by Moises Garza

January 2, 2013

1676 Death Record of Diego Rodriguez
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

The following is the 1676 Church Death Record, transcription, and English translation for my 8th great grandfather Diego Rodriguez de Montemayor. He was married to Ines de la Garza. This document indicates that he was buried in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. It also indicates that his father was Miguel de Montemayor. His son Francisco my 7th great grandfather is also listed as an “albecea” which means as one of the executors of his will. I have yet to find his will. He is also the great-grandson of Diego de Montemayor.

Transcript of the above image:

Diego Rodrigues de Mte.maior espanol

En tres de Mayo de mil y seiscientos y setenta y seis anos, murio el Capan. Diego Rodriguez de Montemaior espanol, fu Sassado Con Ynes de la Garza, Confesso y resivio Los Stos. Sacramentos de la Eucharistia y extremauncion; testo ante el Capan. Gregorio Fernandez Alcalde ordinario de esta Ciudad y mando enterrar en la Parrochial desta esta ciudad con missa de cuerpo presente y un novenario de missas cantadas = veinte missas rezadas, en el Convento de esta ciudad por el alma de los naturales, que an muerto en su convielo, Diez missas resadas porel alma de Miguel de Mte.maior supadre, y a dos Reales a las madres forsosas = fueron sus albaceas Franco. Rodriguez y Diego Rodriguez. y para que Conste Lo firme. =

F. Joseph Guaxardo

English Translation of Above transcript:

Spanish Mte.maior Diego Rodrigues

On May 3 of one thousand and six hundred and seventy-six years, died Capan. Diego Rodriguez de Montemaior Spanish, whom was married With Ynes de la Garza, He confessed and received the Holy Sacraments of the eucharist and Extreme Unction; made a will before the Captain. Gregorio Fernandez ordinary Mayor of this city and commanded to be buried in the Parrochial of this city with mass with present body and ninety sung masses = twenty prayed masses, in the Convent of this city for the souls of the natives, who died in his convielo, Ten prayed Masses for the soul of Miguel de Mte.maior his father , and two Reales to the mothers forsosas = his executors were Franco. Rodriguez and Diego Rodriguez. and to make it known I sign. =

F. Joseph Guaxardo

I know that the above translation has errors but I did the best I could. Also, there are some words that I have no idea what they mean so I just left them alone.

Source: FamilySearch.org

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Moises Garza

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  1. Thank you for the English. Do you ever use familySearch.com for your research? It is free and has just as much or more of the Spanish records. Plus a lot of the records are indexed.

  2. Hello, In doing my family genealogy, it turns out Captain Jose Diego Rodriquez de Montemayor is my 8th great grandfather. My line goes back; de Ocon, Cantu, Marroquin, Ocanas Trevino, Marroquin, Alanis, and Victorano Alanis, and then my Grandmother Tomasa Alanis Montes. I was wondering, was Capt Jose Diego a conquistador? Was his job to kill natives? This part of my family eventually goes back to King Ferdinand, I am embarrassed.

    1. I don’t consider him a conquistador, and why would you be embarrassed? His job was not to kill natives but to keep the towns safe. If Indians killed settlers then yes he would track them down and punish them.

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