by the Marques de Rubi -
  • Observations by Nicolas de Lafora -
  • Apportionment of the Land Some decrees and other documents Laredo Loyal to Spain -
  • Census report of 1823 Inspection report by Don Jose Maria Sanchez in 1828 -
  • First Company of the Presidios of Tarnaulipas.

THE FEDERALIST MOVEMENT

  • Work of Col. Antonio Zapata – Texans who helped Col. Zapata.

SAN AGUSTIN DE LAREDO 1836-1846

  • Laredo part of the Free State of Tamaulipas up to 1846. Influence of Cnpt. Mirabeau B. Lamar.

THE CONFEDERACY ALONG THE RlO GRANDE

  • The Benavides Regiment Muster Rolls.

MEZQUITE BLOSSOMS

  • Recollections of life at El Ranchito in the Borrego Grant.

I found several of my ancestors within the pages of this book. I highly recommend that you check it out. It is available at:

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

Los Martinez de Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) 1752 – 1900 First Edition

Los Martinez de Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) 1752 – 1900 First Edition is another great book to help you out in your genealogy research, specially if you are researching your Martinez ancestors form this area. It is a book that was written by Jose Felipe de La Garza back in 1995 and contains all the Martinez that can be found in the church records in Revilla (Ciudad Guerrero) from 1752 to 1900.

This book is excellent and contains great vital information pertaining to marriages, baptisms, and death dates. I found it interesting that he mentioned that my 7th great grandparents Miguel Martinez de la Garza and  Clara Trevino y Renteria were the progenitors of this last name in the Revilla area.

Here is the exact extract:

The progenitots of our early Martinez families who helped colonize Revilla were
Miguel Martinez and Clara de Trevifio y Renteria. Miguel and Clara originally lived
in Valle del Carrisal in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. They were married in
Monterrey, November 23, 1707.

Miguel’s parents were Jose Ignacio Martinez Flores and Inez de la Garza Rocha.
They, too, married in Monterrey in 1673. Clara’s parents were Captain Nicolas de
Trevifio and Maria de Sepulveda. Nicolas and Maria were related, and because of
their close fa111ily relationship, their marriage in Monterrey, August 22, 1707,
required special dispensation from the Catholic church.

Black and White Image of Book Cover:

Where to find this book:

As I always do, I first recommend WorldCat since it will help you find a library near you that may have the book available for you to read.

If you would like to buy this book it is available through borderlandsbooks.com just search for it by typing the book name.

Los Gutierrez de Revilla: 1756 -1875

Has your genealogy research lead you to family in Revilla? If so this great book by Jose Felipe De La Pena titled “Los Gutierrez de Revilla 1756 – 1875 will be of interest to you. He made this book out of microfilm found at the Family Search Library. Specifically LSD Film #1511726 and #116285. Film #1511726 contains copies of the original baptismal records from San Ignacio de Loyola de Revilla Catholic church recorded from 1754 to 1876. Film #1162850 contains baptisms, marriages, and deaths.

 The main focus of this book is to list all the families and persons with the last name of Gutierrez. It is an awesome genealogical resource. I am glad that I came across it at few days ago at familysearch.org. For those of you whom may not be aware Revilla is currently under water due to the Falcon Dam. The town was relocated in the early 1950’s to what is present day Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Continue reading

The 58 Families Listed on the 1757 Census of Revilla/Guerrero

The following is a list comprising of the 58 families listed on the 1757 Census of Revilla/Guerrero. This census was part of areport done by Captain Jose Tienda de Cuervo where he provides information on the General State of the Villas del Norte which had been founded by Jose de Escandon years earlier.

It is interesting to not that even-though at the end of the Revilla census it is listed that only 58 families reside there I found that a total of 60 entries were done. Somehow the two single persons listed living by themselves were not counted as families.

I was also disappointed to find that the names of the children, servants, and slaves were no written. In total 300 people were counted. The following list only contains the names of the father and mother.  Continue reading

Guerrero Viejo, Los Caminos del Rio and It’s Founders

I recently came across two photos posted by Isidro Antonio Gonzalez on the Facebook page of Laredo Genealogical and thought that it would be great if I could share them with you. I sent a message for permission to post them on We Are Cousins and Mr. Gonzalez was so kind to grant my request. Besides really liking the photos, another thing caught my attention and that is that it mentions a very familiar name as the founder of Revilla, Vicente Guerra Canamar. Also, previously while conducting research on one of my ancestors Miguel Martinez I also came across that he was the founder of Revilla. Ok, by now I was confused and I had to do a little digging to find out who is really the founder of Revilla, but before I do that here are the two photos and bellow them a transcript of the image and translation. Continue reading

Maria Gertrudis Blassa Cuellar, 1776 Baptism in Revilla (Guerrero), Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following is transcript to the 1776 Baptism of my 4th great grandmother Maria Gertrudis Blassa Cuellar. I had only found her in other records with the name of Maria Gertrudis but the following record indicates that her full name was Maria Gertrudis Blassa Cuellar. Her parents are listed as Joseph Cuellar and Ana Maria Gutierrez and her God parents are Miguel de Cuellar, y Gertrudis Gonzalez Ydalgo. See Original

Transcript of above image:

Febrero de 776,,

Maria Gerts. Blassa espanola

En esta Missn. de Sn. Ygnacio de Loyola de Revilla en quatro dias deel mes de Febrero deeste presente ano de mil sets. setenta y seis Yo fr. Juan Manuel de la Parra Bautisse Solemnemte. puse los santos oleos, y chrisma a una Ynfanta espanola de diez dias Nacida aquien pusse por nombre Maria Gerts. Blassa; hija lega. de Joseph Cuellar, y de Ana Maria Gutierres: fueron sus Padrinos Miguel de Cuellar, y Gertrudis Gonzalez Ydalgo aquienes adverti su oblign. y parentesco espiritual; y para que conste lo firme este dia mes y ano ut Supra.

Fr. Juan Manl. de la Parra

Source: FamilySearch

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Death Record of Juan Joseph de Castro, 1791 in Revilla, Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following is the church death record of my 6th great grandfather Juan Joseph Gutierrez de Castro. he died February 26, 1791 in Revilla, present day Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico. This document indicated that he died of pain and did make a will. He was married to Maria Gutierrez de Lara. If anyone has more information on them please email me.

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Transcription of above image:

D. Jun. Josef Gutierrez de Castro Espanol casado. Febrero 27 29

Enesta Yglesia de Revilla en veinte y siete de Febrero de mil setecientos y noventa i uno, Yo Fr Josef de Herrera ministro desta Villa di sepultura Eccla. con Entierro mayor y fabrica de veinte [?] al cuerpo de Dn. Juan Josef Gutierres de Castro Espanol de Edad de Setenta un anos vezino de esta Villa casado con Dna. Maria Olaia Gutierres de Lara. Recivion los Santos Sacramentos de Penitencia y Extrema Uncion, y la obsolucion de la Ba. Ma. hizo dispocicion testamentaria. Murio de dolor y pa. qe. Conste lo firme este dia, mes, y ano ut supra.

Fr Josef de Herrera

Source: Familysearch.org