Family Ties to Villa Hidalgo
In my last post, I mentioned that my 2nd great-grandparents Refugio Nieto (1863-1908) and Aurelia Compean (1864-1963) were married on 18 October 1883 in the parish of San José, located in Villa de Yturbide (now Villa Hidalgo), a municipality in the state of San Luis Potosí.2 Until finding that record back in May, I had never heard of an association between my ancestors and Villa Hidalgo.
About Villa Hidalgo
Villa Hidalgo is both a municipality and a town (similar to a county seat) in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. It was elevated to the civic administrative designation of municipo in 1854 and named after Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest and leader in the war for independence (1810-1821) against Spain, who is considered the “padre de patria” (founding father) of Mexico. By the end of that same year, however, the municipality and village were renamed to Villa Iturbide.3 Iturbide was the name of the royal house of Mexico, during the short-lived post-independence first Mexican Empire period from 1822-23.4 In 1928, the local legislature changed the municipo seat name back to Hidalgo.5
Two parishes serve the municipality of Villa Hidalgo–Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in the nearby town of Peotillos, and San José in the actual municipo seat.6 San José is where my 2nd great-grandparents Reguio Nieto and Aurelia Compean married in 1883. The archdiocese website notes the parish founding as “28/08/06,” but with just an “06” I cannot determine the century. It would have to be 1806 at the latest, due to the marriage year of my 2nd great-grandparents. FamilySearch has parish records dating back to 1850. From what I am able to tell from Google Maps Streetview, photos, and videos, San José cathedral is located right on the town plaza. A festival is held each year on March 19 in honor of San José.
These videos show quite a bit of footage of Villa Hidalgo, including the cathedral where my 2nd great-grandparents married in 1883.9,10 The town looks quite poor, but is full of color and historic architecture. I find it a bit humorous that the opening scene of the first video is an exterior shot of a cantina–perhaps Dad and I will enjoy a cold drink there next year.
- “Parroquia San Jose Villa Hidalgo,” Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/parroquia.sanjose.5283/photos : accessed 19 July 2015). ↩
- Iglesia Católica (Catholic Church), San José, Información matrimonial 1880-1886, p. 218, Refugio Nieto and Aurelia Compean, 18 October 1883; Archivo Diocesano (diocesan archive), de San Luis Potosí; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search : accessed 6 May 2015) > Mexico > San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 > Villa Hidalgo > San José > Información matrimonial 1880-1886 > image 491. ↩
- “Villa Hidaldo,” La Secretaría de Finanzas de Gobierno del Estado de San Luis Potosí (http://www.slpfinanzas.gob.mx/secciones/informacion/municipios/villaHidalgo.asp : accessed 19 July 2015). ↩
- “House of Iturbide,” Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Iturbide : accessed 19 July 2015). ↩
- “Villa Hidalgo.” ↩
- “Busqueda de Parroquias,” Arquidiocesís de San Luis Potosí (http://www.iglesiapotosina.org/Iglesias.php?s=1&Ciudad=Villa+Hidalgo&Nombre=&Decanato=&CP=&submit.x=0&submit.y=0 ” accessed 19 July 2015). ↩
- “Parroquia San Jose Villa Hidalgo.” ↩
- Ibid. ↩
- Cristian Martinez, “Pasando por Villa Hidalgo S.L.P. 2014,” YouTube (https://youtu.be/vKpynLVjo9I : accessed 19 July 2015). ↩
- YYSKA, “Villa Hidalgo S.L.P. …. ‘Centro Comunitario y Pastorl’,” YouTube (https://youtu.be/JLY3f1DXV3w: accessed 19 July 2015). ↩