I recently came across the marriage record for Juan Nepomuceno Castil de Oro who was the military doctor in Mexico I posted about previously. He was the son of Antonio Castil de Oro y Echaire. Antonio’s brother was Francisco Castil de Oro y Echaire.
Apparently they were considered members of the high society of New Spain. Don Francisco married Maria Ynes Mariscal Rada, a “dama de la corte virreinal” or a Lady of the Viceregal Court. Viceroy was the title given to the principal governors of Spain’s American colonies, with the capital of New Spain located in Mexico City. Don Francisco and Maria owned several houses in the capital, as well as a garden along the San Cosme road.
This is a Currier & Ives print from 1847 depicting the view from the Convent of San Cosme looking across the road towards Mexico City. In the background you can see the prominent aqueduct headed towards the city as well as examples of the fancy gardens in that area.