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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