Chinese Grandfather in Mexico | Early 1900″s
My grandfather was said to be a Chinese doctor from Toi Sun, China (Guandong Provence). He must have enter the US through CA, and ended up in Chihuahua, Mexico. I am told that he worked as a physician to the Chinese workers who laid down the tracks from the north to south of Mexico. I believe the railroad company was owned by a British man, named Pershing.
My grandfather was given the name Francisco Luis (our Chinese surname is Leugh or Louie, meaning Thunder – see character). He married a Mexican woman of European descendence. Her name was Angela Alaniz. I believe her family were known for their clock/watch making. Together they settled in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua and had 16 children (my dad was number 14). It was said that my grandfather trained my grandmother as a nurse and they would travel throughout the area on medical calls. Eventually, my grandmother became a very well known midwife. And I was fortunate to meet someone that she had delivered when I was last visiting our home there (he was 70 at the time). Their place of residence is still standing (100 years old), and is a unique 2-story building on half an acre of land near the center of town.
I was told that my grandfather was a counterpart of Pancho Villa, and had some ‘run-ins’ with a couple of his revolutionary generals or captians. The story goes that he had saved on captain’s mistress from something, and later got into trouble with another captain who sent my grandfather to the firing squad. When the first captain found out his demise, he stopped the execution attempt, and pointed out that my grandfather was a medic and very valuable for that area in those times.
I would love to be pointed in the right direction toward:
1) Sustantiating my family’s legacy in Chihuahua.
2) Tracking his origin to Southern China (was told that a brother had returned there).
3) And if his house may be of interest to a Historical Society in Mexico.
I appreciate the opportunity to share my story. Thank you for asking!
Sandra Luis Figueredo