by Moises Garza

June 17, 2021

Cantu Last Names of Nuevo Leon
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

A very popular last name out there is that of Cantu and today I want to tell you about my latest book that focuses on this last name. It is titled "Cantu" and it is part of my book series Last Names of Nuevo Leon.

I became interested on this surname when I discovered that both my wife and I have Cantu roots going all the way back to the two progenitors of the Cantu surname in Nuevo Leon.

The Cantu book is a 577-page book contains Seven generations of Cantu focusing on the descendants of Jeronimo Cantu and Juliana de Treviño. It also focuses on the descendants of Joseph Cantu and Maria de Treviño. Both, Jeronimo and Joseph are believed to have entered El Nuevo Reino de Leon (Nuevo Leon) in the early 1600s. They are considered to be the progenitors of the Cantu surname in Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Texas. This book contains information from the 1600s through the early 1800s.

Before writing this book I had not come across any evidence that they were brothers so I did some research and this is what I found.

According to Israel Cavazos Garza, Fray Lorenzo Cantu entered El Nuevo Reino de Leon in 1626 and he came from the convent of Charcas located in San Luis Potosi. He stablished the mission of San Jose del Rio Blanca nowadays Zaragoza.

In the book “Cedulario Autobiographico de pobladores y Conquistadores de Nuevo Leon”, Israel Cavazos Garza did an extract of a “causas” record where Tomas Cantu, the natural son of Jose Cantu, states that he was from Ramos and had been raised in this kingdom by his uncle Fray Lorenzo Cantu. One can conclude that then Joseph Cantu and Fray Lorenzo are brothers.

Then on the book “Catalogo y Sintesis de los Protocolos del Archivo Municipal de Monterrey 1599-1700”, Israel Cavazos Garza mentions a letter by Jose Cantu stating that his sister (sister in law), the wife of Jeronimo Cantu denounces the sale of the land mentioned in the record. In my opinion this record proves that Jose and Jeronimo are brothers.

These two records may not be proof enough to many but I think it is a great start, specially when there are many more records that I have to search through. It is also important to note that both of their wives are sisters and they are the daughters of Alonzo de Treviño and Anastacia Gonzalez Hidalgo Navarro.

This book starts with _____ Cantu as the father of Geronimo, Joseph, and Fray Lorenzo. I left him and his wife blank since I have yet to discover their names. I truly hope that you find this book useful in your research.

Keep in mind, this book as all my others are only tools to help you build your tree. Once you discover a death date, baptism date, and or marriage date get a copy of the original. It is very rewarding to do so and you will learn more details about your ancestors.

Also this book does not include every descendant of theirs since that is impossible, it only includes the ones that I have identified through documents, reliable published, and unpublished works.

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This book contains Seven generations of Cantu focusing on the descendants of Jeronimo Cantu and Juliana de Treviño. It also focuses on the descendants of Joseph Cantu and Maria de Treviño. Both, Jeronimo and Joseph are believed to have entered El Nuevo Reino de Leon (Nuevo Leon) in the early 1600s. They are considered to be the progenitors of the Cantu surname in Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Texas. This book contains information from the 1600s through the early 1800s.

"This book contains Seven generations of Cantu focusing on the descendants of Jeronimo Cantu and Juliana de Treviño".

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Table of Contents

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

Introduction i

Seven Generations of Cantu Pg. 1

Sources Pg. 375

Index of Individuals Pg. 514

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Moises Garza

I have doing my family genealogy since 1998. I am also the creator of this blog We Are Cousins, and the Mexican Genealogy blog. To always be up to date with both of these sites follow me on Facebook. To contact me or book me for a presentation, buy my books, and or learn more about me visit my personal website at www.moisesgarza.com.

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