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By Leon de Tejada - Posted on 04 July 2018

A few months ago my book about the Reynoso was made available in Amazon and it includes a chapter about Nueva Galicia. Here is the link if someone is interested.

Best regards,

Congratulations on your book. Look forward to reading it.
Rick A. Ricci

Thank you Rick; I pray you find it interesting. I look forward to yours, I have been reading your posts giving us glimpses of what is to come and I am one person more of those that want to buy it as soon as it comes out. Please keep us updated.

Best regards,

Dear Erik,

I descend from Francisco Reynoso y Rico five times through three of my grandparents. In my records I had only gone as far back as his parents, so you can see why I am eagerly awaiting your book. In my own research I did find some information connecting the Reynoso’s to the Jewish conversó Herrera family that also comes to Nueva Galicia.

I have also done some research on your Palomar family as I researched the ancestors of Maria Cristina G Palomar y Verea who is a third cousin of your paternal grandmother Bertha Palomar y Aspe. I have done much of Cristina’s family tree for many generations except for her paternal grandmother Genevieve (Genoveva) Loriot who was born in Aug or Sep 1896-1898 in France. I only have Genevieve’s mother as R. Damremoat.

Maria Cristina G Palomar y Verea descends from the Palomar family through both her parents and is more closely related to you through her mother’s Palomar branch of the family. Have you thought about writing a book about your Palomar side of the family? I will have a Chapter about them in my book.

I will let you know when my book comes out.
Thank you,
Rick A. Ricci

Dear Rick:

Thank you so much, I think there are some points about conversos that may also interest you in the book. The merchant Francisco de Reynoso Medina (who belonged to the line of Boadilla de Rioseco and had Villacorta as first last name) requested for his son Fernando de Reynoso Angulo the "hábito" of an order of knighthood however it never proceeded and he was made Alferez of Mexico City instead. I wondered why but a finding of the researcher Jorge Barba Gómez had the answer (Tribunal del Santo Oficio Lisboa, Proc. 7722 09.2.1629): it turns out that the sister of Francisco de Reynoso Medina, Beatriz de Reynoso who was born in 1569 in Viseu, Portugal was condemned as "cristiana nueva acusada de judaísmo" and was sent to jail with her husband Diogo Nunes Neto (2th September, 1626). Following her lineage it turns out that her mother, Luisa Clara de Medina who was born in Viseu may have been jewish.

About the Palomar family, yes, I would love to. Last year I contacted the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Zaragoza because three of the Palomar in the 16th C (Juan Miguel, Miguel and Baltasar de Palomar) belonged to that institution when it was the Cofradía de Caballeros de San Jorge and the interesting part is that they are apparently related to the Lords of Argavieso. I don't know how yet, in the Real Maestranza they told me that there is documentation relating them to the Gil de Gurrea Palomar or Gil de Palomar who at some point were descendants of the "de la Cavallería", a lineage that you have studied extensively. Your book will make my library richer, I look forward to read, learn and enjoy it.


Dear Erik,

Instead of writing my book, I spent much time this summer researching what I had already discovered, looking for pieces to support, or disprove my previous work. I believe that I had a successful summer in that I made many many finds that supported my previous research.

I had felt that I did not make a “big new find” this summer, but there was a giant addition to my family tree thanks to you. The addition of your book to my library has been a wonderful surprise this summer. On second thought, your book was the “big new find” of this summer. I was able to connect your Reynoso research to many of the families that I have been researching in Spain.

Due to the time taken up by my work on other lines, I had not done much research on my Reynoso line. I have, however, done much research on the families that you connect the Reynoso’s to in your book. “Much research” on these families as I also connect them to some of my other ancestors like the Villaseñor, De Tovar, Ruiz De Esparza, and Ramírez Arellano, Lopez De Ayala, among others.

In my research I did have a different mother for Rodrigo Rodriguez De Escobar. I didn’t have her as Maria Martinez De Trujillo. I had his mother as Maria Beatriz Osorio De Villalobos. I do have the father as Alvar Rodriguez De Escobar, Señor de Escobar de Campos. I have him as VI Señor de Escobar de Campos, and as Señor de Autillo de Campos. Autillo was smaller while “De Campos” signified a larger region. I wonder if I have merged two different Alvar Rodriguez De Escobars with sons named Rodrigo Rodriguez De Escobar. But the time frame fits and the associations with other families are the same. I can think of three possibilities for this discrepancy. First, that Alvar Rodríguez de Escobar possibly had two wives. A second possibility would be squeezing in a generation where the Alvar Rodriguez De Escobar married to Maria Beatriz Osorio De Villalobos is father to the Alvar Rodriguez De Escobar married to Maria Martinez De Trujillo. This squeezing in a generation would be a tight fit and is only speculation as there is no other evidence other than that we have two different women as the mother of Alvar Rodriguez de Escobar’s son Rodrigo Rodriguez de Escobar. The third possibility would be that Alvar Rodriguez De Escobar only had María Martinez de Trujillo as a wife and that my records had an error as I had her as Maria Beatriz Osorio De Villalobos.

The ancestry of Alvar Rodriguez De Escobar, Señor de Escobar de Campos, reveals that his great great grandmother is named Elvira Ruiz Cabeza De Vaca which may explain the “Cabeza De Vaca” surname popping up in“Reynoso Cabeza De Vaca”

Your book also brought up a big question that keeps popping up in my research, what is the exact relationship between Juana Garcia De Leyva and Sancho Martinez De Leyva? Is he her grandfather? Or great grandfather? The two things that I found this summer regarding them is that Sancho Martinez De Leyva was illegitimate, but that he was recognized, and that Juana Garcia De Leyva was recognized as a descendant of his. But the exact relationship still eludes me.

My father-in-law also descends twice from Francisco Reynoso Rico, so my daughter descends from Francisco De Reynoso Rico seven times.

My research trying to connect the Reynoso’s to the inquisition did not reveal Jewish connections. The Herrera ancestors of the Reynoso were not the Jewish Herreras. What it did reveal was that some members of the family were tried by the inquisition for “Luteranismo” (Protestants). The Padilla ancestral branch of the Reynosos in Nueva Galicia were primarily Jewish conversos, some of them converting many years before while others were recent converts. The first person to die in the Americas by order of the inquisition was a Padilla. The Padilla’s have some common ancestors with the Jewish conversó Herrera family that left many descendants in Nueva Galicia.

I find it very interesting that the Palomar family can be traced to the Cavalleria family. I don’t descend from the Palomar family but would like to dig deeper into this line as my nephew descends from the Palomar family through his mother, Christina.

Thank you again Erik for your book. I just ordered a second copy to give to my Reynoso cousins here in Los Angeles. I may have to order more books as they may get their feelings hurt if I only give a book to one of the cousins. I feel that all of these Reynosos will want your book in their library.

Best wishes,
Rick A. Ricci

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