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By Visitor - Posted on 28 September 2016

Lope Ruiz de Esparza 'el Menor' is the 3rd cousin of St. Francisco Javier de Jasso

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1). Sancho Ruiz de Esparza, alcalde de la Corte Mayor de Navarra, his wife, Juana Zariquegui are the parents of Simon Ruiz de Esparza. Simon has a sister named Catalina Ruiz de Esparza that is the ancestor of Saint Francisco Javier (Jasso). See her line at the bottom of the page. This Catalina Ruiz de Esparza is not the same Catalina Ruiz de Esparza that had an affair and a daughter with King Charles II.

2). Simon Ruiz de Esparza b. Before 1495 and Graciana Huici (Vici) are the parents of Martin Ruiz de Esparza.

3). Martin Ruiz de Esparza y Huici (Vici), señor del palacio de Esparza (Galar), vecino de Pamplona and Maria de Espinosa (Spinosa) are the parents of Lope Ruiz de Esparza. Martin also has a son named Pedro Ruiz de Esparza.

We have lawsuits from Martin Ruiz de Esparza y Huici (Vici) against cousins and possibly in laws that are using the family name without his permission. His brothers, Lope and Pedro also sue distant cousins. Martin and his sons hold the prestigious titles of señor de Los palacios de Estrada and are suing and asking the court to defend their rights.

4). Lope Ruiz de Esparza (el mayor or el viejo) abogado de las Audiencias Reales, señor de los palacios de Esparza (Galar) y Zariquiegui vecino de Pamplona and Ana Diez de Eguino are not married. They have a (natural) son named Lope Ruiz de Esparza.

5) Lope Ruiz de Esparza (el menor) ( b.1569 d.14 Aug 1651 in Mexico, Distrito Federal) married in 1594 to Ana Francisca Gabai Moctezuma, a descendant of Moctezuma II. Lope has a brother named Capitan Andres Ruiz de Esparza (b.1542) that came to Mexico before Lope. There is a third brother named Pedro Ruiz de Esparza that stayed in Spain. I personally read a primary source document dated 1595 that identified Ana Francisca Gabai Moctezuma as a granddaughter (though it should have said Great granddaughter.)

Lope came over as a "personal assistant"(criado) to a descendant of King Charles III named Enrique de Mauleòn. Lope's ancestor Rodrigo was in the service Kings Charles II and King Charles III. Even though Lope Ruiz de Esparza is the son of a nobleman, he still was in the service of descendant of Charles III, through the Nabarro Enriquez Lacarra line. through another line, Enrique Mauleón descends from King Alfonso XI de Castilla. Enrique de Mauleòn is also a distant relative some of the founding families of Nueva Galicia through his ancestor named Carlos Arellano de Luna.

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1). Sancho Ruiz de Esparza and Juana Zariquegui are the parents of Simon Ruiz de Esparza and Catalina Ruiz de Esparza that is the ancestor of Saint Francisco Javier (Jasso).

2). Catalina Ruiz de Esparza married in 1403 to Juan Antondo y Beteu, Señor de Adocin.

3). Gullelma (Guillerma) Atondo y Ruiz de Esparzamarries Arnaldo (Arnalt, Artel) Perez (Periz) de Jasso, Señor de Idocin (Adocin).

4). Juan Perez de Jasso y Atondo married to Maria de Azipilicuela y Aznar(iz), Señor de Javier.

5). San Francisco Javier aka Saint Francisco Jasso de Javier y Azpilicuela.

Other Ruiz de Esparza tidbits:

The other Catalina Ruiz de Esparza, is a daughter of Juan Periz de Esparza, alcalde de la corte de Navarra y consejero del Rey. She had a daughter named Juana, born by January 1379, from her relationship with King Charles II. This Catalina married in 1397 to Juan de Bearne, Baron de Beortegui. After

Another member of the Ruiz de Esparza family, Maria Miguel Ruiz de Esparza, (daughter of Miguel Ruiz de Esparza) has a relationship with King Charles III. They have a son named Lancelot that is born in April of 1386.

One of Lope Ruiz de Esparza's brothers was in the Americas prior to Lope's arrival in 1593. This brother, Capitan Andres Ruiz de Esparza traveled to Costa Rica where it has been reported that was named Teniente de Gobernador de la ciudad del espiritú santo. He later returned to Mexico City where he left descendants. Some of his descendants later moved into los altos de Jalisco, though the vast majority of the Esparzas in Jalisco descend from Lope Ruiz de Esparza "el Menor".

I have more information in my book about the Ruiz de Esparza family

Source: Mygenes2000 by Rick A. Ricci

(John Schmal, Guillermo 'Bill' Figueroa, Mariano Gonzalez Leal, Mary Lou Mantagna, George Fulton, Jaime Holcombe and others have contributed to my research on the Ruiz de Esparza family)

Unfortunately, from the brief discription of the cases very little info is forth coming. what I did discover about the archive is that if a record has been digitized there will be an icon as part of the discription, but this is lacking on all the court cases.

George

It is unfortunate for us that we can't access these court cases right now. The summaries of these court cases have given us enough information, that when added to the information that we already possess, we can deduce that many of these court cases involve disputes over hereditary rights among distant cousins so the cases should contain family trees to show how these distant cousins are related.

We must redo the Ruiz de Esparza timeline, and not just because of the possibility of Cathalinas marriage date. Sancho Ruiz de Esparza was already working in an official capacity for the court on the sixth of December 1380. So far, this is the earliest record we have of him. I don't believe that he was working at five so we need to adjust his birthdate from 1375 to about 1360. This new birthdate for Sancho Ruiz de Esparza now allows an earlier birthdate for Cathalina Ruiz de Esparza so the disputed marriage dates are no longer a problem.

I researched the family tree of the other Cathatlina Ruiz de Esparza to see if there is a connection between the two. I haven't found a connection yet, but did discover that the other Cathatlina Ruiz de Esparza is a couple of decades older. I also have been able to find some interesting information on this family.

1) Sancho Ruiz de Esparza. b Abt 1360
1.1) Sister Cathalina Ruiz de Esparza y Zariquiegu b.1385/98 m.1403 or 1413 (daughter of Sancho, ancestor of St Francis Xavier aka San Francisco Javier de Jasso.

1.2) Simon Ruiz de Esparza y Zariquiegui born circa 1415, d. Before March1490 (son of Sancho)

1.2.1) Martin Ruiz de Esparza y Huici b. Abt 1465 (son of Simon) (two marriages at least)
Martin is still alive in 1547

1.2.1.1) Lope Ruiz de Esparza y Espinosa "El viejo" B. Abt 1513, still alive in 1597 (son of Martin)(at least three relationships)
Three sons and one daughter of el viejo
Andres Ruiz de Esparza b. 1541
Son Lope Ruiz de Esparza b. 1569 "el menor"
Son, (legitimate heir) Pedro Ruiz de Esparza, attorney, b. ?
Daughter Maria Ruiz de Estrada born ?

Is the daughter Maria Ruiz de Esparza or Maria Ruiz de Estrada? I do not find a "Ruiz de Estrada" in the Navarra archive index. I find the following:

1564 - Juan de Lazcano y Maria Ruiz de Esparza, su mujer,
1568 - Juan de Lazcano, viudo de Maria Ruiz de Esparza,
1572 - Pedro, Isabel, Maria y Ana de Roncesvalles y Ruiz de Esparza, hijos y herederos de Miguel de Roncesvalles y Maria Ruiz de Esparza
1576 - Maria Ruiz de Esparza, viuda de Miguel de Roncesvalles
1576 - Maria Ruiz de Esparza, viuda y usufructuaria de Miguel de Roncesvalles,
1578 - Maria Ruiz de Esparza, viuda de Lopez de Lugo, oidor del Consejo Real, y mujer de Sebastian de Ibero
1579 - Lope Ruiz de Esparza, vecino de Pamplona, contra los acreedores de Pedro Lopez de Lugo, su yerno, ex oidor del Consejo Real, sobre recibir informacion relativa a pago de un censo por 1.500 ducados de la dote de Maria Ruiz de Esparza, su mujer.
1584 - Sebastian Ibero y Maria Ruiz de Esparza, su mujer
1597 - Maria Ruiz de Esparza, mujer de Juan Bautista Ferrer de Mora, viuda de Sebastian de Ibero

This suggests that there are at least two Maria de Esparzas; I would not be surprised if there were more. The limited info in the index does not allow us to make a determination.

The indexed records that I am seeing are only in the 1500s.

George Fulton

Dear George,

Sorry for posting Estrada instead of Esparza. I have been working on both lines in the past month. I found new information on the Estradas and I have sometimes written Estrada when I meant Esparza in other posts also. I will post my new information on the Estradas soon. I'm still in shock at what I found on the Estrada. There is a big disagreement among genealogists on this Estrada line. I had studied both sides of the evidence, and I had decided that one side had provided primary evidence so I had sided with them. I recently found out that although it was considered primary evidence, the primary evidence was an attempt to hide an illegitimacy. It turns out that the other side was right all along and that the Estrada in question actually was the illegitimate son of a king.

There are three Maria Ruiz de Esparza in the lawsuits you mentioned. The first Maria Ruiz de Esparza that is married to Juan Lozcano and she cannot be the same person as any of the other Maria Ruiz de Esparzas. This first Maria Ruiz de Esparza has been identified as a sister of Lope Ruiz de Esparza and cannot be the same person identified as the third Maria Ruiz de Esparza. The second Maria Ruiz de Esparza has been positively identified as a daughter of Lope Ruiz de Esparza el viejo with three husbands. The third Maria Ruiz de Esparza has a very high probability of being a daughter of Lope Ruiz de Esparza el viejo when the information given in the summaries of three legal cases are combined. Since she is most likely his daughter, then we are left with Lope Ruiz de Esparza having a sister named Maria Ruiz de Esparza and two daughters named Maria Ruiz de Esparza, or two are the same person and she has four marriages.
P
The first Maria Ruiz de Esparza:
The Maria Ruiz de Esparza married to Juan Lascano dies before 1568 as he is named a widower in 1568 so she cannot be the same person as the Maria Ruiz de Esparza that has multiple marriages. She is identified as the or sister of Lope Ruiz de Esparza el viejo in a legal case brought against Juan Lascano by Lope Ruiz de Esparza and his son Pedro Ruiz de Esparza. It says sister in the document so I assumed sister of Lope Ruiz de Esparza as he is the first person named in the record.

Here is the evidence that she is his sister:

"Lope Ruiz de Esparza, señor de los palacios de Esparza (Galar) y Zariquiegui, y Pedro Ruiz de Esparza, su hijo, abogado de las Audiencias Reales, vecinos de Pamplona, contra Carlos de Ciriza, abogado de los Tribunales Reales, Juan de Lazcano, viudo de Maria Ruiz de Esparza, y otros, vecinos de Pamplona, Gazolaz y Aldaba, sobre restitucion de 2 viñas, una de 8 peonadas en el termino de Donapea y otra de 5 peonadas en el termino de Cascallueta, de la dote de Maria Ruiz de Esparza, su hermana."

I could positively identify the second Maria Ruiz de Esparza as his daughter as she calls him her father when she is suing him.

There are many lawsuits that identify her and her three husbands. Three husbands are positively identified.

For the second Maria Ruiz de Esparza:
In the first lawsuit : 1578 - Maria Ruiz de Esparza, viuda de Lopez de Lugo, oidor del Consejo Real, y mujer de Sebastian de Ibero

Maria Ruiz de Esparza had a prior marriage to Pedro Lopez de Lugo. She becomes a widow when Lopez de Lugo passes away. Once she is a widow she marries Sebastian de Ibero. She then sues her father, Lope Ruiz de Esparza.

Here is the summary:
Contenido:Maria Ruiz de Esparza, viuda de Lopez de Lugo, oidor del Consejo Real, y mujer de Sebastian de Ibero, vecinos de Pamplona, contra Lope Ruiz de Esparza, su padre, vecino de Pamplona, sobre pago de 625 ducados resto de los 2.000 ducados de dote.

In this second case, Lope Ruiz de Esparza identifies Pedro Lopez de Lugo as his "yerno" son -in-law. Then it identifies Maria Ruiz de Esparza as his wife. This is a case involves the estate of Pedro Lopez de Lugo since he has already passed away.
1579 - Lope Ruiz de Esparza, vecino de Pamplona, contra los acreedores de Pedro Lopez de Lugo, su yerno, ex oidor del Consejo Real, sobre recibir informacion relativa a pago de un censo por 1.500 ducados de la dote de Maria Ruiz de Esparza, su mujer.

Maria and her second husband are also involved in this third case: 1584 - Sebastian Ibero y Maria Ruiz de Esparza, su mujer.

In the fourth and last case, Maria Ruiz de Esparza is identified as a widow from her second husband, and marries for a third time. To Juan Bautista Ferrer de Mora. It seems that she was left a rich widow from her first husband so she is marrying material for gold seekers.
1597 - Maria Ruiz de Esparza, mujer de Juan Bautista Ferrer de Mora, viuda de Sebastian de Ibero

There is a third Maria Ruiz de Esparza that was the widow of Miguel de Roncesvalle.

In a case in 1577
Maria Ruiz de Esparza, viuda Miguel de Roncesvalles, vecina de Pamplona, contra Lope Ruiz de Esparza, vecino de Pamplona, sobre ejecucion por 30 ducados de un prestamo dado por Miguel de Roncesvalles. This summary of this case does not states the relationship between Maria Ruiz de Esparza and Lope Ruiz de Esparza, but, taken in conjunction with another case where Miguel Roncesvalles and Lope Ruiz de Esparza are together named as defendants in the case we may deduce that they are closely related. There is a third legal cases where children of Miguel and Maria are identified.

Pedro de Salinas, alguacil de la Real Corte, vecino de Pamplona, contra Miguel de Roncesvalles y Lope Ruiz de Esparza, su fiador, mercader, señor de los palacios de Esparza (Galar) y Zariquiegui, vecinos de Pamplona, sobre ejecucion de bienes por 600 ducados y 6 reales de la venta de 367 arrobas de lana.

Pedro Isabel, Maria y Ana de Roncesvalles y Ruiz de Esparza, hijos y herederos de Miguel de Roncesvalles y Maria Ruiz de Esparza, vecinos de Pamplona, contra Miguel de Aoiz, abogado de las Audiencias Reales, y Berenguer de Aoiz, rematante, vecinos de Pamplona, sobre nulidad de ejecucion de una casa y viña de 20 peonadas en Ezcaba por 14 ducados de redito

So the information looks like this:
A Maria Ruiz de Esparza y Larrasoaña is married to Juan Lazcano, she dies and is left a widower. She is identified as a sister of Lope Ruiz de Esparza in a subsequent law suit against Juan Lascano brought by her father and brother. She is a half sister as she is the daughter from Martin Ruiz de Esparzas second marriage to Maria Larrosaoña.

A Maria Ruiz de Esparza y Espinosa is married to Miguel De Roncesvalles. They have four children, Pedro, Isabel, Maria, and Ana. This Maria Ruiz de Esparza y Espinosa is a daughter of Martin Ruiz de Esparza and Maria de Espinosa. Further research has uncover erred that Maria Ruiz de Esparza is identified as Maria Ruiz de Esparza y Espinosa, daughter to Martin Ruiz de Esparza y Huici and Maria de Espinosa.

A Maria Ruiz de Eparza that has been positively identified as a daughter of Lope Ruiz de Esparza el viejo is widowed when her husband Pedro Lopez de Lugo dies. She remarries soon after to Sebastian Ibero. Later Sebastian dies and she is left a widow again. She remarries Juan Bautista Ferrer de Mora.

So these three Maria Ruiz de Esparzas are all different people but related. Two of them being half sisters,
Thanks,
Rick A. Ricci

The changes in time line include Lope Ruiz de Esparza el viejo's date of birth who we now now was born in 1519 as he is fifteen years old going on 16 in 1535.

We now know Sancho Ruiz de Esparzas grandfather but do not have Sancho's father's name, but because of his education and career path we can state that he has a much higher probability of being the son of a certain brother. Sancho has a brother named Johan de Esparza.

Sancho Ruiz de Esparza. b Abt 1355 died before 1440 his wife dies in 1440 and she identified as a widow in her death record.
1.1) Sister Cathalina Ruiz de Esparza y Zariquiegu b. circa 1395 m. 18/April/1413 (daughter of Sancho, ancestor of St Francis Xavier aka San Francisco Javier de Jasso. The 1413 marriage date is the correct date.

1.2). Sister Juana Ruiz de Esparza (daughter of Sancho)

1.3). Ximon (Simon) Ruiz de Esparza y Zariquiegui born circa 1415 d. Before March1490 (son of Sancho)

1.2.1) Martin Ruiz de Esparza y Huici b. Abt 1467 (son of Simon) (two marriages at least)
Martin is still alive in 1547, writes his will (Testament) in 1543) and dies before 1560

1.2.1.1) Lope Ruiz de Esparza y Espinosa "El viejo" B. Abt 1519 , still alive in 1597 (son of Martin)(at least two relationships)
Six children from a marriage of el viejo
Andres Ruiz de Esparza b. 1541. I believe Andres is a half brother of Lope Ruiz de Esparza el menor, Mariano Gonzalez Leal has them as both having the same mother but there is 27 years between their births)

Son Lope Ruiz de Esparza b. 1569 "el menor"
A daughter named Maria Ruiz de Esparza y Diez de Eguino
Lope has a "full" younger brother, so el viejo has at least four sons.

From a marriage:
The son born after the four months of marriage is Pedro Ruiz de Esparza, attorney,(legitimate heir)
Lope had at least six children from his marriage. The eldest was the aforementioned Pedro Ruiz de Esparza. A daughter by the name of Maria Ruiz de Esparza y Capparosa had three marriages.

Note:
(Before making this family tree, the older ages of the men having their sons had me consider that there are two Martin Ruiz de Esparzas and not one Martin Ruiz de Esparza with two marriages. Sometimes a double surname is carried over, so I thought that there was a possibility of two Martin Ruiz de Esparzas Huici, one the son of the other. This would help alleviate the concerns over so many men having their sons in an older age, mid to late 50's. But further research confirms the men and the dates assigned to them so there is only one Martin Ruiz de Esparza y Huici.

Rick A ricci

I have seen numerous timelines on Maria Diaz de Eguinoa that don't make sense now that I have more information on the relationship. I believe that one reason that people have not been able to find more information on her is because they have been looking in the wrong places and wrong dates for her. Unfortunately, the records that should have more information on her are not digitized so a trip to Spain would be necessary to see these records.

A lawsuit from Pedro Ruiz de Esparza against his father clearly identified Lope el menor as his half brother. He files a lawsuit claiming that his father gave Lope el menor assets that had already been given to Pedro. This lawsuit does not mention Andres.

The brother, Andres, that came to the Americas before Lope is not a son of Maria Diaz de Eguinoa. Lope el menor does have a younger full brother that works for their half brother Pedro Ruiz de Esparza. So Lope Ruiz de Esparza "el viejo" had at least four sons.

Source: mygenes2000, Rick A. Ricci

Hola a todos:

Estuve buscando el apellido Eguinoa en distintas fuentes sin suerte, pero el de Eguino o Eguiño si lo encontré:

Es patronímico de una pequeña población cerca de Vitoria-Gasteiz que actualmente se llama Egino y pertenece a Álava.

La familia Eguino (algunas veces llamada Eguiño) era una familia de contadores al servicio del Rey Carlos I. Posteriormente administraron las empresas marítimas de la corona. Hay multitud de expedientes en el portal pares buscando la palabra Eguino, pudiendo dividirla por siglos ya que son varios los personajes de dicha familia.

El apellido Diez de Eguino no lo he encontrado como tal.

Saludos

Marcelina

Hola Marcelina,
Va ser dificil seguir la linea de Los Diaz de Eguinoa por que era familia de conversos.

Gracias por la informacíon,

Ricardo

To put this is some perspective, a maravedi was a small copper coin. There were 34 maravedi to the silver real. 1 silver peso is the 8 reals coin (so-called piece of eight or pillar dollar). Thus 250,000 maravedis becomes about 900 pesos.

The wikipedia article "Spanish real" has a good discussion of the coins. The mint in Mexico City was one of the world's major mints during the Spanish colonial period minting coins from silver from the mines of Zacatecas.

George Fulton

Hola Ricardo:

Encontré una fuente que contiene varios archivos de la familia Eguinoa y cita a un Lope Ruiz de Eguinoa, es un portal de archivos de Álava que se llama www. araba.eus

Podrías asomarte para ver si reconoces a alguno de los personajes que se mencionan en esos expedientes, yo realmente no tenía conocimiento de estas familias.

Por otro lado tengo varios registros de una rama de los Gutierrez Bocanegra que tal vez te sirvan para tu investigación, te espero en el nodo Bocanegra brikwall si quieres que los transcriba allí.

Marcelina

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