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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Official Election Results - from 1912 - Socorro County, New Mexico

In honor of Election Day, I decided to post these official voting returns for Socorro County - from 1912. This election happened a few days after New Mexico became a state. A number of these men were descendants of Socorro founders, or married to said descendants.

Official Election Returns on County Officers

Socorro County - County Commissioners. First District: J. S. Baca 1888; Emil Kiehne 1591; Second District: Leandro Baca 1747; Leopoldo Contreras 1723; Third District: Benito Belarde 1803; Harvey Richards 1697.
Probate Judge: Misaias Baca 1945; John Greenwald 1548.
County Clerk: Edward Fortune 1816; E.H. Sweet 1655.
Sheriff: Emil James 1720; Henry Dreyfus 1674; John Martin 102; Jose L. Baca 1.
Assessor: A.B. Baca 1813; George E. Cook 1680.
Treasurer: Max H. Montoya 1893; Jose E. Torres 1570.
Superintendent of Schools: Benjamin Sanchez 1845; C.B. Sedillo 1637.
Surveyor - George King 1952; Rolla Russell 1553.

Source: "Official Election Returns on County Officers," announcement, Santa Fe New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 22 January 1912, election results for Socorro County offices; online archives ( : accessed 8 November 2016); Newspaper Archive website.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Brothers Candelario Garcia and Juan Jose Baca

The 10 March 1900 issue of "The Chieftain" (Socorro, New Mexico), had the following notice:

Probate Clerk H. G. Baca has appointed Juan Jose Baca and Candelario Garcia administrators of the estate of their mother, Guadaloupe (sic) T. de Baca, recently deceased.
This short article demonstrates the merging of two Socorro Land Grant families with another early Socorro family.

Maria Guadalupe Torres was the daughter of Santiago Torres and Maria Barbara Ortiz were residents of Belen. Santiago was recorded in the 1818 enumeration of Belen residents who contributed to the military campaign against the Navajos. This Torres family moved to Socorro between 2 October 1820 and 3 February 1824 when two of their children were baptized - one of Belen; the other in Socorro. Therefore, they are not original Socorro Land Grantees, but rather an early Socorro family.

Maria Guadalupe Torres first married Francisco Antonio Garcia on 23 February 1825 in Socorro. Francisco Antonio Garcia was the son of Francisco Xavier Garcia Jurado, one of Socorro Land Grant founders (Francisco Antonio's mother Maria Josefa Sanchez may have died before his father came to Socorro.) Francisco Antonio Garcia and Maria Guadalupe Torres were the parents of the aforementioned Candelario Garcia. They were also the parents of Juana Maria Garcia, my 3rd great-grandmother.

After Francisco Xavier Garcia Jurado's death, Maria Guadalupe Torres married Pedro Antonio Baca. He was the son of Socorro founders Juan Dionisio Baca and Maria Rita Pino. Pedro Antonio Baca was the father of Juan Jose Baca.

Both the Garcia and Baca families were very important defenders of the Socorro Land Grant, as this historical piece and obituary attest. (Click on the links to read the articles.) Finding this notice which confirms the blended Garcia, Torres and Baca families is a good find.

The Chieftain. (Socorro, N.M.) 1890-1901, March 10, 1900, Image 1.

Persistent link:


Robert J. C. Baca, "Early Settlers of the Socorro Land Grant: An 1818 List: Part I," New Mexico Genealogist, vol. 50 (September 2011): p. 117.

Robert J. C. Baca, "Maria Guadalupe Torres: One Woman's Life in Nineteenth Century Socorro", New Mexico Genealogist, 48 (June 2009), 78-85.