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By Don Animas - Posted on 11 June 2020

I have noticed a a few instances, at least 5 so far, where a person has two burial records within a few years. This in Nochistlan with the first burial records occurring in the mid 1780s.

One example is below of Maria Duran widow of Lucas de Aguirre.

Why is this occurring?

05 Jun 1786
México, Zacatecas, registros parroquiales, 1605-1980," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939N-TTZ5?cc=1804458&wc=3P9K-RMW%3A147337401%2C147337402%2C153663801 : 21 May 2014), Nochistlán > Nochistlán > Entierros 1771-1807 > image 175 of 578; paróquias Católicas, Zacatecas (Catholic Church parishes, Zacatecas).

30 Nov 1791
México, Zacatecas, registros parroquiales, 1605-1980," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939N-TTBF?cc=1804458&wc=3P9K-RMW%3A147337401%2C147337402%2C153663801 : 21 May 2014), Nochistlán > Nochistlán > Entierros 1771-1807 > image 240 of 578; paróquias Católicas, Zacatecas (Catholic Church parishes, Zacatecas).

Multiple burials also happened in my family. An ancestor of mine was buried in someone else’s burial site when he suddenly died of an accident. Many years later his remains were removed and reburied somewhere else. Both burials were recorded.

What R.A. Ricci says makes a lot of sence.

Maria Duran died on 1786 and her remains were reburied on 1791. Both records were written by Juan Nepomuceno Baez (he changed his signature on Oct. 1790. See the records at the bottom of the page at the left hand side in image 230 of 578). He just copied the information from the 1786 record.

I’ve encountered this as well. Interestingly enough, I just happened to find something similar with one of my ancestors today, as I was going through burials in San Matias, Pinos:
I had previously found a record for Juana Truxillo, española, viuda vecina de Las Gallinas, dated 3 Apr 1730. My g6 was Juana Trujillo, who was married to Juan de Avila, and who lived on Gallinas; he dropped off the map after Mar 1722, so I thought this might be her.
But then today, I found another Juana Truxillo, española, casada su marido ausente, vecina de las Gallinas, dated 2 Mar 1728.
As far as I know, there was no other Juana Trujillo española living on Gallinas, who would have been of marrying age.
One possibility is that one was her sister, also named Juana, but who usually used their maternal surname, “Loya” - though she did use “Trujillo” on at least one record. But Juana de Loya lived in San Felipe Gto, and died before Oct 1706 - plus, she was a Morisca (their father was Spanish and their mother Mulata).
Another possibility is that the 2 Juana’s had a half-sister, also named Juana, but who usually used her mother’s surname “Venegas.” This Juana did use “Trujillo” on occasion, and she was “española,” but I don’t know if she ever lived in Pinos (she married her first husband in Santa Maria del Rio SLP, baptized a child with her second husband in San Felipe GTO, and married her 3rd husband in Charcas SLP). While it’s possible that this Juana spent her last days on Gallinas in Pinos, and that one of the burial records I found was her, I think it’s just as likely that both records are for my Juana Trujillo, and that she was buried before husband died, and reburied after.
There is one other possibility: there was a couple named Antonio Trujillo & Leonor Melendez, who were servants on Las Gallinas in the mid-1680s, who could have had a daughter named “Juana,” but I’ve been unable to find any record for this.
I suppose it will just remain a mystery for now!

Manny Diez Hermosillo

Could it be related to burial rights expiring? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember as a kid hearing that in Mexico they exhume the remains after a time if the burial rights have expired.

Saludos,

Ernesto Duran

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