Hello to all,
My name is Armando Urivez de Perez. I was born and raised in the north, a 1,000 miles from where my parents were born. I have a family of 9 brothers and 4 sisters. Since I lived here all my life, I am not familiar with so many de los Uribe's. You see, my father and mother came from Del Rio Texas in 1952. The only kids they had then were a daughter and a son. The rest of us were born here in the north.
I always thought, how strange that everyone around me had uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews and cousins. All I ever knew was my immediate family, and didn't stop to think that my parents also had brothers and sisters. They were so far away, that even when my parents talked about them, we as kids never seen them, so naturally, we didn't know them.
Even now that I am much older, and have met most of my relation on my mothers side, I hardly know anyone on my the side of my father, Hijinio Belasquez Urivez. My father's name had undergone the transformation from his real name (a result of changes by the americanos) "Higinio Uribes Velasquez". I just recently found out that in the old culture, the name of the father was placed after the given name, which was followed by the maiden name of the mother. Therefore, Uribes was my grandfather's surname and Velasquez was my grandmother's maiden name. It had gotten switched here in the north, I think.
I am quickly finding out that the name on my fathers birth certificate, Uribes, must have come from the name Uribe. I can only imagine that it too was changed a long time ago and only because of the usage of the name referring to more that one Uribe, hence, "los armanos Uribes". I may be off base here, because I cannot find others with the name Uribes. My search always points to Uribe.
My father was born in May 24th, 1919 in Del Rio, TX to my grand parents Cesario Uribes (no other names are known to this man) and Vicenta Velasquez de Morales. Cesario had a brother named Higinio Uribes who my father was named after. I believe the man my father was named after died sometime shorly after 1960 in Dimmit County, Tx. My grandfather died when my father was only 9 years old from an accident involving a wagon. According to my father, Cesario was loading a wagon when the horse was spooked somehow, and the wagon lunged forward, throwing my grandfather off, where he hit his head, and died. According to my father, Cesario Uribes was born in San Luis Potosi. That is all I know about my Grandfather. I know that my grandfather was married one other time, before he married Vicenta. My father had half sisters and brothers that he knew, and that he also had brothers and sisters from Vicenta. The first born was Franciso Uribes. There is a brother named Presentacion (Chon as he likes to be called) Uribes. And there were others of which I do not know. My father Higinio was the last born.
My father, Higinio B. Urivez, passed away at the age of 80 years in March, 2000. And now that he is gone, I am sad that I have not known who he really was, were he came from, what he did, and who my ancestors are. He never spoke of the past, and that is why I am writing to all of you to see if anybody knows.
I once heard and read about Los Uribes coming from a land of the Basques, a country in the north between the France and Spain. It is thought that the name Uribe from Basques translates to "Low-Lands". Reading further about the land of Basques, the first writings according to certain literature states that the people of Basques originated around 100 BC, and that the people of Basques where known to have fought off the advances of the Romans.
Later, much later, there was a great migration from the land (around turn of the century 1800's or so)because the Castilles de Espana enacted a law that prevented the eldest sons of Basques from owning land, or something like that. The people went by sea to places like Cuba, Bolivia, South America, and to Mexico. So you see, there is history there, but the burning question that I have, that is always on my mind, is, how did we get from over there to over here??
God Bless all of you, and pray for world peace.....
Armando Urivez de Perez
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