Hello Kyra, I am trying to make some connections too. I know I have a California branch from Jose Montoya, whose parents were Andres and Encarnacion Vaca Montoya. I believe they were from the areas in Mexico that you mentioned. My dad Andres Montoya was born in Texas but I don't think some of his brothers, specially the older ones were. Jose, I am pretty sure was born in Mexico. Here I trying to listen grandma Chonita's voice as she told me all these tales. She died about 44 years ago. I think that she mentioned the name Tiniano which could be short for Martiniano. There was also a Rufina who I don't know anything about. Maybe we can compare other notes to see if there are any connections. Andres and Encarnacion crossed into the United States around 1910 and shortly settled in El Paso, Texas. Uncle Jose died in California some time ago.