I've been trying to crack the evidence on the de la Garzas for awhile and have had limited luck. Quite a few people in Pecos and Brewster counties, Texas, believe themselves to be descended from Felipe de la Garza, thru Jesus de la Garza. The line is supposed to be Miguel de la Garza, Felipe de la Garza, Jesus (d. 1877, believed to have fought for Texas in the revolution, then Felix (b. 1841 in Villa Saragoza, Coahuila) and so on. Jesus and Felix are buried in the San Jose cemetary in Ft Stockton.
It is quite possible for a tejano who fought for Texas to have gone back to Mexico because it was not terribly safe for tejanos in Texas, witness the loss of property your ancestress, Patricia de la Garza de Leon had and the years she spent away from Texas.
I am trying to find records of the birth and marriage of Felipe as well as a list of his children. I suspect that most of it is in Mexico since quite a bit of it happened in what is still Mexico and lots of records were taken there as the likelihood of war increased, leading to the Texas Revolution.
I know that Patricia de Leon was the mother of several sons, who returned to Texas as she did. Most of them fought for the Confederacy and they and their descendants stayed in Texas. There is a conference at TSU in San Marcos on Tejano Leadership in Mexico and the Texas revolution,on October 14, 2006, with one of her sons listed as a subject.
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