Friday, December 21, 2012

Jose Francisco Baca ~ Will 1772

I, Joseph Baca, resident of Puebo Quemado, jurisdiction of Santa Fe, am bed-ridden as a result of a sudden illness.

Declare that I was married to Juana Catalina Beytia, and we had and reared four children:  Maria Josefa, Antonio Jose, Jose Manuel, and Juan Cristobal.  All of which I declare as my legitimate children and heirs.

I declare to have an illegitimate son called Joseph Antonio, and it my will, that he gets a share of property; equally with my other children. [The mother of the child is Rosa Bustamante]

Declare that when I married my wife, I brought 17 branded steers, 12 horses and two mules.

Declare that señor Paulin Beytia assigned a portion of land to my wife which was inherited from my wife, from said Paulin Beytia, and to have erected a four-room house on it and a log cabin with Paulin Beytia helped personally to build.

Declare as my property a ranch in El Pueblo Quemado, also a house of four rooms, and a small log cabin at the end of the property. [Probably inheritance from Cristobal Baca, who I think is his father]

Declare that 100 varas of land in the ranch of Pueblo Quemado, be given my father-in-law Paulin Beytia, from the boundary of my uncle, Miguel de Alire to the lower end of the ranch.  Declare 2300 steers, 570 heads of minor cattle, seven cattle, six tame horses and a three-year old colt; five wild horses; two mules; a coat of mail, saddle, gun, sword, lance, leather jacket.  It is my order they be given to my father-in-law as also my spurs, bridle and saddle blanket.

Declare that all the furniture in the house be left to my wife.

Mentions the following: Bartolo Fernandez, I owe my sister - Nicolasa a bull [further proof he is a son of Cristobal Baca]; Jose Lozano; Vicente Crespin; Marcos Archuleta; Joseph Valdes; Antonio Martin; Pedro Martin; Nicolas Leal; Horacio Duran; Francisco Suarez Catalin; Juan de Ledesma; Ramon Garcia; Joseph Antonio Griego, soldier: Juan Dominguez, the soldier; Juan Valencia; Manuel Gallegos; the widow of Mariano Turrieta, called Rosa Ortis; Vicente Armijo

Name as guardian and administrator my wife Juana de Beytia and asTestamentary Administrators:  First my wife, second my uncle, don Miguel Alire and third my father-in-law Paulin de Beytia
Signed March 2, 1772

Reference:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 117, Frames 844-849
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jose Antonio Alarid ~ 1822

I state that I am a soldier with the rank of 1st Sergeant in the Santa Fe Company, now on duty at this post of San Fernando.

I also state to have been married to Rosa Sandoval, for 38 years, from which marriage we had and reared eight children, who are:  Juan, Mariano deceased, Dolores deceased, Manuel, Florenica, Maria de la Cruz, Ignacio and Ysidro, whom I declare to by my lawful children and heirs.

I also declare for my property a cut-off regulation gun, one cartridge box, one leather shield, one saber, one scabbard, one pair of spurs, one saddle, and one pair of saddle-bags.

I also have of wearing apparel, one new uniform, a pair of trousers, also a new red waist coat, a pair of buckskin trousers, hemmed, lined and never used, a worn cloak, a worn hat a colored blanket, a white blanket, a serape of a blue color, a change of underclothing much used, an embroidered pouch, an ordinance manual, two pair of oxen, one horse, one mule, two spits, a big ax, an adze, a chisel, one branding iron, two plow points, my dwelling house which consists of seven rooms, and a shed, a stable with its piece of land back of it for an orchard;  a tract of tillable land measures from n-s 1528 varas; e-w 189 varas; another tract of land at the entrance to the cañon of San Fernando, which is from north to south 1352 varas, e-w 116 varas; one platform for forage with nine uprights with its roof and railing in the same land.

I declare that my son Juan owes me 315 pesos.  I order that 289 be paid to Tomas Sanchez for the house in which I live and its land.

I declare that the soldier, Tomas Maldonado, deceased, owes me 15 pesos, as it is shown by his last will.

I also declare that Antonio Duran, citizen of the Cañada of Cochiti, owes me four cows with their calves.

I declare that Anacleto Valensuela owes me thirty two 32 blankets (sarapes) and five sheepskins.

I declare that my son, Manuel, owes me two cows with their calves, a pair of three year old bulls and five goats with their kids, which he got without my pleasure and permission.

I declare that I owe Manuel Gallegos 140 pesos.

I owe Antonio Ortiz, I do not remember how much, but from my accounts and credits it will be seen. The last payment I made was four volumes of Colon (Columbus), which he took for 28 pesos a sorrel mule in 22 pesos; whatever I may yet to be indebted to him, I wish it paid; and this last payment I delivered it to the deceased Fernando Delgado in his own hands and it was he who loaned me that amount.

I declare that I owe don Atanacio 66 pesos; to Pablo Lucero 22 pesos and cow with a calf.

I declare that I owe, Jose Francisco Ortiz, 26 pesos; to the heirs of the deceased, Gertrudis Ortiz, 21 pesos; to Josefa Miera 12 pesos; to the soldier, Jose Jaramillo, 6 pesos.

I also declare for my property and balance of my accounts whatever the paymaster says, after he has gone over my accounts; and from that I request that all these items that I owe be paid...

 I declare that I appoint as my executors in the first place my son Juan, second, Corporal Jose Salaises of my company and third my wife, whom I request and charge and ask for love to do and act as I have requested.

 I declare that I had forgotten to mention the land I have in Galisteo, a ranch.  I ordered to be sold for ten cows, that being what has been offered to me. Also, that Miguel Griego owes me three goats with their kids and three one-year old.  I order that they be collected and that everything be distributed in equal parts among my said heirs.

Also declare to have a hall and a room at the town of San Fernando, which belongs to the lands of the Cañon, that all of it may be distributed; it is also my desire that of the best of my property and money six dollars be given to the mandas forzasas.

All of which I certify, fortified Post of San Fernando, March 12th, 1822, signed Jose Alarid (rubric).  Witnesses:  Josef Salaises, Jose Torres and Josef Xarmillo.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 57, Frames 447-449
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lazaro Atencio ~ Will 1767

I, Lazaro Atencio, now residing in Abiquiu and legitimate son of Jose Atencio and Estefana Trujillo deceased, find myself dangerously ill from an accident.

He declares that he has been married once to Gertrudis Martin, now deceased and with whom she had one son named Christoval (later called Madrid from her first marriage); when we married I did not take any dowry.

He tells us that he was absent to another country in 1743.  And of the 10th of October 1743, his wife, received from Antonio Martin, her brother and executor for their father, Diego Martin, 40 varas of land at Ojo Caliente and 35 goats, three cows.

He declares land on the rio Chama which was given as a land grant.

That upon the death of my wife, her son, Christobal Madrid, presented himself before the Magistrate demanding the profits of hereditary goods which he said are due him.

He goes onto list a long list of items all of which are really interesting.  He leaves all this to his brother, Cayetano Atencio, a nephew, Juan Lorenzo Atencio, Gregoria a niece and little Juan.

His executor is his brother Cayetano Atencio and his nephew Juan Lorenzo Atencio; August 1, 1767.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 49, Frames 388-394.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Nicolas Duran y Chavez ~ Will 1768

I, Nicolas Duran y Chaves, a native of New Mexico and legitimate son of Captain don Fernando Duran y Chaves and of doña Lucia Hurtado, am sick from an illness.

He first names his executors as his beloved wife, doña Juana Montaño and second, his son, Fernando Duran y Chaves.  He names their children as Joseph Chaves, Gertrudis Chaves, Luis Chaves, Fernando Chaves, Maria Antonia Chaves, Juan Chaves, Vicente Chaves, Maria Chaves, Francisco Chaves. 

He declares a grant of land awarded him by the King; a house which three rooms and hallway and one bedroom and pantry which he leaves to his wife and upon her death to his son, Juan Chaves.

He has 600 head of cattle, seven steers of all ages. He has 1600 head of sheep, 300 of which he leaves for his funeral expenses.

One cart with five oxen.

Other names mentioned:  Jose Guttero, from El Paso owes him a short coat of cloth, a plush pair of trousers with trimming and English linen; Manuel Torres owes him buckskins.

Captain don Nicolas Duran y Chaves doesn't sign due to his serious illness - Josef Marcelo Gallego (rubric).  Witnesses by Josef Marcelo Gallego, Domingo Baca and Manuel Bernardo Gallego.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 201, Frames 1398-1401.
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Petrona Cardenas ~ Will 1767

On February 15, 1767, witnesses signed the last will and testament of Petrona Cardenas.  She claims she is a resident of the new villa of Santa Cruz de la Cañada and a legitimate daughter of Andres de Cardenas and Juana de Abalos, now deceased. 

She asks that she be shrouded in the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Santa Cruz and she is to be shrouded in ordinary gray.

Her husband is Roque Jaramillo and their fourteen legitimate children are:  Lorenzo, deceased, Miguel, deceased, Julio, Juana, Sebastian, deceased, Manuel, Gertrudis, Francisco, Joseph, Antonio, Maria, Francisca, Gabriela, deceased and Maria, deceased.

She declares some lands that are hers and she wishes to leave the piece in Taos to her husband.  Another parcel near the Rio del Oso, puesto de Jesus Maria y Jose, she divides amongst her children. [parts of the first could be a dowry]

Other names mentioned:  Domingo de Herrera, son-in-law; Joseph Medina, her son-in-law (both executors); Manuel Garcia Pareja, alcalde mayor and War Captain; witnesses were Juan A He Mestas and Joseph Montes Vigil.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 198, Frames 1393-1395.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Maria Lujan (Chavez) ~ Will 1765

I, Maria Chabes, here at Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, a daughter of don Fernando Chabes and doña Elena Ruiz Caceres and widow of Sebastian Martin.  Declare the following children:  Marcial, Margarita, deceased; Rosa; Manuel; Angela; Jose; Antonio; Josefa, deceased; Juan, deceased; Francisco, deceased.  She also names a grandson Pedro Antonio Martin, executors, Antonio Martin her son and Juan Domingo Lobato.

She asks that she be buried at the Holy church of San Juan, shrouded with the habit of St. Francis, buried near the steps of the church.

She declares a house with 20 rooms divided one room which is a stable used by Carlos Fernandez; 4 rooms which belong to my son Antonio, who bought them from the heirs of my daughter Margarita.

Declares that she has 63 fruit trees; a little garden.  She has sold lands to Carlos Fernandez, known as La Temporal; some lands in La Joya she sold to her son, Manuel who still owes her money;  land in Taos which Sebastian her husband bought from Joseph Dominguez, which has a house with 5 rooms.

She has two pointed chests, a loom, a griddle, chocolate pot and iron spoon. small gun, orchards, animals.  She leaves much of her stuff after the funeral is paid for to her son Antonio and leaves him as executor.  Secondly is Juan Domingo Lobato.

Dated May 2, 1765. Signed Manuel Garcia Pareja, Pablo Francisco Villalpando, Francisco Sanchez.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 197, Frames 1389-1392
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ana Maria Cordova ~ Will 1753

I, Ana Maria Cordova, from Pojoaque, find myself making my final testament.

She asks that her body be buried in the small chapel at Nambe, named San Francisco.

She names her husband along with Ylario (Hilario) Archuleta, as her executors.

She states she was married to Antonio Trujillo, in which marriage they had the following children:  Miguel, Bernarda, Christobal, Joseph and Calletano - all Trujillo.

She declares a ranch that she and her husband purchased which goes from the road from the Pueblo of Pojoaque to the villa of Santa Cruz; from this she leaves to her daughter Gertrudes (not named above) and some to Christobal, the field of plum trees.

She has an iron pan, spit, brass mortar, glass mortar, five pairs of stockings, three fine skirts one without a hoop.

Acting as a scribe, Gregorio Duran, signs for her as she does not know how.  Ylario Archuleta, and Francisco Gomes del Castillo are witnesses. (Signatures above)

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 191, Frames 1357-1361.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Luis Fernandez ~ Will 1822

I, Luis Fernandez, a soldier in the company of Santa Fe, find myself sick from an accident.

Declare that I was married one year and six months ago to Maria Francisca Tafoya and during this time we had a son named Jose Francisco de Jesus whom I recognize along with my wife as my legitimate heirs.

I declare, my rifle, a lance, a pair of saddle pads, a cartridge belt with 15 cartridges of which Corporal Garcia is aware of, a pair of spurs, in the possession of Pablo Bustos, the armorer and also some iron with the armorer, Manuel Sena.

Other names mentioned:  soldier Antonio Benavides, Micaela Roybal his sister, Altagracia Alarid.

Name as my executors, don Juan Vigil and Lt., don Jose Caballero. Witnessed by Jose Salazar, Francisco Rendon, signed for him Santiago Abreu.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 132, Frames 948-949
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Jose Maria Baca ~ Will 1799

Jose Maria Baca, a soldier of the company.  He declares that he was married a first time to Maria Rita Silva for four years and four months and we had three children:  Francisco, Nicolas and Margarita, deceased - and I recognize as my legitimate heirs.

I was married a second time to Margarita Rael for 16 years and we had eight children:  Maria Michaela, Juan Rafael, Maria Juliana, Jose Tomas and the deceased ones are Julian, Roberto and Maria Magdalena (missing one child's name).

I declare the arms in which I served the King, a rifle, pistol, lance and pouch.

A saddle and all the various equipment.

Clothing consisting of a cape, hat, leather jacket, trousers, shirts, socks and other items.

Declares he has two houses, on on the other side of the river, which adjoin the lands of my father-in-law and one old house which I bought from my brother-in-law, Ysidro Rael. 

Other names mentioned:  Luis Baca, Francisco Arce, Juan Tenorio, Miguel Ortega, Juan Garcia a soldier, Rafael Benavides, Antonio Esquibel, Miguel Lopez, Juan Pineda.

He leaves as his executors his wife, and my compadre Salvador Tenorio.  Present are Sargento, Juan Antonio Alari and Cabo Bartolome Fernandes, at this villa of Santa Fe on 5 November 1799.  Witnesses:  Juan de Dios Pena and the other two.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Twitchell 123, Frames 880-882
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Domingo de Benavides ~ Will 1770

In the villa of Santa Fe, Domingo de Benavides, a legitimate son of Nicolas de Benavides and Juana de Ojeda (Hojeda), finds himself sick in bed.

He states he was married to Francisca Lujan for 27 years and they had ten children of whom he names as:  Juan Domingo, Maria de Loreto, Josefa, Manuel Bitornio, the deceased are - Juan Antonio, Lucia, Rosalia, Jose Manuel, Botorino and alive Bartolo.

He has a house which consists of five rooms and the farm land.

A riding saddle, bridle, two pairs of spurs (small and large), a leather jacket, a shot gun and its case, a pistol, lance, short sword, saddle cushion, ammunition and a leather oval shied.  [this appears to be all his military equipment]

Two cows an calves.

The furniture of my house and my clothing, shall go to my wife.

He has goods and monies owed from Nicolas Apodaca, piñon, Salvador Montoya, flour, Nicolas Romero, piñon, Francisco Valdez, a bridle, Antonio, a two year old bull.

He declares due in the village of Chihuahua, from don Manuel de Escoria, the amount of 700 pesos in silver; from this sum are to be deducted the credit which I have in my possession and other credit which is in the possession of don Joseph Garcia, from the El Paso Presidio.

Also due me, a plow from Juan Felipe Rivera.

Other items mentioned are chocolate, cloth, linen, chamois skins, silver, oil, sugar, hats, shoes, etc.

He names as his executors his wife, Francisca Lujan and his brother Juan de Benavides.  Signed at the request of Domingo de Benavides, with witnesses:  Felipe Tafoya, Joachin Lain, Pedro Tafoya.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 115, Frames 832-838
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Antonio Abeyta ~ Will 1765

Last will and testament of Captain, Antonio de Beytia, a resident of the locality of San Antonio de Abiquiu.

I, Captain Antonio de Beytia, a resident of the locality of San Antonio de Abiquiu, a legitimate son of Diego de Beytia and Catalina Leal, being, as I am sick, confined to my bed from the illness which God has been pleased to send me ….I declare that if God is pleased to take me unto himself, my body shall be buried in the holy church at San Juan de los Caballeros and that it be shrouded with the habit of St. Francis which I henceforth elect and that it be buried in the place which my humility entreats, at the entrance door, turning off a little to the right.

I declare as my property a house which I have a Rio Arriba, including the plot of land and half the trees.  The said land was acquired as my wife's share of her paternal estate.

I declare that I was married to Rosalia Lujan according to the mandates of Holy Mother Church, from which marriage we had a son named, Miguel, whom I declare as my legitimate son and legal heir.

I declare that the parcel of land on which I live was acquired through my endeavors, on which I built a house which consists of ten rooms with its patio and portal, doors and windows belonging thereto; the most of them have iron locks. I have also built at the end of the agricultural land, a water mill which belongs to said ranch.

I declare that I have given to all my boys and girls (not named) whom I have raised as adopted children, one hundred varas of land each, which run from the Arroyo de la Cruz up to the other arroyo; this is my wish as I gave it to each of them with consent of my heirs.

I declare that the horseback riding equipment which consists of a saddle, one flint lock gun, sword and two pistols to be given to Juan de Jesus (grandson).

I declare as my property one herd of burros (yeguas aburradas) and their breeding jackass, except for a few which belong to my boys, all the others, including the young mules are mine.

I declare as my property forty head or upwards of branded cattle and four yoke of oxen.

I declare as my property six hundred twenty four (624) head of sheep.

I declare and order my executors to fulfill their duty, regarding my (sobrinos) nieces and nephews, the heirs of Juan Antonio Lujan, in accordance with the receipts of their brothers.  If they should not have enough property for that purpose, the house at Rio Arriba shall be sold to comply with this request.

I declare that I have 100 head of sheep on shares (partido) as it will appear on the instrument regarding same.  If it is to their advantage, they can carry it on, if not, they shall return it to the owner (not named) therefore in the year of '76.  The said herd on shares is complete and I have likewise complied with the delivery of the shares as it will appear on the receipts.

I declare that all the property which may be found within this or outside the house is mine; it has no other owner except my heirs which are my wife and son.  It is my intention that they shall enjoy what is mine.

I declare that Salvador Torres owes me one cow and calf; I order that this be recovered.

I declare as my property 55 ewes which are at Rio Abajo in care of Miguel Lucero, the servant.  I order that the same be recovered.

In order that this, my will and the contents be complied with, I appoint as my executors, first Miguel and second Nicolas Beytia, so that after my death they may receive the property and recover what is due within the term allowed by law.  To those who are in most need I grant an extension of time and order that this, my memorandum, be complied with and paid.

The remainder of my property shall be inherited and enjoyed by my said wife and my son Miguel, with God's blessing and mine. In witness whereof I thus authorize it at this place of San Antonio de Guyque at the house of the testator on the 30th day of December, one though seven hundred sixty five (1765) and for its greater validity, I ask and request the Alcalde Mayor and War Captain of this jurisdiction of the New Villa of Santa Cruz de la Cañada, don Juan Garcia Pareja, to interpose his authority and judicial sanction.

Completed on this present paper as the seal paper is not available here, without prejudice to the royal obligation; Signed on said month, day and year and to all this I certify.

Further more, I declare that I have a parcel of land between the boundary of Juan Antonion Lujan, now deceased, and Antonio Martin alias "el Frayle" which I have given to my son, Nicolas, I order that it be given to him.

Miguel Garcia Pareje, Alcalde Mayor (rubric)
Antonio de Beitia (rubric)
Juan de Jesus Beitia (rubric)
Joseph Baca (rubric)

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Frames 806-809
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Antonio Baca ~ Will 1755

I, Antonio Baca, legitimate son of Manuel Baca and Maria Salazar, deceased, sick in bed of an illness....

I declare to have been married to Maria de Aragon, according to the rites of our Holy Mother Church, and during our matrimony we reared eight children:  Ana Maria Baca, deceased, who was married to Andres Montoya; and Maria Francisca married to Manuel de Armijo; Juana Baca to Francisco Montoya; Gregoria Baca, married to Mateo Roybal; Ines Baca married to Antonio Montoya; Rosa Baca married to Antonio Ortega; Pablo Baca married to Lorenza Juana Rivera; and Maria, deceased; leaving only six living, and I declare I have some land.

I declare to have a parcel of agricultural land in Santa Cruz de los Palacios, purchased in royal sale from Captain Andres Montoya, which I already have apportioned among my legitimate children.  My dwelling house, consisting of five rooms with its windows  and doors and said house and lands, I leave to my children that they may enjoy with God's blessing and my own.

Also a spade, a spit for roasting meat, a griddle, a frying pan, a set of curbed iron tools, a branding iron, a coal axe, a table and a bench.

Also five oxen, seven cows, seven calves, a bull, a steer and a blunderbuss.

I also declare to possess 23 steers for defraying the expenses of my funeral and wake.

And I order, that if God takes me from this life, my corpse be shrouded with the habit of the Order of St. Francis, and to be buried in the Church of the villa under the altar of St. Anthony and if possible, have a funeral mass with vigils.  Other masses I leave according to the will of my administrators.

With this I conclude the division of my estate, and name as my Testementary Administrators, don Mateo Roybal and Pablo Baca, to my entire satisfaction, and I revoke and annul any other testaments or codicils that I may have executed, and declare this to be the only legal and binding.  The witnesses were:  Andres Montoya, and Manuel Montoya, both pertaining to this jurisdiction, where this is executed and granted on this 6th day of May, year of 1755.  In testimony thereof; as I was about to take the pen to sign I could not; I requested Mateo Roybal to sign for me, at request of the grantor,

Mateo de Roybal.
Manuel  Baca
Mateo Roybal
Manuel Gallego, witness

This couple was married at Bernalillo, New Mexico in 1706.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Frames 767-771
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Josefa Baca ~ Will 1746

This is one of my favorite wills.  As I love to work on Colonial Women, she is in the right place, right time.  She's an ancestor!

I, Josepha Baca, being ill and of sound mind and good reasoning...

She declares that she is a sinner, but repentant.  She wants to be buried in the habit of St. Francis and interred in the parish church.  She asks that her funeral have a vigil with her body present, a novena and eight days of masses and at each anniversary that ten novena masses be done for her soul.

She declares that she has a statue of the Infant Jesus.

A farm at Pajarito, also 950 head of sheep, 75 head of cattle with her brand.

A box, a brass mortar, some old skirts and new ones, three shirts, two white shirts, hose, shoes and a bed with a mattress, sheets, quilt and pillows.

She also declares she has two Indian women in her service, who will be given their complete freedom along with ten sheep.

She also declares that she is miserable, frail, and a sinner and she has six kids who are:  Antonio Baca, Josefa Baca, Domingo Baca, Manuel Baca, Rosa and Ysabel Baca, to who she leaves her wordly goods.

She leaves as executors her sons, Antonio and Jose.  Signed June 10, 1746.

As part of this her estate is included and valued at 2,184 pesos, a fortune in that time period.  If she is your ancestor, you should get a copy of this for your files.  

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Frames 700-704
©Henrietta M. Christmas

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Antonio Vallejos ~ Will 1727

Antonio Vallejos, a soldier of the garrison (Sante Fe Presidio), in this villa of Santa Fe, a legitimate son of Manuel Vallejos and Maria Hurtado find myself sick in bed.

He names as his lawful wife, who is deceased, Miquela Silva.  He names his two daughters and heirs as Catalina and Matilde.  He also names his second wife, Casilda Jaramillo, of whom he had no children; but is under the suspicion that she is expectant.  She later marries Lorenzo Griego in April 1728.

He declares a ranch in the area of Albuquerque, which cost him 400 pesos.  He goes on and states debts and earnings from planting on this ranch, but names his mother, Mariana Hurtado and lands that are bound to one side by Francisco Garcia, Juan Fresques, Juan Candelario and Geronimo Jaramillo.

He declares - two large boxes trimmed in iron from a foreign country.

He owns a house near a Candelaria which has a parlor, a bedroom and kitchen with a storeroom.

He declares for the service of the King, four horses, a saddle, blunderbuss, a sword, bridle, spurs and padding of an old hide.

He names various debts owed and to be paid.

He lastly states that he has a Castilian cloth jacket, a silk high hat and a new cloth cape.

His administrators are his mother, Mariana Hurtado and his brother Lugardo Vallejos.  Signed and dated June 7, 1727.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Frame 586-589.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nepomuceno Alarid ~ Will 1844

Juan Nepomuceno Alarid, makes his last will and testament in 1844.

He declares as part of his good, 1/3 of the house where he lives. 

He declares that monies are owed him by the Provinicial Custom House for his work as an employee and clerk.

He declares that after all his debts are paid, that his good be given to his sister Maria del Rosario Alarid, who he names as his only heir.

He names his administrator, Juan Estevan Sena (brother-in-law) and Francisco Ortiz.

Signed November 27, 1844.  Juan Nepomuceno Alarid

-He is the son of Juan Bautista Alarid and Maria Guadalupe Baca.  He was born about 1820.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 72, Frames 542-545
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Joaquin de Alderete ~ Will 1767

I, Joaquin de Alderete, a resident of Paso del Rio Grande del Norte and legitimate son of Jose Antonio Alderete and Lugarda Duran, both deceased.

I declare not being married.

I declare that I have come to this villa of Santa Fe, having brought with me a few barrels of wine.

He then declares that various people owe him: Jose Mares, 10 pesos or five carneros; Antonio Escudero, five carneros; Manuel Vigil, five carneros on account of the wine I gave him.  Vicente Martinez owes me eight carneros.  Tomas Alires owes me 18 pesos on account of a catapult I sold to him and 6 pesos worth of wine that I sold to him.

He declares that Jaxier Fragoso owes him 20 pesos of wine that he gave him.

He declares a house and vineyard with fruit trees in El Paso.

He has various items that belong to his brother such as:  a saddle, two blunderbusses, a pair of spurs, a bridle, a gun, a small short sword; nine mules and three horses; and eight pack-saddles well equipped.

After all his expenses are paid, he leaves to his sister the majority of his estate and names her as Maria Josefa.   He leaves his executors as Calletano Provencio and Lorenso Alderete, his brother.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 42, Frames 320-323
©Henrietta M. Christmas

Monday, November 26, 2012

Vicente Armijo ~ Will 1743

In a will and last testament of Vicente Armijo, he states he is ill in bed of an illness, along with the following:

I declare to be a native of Zacatecas, now residing in Santa Fe.

Declare that I am married to Maria Apodaca for forty years now and we had the following children:  Manuel de Armijo the first; Manuel de Armijo, the second; and Salvador Manuel de Armijo, all of whom I declare to be my legitimate children.

He lists various items that he owns are are owed to him; some of which are:
  1. Fifteen buffalo skins.
  2. Twelve coarse skins.
  3. Two wall tapestries made of four skins.
  4. Fifteen knives, fifteen awls.
  5. Nine bushels of piñon.
  6. Saddle, a rifle and case, bride and stirrups.
  7. A house and all the furniture, a portion of agricultural lands on the other side of the river which contains a house of five rooms and a large room or sala grande.
  8. He declares a long list of people who owe him money or goods from Taos to Santa Fe. 
  9. He owes Pedro de Almayna, a merchant from Chihuahua, the sum of 340 pesos for various things that have been partially paid for.
  10. He owes Juan Vigil, eight varas of fine wide linen, four spring lambs, three strings of chile, a reboso of ordinary thread.  He owes me ten coarse skins.
  11. Juan Domingues owes me a barrel of five year old wine.
  12. Declares that Francisco Perea owes him a mule and transportation of the same, unless he delivers this curent year of 1743.
  13. Declares that Antonio Trujillo (the Friar), owes me eight horses and two mules.
He leaves his wife, Maria de Apodaca as admininstrator along with his second son, Manuel de Armijo.  Signed on November 15, 1743.  With witnesses:  Jose Miguel Garduño and Antonio Feliz Sanchez.

If you are his descendant or are interested in this will, you should look into it as he has a much longer list of items than I've posted.  He appears to be a tanner of sorts dealing in hides, skins and their tools.  I would also check the Juan Parz Hurtado Expedition by John Colligan.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell #26, frames 246-251.
©Henrietta M. Christmas

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Miguel Archibeque ~ Will and Testament 1727

August 14, 1727 in Santa Fe.

He states that he is the son of the lawful marriage of Juan de Archiveque and Antonia Gutierres, former residents of this town, now deceased.

He was married to doña Maria de Roibal, for 11 years of which they had two children, Juliana and Lorenzo Claudio, now deceased, both of whom he declares as his lawful heirs.

Upon their marriage his wife's dowry consisted of:  20 cows, one yoke of oxen, a plowshare and an Apache woman.

His military equipment consisted of a  of saddle, harquebus and case, a shield, spurs and bridle.

He declares that the house he lives in, half belongs to his sister Maria de Archibeque.

He owns land from Santa Fe to Chama; and has planted fields with various items.

His inheritance from his parents was 700 pesos, 11 mules and various old pack animals with lances and lariats.

He mentions, Juana Lujan, his brother in law, Francisco Casados, his daughter, Juliana.

References:  SANM I, Twitchell #17, Frames 183-189, Will and Testament of Miguel Archibeque.

© Henrietta M. Christmas

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Antonio Dominguez Land Sale 1739

I, Antonio Dominguez, resident of this villa, have lands that are bound to the east, the main plaza and the Palacios Reales, west the fence and house of General don Juan Paes de Hurtado, north the lands of Agustin de Archibeque and sound lands of Sergeant Tafoya.  The parcel consists of 35 1/2 varas from e-w and 8 1/2 from n-s.

He does sell to Sergeant Antonio Tafoya for the sum of 20 pesos.  Witnessed by Gregorio Garduño and Baltasar Montoya, signed Antonio Montoya, alcalde mayor.

So is this land also part of the Water Street (Rio Chiquito) sale of Jose and Juana Dominguez in the earlier part of the 1700s.  Was his inheritance part of this land?   Is he the son of Adj. Jose Dominguez de Mendoza and Juana Lopez?  More than likely.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 959
©Henrietta M. Christmas

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Soldier, Juan Lujan land sale 1730

In Santa Fe, on February 10 1730, Corporal Juan Lujan sold a piece of land which his mother, Juana Domingues, gave to him as inheritance.  His mother, received the land by grant which the King gave her.  He is now selling a portion of the land to Antonio Belasquez, a soldier.  A room with a roof on it is part of the agreement; said land is 80 varas in length and 25 in width.  Bound by land of Juan Lujan, south the river, and on the east lands of Juan Lujan and west lands of Pedro Lopez Gallardo.  For the price of 30 pesos. Witnessed by Bentura de Esquibel, Juan Manuel Chirinos, Diego Arias de Quiros.

Jan 20, 1698, Santa Fe, Juan Lujan, 20, native of Santa Fe, s/ Domingo Lujan and Juana Dominguez, natives of New Mexico, and Maria Martin, 18, d/ Domingo Martin and Josefa de Herrera, natives of New Mexico.  Witnesses:  Juan de Ribera, 48; Diego Duran, 30; Luis Martin 65. Fray Chavez, New Mexico Roots, Ltd.: A Demographic Perspective from Genealogical, Historical and Geographic Data Found in the Diligencias Matrimoniales (LDS #6051367), Pg. 1012.

In 1715, Juan Lujan mustered with all his equipment and six horses.  

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 1036

©Henrietta M. Christmas

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Maria de Perea, Will 1715

I, Maria de Perea, a resident of Santa Fe and legitimate daughter of Juan de Perea and Alonsa Varela de Losada, both deceased, shall make this my last will.

I declare that I was married a first time to Miguel Maese, now deceased and during our life, we had a legitimate daughter, Catalina Maese. She is married to Juan Antonio Dominguez, my son-in-law.

I declare that I was married a second time to Agustin Lujan, and we had no children.

I declare that I raised Miguel Maese, a Spaniard since he was born, today he is 15 (b. 1700), I am very fond of him and he is to remain with my husband, Agustin Lujan.

She goes on to name some of her possession and leaves as her executors her husband, Agustin Lujan, Agustin Dominguez and her son-in-law now absent.

Signed, February 6 1715 by Diego Tomas Jiron de Tejada, because she did not know how.  Witnessed by Juan and Diego Luzero.  Jose Giltomey and Diego Arias de Quiros.

Marriage - El Paso, June 15 1693,  Miguel Maese, 22, soldier of the Presidio of El Pilar and San Jose, s/ Alonso Maese and Catarina Montaño, from NM, with Maria Barela de Losada, 20, of El Paso, d/ Juan de Perea and Aldonsa Barela de Losada.  She's using her mother's surname. 

Genealogy:  Maria de Perea married Miguel Maese, their daughter Catalina Maese married Juan Antonio Dominguez, who is absent, so where is he?  Is a possible child of theirs Antonio Dominguez who married Melchora Valdez?

Look for the guias to leave New Mexico, they are from that time frame.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 680
New Mexico Roots Ltd, Pg. 1051

©Henrietta M. Christmas

Friday, November 16, 2012

Antonio Ortega - Land Sale 1758

On May 5, 1758, Antonio Ortega a soldier of the garrison states that he sold to Tomas Ortega, his brother, a part of some agricultural land, near Tomas's house, for the price of 60 pesos.  The lands boundaries are:  east lands of Juan Valencia, west land of Juana wife of Urbano Montaño - sister of the vendor and purchaser, north the river of the villa and south the public road and boundary of Urbano.  Witnessed by Juan Felipe de Rivera, Bernardo Sena, Francisco Guerrero, Lucas Moya and Carlos Jose Perez de Mirabal.

So this tells me that Antonio, Tomas and Juana (Ortega) are siblings. 

Antonio has a daughter named Petra or Petrona that married Juan Dominguez, which is the line I'm researching.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 651

©Henrietta M. Christmas

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Josef Dominguez - Land Aug 8 1701

In Santa Fe on August 8, 1701, Jose Castellano sold to the Sergeant of the presidio, Bartolome Lobato, a house with an orchard and is bound by lands of the Adjutant Jose Dominguez and the Rio Chiquito, for the price of 400 pesos.  Witnesses were Santo Domingo de la Barreda and Carlos Diaz Blea, signed Jose Castellanos, Jose Rodriguez.

Is this the same man who married Juana Lopez and Geronima Barela?

I, Juana Dominguez, resident of this villa, sell more than 260 leagues around to Sgt. Bartolome Lobato, one house with its orchard in said villa, bound by lands of Ysabel Jorge, a lot of Andres Gonzales and the Rio Chiquito, for the price of 90 pesos. Signed for her by Lorenzo de Madrid. August 14, 1701.  Lorenzo de Madrid would be her husband, see below.

If they both sell land to the same guy, are Jose Dominguez and Juana Dominguez, brother and sister and did they inherit this land?

"In 1697 Lorenzo got into trouble with civil and church authorities for supposedly living in concubinage with a widow, Juana Domínguez; both parties denied the charges, especially Lorenzo, who boasted of his years and honors as oldest living Conquistador of the Kingdom. But when he made his last will in 1715, this same Juana Domínguez was his third wife, old Ana (Almazan) having died in the meantime." Chavez, Fray Angelico (2011-09-20). Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period (Kindle Locations 9568-9572). Museum of New Mexico Press. Kindle Edition.

1707, June 9 (no. 3), Santa Fe.  Maes de Campo Lorenzo Madrid and Juana Dominguez, widow. she stated that she had reared a Maria Dominguez, d. of Magdalena Domingues, after latter died; latter was a captive (of 1680) who had been rescued at Taos (1692).  -- Witnesses:  Pedro Guillen, soldier, who states that groom is not related to any of the above Dominguez women, all found captives at Taos, and which Ayudante Jose Dominguez also knows to be true.  Pair married, July 10, 1707, with witnesses Antonio Godines and wife Maria Dominguez.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 425, 484
Origins of New Mexico Families, New Mexico Roots Ltd., Pg. 1040.

©Henrietta M. Christmas

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dominguez Neighbors - Santa Fe

In a different archive, these following land transaction took place in Santa Fe in an area we know today as Water Street behind the plaza.  This is what title search looks like in the early 1700s.

About 1696, I, Ysabel Jorge wants some land adjudicated to her that once belonged to her grandpa Antonio Baca, which lies on this side of the river (plaza side), the neighbors are Lorenzo Madrid, Antonio Albizo and due to the widow of Antonio Griego (Josefa Duran) who has begun her planting.  I request that you grant me said lands as there is no better to person with rights to claim it.

On May 20 1696, Josefa Duran the widow of Agustin Griego, having granted her husband last year some land of corn planting land and direct the alcalde to look into this...doña Ysabel Jorge can figure out what region in this said villa, I can make her a grant of land without prejudice to another party, Signed Lorenzo Madrid and don Diego de Vargas.

About March 5 1699, Doña Ysabel Jorge, stated that she is one of the re-settlers of this kingdom and she had been granted to land by the predecessor a piece of land on which can be planted a little more or less one half fanega of seed, which formerly belonged to her ancestors.  The land is bound by the Rio Chiquito, Lorenzo Madrid, which was formerly owned by my cousin Juan de Albiso and on the other side the land extends to the large river.  The documents were destroyed by rats. Cubero grants her the land.

On March 20, 1699, the alcalde puts her in possession of the land, located in the villa of the south side of the plaza, which extends to the river and bound by Lorenzo Madrid to the east, west is Juana Dominguez and the Rio Chiquito.  Signed Francisco Romero de Pedraza and Miguel Tenorio de Alva.

Oct 15 1708, I, Micaela de Velasco, widow of Capt Miguel Garcia de la Rivas, sold one house situated in the royal plaza of this villa, which consists of a hall and two rooms with a piece of land for a garden, which I bought from Ysabel Jorge. The boundaries are east a house of Jasinto Sanchez, west the a house of Martin Garcia, south lands of Juan Lorenso de Medina and which I sell to Joseph Blasques for the price of $170 pesos.

June 28 1707, I, doña Ysabel Jorge, widow of Capt. Antonio Montaño and a native, have one small house and land for a garden which is one side bounded by the plaza, another the house and garden of Jacinto Sanchez and the Rio Chiquito on another, another side the house and garden of Martin Garcia, which I obtained through royal grant.  I convey it to Micaela de Velasco for another house and garden which is located in the said villa, which boundaries appear in the documents.  Witnesses were, Cristobal Gongora and Antonio Duran de Armijo, Antonio Aguilera Yssary. 

Dec 22 1706, I, Lorenzo Madrid, own a solar (lot) and garden with one small house bounded by the Rio Chiquito on the south by the river, west the camino real and the east lands granted to- I declare that I now sell this to Alonso Rael de Aguilar for the price of 100 pesos.  Witnessed by, Cristobal Gongora, Antonio Duran de Armijo, Diego Arias de Quiros and Antonio de Aguilera Yssary.

June 22 1713, I,  Juana de Carras, wife of Joseph Blasquez, absent from this kingdom.  I have a deed of sale with was made to my husband by Miquela Garcia de las Ribas for a house and garden, the boundaries which are in the deed; and having given one place to my son-in-law, Joseph de Armijo so that he might build a room he received by the wife of Juan Lorenzo de Medina (Antonia Sedano) and I ask that you order the aforesaid not to meddle in my lands, and allow my son-in-law to build his room.  Signed Juana de Carras.

I, Antonia Sedano, wife of Juan Lorenso de Medina, a resident of Santa Fe, from the families which were recruited in Mexico City. The document that Juana de Carras, wife of Joseph Blasquez, the claims that I want to unsurp lands which belong to her through purchase of which was made by Micaela de Velasco.  I'm not taking the land but asking that the walls of the house in which I live are weak and cannot support the vigas of the room which her son-in-law wants to build.  In order for him to do this, let him double the wall and build it. Please ask her to build said room to confirm her boundaries which are the walls in a direct line to the east.  Signed Antonia Sedano.  (Not dated, but governor has them check into it on June 23 1713)

On July 13 1713, I Juan Paez Hurtado, order Miguel Duran, master mason, to examine the walls of the house of Antonia Sedano and the outer part on which Jose de Armijo is attempting to build a house.  I also order that Jose Blasquez present to me the original title and grant for the house.  Immediately thereafter, Jose Gilthomey along with the others examined the house and the walls are weak and not able to stand the weight of other vigas...and such Antonia Sedano should be paid for half of it.

Reference:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 411
©Henrietta Martinez Christmas

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dominguez - New Mexico Roots

In the New Mexico Roots Diligencias Matrimoniales, went looking for Antonio Dominguez one more time. 

Pg. 65, Sept 30 1778, Manuela Dominguez, age 13 is marrying a Juan Jose de Jesus Aragon, 16 years old, in Jemez, she's the daughter of Juan Antonio Dominguez, deceased and Juana Valdes; not the same guy.

Pg. 435, Nov 13 1681, Antonio Dominguez de Mendoza, from La Toma, s/ Maese de Campo Tome Dominguez and doña Catarina Lopez Mederos marrying Juana Romero, d/ Capt. Felipe Romero and Jacinta de Guadalajara, natives of New Mexico; not the same guy.

Pg. 437, Sept 8 1723, at Santa Cruz, Manuel Antonio Dominguez, 21, from Santa Fe of unknown parents, marrying Maria Martin, 19, d/ Cristobal Martin and Antonia de Moraga; not the same guy.

Pg. 595, As a witness in Nov 1760 he listed as age 48, Antonio Dominguez, which makes his dob as 1712.  This is a Garcia/Sandoval marriage; this could be my guy.

Pg. 690, Jul 16 1694, Santa Fe, Antonio Godines marrying Maria Dominguez, d/ Capt. Antonio Dominguez de Mendoza and Juana Garcia, deceased; not the same guy.

Pg. 704, Oct 16 1704, Diego Gonzales de la Rosa, 19, with Teresa Dominguez de Mendoza, 15, d/ Antonio Dominguez de Mendoza and Juana Garcia de Noriega.

Pg. 847, Mar 17 1689, El Paso, Andres Hurtado, 27, marrying Juana Dominguez, >12 years old, d/ Capt. Antonio Dominguez and doña Juana Garcia, both deceased.

Pg. 968, As a witness, Juan Antonio Dominguez, 30 married in Albuquerque, June 1719.

Pg. 1107, Aug 1761, as a witness, an Antonio Dominguez, 40, Santa Cruz.

Pg. 1410, As a witness, a Juan Antonio Dominguez, 31 in 1801.

Pg. 1510, As a witness, 58 from Las Trampas, Aug 1769.

Pg. 1542, Jan 5 1727, Santa Fe, a Francisco Rendon, 47, widowed of Petrona Lopez marrying Catarina Maese, 32, widow of Juan Antonio Dominguez, d/ Miguel Maese and Maria Varela.  An impediment was brought up that the groom was the brother of Catarina's first husband.  During the Villasur expedition, Pedro Guillen, a soldier stated that Capt. Jose Dominguez, had sworn to him that Francisco Rendon was his son.

Pg. 1561, Feb 18 1762, Albuquerque, as a witness, Juan Antonio Dominguez, 38, of El Paso now living in Albuquerque; not sure who he is.

Reference:  New Mexico Roots Ltd, Diligencias Matrimoniales by Fray Angelico Chavez.

Think about, does Antonio Dominguez ever use Mendoza?

©Henrietta M. Christmas

Monday, November 12, 2012

Other Dominguez names from 1692-1750

Back in 2003 I had collected enough Santa Fe Burial records that a book could be done from those extractions.  Working along with many members of NMGS, the book was the first burial book to be printed by NMGS and since then I've used it a million times if not more. 

So working with those burials, I find the following burials for Dominguez people:

1.  Antonio Dominguez married to Catalina Sanchez, he was buried on July 26 1726.
2.  Geronima Barela, widow of Joseph Dominges, Apr 11 1727.
3.  Simona Domingues, married to Jasinto Pineda, Nov 20 1726.
4.  Dimas Xiron, married to Maria Domingues, Nov 20 1736.
5.  Luis Bernardo Dominges, son of Benito Dominges, Oct 25 1737.
6.  Phelipe Benicio Dominguez son of Antonio Dominguez, March 10, 1738.**
7.  Bisente Dominguez, son of Benito Dominguez and Magdelena Blea, Sep 28 1741.
8.  Benito Dominguez married to Magdalena Blea, Apri 5 1742.
9.  Antonia Domingues, more than 70 years old, widow of Tomas Jiron, Aug 23 1748.
10.  Manuel Segura, mulato, son of Manuel de Segura and Maria Dominguez, Oct 25 1750.

References:  New Mexico Burials, Santa Fe, NM 1726-1834, (NMGS)

To do:  **If this Antonio Dominguez who has a son dying in 1738 (the one I'm looking for), this means he was married much earlier than I first thought or he was married twice.  Make it one marriage for now, change date to about 1737.  2) Look for a more certain date of birth for Antonio Dominguez. 3) Find other Antonio Domingues guys.

©Henrietta M. Christmas

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Antonio Dominguez sells his land grant, 1750

On April 20, 1750 in Santa Fe, Antonio Dominguez sells his land to Phelipe Garduño, the lands which join those of Luis Armenta and Juan Lobato which were granted to him by governor Gaspar Domingo de Mendoza.  He received 360 pesos for said lands and the witnesses were:  Phelipe Tafoya and Juachin Martin.  Antonio Domingez signed his name and did Governor Joseph Bustamante Tagle.

In the 1750 Santa Fe Census, they are enumerated as:  Antonio Domingues, Melchora (Valdez), Maria, Juana, Maria, Juan, Maria, 3 children.  I have found that at times the number of children noted at the end means the last three children or three children not named.  But based on at least five children, they marry before 1741-1742.  

His neighbors are Juan Lozano and his wife Maria Manuela and the other side is Diego Lorenzo (Gonzales) and Maria Rosa (Brito) with their children.  This Maria Rosa Brito dies in 1753.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 345
Spanish and Mexican Census of New Mexico, (NMGS), pg. 6

To do:  Look for other records for Antonio's age.  Did he marry prior to Melchora Valdez?  Look for any Dominguez people from 1692-1750.  Look for the Juan Lobato land record as a new neighbor from 1742-1750.

©Henrietta M. Christmas

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Antonio Dominguez - Santa Fe (1715-1795)

I'm trying to find yet another missing family connection from the post de Vargas era of Santa Fe.  That of Antonio Dominguez.  I decided to try and use land records, their neighbors and any other documents I can find to work through this.

In 1742, an Antonio Dominguez requested a land grant from Governor Gaspar Domingo de Mendoza which was uncultivated and forest land on the other side of the river (not the plaza side).  His neighbors are to the north, Luis de Armenta, south, an arroyo called Los Pinos, to the east the road to an ojito (small spring) and west the road to Pecos. Antonio Dominguez signed his name and rubric.

On August 14 1742, the Captain Antonio Ulibarri, the alcalde mayor of Santa Fe, went to the lands with Antonio Dominguez and placed him in possession of said lands.  Ulibarri took him by the hand and walked around the said lands, where he pulled grass, cast stones and in a loud voice shouted "Long Live Our Lord, the King, don Felipe V, May God preserve for a thousand years."

As with any land document his witnesses were Juan de Arguello, Luis de Armenta, Francisco Rendon and Leonardo Gonzales. 

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 239

Things to do, make note of 1) Luis Armenta, 2) find map and see who neighbors are, 3) he was about 27 years old when he asked for the land, where is he living prior to this?

©Henrietta M. Christms

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nicolas Montoya and Maria Antonia Baca - Jemez

Here is another Cañon de San Diego Land Grantee.  It was just one large family group that ended up with the land grant - now tying them together is something a bit harder.  Nicolas is somehow related to Joaquin Montoya, but am still trying to figure this out.

Descendants of Nicolas Jose Montoya

First Generation

1.  Nicolas Jose Montoya, son of Antonio Lorenso Montoya and Ana Maria Chavez, was born circa 1777.  Nicolas married Maria Antonia Baca, daughter of Miguel Hermengildo Baca and Maria de Los Reyes Padilla, on Aug 2, 1800 in Jemez Mission, New Mexico.1 

Children from this marriage were:

            F      i.      Maria Dolores Montoya was born circa Apr 1804 in Jemez Mission, New Mexico.2 

            M    ii.      Jose Burgos Montoya3 was born circa 1808 in New Mexico.

General Notes: Baptized a child in Cochiti on June 13 1839, named him Nicolas Antonio, son of unknown. pad/ Jose de Burgos Montolla and Maria Altagracia Sanchez, from Cubero. pg. 253
He is the padrino for some Cochiti baptisms with a Gregoria Garcia whom he adopted and is his only heir.  She ends up with some of the land grant. See baptism of Jose Manuel Apolinario Montoya, pg/ 148, Cochiti Baptisms.  I think she's the same as the lady that married Francisco Baca, as the land grant documents show her as Garcia de Baca.

  He appeared on the census in 1850 in Santa Ana County, New Mexico.4 Jose B. Montoya, 42, farmer, RE $1329; Altagracia, 37; Jose Felicano, 18; Filomeno Duran, 20, farmer RE $1329; Nicolas Montoya, 18; Magdalena, 14.

Jose married Maria Altagracia Sanchez. Maria was born circa 1813.

            F    iii.      Maria de la Encarnacion Montoya was born circa Mar 1808 in Jemez Mission, New Mexico.5 

Maria married Romualdo Archibeque, son of Pablo Juan Archibeque and Maria Micaela Tafoya,. Romualdo was born circa 1804.

            M   iv.      Jose Manuel Antonio Montoya was born on Jun 1, 1810 in Jemez Mission, New Mexico.6 

            F     v.      Maria Teodora Leonarda Montoya was born on Nov 2, 1812 in Cañones, New Mexico.7 

            F    vi.      Maria Teresa de Jesus Montoya was born on Jun 23, 1814 in Jemez Mission, New Mexico.8 

            M  vii.      Jose Nicolas Montoya was born on Jun 1, 1816 in Jemez Mission, New Mexico.9 

            M viii.      Jose Miguel Antonio Montoya was born on Jun 1, 1818 in Jemes Mission, New Mexico.10 
  He appeared on the census in 1850 in Santa Ana County, New Mexico.11 Migl Montoya, 33, farmer, RE $1740; Andrea, 28; Placida, 9; Mariano, 7; Altagracia, 5; Jose Manuel, 3; Jesusa, 1; Juan, 9; Rosa, 20.

Jose married Maria Andrea Baca, daughter of Vicente Baca and Maria Francisca Montoya, after Nov 1841 in Jemez, New Mexico.12 Maria was born about 1826 in New Mexico.

            F    ix.      Maria Damiana MontoyaMaria married Rafael Archuleta, son of                                 Jesus Archuleta and Maria Getrudis Casados, circa 1848.

Source Citations

     1.  Fray Chavez, New Mexico Roots, Ltd.: A Demographic Perspective from Genealogical, Historical and Geographic Data Found in the Diligencias Matrimoniales (LDS #6051367), Pg. 1293.  1800, Aug. 2 (no. 5), Jemez. Nicolas Jose Montoya (23), son of Lorenzo Montoya and Ana Maria Chaves, and Maria Antonia Baca (16), d. of Miguel Baca and Maria Reyes Padilla. --Witnesses: Felix Lucero (46), Jose Maria Jaramillo (44), Jose Maldonado (48), Jose Miguel Duran (50).
     2.  Luis Gilberto Padilla y Baca, Libro de Bautismos, Misiónes de los Pueblos, Pg. 129.  Bap Apr 22 1804, d/ Jose Nicolas Montoya and Antonia Baca, pad/ Bicente Baca and Reyes Padilla.
     3.  New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, NM, Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Reel #24, Frames 396-549.  Noted as a brother to Miguel Montoya who in turn was the son of Nicolas Montoya.
     4.  1850 Census Santa Ana County, New Mexico, (243), Dwelling/Family 141, Lines 29-34.
     5.  Luis Gilberto Padilla y Baca, Libro de Bautismos, Misiónes de los Pueblos, Pg. 131.  Bap March 29 1808, b. 20th,  d/ Jose Montolla and Maria Antonia Baca, pad/ Blas Lopez and Juana Vitoria Baca. .... Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM, Jemez Baptisms.
     6.  Luis Gilberto Padilla y Baca, Libro de Bautismos, Misiónes de los Pueblos, Pg. 133.  Bap June 4, 1810, b. June 1, s/ Nicolas Jose Montolla and Maria Antonia Baca, pad/ Juan Jose Montolla and Maria Guadalupe Garcia.
     7.  Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM, Jemez Baptisms.  Bap Nov 6 1812, b. 2nd, d/ Jose Montolla and Maria Antonia Baca, of Cañon, pad/ Salvador Montolla and Maria Getrudis Gonzales of La Majada.
     8.  Luis Gilberto Padilla y Baca, Libro de Bautismos, Misiónes de los Pueblos, Pg. 141.  Bap Jul 8 1814, b. June 23, d/ Jose Montolla and Maria Antonia Baca, pad/ Jose Antonio de los Reyes Montolla, from La Cienega and Manuela Griego of Cañon.
     9.  Luis Gilberto Padilla y Baca, Libro de Bautismos, Misiónes de los Pueblos, Pg. 145.  Bap Jun 13 1816, 12 days old, s/ Jose Montoya and Maria Antonia Baca, pad/ Jose Francisco Armijo and Maria Francisca Gonzales.
     10.  Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM, Jemez Baptisms.  Bap June 12 1818, 11 days old, s/ don Jose Montoya and doña Maria Antonia Baca, pad/ Miguel Gallego and Maria Manuela Baca.
     11.  1850 Census Santa Ana County, New Mexico, (234), Dwelling/Family 133, Lines 1-9.
     12.  Rick Hendricks and John Colligan, New Mexico Prenuptial Investigations 1800-1893, Pg. 197.

©Henrietta M. Christmas