by Moises Garza

May 19, 2020

1820 Baptism of Maria Francisca Pena
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

This is the October 21, 1820 baptism record of Maria Francisca Peña who was baptized in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She is my 3rd great grandmother.

I originally found the baptism date in an index book but instead of October 21 it has the date as October 23. The lesson here is that you always need to look a few pages before and after the date if you can't find it. Transcription errors do exist, we are human.

Maria Francisca is my ancestor through my mothers side. The parents of Maria Francisca Pena are Santiago Peña and Maria de Jesus Barrera. She grows up to marry Jose Hipolito Tanguma on November 10, 1835 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. At the end of this post is a link to their marriage record.

It is interesting to note that at the time of the baptism she was ten days old and that she was born in El Tecomate. If you have any information on this location please let me know in the comment section.

Below is the transcription of the above baptism record.

Transcription of Baptism of Maria Francisca Pena

Pa. N. 1472
Ma. Franca.
Espa. del

El dia Veinte y uno de Octbe. de mil Ochocinetos Veinte: En
esta mi Parroqa. de Cerralvo: El Br. Dn. Jose Franco. de Bena-
videz mi teniente: baptizo solemnemte. a Ma. Franca. Espa. de
doce dias nacida en el tecomate hija de Dn. Jose Santiago Peña
y Da. Ma. de Jesus Barrera: Fueron padrinos Dn. Juan Jose Go-
mez; y Da. Ma. Guadalupe Gomez: advirtioles el parentesco, y
oblign. y lo firmamos.

Jose Andres Garcia

If  she is also one of your ancestors please let me know how you are related to her in the comments of this blog post.

Other Related Articles


  • SAGA Members, Cerralvo Church Baptism Records 1761-1859 Book II (Name: Spanish American Genealogical Association; Location: Corpus Christi, Texas; Date: September 1989;), Pg. 362.
  • "México, Nuevo León, registros parroquiales, 1667-1981," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), Cerralvo > San Gregorio Magno > Bautismos 1761-1824 > image 607 of 676; Parroquias de la Iglesia Católica, Nuevo León (Catholic Church parishes, Nuevo León).

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Moises Garza

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  1. This is great. Thank you for sharing. María Francisca Peña is my great aunt. Her parents José Santiago Pena and Maria De Jesús Barrera are my 5th great grandparents. I’m descendent through their son José Maria Peña born in 1813.

  2. I tried to open record of 1820 baptism of Maria Francisca Pena – our great (many) aunts but was unable to see the record, what am I doing wrong

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