The Sixteen Founders of Villa de Santiago del Saltillo

Here is the list of the sixteen founders of the Villa de Santiago del Saltillo present day Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. I extracted the following portrait of Alberto del Canto and the names of the founders from the book titled “The Conquistadores and the Crypto-Jews of Monterrey“.

Among the list are 3 of my ancestors that I know of. I have included their relationship next to their names. Saltillo was founded in 1577.

Mural depicting the Founding of Saltillo by Alberto del Canto


The founding of Saltillo by Alberto del Canto. From the mural by Helena Enriqueta Huerta Muzquiz in the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Saltillo, Coahuila. Photo: Henry Gomez

List of the Sixteen Founders of Villa de Santiago del Saltillo

  • Captain Alberto del Canto, Portuguese (my 10th great grandfather)
  • Juan Alonso, Portuguese
  • Julian Gutierrez
  • Rodrigo Perez
  • Cristobal de Sagastiberri, Basque
  • Agustin de Villa Sur
  • Santos Rojo, Basque.
  • Manuel de Zirua
  • Juan de Erbaez, Basque
  • Manuel de Mederos, Portuguese
  • Antonio Hernandez Grimon
  • Baldo Cortes, Spaniard
  • Juan Navarro, Basque (my 12th great grandfather)
  • Mateo de Barrasa
  • Juan Perez Chocallo, Portuguese
  • Gines Hernandez, Portuguese
  • Baltazar Castano de Sosa, Portuguese (my 11th great grandfather)

Let me know in the comments if your ancestors are also listed in this list. If you are interested also in the early settlers of Saltillo I highly recommend that you check out my previous post: Aquellos Primeros Saltillenses, eBook by María Elena Santoscoy Flores

61 thoughts on “The Sixteen Founders of Villa de Santiago del Saltillo

  1. carmen gonzalez

    i have readed four books on family tree i do not have a website, but i love to hear stories on mier ,tamps i just finished the juan de dios guerra,,,wife– narzia gomes – my mothers grandparents, (mier,tamps and later moved to san carlos, ranch 8 miles north of el sauz,tx,,,i would like to stay in touch the you, thank you carmen munoz, gonzalez, 271 Harrow dr. san antonio,tx,78227 210-673-0988

  2. Irene Hernandez Maldonado

    Hola Moises,

    We have two common ancestors, Juan Navarro is my 11th great grandfather and Baltasar Castaño de Sosa is my 11th great grandfather. I do not have a website, but my tree is on

  3. Christina Flores

    Good Afternoon,
    Does any one know the birthdate to Ines Rodriguez De Montemayor wife of Baltasar Castano de Sosa? Baltasar is my 12th great grandfather.
    Thank you

  4. Lauryn Gonzales Coronado

    Capitan Juan Navarro is my 11th g-grandfather, and Baltasar Costano de Sosa is my 12th g-grandfather. Where do you have your family tree?

  5. Eva Sosa Wathen

    Oh wow, i am so excited to see this. My last name is Sosa and have been trying to track down my Sosa lineage and having no luck. With this post maybe i can find a link to my fathers family from the Tamaulipas areas. This is so awesome. I had found that the Sosa name was actually of Portuguese decent instead of Spaniard as we had originally thought. Is there a family tree somewhere for Baltazar Castano de Sosa that i can take a look at. I would really love to get my hands on a copy of his family tree.

    Wow, after looking at some of the postings on here seems there are quite a few relations to the Sosa funny how many of the last names are not even Sosa thought. I would never have imagined.

    1. Moises Garza Post author

      Many people have Sosa in their tree even though they may not carry the last name. That is why it is vital to research every branch including all females. Don’t just focus on your last name.

  6. Orfalinda Salinas

    Among my ancestors are Juan Navarro, Baltazar Costa no Sosa, and Juan Alonso. Many of my ancestors are written about in the book The Conquistadors and the Crypto Jews of Monterrey including Baez Benavides.

  7. Irene Senia

    Thank you for this list. Five of my ancestors are listed: Alberto de Canto, Juan Alonso, Santos Rojo, Juan Navarro and Baltazar Castano de Sosa. All are in my Grandmother Garza’s line. I probably with find others when I research my Grandfathers tree.

  8. Lou Lupe Valerio

    Alberto del Canto is my 9th great grandfather, Baltazar Castano de Sosa is my 10th great grandfather. Juan Navarro is my 9th great grandfather.

  9. R.r. Garcia

    Baltazar Castano de Sosa, Juan Navarro, Basque, Santos Rojo, Basque, and Captain Alberto del Canto, Portuguese are my 13th Great Grandfathers. All are in my Garcia line.

  10. Jeny

    Hola, how can I get access to the family trees on Monterrey founders? my family is from and al lives in Monterrey Mx, we are- de la Garza/Garcia, my great grandparents were Perfecto de la Garza Paz, Genoveva Garcia Guerra. I am Lopez Ancer ( my grandmother married a Monterrey Lebanese)
    Any info would be great, Im trying to fill in grandmas side of the family tree-

  11. Elsa E. Villalobos

    My great grandfather may come the Philippines with Magellan in 1521, all I know is that my father is Pedro Salboro Villalobos born to a father Marcos Villalobos. My father was born in 1929 in the Philippines.

  12. William Perez

    Captain Don Miguel Montemayor del Canto, born 1586, is my 10th Great Grandfather… whom is son of Alberto del Canto, born 1547, is my 11th Great Grandfather.
    ~this all starts from my Dads mother, mothers’ fathers side who is an “Alanis” of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, MX
    ~the De la Garza/Falcon/Trevino & Montemayor are also my ancestors

  13. William Perez

    Alberto del Canto, Juan Alonso (which is a decendant of Afonoso’s in Portugal centuries before him) & Baltazar Juan Castano Sosa; 3 individuals, are on this list for me as direct Ancestral Great Grandfathers

  14. Mauricio

    Baltazar is my 14th great grandfather, im also related to his daughters María Rodriguez Sosa and his sons Lucas García Rodriguez and Diego Rodriguez Sosa.

    Also Alberto del Canto Diaz Vieira is my 12th great grandfather and im descendant of his son Miguel Montemayor Canto.

    I wanted to know if you have information about any relation betwen Baltazar Castaño Sosa and Gaspar Castaño Sosa, this last one is founder of San Luis (now Monterrey Nuevo León).

    I dont know if they were brothers or if Baltazar was Gaspar´s young uncle.

    They both were portuguse, both came to the new world, both have this cityfounding history, both arrived to Zacatecas, but there is no book that relate them.

  15. Yvonne from South Texas

    Moises, your list of the 16 Founders of Saltillo has one name that differs from the book by María Elena Santoscoy Flores – on pg. 16 of “Aquellos Primeros Saltillenses” there is a Portuguese person by the name of ANTONIO GONZALEZ ; all the other names match, but I was just wondering, since my GONZALEZ family comes from SALTILLO.

  16. Belinda Del Bosque

    Hey ya,

    I see three references on the founders list of Saltillo to Basque….interesting, my surname is Del Bosque, the vast majority of my relatives come from Nuevo León. I wonder if Bosque was once Basque? I see many variations in the records, Basque, Bosques, Basquez.

    Also I’ve seen very many references to the Saltillo area, Nuevo León generally as a Sephardic Jewish community. Have you found the same and perhaps links to your tree?


    Belinda Del Bosque

      1. Belinda Del Bosque

        I’ve since contacted Maria Jose Surribas, a genealogist in Barcelona and through Inquisition records and other primary sources she prepared a “Names Report” and confirmed Sefardí and conversó heritage. So much and clear that I was granted Spanish citizenship via the Sephardic pathway extended by the government of Spain. We are Sephardic Jews; there is no doubt.

  17. Ivonne Rangel

    Juan Navarro is my 11th grandfather and Baltazar Castaño De Sosa my 12tg grand father
    Can anybody share stories, pictures, anything?
    Thank you!

  18. Jaime Rendon Hernandez

    I am a direct line descendant of Juan Alonso, Juan Navarro and Baltasar Castnao de Sosa through my maternal Rendon line. I am also a direct line descendant of most, if not all the 15 founders of Monterrey NL, including Diego Montemayor, again through my Rendon line………

  19. Charles Gatrelle

    Hi Moises,
    My father-in-law is a a Garza from South Texas. I have just started his family tree, and they believe their ancestry includes many generations from South Texas, and then Mexico, when South Texas was a part of Mexico. Which of your books do you recommend to help with my research?

    Thank you,

    1. Moises Garza Post author

      If you are new to Mexican Genealogy then my book about doing research in Mexico. If you find you had ancestors in Mier or Revilla then my other books. As for websites, is amazing to find records.

  20. Jose

    Hello! Thank you so much for the information! I found out on Ancestry that Baltazar Juan Castano de Sosa may be my 13th great grandfather, which does make sense because my great grandmother’s family is from Saltillo. Awesome!

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