At Santa Cruz, the new villa on April 10, 1751, before me, Captain Juan Jose Lovato, appeared Manuel Montolla (Montoya), that he remain as executor for his mother-in-law Magdalena Martin, and this woman having sold to Pedro Baptista the two pieces of land bought from Juan Antonio Lopez and from Ambrocio Barbansi as the preceding writing makes evident and agreed to by Simon Baca, husband of the said deceased and that he is not having given him the sale of it and the said Montolla delaying to give it, he consented to it. The deceased had received from the said Baptista the amount of 80 pesos to her full satisfaction.
Signed Juan Domingo Lovato, Juan Jose Lovato and witness: Antonio Martin.
Magdalena Martin married Simon Baca, she died on May 6, 1744, Santa Cruz, New Mexico; the daughter of Luis Martin Serrano and Melchora de los Reyes Gonzales. Manuel Montoya the son-in-law married the daughter named Maria Rosa Baca. Manuel Montoya is the son of Clemente Montoya and Josefa Herrera.
References: Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series, I, Reel 1, Twitchell #95, Frames 735-737.
©Henrietta M. Christmas