E. D. P.
el dia 30 Marco 1893
A LA EDAD DE
R. I. P. [E.D.P. translates to "in peace, rest" or "en paz, descanse"]
on the day 30 March 1893
At the age of
This gravestone is in the small burial plot by the front door of the mission church of San Jose and San Miguel inside the Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas. This small plot is all that is left when the mission was restored by Works Progress Administration workers during the Great Depression. The dead buried here long ago were removed to another location during the restoration, but two grave markers remain to mark the burial ground. One is unmarked except for an iron cross, and the other is this stone for Juan Huisar.
The famous Rose Window inside the mission church was created by Native American Pedro Huizar. The gravestone of Juan Huizar is believed to be the grandson of the stained glass window artist. According to a tree found at Ancestry.com, Juan Huizar was born 8 March 1833 in Texas, son of Serefino Huizar (b. 1807) and
Olalia Flores Trinidad Garcia*. He
was the grandson of Jose Antonio Pedro Huzar (1740 – 1798) and Maria Francisca
Teodora Guerrero. “Pedro, according to
the Bexar archives, 1789, was Spanish Alcalde of the Concepcion Mission in
1795. His survey for irrigation from the
San Antonio River is mentioned in the Nacogdoches Archives, March 26,
1791. The Census reports for 1792 and
1793, Bexar Archives, mention Pedro Huizar, the carpenter, who was born in
1740, at Aguascalientes…” [from With the Makers of San Antonio, Genealogies
of the early Latin, Anglo-American, and German Families, 1937, page 137, available to read online at
Juan Huisar married Justa Gomez Aguilar in Bexar County, Texas on 12 February 1854. They had three daughters: Trinidad, Melchora and Catarina. Records of the Confederate Civil War Soldiers in Texas show a Juan Huisa mustered in as a private in Ragsdale’s Battalion of the Texas Cavalry. This might be the same man.
“San Antonio Missions preserve Native American history in Texas’s first World Heritage Site”, by Tracy L. Barnett, March 10, 2016, Washington Post accessed April 1, 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/san-antonio-missions-preserve-native-american-history-at-the-nations-newest-world-heritage-site/2016/03/10/69356002-deed-11e5-8d98-4b3d9215ade1_story.html
* UPDATED 9 October 2016 - see the comment below by "EC"
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Juan Huisar, buried at the San Jose Mission in San Antonio, Texas", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 26, 2016, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/04/tombstone-tuesday-juan-huisar-buried-at.html: accessed [access date]).