Maria Aurora Yuriar Manjerrez

Maria Aurora Yuriar Manjerrez (Anastacio, Clemente)

Born: August 13, 1922, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Immigration: about 1959
Naturalized: 1987
Died: March 7, 1999, Brawley, California

Aurora's Birth Certificate

Aurora’s Birth Certificate

Maria Aurora was born on 13 Aug 1922 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. In the early 1940’s, she had a son with ALEJANDRO PALACUELOS. A few years after the birth of her son, Aurora’s father was shot and killed on the debate stage.  Four years later, her mother died.  About ten years after the birth of her first son, she had another son with GUILLERMO JORDAN EMBREG.

In 1959, Aurora brought her sons to America.  Her older son, then in his late teens, got a job working in vineyards. Her younger son would go on to join the military during the Vietnam War.  She was given a Social Security number in 1964.

Nico & Aurora

Nico & Aurora

She hooked up with NICOLAS “NICO” GARCIA in 1975.  They lived together on a little farm in Westmorland, California, for years.  On 20 Jul 1987 in Yuma, Arizona, they made it official legally.  Her younger son and his wife served a witnesses at their court wedding.  A couple of months later, Aurora was naturalized, and became and United States citizen.

Maria Aurora was known as “Abuelita” to her grandchildren.  I only met her once when we went to visit in 1998.  She was well into her 70’s by then, and used a walker to get around.  She was still a sweetheart, and very petite. I’m 5’8″, and she barely reached my shoulders.

1998-03-AbuelitasroosterI remember I took a picture of a rooster. It had caught my attention because it was crowing.  I thought it looked beautiful.  However, being the pre-digital camera days, my photo didn’t come out nearly as beautiful as I had hoped.  But I took the picture of the rooster, and I remember Abuelita laughing and asking her grandson, my husband, what I was doing. I didn’t speak Spanish very well, and she didn’t speak English, so my husband was our translator. When he told her that I thought it looked pretty, she just shook her head at this silly girl from the city and her fascination with the rooster.  I remember her complaining to my husband that the rooster drove her crazy with his constant crowing. “Otra vez, otra vez,” she told him.



Years later, long after her death, I put together a digital scrapbook page of the event, complete with the photos of out trip out the farm and everything.  It was part of a challenge that asked us to scrap about the important women in our lives.  Even though I’d only met her that one time, she was important to me because of the influence she had in my husband’s life while he was growing up.  I submitted the page to a digital scrapbook magazine, and it got published! It appeared in Simple Scrapbook‘s Digital Scrapbooking 3 edition, pg 97.

She died March 7, 1999, in Westmorland, California. She was buried in Riverview Cemetery, Brawley, CA.


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Anastacio Yuriar Manjerrez

Anastacio Yuriar Manjerrez (Anastacio, Clemente)

Born: abt 1921, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: abt 1956, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico

The marriage license for Anastacio’s parents, dated March 1919, only lists his sisters, Luisa, Carmen, Elisa, and Rosa. Originally I was told that Anastacio was born before his sister Maria Aurora, and Jose Julian was born last. However, birth records for Julian and Aurora prove Julian was born after Rosa and before Aurora. There is also a birth record for Jose Clemente. While I have not been able to find any records of this child yet, mathematically speaking, Anastacio was likely born in 1923 or 1924.

According to the information provided by his sister’s granddaughter on Family Search, Anastacio Yuriar Manjerrez died sometime about 1956.

Maria Rosa Yuriar Manjerrez

Maria Rosa Yuriar Manjerrez (Anastacio, Clemente)

Born: 4 Sept 1918, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: 7 May 1996 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Maria Rosa is listed on her parents’ marriage license as being 7 months old when they got married on March 30, 1919. She married RICARDO VELAZQUEZ PEREDA in 1939. She has at least one daughter.  She died on May 7, 1996.

Maria Rosa at work. I don't know which woman is Maria.

Maria Rosa at work. I don’t know which woman is Maria.

Spouse:  Ricardo Velazquez Pereda


  • Living Daughter

Maria Elisa Yuriar Manjerrez

Maria Elisa Yuriar Manjerrez (Anastacio, Clemente)

Born: abt 1915, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Immigration: January 18, 1946
Died: ?? in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Maria Elisa is listed on her parents’ marriage license as being 3 years old when they got married on March 30, 1919. That puts her birthday sometime between April 1, 1915 and March 29, 1916.

She grew up in San Ignacio, Sinaloa, Mexico. In the latter half of the 1930’s, Maria Elisa had a daughter.  Then, two years after her father died, Maria Elisa, at age 31, immigrated to the United States, through the port of Nogales, AZ. Unfortunately, the scans from are in pretty bad shape (click to enlarge):

Elisa-immigrationrecord-pt1      Elisa-immigrationrecord-pt2

Here’s what I was able to read:


It seems to say that she was traveling back and forth between Nogales, Mexico, and Nogales, Arizona, probably for work as a domestic.

Sometime later, Maria Elisa married ABEL AVILES GIL.  Together they had six children.  Elisa died in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.


Baby Daddy:  Unknown


  • Living Daughter

Spouse: Abel Aviles Gil


  • Living Child 1
  • Living Child 2
  • Living Child 3
  • Living Child 4
  • Living Child 5
  • Living Child 6

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

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