To the Abeyta Family:
I suspect that the surname Abeyta is a variation of Avitia in the same way that Abitia, Avita, Abita, Abeytia, Abeitia, Veytia, Veitia, Beitia and Beytia are all variations of Avitia.
As far as the different spellings of our surname, this is principally a function of the fact that hundreds of years ago a standardized orthography did not exist.Phonetically, Avitia and Abitia are identical.People who knew how to read and write 200 and 300 years ago, wrote Avitia as they pleased.Variations such as Abita and Avita are nothing more than spelling errors.
More difficult to explain are the variations Aveytia, Aveitia and their subvariations.Phonetically these surnames are entirely different from Avitia.However, I suspect there may be an archaic linguistic alteration at play that results in the short vowel "i" becoming a diphthong.The implementation of a standardized educational curriculum in the 19th Century single-handedly led to the demise of most archaic patterns of speech in Mexico.
Regardless, it is clear that the surnames are all one and the same.My great great great great grandfather Marcos Rafael Avitia was "Abeytia" when he married in 1777 in Canelas, Durango, his children were Abitia, and his grandchildren were Avitia.
I’ve decided to jump-start my research on my father’s Avitia family, which I haven’t worked on in almost two years.Instead of looking specifically for the family of my ancestor Marcos Rafael Avitia, I will conduct my research in reverse.By this I mean, that I will start with Captain Martin de Abitia who appears as a single man in the 1604 Census of the City of Durango.I will look in the Durango records for Captain Avitia’s children and grandchildren, and then trace all these families into the 18th Century.At some point, Captain Abitia’s descendants will link up with my ancestors.
Thanks to www.familysearch.org, I already have some excellent leads.Last week, I conducted random searches on familysearch.org for Abitia, Avita, Abita, Abeytia, Abeitia, Veytia, Veitia, Beitia and Beytia.Below are excerpts from the journal entry in my Research Log.
I’ll keep you all posted.
12/31/02 - 02:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Today, while running random searches on familysearch.org for Abitia, Avita, Abita, Abeytia, Abeitia, Veytia, Veitia, Beitia and Beytia . . . I print scores of marriage and baptismal extracts from the late 1600’s and early 1700’s in the hopes of finding a link to Martin de Abitia.As I am organizing the extracts into family groups, it becomes readily apparent how the surnames Avitia, Abitia, Avita, Abita, Abeytia, Abeitia, Veytia, Veitia, Beitia and Beytia are all one and the same as the same individuals and their children appear with different variations of the same surname.In particular, four family groups bring me very close to Martin de Abitia, which I suspect are the families of his children: Ana de Veytia who marries Tomas de Mena in 1645 in Durango, Dgo., in the Sagrario Metropolitano; Martin de Veitia/Veytia who marries Mariana de Montealegre Egurrola in 1652 in Durango, Dgo., in San Juan Bautista de Analco, whose children are Ana Maria Veitia born in 1653 (who I believe is the Ana de Veytia who marries Gabriel de Aragon in 1673 in Durango, Dgo., in San Juan Bautista de Analco), Maria Veitia born in 1655, Juana Veitia born in 1658, Pedro Veitia born in 1661 and Juana Veytia born in 1668, all of whom are baptized in San Juan Bautista de Analco; Pedro de Veitia who marries Beatriz Rodriguez in 1654 in Durango, Dgo., in San Juan Bautista de Analco; Marcos de Veitia/Beitia/Abeytia who marries Ana Mexia in the early 1660’s, whose children are Francisco Beitia born in 1665, Leonor Veitia born in 1670, and Ynes Abeytia born in 1671, all of whom are baptized in Durango, Dgo., in the Sagrario Metropolitano; and Francisco de Abitia who marries Maria de Roxas in the early 1660’s, whose daughter Catalina Abitia is born in 1666 in Nombre de Dios, Dgo.I also find the 1667 wedding of Antonia de Abeitia/Veitia who marries Alonso Munoz in Durango, Dgo., in San Juan Bautista de Analco, which leads me to believe she is a daughter of Martin de Veitia.Another Antonia de Veytia marries Geronimo Sorantes in 1680 in Durango, Dgo., in the Sagrario Metropolitano, and she must be the daughter of Martin de Veitia, Pedro Veitia, Marcos Veitia or Francisco de Abitia.
Another set of records that gives me much hope is the family of Martin de Abeitia/Veytia/Veitia who marries Maria Leal in 1694 in Durango, Dgo, in the Sagrario Metropolitano, whose children are Antonia Margarita Simona Veytia born in 1693 and baptized in Durango, Dgo., in the Sagrario Metropolitano, Cayetano Abeitia born in 1695 and baptized in Nombre de Dios, and Ana Maria Micaela Veitia born in 1700 and baptized in Durango, Dgo., in the Sagrario Metropolitano.Martin de Abeitia could very well be the grandson of his namesake Martin de Abitia and the son of Martin de Veitia, Pedro Veitia, Marcos Veitia or Francisco de Abitia.
The fact that one of the children of Martin de Abeitia is born in Nombre de Dios draws him closer to Francisco de Abitia who appears to have settled in Nombre de Dios, which is where a branch of the Avitia family takes root.In Nombre de Dios, I find Manuel Vicente Gandara born in 1731, whose parents are Antonio de Gandara & Antonia de Beitia; Juan Angel de Abitia born in 1736, whose father Juan de Abitia could be the son of Martin de Abeitia; Petra Marina Unzueta born in 1734, whose parents are Pedro Unzueta & Antonia Aveytia; and Juana Maria Simental born in 1743, whose parents are Joaquin de Simental & Agustina de Beitia.
Other Durango, Dgo, records that are of interest are the 1696 baptism of Ygnacio de Veytia, whose father Thomas de Veytia could be a grandson of Martin de Abitia; Joseph de Abita/Veytia/Veitia who marries Tomasa Salazar around 1700, whose children are Cristobal de Veitia born in 1707, Joseph Antonio de Veytia born in 1712 and Maria del Carmen de Abita born in 1714, all of whom are baptized in the Sagrario Metropolitano; Francisco de Veytia/Veitia/Beitia who marries Josepha Sanchez in 1706 in the Sagrario Metropolitano, whose children are Ana Maria Veitia born in 1707, Clara Veytia born in 1713, Phelipe Veitia born in 1717 and Antonio Estolano Beitia born in 1717, all of whom are baptized in the Sagrario Metropolitano; Gregorio de Abitia/Beitia/Beytia/Veytia who marries Marcela Lebario in 1730 in the Sagrario Metropolitano, whose children are Ygnacio Joseph Dionisio de Beitia born in 1731, Gertrudis de los Dolores de Beitia born in 1738, Juana Juliana de Beitia born in 1749, Leandra de Veytia born in 1751 and Felipe Vicente Abitia born in 1754, all of whom are baptized in the Sagrario Metropolitano; and Cristobal de Abitia/Beitia who marries Juana Petronila de los Dolores in 1726 in the Sagrario Metropolitano, whose daughter Ysidora Phelipa de Abitia is baptized in 1729 in the Sagrario Metropolitano.
Closer to Santiago Papasquiaro, I find several records from San Juan del Rio, San Fermin de Panuco, Canatlan and Parral, Chihuahua.In both the San Juan del Rio and San Fermin de Panuco records I find the duplicate 1687 wedding of Maria de Beitia with Antonio de Ortega, who may be a granddaughter of Martin de Abitia; and the duplicate 1690 wedding of Mariana de Abitia to Gabriel Gonzalez, who may also be a granddaughter of Martin de Abitia.In Canatlan, I find the 1726 wedding of Juan Ygnacio de Beytia/Beitia with Maria Pascuala de Rivas, whose daughter Pascuala Beitia is baptized in 1733 in Santiago Papasquiaro; Juan Ygnacio de Veitia who marries Encarnacion Garcia in the 1720’s, whose children are Juana Gertrudis born in 1730, Maximo born in 1735, Paula del Carmen born in 1738 and Marcelo Antonio born in 1743, all of whom are baptized in Canatlan.Juan Ygnacio Beytia and Juan Ygnacio Veitia could be the same person, but regardless, I am confident that they are the progenitors of the Avitia families of Santiago Papasquiaro, Tepehuanes and El Oro.In Parral, I find the 1721 baptism of Blas Martin Veytia whose parents Juan de Veytia & Catarina Alday may be the progenitors of the Avitia family of Chihuahua.
In Rosario, Sinaloa, I find the 1698 baptism of Josepha Abeitia, whose father Domingo de Abeitia may also be a great grandson or grandson of Martin de Abitia.I am most intrigued by Domingo de Abeitia because he may be the grandfather of my ancestor Marcos Rafael Avitia who was also from Sinaloa.I also find Nicolas de Abitia/Veitia who marries Juana de Rivera around 1710, whose children are Sebastiana Quiteria Abitia born in 1712 and Josepha Veitia born in 1714.Other Rosario records are Theresa de Veitia who marries George Maldonado in 1717; and Domingo de Abitia who marries Maria Hernandez in the 1740’s, whose children are Basilio Abitia born in 1747 and Clemente Abitia born in 1755.Domingo de Abitia is very likely the son of Domingo de Abeitia, and his children Basilio and Clemente could be the brothers of my ancestor Marcos Avitia.
Also, I find the 1839 baptism of Manuela Avitia in Tepehuanes, whose parents, Sixto Avitia & Antonia Quiroga, are the same as those of Fermin Avitia who migrated to Canelas in the 1860’s.Additionally, I add the Santiago Papasquiaro baptismal information for several children whose surname appears as Abeytia, Abitia and Avita: Loreto Abeytia who is born in 1773 and his sister Petra Abitia who is born in 1775; Lazaro Avitia who was born in 1818; Jacinto Avitia who was born in 1836; Trinidad Avitia who was born in 1837; Trinidad Avitia who was born in 1838; Laureano Avitia who was born in 1852; Wenceslao Avitia and Demetria Avitia who were born in 1853; Nabor Avitia born in 1854; Monica Avitia who is born in 1859; Eusevia Avitia who is born in 1862; Feliciano Avitia and Justo Pastor who were born in 1864; Micaela Avitia born in 1866.I finish the review with 40,655 people in my family tree.