Leal Family Genealogy Forum
Steve: I would love to exchange information. I have information on my direct line, starting with Antonio Leal, Jr. and Dorotea Longoria. I only have info on the son from which I am descended, nothing on the other children, but I know it is available at the LDS library. Would any of my stuff help? I am very interested in finding out who Antonio Leal, Sr.'s parents were. I have not been able to find a connection with the Canary Islanders. It's strange because there are so many close connections that they had to at least have known one another. For example: A Canary Islander named Bernardo Leal owned the Santa Rita Ranch just south of San Antonio for many years. Most of it was taken away in the late 1700s by the Spanish government and he was left penniless, with the exception of cattle and other property he secretly left with neighborns, the Arocha and Seguin families. When Antonio Leal Sr. and Gertrudis de los Santos returned to San Antonio from North Texas, they returned to a spot not far from the old Santa Rita Ranch. They were banished from Texas in 1801 and lived their lives on a ranch just south of the Rio Grande, near San Andres de Nava. It is there that Antonio Jr. and Dorotea Longoria married and had their children. They moved back to the San Antonio area in the 1850s with grown children. (This was after Texas became a Republic, no longer under Spanish rule.) The census shows them in what is now the Graytown community, a stone's throw from Santa Rita Ranch, living next door to charles Gray, whose wife was an Arocha daughter. Too coincidental.
By the way, I grew up on the family ranch in Wilson County, also a few miles from the original Santa Rita Ranch. And I grew up with a bunch of Arochas, Seguins and other old families.
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