My name is Salomon F. Leija. I was born in Temple, TX, in 1953. My father, Benito Cardona Leija, is a War World II veteran. My family stayed in Temple after he was discharged at Ft. Hood. We come from a big family, I have 11 surviving siblings.
I attended elemtary school at Florence, AZ and graduated High School in Modesto, CA., in 1971. I am a Vietnam Era Veteran, serving with the USAF from 1971 -1975. I graduated from Arizona State University in 1980. I have resided in Arizona since then.
I have always wanted to create a Leija Family Tree. I did not know my paternal grandparents or great grandparents. My father's last surviving sister, Maria Leija, recently passed, and her daughter found some documents, birth certificates and immigration papers of my grandfather. His name was Preciliano Ramirez Leija. He married Guadalupe Cardona. His parents were Marcelino Leija and his mother was Luz Ramirez Leija.
Both of my parents were born in Del Rio, TX. Benito C. Leija was born in 1914 and my mother Elena Flores was born in 1913. Preciliano Leija was born in 1884 in San Jose, Jalisco, Mexico. One of my older brothers remembers visiting some of my dad's family in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila. I have information on Preciliano's siblings. Perhaps he had brothers/sisters or cousins or uncles from that area.
I will continue to research and complete the Leija Family Tree as best as possible. I have many nephews/neices who have children and some of those have their own children. I have a brother and sister still living in California, a sister living in Temple, TX and the other brothers and sisters live in Arizona.
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