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Rita Lopez de Alcorta

This biography was written on 4/4/2001 by Andrew Robles, grandson of Rita Lopez de Alcorta.

 

        As a child, growing up in Wharton, Texas, our grandmother, a very humble, and very caring person often told us many stories, which at that time, we didn't realize that they would serve in our quest with our many puzzle solving on tracing our ancestors on my mother's side of the family. In her many related tales, she often spoke of "Gallinas", her birth place, Pleasanton, where she would grow up, marry, and raise most of her family. She had many fond memories, her face would light up as she proudly related her stories to us. Grandma Rita once told about her aunts who would tell risqué jokes in French, who would then translate them into Spanish, at her age, she would blush.....

          Many of her stories are situated in and around the county of Atascosa, a town that later on in life we would visit and to finally realize that it is part of our heritage. She told us Indian stories related to her by her father, Antonio Huizar Lopez. He told a story about how the Indians would come to their houses after slaughtering a pig. They would cut the pig up, and ride around their house with blood curdling yells, they would hit the house with the slaughtered pig, splattering the blood, then ride off. 

        Another story was when the Indians came up to a house where two children were playing outside. Before the people inside saw what was happening it was too late to call the children in. From within they saw the children, but could do nothing to help them. The Indians rode toward the children, but they vanished. From within the house they saw something that looked like a veil, from a lady that stood behind the children (dressed in blue), they say that it was Our Blessed Mother Mary who saved them........

        At the time of her story telling, we as children heard, but did not listen, "IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER". Once the story or stories were told, we went outside to play and to forget what was related to us, she never stopped telling her tales, and today they have been very helpful to us, and certainly give thanks to her for caring and to taking the time to relate the stories to us REST IN PEACE GRANDMA... 

           Grandma Rita spoke about her grandfather, Lucien Marouse, who came from Europe, spoke both French and Spanish. We never knew where in Europe he had come from. Recently, we found out that he came from Belgium. He taught her to read and write, something that she did very well. He was a tall, thin build, light complected man. He came from Europe, but nothing is known about his life and family. In 1844, a year after his birth in 1843, they immigrated to Castroville, Texas. At the age of 11, he was abandoned in San Antonio, Texas. We are unsure about this part of his life. Parents are not mentioned. Lucien Marouse owned 30 acres of land at the time of his death. The 1870 census for Atascosa County indicates that he lived in Precinct 4, where we believe is Campbellton, Texas. This is probably true since he is buried at Campbellton, Atascosa County, Texas. 

        While on our many quests in attempting to locate my mother's roots, I imagine what it was like to live during that time, what Lucien's family felt coming over to a new land. Did all of his family come as well? What was the weather like? Did they make the right decision? Through our Aunt Maria DeLeon Casarez, a very knowledgeable historian, was our source in finding the grave site of Lucien. On our first visit to Campbellton Cemetery, we were very discouraged and saddened on not having any success on our quest, we could sense Lucien's presence. But through Maria DeLeon Casarez, we found it!! We gathered around the concrete marker and hugged one another, teary eyed, we left with much uplifted spirits, and anxiously awaiting our next trip. I believe that he, through our aunt, led us back there again. Now we have part of our puzzle.

         Lucien Marouse died in 1923 and is buried at Campbellton, Atascosa County, Texas at Campbellton Cemetery. Adelaida Arriola died in1932 and is buried in San Antonio, Texas. Antonio Huizar Lopez and Sophie Marouse Lopez are buried in Leming (Las Gallinas), Atascosa County, Texas at Brite Cemetery. Francisca Marouse died sometime after 1900 and is buried in Pleasanton, Atascosa County, Texas at Sotelo Cemetery. At this time, we do not know where Guadalupe Marouse Huizar is buried. However, Lazaro Huizar, Jr. is buried at Madre Dolorosa Cemetery in Poteet, Atascosca County, Texas. My grandparents, Ramon Alcorta and Rita Lopez Alcorta are buried in Wharton, Texas. Ramon Alcorta died in 1953 and is buried in the old cemetery, while my grandmother, Rita Lopez Alcorta, is buried in the new cemetery. She died in 1989. 

          REST IN PEACE our departed ancestors, someday, we will all be together once again, where we can sit and visit......

 

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