Francisco Hernandez ca 1670 - 1751
By Lady H October 14, 2013 at 07:27:54
Francisco Hernandez came early into Texas as a soldier under the leadership of Sergeant Major Diego Ramon.The Ramon entrada set out from San Juan Bautista on 9 March 1707, on an expedition to the northeast with orders to put down mission disturbances caused by the Rancheria Grande Indians, who lived near the middle branch of the Brazos River.Included in the squadron of twenty three soldiers were Alferez Francisco Hernandez and Nicolas Flores.
Several families also accompanied the soldiers on the expedition.Alferez Hernandez was accompanied by his family and two of his nearlygrown (?) sons, Nicolas Hernandez and Francisco Hernandez.Birth year of the senior Francisco Hernandez is unknown, but he was a man with family at the time of the entrada, and might have been in his late thirties or even into his forties. The two sons, likely of teenage by 1707,were born between 1690 and 1695,making italso likely that their father Francisco was born during the 1670s.
Francisco Hernandez was married first to Ana Garcia, by whom he had eight children.His second marriage was to Mariana Longoria, by whom there were two daughters.
Chabot (pp.35-40)lists many descendants of Francisco Hernandez’ large family, but it appears that he has some of the generations confused as to time order.
1.Andres Hernandez, married Juana de Ollos, from Coahuila.Chabot lists eight children:
1)Francisco Joseph Hernandez, married in 1753, Maria Josefa Villareal
2)Maria Ignacia Hernandez, died young
3)Joseph Joaquin Hernandez
4)Ignacia Hernandez, married Miguel de la Garza
5)Jose Placido Hernandez, married Rosalia Montes de Oca
6)Jose Miguel Hernandez, married 1764 Maria Luisa Guerrero
7)Jose Andres Hernandez, born ca 1747;married 1774, Antonia Anselma Pilar Zepeda.In the census of 1795:Jose Andres Hernandes age 48; wife Anselma Zepeda age 41, native of Los Adaes; sons 17, 13, and 6; daughters 11 and 3.
“A Spanish land grant made by a compromise settlement over disputed land claims to Andrés Hernández and Luis Antonio Menchaca on April 12, 1758, is the oldest land grant on record in the Spanish Archives of the General Land Officein Austin, although there were grants prior to that date. The grant consisted of fifteen leagues and seven labores situated in the Potrero del Rincón, the wedge of land above the confluence of the San Antonio River and Cibolo Creek in South Texas.
“Hernández...was for many years a soldier of the San Antonio de Béxar Presidio. The grant made to him in 1758 consisted of four leagues and five labores, threefifths of which lay in Karnes County and twofifths in Wilson County.Hernández had some ranch huts built near the bank of Cibolo Creek in order to raise horses, cattle, sheep, and goats. At the time of his official grant, he made sworn statements to the effect that he had been living on the ranch for more than five years by virtue of a grant of four sitios and eight caballerías of land called San Bartolomé, which had been made to his deceased father more than twentytwo years previously. It is possible that this was the site of the first ranch in Texas.
“Hernández's ranch headquarters was in the same locale as Fuerte de Santa Cruz del Cíbolo.At first he owned everything on the west side of the Cibolo from Rincón to a distance of six leagues up the stream. The Hernández ranch, temporarily abandoned after a Comanche raid in 1783, was eventually divided among the heirs and sold to later purchasers.”
Robert H. Thonhoff , "HERNANDEZ, ANDRES." The Handbook of Texas Online.
1.Francisco Hernandez married Ana Garcia
2.Rosa Hermerengilda Hernandez
3.Nicolas Hernandez married Simona de Sepulveda
4.Ana Hernandez married Cayetano Guerrero
5.Andres Hernandez married Juana de Hoyos
6.Diego Hernandezmarried 1729, Juana Josefa de Sosa
7Jacobo Hernandezmarried Juana Justa Guerrero
10 Gertrudis Hernandez marriedJose Carvajal
Francisco Hernandez and his second wife Mariana Longoria had two daughters:
*11Maria Josefa Hernandez, born 1721, married Joaquin de Urrutia
12.Brigida Hernandez, born 1724