Alonso Rodríguez Parra

Brief Biography: 
Alonso Rodríguez Parra was not present at the 1540 muster. In 1575 Alonso's son Juan presented his méritos y servicios in which he stated all the things his father had done on the Expedition and that his father was a member of Diego López's company and therefore served as a horseman. It would appear from his son's statements that Alonso lived in Chiametla after the Expedition and was probably dead by the date of the document.
Gender: 
Male
Title (Y/N): 
No
Date of Death: 
before 1575
Died on the Expedition?: 
No
Last Known Location: 
Chiametla, Mexico
Position on Expedition: 
Horseman
Post Expedition Occupation: 
Alcalde Mayor
Residence After Expedition: 
Culiacán, Chiametla (Mexico)
Married: 
Yes
Name of Children: 
Juan Rodríguez Parra
References-Documentary: 

1560-1570:

AGI, Guadalajara, 46, N.8 [1566, Castañeda said alonso Rodrigues / PaRa con toda su Casa hiJos e parientes e cuñado que pasan de diez personas e la muger de pedro de medina difunto y su Casa, he went to Chiametla in order to get encomiendas from Francisco de Ibarra];

1570-1580:

AGI, Patronato, 74, N.2, R.2\1= Hackett, Historical Documents, I:49 [November 19, 1575 [méritos y servicios, Alonso Rodríguez Para y de su hijo Juan que fueron descubridores y conquistadores de la provincia de Cíbola (not Juan)] [probanza and de parte testimony presented by Juan Rodríguez Parra, vecino de San Sebastián de la provincia de Chiametla] [Alonso, one of the oldest settlers of the provincia of Culiacán, also vecino de San Sebastián de la provincia de Chiametla] [Alonso traveled “a pie con sus armas en la conquista...tiempo de tres años”] [e llegados que fueron a la villa de Culiacán el dicho alonso rodríguez parra se quedo en ella y el dicho governador paso a la dicha ciudad de México (and stayed and settled Culiacán) “en las minas que nuevamente estaban descubiertos” on the return] [Alonso supported many other men-at-arms “donde poblo una hacienda de minas y esclavos”; [un yngenio de caballo de moler metales] [“el se adeudo por sustentar la dicha hacienda”]; Alonso lived there for about 22 years; he sent to Castilla for his wife and children, including Juan; they all lived there about 5 years] [podria haber honze (diez y siete) años] [Juan went “a pacificar la tierra”; on his return he moved to Chiametla] [Juan’s uncle (also in Culiacán) is Francisco Benítez] [Alonso, Juan, and Francisco all went on an entrada with Francisco de Ibarra in about 1564] [witnesses: Gonzalo Martínez de Lerma, secretario de esta gobernación (conquistador), Lope de los Rios (conquistador), Blas González de Acosta (poblador), Juan de Santiago (poblador), Miguel Sánchez (vecino de Culiacán), Francisco Álvarez (vecino, poblador, alcalde ordinario), and Diego de Morín (vecino and conquistador) [Martínez de Lerma visited the hacienda of Alonso Rodríguez Parra in 1562, 19 or 20 leagues from Culiacán: saw un ingenio de caballo de molar metales...esclavos...una muy buena huerta y casas] [Rodríguez Parra took a Miguel Sánchez with him to Castilla] [Alonso and Juan Rodríguez and Francisco Benítez provided meat for Francisco de Ibarra’s conquest of Chiametla and also participated in the entrada] [Alonso served as alcalde mayor of San Sebastián, where he and Juan hicieron sementera de maiz e sembraron otras legumbres; had many cows, sheep, horses, and mares] [witness Blas González de Acosta at Chiametla heard from Capitán Esteban Martín, Alonso Álvarez del Valle, Hernán Gómez de la Peña (escribano de su magestad) personas que anduvieron...en la conquista de sibola that Alonso Rodríguez Parra was assigned as Vázquez de Coronado’s personal guard] [witness Lope de los Rios at Chiametla heard from Pedro de Tovar, “un [Francisco] de Almendral”, and Diego López, vecinos of Culiacán about Alonso Rodríguez’s return from the expedition to Cíbola; who is this Francisco de Almendral?] [Miguel Sánchez, vecino of Culiacán, about 50 years old, is a witness for Rodríguez Parra; Sánchez has only heard about Rodríguez’s service in Cíbola] [Sánchez: alonso Rodríguez parra llego de Cíbola a la dicha villa de Culiacán entro a servir a un Diego lopes Veynte y quatro de la ciudad de sevilla y le sirvio tres años] [witness Francisco Álvarez has heard about Rodríguez’s service in Cíbola from “los capitanes pablo de melgosa E diego lopes...E a juan de saldivar” that he was Vázquez de Coronado’s personal guard  “en Espeçial En sierta Enfermedad que habia tenydo En tiguex”; no signatures];

AGI, Patronato, 74, N.2, R.2\2 [November 9, 1575, méritos y servicios, Alonso Rodríguez Para y de su hijo Juan que fueron descubridores y conquistadores de la provincia de Cíbola, de oficio testimony] [witness Juan Ruíz, vecino de la villa de San Sebastián en la provincia de Chiametla, more than 50 years old: este testigo o vio por vista de ojos porque tanbien (h)iba este testigo Por soldado en la dicha jornada] [witness Esteban Martín, age 50+, says that Rodríguez went straight to the expedition to Cíbola from disembarking, without stopping in Nueva España] [witness: Juan Franco de Alarcón, age 40 +/-, miner and resident of Chiametla; doesn't know about the Cíbola piece (no signatures on copy]

?AGI, Indiferente General, 416, L.6 [fol. 22v-24v: Gratificación a Juan Rodríguez Parra y real cédula a la Audiencia de Guadalajara para que informe sobre los méritos de Juan Rodríguez Parra en Nueva España y Nueva Vizcaya, que pide escudo de armas, November 20 and 23, 1579; "haviendo nos servido muchos años Alonso Rodríguez su padre...pasó a las dichas provincias de la Nueva Vizcaya donde lo continuó hasta que fallesció" "Alonso Rodríguez, su padre, nos servió en la Nueva España 17 años"]

?Romero de Solís, Andariegos  [1580, July 1, vecino of the Villa de San Sebastian, in Chiametla, owed García Martinez, merchant, 660 pesos, doc. 618]

son: Juan Rodríguez Parra: AGI, Patronato, 73, N.2, R.1 [1574, Calahorra, Martín de Ibarra, sobrino of Inquisidor Ibarra, regarding services of Francisco de Ibarra, 1567, Mexico, the Francisco Rodríguez in Nombre de Dios is only 30; witness in San Martin: Juan Gómez de Salazar, vecino of the mines of San Martín, native of the Valle de Tabalina, next to Espinosa de los Monteros, has known Francisco de Ibarra for more than 16 years in this place, 48 years old (1519), in 1562 he, along with Ibarra and about 30 or 40 soldiers, went to the place where the villa of Nombre de Dios is founded, signed, no signature); witness in the mines of Hendee (image 160); mines of Santa Barbara, witness: Miguel Hernández, vecino of the mines of Endehe, native of Burgos, only 20; 1572, Probanza de la entrada de la tierra adentro al norte; witness: Hernando de Tovar, son of don Pedro de Tovar, vecino and alcalde ordinario of San Sebastian, Chiametla, 27 years old more or less (1545); 1572,  in Chiametla, witness: Juan Rodríguez Parra (son of Rodríguez Parra, Alonso), vecino in San Sebastian, Chiametla, 38 years old, was in Culiacán when he heard about the Ibarra mission, signed, no signature on copy)];

?AGNEP, Notaría 4, Caja 14, 1575, Carpeta 1.1 [3 April 1575, Juan Rodríguez de la Parra [son?], vecino of Puebla agrees to pay Gerónimo Sánchez, alcayde de la carcel, vecino of Puebla, 52 pesos de oro común for an outstanding debt]