I have been researching the Fierro name for a couple of years. I would like to "click" with someone else, but everyone seems to have been related to so many other people (e.g. grandmother, aunt, cousin,...). I wonder if any of us will ever find a common thread?
We have an Azevedo Family Website in which I try to post all new research and information. I have posted information based on conversations a cousin had with a 90 someting old Fierro woman who lives in Mexico:
My grandmother, Narcissa Fierro Castanon, has 2 surviving daughters: Our mother, Eleanor Fierro Castanon Azevedo, and our aunt, Theresa Fierro Castanon Maturino. Tia Theresa lives in Gonzales, California.
Our Tia Frances Fierro Castanon Gonzales lived for many years in Fresno. She was married to "Grande" (Ismael) Gonzales, and they had a large family on South Elm Avenue. Our cousin, Margie and her family live in the home now since both our aunt and uncle have passed away.
Based on stories I have heard about Narcissa Fierro, and based on how our mother and aunt relate to life, I absolutely believe that the Fierros are stoic, and very strong people!
Here is some information from our website:
I recently spoke with our cousin Gloria (Tia Theresa's daughter) and she gave me more information about the Fierros in Old Mexico. She and Tia Theresa have gone to Mexico and visited with 94-year- old Maria Jesus Fierro.
Maria Jesus Fierro was a small girl of about 5 years old in the time of Pancho Villa. She recalls sitting on Pancho Villa's lap. She also recalls our mom's mom--Narcissa Fierro Castanon. She knew her very well--she knew her when Narcissa had her first child--Tia Cuca (the mother of the Jimenez family from Delano, Cal.)
According to Maria Jesus Fierro, Narcissa was a "tough-tough woman who rode horses and carried guns and rode with the men who fought during the Mexican Revolution". (Mom has told us stories about her mom being a Soldadera).
Apparently in the old, old days the Fierro Family was large and rich with a huge hacienda near/in Durango Mexico. It seems the family wanted to keep its riches and land within the family, so Fierros would marry within the family (that would explain some of the strange behavior for some of us now???--Just kidding!!!!)
But he President of Mexico did not appreciate the Fierros' support of Pancho Villa. Pancho Villa held meetings at the Fierro hacienda. So the President started breaking up the Fierro land and forcefully taking it from the family.
Because of this some of the Fierros escaped to the United States. Our Tio Fierro (the man we knew from Yuba City while we grew up in Colusa) came with Narcissa to the U.S. They set up a labor/boarding camp in Gilroy, California. Tio Fierro used to bus the laborers around. The walls of the original house in Gilroy are still standing.
According to cousin Gloria, Maria Jesus Fierro told her that Narcissa's parents were Ignacio and Petra. Petra died of a shock at being told that one of her sons had been killed. But he actually had not been killed.
Apparently there was a lot of killing going on during that time in Mexico. So, many of the young men did not live long enough to have families.
Finally, I have it straight (I think). Narcissa Fierro's father, Ignacio, and the father of Pancho Villa's General Rodolfo Fierro, were brothers. So, our famous relative, Rodolfo, was Narcissa's Cousin.
The story of Rodolfo Fierro dying in quicksand because he was horseback with a bunch of gold/money is true and the lake (laguna) where he died is name "Laguna Fierro". According to cousin Gloria there is a statue of Rodolfo Fierro near this lake.
Boy, it is hard to get all of the facts about what happened in Old Mexico! There was so much killing, destruction, and raping.
But this little bit is something--that is why it is so important to get information from our elders before they pass through our lives!
Like, the Azevedos older brothers and sisters have memories of both Narcissa Fierro and Pablita Azevedo. Unfortunately, we younger ones do not.
Hopefully, we can continue to collect and share our family background!