Murder, violence, and intimidation are the bitter grapes of the Becerra and de la Garza families, early day Spanish settlers who had been in Texas several generations when Stephen F. Austin and other American empresarios received land grants in the early 1820s and 19302.
The author, a member of the family, tells of an emotional and successful odyssey to find the family’s lost land grant—their “stolen heritage.” After a long search of state archives and county records, he discovered that his great-grandfather had been defrauded of land that today is in the middle of one of the largest ranches in South Texas.
His account of the family’s attempt to recover what they consider their landed heritage is charged with emotion, family feuds, and a lawsuit. This book has been called one of the best-researched books on South Texas, the history of the land and the clash of the two cultures that settled South Texas.
|Publisher:||Wild Horse Media Group LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)|
About the Author
Returning to the United States in October 1953, Rubio was stationed in various posts here and abroad. He retired with over twenty years of active service. After an additional ten years in the Fleet Marine Corps Reserves, Sergeant Rubio was placed on the retired rolls in 1977.
Rubio was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association, Marine Corps League, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Texas Catholic Historical Society. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting, a profession he practiced in Houston, Texas. Rubio passed away December 10, 2012.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Thomas H. Kreneck - vii
Acknowledgments - xv
Introduction - xvii
1. The Search Begins - 1
2. Mounting Suspicions - 21
3. Home in South Texas - 29
4. Growing Up Tejano - 39
5. A Century of Becerras - 51
6. New Light on an Old Grant - 76
7. The Original Tejanos: A Fresh Look - 90
8. Pay Dirt in Texas Soil - 113
9. The Search Bears Fruit - 122
10. Night Riders and Murder - 130
11. A Lawsuit and Family Troubles - 154
12. A Battle Lost; the War Continues - 174
Endnotes - 195
Bibliography - 195
Photos - 205
index - 207