This is the 46th article in the genealogy project “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.”
Jose Martinez Guajardo is a paternal ninth great-grandfather. He was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, but the year of his birth is unknown. His parents were Lorenzo Martinez Guajardo and Aldonsa Flores de Valdez. Jose was one of seven children. He had two brothers and four sisters.
His earliest known paternal ancestor is his grandfather, Juan Francisco Martinez Guajardo, who died in Mexico in 1607. His earliest known maternal ancestor is his second great-grandfather, Marcos Alonso, who was born in Spain in 1525.
Although Jose was born in the state of Coahuila, his father was from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. At some point his parents must have moved to Coahuila and then at another point, Jose moved to Monterrey as well because it was in that city that he married Nicolasa de la Garza.
Jose and Nicolasa had four children between 1668 and 1671. They had four more children for whom no birth or baptism information is known.
There is no other information for Jose Martinez Guajardo except for his death record. He died Dec. 9, 1676 in Monterrey. While no one knows when Jose married Nicolasa or when they started having children, the four children born between 1668 and 1671 were between five and eight years old when Jose died.
His death record is tattered and hard to read, but it states:
“En nueve de Diciembre de mil y seicientos y setenta y seis anos murio Joseph Martinez fue casado con Nicolasa de la Garza: confeso y recivio los Stos Sacramtos. de la Eucahristia y extrema uncion; no testo enterrose en la Parochial de esta ciudad con missa de cuerpo presente y para que conste lo firme ut supra.”
The record states that on Dec. 9, 1676, Joseph (Jose) Martinez died. He was married to Nicolasa de la Garza. Before his death he confessed his sins and received the sacrament of the Eucharist and extreme unction. Although it does not explain why, the record states he was not buried in the church with a funeral mass. Perhaps he died of an infectious disease and his body was not allowed inside the church? Jose’s death is a mystery.
Because Jose and Nicolasa had eight children and Jose lived five more years after 1671, it is possible the other four children were born from 1672 to 1676, which means he would have left Nicolasa a widow with eight small children and infants. If the first four children were born before 1668 then the youngest child was about five when he died. In any case, he still left behind a widow with a number of young children to raise.
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