Early Settlers of Monterrey: Diego de Montemayor and Juana Porcallo de la Cerda

Diego de Montemayor and Juana Porcallo de la Cerda

One of the early settling families of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico is that of Diego de Montemayor and Juana Porcallo de la Cerda. As a matter of fact, Diego de Montemayor is credited as being the founder of Monterrey. There had been two prior attempts to settle the area but they failed.

Diego de Montemayor's attempt was a successful one.

Diego was married three times and I choose to put the name of his third wife on the title since I believe her to be the most known of the three.

The parents of Diego de Montemayor are Juan de Montemayor and Mayor Hernandez. The names were obtained from the passenger list of when Diego and his first wife Ines Rodriguez emigrated to La Nueva España.

Below I added the information for all of the children that I have found with all three of his wives.

Here are the names of their children and whom they married. For more descendants of theirs please visit our Community Family Tree.

Here is their family group:

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  1. My maternal grandmother was Celsa de la Cerda. Born about 1900. My mother was born in Montemorelos, NL in 1923. Always thought “de la Cerda” was not a common last name.

  2. I found out that they both are my Great Grandparents. They only had one child together Estefania de Montemayor y Porcallo de la Cerda. Who happens to be my great grandma. This is really cool information thank you!

  3. Diego Montemayor and Juana Porcallo de Cerda were my paternal 12th great-grandparents
    Alberto del Canto and Estefania Montemayor were my paternal 11th great-grandparents
    Miguel (del Canto) Montemayor and Monica Rodriguez were my paternal 10th great-grandparents.

    1. All of them are in my tree as well. I’ve been working on building out our family tree for our 11 year old son. Miguel de Canto Montemayor is my 9th great grandfather.