by Moises Garza

January 3, 2023

Joseph Cantu and Maria Gertrudis de la Garza
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

This is the June 26, 1708 marriage record of Joseph Cantu and Maria Gertrudis de la Garza, my wifes 7th great grandparents who got married in what is now Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

It is unfortunate that the record does nto mention their parents. Fortunatly for us the record mentiosn that they had a marriage dispensation done due to being related by blod.

From that dispensation we know that the parents of Joseph Cantu are Fernando Cantu and Antonia Ramirez. The parents of Maria Gertrudis de al Garza are Joseph de al Garza and Nicolasa de la Garza.

It is also interestign that Cantu is spelled Cantun and Cantum. I have seen this in many other records but I think it was just how the priest would write them.

For more ancestors and or their descendants you can view them on Las Villas del Norte Database here: 

Transcription of Above Image

Joseph Can
tun con Ger
trudis dela
Garza espa

En venite y seis dias deel mes de Junio de mil Setecientos i ocho
Case y Vele a Joseph Cantun Español con Gertrudis de la Garza Espa
ñola doncella aviendo precedido Las Banas a 7 a 10 y a 18 de el
dicho envirtud de dispensa que dispenso el Hlmo. Señor obpo. de este Obp[?]
do de quatro grado de Consanguinidad fueron testigos Antto. Rodri
gues y Fernando Cantu y porque Conste lo Firme -

Geronimo Lopez

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


  • Jose Francisco Garza Carrillo, Matrimonios de la Catedral de Monterrey 1667 -1781 (Self-Published; Monterrey, N.L. Mexico; 2004), Pg. 66.
  • "México, Nuevo León, registros parroquiales, 1667-1981," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), Monterrey > Catedral > Matrimonios 1667-1800 > image 83 of 732; Parroquias de la Iglesia Católica, Nuevo León (Catholic Church parishes, Nuevo León).

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  1. Es mi séptimo tío abuelo, hermano de mi 7h abuelo Antonio Cantú Ramírez, casado con Josefa de la Garza. Antonio fue hijo legítimo de Fernando Cantú y Antonia Ramírez, en otros registros nombrada Antonia Ortiz. Josefa fue hija de Joseph de la Garza y Nicolasa de la Garza. Su matrimonio fue efectuado en la Catedral de Monterrey, el 23 de agosto de 1716.

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