Marriage record of Gaspar Garcia & Thomasa Sanchez

Marriage Record of Gaspar Garcia Montemayor and Thomasa Sanchez de la Garza.
“México matrimonios, 1570-1950”, database, FamilySearch ( : 17 February 2020), Gaspar Garzia, 1739.
GS Film Number 605179
Digital Folder Number 4509505

This is the marriage record of Gaspar Garzia Montemayor and Thomasa Sanchez de la Garza.Their marriage took place on the 11 January 1739 in Sagrario Metropolitano, Monterrey, Nuevo Reino de Leon. It states that Gaspar Garzia (Garcia) is from el Valle de Guaxuco (Guajuco). He is the legitimate son of Bernardo Garzia and Maria de Montemaior (Montemayor).

Thomasa Sanchez de la Garza (española) is a neighbor of the city of Monterrey. She is the legitimate daughter of Melchor Sanchez and Ramona de la Garza, both Spaniards (españoles).

The witnesses are Joseph Antonio Rodriguez and Juan Pablo Ballejo (Vallejo). The priest/padre is Juan Baez Treviño.

Gaspar Garcia is a direct descendant of Baltazar Castaño de Sosa and a descendant of Governor don Diego de Montemayor.

Marriage Record of Manuel Perez and Teresa Perez

Marriage Record of Manuel Perez and Teresa Perez, my 2nd great-grandparents, who were married in Lampazos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on April 14, 1877. The parents of Manuel Perez were Jose Maria Perez and Francisca Galindo. Teresa Perez parents were Pedro Perez and Francisca Garza.


México matrimonios, 1570-1950,” database, FamilySearch( : 10 February 2018), Manuel Peres and Teresa Peres, 14 Apr 1877; citing San Juan Bautista,Lampazos De Naranjo,Nuevo Leon,Mexico, reference ; FHL microfilm 605,568, 605,576, 605,577.

The text reads as follows:

“En la Iglesia Parroquial de la Villa de Lampazos a los catorce (14th) dias del mes de Abril del año de mil ochocientos setenta y siete. Yo el Presbitero Jose de Jesus Garcia Fernandez, Cura propio de esta Parroquia previas los tres moniciones conciliares que los fueron los dias once, diez y ocho, y veintiuno de Marzo del corriente año, case y vele in facie Ecclesiae a Don Manuel Perez, soltero de la edad de diez y ocho (18) años, vecino de esta Villa, hijo legitimo de Don Jose Maria Perez y de Doña Francisca Galindo, con Doña Teresa Perez, doncella de quince (15) años de edad de la misma vencindad, hija legitima de Don Pedro Perez y Doña Francisca Garza, fueron testigos de este matrimoñio Don Cristobal Perez y Don Jesus Santos, lo que para constancia firmo.

Jose de Jesus Garcia Fernandez”

Map of Nuevo Reino de Leon and Nuevo Santander

For those in search of a map that includes Nuevo Leon, Nuevo Santander, and the Mexican coast look no farther.  The following map can be acquired from the Spanish Archives (Archivos de Espana).  The link below will lead you to the website.

The PARES (Portal de Archivos Espanoles) will appear, click on the Busqueda Sencilla. Once you click on it type “Mapa de Nuevo Leon” or whatever subject you might be researching in Buscar.  A list of different archives will appear, click on “Mapas, planos, documentos iconográficos y documentos especiales“, then different records will appear.

The map posted here is under “Mapa de las provincias del Nuevo Santander, Nuevo Reino de Leon y Costa del Seno Mexicano”. This map was created in July 25, 1795.

mapa Nuevon Leon, Nuevo Santander, y costa de seno


For those interested in the history of Texas and Northeastern Mexico make sure to get your hands on this detailed book, Texas and Northeastern Mexico, 1630-1690. It was written by Juan Bautista Chapa, also known as the “Anonymous Author”. This book was first published until 1909.20190108_152056.jpg

In this account, Chapa reveals to us the history and colonization of Northeastern Mexico and Texas. He also included the struggles between the settlers and indigenous tribes.

We also find the only account of the Spanish expeditions that took place in the 1660s against the Cacaxtle Indians.

Included in this book is a list and locations of over 300 Indian tribes, the vegetation, wildlife, and climate of the area during the 17th century.

This is a translated article of Identidad y Memoria de Santa Catalina, Nuevo Leon written by Antonio Guerrero Aguilar. The original article can be found on the following website,

Lucas Garcia is my 10th great grandfather and I also descend from him directly, as well as through other lineages. The words in red are my addition to the text.

On June 3, 1624, Lucas García asked to revalidate the titles that were lost during the assault of Huajuco and Colmillo. The founder of Santa Catarina was originally from Portugal. His date of birth is unknown, son of Baltazar Castaño de Sosa and Inés Rodríguez (don Diego de Montemayor’s daughter). At a young age, he moved to New Spain and was present at the foundation of the Villa de Santiago del Saltillo in 1577 (his father, don Baltazar, was one of the founder’s of la Villa de Santiago del Saltillo). He participated in war and pacification actions alongside Alberto del Canto, Diego de Montemayor (Lucas’s maternal grandfather), and Manuel de Mederos. He reached the rank of captain. He married Juliana de Quintanilla and they formed an integrated family of eleven children.

For more information on Baltazar Castaño de Sosa click on Castaño de Sosa…Basque?

captain Lucas Garcia

Statue of Captain Lucas Garcia in Santa Catalina, Nuevo Leon.

Lucas and his family were one of the twelve families who accompanied Diego de Montemayor in the founding of the Metropolitan City of Our Lady of Monterrey on September 20, 1596. He was granted the lands that were between Saltillo and Monterrey that received the name of Santa Catalina and it became a hacienda due to the good lands and the water that flowed out of the Boca del Potrero de Santa Catalina. On November 20, 1596, due to the orographic conditions, important silver veins were soon located that allowed the development of the hacienda. According to oral tradition, the hacienda of Santa Catalina was established in the place known as El Mármol, located on República Street behind an estate known as La Muralla.

On May 31, 1624, Indian caciques Huajuco and Colmillo attacked the hacienda of Santa Catalina. They burned the big house, the warehouses and the deeds of the property of the hacienda were lost, for that reason they had to move the big house near where the temple of Santa Catarina currently is. Captain Lucas García learned the native languages ​​and for the good treatment that he gave to the native tribes, the ethnic nations called him “the captain of peace”. He was a councilman of Monterrey in 1599, 1601, 1605 and 1606. Ordinary Mayor of Monterrey in 1602, 1603, 1607, 1611, 1624, 1627 and 1628. In 1616 he was appointed Procurator of the New Kingdom of León. He died between 1630 and 1631.

Baltazar Castaño de Sosa is my direct 11th great grandfather. In other words, from father to son, my paternal lineage. Although I descend from him in other lineages within my family history, I find this ancestor of mine quite unique.

While investigating my ancestry, I took two DNA test, one from 23andme, and the second one from Family Tree DNA. The results are very identical and they almost match. But much to my surprise the results from 23andme revealed to me to which haplogroups I belong to. A haplogroup is a genetic population group of people who share a common ancestor on the patriline or the matriline. I will share my ancestry results in a youtube video at a later time.

So my paternal haplogroup is R-M153, which is of Basque origin and my maternal haplogroup is J1b, which is of Middle-Eastern origin, possibly of Jewish heritage!

Basque!! I had no idea! I was in shock! Maybe that explains why I feel such a connection with the Pyrenees Mountains. Soon I will travel to the land of my fathers, the Basque Country.

This leads to me Baltasar Castaño de Sosa. As I stated at the beginning, Baltasar is my 11th great grandfather and this new DNA discovery also makes him of Basque heritage. During my research on Baltazar, I have found numerous information stating that he was a New Christian. A New Christian was a person who practiced a different faith, like Judaism and Islam, but later converted to the Catholic faith. These conversions were forced or voluntary. In other words, the Church could take possession of the individual’s land, titles, and/or expulsed the individual if he/she refused to convert. If a person did not convert he or she could also be tortured and executed. Some converted but would still practice their true faith in secret.

This could have been the story of Baltazar’s family. He could have had relatives that were New Christians. Not much is known of his parents or other relatives. I have yet to found any information about his parents and so to state that they were New Christians is very unclear.

Here is what is known about Baltazar Castaño de Sosa:

According to David T. Raphael, in his book The Conquistadores and Crypto-Jews of Monterrey, Baltazar was born in Portugal, since Portugal was under the control of Spain at that time in history. According to Carl LaurenceDuaine, author of With All Arms, declares that Baltazar was born in Tampico, Nueva España. His place of birth is uncertain.

It is believed that Baltazar and Gaspar Castaño de Sosa were brothers.

Baltasar was one of the sixteen founders of Saltillo, also known as the Villa de Saltillo. He received his land grant from Alberto del Canto in 1577. He also served as councilman for the municipality of Saltillo. He married Ines Rodriguez, who was the daughter of don Diego de Montemayor, Governor of the Nuevo Reino de Leon.

He had three sons: Lucas Garcia, Diego Rodriguez, and Alonso Rodriguez. I descend from all three sons but I descend directly from the Capitan Lucas Garcia.

Now that Lucas Garcia is mentioned, I have found it difficult to figure out as to why he took the Garcia surname. In the book, Familias de Santa Catarina, written by Antonio Guerrero Aguilar, is a piece of evidence as to why Lucas was given or chose the Garcia surname. In page 30, according to the informant, Hidelbrando Garza, states that Lucas took the Garcia surname from his maternal grandmother. His maternal grandparents were Diego Rodriguez and Ines Garcia.

This is long and will be a challenge but my goal is to find out Baltazar’s parents and his paternal ancestors and to find other direct descendants of Capitan Baltazar Castaño de Sosa. Anyone interested in this journey is welcome to join and contact me with any questions or information.

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