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Grandparents Stories

Sara Rios Hochstein April 3, 2012
Antonio and Luisa Rios (my parents)

Antonio and Luisa Rios (my parents)

Sunday April 1, 2012

I was told my great grand parents we are Jewish, German, French, American Indian, Aztec
and black. I was born in Mexico. However on my birth certificate my nationality is not listed as Mexican but as Castallena. My Rios ancestors arrived in Mexico from Spain. Rios last name is Rivers in English.

My Rios grandfather married an Aztec woman. My Rios grandfather moved his wife and children from a different state in Mexico to Laredo Mexico. The children were told to never return to that town. The reason to never return there was never ever spoken by the Rios grandfather nor his children.

The entire family died without divulging the a word.

Julian Rios ( my fathers father)

Julian Rios ( my fathers father)

On my mothers side the last names are Reyes (King in English), and Lopez. I was told we had Jewish, German and French ancestors. My mothers grandmother was an American Indian from Oklahoma.

Somewhere in-between my American Indian grandmother and my grandmother I had a mulatto great-grandfather!

When I was a little girl about seven or eight years old my grandmother told me her father was mulatto. Yet no one on that side of the family seems to know about any black ancestors in the family.

I want to know who I am? I would love to be tested for DNA.

Will you please help me?


Sara Rios Hochstein

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  • garth tuttle

    April 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    There were Black Seminole, Seminole and Kickapoo in the area of Naciamento, Coahuila (sp?) , a family of Biloxi Indians around Los Parras (sp.?) etc. – Germans and other Europeans also crossed over from Texas – for a start …

  • Johnny

    September 1, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Sara, that is an amazing story. I bet it is similar to a lot of people though whose stories never get told. For some reason the entire world seems to devalue black peoople. However, if one studies the orgin of human life, both scientifically and biblically, the first people seemed to have been black. I say “seemed” because, of course, I don’t know for sure. However, the oldest huma fossils found have been in Africa and the only surviving family from the deluge in the christian bible had a grandson named “Cush” which means black. It is hard to imagine you could have a black child, just one generation removed from the only surviving father, who is black unless the father was also black. Of course many people don’t even believe in God or the bilbe so this won’t mean much to them.

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