I love it when various family members have an interest in our mutual family. Recently an inquiry was made as to how Juana Maria Vidaurri y Vasquez Borrego was related to Dn. Santiago Vidaurri Borrego y Valdez?
Dn. Juana Maria was the youngest child of Dn. Jose Maria Margil (Margil) Vidaurri Borrego and Dn. Josefa Vasquez Borrego Sanchez.
Josefa was the daughter of Dn. Bartolome Vasquez Borrego(nephew to Dn. Jose Vasquez Borrego) and Alejandra Sanchez de la Barrera y Uribe(daughter to Tomas Sanchez de la Barrera, founder of Laredo, Tx.)
Jose Maria Margil (Margil) Vidaurri Borrego was the son of Dn. Manuela Vasquez Borrego and Dn. Juan Antonio de Vidaurri. He was Dn. Jose Vasquez Borregos grandson.
Juana Maria was Dn. Santiago’s 2nd cousin and wife. (Santiago was the son of Pedro Jose, grandson of Francisco Vidaurri Borrego and great grandson of Dn. Jose Vasquez Borrego)
She had the big forehead and tiny lips and ears of a Vidaurri Borrego and the blue eyes of her great grandfather Tomas Sanchez de la Barrera.
What I find fascinating is that when she had this painting done, the artist documented her name using the Vasquez, when in reality they didn’t use it anymore.
She was beautiful and I imagine kind to her family, as when I asked my tia Maria what the names were of my 2nd great grandparents she said: Santiago y Juanita.
Basically, it wasn’t tia Juanita, but she had heard her name mentioned within the family and it somehow stuck. I think it’s because the family was really close, especially the families of Dn. Jose’s chosen heirs: Jose Fernando, Ramon Macario, Jose Maria Margil and Francisco.