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Re: need info on surname - Valadez
Posted by: Connie Garcia Dominguez Date: September 17, 1999 at 23:07:19
In Reply to: need info on surname by Christian Valadez of 301

While I am not 100% certain that I know THE FIRST Valadez in Mexico, I will say that Diego Valadez had to be ONE OF the very first!

Diego Valadez, son of Alonso Valadez & Catalina de Rretamosa, arrived in Mexico in 1520 with the expedition of Panfilo Narváez. He was born in Villanueva de Balcarrota, near Badajoz, Spain. According to Dorantes de Carranza in "Sumaria Relación", "fue conquistador y quadrillero de gente en la toma de Mexico." Carranza lists the following legitimate sons: Alonso Valades, Cristóbal de Vargas. He also adds legitimate grandsons: Francisco de Salazar, Cristóbal Osorio, Pedro de Salazar Martel, and Pedro de Valdez.

In his book, "Fray Diego Valadez," Francisco de la Maza writes that there was an illegitiimate son, this Fray Diego Valadez, who became a noted historian.

In "The Encomenderos of New Spain" by Robert Himmerich y Valencia, Diego is said to have been married to Catalina Rodriguez, who remained in Spain (in 1528), and by 1547 he claimed to have 6 children - 2 legitimate, 4 natural.

There is really a good deal to read on this man. If you are interested, I can send the bibliography.

In any case, this Diego Valadez & his children were related (although I have yet to find the exact link) to the Macias Valadez line which was one of the large founding families (late 1500s+) in Jalisco and Aguascalientes. The Macias Valadez family had a large hacienda named "Los Sauces" near Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, and married into other founding families in Aguascalientes, such as the Ruiz de Esparzas, the Romo de Vivars and the Tiscareños.

If you would like more specific info, i.e. names, dates, please let me know. I hope this helps.

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