Juan de Villegas

Brief Biography: 
Juan de Villegas was present at the 1540 muster as an unassigned horseman. During the Expedition Juan was accused of raping a Pueblo woman, but apparently was not punished due to lack of acceptable evidence. He was the brother of regidor Pedro de Villegas, a native of Zafra (Badajoz province). Because there is a Pasajero record for a Juan de Villegas from Zafra, it is probably safe to assume that Juan's parents were Francisco de Villegas and Isabel González.
Gender: 
Male
Title (Y/N): 
No
Birthplace
Country of Origin: 
Spain
Place of Birth (modern province/state/region): 
Badajoz
Place of Birth (City/Town): 
Zafra
Died on the Expedition?: 
No
Last Known Location: 
Mexico City
Position on Expedition: 
Horseman
Within Viceroy Mendoza's Sphere: 
Yes
Residence After Expedition: 
Mexico City
Ability to sign name: 
Yes
Relatives: 
father: Francisco de Villegas; mother: Isabel González; brother: Pedro de Villegas
References-Documentary: 

1530-1540:

?AGI, Pasajeros, L.2, E.4946 = Boyd-Bowman, Indice geobiográfico, II:2163 [June 15, 1538] [father: Francisco de Villegas; mother: Isabel González; vecinos of Zafra] [to Nueva España]

AGI, Justicia, 258, pieza 1, “Relación de los salarios” [fol. 800r: Nov. 1539, a Johan de villegas...Lxx pesos  [present with Mendoza at Compostela and at the peñoles; signed his name-this final statement is not in Pieza 1 (no signature on copy)]

1540-1550:

1540, Feb: Muster in Flint & Flint, Documents, Document 12 [3 horses, chainmail vest, elk hide jacket, bent head armor, native arms]

Juan de Contreras testimony in Flint, Great Cruelties [p.112: rape of Indian woman];

AGI, Justicia, 267, N.3 [Villegas, brother of the regidor (Pedro)]; [proceso, testimony of Rodrigo Frías] [Villegas was in López de Cárdenas’s company] [witness Juan de Contreras: raped an Indian woman] [witness Melchior Pérez: raped a woman]

Actas de Cabildo, Tomo IV, p.298 [August 22, 1542: a Juan de Villegas petitions for a solar "en la calle que va de la casa del fator a las atarazanas sobre la mano izquierda linde del solar  se dio a alonso de gibraleon escribano y de la otra parte solar de pedro de villegas regidor"];

Actas de Cabildo, Tomo IV, p.303 [September 5, 1542: a Juan de Jérez is granted a solar bordered by those of Diego Hernández and Juan Villegas];

Actas de Cabildo, Tomo IV, p.310 [October 20, 1542: Pedro de Villegas is granted demasias "que hay en el solar que se dio al dicho pedro de villegas e a Juan Villegas"]

Pedro de Villegas:

AGI, Contratación, 5787, N.1, L.4  [fol.75v-76: November 3, 1536 [nombramiento de Pedro de Villegas como regidor de México];

AGI, Justicia, 258, pieza 1, “Visita hecha al Virrey, 1544” [witness, Pedro de Villegas, regidor de México, natural de la villa de Zafra, about 46 years old, has been in Nueva España about 7 years, signed his name];

Himmerich, Encomenderos, 264 [Francisco de Villegas, Castillana: Extremadura, father of Pedro, Francisco in Indies by 1507, relative of Cortés]; Deductions: Pedro older, born 1500, Juan younger, born before 1507 when their father was in Nueva España;

AGI, Justicia, 266, Quaderno 4 [Probanza de don Antonio de Mendoza sobre los cargos que le fueron fechos por el senor Licenciado Francisco Tello de Sandoval, Pedro de Villegas, witness #13, also from Zafra, more than 46]

Relatives: ?AGI, México, 22 [1590, Alcaldes Mayores: Francisco de Villegas, grandson of poblador and married to a granddaughter of conquistador, Içuzar; Pedro de Villegas, son of poblador antiguo and married to granddaughter of conquistador, Teuçitlan y Atempa]