About 20 miles north of Socorro is a community known as La Joya. This area, also known as La Joya de Sevilleta, was part of the Sevilleta Land Grant, which was resettled in 1810, a few years before the Socorro Land Grant. As one of the land grants close to Socorro, I've done a little (very little) research on the area.
Recently, I happened upon a certain Padilla family that lived in La Joya in the early part of the 19th century. Since I identified a couple of Padilla men in the 1818 list of Socorro residents, and I myself am descended from Padilla families, I figured that it was important to try to find a connection between the family of Jose Antonio Padilla of La Joya and these particular families. Unfortunately, I have not found the connection since I can only go as far as Jose Antonio Padilla himself. Therefore, I ask for my readers' help in this matter.
Below is a family group sheet for Jose Antonio Padilla:
Below is a descendant chart for Jose Antonio Padilla going forward three generations.
Descendants of Jose Antonio Padilla
For more information about La Joya and the Sevillita Land Grant, check out these sources:
J.J. Bowden's "The Sevileta Grant"
Teresa Ramirez Alief Jose Gonzales and Patrica Black Esterly, New Mexico
Censuses of 1833 and 1845: Socorro and Surrounding Communities of the Rio
Abajo (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1994), p.xiii. Available for purchase from the New Mexico Genealogical Society's website.