Ricardo Yuriar

Ricardo “Richard” Yuriar Cavanillas (Anastacio, Clemente)

Born: 2 Feb 1900, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Immigration: 1905, Nogales, AZ
Died: 23 Jan 1979, West Covina, Los Angeles, CA


Richard & Maria’s Marriage License

He was born on 02 Feb 1900 in Mexico. After the death of his sister, he, with his mother, immigrated to America as a very young child.  He grew up in the Los Angeles area, and married MARY CHAVEZ on November 4, 1932. Together, they had three sons.

In April of 1940, Richard and Mary Yuriar were living with their first two sons (Son 3 wouldn’t come along for a few more years) in a rented home in Los Angeles. Richard worked as a vendor at a baseball park while Mary stayed home with the baby. According to the census records, Richard had papers declaring his intent to become a citizen, while Maria claimed to have been born in New Mexico.

He died at age 78, on 23 Jan 1979, in West Covina, Los Angeles, California.

In 2001, I recieved the following from Richard’s third son”

“My father was born out of wedlock in 1900, in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. His father was Anastacio Yuriar (often called Tacho). His mother was Librada Cavanillas. Soon after my father’s birth, a rift developed with Tacho and she left Mazatlan with my dad and another child of theirs, a daughter. Librada headed for Nogales and crossed into the U.S. there with my dad in 1905. My dad’s sister died somewhere enroute to Nogales. From what I understand, it was a long journey that took several months and the daughter fell ill and died.

My father and his mother made their way to Los Angeles. Apparently Librada knew some family or friends there. Eventually, she married into the Figueroa family and my father was adopted into the family, but retained his birth surname. My father had an aunt or cousin named Rita. It was from her that we learned what little we knew of my dad’s family in Sinaloa. We knew that the name, Yuriar, was of Basque origin. Beyond that we knew little else.”

Spouse: Maria “Mary” Chavez


  • Living Son 1
  • Living Son 2
  • Living Son 3

Maria Luisa Yuriar Manjerrez

Maria Luisa Yuriar Manjerrez married an actor, possibly named Ponce

Maria Luisa Yuriar Manjerrez and either Ernesto Beltran or Ramon Duarte Hernandez

Maria Luisa Yuriar Manjerrez (Anastasio, Clemente)
Born: 21 July 1913
Died: 4 March 1987

She is listed in her parents marriage certificate as being 6 years old when her parents married in 1919. That puts her birth year around 1913. A relative of her mother, Joaquina, added several details to the LDS genealogy website FamilySearch.org.

Luisa was born on July 21, 1913 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. She married ERNESTO BELTRÁN in 1936. Together they had at least one child. Ernesto died two years later, in 1938.  Luisa remarried in 1942, to RAMON DUARTE in Culiacán. They had three children.  She died March 4, 1987 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Maria Lusia & Ramon Duarte

Maria Lusia & Ramon Duarte

Spouse:  Ernesto Beltrán


  • Yolanda Beltrán Yuriar: 14 Sep 1938 – 2012

Spouse: Ramon Duarte


  • Ernestina Margarita Duarte Yuriar: 1949 – 26 Aug 2006
  • Engelberto Duarte Yuriar: 1958 – 10 Mar 1984
  • Living Daughter Duarte Yuriar

Anastasio “Tacho” Yuriar Viera

Anastasio Yuriar

Anastasio Yuriar Viera (Clemente)
Born: Abt May 1873
Christened: 19 May 1873 in San Ignacio De Loyola, San Ignacio, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Died: Nov 8, 1944

The son of Clemente Yuriar & Trinidad Viera, he was a hat maker in Culiacán. His store was called “El Sombrero Rojo”. His nickname, Tacho, likely comes from his occupation. “Tacho” refers to a bin, perhaps like one that could be used in the felt-making process.  Fun fact: Mercury was used in the felt-making process to smooth the felt.

In early January 1910, Anastacio was introduced to Francisco Madero.  Senor Madero must have made quite an impression, because  Tacho helped to form the Culiacán branch of Madero’s political party, the Partido Nacional Antireelectionistas.  While his brother Benjamin was fighting with Villa to free Mexico from the grip of Porfirio Díaz, Anastasio choose to fight Porfirio Díaz in the political arena.


Anastasio at work

He had 2 children with Librada Canavallis – Ricardo, and Maria Matlide. Librada and Anastasio had a falling out.  She took the kids and left, eventually immigrating to the US. Maria Matilde died during the journey to America. Ricardo’s son Jon lives in CA.

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Anastasio also had several children with Joaquina Manjerrez. He married her in March of 1919. According to their marriage license, they already had 3 daughters when they got married – Maria Lousia, Maria Elisa, & Maria Rosa. After they married, they had several more children – Anastasio, Maria Carmen, Maria Aurora, and Julio.

Family folklore has always said that he served as Mayor of Culiacán for a while.  However, according to the city’s website, he was never mayor. A pamphlet about the history of Culiacán states that in December 1917 he lost an election for a council seat due to election fraud. The state congress appointed a someone else to disputed seat, however it’s possible that he won election as a councilman later in life.  We do know that he was a delegate for something to do with farmers and agriculture in 1944 when he was shot & killed by someone named Lencho.  Lencho was caught and imprisoned for his crime.

“En una de tantas asambleas hizo acto de presencia don Lencho. Como buen manejador de armas dio muerte a balazos al joven delegado de la Agraria, que en vida llevó el nombre de Anastacio Yuriar (era culichi). Cuando el malechor llegó a la asamblea la mayoría de los asistentes escucharon voz de súplica: “¡No lo hagas, Lencho!”. Sobró quien dijera que fue doña Serafina. El malechor fue castigado; su condena fue prisión.”  (quote from an article at debate.com.mx that has since been memory-holed.)


Baby Mama:  Librada Canavallis


Spouse: Joaquina Manjerrez


From left to right: Rosa, Joaquina, Anastacio, Elisa, Carmen, Louisa, Anastacio

From left to right:
Rosa, Joaquina, Anastacio, Elisa, Carmen, Luisa, Anastacio



Maria Trinidad Viera

Maria Trindad married Clemente Yuriar on 28 Jan 1867 in in San Ignacio De Loyola, San Ignacio, Sinaloa, Mexico.


She was the mother of at least 3 sons, as records of their baptisms were found at Family Search.org.

** Note that her name is often misspelled. Sometimes it appears as “Viera”, sometimes it is shown as “Biera”.  There may be other variations as well.