Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara

On September the 26th I received an email by Ernesto Uribe with a newspaper cut out titled “Celebran el Natalicio de Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara”. Jose Bernardo Gutierrez Lara is considered to be a hero of Texas independence. If you Google him you will find more information on him. What caught my attention was the last name Gutierrez de Lara and that he was from Revilla. One of my brick walls is my 6th great grandmother Maria Gutierrez de Lara whom married Juan Joseph de Castro lived around the same period that Bernardo lived in Revilla. I could not keep but wonder it they were related. I have yet to find a connection. Bellow is the article that I read followed by another interesting thing I found in a book.

This is the article that I read:

Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara

This is a translation of the text on the image:

The Municipal Presidency in coordination with the school Prof. Leal Leonicio Leal celebrated an anniversary of the birth of the illustrious Colonel Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara Maximiliano Uribe. This important event was held August 20 at the monument erected in his honor, where the Honorable City Council placed a wreath and made a Guard of Honor. Local, State and Federal Officials, Education Authorities, Municipal DIF System, Teachers and Students of different educational institutions were present conducting a Guard of Honor. Gutierrez de Lara was born on August 20, 1774 at the Villa de Revilla, belonging to the province of Nuevo Santander, today: “Municipality of Guerrero, Tamaulipas”. First Mexican diplomat in our history, Texas independence hero and first Governor of Tamaulipas, he became ill on a trip to Santiago Nuevo Leon and died at his daughter’s house May 13, 1841. He was buried in the parish church of Santiago Nuevo Leon.

This article was published in the Zapata County News on Sept. 11, 2014, page 10 in the Nuevo Guerrero Spanish language section.

More about Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara:

Jose Bernardo Maximiano Gutierrez de Lara married Maria Josefa de Urtibe on April 21, 1800 in Revilla, Tamauliaps, Mexico. She was born in 1774 and died December 15, 1841. She was the daughter of Jose Luis Francisco Uribe and Maria Magdalena Gutierrez de Lara.  Jose Bernardo was baptized on September 9, 1774 and was the son of Jose Santioago Gutierrez de Lara and Maria Carmen Uribe.

What I found in a Book:

I borrowed a book from my local university titled “Historia de la Iglesia de Santiago Apostol” due to my Marroquin being from Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. While browsing it’s pages I came across the following Image.

It is a 1978 pencil drawing that was done of the crypt that is under the altar of the Santiago Apostol church. The author states that the crypt was then sealed for ever. You can see that there are the remains of six people and one of them is of Bernardo Gutierrrez de Lara whom was burried with his sword next to him.

General Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara

I hope that this article was of interest to you. If you are a descendant of his let me know in the comments.


  • Zapata County News on Sept. 11, 2014, page 10 in the Nuevo Guerrero Spanish language section
  • Juan Alaniz Tamez, “Hisotria de la Iglesia de Santiago Apostol” Pg. 72
  • Crispin Rendon, “Ancestors of Ernesto Uribe” June 22, 2013 Pg 18

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5 thoughts on “Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara

  1. Meli Davis

    Some of j is descendants live on laredo, nuevo Laredo and throughout! I was engaged to a Gutierrez b4 he was killed in a car accident. Ruben angel Gutierrez, buried in Laredo, TX. He was born April 30, 1952 and died March 4, 1986.

  2. Patricia Uranga Sanchez

    Soy Patricia Uranga Sanchez, mi abuelo fue Leopoldo Sanchez Gutierrez de Lara, que nacio en Hualahuises Nuevo leon.
    Mi mama, Aurora Margarita Sanchez Cuellar, historiadora e hija de Leopoldo Sanchez Gtz. de Lara es quien me informo de Bernardo GUtierrez de Lara, quien fue el primer governador de la region del norte de Mexico y de Texas. Ella que tiene 81 anos ahora, va a presentarse en San Antonio en 2018 para dar una platica y presentacion de este tema.
    I’m Patricia Uranga Sanchez, my grandfather was Leopoldo Sanchez Gutierrez de Lara, who was born in Hualahuises Nuevo Leon.

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