I'm trying to find more information about the family of my great
grandfather. His name was Teodoro Alba. Most of the information we have
about his origins come from stories passed down from him to his children, so
they should be regarded as more legend than fact. This includes that he was
born in or near Guadalajara around 1856 or 1857. His father, whose surname
was Alba, had stowed away on a ship from Spain to Mexico. His mother's
surname was Gonzales and she was of Mayan descent. He had several siblings,
but we don't know their names. At some point the father left and returned to
Spain. Teodoro joined the Mexican army while still a teenager, deserted and
crossed into Texas sometime between 1875 and 1880. There he became an
accomplished cowboy. He gradually adapted the American spelling of Alby.
He married Mary Ellen Marks in Bonham, Texas on October 8, 1891. They had 7
children, 4 of whom lived. His wife Mary Ellen died shortly after 1910.
Around 1920, he and his children settled in Bixby, Oklahoma where they came
to own several businesses. He was affectionately known to everyone in this
small town as "Dad" Alby. His citizenship paper in 1938 describes him as 81
years of age; a white male of medium complexion; blue eyes; grey hair; five
feet, three inches in height and widowed. He died in Bixby on December 18,
Some in the family believe was actually born in San Juan de los Lagos. I
have found a birth record for a Teodoro Alva Terrones born on April 2, 1857
in that location.
Any leads would be appreciated.