My grandparents (Abuelitos, as we called them) were married in the Catholic Church in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz State, in 1908, and their first child, Enrique, was born a year later. They were married civilly in the same town in 1912, in accord with federal law, which to this day recognizes the civil act (only) as legal. At the time of the civil ceremony, Cayetano and Catalina, as she was called by all, were already the parents of sons Enrique and Eduardo, the first of 17 children (six of whom died either in childbirth or at an early age).
Cayetano and Catalina Huesca were married for 29 years when Cayetano died prematurely of pneumonia at age 49 on September 11, 1937. He remained the light of Catalina's life until her own death at age 104 on April 5, 1998. Her devotion to him was evident in the stories she lovingly told of him and in prominent places his pictures occupied in her home. A large portrait of Cayetano, surrounded by flowers on the shelf below it, occupied a central place in Abuelita's bedroom, and every night before she went to bed, she would stand reverently before it, lighting a candle and praying for her beloved husband.
The following is my translation of my grandparents' civil marriage certificate. Unfortunately, due to the age and condition of the nearly century-old document, some of the words are no longer legible; however, it is extremely through in its detail and typical of the documents of the day. I have capitalized and transcribed words in English as they were written in the original Spanish. Note that my grandmother's family name was written as "Perroten," although it was actually "Perrotin."
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For Certificates of the Acts of the Civil Registry of the State of Veracruz
In the name of the Republic of Mexico, and as Judge of the Civil Registry of this place, I make known to those present, and I certify as true that on record 3 in Book number 3, corresponding to the year 1912, in this Auxiliary office is found the following information:
Number 3 - Matrimony of Cayetano M. Huesca and Catalina Perroten. In the Congregation of Tierra Blanca at 8 eight o'clock in the evening of the 21 twenty-first day of February 1912 one thousand nine hundred and twelve, before me, Jose C. Pena, Deputy of Justice with the title of Auxiliary Judge of Civil Matters of this Congregation, appeared with the object of celebrating their marriage, the citizen Cayetano M. Huesca and Mrs. Catalina Perroten, the former originally from Canada de Morelos, State of Puebla, single, mechanic, 24 twenty-four years of age and from this vicinity, legitimate son of Mr. Enrique Huesca and of the late Luz Merlo [next line illegible, though it probably refers to Enrique Huesca]... years of age, carpenter residing in Canada de Morelos. Mrs. Catalina Perroten said to be a native of Orizaba, single, 18 eighteen years of age, residing in this Congregation, legitimate daughter of the late Francisco Perroten and of Mrs. Maria Amaro, originally of Orizaba, widow age 40 forty years, residing in this jurisdiction. Both parties declared: that having verified their matrimonial presentation on the 21 twenty-first of last January, that having published this by legal means, no one having intervened; that the mother of the intended woman has granted her consent and said lady has approved the act, they ask the undersigned Judge to authorize their concerted union. By virtue of having fulfilled all the requirements as prescribed by law, the parties were questioned in accord with the provisions of article 123 one hundred and twenty-three of the Civil Code, as to their willingness to be united in marriage and having answered affirmatively, the undersigned Judge declared them united in legitimate matrimony in the name of society and with regard to the expressed Code, reminding them of their obligations as to Article 55 fifty-five of the ruling law of the State Civil Registry. Witnesses to this act were citizens Jose Arellano, Enrique Perez, Jose Luna and Rafael Bernal, the first originally from Toluca, State of Mexico, single, carpenter, age 38 thirty-eight years of age, the second originally from Chacaltiango [sp.?]...[illegible]...State of Veracruz. [Illegible]...of age, the third originally from Texcoco, State of Mexico, single, carpenter, age 36 thirty-six years of age, and all from this vicinity with known addresses. This act having been read to them and in accord with it, this information [illegible]...to the mother of the intended woman...[in effect]...she and the witness Jose Arellano. I attest - Jose C. Pena - Cayetano M. Huesca - Catalina Perroten - Jose Arellano - Enrique Perez - Jose Luna - Rafael Bernal [illegible]...present of the Congregation of Tierra Blanca, on the 27 twenty-seventh day of the month of February 1912 one thousand nine hundred and twelve.
[signed] Jose C. Pena
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