Monday, February 29, 2016

Renewing vows

I have previously posted quite a bit on my 2nd-great-grandparents Vicente Campuzano and Maria Jesus Vasquez, including their Informacion Matrimonial document from 5 February 1890 and their marriage record on 2 May 1890. When Ancestry released a set of indexed Mexican civil records from Sonora, I stumbled onto a curious marriage record for Vicente and Maria Jesus dated 9 November 1906, two weeks before Maria Jesus died on 24 November 1906 in Pitiquito, Sonora. It looks like they renewed their vows. The ceremony occurred at the home of Ana Maria Orosco, grandmother of Maria Jesus.

My Spanish is poor, but it looks like Maria Jesus had a serious heart condition. They knew she was dying, and wanted to renew their vows before she passed. Her brother Miguel Vasquez was a witness.

The document also lists the then-living children of Vicente and Maria Jesus and their birth dates:
- Maria Jesus Campuzano
- Vicente Campuzano
- Plutarco Campuzano (my great-grandfather)
- Maria Concepcion Campuzano

I wonder about the reasoning for this ceremony, and why they went through this process before Maria Jesus passed.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Remembering the move

Ten years ago this weekend, we packed up the family and two cats for a cross-country move from Northern Virginia to sunny Los Angeles, California. It seems hard to believe it has been that long ago. I instantly felt at home. Perhaps that is because I was not the first of the family make the journey west to California.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Downtown LA from Runyon Canyon. 17 Apr 2009.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Santa Monica Pier & beach, 2 Sept 2008.
Our daughter was just four months old when we made the move. We later added our little guy to the family while in LA in 2009. I have fond memories to taking them down to Santa Monica beach, or Malibu and Paradise Cove. We also made frequent visits to the Getty Museum and Villa, the LA Zoo, UCLA and points in between.

In any case, we had four great years there before returning across the country to Northern Virginia. I regularly go back for meetings at the hub office, and LA remains one of my favorite places in the world. With this post I wanted remember those days in LA, and I look forward to my next visit to my West Coast home.
Photo by Patrick Jones. The view from our condo. May 2009.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Miami Street Art 2015

Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Eduardo Kobra.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Eduardo Kobra. Wynwood Walls, 16 Jun 2015.
Next week I have another Miami layover as part of international travel, so I am very excited to have an opportunity to explore the street art at Wynwood Walls. I am really looking forward to seeing new murals from the recent Art Basel Miami. Here are a few more shots from my Miami street art layover from 16 June 2015 (see Part 1 and Part 2 at these links, and a few more photos herehere and here).

Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Tristan Eaton. Wynwood Walls, 16 Jun 2015.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Rone. Wynwood Walls, 16 Jun 2015.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Wynwood Walls, Miami. 16 Jun 2015.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Maria Antonia

From my current research, the second daughter of Vicente Antonio Campuzano and Benancia Gutierrez was Maria Antonia Campuzano. She was born between 1834 and 1836 in Arizpe, Sonora, and married Juan Bautista Calles in Hermosillo.
Painting by Eileen Monaghan Whitaker. Bird Watcher, 1989.
Maria Antonia and Juan Bautista Calles had at least the following children, all in Hermosillo:
- Arnulfo Ramon Calles (1866 - )
- Maria del Carmen Calles (1868 - )
- Ramon Modesto Urbano Calles (1870 - )
- Emilia Manuela Calles (1873 - 1950)

Curiously, Maria Antonia and Juan Bautista Calles were recorded as married in the Mexican Civil Registration records in Hermosillo on 23 February 1872 (after the birth of 3 of their children). The document lists both of their parents. On 6 January 1872, they appear in the Civil Registration records with various witnesses, including her brothers Francisco and Ygnacio Campuzano. The official stamps provide a great flourish on the top of this record.

The baptism record for Maria del Carmen Calles, dated 20 October 1868, lists Francisco Calles and Maria Jesus Campuzano as padrinos. Maria Jesus would have been 21 years old then.
FamilySearch, Image 495 of 538. Mexico Catholic Church Records.
The 1871 baptism record for Ramon Modesto Urbano Calles clearly lists the names of Juan Bautista Calles and Maria Antonia. Benancia Gutierrez is also listed as a padrino.

In the 1873 baptism record of Emilia Manuela Calles, Maria Antonia's sister Jesus Campuzano is again listed as a padrino. Her husband Francisco Calles must have died before September 1873, as he is not listed here.
FamilySearch, Image 555 of 603.
Maria Antonia and husband Juan Bautista Calles adopted Plutarco Elias Calles, and perhaps several of Jesus Campuzano's children after her death in 1880.

The engagement record for Plutarco Elias Calles and Francisca Bernal (dated 9 August 1897 in Hermosillo) lists Plutarco as a son of Juan Bautista Calles and Jesus Campuzano.

Maria Antonia Campuzano de Calles died on 11 January 1899 in Hermosillo. Her death record states she was 58 years old, I do not think this was accurate based on other records.

Update 6 Mar 2017
I am updating this page based on guidance received from another researcher looking into the Calles family. I had previously listed two sons of Juan Bautista Calles and Maria Antonia Campuzano as Ramon Calles. This is an error. I have merged the two on my tree and am in the process of cleaning up my data.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Family Connections

On 12 February 1864 in Hermosillo, Sonora, twenty-nine year old Francisco Calles married sixteen year old Jesus Campuzano. She was a daughter of my third-great-grandfather Vicente Campuzano and his first wife Benancia Gutierrez. Based on this entry, Francisco was born about 1835, and Jesus Campuzano was born in 1847.
Ancestry, Mexico Church Records, Hermosillo. Image 557.
Francisco and Jesus settled in Hermosillo and had at least the following children:
- Aquila Clemencia Calles (23 Jan 1867 - )
- Jose Carlos Calles (1868 - )
- Francisco Calles

Aquila Clemencia Calles' baptism record lists her grandmother Benancia Gutierrez as a godmother. She was baptized on 10 March 1867.
Ancestry, Mexico Church Records, Hermosillo. Image 280.
Francisco Calles died sometime before 1874. Jesus Campuzano would have been about 27 years old then. In 1874, her mother Benancia was living in Guaymas, Sonora, and it looks like Jesus moved there with her young children (or perhaps Francisco Calles had moved there with the family before his death). 1874 was also the year Jesus' cousin Alejandra Ayón married Fernando Pesqueira in Guaymas. Alejandra would have been 24 years old.

In April 1874, Jesus Campuzano gave birth to a daughter, Maria Dolores. The father was Plutarco Elias, originally of Ures, Sonora, who had moved to Guaymas and was working in the city government. According to a book by Jürgen Buchenau, it does not appear that Jesus Campuzano married Plutarco Elias. They had a son, Plutarco Elias, in September 1877. Shortly afterward, Plutarco Elias left Guaymas, leaving Jesus to take care of the young children on her own. Jesus Campuzano died in Guaymas in 1880 when she was about 33 years old. The Plutarco Elias Calles archive in Mexico City and Jürgen Buchenau's 2007 book, Plutarco Elias Calles and the Mexican Revolution, has a photo of Jesus Campuzano:
Büchenau, page 33, and FAPEC. Jesus Campuzano.

In last Tuesday's post on Guaymas, Sonora, I wrote how Alejandra Ayón, daughter of Librada Campuzano de Ayón, hosted the wedding of Aquila Calles and Belisario Moreno in August 1885. This marriage record shows Aquila was 18 years old. As both of her parents had died before 1885, Aquila's brother Francisco provided his consent to the marriage.
Ancestry, Mexico Civil Registrations, Hermosillo. Image 355.
Ancestry, Mexico Civil Registrations, Hermosillo. Image 356.
After Jesus' death, Dolores and Plutarco were taken in by relatives in Hermosillo and Guaymas. Juan Bautista Calles adopted Plutarco (he took the name Plutarco Elias Calles and used that name the remainder of his life). Juan Bautista Calles may have been a brother of Francisco Calles, but he had also married Jesus Campuzano's sister Maria Antonia Campuzano, and therefore he was an uncle of Dolores and Plutarco. Juan Bautista Calles has another connection as a son of Joseph Manuel Calles and Manuela Flores, my 5th-great-grandparents.

Juan Bautista Calles was a well-off merchant in Hermosillo. According to his death record, Juan Bautista Calles died on 6 November 1922 at the age of 80 years old.

There are several documents in the Mexican records on Juan Bautista Calles and Maria Antonia Campuzano, which I will save for a subsequent post. Dolores Elias Calles shows up in many records as well, including border crossing records between Sonora and Arizona. Dolores also shows up in the 1900 US Census as spouse of Jesus Osuna. Her aunt Librada Campuzano de Ayón was living with the family at the time (listed as mother-in-law of Jesus), so clearly there was a close connection between Dolores and the Campuzano family after the death of her mother Jesus. According to the census entry, Dolores arrived in the US in 1888. Librada arrived in 1886.

Dolores Elias Calles married Jesus Osuna in Arizona on 13 February 1893. They lived in Tucson for some time, but later moved across the border to Agua Prieta, the same town where Dolores' aunt Librada and uncle Crescencio Campusano lived. Agua Prieta played another central role for the family, as Dolores' brother Plutarco Elias Calles became mayor of the town in 1911.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Letter List

In April 1889, Librada Campuzano de Ayón was living in Tucson, although she may not have been in town at the time. A letter was sent to her attention, and was on hold with the Postmaster. A notice was published in the Tucson Weekly Citizen on 20 April 1889 including her name as someone who had a letter waiting at the post office. She would have been 60 years old then., 20 Apr 1889, Tucson Weekly Citizen.
I wonder who sent the letter, was it from a sister or brother in Mexico? Or from siblings who had moved to California?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Guaymas, Sonora

Last week I wrote about Librada Campuzano de Ayón, the older half-sister of my 2nd-great-grandfather Vicente Campuzano. I have found additional documents for Librada, identifying the name of her husband and locating two children. Librada was born in Arizpe, Sonora in 1829. At some point, she met Jesus Ayón, who was from Ures, Sonora. They had at least two children - Jose Polonio Guillermo Ayón and Alejandra Ayón. Alejandra was born 1850 in Ures. At some point, Librada and family went from Ures to the port city of Guaymas.
Source: Ancestry, Mexico Postcards collection. Guaymas, Sonora.
Alejandra married Fernando Pesqueira in Guaymas on 14 November 1874. The civil registration document for Alejandra and Fernando references Alejandra's grandparents, Vicente Campuzano and his first wife Benancia Gutierrez. Based on the information in this document, Vicente was dead by 1874, but Benancia was still alive and listed as 60 years old. The parents of Jesus Ayón are also listed as Jose Ayón of Alamos, Sonora, and Maria Ygnacia Espinoza of Sinaloa. Both were still living and at the time were in Guaymas.

Alejandra provides a link with the Calles family, as she hosted the marriage of Belisario Moreno and Aquila Calles on 14 August 1885 in Hermosillo. Aquila was a daughter of Maria Jesus Campuzano (Librada Campuzano's younger sister) and Francisco Calles. I will have much more on the connection between the Campuzano and Calles family in a subsequent post.

I do not yet have death dates for Benancia Gutierrez de Campuzano, but anecdotal information shows that she may have died in Guaymas. This is also where her daughter Maria Jesus Campuzano died in 1880. This port city clearly played a role in the lives of several branches of my Mexican side of the family.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Another connection for the Quijada and Dias families

In continuing the review of my 4th-great-grandparents Jose Jesus Dias and Maria Dolores Preciado, the parents of Jose de Jesus Marcario Dias, I uncovered a link to my other 4th-great-grandparents, Jose Quijada and Maria Josefa Gradias, the parents of Dolores Quijada. Dolores had an older sister, Luciana Quijada, who married Jose Carmen Dias, brother of Jose de Jesus. Luciana was born about 1829, and she married Jose Carmen Dias on 10 May 1852 in Hermosillo. The entry below lists both sets of 4th-great-grandparents.
Ancestry, Mexico Select Church Records, Hermosillo, Image 385.
Luciana and Jose Carmen had a daughter, Maria Tomasa Diaz, who was baptized on 30 December 1853 in Hermosillo. Josefa Gradias is listed on the baptism record. Maria Tomasa died on 19 December 1874 in Pueblo de Seris. The document says she was 18 but was 21.

Luciana and Jose Carmen had another daughter, Maria Librada Dias, who was born in September 1857 in Pueblo de Seris. Maria Librada married Nestor Camacho on 4 October 1875 in Hermosillo.

Luciana died on 26 May 1867 in Pueblo de Seris. Her parents Jose Quijada and Maria Josefa Gradias are listed in the document.

Jose Quijada and Maria Josefa Gradias had at least the following children:
- Jesus Quijada
- Luciana Quijada (1829-1867)
- Juan Sirilo de Jesus Quijada (1841-)
- Maria Victoriana de los Dolores Quijada (1844-1917)
- Maria Jenobeba Quijada
- Juan Luis de Jesus Quijada
- Mariana de Los Angeles Quijada

On the Dias side of the family, Jose Jesus Dias and Maria Dolores Preciado had several children in Pueblo de Seris and Hermosillo:
- Jose Carmen Dias
- Maria de Jesus Dias (1839-)
- Jesus Eligio Dias
- Maria Casilda Dias (1840-)
- Jose de Jesus Macario Dias (1841-1884)
- Maria Juana Dias (1845-1873)

I am continuing to look for additional records on the Dias and Quijada families in Hermosillo and Pueblo de Seris.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Artisan

Following the recap on my 3rd-great-grandmother Dolores Quijada, I turn to her husband, my 3rd-great-grandfather Jose de Jesus Diaz. He was born in March 1841, and was a son of Jose Jesus Dias and Maria Dolores Preciado. He was baptized on 10 March 1841 and his full name was Jose de Jesus Macario Dias.
Ancestry, Mexican Civil Registrations, Hermosillo, Image 212 of 746.

Jose de Jesus and Dolores were married around 1861 or 1862. As an update on my previous post on their family from 16 November 2014, below is a list of their children.
- Antonio Diaz (1862-1949)
- Teresa Diaz (1867-1940)
- Jose Miguel Diaz (1869-)
- Jose Antonio Miguel Diaz (1871-)
- Gregorio A. Diaz (1874-1956)
- Manuel Diaz (1875-1962)
- Emelina Diaz (1879-1883)
- Tomas Diaz (1882-1918)
- Maria de Jesus Diaz (1884-1967)

Between 1867-1882, the family records appear in Hermosillo, but by 1883, the appear in Pueblo de Seris. Jose de Jesus Diaz appears in the Mexico, Civil Registration records in the Pueblo de Seris on 23 January 1884. According to his death record, he was an artisan. He died at the age of 42 due to heart disease.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Revisiting Dolores

Back in November 2014, I wrote about the younger sister of my 2nd-great-grandmother Teresa Diaz, and her family with Francisco Mirazo in the border town of Nogales. Maria de Jesus Diaz and Francisco were living with my 3rd-great-grandmother, Dolores Quijada. The addition of new records on Ancestry allowed me to piece together a bit more information on Dolores. She was born in 1844. From 1867 to 1882, the baptism records for Dolores' seven children were in Hermosillo, but by 1883 she and husband Jose de Jesus Diaz were in the Pueblo de Seris, Sonora.
Frederic Whitaker, The Pot Vendor, 1949.
I do not know for certain whether Jose de Jesus or Dolores was of Seri descent, but it seems likely one of them was. This is a huge find. According to our AncestryDNA results, my Mom has 11% Native American ancestry, my Aunt Linda has 13% and Aunt Patty 12%. My sister inherited 5% Native American DNA, and I have 4%. So perhaps the Seri people are the source.

It is not clear where Dolores went immediately after the death of Jose de Jesus in 1884. It looks like she was pregnant with daughter Maria de Jesus Diaz when Jose died. She would have had several young children to care for too. Perhaps she had help from family in Pueblo de Seris. But it looks like she returned to Hermosillo, perhaps living with the family of my 2nd-great-grandmother Teresa Diaz.

After Maria de Jesus married Francisco Mirazo, they settled in Nogales. Dolores joined them and lived for several years there, probably helping with their first three children Francisco (1911), Dolores (1913) and Gustavo (1916). Dolores Quijada died in October 1917. Her death record says she was 72.
Ancestry, Mexican Civil Registrations, Nogales, Image 510.

Update - After some further digging, I found Dolores' baptism record. She was baptized on 27 March 1844 in Hermosillo. Her full name was Maria Victoriana de los Dolores Quijada and she was four days old. Her parents were Jose Quijada and Josefa Gradias, and these were my 4th-great-grandparents.

Finding this document opened up another set of entries referencing Dolores' siblings in Hermosillo, and revealed another connection to the Diaz (or Dias) family through Dolores' sister, Luciana Quijada.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

So many records

I am not certain when Ancestry added indexed Mexican Civil Registration records from FamilySearch, but it has been a huge addition for clarifying the various branches on my Mexican side of tree. The new records have included some brick wall breakthroughs and appear to have confirmed a family story about a connection to a Mexican President. I am taking my time to go through the results before bringing these discoveries to the blog. It is a good problem to have.
Frederic Whitaker, La Casa de las Flores, 1968.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Yesterday's find on Librada Campuzano led to another discovery of a previously unknown Campuzano, Librada's younger brother, Crescencio Campuzano. He was born in Arizpe around 1839, and he died in Agua Prieta, Sonora on 28 December 1917.
Ancestry, Mexican Civil Registrations, Agua Prieta, Image 330 of 2182.
Ancestry, Mexican Civil Registration, Agua Prieta, Image 331 of 2182.

The death record confirms Crescencio as a son of Vicente Campuzano and Benancia Gutierrez. It is interesting to see Ignacio and Arturo Osuna listed here. They were sons of Jesus Osuna, who appears as son-in-law of Librada Ayón and head of household in the 1900 US Census in Pima County, Arizona. Clearly Crescenio and Librada had a close connection with the Osuna family in Agua Prieta. I cannot tell from this record if Crescencio had his own family or if there were other members of the Campuzano family in Agua Prieta.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Back in 2012, I found a reference to Librada Campuzano, a sister of my 2nd-great-grandfather Vicente Campuzano, in a border crossing record dated 18 February 1918. She has largely remained a mystery, and I have been unable to find any other documents that might shed more light on how she fits into the Campuzano family puzzle. I now know that Librada was an older half-sister of Vicente, who lived to be at least 92 years old before passing in March 1921.
Painting by Frederic Whitaker, Village Fountain, 1954.

Librada Campuzano was a daughter of my third-great-grandfather Vicente Antonio Campuzano and his first wife Benancia Gutierrez. She was born in Arizpe, Sonora about 1829. Her death record is in the recently indexed Mexican Civil Registration records on Ancestry, showing that she died in the border town of Agua Prieta, Sonora on 31 March 1921. The document states she was born in Arizpe and lists her parents. It also shows she was a widow of man whose last name was Ayón. The witness on the death record was Jesus Osuna, who appears to have been her son-in-law.
Ancestry, Mexican Civil Registrations, Death records, Agua Prieta, Image 484.
In the 1900 US Census, Librada Ayón appears in the household of Jesus Osuna and his wife Loris Osuna in Pima County, Arizona. According to the census taker's notation, Librada had been in the US for 14 years, arriving in 1886. Loris is a short form of the name Dolores.

I have not yet been able to find other records on Librada, but she must have remained in Tucson for several years before moving across the border to Agua Prieta. 

There is a marriage record for Jesus Osuna and Dolores Calles in Arizona on 13 February 1893. It is curious to see the last name Calles as the maiden name for Dolores. Librada's sister, Maria Antonia Campuzano, had married Juan Bautista Calles. Right now I do not have much more to go on.