The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

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consisted of Juan Leal Goras, fifty-four years old, tall, long faced,
blind in the left eye, with thick black beard and hair, dark com-
plexion, sharp nose, and light gray eyes; and his sons, Vicente,
eighteen years old and Bernardo, thirteen. The second family was
that of Juan Curbelo, fifty years old, tall, broad-shouldered, rather
bald, full-faced with a fair complexion, gray beard and hair, light
gray eyes, black eyebrows, and a sharp nose; with his wife, aged
forty-six; two sons, Jos and Juan, twenty-five and nine years old
respectively; and Maria, a daughter, aged thirteen. The third fam-
ily was that of Juan Leal, Jr., son of Juan Leal of the first family,
with his wife, four sons and one daughter, Maria, aged six. The
fourth family consisted of Antonio Santos, approximately fifty
years old, medium height, broad-shouldered, with a round face,
dark complexion, large nose, black eyes, thin beard, black hair,
and black eyebrows; Isabel, his wife, one son and three daughters.
In the fifth family were Joseph Padr6n and his wife, each about
twenty-two years old. The sixth was that of Manuel de Niz and his
wife Sebastiana de la Pefia; Vicente Alvarez Travieso and his wife,
Maria Ana Curbelo, made up the seventh family. Salvador Rod-
riguez, with his wife and fifteen-year-old son, Patricio, constituted
the eighth. Francisco de Arocha with his fourteen-year-old wife,
Juana Curbelo, were accounted the ninth family. Antonio Rod-
riguez, eighteen years old, with his wife, nineteen years old, who
was described as having a long face pitted with smallpox, black
eyes, hair and eyebrows, a thin nose, and a dark complexion, made
up the tenth family. Another son of Juan Leal, Sr., with a wife,
Ana Santos, aged fifteen; Juan Delgado, with his wife Catherine,
aged sixteen; and Joseph Cabrera with a son aged thirteen and a
daughter aged six, were reckoned the next three families. The
fourteenth consisted of a widow, Maria Rodriguez Provayno, with
three sons and three daughters. The fifteenth family was made up
of another widow, a son aged sixteen, another aged two, and a
daughter aged four. The sixteenth family consisted of four un-
married men, the three Perez brothers, and Martin Lorenzo de
Armas. These sixteen families constituted the group who first
settled, by royal decree, the city of San Antonio.
In return for settling in such a remote spot as Texas, these
families were furnished their transportation to their new home

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed October 30, 2014.