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Ruiz de Esparza or Esparza surname

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By Becca0226 - Posted on 28 January 2019

Hi Everyone, My name is Elma Esparza Ramos and I am currently researching the Ruiz de Esparza surname. I am at a brick wall with Manuel Antonio Esparza who was maybe born sometimes around 1800-1810. Maybe in Zacatecas or Aguascalientes. He Married Marcelina de la Cruz. I found death records, baptisms that mentioned him and Marcelina as parents or grandparents. There are plenty of mentions of their names that mention Rio Grande, Zacatecas, Sain Alto, Zacatecas, and one family that went to San Juan de Guadalupe, Durango. Dionicio Esparza, my gggrandfather arrived in Laredo, Texas in 1880. I followed his trail from Viesca, Coahuila, Ramos Arispe Coahuila, Parras, Nuevo Leon, Sabinas Hidalgo and into Laredo, Texas. Just recently, I had my brother take a YDNA and we had one close match to a Jose Ruiz de Esparza from Monterrey. But so far, I have not been able to find Manuel Antonio's trail to lead him back to the Ruiz de Esparza's. Any input, Ideas, etc as to what my next step should be will be greatly appreciated.
Gracias y saludos a todos.

Hello Elma,

I saw your thread and thought I'd let you know that there is a Ruiz de Esparza surname in New Mexico circa early 1800, maybe late 1700s. Since the surname is not that common, maybe, there is a connection. The progenitor of the line in New Mexico appears to be a Teodoro Ruiz de Esparza and spouse, Josefa Angulo in, I believe, Santa Fe, NM. I have a distant cousin researching the surname and his brick wall is Teodoro Ruiz de Esparza. He can't go back any further.

Feel free to contact me and I'll put you in touch with mi primo.

SC Sexton

Hello Stephanie,
José Teodoro Ruiz De Esparza and Maria Josefa Ángulo did have children in New Mexico. But Jose Teodoro Ruiz De Esparza was originally from Aguascalientes. Maria Josefa was originally from Toluca. The records states that there was a dispensation so there is hope that the dispensation will be found and shed more information on this couple. Jose Teodoro and María Josefa were married in Durango.

Here is their marriage record:

Here is the baptismal record of their son Manuel Ruiz De Esparza
Jose Manuel Matheo Ruis De Esparza
Gender: Male
Christening Date: 22 Jun 1817
Father's Name: Teodoro Ruis De Esparza
Mother's Name: Josefa Angulo

Dear Elma,

You have not provided information on Dionicio Ruiz De Esparza that will help connect him to his ancestors. Please provide more information. There is a Dionicio Ruiz De Esparza in Texas that was born circa 1880 to Ramon Ruiz De Esparza and Petra Lerma. Is this the same Dionicio Ruiz De Esparza that you are writing about?

Here is a census record with Dionicio Ruiz De Estrada son of Ramon and Petra:

Here are some other records with similar names but in Oaxaca at a later date than what you mentioned:
Manuel Antonio Ruiz
Spouse's Name: Ma. Marcilina Cruz
Event Date: 26 May 1847
Event Place: San Matias Jalatlaco,Jalatlaco-Oaxaca,Oaxaca,Mexico

Rick A. Ricci

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