This is the September 9, 1781 baptism of Jose Rafael de la Garza who was baptized in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is my 4th great-grandfather.
It is very dificult to read. I had to heavily rely on the baptism above his in order to decipher some of the words in this record. The / in the transcription means that there is a line break.
As I mentioned, the record is very hard to read and if I were just browsing the microfilm I would have had missed it. Lucky for me, years ago I came across an index that had been done and the genealogical information was extracted. This si what I needed to find a copy of the original baptism entry.
As you can see he is the son of Francisco Angel de la Garza and Maria Cayetana Peña. I honestly could not make out Peña in the record. Probably the index was done when the record was in a better condition.
Jose Rafael grows up to marry Maria Tomasa Lopez the daughter of Juan Jose Sanchez and Maria Gertrudis Garcia. To view their descendants and ancestors visit: https://lasvillasdelnorte.com/database/
Transcription of 1781 baptism of Jose Rafael de la Garza
[margin too faded]
En el año del Sor. de mis setecientos, ochenta y uno, En nueve dias del mes de Septiembre. Yp Fr Joseg Bernabe de Mesa Buenaño/ [?] de esta Yglcia Parrochial de la Villa de la Purisima Concepcion de Mier; Baptise Solemte. puse los Stos. Oleos y chrisma a/ un infante español qe. nacio el dia [?] de Agosto de este año en el Rancho del Arcabuz de esta jurisdiccion a quien puse por/ nombre Josef Rafael hijo del lexitimo matrimonio de franco. Angel de la Garza y Maria Calletana de [?]/ [?] esta jurisdiccion en el rancho de Peña Blanca y [?] Fueron Padrinos [?] [faded] soltera, a quien adverti su obligacion y parentesco espiritual y para qe. cosnte lo firme/ [?] [?] Fr. Josef Bernabe de Meza, y Buenaño
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.
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- "Mexico, Baptisms, 1560-1950," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J9C5-996 : accessed 05 Aug 2012), Francisco Angel de la Garza in entry for José Rafael de la Garza, 09 Sep 1781; citing reference p23, FHL microfilm 1162854.
- SAGA Members, Mier Church Baptism Records 1767 - 1880 Volume I (Corpus Christi, Texas, Spanish American Genealogical Association, October, 1989), Pg. 101.