Tijerina Family Genealogy Forum
A relative of my grandmother, I think one of her aunts, was given
information by relatives on the Tijerina side. I can't find the woman who
was given this information and my grandmother says she is probably dead and
she never had any childen.
This is the information she gave us:
MEMORANDUM OF THE FAMILY TREE OF MISS CELIA TIJERINA.
Miss Celia Tijerina is a descendant of one of the colonists of Jose de
Escandon to-wit: Jose Salvador de la Garza, original grantee of the Esperitu
Santo Grant, in Cameron County, wherein the city of Brownsville is located.
Jose Salvador de la Garza was married to Gertrudis de la Garza Falcon, a
daughter of Blas Maria de la Garza Falcon, original founder of Camargo,
Mexico. Both were residents and settlers who Camargo, Mexico. They had 3
children: Francisca Xaviera, Blas Maria, and Maria Margarita.
Francisca Xaviera married Jose de Coseascochea and they had two daughters,
Estefana and Feliciana.
Feliciana married Juan Jose Tijerina and they had ten children. One of them
was Antonio Tijerina. He married Catarina Cavazos and they had four
children: Dolores, Tomas, Santiago and Miguel.
Santiago married Genoveva Galves and they had five children: Antonio,
Casimiro, Tomas, Rita, and Santiago.
Antonio married Uwenseslada Arismendi and they had 7 children: Beatriz,
Ester, Celia, Samuel, Filiberto, Virginia, and Antonia.
Celia married Pablo Garza and they had four children: Graciela, Irma, Saul,
Graciela married Pedro Garza and they had three children: Victor, Steven(me)
Here is some more information I have from my mom's side:
Pedro Garza and Magdalena Moya were born and raised in the Montemorelos area
of Mexico. Magdalena was a triple whose mother died soon after giving birth.
The three babies were so tiny, and without a nursing mother to feed them
that they were actually attached to nursing goats in order to srivive out on
the ranch where they lived. One did not survive, so everyone considered her
They fled Mexico as a young couple in 1917. They fled the revolution and
Pancho Villa. She was 16 andhe was 17. Their first child Pablo Garza was
born a couple of days before they reached the Rio Grande River near McAllen,
Texas. Pedro crossed Magdalena in a small raft. Pablo was registered at the
first town they came to which was either Mission or McAllen Texas.
This couple settled in Raymondville, Texas where they were to bear a total
of 18 children. Nine of their children were to die of easy to cure childhood
diseases. One of those was a hydrocephalus (we think). Even though the story
goes that scientist wanted to buy the baby so they could study her because
she 'had a rock in her head'. They needed to study her while alive and
Magdalena would not give her up even though she knew the child would die.
The baby eventually died. Their extreme poverty kept them from seeking
Pedro Garza's father decided to join his son in Texas. He brought his wife
and some children and returned to Montemorelo, Mexico for his other two
sons. He and his sons were killed while hiding out at a ranch while on their
way to Texas by the ranch owners (in order to rob them.)
Here is some more information:
Pablo Garza and Celia Tijerina were married on Sept 21, 1947. They had four
children that were born and raised in Raymondville, Texas. They are Graciela
Garza, Irma Garza, Saul Garza, and Pablo Garza Jr.
Pablo Garza had helped his mother raise the 17 sibblings that followed after
him. His father did a lot of traveling and was not around much to help. He
even assisted in the birth of one of his brothers or sisters since the
deliverey occureed during a hurricane and no one could be summoned to help
his mother. He fought during World War II in Europe while not speaking
hardly any English. He was one of only 5 or 6 of a batallion of about 60 men
who returned alive after the war. He had joined the army, but because his
group was practically wiped out, he was relocated to and discharged from the
Celia Tijerina was born in brownsville, Texas in 1920. The family moved to
the Grandparent's Galvez ranch outside of Rio Hondo. There she grew up with
her two brothers and two sisters. She attended the rural school of Las
Yescas until the ninth grade when she was pulled out of school to work.
Grandfather Antonio Galvez divided up his land and gave the Tijerina's some
acres. This ranch was called "San Vicente" and it is just east of Hio Hondo,
Texas. The family is also across the highway from where San Vicente used to
be. Many family ancestors are buried there.
Information about Antonio Tijerina:
Antonio Tijerina was given away by his mother (Genoveva) and his father
Santiago to his maternal grandparents Antonio Galvez and Sabina Flores
because he cried too much as a baby. They raised him. After Sabina died, his
aunts helped his granpa Antonio to raise him. Antonio Galvez remarried and
had two sons, Rosendo and Antonio and two daughters Genoveva and Emilia.
Santiago and Sabina had Antonio, Casimiro, Tomas, Santiago(Chago), and Rita.
After Sebina died, Santiago and Maria Reyna had Pablo(Huero Pablo), Chale,
Antonio, and Luisa.
More Relatives from mom's side:
Uwenseslada Arismendi was a twin to Longino and she was also given away as a
baby. She was raised by uncle Policarpio and his wife Josefa. Luis Arismendi
and wife Uwenseslada Cantu gave Uwenseslada(Mama Bence) away the mother was
extremely ill after the birth of the twins. To keep from picking a baby both
were covered up with a towel and Uncle Policarpio and wife Josefa picked up
the twin baby girl. All were born in Brownsville and are buried in a private
cemetary owned by the Galvez family in Rio Hondo.
Little is known about Uwenseslada Arismendi except that her parents were
Luis Arismendi and Uwenseslada Cantu. They bore 4 daughters, Adelina, Severa
(who had blue eyes), Pancha, and Uwenseslada(Bence), her twin Longhino,
Jose(who also had blue eyes) and many other sons who names are not known.
This family was born and grew up in the Brownsville area.