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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.


  • 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:

  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)
  8. REYNOSA ( CENSO 16 JUN 1750)
  9. SAN FERNANDO ( CENSO 15 JUL 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

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

1884 Map of Tamaulipas, Mexico

I found the following map at the Texas History Portal. It is an 1884 map of the Mexican State of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Maps have come to play an integral part in my genealogy research and the following map is very interesting since it names the towns as they were named in many birth, baptism, marriage, and death record. It also provides me with more clues as to what towns used to be named what. Continue reading

Camargo Church Marriage Records 1764 – 1913 Grooms Second Revision

“Camargo Church Marriage Records 1764 – 1913 Grooms Second Revision” is another great resource for those of us doing research on our ancestors from Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico or the surrounding area.

Cover to “Camargo Church Marriage Records 1764 – 1913 Grooms Second Revision”:

Camargo Church Marriage Records 1764 - 1913 Grooms Second Revision.JPG

This book contains the Camargo, Nuevo Santander marriage records from 1764 to 1821 and the Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico records from 1821 to 1913. It also includes other marraige records obtained and archived in Mrs. Minerva Overstreeets Collcetion. They were also extracted and compiled from the Nuestra Senora de Santa Anna Catholic Parish Records of Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico by SAGA


Where to read or buy this book:

The University of Texas Pan American has a copy in their catalog that can be checked out.

You might also want to search WorldCat for a library near you that may have this book.

Finally you can buy it from SAGA off their website at: http://www.sagacorpuschristi.com/

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1929 Index to Marriages of Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

1929 Index to Marriages of Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. In alphabetical order by groom’s name.

Cut out of original images:

1929 Mier Marriages pg 69mod1.jpg 1929 Mier Marriages pg 69mod2.jpg 1929 Mier Marriages pg 69mod3.jpg

 Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002 – Mier – Matrimonios 1919-1927

Transcription of above images:

Folio		A						Numero de Acta
9	Antonio Ramirez Otero	y	Estifacia Ramos 		7
12	Alfredo Hinojosa	y	Maria Garza			10
13	Armando Barrera 	y	Rebeca Garcia			11
18	Alfonso Garza		y	Paula Rendon			15
20	Amando Montalvo 	y	Alicia Pena			17
50	Benigno Amaro		y	Rigis F Garza			46
37	Clemente Guerra 	y	Catarina Martinez		53
36	Felix Valdes		y	Genoveva Rios			22
35	Fernando de la Garza	y	Sofia Bazan			31
42	Francisco Hinojosa	y	Francisca Barrera		38
47	Francisco Botello	y	Bruna Medellia			43
14	Gerardo Ramirez 	y 	Ygnacia Ayala			12
19	Hipolito Ochoa		y	Agapita Valenzuela		16
28	Hilario Cortez		y	Francisca Barrera		24
49	Ildefonso Canales	y	Santos Barrera			45
7	Julian Moya		y	Hermila Cantu			6
25	Jesus Garcia		y 	Maria Angelita Chapa		21
27	Juan Ramos		y 	Felipa Gonzalez 		23
36	Jesus Garcia		y	Eusebia de Leon 		32

41	Jose Maria Trevino	y	Agapita Chavez  		37
46	Jacinto Ramirez		y	Ofelia Marroquin		42
48	Julio Garza		y	Jesusa Sandoval 		44
5	Luis Garcia		y	Luisa Gonzalez			4
10	Lazaro Silva		y	Gumecinda Villarreal		9
24	Leopoldo Guerra 	y	Elida Ybanez			20
44	Leopoldo Garcia 	y	Ercilia Olivo			40
2	Manuel Villarreal	y	Gabriela Mena			1
10	Martin Garza		y	Jova Saenz			8
30	Martimiano Chapa	y	Paula Ybarra			26
31	Manuel Ancira		y	Alicia Garcia			27
45	Manuel Tello		y	Eloisa Vela			41
34	Manuel Barrera		y	Bernarda Guerra 		30
17	Nestor Cantu		y	Luisa Barrera			14
32	Odie M. Jones		y 	Eva Hobey Bryant		28
3	Pedro Guerra		y	Apolonia Garza			2
23	Pilar Mendez		y	Maria Encarnacion Rodriguez 	19
33	Pedro Garcia		y	Concepcion Gonzalez		29
15	Reynaldo Martinez	y	Ramona Gonzalez 		13
43	Reynaldo Pena		y	Felicitas Trevino		39
4	Salome Rodriguez	y	Isabel Cazares			3
38	Sostenes Hinojosa	y	Domitila Hinojosa		34
39	Simon Rodriguez [?]	y	Felisa Alvares			35
6	Tiburcio Ramirez	y	Felipa Gonzalez	        	 5
21	Trinidad Castillo	y	Ana Ysabel Hinojosa		18
29	William Hary Cass	y	Alma Phobe Archambault  	35
40	Zaragoza Barrera	y	Donitila Hinojosa		36