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Interesting finds in family genealogy
Apple Pie and SalsaAugust 15, 2012 | 2,177 views | Post a comment
Sometime back, my nephew, Rudy Elizondo, sent me copies of family genealogy that had been compiled by my cousin Abel’s son, Hector Pacheco. I found it so interesting!
For years I have had copies of our family tree given to me by my sister Dalila. It goes back three generations and was not very complete. This one goes back two more generations. What I found most interesting was on the Pacheco side. According to Hector’s research, my great-great-grandfather, José Pacheco, married Mar’a Antonia Conde on Jan. 30, 1832, in San Fernando (Cathedral) in San Antonio. An added note states that her parents, José Antonio Conde and Mar’a Monica Juarez de Conde were the seventh family added to the San Juan Capistrano Mission on July 6, 1817.
Another interesting observation was that the names Fabian and José were passed on down from generation to generation. The name José was repeated even in the same family, as in the case of my great-great-grandfather. He was the first of six sons born to Alvino Pacheco and Encarnacion Pulido. His name was simply José. He was followed by José Leonicio, then José Antonio Ygnacio Nepomunceno. He and the next two, José Venislao and José Sebastian de Jesus were baptized at San Fernando. The last one was named Francisco. He must have felt left out without the name José. And I have to wonder by what name the child with the long name was called.
One of the offspring of José Pacheco and Mar’a Conde was Fabian Sebastian Pacheco, who was to be my great-grandfather twice. He was the father of Manuelita (Papá’s mother) and also José (Mamá’s father). Confusing? Remember, my parents were cousins. Mamá and Papá once told me that their grandfather was originally from a family named Granado, and had been raised by Pachecos, giving him their name. However, these documents state that three generations before him, a Pacheco had married a Granado. There is no more information on that.
At that same time, Papá told me that on the Muñiz side, his grandfather, Doroteo, was a Benzan, raised by a Muñiz family. None of my siblings remembered ever hearing that story. The statistics I have on the Muñiz family do not back up that fact, but it was something they had been told. Perhaps sometimes written facts do not tell the whole story.
More information on Mar’a Conde de Pacheco reveals that she died April 29, 1849, in San Antonio and was buried in the “Camposanto” (holy ground or cemetery). The camposanto is now Milam Park. Most of the remains were moved to San Fernando Cemetery No. 1. At the far east end of Milam Park, there is a memorial with plaques of the names of those buried there.
Someday in the near future, I hope to be able to visit the site and put my finger on the name of my great-great-grandmother. No mention is made of her husband.
After growing up in the Evangelical and Methodist faiths, I didn’t defect when I converted to the Catholic faith. I was merely going back to my roots -- although I didn’t know it then.
I am most grateful to Hector for sharing this bit of history with me and my extended family who might read this.
Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville with her husband, Henry. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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