The progenitor of the Gary family of Louisiana is Juan Garrido (Gary) of Malaga, Spain. He was born Circa 1737 in Alhawiia de la torre, the son of Pedro and Anna Garrido. He married the widow Ynez Maldonado Aclzadillas Villalba of Pizarra, Spain(B.Circa 1743) and become the stepfather to Catalina and Sebastian Villalba. On June 1 1778 the Garrido family, now including two year old Juan, set sail for New Orleans. They were recruited by the Spanish government as settlers to offset the growing tide of protestants from the English colonies and to protect Spanish ownership of theLouisiana colony. Nine year old Sebastain Villalba, Juan's step son, died in route and was buried in Puerto Rico.
Juan and Ynez were sent to a land grant near Spanish Lake in the vicinity of New Iberia. Most of the settlers had small farms and large cattle ranches. The first American Cowboys came from these cattle ranches of southwest Louisiana. Their son Joseph was born in 1779. Cathlina Villalba, Ynez's daughter (B 1767), married Gabriel Lopez who was 3 yrs older than her mother.
Juan Garrido Junior, also known as Jean de Sierra or Jean Garryo, married Marguerite, daughter of Jean Baptiste LaValette and Fracoise Fauvel of Fort Vincent on the Wabach River, at St Martinville on April 4 1796. They had thirteen children: two died in childhood. They married inot both Spanish and French families: Dominguez(Domingue), Villatoro(Viator), Gonzales, Lopez, Romero, Landry, Leleux, Theriot and Toutecheque.
Joseph Garrido who was born in La. was also called de Sierra or Garryo. He married Euphrosine, the daughter of Jean Baptiste La Violette of Quebec and Marguerite Picard on April 24, 1804 at St. Martinville. They had fourteen children who married into Spanish, French and English families:Leblanc, Hebert, Ringvette, Romero, Lopez, Hollier and Pitt.
As the family grew and spread throughout southwest La. the spelling changed from Garrido to Garryo to Gary.
The Gary family were pioneers on the frontier. they settled the wilderness during the Spanish era. lived for a short time under the French Flag and became Americans in 1803 with the signing of the Louisiana Purchase.