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Salomé Saldaña Villarreal


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Villarreal – Intermarriage for Control

Parroquia principal de CerralvoDuring the early 1700s in northern Mexico, individuals had to marry within the extended family in order not to lose the family’s land and properties. Marriage became a social barrier to keep certain people within the social class and to keep others out of the social class. Also, since the recently colonized lands had a small population of their social class, young people had to chose marriage partners from among their extended family.

This could explain why some ancestors of my Villarreal family intermarried. Here is my example:
José Antonio Flores (b:1736 d:18feb1803) married Isabel Salinas north of Monterrey near Cerralvo, Nuevo León, México (Cerralvo founded 1582).

Three sons of this marriage intermarried and lead directly to my Villarreal lineage (See my Villarreal Page in this blogsite).

Brother #1: José Urbano Flores married María Teresa García and fathered Alejandro Flores.

Brother #2: José María Flores married María del Jesús Villarreal and fathered María Juliana Flores.

One consanguineous marriage:
Alejandro Flores married his first cousin, María Juliana Flores, and had Guadalupe Flores.

Brother #3: José Antonio Eulogio Flores married Nicolasa Salinas and fathered Dolores Flores. Dolores Flores married Antonio Cantú outside of the family and had Sostenes Cantú.

Another consanguineous marriage:
Sóstenes Cantú married his first cousin once removed, Guadalupe Flores. Both Sóstenes Cantú and Guadalupe Flores are great-grandchildren of the couple at the top of this page, José Antonio Flores and Isabel Salinas.

Eventually, the same groups that encouraged this consanguinity, the family and the church, would discourage it as nearly immoral.

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