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Ancestor 32: Death took a wife and children from Jose Eugenio Alanis

Jose Eugenio Alanis is listed fourth in this 1807 Mexican baptism record.
Jose Eugenio Alanis is listed fourth in this 1807 Mexican baptism record.
Judy Everett Ramos

This is the 32nd article in the genealogy project “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.”

Jose Eugenio Alanis is a maternal third great-grandfather. He was the son of Jose Dionicio Alanis and Maria Eustaquia Gonzalez. He was baptized Nov. 21, 1807 at Inmaculada Concepcion Catholic Church in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

His father was originally from Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, and his mother was from Mier. Jose Eugenio’s parents married in Mier on Jan. 20, 1807 and Jose Eugenio was born in November. He was the oldest of eight children. He had two brothers and five sisters, but two of his sisters died in infancy.

Jose Eugenio’s paternal line can only be traced back three more generations in Mexico, to Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon and Camargo, Tamaulipas. His mother’s side can be traced back to Spain.

Jose Eugenio’s maternal great-grandmother, Ana Josefa Garcia, was descended from Spanish military generals Juan Garcia Pruneda and his father, Luis Garcia Pruneda of Burgos, Castilla, Spain.

His maternal great-great-grandmother, Isabel Juana Guajardo, was descended from Captain Diego Gutierrez Castro, Captain Pedro Flores Abrego, and Captain Blas Garza Falcon, who was himself descended from a line of Spanish military leaders.

Jose Eugenio married Maria Gertrudis Pina on Jan. 12, 1831 in Mier. She was five years younger than he, having been baptized Nov. 20, 1812.

They had eight children together. The first was born in 1832 and the last was born in 1842, but four of them died in infancy. One of the children who lived to adulthood was great-great grandfather Jose Juan Nepomuceno Alanis.

There are no census records for Jose Eugenio or death records. There is only information on his baptism, his marriage, his children’s baptisms, his children’s deaths, and his children’s marriages.

His wife, Maria Gertrudis, died in 1845 at age 33, just three years after the birth of their last child. This means Jose Eugenio, if he was still alive himself, was left to raise children ranging in age from three to 13.

Between losing his siblings, losing his children, and losing his wife, Jose Eugenio certainly experienced a lot of death before he was 40 years old.

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