Francisco (Arango) Villa
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José Doroteo (Arango) Villa (1878 - 1923)

General José Doroteo (Francisco) "Pancho" Villa formerly Arango
Born in Río Grande, San Juan del Río, Durango, Méxicomap
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Husband of — married 28 May 1911 in San Andrés, Chihuahua, Méxicomap
Husband of — married 1 May 1919 [location unknown]
Died at age 45 in Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, Méxicomap
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7 de julio de 1878: En la parroquia de San Juan del Río…yo el presbítero José Andrés Palomo, cura encargado de esta villa, bauticé solemnemente a un niño que nació en el Río Grande el día cinco del pasado, le puse por nombre José Doroteo, hijo legítimo de Agustín Arango y de Micaela Arámbula; sus abuelos paternos Antonio y Feliciana [Faustina] Vela, los maternos Trinidad Arámbula y María de Jesús (Acevedo), digo Álvarez; fueron padrinos Eugenio Acevedo y Albina Arámbula.[1]

28 de mayo de 1911: En la parroquia de San Andrés…yo el infrascrito cura [Juan de Dios Muñoz], interino de la misma…desposé por palabras de presente y juntamente velé a Francisco Villa, soltero, de treinta y tres años, originario de San Juan del Río, Durango y vecino de esta hace veinte años e hijo legítimo de Agustín Villa [Arango] y Micaela Arámbula; con Luz F. Corral, soltera, de dieciocho años, originaria y vecina de esta e hija legítima de Jesús Corral y Trinidad Fierro. Fueron testigos Fortunato Casavantes y Raquel Rodríguez.[2]


El Centauro del Norte


Jose Doroteo "Francisco 'Pancho' Villa" Arango was born in San Juan del Rio, state of Durango on June 5, 1878, the son of a field laborer named Agustin Arango and Maria Micaela Armábola.

As a teen, Jose assaulted a man and fled into the Sierra de la Silla Mexican Mountains, changed his name to Francisco Villa and led the life of a bandit, rustling cattle and robbing banks with a gang from 1894 to 1910. They called him, "Pancho".

Over his lifetime, he married many times and had many children. His first wife was Maria Luz Corral de Villa. They wed on May 29, 1912.


After coming out the mountains and having married by 1912, Pancho became part of the Mexican Revolution. In 1913, Villa formed an army several thousand strong which came to be known as the Division del Norte - the Division of the North. He fought on the side of Venustiano Carranza and the Constitutionalists against the new dictator, General Victoriano Huerta. After victory, there was a major disagreement between Villa and Carranza and Pancho in fled in mid-1914 to northern Mexico to continue guerilla warfare.

In January 1916 Villa and his followers killed 17 American citizens in Santa Isabel (called the Santa Ysabel Massacre) and attacked Columbus in New Mexico in March 1916 because the U.S. Government supported the new government under Carranza.

In the early morning (2:30 am) of March 9, 1916 approximately five hundred soldiers led by General Francisco "Pancho" Villa attacked the small border town and military camp occupied by the 13th U.S. Cavalry at Camp Furlong, Columbus, New Mexico. The Villistas Pistoleros (gunmen) killed twenty-four American soldiers and civilians in the town of Columbus (the first attack on American soil since the War of 1812) before withdrawing into Mexico shouting, Death to Americans!.

The attack exhibited the long history of tension between the United States and Mexico dating back to the Mexican-American War of 1846-1847 and now Brigadier General John J. Pershing and his 8th Infantry Brigade were sent to to guard the U.S. and Mexico Border in order to protect American citizens and their property.

Villa and his men continued violent attacks on American business investments and military posts in New Mexico and along the Mexico border. When the word of continued attacks reached Washington,D. C., President Wilson ordered Pershing and his 4,800 troops into Northern Mexico to capture Pancho Villa (called the Punitive Expedition and Pancho Villa Expedition). Pershing increasing troops to 11,000. National Guard troops from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona were sent to guard the border. Additional National Guards came from other states, adding up to 112,000 new guards. By Feb. 1917 many were pulled out. Pershing never captured General Villa.

Legacy & Legend

Villa always had the support of the poor Mexican people because he was fearless. After the Carranza government was overthrown, Pancho was allowed to return and given a pardon. Villa retired to his ranch in Parral, Chihuahua.

Villa was assassinated in the town on July 20, 1923. Villa was driving in his black 1919 Dodge roadster along with five friends when a group of seven riflemen fired 150 shots in just two minutes into his car. Only one survived. Villa had made many enemies over the years.


  1. "México, Durango, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1604-1985," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), San Juan del Río > San Francisco de Asís > Bautismos 1874-1884 > image 235 of 635; parroquias Católicas, Durango (Catholic Church parishes, Durango).
  2. "México, Chihuahua, registros parroquiales y diocesanos, 1632-1958," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 June 2015), Riva Palacio > San Andrés > Matrimonios 1867-1874, 1883-1934 > image 259 of 836; parroquias Católicas, Chihuahua (Catholic Church parishes, Chihuahua).

Ver también:

  • Marriage record shows parents for Jose "Catorino" Arango born 1860, and spouse- Maria Josefa. This is one of Pancho's MANY siblings
  • Defunción de su hijo Francisco

"México, Distrito Federal, Registro Civil, 1832-2005." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 14 March 2018. Archivo de Registro Civil de Distrito Federal (Civil Registry Archives), Federal District.

"México, Distrito Federal, Registro Civil, 1832-2005." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 14 March 2018. Archivo de Registro Civil de Distrito Federal (Civil Registry Archives), Federal District.

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Are there any records of the soldiers that fought with Poncho Villa? My husband's grandfather supposedly fought along side him but I have no idea how to verify this information. Thanks.
posted by Kathryn Madden
Hello Profile Managers!

We are featuring this profile in the Connection Finder this week. Between now and Wednesday is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards. We know it's short notice, so don't fret too much. Just do what you can.



posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Mensaje de Abby (Brown) Glann traducido al español:

¡Hola administradores de perfiles! Presentamos este perfil en el Buscador de conexiones esta semana. Entre ahora y el miércoles es un buen momento para echar un vistazo a las fuentes y la biografía para ver si hay actualizaciones y mejoras necesarias, especialmente aquellas que lo llevarán a los estándares de la Guía de estilo de WikiTree. Sabemos que es un aviso con poca antelación, así que no te preocupes demasiado. Solo haz lo que puedas.



posted by Austin Pérez
A gun once owned or used by Panco Villa is in the Schwend Gun Collection<ref></ref>
Once a year the descendants of Francisco Villa meet in Durango my Mother (Edith Villa de la Cruz † )used to go but my uncle (Samuel Villa , son from Graciela Villa de la Cruz and Samuel Villa Reyes) still does. Well thanks to covid not this year, we hope that next year ...Is a better year 4 all of us .
posted by Leticia Tischler
I live in El Paso TX and my grandmother is Francisco Villa's granddaughter. Her mother was Villa's daughter, one of many children he had while in Durango MX. To this day my grandmother Rosa Villa owns pictures and relics of a man that made history "Pancho" Villa.
posted by Perla Vega
Yes! There are living family members. Frederico Doroteo Villa is the connection I am working on. I have created the tree for his descendants, My best friend.
posted by Robin (Felch) Wedertz