Paul's Paternal Grandfather, Pablo Briones was born at Sierra Mojada, in 1861 now known as Pine Falls Canyon. He had a gift for using Native Big Bend Plants as Medicinal Herbs. His Grandfather worked mining Cinnabar (HgS) or Mercury Ore at the Mariscal Mine in Boquillas-Big Bend National Park, Texas and later mining Silver in Shafter, Texas. He also learned to make wedding rings out of silver. He made his own wedding rings when he married Francisca Tejeda Briones in 1899 and when Paul's Dad married his Mom. Paul's Grandfather made the wedding rings for Paul's uncles, aunt, and their wives and husband.
Paul's Grandfather(Pablo) and his wife, Francisca went upstream the Rio Grande from Sierra Mojada to Redford, Texas to start their family in 1899. There, they had their family. Paul's Father, was born along the US side of the Rio Grande in Redford, Texas. His Mother was born along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande at Palomas-Mulatto, Chihuahua, Mexico. His Paternal Extended Family farmed the flood plains of Terlingua Creek, known as Abaja Terlingua long before the first Mexican families were brought in the early 1900's. His Paternal Extended Family were Pima Native Americans from Tubac in Southern Arizona which were mistaken many times for Chisos Apache and Taruhmara Indian from the Northern State of Chihuahua close to Camargo, Chihuahua and La Baranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon). One of his Extended Relatives, Cipriano Hernandez, was the first Hispanic who built the first permanent structure in Castolon http://www.nps.gov/bibe/h.
.. in 1901, now part of Big Bend National Park. His other extended relative, Agapito Carrasco, founded the settlement of "El Ojito" downstream from Castolon immediatlely following.
Agapito is also the great uncle of Dr. Arnulfo T. Carrasco, www.carrascopaininstitute.com
who now runs a state of the art Rehabilitation Institute in San Antonio, Texas.
Paul was devestated that he never knew his Paternal Grandfather since his Grandfather Pablo Briones passed in July of 1937 in Redford, Texas long before Paul was born. Because of his family orgin, Paul has now adopted Big Bend National Park, the Castolon-Cottonwood Campgrounds, Stenson Beach, California, Bolinas, California, Briones, California, Half Moon Bay, California, and Los Altos, California as his own. He has written several songs about Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande. His songs are powerful and filled with emotion. www.virtualscienceuniversity.com
His reception and affirmation that he received at the 2009 Big Bend Natural History Association Meeting and the response he received recently from PAST Presentation in Palo Alto, California after sharing his original Texican Blues Rock Song about his 4G Great Aunt Juana Briones de Miranda, "Juana, You Will Always Live" is evidence of the quality of his creative work and the LOVE he has for his Briones Family Members!
All The Best and Good Cheer and Happy New Year 2013 from Paul O. Briones aka TerlinguaKID & FlyingMidiEagle1 Briones!