In a document dated July 13, 1865 in the Santa Fe County Wills Books, pgs. 246-248, Jose Vicente Valdez is writing his will. He states he was married and veiled to Maria Guadalupe Ortiz and they did not have any children. His wife brought nothing to the marriage, but she later inherited property and land from Matias Ortiz. He mentions his adopted daughter, Maria de la Paz Valdez. He names as guardian, Maria Rufina Martinez, her mother, to manage the estate she is being given. Jose Vicente names Ramon Sena and Rufina Martinez as his executors, with witnesses as Vicente Romero, Juan Cristobal Romero and he signs his name.
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