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Eva Longoria


longoria_hpthumbEva Longoria became a household name when she was cast as Gabrielle Solis on the hit television show Desperate Housewives. A Screen Actors Guild Award winner and Golden Globe nominee, Eva is a champion of charities and organizations supporting Latinos. She has been honored several times with American Latino Media Arts awards and was selected in 2006 as ALMA’s “person of the year.” In interviews, Longoria is open about her Mexican-American heritage and her childhood in South Texas – a sharp contrast to the life of a Hollywood actress.

The Longoria family’s roots in Texas run back to a time before Texas even existed. Lorenzo Longoria, Eva’s first ancestor to arrive in the New World, sailed from Spain in 1603. Through the generations, Lorenzo’s descendants moved north to the modern US-Mexico border. In 1767, Pedro Longoria, Eva’s 7th great-grandfather, received almost 4000 acres along the Rio Grande in a land grant from the King of Spain. This land stayed in the family for over a century, enduring even the influx of Anglo settlers in the aftermath of the Civil War. Though Eva celebrates her “Tex-Mex” heritage, she recognizes that a significant part of her bloodline runs back to Europe. The stories within her family tree open up a fascinating and under-studied area of US history, and give a new face to America’s earliest settlers.

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    The main reason why I am on here is becaues there are so many memebers of our family line. I am a member, Eva is my cousin. Eva dad has 6 brothers and 1 sister who is my nana. Our family line speads out so far.. There are so many of us living today. We have great blood running through us. As for me, I am a decsedent of the king and queen in spain. I am also a desecdent from the king of England. I traced my family on both sides. Which makes me and my brother blue bloods. We own alot in texas and we own so much in mexico and spain. Our family crest is amazing… Especially our heirship.

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    Hio just received this post so here’s what I know of the Longoria,Sanchez, Castillo connection in the Corpus Christi and Victoria Texas region. We are To Tsa Neh (Bigwater Clan) of the Li Pa Henne ( Pueblo and atabaskan speaking people who ran went away. I am working on our 500 year trek as Native American Warriors as well as Indentured servants and back to the rez away from Texas under relocation if not claiming “Mexican” or “Spanish” bloodlines. Many of our great uncles were able to be left alone under these premise during the turn of the 20th century. In South texas many of our Grandparents underwent extreme discrimination for even accepting or speaking of being Native American. By the time South Texas was developed Many of our ancestors had married back into Native American Tribes or had rejoined there ancestors such as the Del Castillo(Castle Chaco Canyon,Chinleh, Cuba, Torreon, Taos, White Mountain, Papago,-New Mexico), Vasquez(Basque -Yaqui), Robles(Root of Trees – Ki Ot Ewa/Delaware/Li Pa Henne), Garcias(Small heron- Mescalero/Li Pa Henne), Centeno (Centurion- Coahuila tribe/Li Pa Henne), Longoria(Long Rifle eastern clan of Delaware mix with Tlaxcala,Hopi,Navajo- Li Pa Henne), Rodriguez/Castillo(Eparame/Li Pa Henne), Martinez (Pueblo) and Torres (Pueblo Towers).
    This what I know of by my Grandfather who pasted away a year ago He was 100. He remembered all the connections of all the Bigwater families all through the Castillo. There are more now all related to the Li Pa Henne tribe. AA’oo

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