So happy to hear from you, In September the 16th 2005, I woke up in the morning and went from Victoria, My hometown to the Bell Library @ Texas A&M Campus for the sole purpose of finding the decendents of Enrique. You see, as a kid of about 13 years of age I recall my father (Santiago Garza Villarreal) would sit on the Guadalupe river banks fishing and talking with his brother Maximino Villarreal about massive lands that had been lost to the family during the occupation of Zachary Taylor and his troops, they mentioned that he (Taylor) had made a sweep from the Nuesces River to the Rio Grande and either killed and/or ran off all native inhabitants and appropriated the region by reason of "Manifest Destiny"/"Eminent Domain". Needless to say, I was too young to understand what they were talking about. I never wondered why all my relatives lived in either Victoria, The McFaddin Ranch,The Fagan Ranch, Tivoli, and Refugio Texas, I just acceptted it as the way things were. One day I was sitting with my aunt Tomasita Villarreal and our ancestors came up in our conversation, It was then that she mentioned Enrique Villarreal and the loss of massive family holdings, not just by him but also from ancestors in Cameron, San Patricio and present day Duval county. Of course again, I was at a loss due to my age, Did'nt really know what to think, anyway; what stuck in my mind and will till the day I die is when she walked across the room to a very old looking cedar chest and pulled out a large sword and let me hold it, all along starting to explain that it once belonged to one of her great grand parents (uno de mis visabuelos) as she said it. Of course I was wowwed by this, I could'nt believe what I was holding. Then she reached into the chest again pulled out a large sealed plastic bag with an old military looking uniform in it and she said, ("Este era su uniforme militar") "This was his uniform", as she handed it to me I gently laid the sword on her bed and took the uniform in my hands and again, I was in awe, just could'nt believe my eyes. when she saw that I laid it down after close inspection, She said "Ven" and led me into her living room and pointed at picture of a man standing tall and proud in his uniform on her living room wall and said "Ese es nuestro visabuelo Colonel Enrique Villarreal" he was tall and handsome looking. It's funny she mentioned him as a colonel, As I grew older, I didn't think much, other than being grateful to her for the history lesson and her sharing of knowledge of my ancestors. This happened circa 1964. She died in the 80's and I don't know who wound up with her pictures, records etc., She was married to a Simon Zapata, They had Simon Jr., Lupe, Leo, Maria and Anita. Time passed, I grew up and had my own family and didn't really pursue what she had told me until I ran into an article on-line about 3 years ago about a Capt. Enrique Villarreal who had a land grant to "El Rincon Del Oso" in present day Nueces county. This blew me away and to this day I have been trying to verify/Confirm our connection to him. My brother Leonard is also into geneology, When I mentioned what Tia Tomasita had showm me; he said I was imagining things and making things up and doesn't believe we have a connection to that Enrique Villarreal. This last September I was hired by the Victoria Independent School District to teach Engineering/Architectural Drafting and Design Technology. When I reported for work I ran into a Rudy Zapata who is head of Security on the campus, it turns out he is the grandson of my aunt Tomasita Villarreal Zapata. One day we were sitting in the teachers lounge having coffee and he was conversing with a third person and I overheard him telling another teacher that he had "Spanish blood" in him because he was realated to the "Villarreals", I introduced myself to him and I asked him who his father was. When he said Lupe Zapata was his daddy, I almost hit the ground. We sat and talked and then I oocurred to me to ask him if his Grandmother had ever told him about Enrique, He was quick to say that she had. I then asked him if she had shown him his uniform and sword, his jaw almost hit the floor, He said
"You telling me you saw it too? I said yeah, I thought I would never find someone else who had seen it. He mentioned that his cousin had control of all of Tomasita's possessions and would make an effort to find the picture,sword and uniform and take pictures of them for me to have. Would that just be awesome or what? I now know that during the Mexican-American War our ancestors were refugees, thus the name of the city of Refugio. They were dispersed and/ or systematically eliminated and/or ran off their lands. I can't even find where my great grandfather Tomas Villarreal of "La Rosita" Ranch was buried or how he died. I know we are connected to the Villarreales of Refugio,Texas and Tivoli, Texas. I think, but I'm not sure, still trying to verify a connection to an Angel Villarreal of Tivoli who may be a descendent of the Jose Hilario and connected to the Ines your friend is looking for, listed as a son of the great Enrique Villarreal. All the Villarreales I am connected to are from the Fagan Ranch, Tivoli, Mc Fadden area. My elders always said they were descendants of Villarreales in the Nueces River area ie Nueces County,Present day Duval County, San patricio County but migrated North to get away from the hostilities during the onset of the war.
In the meantime I'm still working on the family tree and trying to comfrm the connection. Please tell your friend to feel free to contact me.
Here is the information you requested. Please forward this to your friend and tell him/her I would be more than happy to help in any way I can to find a linage.
Enrique had Three sons and Two daughters.
Joseph M. Villarreal
2609 E. Plainview St.
Victoria, Texas email@example.com
Ps: Ines may have been one of Enriques' siblings.
Will be anxiously awaiting a reply, Thank You for letting me share.