i am also doing research on the Escaleras. there were Escaleras here in Texas since 1700. All the Escaleras that I have researched are from texas, I do not know where they came from, some say they came from italy, when i went to spain, there lived some Escaleras in Toledo, Spain, also there are many Escaleras in Durango Mex. I have been looking for my ggg grandfather Feliz Escalera who was a witness to his sons wedding here in Bexar county,in 1870 I have not been able to find any info on him. My fathers name was joe and his fathers name was joe. I hope that we can get all our Escalera info so we can solve the puzzle.