|Jose Bernardo Gutierrez-de-Lara (1774-1841)|
Mexican revolutionary and diplomat, Constitutional Governor of Tamaulipas in 1823, Texas
(Mexican), Hero in war with Spain for independance During the Mexican
War of Independence,led by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Gutiérrez and his
brother were successful in fomenting revolution in Nuevo Santander, and
Gutiérrez was sent by Hidalgo to recruit along the Rio Grande. There is a
biography on Jose Bernardo Gutierrez on the Handbook of Texas Online
|Marcos Alonzo de La Garza (c1550-????) |
Originator of surnames, de la Garza, Garza, Treviño in
Marcos Alonzo Garza is the forefather of many that carry the last names of Garza, de la Garza, Falcon and Treviño.
It is believed he came from a Jewish family and therefore his original
surname of Alonzo was dropped by his children and descendants.
|Alonso de Estrada (1470-1530)|
Natural son of Ferdinand the Catholic
was a treasurer from Ciudad Real who arrived in
Mexico City in 1524 and served with Cortez. He was the
reputed son (natural) of Ferdinand the Catholic. When he
arrived in Mexico he boasted of royal blood and demanded
a high rank among Cortezs new government..
|Juan Bautista Chapa
Known as the anonymous chronicler
Originator of Chapa surname in Northern Mexico
He accompanied Alonso de Leon on his
expeditions to Texas as an official scribe. He also
served as his personal secretary for many years. The
Chapa surname came from Schiapapria, an Italian surname
which he changed when he arrived in Mexico City sometime
|Juan Cavazos Del-Campo
Originator of Surname Cavazos in
His descendants married into several prominent families
of Nuevo Leon including De-La-Garza, Flores, Guerra,
Balli and others. This lineage is quite extensive and
demonstrates how many of these families intermarried. In
it you will find other prominent people who themselves
could also be sample lineage like this one.
Founder of Revilla (Old Guerrero),
Although Vicente died in 1753, his descendants went on to
become prominent land owners of the area. His brothers
and sisters were all early residents of Revilla. His
sister Maria Josefa was the recipient of Porcion 19 in
|Alonso De Leon (1605-c1672)|
Explorer, Captain, Early Settler
Alonso was also known as the founder of Cadereita, Nuevo
Leon. Not to be confused with his son by the same name,
who was even better known as an early explorer of Texas
in the late 1600's and a Military General. Alonso's
personal secretary was also well known as the anonymous
chronicler Juan Bautista Chapa.
|Tomas Sanchez (1709-1796)|
Founder of Laredo, Texas
Tomas was born about 1709 in Nuevo Leon. His father also
named Tomas served with General Alonso de Leon on his
second expedition to Texas. Originally Capitan Sanchez
was to establish a settlement near the Nueces river, but
found the area inhospitable and decided on the site near
Paso de Jacinto about a mile upriver from present-day
|Padre Jose Nicolas Balli
Orignal owner of Padre Island, Texas
Nicolas Balli is known as the "Padre" in Padre
Island. He and his nephew inherited Padre Island from his
father Jose Maria who had aquired the grant in 1790 from
the Spanish Government. It was later confirmed by the
Mexican Government in 1829. Nicolas's mother Rosa Maria
Hinojosa and other relatives went on to become the
largest land owners in Hidalgo and Cameron counties.
Nicolas and his nephew Juan Jose operated a cattle ranch
on the Island named Santa Cruz and supposedely had as
much as 20,000 head of cattle. Most or all of the cattle
were killed by a hurricane and the ranch was never again
|Diego de Montemayor
Founder of Monterrey, first governor
of Nuevo Leon
Diego was born in Malaga Spain. Diego's descendents went
on to intermarry with other prominent families of
Monterrey such as De-La-Garza and Treviño and obviously
he was the originator of this surname in Northern Mexico.
To this day, four hundred years after Monterrey's
founding in 1596, the surname Montemayor is still quite
common in that city.
|Alberto Del Canto (c1547-c1611)|
Founder of Saltillo, Coahuila
Alberto's history is also tied in with the early history
of Nuevo Leon. He married Diego de Montemayor's daughter
Estefana who was born about 1566 in Mexico City. There
was some kind of confict between Alberto and Diego and as
a consequence Estefana no longer lived with Alberto.
Their children all took on the Montemayor surname.
Jose Narciso Cavazos
Grantee of Largest land Grant "El Agostadero San Juan de Carricitos"
over 500,000 acres located in Willacy, Cameron counties.