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


  1. Why do you think there is not a mention of a husband in her will? Does it mean she never married and had her children out of wedlock?
    I like your blog. Very interesting information.
    Thank you,
    Anjannette Baca

  2. As far as we know, Anjannette, Josefa Baca never married. She apparently had all of her children out of wedlock.