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The Delgado Family

The 12th and 15th Families of the List of Canary Islanders taken at:

Cuautitlán, November 8, 1730

from Lanzarote Island

Lucas Delgado (also known as Luis) was a tanner who never brought his trade to San Fernando de Béxar.  Lucas who was born on the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, died on July 05, 1730 while at Vera Cruz, Mexico.  An epidemic of vomito, or tropical fever had been raging throughout Vera Cruz and a number of people had died to include fellow Isleño Juan Rodriguez Granado who died a month before Lucas.  Both where buried in the parish cemetery of Vera Cruz.  He had married Maria Melian, daughter of Francisco Melano and Ynes Hoyos.  She was born on the island of Lanzarote, and is listed as the head of the Fifteenth Family on the Quantitlan list.  She was about 30 years old, good height, fair complexion. long face, black eyes, hair & eyebrows.  Lucas and Maria had 4 children, 3 sons and a daughter.  After her arrival at San Antonio de Béxar, Maria Melian married for a second time, Juan Leal, the widower of Lucia Catarina Hernandez who had died while at Quantitlan.  Juan Leal and Maria Melian had a daughter, Figenia Leal Goraz who was born several years after their arrival at San Fernando.


All of Maria Melian’s children married Leal's with the exception of Francisco who married Catarina Santos.


Don Juan Delgado, oldest son of the widow Delgado, was born 1711 on Lanzarote and died September 23, 1745 in La Villa de San Fernando de Béxar.  He married on the voyage, one of the Islanders, Catharina Leal on September 23, 1730 in Cuautitlán, Mexico, daughter of Juan Leal Goraz and Lucia Hernandez.  She was born around 1713 on Lanzarote, and died September 03, 1794 while living at La Villa de San Fernando de Béxar.  They are listed as the Twelfth Family and are listed as being 19 and 16 years old respectively. He was the first witness to testify during the examination of the conduct of Manuel de Sandoval, governor of Texas in the 1730’s.

They had six children. Jacinto, was the father of Clemente who married Maria Gertrudes Saucedo, their son Jose Antonio Delgado married into one of the old military families in San Antonio, he married Maria del Refugio de la Zerda, the daughter of Pedro de la Zerda and Maria Rosalia Ruiz.


They had six children. Jacinto married first, Rita Alvarez Travieso and their son Clemente, married Maria Gertrudes Saucedo, their son Jose Antonio Delgado married into one of the old military families in San Antonio, he married Maria del Refugio de la Zerda, the daughter of Pedro de la Zerda and Maria Rosalia Ruiz.  [Saucedo Descendant Report], [De La Zerda Descendants Report], [Ruiz Descendants Report]


Jacinto married second, Ramona de la Garza, the daughter of Miguel de la Garza and Maria Ignacia Hernández who was the daughter of Andrés Hernández and the granddaughter of one of the original military settlers at San Antonio de Béxar, Francisco Hernández.  [De La Garza Descendants Report], [Hernández Descendants Report]


Another of Juan’s sons, Juan Jose Amador married Casiana Galvan and their son, Jose who married Maria Francisca Peres, was the father of Amador Delgado who died on July 2, 1925, aged 96 years.  In his boyhood he lived with his parents at the Concepcion Mission.  When Santa Anna was about to attack San Antonio the Delgado Family with others, fled to León, their ranch, about 7 miles away.    Amador Delgado learned to be a trail driver, beginning at the age of 15, with his elder brother Nicolas.


There were eleven children born to the marriage of Francisco Delgado and his wife, Catarina de los Santos.  Francisco’s son, Manuel Martin Delgado married Maria Angela Francisca de Arocha and their son, Jose Miguel Ponciano Delgado, a South Texas rancher who established several ranches between San Antonio de Béxar and Goliad married Maria Juana Ignacia de la Garza.  They had 4 children of which their son Juan Moya was born at La Bahía around 1806.

Francisco’s son Gavino Delgado, married María Calvillo, the daughter of Ygnacio Francisco Xavier Calvillo  and Antonia de Arocha, she was the eldest of six children, and the owner of Rancho de las Cabras.  Maria was born at the Villa de San Fernando de Béxar on July 9, 1765. 


Gavino Delgado was a soldier at the presidio of San Antonio de Béxar as a young man.  He married María Calvillo around 1781.  The couple had two sons, Juan Bautista and José Anacleto, and adopted three additional children, Juan José, María Concepción Gortari, and Antonio Durán.  In 1796 Galvino rescued a one year old Comanche girl who was a captive of the Apache Indians.  The child was baptized at San Fernando by Father Valdez with the name of María de la Concepción .  During the Casas Revolt, Gavino played a major role in the overthrow of the Spanish; as a result of his activities he was declared a rebel against the crown.  Galvino died on April 24,1825 at the age of 65,  Maria died at the age of 91 on January 15, 1856.

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