Jose Manuel De La Trinidad Leal
- Born: Bef Aug 9, 1833, Lampasas, Texas Territory, Mexico
- Marriage: Felicitas Casas in 1856 in Leal Community, Atascosa, Texas
- Died: Apr 2, 1917, Atascosa County, Texas
Relative gives his full name as Jose Manuel de la Trinidad Leal, although every record I have found only lists him a s Manuel.
Manuel supposedly was the first settler to the Leal Community and started the Leal Ranch.
L.D.S. gives the marriage date about 1855, however Atascosa county was not formed until 1856. Before that it was Bexar county. Leal Community and Leal Cemetery were located on the Leal Ranch, about 5 miles east of where hwy 281 and I -37 now intersect, south of Pleasanton. The east border of the ranch appeared to be the Atascosa River.
Some birth dates figured from children's birth certificates in possession of Tony Leal. He has a copy of court order delayed certificate of birth for Juan and a Bureau of Vital Statistic standard birth certificate for Maria.
1860 Bexar co (Wilson was formed Feb, 1860) house 2321 p 483
Manuel Leal 20 m laborer Mexico
Felic 19 f Mex
Clemencia 5 f Mex
Felipa 2 f Mex
Jesus 9 mo m Mex
Aug 9, 1870 Atascosa co, Tx census, p 201, Pleasanton P O , Pct 4, Series: M593, Roll: 1573,
House #439, Family #439
Manuel Leal 37 Mx Stock Raiser
Feliz 33 Tx
Nemecia 13 Tx Note: this is Clemencia.
Felipe 12 Tx
Jesus 11 Tx
Juan 8 Tx
Manuel, Jr 5 Tx
Trinidad 3 Tx
Octaviana 2 Tx
1880 United States Census
Manuel LEAL Self M Male W 45 MEXICO Farmer MEX MEX
F. LEAL Wife M Female W 4 0 TX Keeps House MEX MEX
Clemcancio LEAL Dau S Female W 24 T X MEX MEX
Jesus LEAL Son S Male W 19 T X Laborer MEX MEX
Juan LEAL Son S Male W 17 T X Laborer MEX MEX
Manuel LEAL Son S Male W 16 T X MEX MEX
Trinadada LEAL Dau S Female W 13 T X MEX MEX
Octaviscia LEAL Dau S Female W 11 T X MEX MEX
Vicenta LEAL Dau S Female W 10 T X MEX MEX
Pilar LEAL Son S Male W 7 T X MEX MEX
Maria Jesusa LEAL Dau S Female W 5 TX ME X MEX
Pedro MARTINES Nephew S Male W 18 TX Farmer MEX MEX
Estavan LEAL Nephew S Male W 18 TX Farmer MEX MEX
Census Place Precinct 4, Atascosa, Texas
Family History Library Film 1255289
NA Film Number T9-1289
Page Number 333B
June 21, 1900, Texas Census, Atascosa county, Pleasanton PO , Justice
Precinct 1, Series: T623 Roll: 1608 Page: 218
Manuel has in the house, wife, one son, two daughters, two grand-daughters.
Atascosa co Probate record has a Manuel Leal filed May 3, 1 917, page 509.
June 14, 1910, Texas Census, Atascosa county, Pleasanton PO , Justice Precinct 1,
Series: T624, Roll: 1528, Page: 13, House #233, Family 256.
Manuel 75 MX MX MX married once for 54 years, year of immigration: 1850, stock raiser.
Felix 70 MX MX MX has 10 children with 6 still living.
Tules 27 TX TX TX grand-daughter
Augustin? 7 TX TX TX grand-son
Octaviana 5 TX TX TX grand-daughter
Some information supplied by Eduardo Leal, descendant, from Feliz Casas' personal journal.
Other source for some records:
On the Watershed of Ecleto and the Clear Fork of Sandies
by Karen Mac Smith, 1983, Vols. 1 & 2
From Eduardo Leal: 'This is the story of Manuel Leal, as told to me by my father's oldest sister, born in 1892 and to hers of that generation. Manuel married Felicita Casas in Losoya, an area close to Graytown, where Manuel apparently grew up. Not long after the marriage, apparently, (his father) Antonio told Manuel he had to leave and told him to head south until he found water. He headed south and ended up on Atascosa Creek, in what is now Atascosa County. He started his ranch there and had little contact with his siblings and parents after that. Apparently one day, years afterwards, Antonio told one of his younger sons to ride south and look for his brother. He found Manuel and his wife doing very well, with a number of new children. The brother stayed a few minutes, said "we just wanted to see how you were doing," and left. These sorts of stories abound.
The point is that there wasn't much contact and, as a result, we have little information about Manuel's parents.'
Jose married Felicitas Casas in 1856 in Leal Community, Atascosa, Texas. (Felicitas Casas was born before Aug 9, 1837 in Republic Of Texas and died on Jun 9, 1914 in Atascosa County, Texas.)