The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 298
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298 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
The whole collection of Spanish papers, which does not aggre-
gate more than 3,000 pages, perhaps, falls into two groups. The
larger and much completer one consists of records of the parochial
church which served the Villa of San Fernando de B6xar and the
adjacent Presidio of San Antonio de B6xar. The smaller group is
composed of records of the missions located near by. It is with
the latter that I shall deal here.
In the immediate neighborhood of San Antonio five Spanish
missions were established and operated in the 18th century, while
a sixth was projected and nominally founded, but was actually con-
ducted as a part of one of the other five. The five actually estab-
lished were San Antonio de Valero (1718), which had existed for-
merly on the Rio Grande as San Francisco Solano, San Jos6 de
Aguayo (1720), Nuestra Sefiora de la Purissima Concepci6n
(1731), San Juan Capistrano (1731) and San Francisco de la
Espada (1731). The sixth, San Xavier de Naxera, was nominally
founded in 1722, 'and the neophytes intended for it, though minis-
tered to from San Antonio de Valero, were apparently kept separate
till 1726, when they were definitely attached to this mission.
I. RECORDS FOR SAN ANTONIO DE VALERO (INCLUDING THOSE
FOR SAN FRANCISCO SOLANO AND SAN XAVIER DE NAXERA).
Of these missions the only one whose records are fairly complete
in the collection under view is San Antonio de Valero, considered
together with its antecedent mission, San Francisco Solano, and
the attached mission, San Xavier de Naxera, both of which can
best be treated with San Antonio de Valero. For these missions
there are the following records:
A. BAPTISMAL RECORDS.
The baptismal records of these three missions are contained in a
leather-bound book whose title is: Bautismos. Libro I. De
This book is made up of two parts, which really are distinct
units. In fact, the first part is unbound, and is only laid within
the cover of the other; but the title on the outside has been ad-
'Translation: Baptisms. Book I. From 1703 to 1783.
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