Monday, January 26, 2015

Juan Antonio Tafoya - enlistment 1740



Juan Antonio Tafolla, son of Antonio Tafolla and Maria Rosa Godines, native of this villa of Santa Fe, occupation of farmer, height of 5’3”, age of 19 years, religion CAPR (Roman Catholic), black hair, pockmarked, black eyebrows, fair skinned.  He fills the position for an unlimited time in this royal presidio of the villa of Santa Fe on this 12th day of August 1740.  He was read the penalties called for in the ordinance… having been advised that this is the explanation (justification), and no excuse whatsoever will be accepted from him; not knowing how to sign, he made the sign of the cross. Those being witnesses are the Sergeants Antonio Guerrero and Pablo Sandoval.  Signed Juan Bautista de Anza.

 Margin:  The subject was authorized pursuant to his rank, because of his advanced age and other ailments this 8th day of April 1779; by me and signed the Señor Commandant General of this garrison and granted him retirement.  Signed Anza.

He qualifies for the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Reference:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series II, Reel 21, Frame 742 ©Henrietta Martinez Christmas

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Soldier, Salvador Duran - enlistment 1732



Salvador Duran, son of Sevastian and Ana Martin, a native of the villa Nueva de Santa Cruz, government of New Mexico, named his occupation as a carpenter, his height as 5'2" tall, age of 22 years, his religion as C. A. P. Roman (Roman Catholic), brown hair, dark eyes, swarthy skin, large nose and black eyebrows. He fills the position for an unlimited time in the royal presidio of the villa of Santa Fe, the 20th of October 1732 in place of Joseph Romero and he was read the penal laws that pertain to the Ordinance and not knowing how to sign, he made the sign of the cross. Being advised that this justification should not serve as any excuse, those being witnesses are Sergeants Antonio Guerrero and Pablo Sandoval.  Signed Juan Bautista de Anza.

Margin:  He was promoted on September 6, 1769 to a Leather Jacket soldier.  He was authorized to retire on July 1, 1779.


References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series II, Reel 21, Frame 741.  Enlistment of Salvador Duran.  ©Henrietta Martinez Christmas