Moya Family Tree

1880 Census Records
1880 Census Place:       Rancho Los Uraquas, Nueces, Texas

Name Relation Marital Status Gender RaceAgeBirthplace Occupation Fathers Birthplace Mothers Birthplace
Monico Moya Self Married Male White 60 Mexico Ranchero Mexico Mexico
Chonita Moya Wife Married Female White 45 Mexico Mexico Mexico
Lucia Moya Dau. Married Female White 24 Mexico Mexico Mexico
Santos Moya Son Single Male White 21 Texas Laborer Mexico Mexico
Silverio Moya Dau. Single Female White 18 Texas Mexico Mexico
Juana Moya Dau. Single Female White 15 Texas Mexico Mexico
Ygnacio Moya Son Single Male White 12 Texas Shepard Mexico Mexico
Daniel Moya Son Single Male White 11 Texas Shepard Mexico Mexico
Eohineio Moya Dau. Single Female White 9 Texas Mexico Mexico
Micalito Moya Dau. Single Female White 8 Texas Mexico Mexico
Juan Moya Son Single Male White 5 Texas Mexico Mexico
Matilda Moya Dau. Single Female White 3 Texas Mexico Mexico
Santos JR Moya Son Single Male White 6 Mth. Texas Mexico Mexico


Name Date of Birth
Monica Moya 1820
Chonita Moya 1835
Lucia Moya 1856
Santos Moya 1859
Silverio Moya 1862
Juana (Juanita) Moya 1865
Ygnacio Moya 1868
Daniel Moya 1869
Eohineio Moya 1871
Micalito Moya 1872
Juan Moya 1875
Matilda Moya 1877
Santos Jr. Moya 1880

Monico Moya and Daniel Moya

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Monico Moya and his wife Chonita lived in Rancho Los Uraquas, Nueces, Texas during the 1880's census. The census was taken on June 15,1880. The census indicates that Monico Moya was 60 years old and his wife Chonita was 45 years old. The census shows that Monico's occupation was that of a Ranchero. A fire destroyed the 1890 census in 1921 so I could not find out where he was at that point. I did not find him in the 1900 census so this indicates that he may have passed away. His wife Chonita would have only been 65 years old and I could not find her in the 1900 census. She may have been living with a daughter and the daughter's last name would have been changed. Some family members believe she is buried in Louise, Texas.

My great grandfather was Daniel Moya and this family history is primarily from his bloodline. Daniel Moya was born on July 23, 1872. The 1880 census records show that he was born in 1869, but his tombstone says 1872. In the 1880's census it shows that he was a Shepard at the age of 8. Many of the old census records indicate wrong ages, but when speaking to family members I believe his birth was in 1868 or 1869. He was born in Starr County, Texas.

The 1880's census records indicate that Daniel Moya could read and write. This was rare for someone only 11 years old. Daniel's father and brother Santos were the only members of the family who could read and write. When he was a young child his parents said he was very hard to handle so they gave him to King Ranch when he was 10 or 11 years old so that they could "make a man out of him." He was to work there until the age of 18 at that time he could either continue working there or move and work elsewhere. Many people did this back in the 1880's. This was a way for a person to learn a trade. When Daniel was at King Ranch he learned how to break horses, make whips, and horse harnesses. Hispanic ranch hands were known as Kineos at the King Ranch.

Daniel worked at King Ranch from 1880 to about 1887. King Ranch was founded in 1853 after Captain Richard King traveled north from Brownsville to attend the Lone Star Fair in Corpus Christi. King's route took him through the Wild Horse Desert where he encountered the Santa Gertrudis Creek, the first live water he had seen for many miles. The ranch Captain King purchased was in Kingsville, Texas. Daniel was living at the ranch at the time that the owner Richard King owned the ranch. Richard King died in 1885. While Daniel was working at the Ranch, the ranch was known as Rancho de Santa Gertrudis.

Two years following Richard King's death in 1887 Daniel turned 18 and he decided to leave King Ranch. Daniel didn't move far from the area. Daniel traveled to Bee County near Nueces County. During the 1900 and 1910 census Daniel Moya had moved to the town of Mineral City in Bee County. His brother John (Juan) moved to the same town.

Main Street, Beeville, Texas, 1902 from Beeville.net

On December 4, 1897 Daniel married Felipa Flores by Justice of the Peace S.W. Jack in Beeville, Texas. At the time of marriage Daniel was 25 years old and his wife was 15 years old. The picture above shows Beeville in 1902. This is how the town looked when Daniel and his young wife rode into the dusty streets to be married by the Justice of the Peace in Beeville.

In the 1910 census Daniel was 43 years old and his wife was 28. According to the 1910 census Daniel was a farm laborer that cleared land for a living. He would get a contract to clear land and he would build a small house for his wife and kids and hire laborers to help clear the land and make wells. He would make tents for the laborers and would provide food for them.

Relatives say that Daniel was a good provider, every year Daniel Moya would go to San Antonio to buy his children shoes. When Daniel came back his children would eagerly pick the shoes they wanted. In the 1900 and 1910 census Daniel lived in Beeville County, but by 1920 he had moved to Calhoun County. It is not known why Daniel decided to move. My grandmother Antonia Moya was born in 1920 in Kennedy County.

By the end of the 1920's there was a Great Depression and many people had a hard time finding work. Stories show that Daniel was a kind man who during the depression would kill game and give it to his neighbors. Everyone whom I speak with about him describes him as a kind, compassionate, and some times strict man who always provided for his family.

Daniel always wore a black cowboy hat. It is said that when Daniel was in a bad mood he would tilt the hat to one side and that meant for people to leave him alone. If the hat was on straight it meant that he was in a good mood. Daniel also enjoyed gambling and he would go to New Orleans to gamble. He had bad kidneys due to diabetes and during the later part of his life he made moonshine for a living in Calhoun County. He was caught by the FBI and they confiscated his copper pots but dropped the charges because of his failing health. Daniel's death certificate shows that his mother was not Chonita, but Assuricon Rivera. I am not sure if Daniel was born out of wedlock because when he was 11 the 1880's census shows him living with Monico and Chonita but my grandmother had always told me that he was part German. Onesima Moya, Daniel's daughter, who eventually moved to California, told the same story to her daughter.

My grandmother Antonia Moya Canales told me that as a child her father made sure his children went to school. He would take them all in a horse and buggy and drive them to the schoolhouse in Calhoun County. My grandmother was the only child who never set a foot in a schoolhouse. Her grandmother taught her how to read and write in two languages. She also learned how to make medicine using herbs. She also enjoyed following her dad on horseback and doing family chores that were usually only meant for the boys.

My grandmother Antonia was only 15 when Daniel died in 1935. Antonia held her hand under her father's head when he died. Daniels death upset her very much and after his funeral she would sneak out of her house and ride a horse to Olivia Cemetery at night to sleep on his grave. This was the only way she could be close to her father. Every morning her mother would ride out to the cemetery to whip her. This didn't stop her from doing the same act night after night. When she died she wanted to be cremated and her ashes planted on his grave. In a way she was still the defiant teenager who wanted to be close to her father. She was always a tomboy and forever was daddy's little girl.

For contact with the author Linda Riechart email her at sartrelyn@msn.com. 

 

 

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