by Moises Garza

December 7, 2022

1678 Death Record of Melchor Barrera
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

This is the January 13, 1678 death record my 9th great-grandfather of Melchor Barrera who died in what is now Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.  

I am a descendant of his through his son Nicolas who is mentioned as being his executor.

From his will dated December 29, 1677 we know that he was born in San Vicente, Castilla, Spain and from other records we know that he was born in about the year 1600.

The will mentions that his parents are Juan Barrera and Beatriz Rodriguez.

He was in Nuevo Leon by the 1640s and married Mariana de Treviño, also known as Mariana Navarro, the daughter of Alonzo de Trevino and Anastacia Gonzalez Hidalgo Navarro.

Above is the image of his death record and below is the transcription of it.

Transcription of 1678 Death Record of Melchor Barrera

1678 as

Melchor Ba
rrera español

En treze de Henero de mil y seis cientos y se
tenta y ocho años murio Melchor Barrera es
pañol fue Casado Con Maria Ana de Tremiño
y Nabarro, Confesso, y rresivio Los Santos
SaCramtos. de la Eucharistia y Extremauncion
Hizo una Memoria en que se mando enterrar
enla Parrochial de esta Ciudad Con missa de Cuer
po presnete: dexo alas mandas forsosas dos Re
ales a cada una y fue su Alvacea Nicolas
Barrera; Y para que Conste lo firme ut supra.

Joseph Guaxardo

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

In case you may be interested here is a copy of his signature. It is interesting to note that he abbreviated his first name. It appears exactly the same in the various signatures that I have found for him.

Book About Melchor Barrera

Barrera: Last Names of Nuevo Leon - It is a 540-page book that contains seven generations of descendants of Melchor Barrera and Mariana de Treviño.


  • "México, Nuevo León, registros parroquiales, 1667-1981," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), Monterrey > Catedral > Defunciones 1668-1752 > image 17 of 368; Parroquias de la Iglesia Católica, Nuevo León (Catholic Church parishes, Nuevo León).
  • Israel Cavazos Garza, Catalogo Y Sintesis de los Protocolos del Archivo Municipal de Monterrey 1599-1700, Pg. 270 #768.

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  1. I am a Barrera linked to Francisco Sanchez de Barrera 1603 Spain married to Maria Trevino Duran Ayala 1605 Spain. My Barrera is Barrera Salinas (mother) from Cerralvo.

  2. Melchior Barrera Rodriguez is also my 9th great grandfather, His daughter, Anna Maria de la Barrera is my 8th Grandmother. I am direct descendent of Trevinos. My grandmother is Trevino and my grandfather is Rodriguez. Beatriz Barrera is also listed as my 9th grandmother Thank you for sharing. I just worked on my tree and found this connection.

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