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Ancestor 9: Severo Alanis was a rancher, farmer, family man

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This is the ninth article in the project, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

Severo Alanis is a maternal great-grandfather. He was born Feb. 1, 1868 in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. His parents were Jose Juan Nepomuceno Alanis and Maria Ignacia Pena. Severo was baptized March 17, 1868 at Inmaculada Concepcion Catholic Church in Mier. Severo had seven siblings.

Severo moved to Texas sometime between 1868 and 1872. The 1900 U.S. Census lists his arrival in Texas as 1868 when he was an infant. However, the 1880 census is the first to list the Alanis family. They were living in Duval County, Texas and Severo was 12 years old and is listed as a student attending school. The census lists Severo’s younger sister, Lucrecia, as being born in Texas around 1872, which means the family was living in Texas at that time.

Severo married Elena Arredondo Feb. 8, 1889 in Duval County, Texas. They were married by Father J. P. Bard, a Roman Catholic priest. He and Elena had 10 children between 1890 and 1911.

Severo’s occupation in the 1900 census is listed as general merchant. His occupation is laborer on the 1910 census, a stock rancher on the 1920 census, and a farmer on the 1930 census when he was in his early 60s.

While Severo spent the majority of his life ranching and farming in Texas, he was descended from Spaniards who served in the military in the 17th century. His ancestors include Capitan Diego Gonzalez, born 1670 in Mexico, who was the son of Sargento Mayor Diego Gonzalez, who was the son of Capitan Bartolome Gonzalez, who was born in Sevilla, Spain.

It is interesting to note that Severo spelled his last name Alanis ending in an “s” on his marriage license. His ancestors also spelled their surname Alanis and some early documents use “de Alanis.” It is listed as Alanis until the 1930 census but at the time of his death in 1938, Severo’s death certificate lists the surname as Alaniz. His children also used the spelling Alaniz.

Severo is listed as living in Duval County from time he first appears on the 1880 census until his death Aug. 16, 1938. The cause of death listed on the death certificate is chronic endocarditis, an inflammation of the inside lining of the heart chambers and heart valves. Severo was buried at the Alanis family ranch in Trevino, Texas, in Duval County.

Severo’s wife, Elena Arredondo, died Jan. 30, 1948 in San Diego, Texas, in Duval County. She is also buried at the family ranch.

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