Friday, March 30, 2012

Juan de Mestas, 1699, Possession of Land Grant ~ Pojoaque

After applying for a land grant in the Pojoaque Valley, Juan de Mestas takes possession with Roque Madrid officiating the ceremony.

On the tenth of the month of December, of the year 1699, I, Lieutenant General, Roque Madrid, Chief Alcalde and War Captain, of this Jurisdiction for his Excellency Pedro Rodrigues Cubero, Governor and Captain General did execute the Royal possession to Juan de Mestas, resident of this place, from the side of a hollow and above a house lot and from said side of hill and lot, the line runs from east to west to the river, below the Pueblo of Pojoaque towards the Pueblo of Jacona to a bluff, within which there is given him the three fanegas of planting land, and from north to south along said River to the hills descending from Cuyamungue without including any of said land of the said Pueblo, but including the appurtanances of the Pueblo of Jacona and from north to south along the said Pojoaque River, where the junction of the rivers is from a stake which is driven in said hollow. What it may so appear, I signed this with one of my attending witnesses who knew how to sign, and who by request-signed for the other and with Salvador de Anaya Almazan instrumental witness et supra, Roque Madrid, Salvador de Anaya Almazan, Jose Manuel Giltomey, at the request of Jose Madrid, Jose Manuel Giltomey.

References: Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Surveyor General #80

© 2012 Henrietta M. Christmas

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Albuquerque Expo - Rushton Lectures on New Mexico Native American Tribe Research

Jill Rushton

Jill has personal research experience on every New Mexico Native American Tribe. She has worked with both Navajo and Pueblo tribal members. As director of a two-stake Family History Center her library has acquired films and books to help members of all New Mexico tribes.


Friday, April 13, 2012
4:50 pm: New Mexico Native American Genealogical Research
(Beginner-Experienced) This class will help you discover personal sources, basic internet sites, and lead you to the history and records of particular tribes.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
2:30 pm: New Mexico Native American Genealogical Research
(Beginner-Experienced) This class will help you discover personal sources, basic internet sites, and lead you to the history and records of particular tribes.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

1787-1788 Pojoaque Marriages

On December 3, 1787, married and veiled, Blas Gonzales, resident of La Cañada, widower of Luz Urtado (Hurtado), deceased with Maria Concepcion, single, daughter of unknown father and adopted daughter of Gregorio Duran and Maria Concepcion Cisneros, both deceased. Witnesses: Jose Antonio Gonzales and his wife, Dolores Trujillo, residents of Truchas.

On December 8, 1787, married and blessed, Rafael Serrano, español, widower of Elena Lobato and resident of Taos, with Maria Ysabel Lucero, widow of Manuel Begil (Vigil), and resident of this mission. Witnesses: don Gaspar Hortiz and his wife, doña Francisca Martin, resident of the same.

On January 8, 1788, married and veiled, Julian Antonio Begil (Vigil), español, single, resident of this jurisdiction of Santa Clara, legitimate son of Gregorio Begil and Lorena Valerio, both deceased, with Maria Paula Lujan, española, single, resident of this jurisdiction, legitimate daughter of Francisco Lujan and Magdalena Roibal. Witnesses: Bentura Martin.

On January 10, 1788, married and veiled, Andres Capa , Indian, resident of Pojoaque, widow of Concepcion Silva, with Antonia Pasquala Lopez, single, resident of the same, legitimate daughter of Miguel Lopez and Lucia, deceased. Padrinos: Jose de Jesus Martin, and Maria Concepcion Lucero. (20)

References: FHL #16040

Ⓒ 2012 Henrietta M. Christmas

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Family History Expo, Top Genealogist Eakle to Lecture - Albuquerque 2012

Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.

President and founder of The Genealogical Institute, Inc., Dr. Eakle is a professional genealogist with more than 30 years’ experience in research, consulting, lecturing, and writing. An expert in tracing families from New York, Southern U.S., British Isles, Switzerland, and parts of Germany, she claims a 96% success rate.


Friday, April 13, 2012
3:30 pm: Basic Sources: 1775 - 1815
(All Levels) Almost every genealogist, with American ancestry, has unsolved genealogical research cases from 1775-1815. This time period is among the most difficult of all time periods to trace a family. Come learn how to solve common research problems in this area.
6:30 pm: Using Church Books for German Research: Matching European Origins in Records on Both Sides of the Ocean
You must know the specific place of origin. Every one of your preliminary immigrant searches is aimed at this objective. Begin with what you know and add to those facts as much as you can from American records first.

Come and find out more of what Dr. Eakle's will be talking and teaching about:

Monday, March 26, 2012

1787 Pojoaque Marriages - More

On August 15, 1787, married and veiled, Juan Poquapia, widower of Guadalupe Indian, resident of the jurisdiction of Santa Clara, with Maria Olalla, single, Indian, from the Mission of Pojoaque, legitimate daughter of Juan Manuel Taninque and Rosa, deceased. Witnesses: Pasqual, War Captain, Juan Antonio Ombu, fiscal mayor, Antonio Chaves, Governor, all from this mission.

On November 1, 1787, married and veiled, Juan Domingo Basques Borrego, espanol, single, resident of this jurisdiction, legitimate son of Diego Basques Borrego and Francisca Gurule, with Barbara Trujillo, resident of this mission, single legitimate daughter of Pedro Trujillo and Josefa Gomes del Castillo. Witnessess: Bartolo Trujillo and his wife, Paula Medina.

On November 1, 1787, married and veiled, Gavriel Romero, single, resident of this jurisdiction, natural son of Juana Getrudes Romero, single, with Maria Rosalia Trujillo, espanola, single, legitimate daughter of Pedro Trujillo and Josefa Gomes del Castillo. Witnesses: Manuel Trujillo and his wife, Maria Rosa Bejil, residents of this mission and jurisdiction. (19)

References: FHL Film #16040

© Henrietta M. Christmas

Sunday, March 25, 2012

1787 Pojaoque Marriages

On January 9, 1787, married and blessed, Jose, widower with Luciana, widow of Juan Lorenzo, deceased Indian, from the Nambe Pueblo. Witnesses: Juan Poviche and Maria Getrudes, his wife, both Indians.

On June 4, 1787, married and blessed, Jose Baca, single Indian of Nambe Pueblo, resident of Anores and Juana, deceased with Maria, widow of Juan Thomas, resident of Tesuque Pueblo. Witnesses: The Governor Eusebio, fiscal mayor, Juan Domingo and others.

July 22, 1787, married and veiled, Santiago, the sacristan mayor of the Nambe Pueblo, single, son legitimate son of Juan Thomas and Rosa, deceased, with Juana de la Luz Martin, resident of this jurisdiction, legitimate daughter of Pedro Martin and Manuela Basquez, deceased. Witnesses: Juan Domingo Largo, Eusebio fiscal mayor, Juan Poveche and Maria Getrudi, his wife. (18)

References: FHL Film #16040

© Henrietta M. Christmas

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Family History Expo - Exhibit Hall - Albuquerque 2012

Visit the exhibit hall online to see who will be in Albuquerque during the Family History Expo, April 13-14, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque.

Friday, March 23, 2012

PBS, "Finding Your Roots"

In the Wall Street Journal this morning, I found the article about PBS working on New Mexicans. About a month ago, Rick Hendricks, our State Historian, asked for some information on Linda Chavez, who I passed onto Ronaldo Miera, President of HGRC. Little did I know then, they were also working on Adrian Grenier, whom I did quite a bit of genealogy on his ancestry and one specific Native American line. As PBS told me later, they would focus on Diego de Montoya as a common ancestor, although Grenier also descends from Hernan Martin Serrano. These episodes will start filming here in New Mexico this coming week and will be part of this 10 part series, but towards the end, like 8 & 9.

I like these a bit more than the Friday night version of Who Do You Think You Are. They seem to be more down to earth for me. So I look forward to seeing all these ten episodes.

Reference: Wall Street Journal, Friday, March 23, 2012, D5

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Family Tree DNA - Greenspan brings DNA to Albuquerque April 13, 2012

Bennett Greenspan : Family Tree DNA President and Chief Executive Officer. This life-long genealogist turned his favorite hobby into a full-time profession when he founded Family Tree DNA in 1999. Family Tree DNA has made a marked impression on the worlds of science and genealogy. This wildly successful commercial venture is a genetic genealogy company based in Houston, Texas. A partner laboratory, Arizona Research Labs, is housed at the University of Arizona. Family Tree DNA offers its customers analysis of YDNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA for genealogical purposes. The analyses are based on DNA samples collected with a cheek swab kit provided by Family Tree DNA.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Martin Chaves, Civil War New Mexico

Martin Chaves, born about 1838 at Cebolleta, New Mexico, enlisted in the 1st Cavalry Company K Regiment. His muster card notes that he was 25 years old, 5'9" tall, dark complexion and black eyes and hair. His official enlistment date is September 21, 1863 at Ft. Craig New Mexico by Lt. Young. He term was to last three years.

This is the Regiment known as the Kit Carson Regiment as he was the Colonel at the time. New Mexico was not again invaded by the Confederates after the expulsion of the Texans in 1862, but the numerous Indian tribes of the Territory and the adjacent eastern plains took advantage of the war to indulge in frequent uprisings. The 1st cavalry was almost continuously employed during its term of service in expeditions against the hostile Navajos, Apaches, Comanches, Kiowas, Utes,.etc., and detachments of the regiment were stationed as garrisons at the various military posts of the territory such as Forts Bascom, Canby Stanton, Wingate, Sumner and Whipple, according to the varying exigencies of the Indian service.

  • In June of 1866, he was noted as being part of the Navajo Campaign in his discharge card.
  • From the time of enlistment to discharge, he was on various scouting missions against the Apache.
  • February 1864 he was at Ft. Canby.
  • Ft. Whipple from November to December 1865.
  • He was promoted June 14, 1863 at Las Cruces, NM, but it just mentions private.

Campaigns that Company K were involved in are:
Fought on 16 Jun 1863.
Fought on 18 Aug 1863 at Pueblo, CO.
Fought on 25 Aug 1864.
Fought on 24 May 1865 at Fort Wingate, NM.
Fought on 31 Aug 1866.

References: for muster cards. for Regiment. Soldiers and Sailors listing at -

© Henrietta M. Christmas

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Agustina Armenta ~ Jemez

Agustina Armenta was born April 3, 1811 at San Ysidro (Jemez), New Mexico. According to her baptism record she's the daughter of Pedro Antonio Armenta and Maria Francisca Montoya. Agustina doesn't show up again until she's having a child named Tomas, who is born December 1837 and is in the Cochiti Baptism book, (NMGS, pg. 249). In that record we have the following information:

Tomas is the child of Deciderio Valdez and Agustina Armenta with the paternal grandparents as Pedro Baldes and Juana Montolla, maternal grandparents are noted as, Pedro Armenta and Francisca Montolla.

The next time we see this couple, is in the 1845 San Ysidro Census, with Agustina now appearing to be married to a different man - Juan Montoya, 28, Agustina Armenta, 27 and Salvador 3 (their child).

Deciderio (supposed husband from first marriage), is in the census two houses up living with his parents and now age 30. I am assuming there aren't two brothers with the same name.

Problems to solve:
1. Are there two Agustina Armenta's?
2. The one married to Deciderio Valdez, did she die along with Salvador the child?
3. If there are two Agustina Armenta's, who is the one married to Juan Montoya?
4. Who is Juan Montoya and who are his parents?
5. Agustina goes onto live at Chilili and is a widow for quite a long time. She's in the 1870 census pg. 5, and again in 1880, she's living at Chilili.

© Henrietta M. Christmas

Monday, March 12, 2012

1786 Pojoaque Marriages

1786 - On January 9, married and veiled Vicente Romero, español, single, legitimate son of Jose Romero, deceased and Nicolasa Trujillo, with Maria Josefa Roibal, española, single daughter of don Bernardo Roibal and Barbara Pacheco, wit/ Dionisio Romero and Ysabel Lucero. All residents of Pojoaque.

On January 17, 1786, married and veiled Juan Nicolas Begil, single, son natural of Maria Antonia Begil and unknown father with Juana Paula Lopez, single legitimate daughter of Jose Miguel Lopez and Lucia Naran, deceased, wit/ Juan Bernal and his wife, Maria Antonia Bernal; all residents of this jurisdiction. (14)

On February 27, 1786, married and veiled, Bartholo, Indian of San Ildefonso Pueblo, widower of Juana, with Josefa Tapia, single, of this jurisdiction, legitimate daughter of Jose Antonio Tapia and Maria Theodora Garcia, both deceased, wit/ Antonio Jose, coyote, Xptobal Bernal and his daughter Maria Vainora Bernal, residents of this same jurisdiction.

On February 28, 1786, married and veiled Antonio Jose, coyote, single, criado in the house of Matheo Ruibal, son of Barthola, Pawnee Indian and unknown father, with Maria Antonia Bernal, single, legitimate daughter of Juan Bernal and Maria Ysabel Fernandez, wit/ Joaquin Garduño and Antonio Jose Mestas, coyote and Paula Romero, all residents of this jurisdiction.

On November 20, 1786, married and veiled, Jose Trujillo, Indian widower of Marta, of this mission with Maria Candelaria, single, criada of don Jose Campo Redondo, natural d/ Maria Antonia, single and unknown father, of this jurisdiction, wit/ Andres and his wife, Maria Concepcion, Indians of this mission.

On December 13, 1786, married Domingo Lujan, español, resident of the Cañada of Cochiti, widower of Valentina Tafoya, with Maria Antonia Quintana, española, resident of this jurisdiction, widowed of Esteban Rodriguez, wit/ Jose Roibal and Jose Antonio Median, residents of this jurisdiction. Accompanied by Francisco Mayse (Maes), single, resident of Cañada and Paula Lujan, single, of this jurisdiction. Corresponded 20 February of this year. (15-16)

References: Family History Library Film #16040.

© Henrietta M. Christmas

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gregorio Ygnacio Rodriguez m. Getrudis Lujan (San Juan)

I'm posting this to see if anyone has any ideas of who their parents are.

Gregorio Ygnacio Rodriguez married Getrudis Lujan on July 2, 1761 at San Juan de los Caballeros. They have five known children: Francisco Antonio (1763), Maria Rosa (1767), Maria Dolores (1772), Juan Antonio (1776), and Vicente (1783). All baptized at San Juan.

With the following exceptions of Maria Dolores, whose baptism states she is mestiza, all of the records record them as espanol. Second, Gregorio only uses that name on his marriage record and that on the baptism of Maria Rosa. Yet, I think he is one and the same.

In the 1790 census for San Juan, they are noted as Ygnacio Rodrigues, Spanish, 48, farmer; Getrudis Lujan, Spanish, 44, two sons ages 14, 6 and one daughter age 21. (HH 87)

Living sort of in the same area in these households are other Rodriguez's, but they aren't clear enough to say how they can all be related.
HH 90, Maria Encarnacion Rodrigues, 21 married to Antonio Jose Tafoya.
HH 91, Jose Maria Rodrigues, widower, 28.
HH 92, Francisco Rodriguez, 40, married to Maria Antonia Abeyta.
HH 94, Juan Antonio Rodriguez, 28, married to Micaela Sandoval.
HH 99, Ana Maria Rodriguez, 21, married to Marcelino Gonzales.
HH 100, Francisco Antonio Rodriguez, 24, married to Maria Dolores Tafoya.

On October 8, 1753, a Joseph Rodriguez marries a Manuela Lujan, with witnesses Antonio Abyeta and Rosalia Lujan. Can this be a brothers marrying sisters type of connection? Are these gals the children of Juan Antonio Lujan and Rosalia Abeyta who are living in Soledad in 1750?

So I looked in Santa Cruz, Nicolas, Pedro and Cayetano all Rodriguez are living there. Cayetano has one son in the 1750 census. But I didn't see the others listed. Not sure if there is a connection here.

Anyone who can give me some insight on this puzzle, thank you ahead of time.

References: San Juan de los Cabelleros Marriages and Baptisms, 1750 New Mexico Colonial Census, Santa Cruz de la Canada baptisms and 1750 Colonial Census.

© Henrietta M. Christmas

Friday, March 9, 2012

Juan Antonio Rodriguez, 1689 - 1738

Juan Antonio Rodriguez, the son of Jose Rodriguez and Maria Samano, came to New Mexico with his parents during the Post Revolt Recolonization. From his will, we know that he was married to dona Maria Francisca Fernandes and they had no children. But he does state, that he had two natural children named Fransisco Javier and Marcos, who left the amount of $2,940 upon his passing. His executors are Captain, Juan Fernandez, his wife dona Maria Francisca Fernandez and Jose Antonio Rodriguez, his brother. Juan Antonio leaves to two of his siblings, Gertrudis and Jose, heirs to the remainder of his property.

One statement in the estate is that of Juan Manuel Chirinos, the church warden, who had received from Captain Juan Ferndandes de la Pedrera $24 pesos for land given to his son-in-law, Captain Juan Rodrigues, dated April 1738. He also delivered to Juan Antonio Rodriguez, the nephew of the deceased, $179 in sheep and cattle. The total of his estate in 1738, was $7,375.75, debts he owed of #135.25 and debts due him of $50.

So who was the natural mother?

References: Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Twitchell #756.

© Henrietta M. Christmas

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lucas Moya and Getrudes Gonzales sell land 1766

Lucas de Moya and his wife, Gertrudes Gonzales, from this villa, she obtained an inheritance from her father, Juan Angel Gonzales and her mother. They sold land to their nephew, Manuel Moya with the exception of the corn fields which Lucas plants every year, for the price of $150 pesos. The land is located down the river of this villa of Santa Fe. Signed Lucas Moya, for his wife, Gertrudes Gonzales, Francisco Guerrero, Juan Francisco Niño Ladron de Guevara and Santiago Fernandez. Dated May 18, 1766 in Santa Fe.

Reference: Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell #575.

© Henrietta M. Christmas

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Francisco Benavides, Land Sale 1711 Santa Fe

Land sale to Juan Garcia de Noriega, August 20, 1711. He mentions his first wife, Josepha de Thamariz, who left the land to him and their deceased son. Sells the land for 40 pesos. The borders are on the opposite bank of the river; bounded on the north by the river, on the south the lands of Salvador Archuleta, east the lands of Francisco Thamariz and west the lands of said Juan Garzia. A total of one half a fanega of planting corn. Witnesses: Cristobal de Gongora, Miguel de Sandoval and Alfonso Rael de Aguilar.

Francisco Benavides married three times, first to Josefa Tamaris sometime before 1708, when he married a second time to Jacinta Romero and a third time to Valentina Martin in 1731 at Santa Cruz de la Cañada. In all he had thirteen known children.

Francisco was born October 1688 in Durango, Mexico.

Reference: Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Twitchell #300.

© Henrietta M. Christmas

Monday, March 5, 2012

Felipe Maes - My Commander Was Killed by the Billy The Kid Gang

Felipe Maes enlisted in Company A of the New Mexico Volunteer Cavalry on September 24, 1864, he first served under Capt. Baca of the 1st Regiement. His last commanding officer was Capt. Brady and in Maes's pension file, attests to this fact, that Brady was killed by the Bill the Kid Gang. Felipe Maes was discharged on October 12, 1866.

Maes was injured and taken for dead when his horse fell on him. He was taken to Ft. Stanton and hospitalized; in later years he suffered from his internal injuries.

He actually died April 8, 1913 from pneumonia at Lincoln, NM. His mother was Petra Maes and Felipe was married to Anastacia Mirando on March 12, 1869 at Ft. Stanton.

After Congress made some changes to the Civil War Pension Acts, his widow, Maria Anastacia Maes, received a monthly rate of $50 right around the time that Felipe dies, until her death. The application was made in May 1913.

References: National Archives, Washington DC, Civil War Pension Files.

© Henrietta M. Christmas