Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pedro de Chavez ~ Inventory of Goods 1736

Inventory.  At the villa of Albuquerque, on December 19, 1735, I went to the settlement of Atrisco, the parties and heirs of don Pedro de Chavez, deceased, being present in order to make the inventory of the remaining chattels was one in the following form:  

Inside the dwelling house, a picture of the Crucified Lord on white canvas.

Also a picture of St. James, as the one above.

The house, which contains five rooms and an arched porch.

One plow share, four spades, one adz and one chisel.

Three copper kettles.  One horse and another one that the heirs say has been loaned out.

Two mules. Two mules that are rented out and in possession of Antonio Chavez.

250 ewes. 58 goats. 57 grown cows. 16 two-year old calves. 22 grown bulls. 18 bulls, two years old. 18 of this year’s calves.14 of this year’s calves. Ten oxen.

A tract of farming land on which can be planted a fanega of wheat, one half a fanega of corn seed, more or less.

The right that he has in the settlement of Atrisco as inheritance from don Fernando de Chavez.

Five fruit trees, apples and quinces. One Indian servant, called Agustina. An Indian woman born in the house, called Brianda. An Indian born in the house called Antonio. A little Indian boy, born in the house, called Andres. A Puebla cloth jacket, with hand braided edge and back buttons. An Old red silk jacket without sleeves. A cloth cape, gray colored, almost new. A blue used coat. Two shirts and some socks. An old hat. An old armament and an old saddle. A new canvas cover. A pair of old trousers. Some old saddle cushions. A pair of good spurs, with silver buckles and strings. A pair of old boots. An iron flat pan. In the house, doors, four windows, three doors, one with a padlock, this is the pantry door.Eight hides. Three oxen, four yokes and three carts. Two cards and one plow. One small tub. Some silver spoons were sold to Manuela Chavez for 10 pesos during her father’s lifetime.

Two coats, one new and one old, in the possession of Francisco Javier Chavez. A herd of mares that I declare are due me in the old country, as to which Tomas de Chavez has power to recover. One branding iron. 

Two sets of harness that Nicolas Gallegos took to Mexico, rented for the sum of four pesos, which he owes.

30 pesos due by Antonio Chavez for the rent of mules.20 pesos due by Borrego. 15 pesos due by Ignacio Barrera. 20 pesos due by Corporal Joseph Trujillo. 12 pesos due by Thomas Tapia. Three mutates with their top stones. Also a portfolio of papers, which the widow says she delivered to Antonio Chavez before the said don Pedro de Chavez died.  – Signed Francisco Sanchez, Julian Gonzales Bas, Salvador Martinez, Juan Gonzales Bas, Joseph Romero and Isidro Sanchez.

On December 13, 1735, I, Juan Gonzales Bas, Alcalde Mayor, knowing that Pedro de Chavez had died intestate and that he had married twice and being aware that at neither wedding the said women had brought any dowry, chattels or any other property.  I order the heirs and command them that they appear before me with the dowry letters of the first and second wife, writings, transfers or any other information, so that legally with legitimate rights be divided equally.  – Juan Gonzales Bas

On January 7, 1736 a final inventory was done by Luis Garcia a man of understanding of camp, stake and other matters along with Nicolas Duran, a master mason and architecture.  The value of the estate was first 3,988 pesos and then other items were brought forth and it totaled 4,020.

The dowries were valued at:  Manuela, Josefa, Monica all received goods valued at 300 pesos each; Efigenia at 250 pesos and Francisco had some items valued at 167 pesos.

On January 23, 1736, the minors – Diego Antonio, 12; Maria Luisa, 10; Luciano, 8 – were assigned to their uncle Francisco de Chaves as he would serve as their guardian, he is also a brother of don Pedro.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Roll 1, Twitchell #177
©Henrietta M. Christmas

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