Skip to content

Ernesto Nava Villa, 1915 – 2009, D.E.P.

11 January 2010

Somehow I missed this.  Ernesto Nava  Villa, the last known son of prolific Mexican family man, Pancho Villa, died New Years’ Eve in Castro Valley, California.

Nava Villa was born 4 July 1915 in Nazas, Durango, to Villa and one of his several wives, Macedonia Ramirez.  His mother, fearing the child might be murdered by one of Villa’s personal or political enemies, fled to California in 1917, raising her son under an assumed name.  Nava Villa was not told of his paternity until he was an adult, but… given the reputation of his father in the United States… was asked to keep it a secret.  Which he did until 2003, when — on his first visit to his native Mexico — he discovered not only that he was a minor celebrity as the heir to an important and popular historical figure, but had a host of relations.

We think of Pancho Villa as having been responsible for a huge population drop in northern Mexico during the Revolution, but he certainly did his bit to reverse the decline… having children by several of his 23 wives and several girlfriends, and adopting 300 Mexico City orphans.  It’s too bad Macedonia made the decision to flee so soon.  By all accounts, Pancho was an excellent family man actively involved in his children’s lives and a good provider.

Nava Villa — truly a chip off the old block — is survived nine of his twelve (under California law) “legitimate” children, three other children, thirty one Grandchildren, forty nine great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.  And a lot more cousins, nieces, nephews and great-great-great-great….

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 11 January 2010 3:41 pm

    that was a crazy bit of news, I had no idea that a son of Villa was still around.

  2. A granddaughter permalink
    12 January 2010 11:43 am

    Please before you post something, get ALL your facts straight instead of posting misinformation for the public to see.

  3. Heidi permalink
    26 September 2016 4:05 am

    Please anyone related to pancho Villa please get a hold of me. I’m related to him. Just trying to figure out how. Jennie consaula Villa is my great grandmother. HeidibrookCarlyle@gmail.Com

Leave a reply, but please stick to the topic

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: