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Alafita Research
Posted by: Ramon Sanchez (ID *****6718) Date: February 27, 2008 at 09:43:23
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My name is Ramon Sanchez and I am a direct descendant of the Alafita family that lived in Lampazos de Naranjo, NL Mexico from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. I am sharing some of the information I have collected from US census and Mexican church records on the family. I believe that most if not all of the Alafitas who are in the US today descend from this family. I am sharing this information that it may help you with your search, as well as to see if someone has made a connection I am trying to make. There is a man named Juan Gaspar Alafita in Merida, 1745. I think this may be the father of Roberto Alafita, who is the first of the Alafitas in Lampazos. Has anyone made that connection? Please contact me if you have more information on this family or if you have questions on my information. Thanks.

Information regarding the on-going search for Alafitas as February 25, 2008

Alafitas Entry into the United States

Jose Felix Alafita Garcia is the first Alafita to come to the United States. He was from Lampazos de Naranjo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. By the time he leaves this colonial town, the Alafitas have lived there for 65 years. They moved there from San Antonio de la Iguana, NL, Mexico around 1785. We first find Felix in the 1850 US census in Eagle Pass, TX. This is the first US Texas census, since Texas became a state in 1846. His occupation is indicated as cart-man. This is important because this ties him to a major contract in Eagle Pass at that time. The US-Mexican War, 1846-48, was settled by the treaty of Hidalgo. This document required the US to keep the Indians that resided in the US from attacking Northern Mexico and taking slaves/property. Gold had been discovered in California in 1849 and individuals were traveling through this part of Texas to get to El Paso and then on to California. There was also a need to protect commercial traffic between San Antonio and El Paso. For these reasons the US decided to build a number of forts on the road along the way from San Antonio to El Paso. The first was Ft Duncan at Eagle Pass in 1850. The TX GenWeb Project in Maverick County, Eagle Pass, indicates the following: “Frederick Groos was among the first to establish a commercial business in Eagle Pass, when he secured a contract to haul supplies for the Army at Fort Duncan. Groos was able to convince seventy Mexican families to settle near the fort and engage in the freighting business. The majority of these families emigrated from the Mexican river villages and missions…” (One mission is located in Lampazos, where Felix is from.) Felix is in Eagle Pass with his family, first wife-Maria Rita Enriques and at least two children. I have not tracked any descendants in the US from this family. We don’t know what happened to Felix’s first wife, but they have their third and last child in 1855.

In the 1860 census Felix is in Ft Clark Springs TX. This fort was built in 1852 and another fort built after the treaty of Hidalgo. By this time, Felix is married to his second wife, Melitona, and they already have three children. Felix and Melitona have six children that we have documented. All the Alafitas I have tracked in the US are related to three of their sons: Jesus (1858), Julian (1863) and Alejos (1865). See the information from the 1880 census below.

In the 1870 census Felix is back in Eagle Pass and he is working as a farm hand.

Information provided by the 1880 US census, Webb County, Texas,
Precinct 3.

Felix Alafita (father of Jesus, Julian and Alejos)
       Birth year:       1820 (60)
       Birth place:       Mex
       Occupation:       Works on farm
       Head of household

Melitona Alafita (Felix’s second wife and the mother of the three Alafita boys born in Texas.)
       Birth year:       1823 (57)
       Birth place:       Mex
       Occupation:       Keeps house

Julian Alafita
Birth year:       1863 (17) (killed in shoot-out 1890-1891)
       Birth place:       Tex
       Occupation:       Works on farm

Alejos Alafita
       Birth year:       1865 (15) (dies natural causes approx. 1898)
       Birth place:       Tex
       Occupation:       Works on farm

Jesus Alafita (Papa Jesus. He and second wife Eulalia Galindo, married in 1889, take-in Eulogia after her mother Feliciana dies in childbirth. Feliciana is first married to Julian and has three children: Francisco (1886), Encarnacion (1887) and Anita (1889). Feliciana marries Alejos when Julian is killed. Eulogia is Alejos’ daughter.)
       Birth year:       1858 (22)
       Birth place:       Tex
       Occupation:       Works on farm
       Head of household

Sepopa Alafita (First wife of Jesus. Not sure what happened to her. She has three children at this time with the last name of Vaca, so not Jesus’ children. Note age difference. She and Jesus have two children: “Juan” Clemente 1880 (his descendants are now in Ohio) and Margarita 1882.
       Birth year:       1849 (31)
       Birth place:       Tex
       Occupation:       Works on farm

Information below is from the church records of San Juan Bautista, Lampazos de Naranjo, Nuevo Leon

I found Felix’s baptismal record, it reads:

12 June 1820. Jose Felix Lafita Garcia. Father, Jose Nicanor Lafita Basques. Mother, Maria Juliana Garcia. (Felix marries Maria Rita Enriques on 26 July 1845.)

Note Alafita has been changed to Lafita. However, Nicanor and Juliana have six other children and the last name is spelled Alafita, Lafita or Laphita. I have just listed them below as Alafita.)

6 June 1812. Juan Antonio Alafita Garcia (Dies by 1818, not in census)

14 Nov 1814. Jose de Jesus Alafita Garcia

17 April 1817. Maria Del Carmen Sonobia Alafita Garcia

26 Jan 1826. Maria Ysabel Alafita Garcia

21 Oct 1828. Maria Teresa de Jesus Alafita Garcia

04 April 1831. Jose Mateo Alafita Garcia (He moved to Laredo Texas and marries in 1853. He is a member of Company I, 33rd Cavalry Regiment of the Confederate States of America, during the Civil War. This unit also known as the Benavidez Regiment fights in the Battle of Laredo. Mateo survives the war and is discharged as a private.)

Felix’s father and mothers’, baptismal records read:

10 Feb 1788. Lafita, Jose Nicanor, a mestiso, 28 days old, legitimate son of Roberto Lafita and Maria (de Guadalupe) Basques, mestisos of this city.

15 Jan 1788. Garcia, Maria Juliana, 9 days old, a mestisa, legitimate child of Valentin Garcia and Maria Orosco, mestisos of this city.

The oldest record of an Alafita is for the baptism of Nicanor’s older sister, in 1785. Note the spelling of the name. This is the French spelling of the name. Just like the famous French pirate Jean Lafitte. In fact, when Lafitte is imprisoned in Mexico he is referred to as: Juan Lafita. It reads:

Lafite, Juana Josefa, a mestisa, 15 days old, legitimate child of Roberto Lafite and Maria Guadalupe Basques, Spanish, from Yguana. (This town is actually San Antonio de la Iguana today. It is less than 10 miles from Lampazos.) Godparents: Jose Estevan Gonzales and Maria Dolores Tijerina. Fr. Esparza baptized the child.

I have recently found the baptismal record for Maria de Guadalupe Basques, who is the mother of Juana Josefa and Jose Nicanor. She was baptized in Lampazos in 1758, by her parents Francisco Basques and Margarita Munoz. They married on November 8, 1751 in Lampazos de Naranjo. Note that Maria de Guadalupe’s last name is spelled both as Bosques and Basques. She is the fourth child of this family baptized in Lampazos. The first was baptized in 1752. Francisco Basques and Margarita Munoz are the great, great, great, great, great grandparents of the two researchers below and any of our first cousins.

Information above was researched by Ramon and Raul Sanchez, grandsons of Eulogia Alafita, who is the daughter of Alejos Alafita and granddaughter of Jose Felix Alafita Garcia.

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