Genealogy, Immigration

Bernardo Sauceda and Francisca Garza

Francisca Garza’s obituary from 1955 mentions her living children:

  •  Jose Garza Sauceda, Phoenix
  • Cruz Garza Sauceda, Phoenix
  • Benny Garza Sauceda, Phoenix (my maternal grandfather)
  • Paul Garza Sauceda, Phoenix
  • Felipe Garza Sauceda, Bryan, Brazos County, Texas
  • Segro? [I think this is supposed to be Ysidro Garza Sauceda], Houston, Texas
  • Manuela Bernal [née Manuela Garza Sauceda], Bryan, Brazos County, Texas

We know that Francisca was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and eventually ended up in Texas, we’re just not sure when.  Tracing her children I was able to see the different places she lived in Texas.  Her son Felipe was born in San Ysidro, Zapata County, Mexico, Cruz Garza Sauceda was born in Paige, Bastrop County, Texas, and others including grandpa Benny were born in Tyler, Smith County, Texas.


Francisca Garza MX to TX map
Francisca Garza Sauceda’s trek from her birthplace in Tamaulipas, Mexico to Tyler, Texas.  She died in Phoenix, Arizona October 29, 1955.


Using the children’s birth years and locations I was able to find Bernardo Sauceda and Francisca Garza’s record of marriage in 1900 in Zapata County, Texas.


Bernardo Sauceda and Francisca Garza were married February 2, 1900 in Zapata County, Texas [microfilm, FamilySearch]



3 thoughts on “Bernardo Sauceda and Francisca Garza”

  1. The information I have indicates my uncle Felipe Garza Sauceda was born in San Ignacio, Zapata, Texas. The “Sergio” is actually my uncle Ysidro Garza Sauceda who lived in Alvin, Texas near Houston, Texas. I know I visited him many times. Uncle Ysidro served in the U. S. Army, while my uncle Cruz Garza Sauceda served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He said he was on of the “fighting See Bees” in the Pacific Theatre?? His son Manuel Sauceda also served in the U S Navy.

    1. That is fantastic information, thank you! The Seabees in World War II :

      “Rear Admiral Ben Moreell, CEC, USN, became Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks (BUDOCKS) in 1937. This office is in charge of the Civil Engineer Corps. There was a need for military personnel having specific qualifications as master journeymen in their trades to be permanently assigned as military construction battalions. On 28 December 1941, he requested specific authority to carry out this decision, and on 5 January 1942, he gained authority from the Bureau of Navigation to recruit men from the construction trades, skilled men, masters of their trades. In March 1942, Moreell began to actively seek permission for such battalions. The average age for the men being enlisted was 37. The Seabees were officially named on the 5th day of March, 1942.[2] for assignment to a Naval Construction Regiment composed of three Naval Construction Battalions.” …

      “The Pacific theater[edit]
      Seabees in the Pacific Theater of Operations earned the gratitude of all Allied fighting men who served with them or followed in their wake. Their deeds were unparalleled in the history of wartime construction. With eighty percent of the Naval Construction Force concentrated on the three Pacific roads, they literally built and fought their way to victory.

      In the North, Central, South and Southwest Pacific areas, the Seabees built 111 major airstrips, 441 piers, 2,558 ammunition magazines, 700 square blocks of warehouses, hospitals to serve 70,000 patients, tanks for the storage of 100,000,000 gallons of gasoline, and housing for 1,500,000 men. In construction and fighting operations, the Pacific Seabees suffered more than 200 combat deaths and earned more than 2,000 Purple Hearts. They served on four continents and on more than 300 islands.

      Of the three Pacific roads to victory, perhaps the least significant was the one which wound through the North Pacific. At the outset of hostilities, however, this region, which included Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, had been a Japanese target. The Japanese campaign of 1942 that succeeded in seizing the Aleutian islands of Attu and Kiska was partly a feint, partly a serious probe of American defenses, and partly a move to prevent the United States from invading the Japanese homeland through the Aleutian and Kurile Islands. Many of the first Seabees were sent to the North Pacific to help forestall what appeared at the time to be a major Japanese offensive.

      By late June 1942 Seabees had landed in Alaska and had begun building advanced bases on Adak, Amchitka, and other key islands in the Aleutian chain. In 1943 these new bases were used to stage the joint Army-Navy task force that recaptured Attu and Kiska. While subsequent activity in the North Pacific was minimal, the long, flanking arm of Seabee-built bases pointing toward the Japanese home islands served as a substantial threat to the Japanese throughout the remainder of the war. Even as action in the Central, South, and Southwest Pacific areas became the major focus of attention, the Japanese continued to look northward in fear.

      Of the remaining two Pacific roads, the one through the steaming jungles of the South and Southwest Pacific had the Philippines as one of its principal destinations. The Seabees’ first stop along this road was in the Society Islands.” There is a ton of great info on the Wikipedia page, very proud of the Fighting Seabees!!!

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