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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Obituary for Elfego Baca's father, Francisco Baca y Belarde

The father of the famed  lawman/outlaw Elfego Baca, Jose Francisco Baca y Velarde, died on September 13, 1901, in San Marcial, NM. His obituary appeared in the Socorro, NM newspaper "The Chieftain" the next day. The obituary spells his last name incorrectly. Below is my transcription of the obituary:

Francisco Baca y Falarde Dead.

Francisco Baca y Falarde died in old town, San Marcial, yesterday. The remains will be buried tomorrow, Sunday, monrning at 8:30 o'clock. Short services will be conducted at the residence followed by regular services at the Midway Methodist church. All friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend. Deceased was the father of Hon. Elfego Baca of this city and A.B. Baca of San Marcial, who will have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their loss.


Anonymous, "Francisco Baca y Falarde Dead," obituary, The Socorro Chieftain (Socorro, New Mexico), 14 September 1901; online archives ( : accessed 27 December 1901).

To see the actual obituary and a 5 generation ancestor sheet for Jose Francisco Baca y Belarde that I created, click on this link.


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