Los Morales

My brother David got married three weeks ago, and I was able to catch up with family I hadn’t seen for…I can’t even remember how long. My Uncle Rey has been the keeper of the family history, combining his own research with that of a few other family members, and after the wedding he sent me a trove of digital material. My dad had sent me some written material a few years earlier so I had a loose idea of the history, but after Rey’s email I had pictures. I’ve put together the succession below. I may add more photos in the future.



Meliton Morales (1836-1924) is my great-great grandfather. He’s not the oldest relative Rey has tracked down, but he is the most interesting. He was captured by Apaches when he was 7 and traded to the Delaware tribe for a blanket and a quart of whiskey (or so says the family history). He escaped at 16 or 17 and made it to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and then, strangely enough, to New Orleans (my hometown). He later joined the Union Army in Texas, established a ranching empire, and earned a Texas historical marker.

Eliseo Cecelia Ramona Meliton    Matiana

Eliseo and Angelita


Eliseo C. Morales

angelita 2


Eliseo Morales (1876-1922) is my great-grandfather. He was a twin with Elisa, lower right in the Meliton family picture above. He married Angelita Camunez (1890-1946). Angelita’s mother’s family was German, from the Markwordt family, one of nearly 20,000 German settlers who took land on the Texas-Mexico border.

Reynaldo Otilia Frank



My grandfather Reynaldo Morales (1911-1992). Eliseo died when my grandfather was only 11.

David  Ramona Reynaldo


Reynaldo married my grandmother Eva Hurtado Morales (1910-1989).

eva hurtado

Robert and Marialice

My dad Robert “Bob” Morales was born in San Antonio (I’ll leave out dates for now, heh).

Robert 1960

Robert grad

bob marialice

He met my mom, Marialice, in Dallas. This is a picture of them in Japan in 2006.


My brothers and I took pictures together at the wedding, but I don’t have any copies yet. These are some of the more recent photos of us. Me on the left, David, and Tim below. I’ll have to add a few younger pictures at some point.

david daniel


10 thoughts on “Los Morales

  1. Rhonda Rosales Valdez

    Hello My name is Rhonda Valdez I am a great granddaughter of Bruno Rosales and Granddaughter of his son Ciro Rosales, Daughter Lydia Rosales Valdez is my mother I am the youngest of 6 children . My father is Armando N.Valdez now deceased. Robert Valdez Sr. Is the oldest.He lives on Morales Rd. Valdez Ranch.

  2. Scotty Castro

    Hi, Daniel.

    I found your blog doing a preliminary search on family history. Meliton Morales is our common ancestor. I believe he’s actually our great-great-great grandfather. I could be wrong. My grandmother is Teresa (Morales) DelaRosa. You may remember her and/or some of her kids (my mother and tios): Veronica, Philip, Marian, Marie, Cindy, and John Richard “Deed”. I believe you and I are cousins in some way. Awesome! I’ve been to several family reunions, although it’s been years since my last one. I intend to change that this year. Tomorrow I’m going to a genealogy center to do some preliminary research on as much as I can get to. I’d love to start an exchange between you and I in order to gain a better understanding and clearer picture of how all the puzzle pieces fit together. It certainly looks like you’ve done some great homework already! I’m a historian by trade so all this stuff sparks my interest big time. One of the previously unknown bits of information that I wasn’t aware of until recently (which you cite here) is that Meliton was a Union soldier during the Civil War. To what extent, I’m not sure, but military records are typically thorough and accurate so I’m bound to find out more information. Overall, our ancestor was a badass. You may have come across this article (http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/guillermo-torres-history-reminds-us-of-who-we-are-and-where-our-journeys-began-ep-439061431-356026531.html), but I thought it’d be nice to share just in case. I’m currently trying to contact the writer, Guillermo Torres, so I can consult with him. All in all, I hope this chance encounter can benefit us both as well as our family. My ultimate goal is to, through collaboration with living family members and thorough research, create a comprehensive booklet of sorts to distribute at perhaps this or next year’s family reunion. Anyhow, I hope this gets the ball rolling. I look forward to hearing back from you. Feel free to email me at any time. Take care, cuz.

    1. Sharon Vigil

      Sorry I have taken so long to reply but I have not been on this site for a while. Yes I would love some pictures for her. Are you on Facebook???

  3. Sharon Vigil

    My name is Sharon (Sherry) Vigil. My best friend is one of your cousins although you may not know. Her father was Raymond Garcia. I do know that Meliton Morales was also her Great Great Grandfather. I am trying to put something together for her next Birthday as she always mentions Meliton and tells me about the indian history with him. We did go to Texas and went to the ranch to see it. I know this is very special to her and would really like to follow your information. She is related to the Garcia family in San Antonio, Tx. Im not sure how you two connect.

    1. Richard A Garcia

      My name is Richard Garcia my great-great-grandfather was Meliton Morales, my grandfather was Saturnino Garcia his mother was Meliton’s daughter

  4. Jessica Garza

    Meliton is my 4x’s Great Grandfather from his daughter Maria who isn’t in the photo because she was eloped by the age of 12 to Bruno Rosales before the picture was taken.

  5. Lisa Marie (Morales) Garcia

    Beautiful work, Daniel! Thank you for keeping our family alive. I remember seeing the first couple of pictures at the top about twenty years ago along with others on the Morales ranch site. My great-grandfather 2-4x back was Meliton Morales. I believe I am down the line of Manuel. My grandfather, Eliseo Morales of San Antonio, TX was a medic in WWII. He worked at Kelly, I think. He had a brother or cousin named Manuel who also served. The family reunions are every September on the Morales Ranch in Junction, TX. If you’re on social media; Facebook hit me up under Lisa Garcia. You’ll see many of our Morales lineage. Btw: I was born in Texas but live in California now.


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