Juan Francisco Farias was the son of Jose Andres Farias who came to Laredo, Texas in the late 1700s, as a member of the Third Flying Cavalry Company of New Santander, to command the military garrison there. Juan Francisco became the Secretary of the Republic of the Rio Grande and later was mayor of Laredo in 1861, at the start of the Civil War. He was the progenitor of many family members in Northern Mexico and Texas. Juan Francisco was an associate of Evaristo Madero, the grandfather of Mexican President Francisco I. Madero. After his first wife died Evaristo married Manuela (Manuelita), Juan Francisco’s youngest daughter, at Laredo’s San Agustin Church on January 1, 1872. San Antonio, TX 2010, Borderlands Press 1st Ed., Reprint, 8&1/2 x 11, 10 Pgs., SPB.