Last week, I introduced you to my 2nd great-grandmother, Raymunda Villatoro Vasques. I also shared what could be photos of her. One of those photos is the photo at the top of this post. I know the little boy in this photo is my grandfather, Debs Warren Webster. It may be that he and his sister, Carlota, were visiting their grandparents, Nicanor Matus and Raymunda Villatoro Vasques. So, the adults in this photo could be Nicanor and Raymunda. I wish I knew for sure, but I don't.
In any case, today, I'd like to tell you what I know about my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Nicanor Matus.
Nicanor was born around 1852 or 1855 in El Espinal, Oaxaca, Mexico. The reason there's a discrepancy in Nicanor's birth year is because his stated age differ in two separate birth records. In his daughter, Crecenciana's, birth record from 1900 he said he was 45 years old, which would mean he was born in 1855. But, in a birth record in which he was a witness, his stated age was 45 and the record was from 1897. That would mean his birth year was 1852.
Nicanor's signature is present, not only on his daughter's birth record, but also on at least two separate birth records in which he served as a witness. The signature below was from a birth record dated 15 April 1899. In that birth record he stated his age as 45 years old.
There's just something special about seeing an ancestor's signature, isn't there? You may have noticed that I have a tab at the top of my blog dedicated to sharing my ancestors' signatures. I've now added Nicanor's signature to that list.
Nicanor and Raymunda were the parents of four children:
- Esther Matus Villatoro (1893-1919) [my great-grandmother]
- Catalina Matus Villatoro
- Francisco Matus Villatoro
- Crecenciana Matus Villatoro (1906-1973)
I have a lot of research to do to learn more about my 2nd great-grandfather, Nicanor Matus. I'd especially like to find out who his parents, grandparents, and so forth were. And also if he had any siblings. As I learn more about my Matus ancestors, I'll share that information here on my blog.
Thanks for reading!
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