Sample Lineages: Capt. Alberto Del Canto
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Biography on Alberto Del Canto

Alberto Del Canto was born as a Portuguese Alberto do Canto on the Isle of Terceira, Azores, in 1547. His genealogy extends back to the lat 1200's to the Englishman Lord John of Kent. Price Edward of England and his "sidekick" Lord John of Kent took an army to the Iberian peninsula to aide King Peter (Pedro) of Spain in driving out the Moors. During this endeavor, Lord John of Kent married a Sephardic Jew in Portugal. The children changed the last name of Kent to the Portuguese form, Canto.

During this era the greatest concentration of Sephardic Jews on the Iberian peninsula was found in Portugal and it was assumed that to be a Portuguese meant being a Sephardic Jew. Alberto do Canto changed his name to the Castilian form del Canto while serving under Spanish rule in New Spain.

In 1562 del Canto came to New Spain and joined forces with Gov. Ybarra in the area of Zacatecas. With Ybarra he learned the art of soldiering and survival in a very primitive world. He became very well liked by Ybarra and this would probably save his life during the Inquisition. By 1576 del Canto had explored Northeast Mexico and South Texas as far as the townships of Utopia and Bandera.

In 1577 he established the mining communities of Saltillo, San Gregorio (Cerralvo), and Santa Lucia (present day Monterrey). He assumed governorship of much of this area that he names Nueva Viscaya. Del Canto recruited or enslaved many of the indigenous people to work his mines.

He was ordered arrested under the Inquisition in 1579 for having slaves and for a variety of vague reasons, but not specifically for being a Jew. However, del Canto was incredibly intelligent, was able to escape and evade recapture until his assigned captor died and the issue was dropped. He was able to live with the Chichimeca Indians of which he was accused of enslaving to do work in the mines.

It is believed that his friendship with Gov. Ybarra helped him in not being persecuted too vigorously. (Another figure if the time and of the area, Luis Carvajal, and family died at the hands of the Inquisition).

When del Canto reappeared from hiding he simply reassumed governorship of his province. He took control away from his arch rival, Diego de Montemayor, another incredible figure of the time. Del Canto had been a lover to Montemayor's wife. Montemayor had killed his wife with his sword upon learning of the affair and vowed to kill del Canto. Instead, del Canto married Estefania, the daughter of his arch rival Diego de Montemayor, in 1585 and they had three children, Diego, Miguel and Elvira. While Montemayor had the opportunity to kill del Canto, he chose instead to spare his life, as he was the father of his grandchildren.

In 1596 Estefania and Del Canto separated when Don Diego permanently established present day Monterrey. Estefania moved there with her father, and her children took the last name of Montemayor. Del Canto died in 1611 at his Hacienda de Buena Vista, Saltillo Coahuila., Mexico. Many of the grandchildren of Alberto del Canto married the grandchildren of Marcos Alonso de la Garza.

While today the last name is not common to this area, people with the common last names of this area can all find a like to the Incredible Alberto del Canto.

Source: The Monitor, March 25, 2001

 

Capitan Alberto Del Canto
founder of Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico
(Limited to 5 Generations)

Alberto DEL-CANTO b. abt 1547, Isla Tercera de los Azores, Portugal, m. abt 1585, in Saltillo, Coah., Mex, Estefana MONTEMAYOR PORCAYO, b. abt 1571, Mexico City D.F. (Ciudad de Mexico), Mex, (daughter of Diego DE-MONTEMAYOR HERNANDEZ and Juana PORCAYO DE-LA-CERDA). Alberto died 1611.
I.	Elvira DEL-CANTO MONTEMAYOR b. abt 1586, Mexico City D.F. (Ciudad de Mexico), Mex, m. Jusepe TENORIO.
II.	Miguel MONTEMAYOR DEL-CANTO b. abt 1588, Mexico City D.F. (Ciudad de Mexico), Mex, m. Monica RODRIGUEZ TREVIŅO, b. Mexico City D.F. (Ciudad de Mexico), Mex, (daughter of Diego RODRIGUEZ SOSA and Sebastiana TREVIŅO FARIAS). Miguel died Jun 1644.
	A.	Petronila MONTEMAYOR RODRIGUEZ m. Lazaro DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GONZALEZ, b. abt 1625, State of N.L., Mex, (son of Blas DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON TREVIŅO and Beatriz GONZALEZ-HIDALGO NAVARRO) d. 22 Feb 1694.
		1.	Miguel MONTEMAYOR DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON m. 1685, Clara RENTERIA VILLARREAL, (daughter of Diego VILLARREAL DE-LAS-CASAS and Ines DE-RENTERIA).
			a.	Diego MONTEMAYOR RENTERIA m. Luisa DE-LA-GARZA OCHOA, (daughter of Federico DE-LA-GARZA and Gertrudis OCHOA).
		2.	Francisco MONTEMAYOR-DE-LA-GARZA FALCON m. Francisca MARTINEZ DE-LA-GARZA.
		3.	Pedro MONTEMAYOR DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON m. Antonia CANTU VILLARREAL.
		4.	Santiago MONTEMAYOR DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON
		5.	Jose MONTEMAYOR DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON m. Josefa DE-SOSA DE-LA-GARZA.
		6.	Isidro MONTEMAYOR DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON m. ?????? CANTU.
			a.	Jose DE-LA-GARZA CANTU m. 24 Jul 1730, in Salinas Victoria, N.L., Mex, Rosa VILLARREAL FLORES, b. 1707, Monterrey, N.L., Mex, (daughter of Marcos VILLARREAL DE-LA-GARZA and Maria FLORES AYALA).
		7.	Angela MONTEMAYOR DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON m. Jose GONZALEZ.
		8.	Gertrudis DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON MONTEMAYOR m. (1) Cristobal VILLARREAL, m. (2) Manuel DE-LA-GARZA RENTERIA, m. (3) abt 1688, Fernando CANTU TREVIŅO, (son of Geronimo CANTU DEL-RIO-Y-LA-CERDA and Juliana TREVIŅO GONZALEZ).
			a.	Maria CANTU DE-LA-GARZA m. Cristobal VILLARREAL IZAGUIRRE, (son of Francisco VILLARREAL DE-LAS-CASAS and Ursula IZAGUIRRE DE-URRUTIA).
		9.	Monica MONTEMAYOR DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON m. Pedro HEREDIA.
		10.	Maria DE-LA-GARZA MONTEMAYOR m. (1) 1 Oct 1673, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Diego AYALA TREVIŅO, b. 1618 or 1619, (son of Jose TREVIŅO QUINTANILLA and Leonor DE-AYALA VALVERDE) d. 25 Dec 1682, Monterrey, N.L., Mex, m. (2) 10 Apr 1684, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Tomas GARCIA DE-QUINTANILLA, (son of Lucas GARCIA RODRIGUEZ and Juliana QUINTANILLA FARIAS) m. (3) Andres GONZALEZ GOMEZ, (son of Bartolome GONZALEZ and Isabel GOMEZ). Maria died 16 Apr 1698.
			a.	Petronila GARCIA DE-LA-GARZA m. 13 Dec 1698, Jose GONZALEZ NAVARRO, (son of Antonio GONZALEZ-HIDALGO and Juana AMAYA TREVIŅO).
			b.	Cristobal GARCIA DE-LA-GARZA m. Maria Josefa BUENTELLO.
			c.	Juan Francisco GARCIA DE-LA-GARZA
	B.	Diego MONTEMAYOR RODRIGUEZ m. 1664/65, Maria Ines DE-LA-GARZA GONZALEZ HIDALGO, b. abt 1642, (daughter of Blas DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON TREVIŅO and Beatriz GONZALEZ-HIDALGO NAVARRO) d. 12 Mar 1690.  Diego died 3 May 1676.
		1.	Maria RODRIGUEZ MONTEMAYOR m. 21 Jun 1689, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Antonio LOPEZ PRIETO, (son of Nicolas LOPEZ PRIETO and Maria AYALA OVALLE).
			a.	Antonio REGALADO PRIETO m. 25 Jan 1712, Maria Josefa GUERRA FLORES, (daughter of Juan GUERRA-CAŅAMAR DE-LA-GARZA and Juana FLORES-DE-ABREGO FERNANDEZ-DE-CAS).
		2.	Juan RODRIGUEZ MONTEMAYOR DE-LA-GARZA m. 21 Oct 1691, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Antonia GALVAN BOTELLO, (daughter of Diego GALVAN and Petronila BOTELLO DE-LA-GARZA).
			a.	Teresa RODRIGUEZ MONTEMAYOR GALVAN m. 4 Feb 1720, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Miguel ALANIZ RODRIGUEZ, (son of Miguel ALANIZ BARRERA and Rosa RODRIGUEZ).
		3.	Francisco RODRIGUEZ MONTEMAYOR DE-LA-GA m. 23 Nov 1684, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Maria CABALLERO BARRAZA.
			a.	Antonio RODRIGUEZ MONTEMAYOR CABALLERO m. 11 Nov 1736, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Agueda TREVIŅO DE-LA-MOTA.
	C.	Margarita MONTEMAYOR RODRIGUEZ b. abt 1619, State of N.L., Mex, m. bef 1650, Juan DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GONZALEZ, b. abt 1620, Mexico City D.F. (Ciudad de Mexico), Mex, (son of Blas DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON TREVIŅO and Beatriz GONZALEZ-HIDALGO NAVARRO) d. 1670.  Margarita died 27 Feb 1681, Hacienda San Juan Bautista.
		1.	El Mozo Juan DE-LA-GARZA MONTEMAYOR b. abt 1653, State of N.L., Mex, m. 2 Jul 1679, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Maria SOSA AYALA, b. abt 1653, Mexico City D.F. (Ciudad de Mexico), Mex, (daughter of Diego AYALA TREVIŅO and Margarita SOSA SALDIVAR). El Mozo died 1 Jul 1714, Monterrey, N.L., Mex.
			a.	Maria Josefa DE-LA-GARZA SOSA m. (1) 14 Jul 1707, Tomas SANCHEZ DE-LA-BARRERA, (son of Tomas SANCHEZ DURAN and Ana Maria DE-LA-BARRERA TREVIŅO) m. (2) 21 Nov 1740, in Valle de Carrizal, N.L., Mx, Andres LOZANO DE-LA-GARZA, b. abt 1682, (son of Pedro LOZANO and Mariana DE-LA-GARZA ROCHA) d. abt 16 Jun 1741, buried: 16 Jun 1741.
			b.	Florencio DE-LA-GARZA SOSA m. (1) 20 Apr 1711, Antonia SANCHEZ DE-LA-BARRERA, b. 1686, (daughter of Tomas SANCHEZ DURAN and Ana Maria DE-LA-BARRERA TREVIŅO) m. (2) 1726, Gertrudis MARTINEZ.
			c.	Juan DE-LA-GARZA SOSA b. 1690, m. Josefa DE-LA-GARZA.
			d.	Leonicio DE-LA-GARZA SOSA m. Francsica Javiera SANCHEZ DE-LA-BARRERA.
		2.	Jose DE-LA-GARZA MONTEMAYOR b. 1656, m. 4 Mar 1680, Nicolasa DE-LA-GARZA ROCHA, (daughter of El Mozo Pedro DE-LA-GARZA RODRIGUEZ and Maria DE-LA-ROCHA).
			a.	Josefa DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA m. Antonio CANTU ORTIZ.
		3.	Clara DE-LA-GARZA MONTEMAYOR m. 17 Jul 1675, Gabriel DE-LA-GARZA GARCIA, b. bet 1637 and 16, (son of Francisco DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON TREVIŅO and Juana DE-LA-GARZA GARCIA) d. abt 1721, buried: 19 Mar 1721, Monterrey, N.L., Mex.
			a.	Ignacio DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA m. Apolonia FERNANDEZ-DE-CASTRO.
			b.	Isidro DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA
			c.	Manuel DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA
			d.	Lucas DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA
			e.	Cristobal DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA
			f.	Juan DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA m. Maria DE-LOS-SANTOS-COY.
			g.	Juan Antonio DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA
			h.	Margarita DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA m. Juan Francisco SANCHEZ DE-ROBLES.
			i.	Teodora Javiera DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA
			j.	Antonia DE-LA-GARZA DE-LA-GARZA m. Nicolas AYALA BAEZ-DE-BENAVIDES, b. 1669, (son of Jose AYALA TREVIŅO and Ana BAEZ-DE-BENAVIDES MARTINEZ) d. 1741, buried: 25 Apr 1741.  Antonia died 1735, buried: 16 Sep 1735.
		4.	Blas DE-LA-GARZA MONTEMAYOR m. (1) Margarita PRIETO LOPEZ, m. (2) 15 Aug 1701, Angela MENDEZ TOVAR.  Blas died May 1719.
		5.	Margarita DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON MONTEMAYOR m. Pedro DE-LOS-SANTOS-COY MORALES, b. 1662, (son of Pedro DE-LOS-SANTOS-COY DE-LA-CERDA and Francisca MORALES TREVIŅO).
			a.	Pedro Jose DE-LOS-SANTOS-COY DE-LA-GARZ b. 1698, Monterrey, N.L., Mex, m. 21 Jul 1725, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Gertrudis GONZALEZ CABALLERO.  Pedro died 19 Aug 1755, Boca de Leones, (Villaldama), N.L., Mex.
			b.	Antonio DE-LOS-SANTOS-COY DE-LA-GARZA m. Maria BOSQUEZ.
		6.	Salvador DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON MONTEMAYOR b. 1648, Monterrey, N.L., Mex, m. 15 Feb 1684, Juana GUTIERREZ-DE-CASTRO DE-AYALA, (daughter of Diego GUTIERREZ-DE-CASTRO and Juana AYALA OVALLE).
			a.	Jose Valentin DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GUTIER b. 21 Feb 1685, Monterrey, N.L., Mex, m. (1) Juana ESCAMILLA OCHOA, (daughter of Jose ESCAMILLA AYALA and Luisa OCHOA DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON) m. (2) Margarita GONZALEZ-HIDALGO, m. (3) 28 Mar 1717, Beatriz ELIZONDO DE-LA-GARZA, b. 1694, State of N.L., Mex, (daughter of Gral. Pedro ELIZONDO GONZALEZ and Maria DE-LA-GARZA RENTERIA) d. 1734.  Jose died Apr 1744, buried: 10 Apr 1744.
			b.	Jose Adriano DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GUTIERR b. 10 May 1687, Monterrey, N.L., Mex, m. 7 Nov 1717, Maria ELIZONDO DE-LA-GARZA, b. abt 1696, State of N.L., Mex, (daughter of Gral. Pedro ELIZONDO GONZALEZ and Maria DE-LA-GARZA RENTERIA). Jose died abt 18 Aug 1757, buried: 18 Aug 1757.
			c.	Jose Ramon DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GUTIERREZ b. 1689, State of N.L., Mex, m. 20 Nov 1726, Josefa OCHOA LOZANO, (daughter of Blas OCHOA DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON and Antonia LOZANO DE-LA-GARZA).
			d.	Maria Josefa DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GUTIERR b. 1691, State of N.L., Mex, m. Jose Antonio SERNA-Y-ALARCON BUENTELLO, b. 1680, Monterrey, N.L., Mex, (son of Jose SERNA-Y-ALARCON DE-LA-GARZA and Maria BOTELLO DE-LA-GARZA) d. abt 1752, buried: 23 Mar 1752.
			e.	Josefa Manuela DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GUTIE b. 1693, State of N.L., Mex, m. 1710, Francisco CANTU VILLARREAL, b. 1689, Salinas Victoria, N.L., Mex, (son of Geronimo CANTU TREVIŅO and Beatriz VILLARREAL DE-LA-GARZA) d. 1754, buried: 23 Oct 1754.
			f.	Jose Salvador DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GUTIER b. 1695, State of N.L., Mex.
			g.	Margarita Josefa DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GUT b. 1697, State of N.L., Mex, m. 8 Feb 1717, Lucas GONZALEZ.
			h.	Josefa Gertrudis DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GUT b. 1699, State of N.L., Mex, m. 24 Jan 1725, Mateo LAPHITA BERRI.
			i.	Ana Josefa DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON GUTIERREZ b. 1701, State of N.L., Mex, m. Francisco Xavier TREVIŅO.
		7.	Rosa DE-LA-GARZA MONTEMAYOR m. Francisco MONTES-DE-OCA.
		8.	Maria Ines DE-LA-GARZA MONTEMAYOR
		9.	Diego DE-LA-GARZA MONTEMAYOR
	D.	Francisco RODRIGUEZ MONTEMAYOR m. (1) Ramona AYALA OVALLE, (daughter of Diego AYALA TREVIŅO and Ana OVALLE FLORES) d. 30 Sep 1681, m. (2) Beatriz DE-LA-CADENA.
		1.	Juan RODRIGUEZ AYALA
		2.	Rosa Maria RODRIGUEZ AYALA m. Manuel Jose RUIZ DE-OCON.
		3.	Francisca RODRIGUEZ AYALA m. Nicolas DE-MARROQUIN.
	E.	Ines RODRIGUEZ MONTEMAYOR m. 1665, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Diego AYALA OVALLE, b. bet 1643 and 16, (son of Diego AYALA TREVIŅO and Ana OVALLE FLORES) d. 1712, buried: 12 Apr 1712.
		1.	Maria AYALA RODRIGUEZ m. Ignacio DE-TIJERINA.
			a.	Juan Jose TIJERINA AYALA
			b.	Pedro Regalado TIJERINA AYALA
			c.	Maria Rosa TIJERINA AYALA m. Francisco Antonio MONTES-DE-OCA.
		2.	Diego AYALA RODRIGUEZ m. Nicolasa GARCIA-DAVILA.  Diego died 1715, buried: 23 Mar 1715.
			a.	Ana Josefa AYALA GARCIA-DAVILA m. Jose Francisco SALDAŅA.
			b.	Maria AYALA GARCIA-DAVILA m. Jose Teodoro DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON.
			c.	Rosa Quiteria AYALA GARCIA-DAVILA m. Francisco Miguel DAVILA.
		3.	Ines AYALA RODRIGUEZ
		4.	Jose AYALA RODRIGUEZ b. 1670, m. 16 Aug 1693, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Isabel OCHOA DE-LA-GARZA-FALCON, (daughter of Nicolas DE-OCHOA ELIJALDE and Maria Isabel DE-LA-GARZA GONZALEZ). Jose died 1742, buried: 17 Sep 1742.
			a.	Jose Cayetano AYALA OCHOA m. 5 Feb 1714, in Monterrey, N.L., Mex, Josefa Francisca TREVIŅO LEAL, b. 18 Mar 1695, (daughter of Jose TREVIŅO AMAYA and Maria Josefa LEAL DE-LEON) d. 1776, buried: 29 Jul 1776.  Jose died 1756, buried: 23 Dec 1756.
III.	Diego MONTEMAYOR DEL-CANTO b. 1589.
IV.	Maria DEL-CANTO MONTEMAYOR

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