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By The Genealogist - Posted on 29 May 2017

Hello everyone,

I would like to bring some attention to a new book:

Familias paterna y materna de sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: hallazgos documentales
by Guillermo Schmidhuber and Olga Martha Peña Doria

This book is a must have for those who are related to, or simply interested in, the family of this famous seventieth century poet. During the draft stages of this book, Schmidhuber was in personal contact with me which lead to lengthy discussions of his work. My own research is cited in a couple places of overlap, but dwarfed in comparison to the amount of meticulous work that Schmidhuber has put into this book. The book contains transcriptions and photographs of early baptism records from Chimalhuacán Chalco, which have not been microfilmed; along with other documents not available in the United States. The book also fine-tunes Octavio Paz’s research, clarifies Sor Juana Inés’ birth date, and delves into her paternal ancestry – a task which has not been thoroughly tackled until now.

This book works as an excellent compliment with two other books:

La Familia de Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
Documentos ineditos
by Guillermo Ramirez España


De Juana Inés de Asuaje a Juana Inés de la Cruz: El Libro de profesiones del Convento de San Jerónimo de México
by Guillermo Schmidhuber de la Mora

A link can be found here:

If it is a little too pricey, you may be able to convince your local library or family research center into acquiring a copy.


There is a correction to the family tree. The reason for the mistake is that Laura is a stepdaughter and not a biological member of the Cabrera Sosa family.

I had originally posted A probable biological Sosa ancestry of Sor Juana Ines De la Cruz, but it turns out that Laura used her stepfathers surname of de Cabrera Sosa. Laura’s biological father’s surname is Moagglio (Mayuelo).

The reason that I have not been able to complete the Cabrera Sosa family line is because Laura does not descend from this line. Laura de Cabrera Sosa Was listed in the record using her stepfather’s surname. Her Stepfather’s father was the Governor. Laura’s biological father was of italian ancestry and the surname is Moagglio. The surname evolved in Andalucia to Mayuelo

7) Laura de Cabrera y Sosa (stepfathers surname) m. Zoilo Ramirez

8) Maria Laura Ramirez m. Fernando Nuñez de la Peña
9) Antonia Laura Ramirez (Mayuelo) m. Damián Azuaje (Zoaggi)
10) Pedro Azuaje Ramirez unm. Isabel Ramirez
11) Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

I have continued researching Juana Ines’s ancestry and have been able to discover new information on one of her Ramirez lines and have extended an Italian ancestral line to the 1100s.

Rick A. Ricci
Source: Mygenes2000

This is wonderful information and super helpful. I did want just one bit of clarification. Is the correct name Francisco Nuñez de la Peña or is the first name Fernando? It appears as both in your various posts above. Thanks.

Sorry about that, the correct name is Francisco.That isn’t the only mistake, there is no Lescano in her ancestry. The surname is Lercaro/Lercari. The original Genoese surname is Lercari. I have found much more information regarding her ancestry. I have traced the the Ramirez to Andalucia and have extended one of her Italian lines to before 1100. Juana Ines De la Cruz was not the first family member to be one of the smartest of their generation, nor was she the last.

7) Laura de Cabrera y Sosa (stepfathers surname) (Aka Laura Mayuelo (Moagglio))
8) Maria Ramirez m. Francisco Nuñez De la Peña
9) Antonia Laura Ramirez (Mayuelo) m. Damián Azuaje (Zoaggi)
10) Pedro Azuaje Ramirez (aka Pedro Azuaje ) unm. Isabel Ramirez
11) Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Rick A. Ricci

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