My mother's maiden name is Leyva and my grandmother's name is Petra Leyva, born around 1896 near Batopilas, Chihuahua. Petra died in 1961 in California and left a very large family. I have a very large family with lots of uncles and aunts and cousins. My oldest uncle is 90 years old.
My grandmother was orphaned at 3 years old and went to live with her sister. When my grandmother Petra was just 8 years old, her sister died in childbirth. This would put the sister at about 7 years older than Petra (at youngest)and born around 1879.
So that means there are other Leyva out there who are Petra's brothers and sisters.
So I am looking for any Leyva born in Chihuahua time frame of 1870's to 1880's that could be cousin or brother or sister of Petra.
They would have been born somewhere else in Chihuahua as Batopilas was just a boom mining town during that period the Leyva family was from somewhere else in Chihuahua.
Also looking for anyone that has information on the mine that existed in Batopilas from that era. Here is information on the people that owned that mine.
Grant Shepherd, one of Alexander Shepherds sons, has written The Silver Magnet (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1938), Alexander Shepherd died in 1902, leaving the mines to his sons who ceased operation in 1920, although other miners would later try unsuccessfully to restart the old mines. In 1938, one son, Grant Shepherd, wrote The Silver Magnet about life in Batopilas and Alexander Shepherd. It is an excellent description about this once world famous town.
My family would like to do the DNA research to see if our Leyva family lines match.
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