by Moises Garza

October 19, 2023

1781 Baptism of Jose Rafael de la Garza, Mier Img145
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

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.

Baptism of Jose Rafael de la Garza

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: 

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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  • "México, Tamaulipas, registros parroquiales, 1703-1964," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 December 2021), Mier > Inmaculada Concepción > Índice de bautismos 1767-1819 Bautismos 1767-1819 Índice de bautismos 1820-1874 Bautismos 1819-1874 Índice de bautismos 1875-1900 Bautismos 1874-1888 > image 145 of 2909; paróquias Católicas, Tamaulipas (Catholic Church parishes, Tamaulipas).
  • "Mexico, Baptisms, 1560-1950," index, FamilySearch ( : 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.

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  1. The dates referred to on the LVDN Community Tree are different than this record. The family tree refers to a March 14th 1780 record which I found on ancestry (Nuevo León, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 for Jph Raphael Cerralvo San Gregorio Magno Bautismos 1761-1824 image 78) and it refers to the parents as Franco de la Garza and Cayetana Pena. So then that is the wrong information??

    1. There are two Jose Rafael de la Garza born to Francisco and Cayetana, one was baptized 14 Mar 1780 and died 25 Oct 1880 in Cerralvo. The other one was baptized 09 Sep 1781 in Mier and this one is the one that married Maria Tomasa Sanchez. This post is the most up-to-date information. The Community Tree will be updated in December.

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