Descendants of

Joseph Longoria and Geronima Aldape

Residents of Presidio del Rio Grande Coahulia Mexico 1725 Northeastern Mexico and South Texas 1750

The Reynosa Line

by Danny Villarreal


Juan Longoria and Cenovia Perez 1912

Esmerehilda Longoria and Granddaughters Ojo de Agua, Texas around 1930's

Welcome to the Longoria genealogy page. Alot has happened since I last up-dated this web page. One new and very inportant fact that has been discovered is that Pedro Suarez de Longoria Oidor de la Real Audiencia de México and Lorenzo Suarez de Longoria were related. A 1603 document from the Archivo General de Las Indias titled Contracion 5273-N91-1-0 has been transcribed and has given us the names and relationship between these two men. Alonso de Pontigua and Pedro Suarez de Longoria were brothers. Pedro Suarez de Longoria married Maria de Urdinola y Lois daughter of the illustrious Francisco de Urdinola governor of Nueva Vizcaya and founder of Saltillo. I have always separated these two lines and called one the Reynosa Longorias and the other the Camargo Longorias. This remains true. Pedro Suarez de Longoria settled in Coahuilla and Lorenzo in Nuevo Leon. We still have no written proof such as birth records that this line is that of Pedro Suarez de Longoria but migration patterns and almost complete documentation of Lorenzos family leave little doubt in my mind. If this is the case our ancestors have left behind a great legacy.

My dads mother (Maria Longoria) was a Longoria from her mother Esmerehilda Longoria and her father Diego Longoria. These families were the founders of rancho Ojo de Agua (Now Abram, Hidalgo County Texas ).

The San Jose cemetery in Abram, Ojo de Agua Texas is where many of my Longoria and Villarreal relatives are buried. Another Ranch Cemetery where Longoria relatives of this tree are buried is at the Guadalupe Torero Ranch Cemetery in Northern Hidalgo County and of Course we all know of the Longoria Cemetery in Bluetown (Santa Maria) Texas.


Compiled by: Diana Borja, Estella Trigo, Irene Silva, Enriqueta Vela, Raul Longoria, Frank Longoria, Jose Jaime Longoria, Danny Villarreal and others who have contributed research and data.


Web Card Link Name Place of origin Date of Birth
Pedro Suarez de Longoria
Austurias Spain /Mexico City /Mazapil Zacatecas, Mexico ca 1578
Joseph Suarez de Longoria
Mazapil Zacatecas/Saltillo Coahulia, Mexico ca 1628
Joan Suarez de Longoria
Mazapil Zacatecas, Mexico ca 1658
Joseph de Longoria
Lampazos Nuevo Leon/ Presidio del Rio Grande, Coahuila, Mexico ca 1689
Juan de Rosas Longoria
Nuestra Senora de la Punta Mission Lampazos NuevoLeon /Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico ca 1725
Juan Miguel Longoria
Reynosa Viejo, Tamaulipas, Mexico/Hidalgo County Texas ca 1746
Juan Antonio Longoria
Reynosa Viejo, Tamaulipas, Mexico/Hidalgo County Texas 1749
Jose Francisco Longoria
Reynosa Viejo, Tamaulipas, Mexico  

Ancestral Homelands

Genealogía en LA RED

The Villarreal Home page

Casa de Longoria in Spain found on this link

The Longoria Cemetery in Bluetown Texas

Frank Longoria Genealogy Page

Raul Longorias Web site

The Camargo Longoria Line

Longoria Family Genealogy Forum

Longoria to Sanchez page (our Line)

Ancestry.com Longoria page

Jose Maria Longoria I (Interesting page)

Heriberto Longoria, Sr (Family Hero)

Longoria Cemetery Project

Yrineo Longoria Ancestors and Descendants

Iberian Genealogy

San Jose Ranch Cemetery in Abram, Texas

Longoria Surname mailing lists


Longoria DNA Project

Texas General Land Office Land Grant Search

E-Mail me

Joseph Longoria

Joseph is a mystery. We have no docmented proof of who his parents are. He lived in Lampazos Nuevo Leon and born around 1680. We think he ties in to the Pedro Suarez de Longoria line we are sure he was a Spaniard because his son Juan Rosas is listed as Espanol on some documents. In the book San Juan Bautista Gateway to Spanish Texas there is a Joseph and Antonio Longoria listed as being in Diego Ramon's expedition into Texas around 1700. They are not listed as soldiers but as citizens from Presidio del Rio Grande. Presidio del Rio Grande was also Mission San Juan Bautista and later known as Guerrero it is in the Mexican state of Coahuila. His wife Geronima Aldape came from Sabinas Hidalgo Nuevo Leon.

Soldiers of Presidio de San Juan Bautista provided escorts for travelers and supply trains to Texas, joined Indian campaigns, and played a vital role in exploration. In 1731 they escorted the Canary Islanders on the last leg of their journey to San Antonio. They assisted explorations up the Rio Grande by José de Barroterán in 1729 and Blas María de la Garza Falcón in 1735. In 1747 with Miguel de la Garza Falcon they reconnoitered the North Bank of the Rio Grande from their post to its mouth in conjunction with José de Escandón. This I think is how his son Juan Rosas came to the Reynosa settlement and arrived before the other colonizers and came without aid from the crown.

In March, 1749, the first settlement, Nuestra Senora de Santa Ana de Camargo, was established across the river from present day Rio Grande City, Texas, by Captain Blas Maria de la Garza Falcon and forty families from Nuevo Leon. The founding of Reynosa quickly followed. The settlers of each received fifty sitios (five leagues) of land on the north side of the Rio Grande. With such encouragement the settlers flocked to Escandón's province of Nuevo Santander. Some of the more venturesome souls actually went beyond the colonizer's plans for settlement, establishing themselves on land of their choice, then asking Escandons approval.

Juan Rosas Longoria

Marriage record states he was from Reynosa. The Cuervo report on the status of the colonies of Nuevo Santader states that Juan Rosas established a ranch around 1750 at a site called "El Paraje de Dolores" six leagues from Reynosa. The Protocolos de Cadereyta 2/1/1759 list's Juan Rosas Longoria last will and testament and has him as a vecino de Cadereyta.

This was our begining in the South Texas region. We are the Longorias that settled Reynosa. Our family established itself along the U.S. Military Highway 281 along the the South Texas border and stretched itself across from Mission, Hidalgo County Texas to the La Feria and Santa Maria area in Cameron County, Texas.