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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/

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Felipe Peralta y M(artinez) and Tomas Cordova in newspaper article about La Joya Grant

In an earlier post today, I transcribed an article about the Socorro Land Grant that mentioned that among the people refusing to be part of a Socorro Land Grant lawsuit were land owners Felipe Peralta and Tomas Cordova. I found another article from 1893 that mentioned that Peralta & Cordova were claimants of the La Joya Land Grant. It may be that the claims for the Socorro Grant were infringing on their own claims for the La Joya Grant.

Below is my transcription of an article in the 27 July 1893 issue of the Santa Fe Daily New Mexican:

Messrs. Felipe Peralta y M. and Tomas Cordova, of La Joya, in Socorro county, are in the city as a commission on behalf of the claimants of the La Joya grant, which will come up before the court of private land claims at this term. They have brought several witnesses, among them Nicolas Mascarenas and Juan Y Maldonado, who have lived on the grant for over seventy years. Hon. T.B. Catron is the attorney for the grant. Several flourishing towns are located thereon and some fine bottom land in the Rio Grande valley is contained within its limits.

Source: "Santa Fe Daily New Mexican," database, Genealogy Bank (www.genealogybank.com: accessed 23 August 2017), "Messrs. Felipe Peralta M. & Tomas Cordova....", 27 July 1893, Volume 30, issue 135, p.1.

Eutimio Montoya Socorro Land Grant Case mentioned in newspaper

In 1899, The Albuquerque Citizen newspaper published the following article about Eutimio Montoya vs. the United States, one of three court cases that were presented over three decades to the Survey General and the Court of Private Land Claims, seeking confirmation of the Socorro Land Grant. This case made the largest claim, which was more than 800,000 acres. Ultimately, this case would be decided against the plaintiff Eutimio Montoya, and for the United States. In a separate case, Candelario Garcia claimed the standard Spanish four square leagues, centering on the San Miguel Church, and extending  a league in each cardinal direction. That claim were be approved and Candelario Garcia and City of Socorro would be administers of the grant.

Private Land Claims

The Socorro Case Will First be Taken up at this Term

The court of private land claims met Monday morning in the federal building at Santa Fe, but owing to the absence of the United States attorneys adjourned until to day (sic). The impression prevails that the court will be in session only a few days at Santa Fe, because the Tucson term gave the judges work for about two months, in writing opinions, they having rendered no decisions as yet in the San Rafael and other important land cases heard at Tucson.

The judges present are Chief Justice Joseph R. Reed, Judges Thomas C. Fuller, William W. Murray, Wilbur F. Stone. Judge Henry C. Sluss (?) will not attend the court. R. L. Hall, deputy United States marshal, James H. Reader, clerk, Ireneo L. Chaves, deputy clerk, and W.J. McPherson, stenographer of the court, were in attendance.

The first matter to be taken up by the court will be the Socorro town case, which is docketed as No. 127, Eutimio Montoya vs United States, filed February 27, 1893. The grant comprises 843,259.59 acres, although the plaintiffs claim considerable more.

In 1815 seventy families of Spanish subjects settled in what is now Socorro county, at the request and permission of the governor of the province of New Mexico. November 18, 1817, Xavier Garcia and Anselmo Tafoya, on behalf of themsleves and the seventy families, presented a petition to the governor and the captain general to make a grant of four square leagues of land on which the peititioner has settled. Such a grant was made and the alcalde of Belen commanded to make out the property certificate. This the alcalde negleted (sic) to do. The petitioners therefore on August 1, 1818, petitioned again and the proper documents were then made out, but afterwards lost or destroyed. December 2, 1845, Governor Manuel Armijo renewed the grant, and the papers drawn up at that time are in evidence in the case. The surveyor general of the territory in 1875 recommended that the grant be confirmed. The surveyor general in 1886 recommended that congress grant to original settlers and their descendants on the Socorro grant an equitable claim to the lands actually occupied and used for tillage and pastorage prior to February 2, 1848. Congress took no action on those recommendations. The survey in 1875 set the area of the grant at 841,259.50 acres but the plaintiff's claim that it should be greater. All claims and all owners to the land are such by permission and consent of the petitioners, excepting Wilson Waddingham, Martin B. Hayes, Felipe Peralta, and Tomas Cordoba who lay claim to certain portions of the grant. On the grant are situated the towns and settlements of San Antonio, Limitar (sic), San Lorenzo, Luis Lopez, Bosquesito and San Pedro. Judge Warren, C.B. Gildersleeve and George Hill Howard are the attorneys for the plaintiffs.

Source: "Albuquerque Citizen newspaper," database, Genealogy Bank (www.genealogybank.com: accessed 23 August 2017), "Private Land Claims: The Socorro Case Will First be Taken up at This Term".

For more history on the land grant, read "The Socorro Grant" on the New Mexico Office of State Historian website: http://dev.newmexicohistory.org/filedetails.php?fileID=24686

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Burial Record for Paola Torres de Zimmerly

Today I discovered the burial record for my 2nd great-grandmother Maria Pabla Torres de Zimmerly. The sacramental record shows her name as Paola.

According to an article about the Zimmerly family, she died on 23 July 1917. The burial record I found confirms a death date around that time, as she was buried the next day.

I found the record on FamilySearch. Below is screen shot of the image.


Source: "Microfilm # 16997, Church Records 1821-1956, Catholic Church. San Miguel (Socorro, New Mexico)," Family Search, FamilySearch.org (www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 August 2017), digital image, "burial record: Paola Torres de Zimmerly, 24 July 1917," image # 612.

Additional source: Author Anonymous, "Zimmerly Family in Socorro for 100 Years," El Defensor Chieftain (Socorro, New Mexico) (17 November 1966): page 1-E.

Burial Records for the San Miguel Church of Socorro, New Mexico, beginning in 1913, can be found starting on image #587. Below is a link to that first image of that burial book:

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQY-T9V7?i=586&cat=414524

Saturday, July 1, 2017

San Miguel de Socorro Church Records online


I found some more Socorro County sacramental records online. Specifically, I found baptism, marriage, burial and confirmation records for Socorro and San Marcial. Click on this link to view a catalog of microfilm images online.

What you will see is the list below:

(The images below are for illustrative purposes only, and do not link to any specific webpages.)


When you are there, you can click on the little magnifying glass icon to search for individual records. You can click on the camera icon to view the images. Those icons look like the images below:
Now, the search function and images are not synchronized. Therefore, you can't click from the search results to see the images. However, there is a way to find the records you want. First, search for the name, such as what I did here with Maria Clara Torres. Notice it says "No image available".  Notice that the Christening Date is 15 Sep 1826.
 
 
Then go back to the  list of collections, and click on the image icon for that collection.

Since the records for this collection begin in 1821, I can assume that the record will be early on. Therefore, I will search the first few images. If I were looking for a record in the 1840s, I would search further into the collection. You will need to be able to read dates in Spanish to find the date you are looking for.

I was able to find Maria Clara's baptismal record on image #47. Notice that it has her name in the left hand margin of the page.


A closer view of the record shows the date "el dia quince del mes de Setiembre (sic) de mil ochocientos viente y seis", or in English "the 15th day of September 1826". If you don't read Spanish, you can learn it easily enough. Beginning Spanish textbooks often start with numbers and dates, and there are probably instructional websites online.

La Joya Marriage and Burial Records online

FamilySearch now has online "La Joya (Our Lady of Sorrows) Marriages 1872-1956 and Deaths 1872-1956", Catholic Church sacramental records, FHL microfilm # 16825. These records are not indexed, but it is worth going through these frames if you are searching for ancestors in the area. You may even be able to find some Socorro folk.  The records begin at this link: https://familysearch.org/search/film/008133006?cat=369163.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial: Ignacio Baca - POW, World War II

I've written about my maternal grandfather's cousin PFC Ignacio Baca in a previous post. He was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines, forced to march in what is now known as the Bataan Death March, became a prisoner of war in camp in Manchuria, and died in that prisoner of war camp. He is recognized by the Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico.

Recently, I found a few records that pertain to his capture, death and burial. I've downloaded them on to my Evernote database, and share them with you here.

* In April 1943, the El Paso Herald Post published a list of soldiers from the Southwest who were captured by the Japanese. Click here to read the article.

* In June of the same year, the same newspaper announced that PFC Ignacio Baca, the son of Serito Baca, had died of an unspecified disease. Click here to read the article.

*  In 1947, the Albuquerque Journal announced that PFC Ignacio Baca was among the first war dead whose body was returned by the Japanese. Click here to read the article.

* Lastly, I found an application for Ignacio's tombstone on the Fold3 website. Click here to see the document.

All citations are provided in the links.

Lastly, I wish to share Ignacio's tombstone as it is shown on the Find a Grave website. Click here to view.






Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Few Coincidences: The Torres Family


Recently, I’ve been researching a particular Torres family in Socorro. Specifically, the descendants of Agustin Torres and Felipa Baca. Independently of these research needs, I purchased a book titled “Santa BarbaraCemetery: Albuquerque, New Mexico”.  At least I thought it was independent of those needs.
Today I was in the Albuquerque Genealogy Library where I came across the authors of the above-mentioned book. I told Cheril that I had purchased the book, and she went to the shelves and brought out a copy. We began going through it, when I remembered that there was a particular family that I found at the cemetery when I visited it last years.

Getudres Zimmerly, the sister of my great-grandfather Estevan Zimmerly (not to confused with Estevan’s daughter of the same name) was married to Herminio Torres, her first cousin. This couple is buried in the cemetery, although not together. However, Getrudes is buried next to her adult son Ernest Torres. We found the entries for this family in the book, and was I able to give Cheril and her co-author Nancy some more information about this family. I mentioned that I did not know if Ernest had been married or not, and Cheril suggested that I look up his death certificate and obituary on the genealogy library’s LAN system. Well, I found his death certificates and four separate obituaries. I now know his wife’s name was Suzanne, he had a daughter named Edna Lois Torres and that his three sisters were married to M.A. Pino, John F. Ulivari (Ulibarri) and J.R. DeArmond. Although I don’t know which sister goes with which husband, I at least have a few leads for the family.

Below are links to my Evernote captures of the four obituaries and death certificate:

·         Ernesto Torres obituaries

·         Ernest Torres’ death certificate

Here is also a short genealogy of the family:

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Index: Socorro County Marriages 1885-1907, 1911. Images 41-60

Below is an index of Socorro County Marriages as recorded in the Socorro County Courthouse, from the periods of 1885-1907 and 1911. These are images 41-60. These specific records are for the years 1888-1891. You can view the images yourself  by clicking on the link below.

You can find this database on the FamilySearch website at this link:

Source:
"New Mexico, County Marriages, 1885-1954," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-L1SL-9MNB?cc=2110325&wc=SL34-YWP%3A361659601%2C361659502 : 18 December 2014), Socorro > image 1 of 173; State archives and county courthouses, New Mexico.


Image 41
A.M. Wylam; Georgia Wonnendorf
K.J. Ludke; Molie Modyandair
P.H. Donally; L.E. Ledfaid
John Koen Hunter; Rebeca Jane Stephens
Kenny Keerman; Lady Hyde
Merritt E. Feid; Olive F. Ohlhansen
P.C. Mills; Katie Cloe Fuller

Image 42
Louis R Whitemore; Katie Wilton (Hilton?)
John M. Rome; Mary A. Andrews
George Starring; Sarah Gregg
Frank Evans; Mamie Harrison

Image 43
John Davis; Martha Emerson
Fred Golden; Lucy Davis
Stephen McCommes; Jennie Swafford
Robert Harper; Mary Alice Jenkins
Donald Stewart; Mary Arnot
Jesus Orange; Veneranda Venabedez
(Benavidez) - This record is in Spanish.
Gabriel Taylor; Martina Chicona

Image 44
Walter R. Browne; Dulcena E. Simms
John S. Brown; Millie Johnston
Alex Elsie; Elizabeth Russell
John H. Woods; Alice Johnson
Antonio MaqueƱo; Candelario Pino (record
in Spanish.)
William Abbott; Nellie E. McInbeen
Jerome Wardworth; Eulalia Grassetete

Image 45
Duplicate of image 44.

Image 46
S.G. Hanna; Minerva Beedle
Edward Leonard; Williametta Bishop
George Belcher; Maudie Smith
William Clark Baldwin; Jermina Jane Adair
James Luming; Mamie Cunningham
Hiram F. Marsh; Sarah Jane Smith
Charles M. Hill; Marsella Walls

Image 47
Duplicate of Image 46

Image 48
Ernest J. Ettreim; Effie Oliver
Charles Isbell; Levanda Sanders
Robert Carter; Lucy Davis
Abel Alderete; Leonora Velasquez
B. Kemp; Wealthy Cox
Charles McCarty; Edna Jones
Jesus Baca; Petra Tafoya (record in
Spanish)

Image 49
C.T. Brown; Annie M. Kornitzer
Delmer L. Hildreth; Lydia Desney
Susano Tenorio; Martina Salazar
Jose Epanoso; Maria Chavez
Ben Wilton; Georgia McHenry

Image 50
Frank Tatti; Mariana Delmue
Miguel Gonzales; Juana Maria Sandoval  
Jas. (James?) B. Allen; Katie Smith
Donald Walker; Lena Daar

Image 51
John James; Mary Law McKinley
Adna Lamson; Antoinette Ferm Moore
Adolf C. Laffont; Claudie M. Rice
Ambrose Serna; Matina Romera (Romero)
Frank Smith; Alice Ashby
Thomas R. Young; Mary E. Mullen
George M. Hill; Florence S. Duncan

Image 52
Walter E. Reeves; Margrette Bush
George Gordon; Teofila Savathio

"1889 - 1890
"Record of Marriages, solemnized at St.
Michael's Church, (San Miguel) Socorro,
N.M. and elsewhere by Revs. Fr's Lestra &
T.P. O'Keefe"

February 10
Precopio Alderete; Feliciana Varellas
February 11
Epifanio Gonzales; Maria Samora
Juan Adril; Domitilia Gonzales
Monica Griego; Trinidad Alderete
March 5:
Hilario Gonzales; Maria Bourguignon

1890
January 7
Maximo Urtiaga; Lucia Gonzales
Benito Valenzuela; Maria R. Peralta
Antonio Chavez; Merenciana Baldonado
Rafael Otero; Maria G. Jaramillo
Nestor Gonzales; Flora Baca
January 8
Mecedorio Martin; Maria P. Ramirez
February 3
Eugenio Abeyta; Josefa Ramirez
Candido Fajardo; Laura Padia (Padilla)
February 10
Antonio Aragon; Epimenia Lairda
February 11
Espiridion Gurule; Domitilia Gomez
February 28
Pablo Lopez; Elogia Morena
March 11
Julio Jacques; Vitalia Sanchez
March 12
Jose R. Trujillo; Luisa Montano
Andres Sanchez; Madelena Tafolla (Tafoya)
March 11 (sic)
Abel Alderete; Eleonar Beltran
April 14
James McBride; Sileria Sedillo
April 17
Elesar Baca; Rosa Telles
April 28
Juan Chavez; Bersabe Baca
April 29
J. Leandro Baca; Maria A. Padia (Padilla)
April 27 (sic)
Francisco Padilla; Figenia Sailles
May 5
Jesus Ma (Maria) Lopez; Rosaura Cordova
May 19
Daniel Torres; Mariana Pino
Atanacio Barrera; Isabel Escalante
May 23
Estanislado Sanchez; Juana Dias
May 31
epimenio Gil; Roumaldo Gavaldon
June 21
Boleslo Pino; Teresa Pino
June 23
Eubesbio Olguing; Porfiria Torres
July 22
Juan N. Gallegos; Annie Adelman

Image 53
(continued from previous page)
August 2
Alejandro Gonzales; Eudocia Maes
August 4
Pantaleon Apodaca; Manuela Urtado
August 14
Francisco Vigil; Antonia Armijo
Jose Jacques: Josefa Esquivel
August 16
Juan Padilla; Gregorio (Gregoria)
Gonzales
"Rev. T. P. O'Keefe
St. Michael's church
Socorro, N.M."

W.K. Sanders; Mattie Baker
John Morgan Sanders; Ellonora Mickley
Jas. (James?) J. Roby; Mammie Fletcher
Elijah M. Hartzog; Mamie A. Carmichael
Jesus Chavez; Emilia Madrid

Image 54
"January 1st 1891 A.D.
"Marriages solmenized in the Parish of
Saint Michael (San Miguel) of Socorro,
since August 1890 under the Rectorship of
Rev. Anthony Fardeger - Rector and
Pastor"
Abran Alvarez; Tomaara Vigil
Juan Nieto; Carlota Baca
Jose Leyva; Benita Padilla
Gregorio Griego; Juliana Lucero
Juan J. McIntyre; Annie May Moore
Pablo Wigham; Rosaura Ortega
Domingo Baca; Teresa Griego
Adolfo Gavaldon; Juanita Garcia
Seferino Bustos; Eloiza Benaucia
Jesus Pino; Rosaura Padilla
Amado Bargas; Carmelita Garcia
Damian Baca; Jesusita Vigil
Leanddro Martines; Carmera Garcia
Julia Giron; Teresita Samora
Julian Torres; Delfina Sanchez
Panifilio Delfin; Amada Nieto
Trausito Griego; Ana Felicita Salcido

Image 55
(continued from image 54)
Pedro Vigil; Maria Baca
Jose Leon Benavides; Juliana Baca
Crecencio Huizo; Manuela Castro
Jose Lopez; Teresita Sanchez
Ethan McCuistion; Mary Gordon
"In faith of all these I sign
"Rev. Anthony Fourchigu, Pastor and
Rector of Saint Michael's Church of
Socorro, N.M."

Arthur Goebel; Emma Brockman (record in
Spanish.)
H.T. Maybery; Mary Patterson
(The marriage record below begins on image 55, and ends on
image 56)
William T. Williams; Ida Dindy

Image 56
Bill Roagers (sic); Olive Mangrum
John T. Jones; Lorenza Padilla
James Keenan; Nellie Gorman
Ignacio Duran; Guadalupe Baca

Image 57
Edward D. Ingraham; Jennie Boyce
Newman Brown; Gladys M. Earl
Walter W. Coplan; Sarah H. Earl
John G. Cox; Ada A. Shaffer
Wm (William) Hockett; Agnes Otto

Image 58
Jose De La Cruse (Jose de la Cruz) Lopez;
Nestora Chavez
Julio Grado; Nestora Peralta (record in
Spanish)
Anton Mayer; Annie Lundy
The following entries were performed in
San Miguel Catholic Church:
Frank Willonghby; Laura Clough
Nestor Abeyta; Francisca Gonzales
Ramon Gonzales; Beatriz Gonzales
Abran Dreijo; Rosaura Analla (Anaya)
(This record continues onto image 59)

Image 59
(contining San Miguel Church marriages
from image 58)
Porfirio Montoya; Anita Garcia
Zenobio Lopez; Emerenciana Valenzuela
Polidoro Olguin; Domitilla Escamias
Matias Romero; Domitila Giron
Segundo Gomes; Victoriana Apodaca
Nepomuceno Garcia; Avelina Nunez
Jose Reuben Barela; Maria Salazar
Rocindo Gomez; Barsabe Moya
Jose Montoya; Maria Elijia Bustos
Jose Baca; Isabel Analla
Epitacio Torres; Tomasa Rivas
Manuel Montoya; Raymunda Martinez
Barnabal Ortega; Juanita Garcia
Elfas Chavez; Emilia Aragon

Image 60
(continuing San Miguel Church marriages
from images 58 & 59)
Jenaro Melero; Lucaria Montoya
Igancio Duran; Guadalupe Baca (apparently
this is the same couple as the couple on
image 56. It appears that they were
married by the justice of the peace on 20
March 1891, and then by the Catholic
Church on 1 May 1891.)
Joseph Page; Jennie Corran
Pilar Salas; Librada Ruiz
Teodoro Apodaca; Valentina Griego
"Rev. Anthony Fourchigro, Pastor and
Rector of Saint Michael's Church of
Socorro.
July 1, 1891"
(End of San Miguel records)

James J. House; Nellie O. Williams
Miguel Montana (Montano); Paula Mus (sic)
Daniel S. Witmer; Rebecca Jane Only




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Three indexes on Socorro County Marriages, 1885-1913

On Thursday, I blogged about Family Search's (relatively) new collection of databases on New Mexico County Marriages, 1885-1954 (LINK.) This collection is of marriages recorded in the Sandoval, Socorro and Valencia county courthouses. These are actual images of entries and certificates.

Yesterday, I received a request from a friend asking if I could find a marriage record for her grandparents. She knew her grandparents had been married in Magdalena (Socorro County), but she was unsure of the date. She thought that they may have been married in 1910. I found their marriage record in January 1908. The record did not included their parents names (she already had them), but it did include their birthdates. Now any good genealogist will tell you that a birthdate mentioned in a marriage record is not a primary source - primary sources are created soon after the event occurs, and marriages take place many years after a person's birth - but it is at least a good "clue" to the actual birthdate of a person, if not the actual birthdate itself. I would suggest searching for a baptismal record or a birth certificate (if it exists) for that person to confirm birthdates.

I was able to find this record only because I was able to find a second index in one of the databases. Socorro County Marriages 1885-1913, Vols. 1-3 actually has THREE indexes, as it has three volumes (LINK.) The indexes are somewhat in alphabetical order, as in they are categorized by first letter. However, since they were indexed at the same time that the entries were made, the alphabetical order within the letter groupings is mixed up. It's easy enough to read through, though, as their is usually not more than one letter group per image.

* Volume One - The index is on images 6 through 31. The entries begin on image 32.
* Volume Two - The index is on images 181 through 195. The entries begin immediately on image 195.
* Volume Three - The index is on images 467 through 490. The entries begin on image 491.

It's important to realize that the index are for page numbers and NOT image numbers. The pages are on the top of the images, and there are usually two pages per image. You'll have to browse through the database to find the exact page you are looking for.

Happy Hunting!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Index: Socorro County Marriages 1885-1907, 1911. Frames 1-40

Below is an index of Socorro County Marriages as recorded in the Socorro County Courthouse, from the periods of 1885-1907 and 1911. I've indexed the first 40 frames. I made no attempt to record dates or other information, just the names of the married couples. These specific records are for the years 1885-1888. You can view the images yourself  by clicking on the link below.

You can find this database on the FamilySearch website at this link:

Source:
"New Mexico, County Marriages, 1885-1954," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-L1SL-9MNB?cc=2110325&wc=SL34-YWP%3A361659601%2C361659502 : 18 December 2014), Socorro > image 1 of 173; State archives and county courthouses, New Mexico.

Image 1 - Title

Image 2 - Cover

Images 3-28 - Index

Image 29:
John Willis; Mattie Hancock
John North; Sarah J. Moore
Oscar T. Beyers; Minni Krouse

Image 30:
Benjamin Bishop; Annie Smith
Rev. J.D. Bush; E.M. Neal
Rev. P.D. Schultz; Allie Erwin
John G. Cox; Ada A. Schaffer
John Long; Sophia Russell
Francisco Vigil; Ennofria Mes

Image 31
John Mulgrave; Josie Rourk
James N. Leighton; Elizabeth Chadwick
Walter E. Locke; Anna Merrill
Albert A. Potter; Agnes Meader
Wallis E. Leonard; Nettie M. McColbough
Cornelius Burk; Flora Madden
Amos Green; Josefita Montoya
Francis M. Hill; Sarah R. Walson

Image 32
Guadalupe Lopes; Culasa Garcia
Teofilio Jaramillo; Soledaca Trijeca
William R. Jones; Mary L. Walker
Joseph E. Smith; Myscie Driver
N.W. Russell; Ada McClellan
Horace (?) Russell; Maggie May Coles
William Carson; Josephine Balie
John Suren; Williamina Lingmeyer

Image 33
Clark Minor; Jeanie Russell
John R. Hewit; Lelitia Maxwell
Samuel Lucas; Laura May Lewelling
Charles Scott; Sallie Koutz
Giovani Biavaschi; Ellojia Martinez
John P. McMurray; Annie Marie Donnally
William Hanway; Jessie Pennie

Image 34
Thomas Ashton; Mattie A. Hutchinss
Charles Sperling; Caroline E. Daubug
Oliver B. Bishop; Susie Sone
Albert M. Turner; Sallie Eubank
Frederick Ladener; Emma Amelia Rich
Elmer H. Gleason; Viola Smith

Image 35
George W. Featherston; Nacy A. Pickens
John Coffey; Sarah Brown
George Carson; Katie Lynch
C.N. Bertrand; Lula Smith
John Glen; Nancy A. Michham
Teofolo Baca; Elia Salazar
Teofilo Jaramillo;Soledad Trijeque (see
Teofilio Jaramillo; Soledaca Trijeca,
above)

Image 36
George Partidge; Barbara Mason
Rev. Dana W. Bartlett; Mattie B.
McCullough
Charles Hammond; Elizabeth Westlake
Max H. Koch; Alice Walter

Image 37
C.N. Bertrand; Lula Smith
John Glen; Nancy Wichham
(The previous two marriages are also on
image 35)
Vicente Rodrigues; Bonifacia Chavez
R.W. Moore; Lesla Thompson
Romane Centela; Andrea Samora
Elejah J. Marten; Cynthia Jane Haynes

Image 38
Daniel Bliss; Fannie Janes White
E.G. Davidson; S.C. Wilson
Mauro Cardizaro; Margarita Romero
William B. May; L.C. Steen
J.B. Stevenson; Laura Steen
Thomas Clark; Ysabella Struthers
Simon Stern; Tillie Price

Image 39
Henry R. Harris; Mary E. McCutchen
Robert L. Modie; Gertrude Olson
George E. Christilaw; Ada Cox
James A. Randolph; M.E. Hale

Image 40
Addison Barker; Ada A. Thomson
John M. Pecktal; Cynthia Orwig
Banyan B. Payne; Julia A. Buh
Wallace LeBarron; Melissa D. Bain
Charles Caldwell; Queenie v. Sparks

Thursday, April 13, 2017

New Mexico County Marriages, 1885-1954 - FamilySearch.org

For anyone looking for late 19th Century through mid 20th Century marriage records in Sandoval, Socorro or Valencia Counties, there is a (relatively) new resource online. FamilySearch.org has added a collection "New Mexico, County Marriages, 1885-1954". These databases have images of marriage records from the state archives and county courthouses. It is not a searchable database; you will have to browse through the collection. However, in at least in a few of the databases, there are indexes in the first few images.

Click on this link read the description of this collection. Click on the link on that page to browse through the images.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

List of Socorro County Republican delegates, 1906

Prior to statehood, and a couple of decades afterwards, Republicans held the majority in New Mexico. Most of delegates to the 1911 New Mexico Constitutional Convention were Republican; all of Hispanic delegates were Republican. It wouldn't be until Dennis Chavez was elected to the U.S. Senate, Franklin Roosevelt became president, and the New Deal began to affect New Mexico that the majority of voters in New Mexico switched from Republican to Democrat.

Socorro County, like many counties in New Mexico, was dominated by the Republican Party. Many Hispanics were in the leadership of the Socorro County Republican Party, including my second great-grandfather Jose Epitacio Torres. The 15 September 1906 issue of "The Socorro Chieftain listed Jose E. Torres as the county's Chairman of the Republican Central Committee.

The image below is a list a delegates to the Socorro County Convention. The delegates include the following men:

Jose E. Torres
Lorenzo M. Vigil
Jose E. Montoya
Jose D. Carrillo
Abran Baca
Serafin Lucero
Jose M. Lopez
Rafael Mendoza
Thos.(Thomas) F. Cooney
F. H. Gregg
William Gardiner
A.B. Baca
Pablo Trujillo
Chas. (Charles) Eaton
Domingo Baca
David Giron
Al Strozzi
W.E. Manning
George P. Williams
Telesfor Gabaldon
Pablo Y. Trujillo
Manuel Gabaldon
C.T. Brown
Julian Montoya
Edward Tafoya
Serobabel Chavez
Alejo (Alejandro) Gurule
C.H. Ehmendorf
Rafael Lopez
Pablo Armijo
Manuel S. Pino
Luciano Tafoya
J.K.P. May
Wm. (William) H. Antrim
Estevan Contreras
B. C. Raynolds
D.B. Sorrels
J. Peralta y Cisneros
Genovevo Padilla
Juan Silva
Donaciano Gabaldon
Jose Baca y Sedillo
Henry Martin
A.A. Sedillo




These delegates were to attend the Socorro convention, and elect 11 delegates who were attend the state convention in Las Vegas, New Mexico, on 29 September.

The results of the Socorro County Republican Convention can be read on the Chronicling America website here (click on link.) The convention favored joint statehood. Joint statehood was an idea of annexing New Mexico and Arizona into the United States as one state. Obviously, that did not happen, but statehood had eluded New Mexicans for over 50 years by this point and many believed that this was the only way that New Mexico could achieve statehood.


Sources:
"Call for Republican Convention: Socorro County, New Mexico", The Socorro chieftain. (Socorro, N.M.), 15 Sept. 1906. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86090503/1906-09-15/ed-1/seq-1/>. Accessed 8 April 2017

"Republicans Convene", The Socorro chieftain. (Socorro, N.M.), 29 Sept. 1906. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86090503/1906-09-29/ed-1/seq-1/>. Accessed 8 April 2017.

"New Mexico's Statehood: 100 Years of Enchantment", New Mexico Office of State Historian website, https://newmexicohistory.org/centennial/Statehood/Timeline.html. Accessed 8 April 2017.






Friday, March 10, 2017

World War II Draft Cards for New Mexico Zimmerly cousins

The Fold3 website is currently adding World War II draft cards to their database. I found in this database draft cards for certain Zimmerly cousins. In New Mexico, their appears to be only one Zimmerly family: those who were descendants of Samuel J. Zimmerly, Civil War Union soldier. The men listed below are grandsons or great grandsons of Samuel Zimmerly. You can find them on the Fold3 website in alphabetical order beginning with this link for my great-uncle Albert Zimmerly's draft card. You can toggle through the cards by using the arrows on the site. Each card has a back side which is shown on a separate subsequent image. You may need a subscription to the website to see the complete cards. I have free access to Fold3 through the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Genealogy Center's website.

If you are unable to view these cards online and you want to see any of them, I can email you a copy of the card. My email address is on this blog.

Albert Zimmerly, Jose Maximiano Zimmerly, and Steve D. Zimmerly were the children of Estevan Zimmerly and Delfina Torres. Estevan Zimmerly was the youngest son of Samuel J. Zimmerly. Estevan was my great-grandfather, and his sons were my great-uncles.

Benito Zimmerly was the son of Juan Jose Zimmerly and Isabel Torres. Juan Jose was the eldest son of Samuel J. Zimmerly.

Benjamin *Franklin* Zimmerly, Charles Ernest Zimmerly, Joseph Louis Zimmerly and the younger Samuel James Zimmerly were all sons of Ricardo Zimmerly and Eloisa Stackpole. Ricardo Zimmerly the middle son of the elder Samuel J. Zimmerly.

Justine (or Justin) Zimmerly was the son of Samuel T. Zimmerly and Juanita Torres. Samuel T. Zimmerly was the son of Juan Jose Zimmerly and Isabel Torres. Therefore, Justine Zimmerly was the nephew of Benito Zimmerly.

There are undoubtedly other descendants of Samuel J. Zimmerly who also filled out draft cards. Samuel Zimmerly had three daughters who had children. However, I wanted to just focus on in this post the Zimmerly surname and not any other surnames of other Zimmerly descendants.

Below are my transcriptions of the Zimmerly draft cards. I recommend that anyone interested in these names do your own research. There may be transcription errors and other information that I did not include that are on the cards. Also, I've noticed some discrepancies on the cards regarding birthdates that don't match information that I have from other sources. Remember, these cards are not considered "primary sources" for birthdates as they were written decades after the person was born.

 
Albert Zimmerly of Socorro, New Mexico, born 10 December 1924 in San Antonio, NM, 18 years old. Person who will always know his address: his mother, Mrs. Adelfina T. Zimmerly. His employer: (his brother-in-law) Santiago Baca (my maternal grandfather.) Race: White. He was 5'6" tall, 117 lbs, brown eyes, black hair, light complexion. No obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification. The registrar was his sister Ida M. Zimmerly. Registrar No. 1 for Socorro, NM. Date of registration 28 December 1942.

Fold3 Image - 539260646

Benito Zimmerly of Socorro, 35 years old, born 9/8/1905 in Socorro, NM, name of person who will always know his address: Mrs. Emilia P. Zimmerly, his wife. Address: Socorro, NM. Employer's Name: WPA Project. Place of employment: Las Cruces, Dona Anna (sic), NM. Race: White. Height and weight not recorded. Brown eyes, brown hair, dark complexion. No obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification. Registrar: B.J. Vigil, Registrar 1 of Socorro, NM. Date of registration: 16 October 1940.
Benjamin Zimmerly of Socorro, NM. 30 years old, born 20 July 1910 in Socorro. Name of person who will always know your address: Mr. Richard M. Zimmerly, his father. Employer's name: Riley M. Edwards. Employed in Socorro, NM. Race: White. Height: 5'7", weight 138 lbs. Brown eyes, black hair, ruddy complexion. No other obvious physical characteristic that will aid in identification. Registrar: Max Gallegos, registrar 1 of Socorro, NM. Date of registration: 16 October 1940.
Charles Ernest Zimmerly of Socorro, NM. 34 years old. Born 7 November 1905 in Socorro, NM. Name of person who will always know his address: Mr. Richard M. Zimmerly, his father. Address: Socorro, NM. Employer's name: A.T. & S.F. (Railroad), place of employment: Socorro, NM. Race: White, height 5'9 1/2", 160 lbs, hazel eyes, black hair, light complexion. No other obvious characteristics that will aid in identification. Registrar: Max Gallegos, registrar no. 1 of Socorro, NM. Date of registration: 16 October 1940.
Jose Maximiliano Zimmerly, place of residence: Mt. Carmel Ave., Socorro, NM. 20 years old. Born 8 March 1922 in San Antonio, NM. Named of person who will always know your address: Mrs. Delfina Torres Zimmerly (his mother.) Employer: (his brother-in-law) Santiago Baca. Place of employment: La Bajada Grocery, Socorro, NM. He signed his card as "J. Max Zimmerly". Race: White. Height: 6' 2". Weight: 157 lbs. Brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion. No other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification. Registrar: Nellie A. Tallmadge (?.) Registrar No. 1 of Socorro, NM. Date of registration: 30 June 1942.
Joseph Louis Zimmerly. Address: Rt. 4 Box 546, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, NM. 39 years, 4 months, 9 days old. Date of birth: 7 October 1902 in Socorro, NM. Name and address of person who will always know your address: O.S. Parrish, Las Vegas, NM, At & SF Rr. Employer: AT & SF Rr. Place of employment or business: Telegraphic clerk (sic) Bernalillo, Sandoval County, NM. Race: White. Height: 5' 11 1/2". Weight: 162 lbs. Brown eyes, brown hair dark complexion. Registrar's name is hard to read. Registrar No. 4 of Albuquerque, NM. Date of registration: 16 February 1942.
Justine Zimmerly, address: 711 S. 7th Albuquerque, NM. 20 years old. Born 1 August 1922 in Albuquerque, NM. Named and address of person who will always know your address: Jennie Zimmerly (this may be his mother Juanita), 711 S. 7th, Albuquerque, NM. Employer's name: Junk (sic.) Place of Employment or Business: E.N. York, Albuquerque, NM. Race: White. Height: 5'8". Weight: 165 lbs. Brown eyes, brown hair, dark complexion. No other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification. Registration: Mrs. Homer Lawrence, registrar no. 2, Albuquerque, NM. Date of registration: 16 February 1942.
Samuel James Zimmerly, place of residence: Socorro, NM, 41 years old, born 30 December 1900 in Socorro, NM. Named and address of person who will always know your address: Mrs. Felice A. Zimmerly (his wife) or RM Zimmerly (his father), Socorro, NM. Race: White. Height: 5'11". Weight: 185 lbs. Brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion. Registrar: Mrs. Henry Del Curto (his sister Alice (Zimmerly) Del Curto.) Registrar No. 1, Socorro, NM. Date of registration: 16 February 1942.
Steve D. Zimmerly of Socorro, NM. 23 years old, born 7 April 1917 in Socorro, NM. Name of person who will always know your address: Mrs. Steve D. Zimmerly, his wife. Address: Socorro, NM. Employer's Name: New Mexico Public Service Co., Socorro, NM. Race: White. Height: 5'9 1/2". Weight: 140 lbs. Brown eyes, black hair, light brown complexion. Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification: little scar on left wrist. Registrar: Julius L. Fraissanet. Registrar no. 1, 24th ward, Socorro, NM. Date of registration: 16 October 1940.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Obituary Gertrudes (Zimmerly) Torres, wife of Herminio Torres

I found the obituary for Gertrudes (Zimmerly) Torres, the wife of Herminio Torres,  in the 7 September 1920 issue of the Albuquerque Morning Journal. The newspaper erroneously lists her as Gertrudes Torres Zimmerly, which would indicate that her maiden name would have been Torres, rather than Zimmerly. Gertrudes was the daughter of Samuel Zimmerly and Maria Pabla Torres, and a sister of my great-grandfather Estevan Zimmerly.

ZIMMERLY - Mrs. Gertrudes Torres Zimmerly, 48 years old, died yesterday at her home 313 West Hazeldine avenue. She is survived by a son, two daughters and her husband. Funeral arrangements will be made today. The body was taken to Crollott's funeral parlors.


Link to the obituary.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

1908: Tragic Deaths Near Burley, New Mexico

In January and February of 1908, "The Socorro Chieftain" announced the deaths of four children Juan A. Baca and Bonifacia Castillo de Baca. One of the daughters was married. Their other children were a teenage boy, a five year old girl, and an infant.  They were all living near Burley, New Mexico, on Jose Chavez y Baca's ranch. All of the children were buried at a cemetery at the ranch.

Burley, New Mexico, was in the northwest corner of Socorro County, south of the Rio Salado, 15 miles west of Puertocito.

Source: Robert Julyan, The Place Names of New Mexico: Revised Edition (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998), p. 52.

Benito C. Baca Dead.

Juan A. Baca, a prominent citizen of the county residing at Burley, announces the death of his son, Benito C. Baca, after an illness of only two days at the family home on New Year's day at the age of fourteen years. The remains were laid to rest on the afternoon of January 3 in the cemetery on the ranch of Don Jose Chavez y Baca. The Chieftain united with the many other friends of the bereaved parents, Don Juan A. Baca and Dona Bonifacia Castillo de Baca, in expressions of heartfelt sympathy in their terrible loss.

Source: Anonymous, "Benito C. Baca Dead," obituary, The Socorro Chieftain (Socorro, New Mexico), 18 January 1908; online archives (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 27 December 2015).

Death's Harvest.

Don Juan A. Baca and wife, Dona Bonifacia Castillo de Baca, announce the death of their daughter, Trinidad Baca, on the 19th instant at the age of five years and of their infant daughter Petrita on the 21st instant at the age of nine months. The remains of both children are laid to rest in the cemetery of the ranch of Don Jose Chavez y Baca near Burley beside those of a younger brother who died on a few days before. Mr. and Mrs. Baca will have the keen sympathy of all to whom acknowledge of their terrible bereavement may come.
Source: "Death's Harvest," obituary, The Socorro Chieftain (Socorro, New  Mexico), 1 February 1908, death of Trinidad Baca (5 years old),  and Petrita Baca (9 months old); online archives  (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 21 March 2016).

Mrs. Vitorino Baca Dead.

Don Juan A. Baca of Burley writes the Chieftain of the fourth death which has occured in the family of himself and wife, Dona Bonifacia Castillo de Baca, within a short time. Their daughter, Felipita Baca, wife of Don Vitorino Lopez, died on the eighth instant at the age of 20 years, leaving her husband and infant son to mourn her loss. The remains were given burial last Sunday in the cemetery of the ranch of Don Jose Chavez y Baca, where three younger members of same family had been laid to rest only a short time before. The Chieftain extends heartfelt sympathy to the surviving members of the family so terribly bereaved.
Source: Anonymous, "Mrs. Vitorino Baca Dead," obituary, The Socorro Chieftain (Socorro, New Mexico), 15 February 1908; online archives (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 27 December 2015).




Saturday, January 21, 2017

Socorro County Delayed Birth Records, 1867 - 1885

Over a decade ago I posted to the Socorro County USGenWeb website a list of Delayed Birth Records for specific Socorro County residents born in the county between 1867 - 1885. Delayed Birth Records are types of official birth certificates issued to individuals when they were adults. This was done because a person would have requested to have a birth certificate for some official need, and would have been backed up by a baptismal record and affidavits.

Although I transcribed these records, I don't want to post the list on this site because they are copyrighted by USGenWeb. However, you can view the list at this link.