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Guadalupe Solis (#48239609)
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I am a great grandson of Marcus Villafranco who was shot in 1944 in Robstown. He had a daughter whose name was Juanita Villafranco and she married my grandfather Marcelino Bruno Solis in Nueces county. They had 3 children and my father Guadalupe Franco Solis, who passed away on July 17, 2006 was their only living sibling. We don't know where our grandmother Juanita is buried but she died around 1940 supposedly in a small farm in between Refugio, Aransas and San Patricio counties.
Our uncle Lazaro H Villafranco along with his brother ( our great grandfather Marcos Villafranco) are buried in the Laureles Ranch in Nueces county.
I would like to know if anyone has any information on any living relatives in the this families beside my family whom I am the oldest of 8 siblings of Guadalupe and Teresa Solis. I would also like to have any pictures of these family members if available.
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John Montalvo
RE: Dia de los muertos

My apologies, we had major problems with our plumbing on Friday here in Houston, and we weren't able to make the trip to Corpus and the Laureles cemetery. I meant to send you an email Friday night but I was busy dealing with the plumbing problem (didn't get it fixed until late yesterday). My parents actually rushed to come up to Houston Friday to help me replace the drain lines. My dad and I were very much looking forward to meeting you and your family and paying our respects to our departed loved ones. My dad actually made a temporary concrete grave marker to add more info to his grandmother's Isabela's grave (we plan to add a professional grave marker with more info and a photo of Isabela and her husband Ponciano). We also had lots of flowers to place at Marcos, Lazaro's and their mother Juana's graves, as well as other Montalvo family members buried there. I've continued to research Marcos and his daughter Jaunita, but haven't had any luck. Have you had a chance to look at our family tree on which has more info on Marcos and Juanita? You should be able to add comments and upload photos to the tree. If you see anything wrong or missing you can send comments through so I can add/correct. Any additional info you might know on Marcos and Juanita (ex. marriages, children, siblings, residences, dates, the name of Juanita's mom, etc.) may help me locate more info.
I would like to follow-up more on what if anything you might know of the Villafranco's from the Victoria/Nursery area. I believe some of Marcos and Isabela's Villafranco relatives (possibly siblings) moved to the Victoria area in the late 1800s. I've been researching for over a year, but haven't made a connection.
Take care,

Added by John Montalvo on Nov 04, 2013 11:44 AM
John Montalvo
RE: Juanita Villafranco Solis
Hi Guadalupe,

We are driving into Corpus that morning. My parents still live in Corpus. My dad and I hope to get to the cemetery around 1pm, but it may take a little longer if we have to drive to Kingsville to get a key to the Laureles gate. There are no restrictions on bringing cameras. You should also plan on bringing some bottled water (there are hose bibs in the cemetery but no drinking fountains). The cemetery is fairly well kept so we are hoping to meet other family members that are also paying their respects.

If you haven't been to the Laureles Cemetery it's a little tricky. The cemetery is in the Laureles Colony located inside the Laureles Division of the King Ranch. There is no longer a church, school, or store in the Colony, but there are still some Kinenos and ranch foremen living on the ranch but we are not aware of any family still living there. If you head south on US Highway 77 towards Kingsville, you will take a left on Farm Road 70 at Bishop and head towards Chapman Ranch. You will stay on Farm Road 70 until you get to County Road 51 and take a right heading south. County Road 51 will end at the gate to the Laureles ranch. There is no sign on the gate letting you know you are at the Laureles gate, but there is a round drum locking mechanism on the gate with multiple pad locks and there is an electrical substation just inside of the gate that will let you know you are at the correct location. There is a guard shack just inside of the gate, but there may not be a guard there (hopefully there will be a guard on the Day of the Dead). If there is no guard at the Laureles gate, you will need to drive all the way to Kingsville and go to the guard shack at the main entrance to the King Ranch and tell the guard that you would like to visit family buried in the Laureles cemetery. The guard will make copies of your driver's license and car insurance and have you sign a release form before he will let you borrow a key to the Laureles gate which you will have to return. See the following link for a map to the King Ranch main gate

The following links have copies of Laureles maps, cemetery photo and Google map to the cemetery that I uploaded to You should click on the Google map link below and select the hybrid map link and zoom in and out to get a good idea of where the cemetery is. I placed the pin in the center on the cemetery.

Look forward to meeting you and your family.

Take care,

Added by John Montalvo on Oct 15, 2013 9:16 PM
John Montalvo
RE: Juanita Villafranco Solis

I just noticed a second message from you that indicates that Marcus Villafranco (Memorial# 113761056) is your great grandfather. You also mention your uncle is Lazaro Villafranco (Memorial# 113756504). Marcus and Lazaro are my great grand uncles. Their sister, Isabel (Memorial# 111090732), is my great grandmother. Their mother, Juanita Hernandez (Memorial# 113758333), our 2nd great grandmother, is also buried on the Laureles, right next to Marcus. Lazaro and Isabel are also buried close by. My grandfather, Juan Villafranco Montalvo new both of them, and my dad has mentioned Lazaro over the years.

That would make us 3rd cousins, which is exciting news. I'll see if I can't figure out how to send you an invite to access my family tree on It doesn't have any photos on the Villafranco side other than Isabel, but it does have more info on the Villafranco branch. This weekend I just started going back to continue researching the Villafranco branch, and I've found alot of promising info.

My dad and I plan to visit my great grandmother's grave on the Laureles Saturday, November 2nd for Day of the Dead, to pay respect to her, her brothers, her mother and other family members on the Montalvo side that are buried there. We are also hoping to meet other family members. Hope to meet you and your family there if you can make it.

Take care,

Added by John Montalvo on Sep 30, 2013 7:18 AM
John Montalvo
RE: Juanita Villafranco Solis
Hi Guadalupe,

I'd love to help if I can, but can you provide a little more info, particularly the FindAGrave Memorial number for your family member(s)? I can't readily find Juanita Villafranco Solis or Marcelino Solis on the FindAGrave site.

We may be distantly related on the Villafranco side. Many of my family members (Montalvo's and Villafranco's) come from the Refugio, Berclair, Nueces & King Ranch area). My great grandmother is Isabel Hernandez Villafranco de Montalvo (Memorial# 111090732). She married my great grandfather Ponciano Montalvo in 1905 in Refugio and had 5 kids there, including my grandfather Juan Villafranco Montalvo (Memorial# 111094532). Her mother was Juanita Hernandez de Villafranco (Memorial# 113758333). Juanita had a total of 12 children according to the 1910 census from Berclair, Texas, but only 6 were living at that time counting my great grandmother Isabel. Most of her kids appear to have been boys and they appear to have been born between 1879 and 1900. I've managed to determine from my grandfather's journals and other research the names of 8 of Juanita's kids counting my great grandmother Isabel. At least two of her kids were born in Refugio County (Marcos and Lazaro).

I have located a Juanita G. Villafranco but haven't connected her to my family tree (yet, but I'm close), however I'm not sure if she is related to you since she was born in 1926 in Berclair and died in 2003 in Washington state. If my research is correct her first husband was a Hernandez and second husband was an Owen. I'm still researching Juanita G. Villafranco and her branch. I believe her grandfather (Baldamero Villafranco) is one of my great grandmother's (Isabel) brothers.

I'm not sure if this helps, but if you provide a little more info, maybe I can help more.


Added by John Montalvo on Sep 30, 2013 6:48 AM

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