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

In 1753 nineteen families settled in el Paraje del Cantaro, now ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. This book is about those nineteen families and their descendants.

The idea for this book came about since the very first time I read the book “Mier En La Historia” by Maria Antonio Guerra. Mr. Guerra in his book provides a transcription to a document found in the Mier archives listing the 19 families that were to settle what is now Mier, Tamaulipas.

This interest grew over time since I am a descendant of almost half of the families mentioned and I knew that many other people are also descendants of them. My vision is to identify every descendant of these families.

This book is a start and even at 426 pages there is a ton of further research that has to be done. There were several families that I could not find anything for but I still listed them in the book since I felt that it would have had not been right no to list them.

Please note that an attempt was done to not list living people so please don’t expect to find descendants of theirs that are still living. Also if your family or ancestors are not listed it is because I have no information on them. If you would like for them to be included in future editions of this book send me their information so that I can research them and include them.

 

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In 1753 nineteen families settled in el Paraje del Cantaro, now ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. This book is about those nineteen families and their descendants.

Table of Contents:

Here is the table of contents of this book so that you may know exactly which families were the founding families of Mier, Tamaulipas.

Introduction Pg. i
01 – Manuel Hinojosa and Ines de Chapa Pg. 1
02 – Jose Juan Bautista Chapa and Maria Rita Lopez de Jaen Pg. 51
03 – Ana Maria Guajardo and Jose Jacinto Peña Pg. 55
04 – Jose Francisco Antonio Guerra and Maria Ana Josefa de la Garza Pg. 85
05 – Francisco Javier Salinas and Maria Rosa Longoria Pg.113
06 – Jose Florencio Chapa and Maria Margarita de la Peña Pg.139
07 – Manuel del Bosque Pg. 147
08 – Jose Gaspar Garcia and Maria Gertrudis Barrera Pg. 150
09 – Jose Cristobal Ramirez and Matiana Hinojosa Pg. 174
10 – Jose Pedro Regalado de Hinojosa and Maria Catarina de la Peña Pg. 190
11 – Jose Joaquin Bazan and Maria manuela Gonzalez Pg. 201
12 – Jose Nicolas Antonio Gonzalez and Maria Ana Josefa de Garcia Pg. 206
13 – Jose Manuel Angel Hinojosa and Maria Juana Sanchez Pg. 310
14 – Jose Francisco Ignacio Gutierrez and Maria Matiana de Hinojosa Pg. 339
15 – Andres Garcia and Clara Maria Farias Pg. 343
16 – Jose Miguel Saenz and Maria Gertrudis Hinojosa Pg. 346
17 – Jose Peña and Maria Ana Antonia Lopez de Jaen Pg. 363
18 – Jose Bazan and Ana Maria Salinas Pg. 382
19 -Alonso Garcia Lugo and Maria Tomasa de la Garza Pg. 388
Index Pg. 389

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About Moises Garza

This blog is an attempt to document my family and make you aware of resources that I find. I also hope that with this blog I can network with other researchers interested in this region and connect with long lost relatives. To keep up to date with this blog follow us with RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Contact me at moisesgarza@gmail.com

12 thoughts on “The Founding Families of Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico and Their Descendants

  1. David a gonzalez

    I bought your book, and my connection, of course Nicolas Gonzalez by way of Jose Antonio one of his sons , whose children settle around Rancho Monterey , close to el sauz,and then to Rio Grande city, great book ,David gonzalez

  2. Irma N. Cavazos

    I counted about 9 that I know of. I send it to the twins and reminded them it was almost Mothers Day so I am sure they will get it for me! Good thing I had 4 boys. I know how to handle them Had! Ha!

  3. Victoria Moran

    Moises I don’t know if this book would help me since my family was from Nuevo León and I don’t have very much info from them my grandparents died in there fortys my mom was left an orphan at the age of 11 or 12 really don’t know ? So I hope u get this message . And they lived in Harlingen Texas when they died. Last name Salazar grandmother ???

    1. Moises Garza Post author

      If your parents where from Nuevo Leon I do not think this book is right for you. Since most of the families listed arrived in Tamaulipas around the 1750’s. The book contains many of the descendants of those families. I would suggest you start by looking for the birth certificates of your parents and grandparents. Then look for them in FamilySearch.org. They have a ton of documents for Nuevo Leon. Good luck in your research. Oh don’t forget to join our Nuevo Leon and We are Cousins Groups on Facebook.

  4. Laura De Luna

    Hi Moises

    I am a descendant of Mier. My mother was born there and it is said of “Categoria”.
    My son is or already got me a copy of this book which I’ve heard is a journey thru my Historical
    Family.
    Can’t wait to see what’s inside…. I went there many times as a child.—– Thanks Laura

  5. Olivia Garcia

    Moses,
    Any mention of a Donato García and Juana Ramos who had a son in December of 1863. I don’t seem to find any information of Donato other than birth to his son Biviano. I want earlier info. Donato was born in Mier around 1840. His father is possibly Fransisco Garcia married to ? He is probably born around 1810. I feel strongly that the Garcia’s are settlers also from earlier but I’m stuck and can’t find a relative connected – Thanks.
    PS haven’t bought book.

    1. Moises Garza Post author

      I searched my database and don’t have them listed but yet I have yet to go over the birth records for Mier. Have you searched for the son’s birth record at the Civil Registration Records index available at ancestry? If you find it it should have the names of the parents listed.

  6. Fannie C Hewgley

    Mr Garza, I admire your work and really appreciate your sharing, especially since my own research time is so limited. I do have a few questions that you or your audience may be able to answer. First, Where can I find an old map of the Mexico/US border area with the names of towns, ranches, etc? Ranch Garcia/Garciasville was my maternal ancestors’ home and I am hoping I can locate my great grandparents’ graves (Camila Garza Villareal and Fernando Farias Garcia) which have eluded me so far. Second question has to do with literature. Although I am Hispanic and able to read and understand some Spanish, my first language is English. So, I am unable to completely understand literature written wholly in Spanish. Are any of your members able to translate Spanish to English when I find family records?

    Thank you. Fannie Cavazos Hewgley

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