Monterrey The Founding Families and Their Descendants

Monterrey: The Founding Families and Their Descendants

In this blog post, you will find more information about my book "Monterrey: The Founding Families and Their Descendants". You will also find a list of the founding families.

The present day city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon was founded on September 20, 1595 by
Diego de Montemayor and 12 other companions and their families. This book is about
those families and their descendants.

Prior to Diego de Montemayor’s founding there had been two prior attempts. One by
Alberto del Canto who named the city Santa Lucia but it was unsuccessful due to Indian
attacks that caused the settlers to leave.

The second attempt was done by Luis de Carvajal y de la Cueva who negotiated with
King Philip II of Spain to stablish a territory in Northern New Spain called El Nuevo Reino
de Leon. Within this territory he stablished a settlement called San Luis Rey de Francia
within present day-Monterrey. After Carvajal’s imprisonment for allegations that he was
Jewish the settlement was abandoned.

The third attempt by Diego de Montemayor was successful and he named the city
Ciudad Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de Monterrey (“Metropolitan City of Our Lady of

Don Israel Cavazos Garza and Isabel Ortega Ridaura mention in their book, Historia
Breve Nuevo Leon, a list of the early settlers of Monterrey and thus I consider the people
listed there as the founding families.

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Monterrey was founded in 1596 by Diego de Montemayor along with twelve other companions and their families. This book is about those families and their descendants.

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Table of Contents

Here is the table of contents so that you can see what is included in the book.

1. Diego de Montemayor Pg. 1

2. Diego de Montemayor and Elvira de Renteria Quintanilla Pg. 113

3. Juan Lopez and Magdalena de Avila Pg. 125

4. Martin de Solis and Francisca de Avila Pg. 133

5. Diego Diaz de Berlanga and Mariana Diaz Pg. 137

6. Lucas Garcia and Juliana de Quintanilla Pg. 141

7. Alonso de Barreda Pg. 389

8. Pedro de Inigo and Mariana Sanchez Pg. 393

9. Diego Rodriguez and Sebastiana de Trevino Pg. 397

10. Diego Maldonado and Antonia de Paz Pg. 401

11. Juan Perez de los Rios and Agustina de Charles Pg. 419

12. Cristobal Perez Pg. 427

13. Domingo Manuel Pg. 431

Index Pg. 435

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4 thoughts on “Monterrey: The Founding Families and Their Descendants

  1. Eloy Zamora

    Is there someone that will be writing a book on the Zamora families from Reynosa ? Where did all the Zamoras come from that received porciones like Dionicio Zamora, Nicolas Zamora, Xavier Zamora etc. Were they related and did they migrate from Monterey or Cerralvo or Cadereyeta ? There was Cristoval Zamora and Maria Cayetana Perez that had two sons named Jose Antonio Zamora born in 1780 and married Maria Ignacia Tijerina and Teodoro Zamora born in 1785 whom married Julillana Villarrea in 1810 and Maria Reyes Munguia in 1816. I would appreciated if you could give me some information. Thanks.

    1. Mario Zamora

      Hi Eloy. I’m happy that I came across your message. Actually I did some research years ago and created a family tree on our Zamora’s. I have not had time to do more research, but I would be happy to communicate with you the tree I designed “years ago.” OK, the furthest I got back was Nicholas Zamora who married Maria Ines Munguia. They had 9 children. Their 5th child, Jose Antonio Zamora married Ignacia Tijerina. They had 10 children. Their first child, Leonor Zamora married Salvador Vela (both my mother and father come thru the Vela – Chapa unions)……and their seventh child was Francisco Zamora, who married twice. First, Angela Garcia (from where my fathers, fathers, father comes in) and second Silvestre Chapa. From the Angela Garcia union, they had 4 children. The 3rd child was Antonio Zamora, who married Josefa Chapa. They had 3 children. The first being Florentino Zamora, Sr, whom is my father’s father (Florentino Zamora, Jr.).

      As I mentioned above, both my mother and father come in thru Leonor. It was not uncommon back in those years to marry cousins. My mom and dad are 3rd cousins. Anyhow, the reasons they encouraged closer marriages was due to the fact that the families did not want the land to disperse into other family names. Of course, the Catholic Church would only allow 3rd cousins, but nothing closer than that.

      I have a lot of Vela – Chapa – Zamora in my family lineage and I too would like to do more genealogical research, but unfortunately work and family have me tied up, so I’m not able to do as much as I’d like. As for the Zamora’s that settled Reynosa I read a book, that they came from Linares. I don’t remember the name of the book as it was years ago and that is where I left off on that lineage. I would like to continue of course when I retire in about 3 to 4 years. For now, please keep in touch and let’s see what we can share. My e-mail address is:

      My family calls me by my middle name “Jaime”, so if I sign my messages as “Jaime” you’ll know why. I currently live in Reisterstown, MD, a suburb of Baltimore and I go home to Texas about once a year. Hopefully we can meet one day. I’m sure you are related. Let me know your lineage on your Zamora’s so I have an idea where you come in.


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