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Ancestor 26: Jose Manuel Marcelino Flores descended from Spanish explorers

Jose Manuel Marcelino Flores was baptized in Mier in 1811. He is listed first in this photo.
Jose Manuel Marcelino Flores was baptized in Mier in 1811. He is listed first in this photo.
Judy Everett Ramos

This is the 26th article in the project, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

Jose Manuel Marcelino Flores is a paternal third great-grandfather. He was born to Jose Ventura Flores and Maria Rafaela Balvina Garcia.

He was baptized at Inmaculada Concepcion Catholic Church in Mier, Tamaulipas. Mexico on April 30, 1811. He was one of seven children. He had three brothers and three sisters.

Jose Manuel was descended from Spaniards who had been in Mexico since the late 1500s. One of his early ancestors who came to the New World was Agustin Abrego, who was born in Spain in 1562 and who died in Mexico in 1615.

His father and grandfather were explorers like their ancestors and they received a Spanish land grant to settle present-day San Diego, Texas. To the best of family knowledge, Jose Manuel remained in Mier. Both his father and grandfather eventually returned to Mier in their later years and they both died in Mier.

On November 17, 1830, Jose Manuel married Maria de los Angeles Gonzalez. They were married in the same church where Jose Manuel had been baptized and that had been used to mark special family occasions since the 1700s. Jose Manuel’s father had been baptized there and his grandfather, Julian Flores, was married there. Many other relatives and ancestors belonged to that church.

Maria’s lineage can be traced back to European royalty, including Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II of England. It is doubtful she knew very much about her ancestry because her family had been in Mexico for so long, just as Jose Manuel’s family had.

Jose Manuel and his wife, Maria, had three children, including great-great grandmother Antonia Flores, who later married Captain Jack Ross Everett and moved to Texas.

Only Antonia lived to adulthood. She was the oldest and was born September 18, 1831. Her younger sister, Margarita, was born in 1834 and died the same year. Her younger brother, Jose Cresencio, was born in 1835 and died that same year.

There are no records for Jose Manuel after the marriage of Antonia. It is not known when he died, but it was most likely in Mier.

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