by Moises Garza

September 19, 2012

Las Villas dle Norte the Pena Descendancy
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

Las Villas Del Norte The Pena Descendancy by Carrol (Kelly) A Norquest, Jr. is a great resource to anyone researching the families or Mier, Camargo, and Revilla. I had the opportunity of reading a copy donated by the author to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) located in Edinburg Texas.

I want to thank Jose Garza for pointing me to the following book,

What interested me was that Jose had said that this book contained the 1874 Census for Arcabuz, Tamaulipas.  Turns out that it only referenced another book coauthored by Mr. Norquest that contained the Census. By the way, I located the other book and got to see the transcription of the census.

Cover to the Book Las Villas Del Norte The Pena Descendancy
Las Villas dle Norte the Pena Descendancy


It turns out that this book Las Villas Del Norte had most of my Pena ancestors in it. I also found my Garza ancestors listed since they intermarried with the Peña many times over.

As Mr. Norquest explains this book is only based on secondary sources but even at that, it is very easy to trace original sources if you follow the author’s trail. Also so thankful that I located this book since it has over 900 individuals covering from the late 1600’s to present day.

If you have Pena ancestry from Laredo, Revilla, Mier, Camargo, Arcabuz, Miguel Aleman, Hidalgo and Starr County I highly recommend this book. Also in general, if you have Pena ancestry check it out since you never know you might find your ancestors within the pages of this book. That was the case with one of my friends Joe Gonzalez, he very easily found his great-grandparents thus helping him break a brick wall that he had.

Where to get a Copy

The only place that I know that has a copy is UTRGV. View in their Catalog

Other Great Books

The Founding Families of Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico and Their Descendants

The Founding Families of Revilla and Their Descendants

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Moises Garza

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  1. I am looking into my ancestor Joseph Antonio Pena married to Ines Camacho. Is this what this book is about?

  2. Moises, I have been doing research on los Peña (Dr. Coss), I am stuck with a Francisco Xavier Peña who married Gerarda (Geralda) Alanis. I don’t know who his parents are. I am guessing that his parents could be Francisco Peña and Josefa Cantu, but can’t confirm. By this book, do any of these names show up? Or can you validate this for me? I surely would appreciate it.
    Raul Peña

    1. Francisco Pena and Josefa Cantu are mentioned but not Francisco whom married Gerarda Alanis. Unfortunately Doctor Coss belonged to Cerralvo during that time period and those records are lost.

      1. Thanks for your input. So I take this book has no mention of the descendants of these Peñas. I was able to find Francisco Xavier de Peña’s death per the books through He died in 1808 in Cerralvo and his age was 70. The only other Francisco that was born in 1738 in Monterrey is a Joseph Francisco who is the son of Fransicisco Peña and Juana Cantu. So I am at a road block. The other book is “Vecinos de Cerralvo.” Do you have a copy? Curious. Gracias por la informacion! Saludos, Raul

        1. Raul, I am also trying to trace Francisco Xavier de Peña and just saw this post from 2014. Did you ever get any information on him_ He is my 4th great grandfather on my mother{s side and just started researching the Peña’s. My branch comes from his son Gabriel.
          Thanks, Jose R Cano

          1. Cano, sorry, I had stopped doing research and just saw your post. Time flies!
            Please contact me via my email at [email protected].
            We may have the same branch. My ancestry follows Gabriel Peña Alanis then Geronimo Peña Flores, then Macedonio Peña Martinez (who was killed by General Cortinas un rico y poderoso bandolero) then Salomon Peña Cantú (killed by several in Doctor Coss NL on May 8th 1912) por ser el Comandante del pueblo after the Revolution started, then Salomon Peña Ríos who begot my grandfather Raúl Peña Gonzalez.

            Raúl Peña

          1. Moises when you have time could you see if there is any mention of Francisco Xavier Peña and Geralda Alaniz in “Vecinos de Cerralvo” . Appreciate the help still haven’t found much on them.


  3. Moises, I am looking for Desiderio Peña who married Cesarea Peña they are my grandfather’s Andres Peña’s parents who married my grandmother Manuela Garcia who was born in Dr. Coss. As far as I know Andres Peña was born in Los Aldamas. I don’t know how to get a hold of her birth records or any records. Any help is appreciated.

  4. Dear Mr. Garza, My name is Diana Range and Jose Felipe De La Pena is my 4th great-grandfather and I was wondering what book would you recommend that would give me the most information about my Pena family. I have been doing our family history for quite a few years now and would love to find out more.

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