The Escamillas of Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The Escamilla branch, my maternal lineage, that I descend from comes from Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. My maternal grandfather is the son of the renown Brigadier General Juan Escamilla Garza, who fought in the Mexican Revolution and in the Civil War of Nicaragua (1926-1933). Brigadier General Juan Escamilla is the son of Pedro…

General Escamilla’s Early Military Career Part 1

The military career of General Juan Escamilla has been a huge, controversial issue in Nicaragua, Mexico, and in the United States.  To some people, General Escamilla was a liberator while to others viewed him as an oppressor. The fact is that General Escamilla has been accused of some barbarous actions during his military campaign in…

Book Recommendation for Hispanic Genealogists

  If you have been able to trace your ancestry to several conquistadors and pobladores of Nueva Espana then this book will be of great reference to you. I ran into this book in the Fall semester of my senior year at the Jernigan Library in Kingsville, Texas. This book is in two volumes which contains short…

What Is Your Heritage? (Part 1)

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott Maybe you are wondering what does herencia mean? When translated to English herencia  means heritage. Heritage is defined…

Footsteps of General Juan Escamilla (Part 1)

  What is honor? What does it mean to give one’s life for a cause? What is death if not our next step to the eternal realm. Our birth and death dates are of minimal importance but what is essential is what did we do between the two dates.  What legacy did we leave behind…