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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kindle Book: Socorro Land Grant genealogies, Part I

After years of work, I have finally published my first book through my Desert Genes Books publishing company! It is a Kindle book titled "The Socorro Land Grant: A Genealogy of the Founding Families, Part I. E-Book Advance Copy".

It's available for purchase from Amazon.com for only $9.99! Click on the icon below to order the Kindle book.




Now, it's only on Kindle, so you will have to have a Kindle device or you can download a Kindle reader to your computer, tablet or phone. You will be able to download the reader onto your electronic device at the time your purchase the book. I plan to publish a revised paperback version of this book in 2018. For now, though, enjoy the E-book Advance Copy for only $9.99!

About the book:

In 1815, 70 families settled a Spanish land grant in Socorro, New Mexico. Until recently, no one knew exactly who those families were. By conducting research from a contemporary 19th Century census, genealogist Robert Baca has discovered these families. In his three-part series, Baca will explore the ancestors and descendants of these families. The Part I contains the genealogies of the  first 21 families. Come explore these names, and find your link to these Spanish New Mexican families. THIS EDITION IS AN E-BOOK ADVANCE COPY. It is not the finished product, but still will be useful to both the experienced and novice genealogist. Over 1,500 individuals are listed in genealogy. The author requests comments, corrections and questions from his readers in order to create a more complete genealogy of these families. A revised paperback version of this book, with photographs and an extended narrative, will be published in 2018.

About the author:
Robert J. C. Baca is a former president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society. He has been researching families from the Socorro area for two decades. He is a former resident of Socorro, and is descended from many of the founders of the Socorro Land Grant. He began the "Socorro Land Grant Research Project" in 2015. He teaches social studies to high-risk students. Baca, along his wife and multiple fur children (pets), live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.





Friday, September 8, 2017

Name Change: Jose Chaves to Jose Anastacio Chaves

Recently, I was searching for the ancestors of Anna Maria de Soledad Chaves, who, along with her husband, Jose (Lugardo) Padilla, appears to be one of the early settlers of the Socorro Land Grant. A Jose Padilla is listed in the 1818 Navajo military campaign donation list that I use as an early enumeration of Socorro. Jose Padilla is a common name, so it is difficult to figure out exactly who this person was. I chose an early settler, Jose Padilla who was married to Maria Soledad Chavez. This couple adopted a young Native American child or adult woman by the name of Maria Soledad Rosalia Padilla. Members of the Navajo tribe sold her to this couple, which means that she was basically their slave. We will never know whether she was treated as a member of their family, or just a servant. Stories differ as to how families treated their "adopted children". Once adopted and baptized in the Catholic Church, they were supposed to be raised as Christians. Of course, many families did the least they had to do to honor this pledge, while others felt it was their duty to treat adopted children as their own.

I could not find any other adopted or biological children for this couple.

I found a Tome marriage record for Jose Lugardo Padilla and Ana Maria de Soledad Chaves, on 3 June 1798. I believe this to be the same couple as Jose Padilla and Maria Soledad Chavez. He was the son of Juan Domingo Padilla and Juana Rita Baca; while she was the daughter of Jose Anastacio Chaves (deceased) and Juana Baca. All were from Belen. I found Jose Lugardo's parents' marriage record in Laguna, and was at least able to figure out the ancestry of his father, if not his mother. Ana Maria de Soledad's parents were a different story. Then I came across a record that I believe solved the mystery, and changed the name I had for one of my ancestors.

Since Chaves is the name found among the founders of Albuquerque, I decided to look at the index of the book "Aqui Se Comienza" - a book that I myself contributed two chapters to. The book outlines the descendants of 20+ families. The index showed that Jose Anastacio Chaves could be found on page 100 of the book. On that page, it indicated that Jose Anastacio Chavez and his mother Antonia Baca were godparents in the Isleta Church baptism of Tomas Gallegos. I checked the Isleta baptism and marriage book published by the New Mexico Genealogical Society and discovered this to be correct.

Jose Chaves, the son of Antonio Duran y Chaves and Antonia Baca, was married to Juana Maria Baca, the daughter of Diego Domingo Baca and Juana Duran y Chaves (yes, they were not-so-distant cousins.) Their marriage was in 1758. The baptismal record that showed godparents Jose Anastacio Chaves with his mother was in 1753. The fact that he was baptizing a child with his mother most likely indicates that he was at least an adolescent and probably unmarried. Therefore, I believe that Jose Chaves and Juana Maria Baca are the same couple as Jose Anastacio Chaves who was married to Juana Baca.

This means that their daughter, Anna Maria de Soledad Chaves, is the sister of Luis Maria Chaves, who was married to Maria Isabel Padilla. This couple is another of the families I've discerned to be founders of the Socorro Land Grant based on the 1818 enumeration. Luis Maria Chaves and Maria Isabel Padilla are my 4th great grandparents - ancestors of my maternal grandfather Santiago Baca. I now know my 4th great-grandfather by a different name.

Below is a chart that shows the relationship between Jose Anastacio Chaves and his 3rd great-grandson Santiago Baca.



Sources:
Lila Armijo Pfeufer, Margaret Leonard Windham, and Evelyn Lujan Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church: 1821-1853 (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1998), p. 18.

Raymond P. Salas extractor and Margaret Leonard Windham compiler, New Mexico Marriages Churces of Immaculate Conception of Tome and Our Lady of Belen (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1994), p. 18.

"Microfilm # 16826: Laguna Baptisms, Marriages and Burials," database, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org: accessed 26 August 2017), Marriage Record: Juan Domingo Padilla and Juana Rita, 9 April 1771, image # 141.

Gloria M. Valencia et. al., editors, Aqui Se Comienza: A Genealogical History of the Founding Families of La Villa de San Felipe de Alburquerque (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 2007), p. 100.

Lila Armijo Pfeufer, Margaret L. Buxton transcribers, Margaret Leonard Windham, and Evelyn Lujan Baca compilers, New Mexico Marriages and Baptisms San Agustin de la Isleta Church: Marriages 1726 to 1846, Baptisms 1730 to 1776, 1829 to 1842 (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1996), p. 133.
 In a baptismal record for Thomas Gallegos (baptized 17 January 1753), the godparents are listed as Joseph Anastacio Chabes and his mother Dona Antonia Baca.

Lila Armijo Pfeufer, Margaret L. Buxton transcribers, Margaret Leonard Windham, and Evelyn Lujan Baca compilers, New Mexico Marriages and Baptisms San Agustin de la Isleta Church: Marriages 1726 to 1846, Baptisms 1730 to 1776, 1829 to 1842 (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1996), p. 11.
 

Monday, September 4, 2017

San Miguel del Socorro Burial Records 1821 - January 1823

 I'm slowly going through the sacramental death records of San Miguel del Socorro, beginning in 1821. I went through the first three images of death records on microfilm # 16996,  which can be found on Family Search. These records begin on image # 171. I've entered these names into my genealogy database, and was able to create the report below showing the records I've already entered. I inputted many of these records twice so as to show not just the death record, but also marriages and birth dates that might be stated or indicated in the records. Many of the records were for children. For those records, they stated that the child was a "parbulo" or "parbula", which means that the child was either a infant or toddler. As such, I put the estimated date of birth for those child as circa two years prior.

Please note that this list includes the image number that they can found on.

These records begin at this link: Image 171, microfilm # 16996.

 
 Microfilm # 16996. Family Search database

Footnote: "Microfilm # 16996," database of digital images, San Miguel Mission, Socorro, New Mexico, Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org: [AccessType] [AccessDate]), [ItemOfInterest].

Footnote (short): FamilySearch, [ItemOfInterest].

Bibliography: "Microfilm # 16996." Database of digital images. San Miguel Mission, Socorro, New Mexico, Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. FamilySearch. www.familysearch.org: [AccessDate:Year].

Citations:

1. , Jose Antonio (Birth). access; 30 August 2017; death record: Jose Antonio, 9 November 1821. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

2. , Jose Antonio (Death). access; 30 August 2017; death record: Jose Antonio, 9 November 1821. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

3. ALBINES, Canuto (Death). accessed; 2 September 2017; death record: Canuto Albines, 22 Feburary 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

4. ALBINES, Canuto and PEDREGON, Maria Cululia (Marriage). accessed; 2 September 2017; death record: Canuto Albines, 22 Feburary 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

5. APODACA, Jose Simon (Birth). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Jose Simon Apodaca, 15 October 1821. Image 171. Quality: Unknown

6. APODACA, Jose Simon (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Jose Simon Apodaca, 15 October 1821. Image 171. Quality: Unknown

7. ARAGON, Maria Manuela (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Maria Manuela Aragon, 19 April 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

8. BACA, Juan Jose and MONTOYA, Maria Manuela (Marriage). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Maria Manuela Montoya, 10 December 1821. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

9. BACA, Teodora de la Luz (Birth). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Manuel Padilla, 23 June 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

10. CHAVES, Francisco (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Francisco Chaves, 10 December 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

11. CHAVES, Francisco and TRUJILLO, Eulalia (Marriage). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Francisco Chaves, 10 December 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

12. CHAVES, Manuel Antonio (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Manuel Antonio Chaves, 24 Sept 1821. Image # 171. Quality: Unknown

13. CHAVES, Manuel Antonio and GARCIA, Polonia (Marriage). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Manuel Antonio Chaves, 24 Sept 1821. Image # 171. Quality: Unknown

14. CHAVEZ, Antonia Teresa (Birth). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Jose Guadalupe Sanchez, 23 June 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

15. GURULE, Marcelino (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Marcelino Gurule, 8 October 1821. Image 171. Quality: Unknown

16. GURULE, Marcelino and GARCIA, Maria Dolores (Marriage). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Marcelino Gurule, 8 October 1821. Image 171. Quality: Unknown

17. LOBATO, Maria Petra (Birth). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Maria Petra Lobato, 10 January 1821. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

18. LOBATO, Maria Petra (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: 10 January 1821, image 172. Quality: Unknown

19. MALDONADO, Rafael Nepomuceno (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Rafael Nepomuceno Valdonado, 3 January 1823. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

20. MIRANDA, Maria Remojia (Birth). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Maria Remojia Miranda, 10 Feburary 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

21. MIRANDA, Maria Remojia (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Maria Remojia Miranda, 10 Feburary 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

22. MONTIEL, Jose (Death). accessed; 2 September 2017; Death Record: Jose Montiel, 22 February 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

23. MONTIEL, Jose and GUERRA, Dominga (Marriage). accessed; 2 September 2017; Death Record: Jose Montiel, 22 February 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

24. MONTOYA, Alonzo (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Alonzo Motoya, 9 December 1821. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

25. MONTOYA, Alonzo and CARBAJAL, Francisca (Marriage). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Alonzo Motoya, 9 December 1821. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

26. Montoya, Antonia Rita (Name). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Antonia Rita Montoya, 12 May 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

27. MONTOYA, Antonio (Death). accessed; 2 September 2017; death record: Antonio Montoya, 19 March 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

28. MONTOYA, Juan Nepomunceno (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Juan Nepomuceno Montoya, 23 April 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

29. MONTOYA, Juana (Birth). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Juana Montoya, 1 December 1821. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

30. MONTOYA, Juana (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Juana Montoya, 1 December 1821. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

31. MONTOYA, Manuel (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Manuel Montoya, 22 September 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

32. MONTOYA, Manuel and TRUJILLO, Maria Soledad (Marriage). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Manuel Montoya, 22 September 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

33. MONTOYA, Maria Francisca (Birth). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Maria Francisca Montoya, 10 Sept 1821. Image # 171. Quality: Unknown

34. MONTOYA, Maria Francisca (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Maria Francisca Montoya, 10 Sept 1821. Image # 171. Quality: Unknown

35. MONTOYA, Maria Manuela (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Maria Manuela Montoya, 10 December 1821. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

36. MONTOYA, Maria Rita (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Antonia Rita Montoya, 12 May 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

37. NIETO, Miguel (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Miguel Nieto, 4 December 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

38. PADILLA, Jose Joaquin (Birth). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Manuel Padilla, 23 June 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

39. PADILLA, Jose Joaquin and BACA, Teodora de la Luz (Marriage). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Manuel Padilla, 23 June 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

40. PADILLA, Manuel Antonio Regino (Birth). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Manuel Padilla, 23 June 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

41. PADILLA, Manuel Antonio Regino (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Manuel Padilla, 23 June 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

42. PINEDA, Tomas (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Tomas Pineda, 22 December 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

43. PINEDA, Tomas and MARTINEZ, Maria Antonia (Marriage). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Tomas Pineda, 22 December 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

44. RIVERA, Pedro Antonio Jose (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Pedro Antonio Ribera, 6 August 1821. Image # 171. Quality: Unknown

45. SANCHEZ, Ana Maria (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Ana Maria Sanchez, 11 December 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

46. SANCHEZ, Jose Guadalupe (Birth). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Jose Guadalupe Sanchez, 23 June 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

47. SANCHEZ, Jose Guadalupe (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Jose Guadalupe Sanchez, 23 June 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

48. SANCHEZ, Jose Guadalupe and CHAVEZ, Antonia Teresa (Marriage). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Jose Guadalupe Sanchez, 23 June 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

49. SANDOVAL, Maria Petra (Birth). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Maria Petra Sandoval, 23 March 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

50. SANDOVAL, Maria Petra (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Maria Petra Sandoval, 23 March 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

51. SERNA, Antonio (Birth). accessed; 2 September 2017; death record: Pasqual Serna, 19 March 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

52. SERNA, Antonio (Death). accessed; 2 September 2017; death record: Pasqual Serna, 19 March 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

53. SERNA, Pasqual (Death). accessed; 2 September 2017; death record: Pasqual Serna, 19 March 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

54. SILVA, Maria del Rosario (Birth). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Maria del Rosario Silva, 16 September 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

55. SILVA, Maria del Rosario (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Maria del Rosario Silva, 16 September 1822. Image 173. Quality: Unknown

56. TRUJILLO, Bernardo (Death). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Bernardo Trujillo, 28 March 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

57. TRUJILLO, Bernardo and ZAMORA, Francisca (Marriage). accessed; 4 September 2017; death record: Bernardo Trujillo, 28 March 1822. Image 172. Quality: Unknown

58. YTURRIETA, Pedro Antonio (Birth). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Pedro Antonio Yturrieta, 3 November 1821. Image 171. Quality: Unknown

59. YTURRIETA, Pedro Antonio (Death). accessed; 30 August 2017; death record: Pedro Antonio Yturrieta, 3 November 1821. Image 171. Quality: Unknown

Saturday, August 26, 2017

E. Montoya & Sons Make Claim Against U.S. Government - 1880

A letter from the Secretary of the Interior to the U.S. House of Representatives details a claim that Jose Estanislao Montoya made against the U.S. Government requesting reimbursement for stolen property.

According to Estanislao Montoya and his sons D. S. Montoya and Eutimio Montoya, on 23 May 1880, Mescalero Apaches from Victoria's band stole 8,000 sheep and 15 burros from their ranching company E. Montoya and Sons. The sheep were valued at $1 each, while the burros were valued at $20 each. They were requesting that the government reimburse them $8,300 for the stolen livestock.

Affidavits were taken from witnesses Ricardo Pino and Mauricio Miera. Although the fact was not mentioned in the documents, Pino and Miera were Estanisloa's son-in-laws.

S.A. Russell, the U.S. Indian agent for the Mescalero Agency, stated that he was stationed 130 to 140 miles away from where the incident occurred and therefore was not personally able to investigate the claim. He stated that the Indians on the reservation professed that they had no knowledge of the depredations.

It took nearly ten years for the claim to be processed. The information was finally submitted to the House of Representatives on 18 January 1890. The document does not indicate what decision was made on this claim.

Source: "Genealogy Bank," database, Genealogy Bank (www.genealogybank.com: accessed 26 August 2017), E. Montoya & Sons. Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting papers in the Indian depredation claim of E. Montoya & Sons. January 18, 1890. -- Referred to the Committee on Indian Depredation Claims and ordered to be printed. Date: Saturday, January 18, 1890. Serial Set Vol. No. 2743. Report: H. Exec. Doc. 127.

Eutimio Montoya, Ricardo Pino & D. Apodaca testify on Socorro Grant

I found this little snippet in 23 August 1899 Santa Fe Daily New Mexican:

 
 

Source: "Santa Fe Daily New Mexican," database, Genealogy Bank (www.genealogybank.com: accessed 26 August 2017), "Eutimio Montoya, Ricardo Pino and D. Apodaca came to the capital....", p. 4.

Ricardo Pino was Eutimio Montoya's brother-in-law, and D. Apodaca is probably Donaciano Apodaca who was married to Eutimio's first cousin.

18th Century Laguna Baptisms, Marriages & Burials online FamilySearch.org

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V241-7ZX
Click on the photo above to visit the site
 
Today I was searching the FamilySearch.org website for a baptism for Jose Laguardo Padilla, the son of Juan Domingo Padilla and Juana Rita Baca. I found it listed in Microfilm # 16826. Since there is no direct link from this page to the actual image, I searched for the microfilm on the website and found this page:

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/369269?availability=Family%20History%20Library
Click on the photo above to visit the site

Notice the camera on the left hand corner. Click on that camera, and you will find microfilm # 16826 which includes images of baptisms, marriages and burials for Laguna, New Mexico - 1720s through 1776.

Since the index of this particular database is not yet tied to the images, I suggest browsing through the images until you find the correct image. I usually skip back and forth 10, 20, or 50 images until I get to the correct year, month and day. In order to make it a little bit easier, I've figured out the cut-off points for each type of record:

Baptisms begin on image #13 (1720 - 1776)
Marriages begin on image #103 (1720s - 1776)
Burials begin on image #154 (1727- 1776)

I hope this helps.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Original Nuestra Senora de Belen Church to be Excavated

Many of the original settlers of the Socorro Land Grant were baptized and married in the Nuestra Senora de Belen Church. Archaeologists will be excavating the location of the original Catholic Church. Read more about it and watch the video at this link.

Excavation planned to uncover Belen’s first Catholic church from 1700’s (KRQE)

http://krqe.com/2017/08/24/excavation-planned-to-uncover-belens-first-catholic-church-from-1700s/