Antonio Mesa

Brief Biography: 
Antonio Mesa was not present at the 1540 muster, but attested that he had participated and lost an arm due to poison in a conflict with Natives of Señora. It is possible that the Antonio Mesa in the Pasajero record is the expeditionary. If so, then he was a native of Almadén de los Azogues (Ciudad Real province), the son of Juan Ruíz Bracho and Magdalena Rodríguez, and obtained his license for New Spain on September 17, 1538.
Gender: 
Male
Title (Y/N): 
No
Birthplace
Country of Origin: 
Spain
Place of Birth (modern province/state/region): 
Ciudad Real
Place of Birth (City/Town): 
?Almadén de los Azogues
Died on the Expedition?: 
No
Last Known Location: 
Tepic, Mexico (Muster)
European Social Status: 
Commoner
Injured on Expedition: 
Yes
Within Viceroy Mendoza's Sphere: 
No
Ability to sign name: 
Yes
Relatives: 
?father:Juan Ruiz Bracho; ?mother: Magdalena Rodríguez
References-Documentary: 

1530-1540:

?AGI, Pasajeros, L.2, E.5095 = Boyd-Bowman, Indice geobiográfico, II:3562 [September 17, 1538, Antonio de Mesa, hijo de Juan Ruíz Bracho y de Magdalena Rodríguez, vecino de Almadén de los Azogues, a Nueva España]

1540-1550:

Castañeda in Flint & Flint, Documents, Document 28  [fol. 143v: wounded, probably lost an arm from poison, near Señora]

AGI, Patronato, 56, N.3, R.2 [November 21, 1542, méritos y servicios de Pedro Jerónimo, tierra nueva] [Antonio de Mesa is a witness] [estante in México] [fue en la dicha armada] [Mesa could sign his name-no signature on copy);

AGI, Justicia, 258, pieza 1, “Relación de los salarios” [fol. 805r: a antonio de messa...Nov. 28, 1542...maintenance for one year...c pesos];

AGN, Instituciones Coloniales, GD72, Real Audiencia, Mercedes, vol.1, exp. 445, 1542 [fol. 208v – 209r (frames 432 – 433: November 1542, grant of 100 pesos to Antonio de Mesa, México; “porque antonio de mesa ha servido a su magestad en lo que sea ofreçido y en la guerra de nueva galicia y estando en ella le hirieron e estanco [paralyzed] que estado e no tiene con que se curar le mando lybrar e por la presente le lybro en las dichas quytas e vacaciones de los dichos corregimientos.. deys y pagueis al dicho antonio de mesa…cient pesos de oro comund para ayuda a su sustentación”]

After 1590:

?AGN, Instituciones Coloniales, GD72, Real Audiencia, Mercedes, vol.24, 1599 [fol. 6:Una solar a Antonio Mesa, Veracruz (doubtful)]

Relatives?: ?AHAG, Gobierno, Secretaria, Fabrica General de la Diocesis, 1584-1620, Caja 1 [1595-padre Diego de Mesa, vecino of Zacatecas, descendant?];

?Chevalier, Land and Society [p.168:a Diego de Mesa];

?AGI, México, 91 [31 March 1607 (s/fol.)-witness was a Antonio de Mesa, escribano,  45+ (descendant?)]