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At Cuautitlán, November 13, 1730

(Translation)


“Testimonio delas diligencias echa por el Sor factor Dn Manuel Ángel de Villegas Puente para el despacho y aviso delas familias que de orden de S. M. passan ápoblar ala Provincia de los Téjas”


“Testimony of the instructions and route carried out by Señor Factor, Don Manuel de Villegas Puente to dispatch the families who by order of His Majesty, are on their way to colonize the Province of Texas”


In the town of Cuautitlán, on the thirteenth [day] of November, seventeen hundred thirty, D[o]n Manuel Angel de Villegas Puente, factor, overseer, and royal official purveyor of the R[oya]l exchequer and the sub-treasury of Mexico City for H[is] M[ajesty, arrived on the tenth of the present month of November in response to the order of H[is] E[xcellency], Marqués de Casafuerte, Viceroy of  this K[ing]dom, in order to make a new list of the families who came from the Canary Islands by the order of H[is] M[ajesty], and who have been in this town and in the meantime have been given all the underclothes, the outer clothes, and sleeping clothes, arms, horses, munitions, and all the corresponding equipment which they have already received, together with two months advanced wages to each one of the fifty-six persons, as is recorded in the proceeding documents.


All this having been concluded, the said gentlemen had the families appear before him for the purpose of making a last list of them as well as for paying them in person the thirty-six days allowance that has been considered necessary for them to reach Saltillo.  Having to be on their way from this town precisely and punctually tomorrow, each one answered to the roll call and a last account was made of the names, parentage, native lands, and physical appearance of each one by the said gentleman with the intervention of Fran[cis]co Dubal and Juan Leal, as head of the first family, and before D[o]n Fran[cis]co Domingo de Laba, alcalde mayor of this jurisdiction, before me, the royal notary public of this town and the witnesses who helped me.  I testify that this [transaction] was executed in the following manner;



First Family


1.   Juan Leal Goras, son of Antonio Goras and Maria Perez, native of Lanzarote Island, fifty-four years of age, tall, long face, thick beard, dark complexion, sharp nose, blind in the left eye, black beard and hair, brown eyes.


2.   Vicente Leal, son of foregoing and Catharina Rodriguez (deceased), native of the aforesaid island, eighteen years of age, medium height, broad shouldered, long face, beardless, aquiline nose, eyebrows meeting, light brown eyes, black curled hair, black eye-brows, dark complexion.


3.   Bernardo Leal, son of the same [person], native of Lanzarote, round face, Lanzarote, thirteen years of age, tall, broad-shouldered, full-faced, fair complexion, grey beard and hair, light brown eyes, black eyebrows, rather bald at the temples, sharp nose.



Second Family


4.   Juan Curbelo, son of Domingo Curbelo and Maria Martin Enriquez, native of Lanzarote, fifty [fifteen] years of age, tall, broad-shouldered, full-faced, fair complexion, grey beard and hair, light brown eyes, black eyebrows, rather bald at the temples, sharp nose.


5.   Garcia Perdomo y Umpierres, wife of the forgoing and daughter of Marcos Perdomo y Umpierres and Maria Cabrera, native of Lanzarote, forty-six years of age, medium height, large face, dark complexion, black eyes, aquiline nose, black hair and eyebrows.


6.   Joseph Curbelo, son of the aforesaid, native of the aforesaid island, medium height, twenty years of age, broad-shouldered, full-faced, beardless, pitted with small-pox, sharp nose, light brown eyes, dark complexion, black hair and eyebrows.


7.   Juan Francisco Curbelo, son of the aforesaid, native of La Palma, nine years of age, fair complexion, round face, light brown eyes, chestnut eyebrows and hair, thick eyelids.


8.   Maria Curbelo, daughter of Juan above, native of Lanzarote, thirteen years of age, small body, round-faced, dark complexion, red nose.



Third Family


9.   Juan Leal, el Mozo, son of Juan Leal of the first family, native of Lanzarote, thirty years of age, medium height, broad-shouldered, dark complexion, long face, thick beard, sharp nose, meeting eyebrows, curly hair, black eyebrows and hair, eyes almost brown, blobber-lipped.


10. Garcia de Acosta, wife of the foregoing, daughter of Pedro Gonzales Cavreras, and Fran[cis]ca de Acosta, native of the island of Tenerife, thirty years of age, tall, full-faced, fair complexion, light brown eyes, black hair and eyebrows, pointed nose.


11. Manuel Leal, son of the foregoing, native of Lanzarote, round face, twelve years of age, (2  years old), ,dark complexion, aquiline nose, light brown eyes, chestnut curly hair, scar above the left eyebrow.


12. Miguel Leal, son of the foregoing native of Fuerteventura, round face, ten years of age, large brown eyes, meeting eye-brows, light chestnut hair, aquiline nose, scar at the end of the left eyebrow, blobber-lipped, black curly hair.


13. Domingo Leal, son of the foregoing, native of Palma Island, round face, seven years of age, fair complexion, black eyes, reddish hair, flat nose, freckly face.


14. Pedro Leal, son of the foregoing, native of Havana, round face, five months old, fair complexion, black eyes, black hair and eyebrows,.


15. Maria Leal, daughter of the aforesaid, native of Fuerteventura, six years of age, round face, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair and eyebrows.



Fourth Family


16. Antonio Santos,  son of Simon and Anna Rodriguez, native of Lanzarote, fifty years of age, more or less, medium height, broad-shouldered, round face, dark complexion, large nose, black eyes, thin beard, black beard and hair, rather grey and curled, black eyebrows.


17. Isabel Rodriguez, wife of the aforesaid, daughter of Domingo de Vargas and Leonor Rodriguez, thirty-four years of age, native of the aforesaid island, tall, fair complexion, thin nose, round face, light brown eyes, black eyebrows and hair.


18. Miguel Santos, son of above, native of Lanzarote, about seventeen years of age, medium height, broad-shouldered, round face, dark complexion, flat nose, light grey eyes, black eyebrows and curled hair.


19. Catharina Santos, daughter of the aforesaid, native of the same [place], twelve years of age, more or less, round face, dark complexion, black eyes, flat nose, black eyebrows and hair, pitted with small pox.


20. Maria Santos, daughter of the aforesaid, native of La Palma, about seven years of age, long face, dark complexion, brown eyes, thin nose, light chestnut hair and eyebrows.


21. Josepha Santos, daughter of the aforesaid, native of Lanzarote, about two years of age, round face, flat nose, light brown eyes, chestnut hair and eyebrows.



Fifth Family


22. Joseph Padron, native of La Palma, about twenty-two years of age, good physique, long face, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair and eyebrows, thin black beard.


23. Maria Francisca Zanaria, wife of the aforesaid, daughter of Luis Zanaria and Fran[cis]ca Lusgarda, native of Lanzarote, about twenty-two years of age, medium height, slender, thin face, thin nose, light brown eyes, fair complexion, chestnut hair and eyebrows.



Sixth Family


24. Manuel de Niz, son of Juan and Andrea Mireles, native of the Canaries, about fifty years of age, medium height, broad-shouldered, long face, dark complexion, thin beard, flat nose, light brown eyes, black beard and hair, rather bald, black eyebrows.


25. Sebastiana de la Peña, wife of the aforesaid, daughter of Domingo de León, and Gregoria Suarez de la Peña, a little over fifty-two years of age, good figure, dark complexion, long face, black hair, eyes and eyebrows, thin nose.



Seventh Family


26. Vicente Álvarez Travieso, son of Juan Álvarez Travieso and Catharina Cayetana, native of Tenerife, medium height, twenty-five years of age, broad-shouldered, round face, thin nose, light brown eyes, thick beard, fair complexion, chestnut curled hair.


27. Maria Ana Curbelo, wife of the aforesaid, daughter of Juan Curbelo and Garcia [sic] Perdomo Umpienes, native of Lanzarote, about eighteen years of age, medium height, broad-shouldered, fair complexion, long face, light brown eyes, chestnut hair and eyebrows, thin nose.



Eighth Family


28. Salvador Rodriguez, son of Fran[cis]co Rodriguez and Isabel de los Reyes, native of Lanzarote, about forty-two years of age, good physique, broad face, dark complexion, greenish eyes, thick beard, rather grey, black hair.


29. Maria Perez Cabrera, wife of the aforesaid, daughter of Domingo and Maria Perez, native of Lanzarote, about forty-two years of age, good figure, long face, dark complexion, thin nose, light brown eyes, black hair and eyebrows.


30. Patricio Rodriguez, son of above, native of Lanzarote, about fifteen years of age, medium height, slender, dark complexion, light brown eyes, thin face, chestnut hair and eyebrows.



Ninth Family


31. Francisco de Arocha, son of Simon de Arocha and Angela Fran[cis]ca, native of La Palma, twenty-seven years of age, tall, long face, brown eyes, dark complexion, meeting eyebrows, thick beard, thin nose, black hair.


32. Juana Curbelo, wife of the aforesaid, daughter of Juan Curbelo and Garcia Perdomo de Umpierres, native of Lanzarote, fourteen years of age, full-faced, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair and eyebrows, flat nose.



Tenth Family


33. Antonio Rodriguez, son of Juan and Maria del Carmen, native of the city of Canary, eighteen years of age more or less, medium height, broad-shouldered, full-faced, fair complexion, pitted with small-pox, Roman nose, brown eyes, chestnut hair and eyebrows, mole on right cheek.


34. Josefa de Niz, daughter of Manuel de Niz and Sebastiana de la Peña, wife of the foregoing, native of the Canaries, good figure, nineteen years of age, long face, pitted with small-pox, black eyes, hair and eyebrows, thin nose, dark complexion.



Eleventh Family


35  Joseph Leal, son of Juan Leal Goras and Louisa Hernandez, native of Lanzarote, twenty-two years of age, good physique, long face, dark complexion, thick beard, black hair and eyebrows, meeting of eye-brows, thin nose.


36  Ana Santos, wife of the foregoing, daughter of Antonio Santos and Isabel Rodriguez, native of Lanzarote, fifteen years of age more or less, medium height, broad shoulders, full face, fair complexion, lively brown eyes, flat nose, light chestnut hair and eyebrows.



Twelfth Family


37. Juan Delgado, son of Luis Delgado and Maria Melean, native of Lanzarote, nineteen years of age more or less, good physique, broad shoulders, round face, dark complexion, meeting eyebrows, brown eyes, chestnut hair and eyebrows, the beard is beginning to show.


38. Catharina Leal, daughter of Juan Leal and Lucia Hernandez, wife of the foregoing, native of Lanzarote, about sixteen years of age, medium height, dark complexion, flat face, flat nose, lively brown eyes, black hair and eyebrows.



Thirteenth Family

(without father and mother)


39. Joseph Cabrera, son of Juan Cabrera and Maria Rodriguez, native of Lanzarote, about fifty [fifteen] years of age, medium height, broad shoulders, dark complexion, round face, flat nose, pitted with small-pox, brown eyes, chestnut hair and eyebrows, blobber-lipped.


40. Marcos Cabrera, son of the foregoing, native of Lanzarote, about six years of age, dark complexion, round face, black eyes, hair and eyebrows, Roman nose.


41. Ana de Cabrera, daughter of the aforesaid, native of Lanzarote, about thirteen years of age, medium height, slender, long face, dark complexion, light brown eyes, chestnut hair and eyebrows.



Fourteenth Family

(Widow of Juan Rodriguez Granadillo)


42. Maria Rodriguez-Provayna, daughter of Manuel and Paula Umpierres, native of Lanzarote, about twenty-seven years of age, good figure, slender, long face, fair complexion, black hair and eyebrows, thin nose.


43. Pedro Rodriguez Granadillo, son of Juan Rodriguez and the foregoing, about thirteen years of age, good physique, fair complexion, broad shoulders, full face, light brown eyes, thin nose, light chestnut hair and eyebrows, pitted with smallpox.


44. Manuel Fran[cis]co Rodriguez Granadillo, son of the foregoing, native of Lanzarote, about three years of age, fair complexion, reddish hair, blue eyes.


45. Josefa Rodriguez Granadillo, daughter of the foregoing, native of the same [place], full faced, about ten years of age, fair complexion, Roman nose, golden eyes, chestnut hair.


46. Paula Rodriguez Granadillo, daughter of the aforesaid, about eight years of age, native of the same [place], fair complexion, Roman nose, round face, black eyes hair and eyebrows.


47. Maria Rodriguez Granadillo, daughter of the aforesaid, five years of age, native of Lanzarote, round face, fair complexion, reddish hair and eyebrows, brown eyes.


48. Juan de Acuña, Rodriguez Granadillo, son of the aforesaid, native of Cuautitlán, about one month old, round face, fair complexion, blue eyes, reddish hair and eyebrows, flat nose.



Fifteenth Family

(Widow of Lucas Delgado)


49. Mariana Meleano, daughter of Fran[cis]co and Ynes de Hoyos, native of Lanzarote, about thirty years of age, good figure, fair complexion, long face, black hair, eyes, and eyebrows.


50. Francisco Delgado,  son of Lucas and the foregoing, native of the same [place], about sixteen years of age, medium height, fair complexion, thin nose, light brown eyes, chestnut hair and eyebrows, two moles on the right cheek.

 

51. Domingo Delgado, son of the aforesaid, native of the same [place], two years of age, fair complexion, round face, reddish hair, thin nose, greenish eyes.


52. Leonor Delgado,  daughter of the foregoing, about four years of age, native of Lanzarote, round face, fair complexion, large black eyes, black hair and eyebrows.



The Four Unmarried Men

(later designated as the Sixteenth Family)



53. Phelipe Perez,  son of Domingo and Maria Granados, native of Tenerife, twenty years of age, medium height, broad shoulders, long face, dark complexion, thin nose, blue eyes, black hair and eyebrows, large forehead.


54. Joseph Antonio Perez,  brother of the foregoing and son of the same parents, native of the same [place], nineteen years of age, good physique, long face, thin nose, black hair, eyes and eyebrows.


55. Martin Lorenzo de Armas, son of Roque and Teresa de Aviles, native of one of the Canary Islands, about twenty years of age, good physique, broad shoulders, round face, dark complexion, flat nose, long eyebrows, brown eyes, black beard, eyebrows and hair, three moles on the left cheek toward the nose,.


56. Ignacio Lorenzo de Armas, brother of the foregoing and son of same parents, native of the same [place], about twenty-two years of age, good physique, long face, dark complexion, thin nose, black eyes, beard and eyebrows and hair, pitted with the small-pox, several moles between the nose and the left cheek.


Thus the fifty-six persons of the said families answered the roll call and the final list was made, each one receiving eighteen pesos in cash, before me, the present royal notary p[ubl]ic.  I testify it was in this manner executed and with the intervention of Fran[cis]co Dubal and Juan Leal, before D[o]n Fran[cis]co Domingo de Laba, alcalde mayor of this jurisdiction.


 The witnesses were;

 D[o]n Thomas Zubiria

 D[o]n Joseph Carillo

 D[o]n Juan Manuel Ximens.


Sources:


1.  Mattie Alice Austin, The Municipal Government of San Fernando de Bexar, 1730-1800,  (The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association), pp. 331-338.


2.  This is a literal copy of  a document in the V.O. King Collection, now in the State Library of Texas.  It was translated by Luis de Tejada from originals once on file in the office of the secretary of State at Austin.  De Tejada’s affidavit appended to the translations is dated June, 1882.  The originals can not now be found.


Notes:


#8  Maria Curbelo somehow was omitted from the English transcription of the document.  T


#11. Manuel Leal, age is given as twelve years of age, the Matti Alice Austin list him as 2 years old.


#39.  Joseph Cabrera’s age is given as fifty years old.  It should read 15 years old.


  Tenerife is spelled Teneriffe throughout the document.

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