Amanuensis Monday: “Nuptial Blessings of Our Very Illustrious Lord”

Marriage Record of
José Cayetano de la Trinidad Huesca (1815 – after 1860)
María Josefa Rodríguez (1821 – 1897)

My paternal great-great-grandfather, José Cayetano de la Trinidad Huesca. Date unknown.

[Note:  Amanuensis is an ancient word meaning one who performs the function of writing down or transcribing the words of another.  Derived from the Latin root manu-  , meaning manual or hand, the word also has been used as a synonym for secretary or scribe.]

The above photograph (or is it a drawing?) of my great-great-grandfather, José Cayetano de la Trinidad Huesca, holds pride of place on a wall in our home.  Under his watchful gaze are photographs of his son, José Enrique Florentino Huesca, his grandson, José Alberto Cayetano Huesca, and his great-grandson – my father –  Gilbert Cayetano Huesca, along with others of our extended family.

My father received a 12″ x 24″ oval version of this portrait of Cayetano, as he was known, and another of his son, Enrique, from cousins during a visit to Jalapa, Veracruz, in the 1980s.  It may be a crayon enlargement, which was a technique used to enlarge a smaller photograph.  It is hard to date the portrait, but based on his graying hair and the fact that crayon enlargements were available beginning in the 1860s, I would estimate him to be about 45 – 50 years old.

His lively eyes and his slightly parted lips suggest he wants to share something with us – perhaps the wonder of witnessing the growth of his eight children, or the joy he felt as he finished some of the wood furnishings he crafted for the grand Cathedral Basilica of Puebla in his profession as a carpenter.  Maybe he wants to share the insights he has learned about faith and family and life, insights into the wisdom and values that have flowed through the veins and permeated the conversations of subsequent Huesca generations to the present day.

Most of all, his sparkling eyes and the kindness of his expression speak to me and make me wish I knew more about his life.  If only I could go back in time and spend a day with him!

Below is the record of Cayetano’s marriage to my great-great-grandmother, María Josefa Rodríguez, in the City of Puebla, Mexico, on February 25, 1838.

Translated from Spanish * ~

In the city of the Angels (1) on the 25th of February of one thousand, eight hundred and thirty-eight, having read the three banns set forth by the Council of Trent, in three holidays, inter Missarum solemnia (2), and there having resulted no canonical impediments against the parties, I, Father José Guerrero, priest of the Sagrario Metropolitano Holy Catholic Church (3), being in the chapel, asked Mr. Cayetano Trinidad Huesca, a single man, carpenter, age twenty-two years, a native of this city and parishioner of Saint Joseph, and for

Marriage Record of José Calletano de la Trinidad Huesca and María Josefa Rodríguez, February 25, 1838, Puebla.
Sacred Metropolitan Chapel of Puebla (Sagrario Metropolitano de Puebla), courtesy of Catedrales e Iglesias, Arquidiócesis de Puebla, Creative Commons

over four years now a resident, legitimate son of Mr. Mariano Pantaleón Huesca, deceased, and of Maria Antonia Carpintero; and I heard Miss Josefa Rodríguez, age seventeen, a native of this city and parishioner, legitimate daughter of Mr. Benito Rodríguez and María Rita Rascón; and having heard them express their mutual consent, heard their confessions, and given them Communion, I deposed them, words which they made true and legitimate, the witnesses being Mr. Francisco Huesca (4), and Mariano Mendoza; thence I conferred upon them the Nuptial Blessings of Our Very Illustrious Lord.


(Father) José Tomás Guerrero

Exterior view, Sacred Metropolitan Chapel of Puebla de los Angeles, 2015. Courtesy of Catedrales e Iglesias, Archdiocese of Puebla. Creative Commons



(1) City of Angels:  the name for Puebla de los Angeles (Puebla of the Angels).

(2) inter Missarum solemnia:  (Latin) In the solemnity of the Mass.

(3) The Sagrario Metropolitano, or Metropolitan Sanctuary, was a chapel of the Cathedral of Puebla, known as the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Because of the Cathedral’s status as the See of the wider Archdiocese of Puebla, its interior was not intended for local parish functions.  For this reason, the Sanctuary was used for spiritual observances and conferring the Sacraments on the local Creole-Spanish population.

(4) Francisco Huesca:  presumably Cayetano’s brother, Juan Francisco de la Luz Huesca.

* With special thanks to my cousin, Enrique Huesca Fernández, for his assistance with this translation.  

Copyright ©  2018  Linda Huesca Tully

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