About Andrés de Tapia
Conquistador Don Andrés de Tapia, perhaps the most trustworthy and reliable of the captains of the Marquis del Valle de Oaxaca, Hernán Cortés.
Source:A History of New Mexico by Gaspar Perez de Villagra, Alcala - 1610, translated by Gilberto Espinosa.
Conquistador of Mexico. He held the rank of Captain, entered Mexico City, the Aztec Capital, and fought along side with Hernan Cortez.
Source from the books:
The Conquest of Mexico by William H. Prescott.
Who's Who of the Conquistadors by Hugh Thomas.
From the research of Daniel Villarreal
Notes for ANDRES DE TAPIA-Y-SOSA: Mil Familias III, by Rodolfo Gonzalez de la Garza. Page 85. A.K.A. Andres de Albornoz.
A testimony of some information written in this city the past year of 1635 before the General Fernando de Sosa Suárez, Knight of the Order of Santiago, Corregidor of this city, and Estabn Bernal, Public Scirbe, in which both eye-witnesses, and witnesses who have heard, declared with certainty that he is the legitimate son of Captain Alonso de Sosa Albornoz and doña Juana Ramírez, and grandson, through the maternal [sic paternal] side, of Francisco de Sosa Albornoz and doña Inéz de Tapia, his wife, and great-grandson of Esteban de Sosa and doña Ana de Albornoz, and on his maternal side, a grandson of Gabriel Ramírez. The said doña Inés de Tapia, his grandmother, was a daughter of Andrés de Tapia, conquistador, pacifier, and settler of this Nueva España and City of Mexico, Lieutenant Captain General and Maese de Campo in the said conquest; and who came here in the company of Hernando Cortés, first Marqués del Valle. And, that the said Francisco de Sosa Albornoz, his grandfather, was one of the discoverers, conquistadors, and pacifiers of the kingdoms of Nueva Galicia and Nueva Vizcaya, serving His Majesty in the said provinces at his cost, and was among the first Alcaldes Mayores in the royal mines of Sain, San Martín, and Sombrerete, and he settled the Valley of Xuchíl, the royal mines of Chalchiguites, and the Villa of Nombre de Dios, in which he spent a considerable amount of his estate. And, that the said Alonso de Sosa, his father, was one of the captains named for the discovery and conquest of the New Mexico, and he took his wife and children, taking carts with much supplies, arms, munitions, and soldiers with arms and horses, all at his expense; and he constructed houses in the first settlement of San Juan de los Caballeros and in the second named San Pedro. For all of this he had sold the haciendas that he had, for which he obtained more than sixty thousand pesos, all of which he expended in it, leaving his children poor when he died. And, the said Andrés de Sosa assisted with his said father in the said conquest and pacification of the New Mexico, participating in all the entradas and affrays, and on many occasions that were offered, he carried out the orders that were given as a good soldier. And, the above mentioned, and his antecedents, served His Majesty and were noble persons, caballeros hidalgos, old Christians without stain, nor Moorish race, nor Jewish, nor of the newly converted to our Holy Catholic faith, and as such noble persons they were guarded by and they guarded all the exemptions, liberties, and exceptions of the noble hidalgos, according to the law of Spain, in the company of the said Captain don Alonso de Sosa Albornoz, his father.