Toribia & Jesusa Serda

Have you come across Toribia and Jesusa Cerda, both sisters, who married Cornelio Ochoa? Sure would like to know their parents’ names. Really enjoyed what you’ve written.”

My reply:

Toribia and Jesusa were both the daughters of Esteban Serda & Francisca Ruiz, who probably lived in what is now Hidalgo County, Texas. Their marriage and the births of their children were recorded in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, which was just across the river, and at the time had the nearest church.

Toribia was christened in Reynosa on May 4th, 1836, and her parents were named in the record. She was probably already more than a year old based on her 1851 marriage record (previous post), which shows that she was married twice, first to Pedro Serda, her first cousin, then later to Nasario Ochoa. Her marriage to Pedro did not last very long, not much more than 10 years, since she was already having children with Nasario by the mid 1860s. She was living with Nasario in the 1870 census of Hidalgo County, then they legally married on March 9th, 1871 in nearby Starr County. They were found in the census together as late as 1910. I believe that Nasario was the son of Tomas Ochoa & Rafaela Zamora, and the brother of Cornelio Ochoa, the husband of Toribia’s sister.

Jesusa Serda was christened in Reynosa on December 20th, 1846, and her parents were named in the record. Her name was given as “Maria de Jesus.” The next mention of her in any record that I have found is in the 1880 census, when she was living with Cornelio and described as his wife. However, they did not legally marry in Texas until January 3rd, 1884. There were children in the home in 1880 that could easily have been Jesusa’s, and given that she would already have been in her mid-30s, she had probably been together with Cornelio and having children for some time. Jesusa seems to have lived her whole life in Hidalgo County, appearing in every census until 1920.

Because the original baptismal records of Reynosa were stolen and have since disappeared entirely, the birth information I have given comes from an index of a handwritten copy by an attorney early in the 20th Century. I do not have access to the actual copy, though it is available for viewing in Edinburg, Austin, and other libraries around Texas.

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Marriage of Pedro Serda & Toribia Serda, Matamoros, 1851

The following is the Catholic marriage record of Pedro Serda & Maria Toribia Serda, 03 February 1851, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. In it Pedro is described as being 19 years old, originally from Salinas Hidalgo, and the son of Antonio Serda & Petra Relles. Toribia is described as 16 years old, originally from Reynosa, and the daughter of Esteban Serda & Francisca Ruiz. The appear to have received a dispensation to marry, which was required in cases when the bride & groom were related. Here it appears that they were first cousins (“segundo grado igual” — 2nd degree, same generation).

1851 Pedro Serda con Toribia Serda Matamoros

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Death Certificate for Luis Gamboa, 1956

Below is the death certificate for Luis Gamboa, son of Andres Gamboa and Candelaria Hernandez. He died on 16 Jun 1956 in Alice, Texas. It is possible that the father named here is the same Andres Gamboa who raised a family with Francisca Gamboa.

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LDS microfilm info:

 

“Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K3QN-5KX : accessed 24 Jan 2013), Luis Gamboa, 1956; citing State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas.

 

name: Luis Gamboa
event: Death
event date: 16 Jun 1956
event place: Alice, Jim Wells, Texas, United States
gender: Male
marital status: Married
birth date: 28 May 1876
birthplace: Rio Grande, Texas
father’s name: Andres Gamboa
mother’s name: Candelaria Hernandez
certificate number: 31853
film number: 2114766
digital folder number: 005145250
image number: 01154
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Social Security Application of Estefana Gamboa Arrizola, 1942

Below is the 1942 Social Security application for Estefana Gamboa, daughter of Andres Gamboa and Francisca Gamboa, wife of Arcadio Arrizola. At the time, she was living in Edinburg. Both of her parents were named in the record.

(No further documentation for this image, which was provided by researcher Erin Rivera. Many thanks!)

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Death Certificate of Antonia Gamboa Cavasos, 1975

Below is the death certificate for Antonia Gamboa Cavazos, daughter of Andres Gamboa and Francisca Gamboa. She died on 27 Jan 1975 in Bishop, Texas where she had lived for 21 years and, like her sister Santos, had owned and run a grocery. Her father was named, but the name of her mother was crossed out and “unknown” written instead. Her late husband was not named, but her only known daughter, Mrs. Mary Sanchez, was the informant.

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LDS microfilm info:

“Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K38P-3FG : accessed 23 Jan 2013), Antonia G Cavazos, 1975; citing State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas.

name: Antonia G Cavazos
event: Death
event date: 27 Jan 1975
event place: Bishop, Nueces, Texas, United States
gender: Female
marital status: Widowed
birth date: 10 May 1899
birthplace: Hidalgo, Texas
father’s name: Andres Gamboa
mother’s name:
certificate number: 05054
film number: 2243875
digital folder number: 005145749
image number: 01279
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Death Certificate for Teodoro Medina, 1930

Below is the LDS microfilm infor for the death certificate of Teodoro Medina (aka Teodoso in this record). He died in 1930 in Hidalgo County, Texas and was possibly the widower of Francisca Gamboa, daughter of Andres & Francisca Gamboa. See disussion in the post on Francisca’s death certificate.

“Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K339-1FL : accessed 23 Jan 2013), Teodoso Medina, 1930; citing State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas.

name: Teodoso Medina
event: Death
event date: 22 Nov 1930
event place: , Hidalgo, Texas, United States
gender: Male
marital status: Widowed
birth date:
birthplace: San Fernand, Mexico
father’s name: Candelario Medina
mother’s name: San Juana Gamboa
certificate number: 53782
film number: 2135428
digital folder number: 005145143
image number: 01831
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Death Certificate of Francisca Gamboa, 1923

Below is the death certificate for Francisca Gamboa, daughter of Andres Gamboa and Francisca Gamboa. She died of unknown causes on 4 Sep 1923 in Edinburg, Texas at just 25 years old. Her mother Francisca Gamboa was the informant. Her husband was not named, but in 1930, a Teodoro Medina died in Hidalgo County, He was a widower, and his late wife’s name was given as Francisca Gamboa.

Teodoro was also born in San Fernando, Tamaulipas in Mexico, a town where Luis Gamboa (a son of Francisco, brother of Enocencio, and possibly father of Andres) is known to have lived and had children. Teodoro’s mother was named San Juana Gamboa, and her age (in the 1930 census of San Fernando) was right to be a daughter of Luis Gamboa and his wife Barbara Rodriguez. In other words, Teodoro would have been his wife Francisca’s first and second cousin.

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LDS microfilm info:

“Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K3C1-W6X : accessed 23 Jan 2013), Francisca Gamboa, 1923; citing State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas.

name: Francisca Gamboa
event: Death
event date: 04 Sep 1923
event place: Edinburg, Hidalgo, Texas, United States
gender: Male
marital status: Married
birth date: Sep 1898
birthplace: , Texas
father’s name: Andres Gamboa
mother’s name: Francisca Gamboa
certificate number: 27157
film number: 2074873
digital folder number: 005145630
image number: 01711
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Death Certificate of Luis Gamboa, 1922

Below is the death certificate for Luis Gamboa, son of Andres Gamboa and Francisca Gamboa. He died of a fever on 22 Jan 1922 in Edinburg, Hidalgo County, Texas. The record names his parents and reports that he was single.

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LDS microfilm info:

“Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K3C6-BP2 : accessed 23 Jan 2013), Luis Gambon, 1922; citing State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas.

name: Luis Gambon
event: Death
event date: 22 Jan 1922
event place: Edinburg, Hidalgo, Texas, United States
gender: Male
marital status: Single
birth date: 1887
birthplace: , Texas
father’s name: Aroves Gambon
mother’s name: Francisca Gambon
certificate number: 1912
film number: 2074474
digital folder number: 005145599
image number: 01940
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Death Certificate of Francisco Gamboa, 1950

Below is the death certificate for Francisco Gamboa, son of Andres Gamboa and Francisca Gamboa. He was murdered at his dairy on 13 Feb 1950 near the town of Elsa in Hidalgo County, Texas. The record names his parents and gives his birthplace as the La Coma Ranch, which is just north of Edinburg, where his parents lived out their last years.

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LDS microfilm info:

“Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K34S-W14 : accessed 23 Jan 2013), Francisco Gamboa, 1950; citing State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas.

name: Francisco Gamboa
event: Death
event date: 13 Feb 1950
event place: Elsa, Hidalgo, Texas, United States
gender: Male
marital status: Married
birth date: 25 Mar 1890
birthplace: Hidalgo, Texas
father’s name: Andreas Gamboa
mother’s name: Francisca Gamboa
certificate number: 15503
film number: 2074338
digital folder number: 005145445
image number: 03307
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Death Certificate of Santos Gamboa, 1973

Below is the death certificate for Santos Gamboa, daughter of Andres Gamboa and Francisca Gamboa. She died on 21 Jun 1973 in Edinburg, Texas, and was the widow of (first) Paulino Serda and (second) Juan Garza. Her parents were named, and her place of birth was given as the La Coma Ranch, which is just north of Edinburg. Her brother Francisco’s death certificate also gives the same ranch as his birthplace in 1890.

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LDS microfilm info:

“Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K38K-JFS : accessed 23 Jan 2013), Santos Gamboa Garza, 1973; citing State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas.

name: Santos Gamboa Garza
event: Death
event date: 21 Jun 1973
event place: Edinburg, Hidalgo, Texas, United States
gender: Female
marital status: Widowed
birth date: 01 Apr 1880
birthplace: La Coma, Texas
father’s name: Andress Gamboa
mother’s name: Francisca Gamboa
certificate number: 54074
film number: 2242846
digital folder number: 005145741
image number: 02454
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