Monday, November 26, 2012

Breakthrough on the Vasquez Line

On my Granny's Mexican side of the family, a big brick wall has been my 2nd-great-grandmother and first wife of Vicente Campuzano, Maria Jesus Vasquez (also spelled Vazquez). Over the weekend I posted an entry showing the birth records for Vicente Jr and Plutarco Campuzano. After further digging in the records for Pitiquito, I've finally been able to open up this branch of the family.

I first found an entry from 24 November 1906, showing of the death record for Jesus Vasquez, wife of Vicente Campuzano. My Spanish is fairly poor, but it shows that she was approximately 35 years old, and her death was recorded at about 4am. I'm having difficultly with the translation on her cause of death.
Source:, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861-1995, Pitiquito, Defunciones 1900-1994, Images 195-196 of 1997.

This record places her year of birth about 1871. Fortunately the birth records for Pitiquito exist for 1871, and thanks to Mexican naming conventions, I have names for my 3rd-great-grandparents on her birth record. The record shows that Maria [?] Vasquez was born the daughter of Gabriel Vasquez and Maria Jesus Suastegui in Pitiquito on 20 May 1871. *Correction 6 Sept 2013 - Helpful Suastegui researcher Raclare has corrected me, the birth record was for a younger sister of Maria Jesus Vasquez. An earlier record confirms Maria Jesus Vasquez was born on 1 October 1866 in Pitiquito and baptized on 21 November 1866.
Source: FamilySearch, Sonora Civil Registration, Pitiquito
Source: Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861-1995, Pitiquito, Nacimientos.

In the Pitiquito death record for 1906 there were three persons named Vasquez. On the entry for Pedro Vasquez, dated 28 May 1906, it listed his age as 40 years old. In checking the birth records for Pitiquito, I found a Jose Pedro Vasquez born on 1 July 1868, to Gabriel Vasquez and Maria Jesus Suastegui. Thankfully this entry is easier to read.
Source: FamilySearch, Sonora, Civil Registration, Pitiquito
The Vasquez family was clearly in Pitiquito for a long time. There is a Francisco Vasquez and a Jesus Vasquez who appear as judges in the early Pitiquito records. I'm looking for more entries on Gabriel Vasquez and family. It is great to finally see further back on this line.

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