Month: February 2016

The Enlightenment of Juan Bautista Chapa

Juan Bautista Chapa wrote his “Historia” about Nuevo Leon as an anonymous writer and now a direct descendant of his has written a fictional biography about him and has also, as my 9th great grandfather did, chosen to remain Anonymous. Two weeks ago I got an email from the author whom asked me if I was willing to read his…

The 1694 Will of Juan Bautista Chapa

This is the last will and testament of my 9th great grandfather Juan Bautista Chapa. His parents were Bartolome Chapapria and Batestina Badi. I am a descendant of his through his son Nicolas whom married Maria Ynes de Benavides. Juan Bautista Chapa was married to Beatris Olivares de Trevino whom was the daughter of Juan de Olivares and Juana de…