Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Galisteo, NM Burials ~ 1827

Buried Jan 27 1827, Ana Maria Sanches, adult, she died suddenly, from Anton Chico.

Buried Jan 26 1827, Josef Sotero s/ Culas Tapia and Ma Lauriana Ruibalid, from San Jose.

Buried Jan 31 1827, Rafael Lucero, he died at the hands of the infidels, and he left widowed Ma Encarnacion Zalas, Cuesta.

Buried Feb 3 1827, Luis Maria, s/ Jose Ma Padilla and Franca Lopez, from San Miguel.

Buried, Feb 10 1827, Jose Mariano Aragon, adult, from Cuesta.

Buried Feb 20 1827, Getrudis Ortis, left a widower Jose Ygnacio Martin, from Anton Chico.

Buried March 5 1827, Jose Ramon, parbulo, s/ Pablo Apodaca and Josefa Baca, from Puertecito.

Buried March 6 1827, Jose Maria, parbulo, s/ Franco Olgin and Lorenza Gonzales, from Cuesta.

Buried March 12 1827, Maria Dolores, parvula, d/ Dn Christoval Baca and Ma Juliana Sandoval, from Puertecito.

Buried March 29 1827, Ma Antonia Gonzales, from Cuesta.

Buried March 30 1827, Ma Margarita Naranjo, left widowed Juan Pedro Prada, from Anton Chico.

Buried April 27 1827, twins named Ma Dolores d’s/ Juan Jose Chama and Juana Getrudis Arias, from San Miguel.

Buried, April 28 1827, Ma Luisa d/ Diego Olgin and Ma Franca Martin, from San Jose.

Buried June 27 1827, Jose Nasario Encinias, single, from Santa Fe.

Buried June 25 1827, Ma Balvaneda, parbula, d/ Francisco Apodaca and Maria de Jesus Mares, from San Jose.

Reference:  Archdiocese of NM, Santa Fe, NM, Film #16775, Galisteo Burials 
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Bartolome Trujillo ~ Estate

I, Juan Jose Duran, soldier of the royal garrison, appear before your Excellency, in matters relating to the inheritance of my deceased wife Felipa Trujillo, the legitimate daughter of the first marriage of Bartolome Trujillo and Margarita Torres…
I received only a griddle which was mentioned in the testament but have not received the inheritance as the others have.  The said ranch was settled by Cristobal Torres, the first owner and the widow should not be entitled to and we are not satisfied with what we’ve received.  Signed Juan Jose Duran, Felipe Tafoya.

Dear children of my heart, Bisente and Juan Jose Duran.

My dear children:
Of the health that you enjoy I may be happy, my children. Now and with what words, can I place myself at your feet, because, as I am indebted to you in all and for all of the property of my first nuptials, I advise you how my sons Juan Martin and Manuel Telles have already forgiven me, that I depend solely upon your Christian heart and hand that as good children you may forgive me, and my only wish is to depart from this life to glory, and my comfort lies within your hands.  Answer as whatever is your wish.  God grant you a thousand years, your father who esteems you, Bartolome Trujillo.

Another document states that Margarita Torres was the daughter of Cristobal Torres.  Torres also had Bartolome Trujillo living with him at the ranch of Abiquiu until he died. 


Felipe Tafoya, attorney for Juan Jose Duran, states that Marcos Martin, brother-in-law of his client; said Marcos should be given credence as he lived with the said deceased and had familiar dealings with him, and he is considered an honest man.  He also challenges Bisente Ximenes, because he is interested in the chattels.

Juan Domingo Lobato should also be challenged as he is the brother-in-law of Antonia de Medina and because it is known that he is interested in the property of the said deceased.

The Governor sends the documents to Chihuahua so that don Antonio Felis Valdes Lavandera, counselor to the royal courts take a look at them. The lands were given to Bartolome Trujillo on 12th day of October 1752 at Abiquiu. 

In the end some silver passed hands to finalize the land at Abiquiu.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell #247, Reel 8, Frames 733-810
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bartolome Trujillo ~ Will 1764

I, Bartolome Trujillo, son of Capt. Joseph Trujillo and Antonia Lujan, resident of Chama, finding myself in bed on account of an illness.

Declare I was three times, the first to Margarita Torres, from this marriage we had eight children, two of which are deceased, Cristobal and Antonio. The living are:  Felipa, Angela, Manuela, Jetrudes, Jabiela, Juan Esteban.

Declare that I married a second time to doña Teresa de Herrera, we had no children.

Declare that I married a third time to Maria Antonia de Medina, with one child. This child along with the ones from the first marriage I declare as my legitimate heirs.

I declare that when I marred the first time to Margarita Torres, she brought to my possession eight ewes, one cow, one mare and a piece of uncultivated land.

I declare that I brought in the possession of my first wife, 10 cows, one yoke of oxen, 20 ewes, two mares, one tame gentle horse.

I declare having brought in the possession of my wife, 800 varas of land which I acquired as inheritance from my parents, from the first partition and on the second partition I was given 250 varas.

I declare not having received articles of service from my first wife and neither to be bound to be a guardian.

I declare that I have partitioned to my children on the part of their deceased mother, whatever rightly belonged to them on my part and their deceased mother, and who are Pha, Angela, Manuela, Jetrudes, to this I have given at the Cañada.

I declare that I gave to Antonia, deceased and Jabiela at this place, 80 varas in width of land.

I declare that the share of Antonio I purchased from him.

I declare that to my son, Juan Esteban, who has been under my direction I gave the share of land which he is entitled to, from those which I purchased from the deceased Antonio.

I declare that I have at the settlement of Abiquiu a piece of land which may be about 500 varas more or less.

I declare on burro and five wild mares.

I declare that Jose Romero of El Corral de Piedra owes me one male mule which I rented to him so he could go to Tierra Afuera, and he has paid neither the male mule nor the freight; I order this to be collected.

I declare that Joaquin Mestas owes me a small male mule of this year’s crop, I order it collected.

I declare that Jose Martin, the son of Jeronimo Pacheco, owes 120 pesos, I order it collected.

That Antonio Gomes owes me eight varas of sack cloth and four masses, I order to collect it.

I declare that the said Jose Martin owes me eight Masses, I order to collect it.

I declare that Diego Podaca of Ojo Caliente owes me on cow, I order to collect.

I declare that Matias Perea of Albuquerque owes me one horse and one filly, I order it collected.

I declare that Antonio Armijo from the villa of Santa Fe, not from Anton Chico who has already paid, but the other owes me a pair of combing cards.

I declare that I have on male mule of two saddles and nine goats.

I declare that Jose Antonio Martin, who is at Tierra Afuera, owes me ten wild mares and one mule as evidenced by a promissory note which he made to me if he comes back, I order to collect.

I declare that I have a table with a drawer and a lock, two benches and two chairs.

I declare that I have two yoke of oxen.

I declare that I owe Salbador Jaramio 18 pesos, I order to pay.

I declare that I bequeath to a girl and a boy whom I raised a piece of land at Abiquiu, and I give it to them with the consent of my heirs.

I declare that I have one loom with all its appurtenances, which I order to be given to my son, Juan Esteban.

I declare that I have a large griddle that may be worth 25 pesos.

I declare that I have a medicine glass.

I appoint as my executors, first my wife, Maria Antonia Medina and second Bisente Jimenez.

I declare that I was married a second time to doña Teresa de Erera, I did not take possession of anything except my coat on my shoulders, she not having any heirs.

I declare that the house and lands where I reside she granted and donated to me.

I declare that having made a promise to marry a very poor girl, thus, that God gave me that to which I granted and donated the gift which I know my deceased made me of the house and lands, so that she may enjoy for herself and her heirs.

I declare that I leave 80 varas of land in width and the length to be whatever contained in the sitio for the good of my deceased wife, doña Teresa.

I declare that my deceased wife left to Nicolas Martin, because he had raised her, a room in the same house and a cornfield in the same sitio which is called the milpa of Palo Blanco.

On this May 6, 1764, with witnesses signed Joseph Esquibel, Juan Baptista Vigil and Francisco Lujan.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell #247, Reel 8, Frames 733-810
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Teresa Herrera ~ Will 1759

I, Teresa Erera, a resident of the settlement of San Jose de Chama, find myself dying and making my last testament.

I ask that my body be interred in the church of la villa Nueva de Santa Cruz, and that I be shrouded in the habit of our patron, St. Francis.

Declare that I was first married to Diego Martin Serrano we had no children.

Declare that I married a second time to Bartolome Trujillo, from this marriage we had no children.

I declare an eight room house and the cultivated lands as evidenced by the documents.

I declare I have three wooden chests with locks and keys.

I declare, two pairs of bracelets, one of coral and the others with black glass beads and coral.

I declare one mantle and one black silk hoop skirt – used; and one flesh colored scarf also used; one new blue serge skirt; one pair of flannel skirts – used; and two pairs of small skirts in use.

Three pesos in coins and one silver buckle, all used.

One used chocolate jar.

One used kettle and griddle.

One mirror.

Seven holy pictures on wool.

Two crucifixes, one large and one small.

I statue of the Immaculate Conception.

One bottle.

Two copper candlesticks.

One reliquary.

I piece of land which is included in my ranch that I purchased from my sister, Juana, of which deed of sale has not been made. 

I order to give, Culosa Martin, a room where she can live and the cornfield which is called the Palo Blancos, it is my wish to bequeath this to her.

Signed September 16, 1759 by the receiving judge:  Francisco Sanchez; wit/ Juan Ygnacio Mestas and Felipe Valerio.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell #247, Reel 8, Frames 733-810.
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Romero Distribution ~ 1743 Taos

In Taos, on May 2, 1743, appear before me Andres Romero, Francisco Romero, Antonio de Attencio (Ana Maria Romero), and Antonio Duran de Armijo (Barbara Montoya), all residents of said pueblo, requesting me to proceed to partition the lands of the estate of their father Diego Romero at the ranch of Rio de las Trampas. 

They accompanied me to said ranch on the fifth day of said month to personally present all the deeds of grant and from them find the boundaries, in order that after executing the said partition a copy may be delivered to them and the original may be transferred to the archives of the government.

In making the division, we gave to the widow of said deceased half of the land, as specified in the testament that being his words which were delivered to the second husband of the said widow, Barbara Montoya, in the name of the widow.

I delivered to Andres Romero, oldest son of the deceased 17 1/2 cords from the boundary of Antonio Duran de Armijo to the pueblo; being the boundary of the lands he had inherited from his deceased mother, Maria de San Joseph, all of which ranch runs from east to west as far as the middle road.

Then came Francisco Xavier Romero, I delivered to him 17 1/2 cords in the same manner and to Antonio Attensio who received them in the name of his wife, Ana Maria Romero, this land being bounded by the boundary of the pueblo.

Signed Francisco Guerrero (rubric)
Juan Domingo Paes Hurtado
Joseph de Torres

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell #760, Reel 4, Frames 990-1003.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Francisco Romero ~ Will 1765 alias "Talache Coyote"

I, Francisco Romero, state that at the end of my days, or after my death, I leave a house and rancho containing 1,300 varas of land, at the locality called Rio de las Trampas.

Declare having about 500-600 more or less of cattle, young and old.  No correct count of them had been made.

Declare having 15 head of mares and colts, and 14 head of saddle horses.
Declare having 3 she mules and 1 he mule.

Declare having about 30 swine. 8 hoes. 8 wooden plow points. 12 sickles. 3 plow points. 12 rifles. 1 blunderbuss. 1 side saddle and 3 lances. 2 swords. 1 leather jacket. 1 saddle with large stirrups. 1 old saddle. 1 jacket, pants, Castilian Cloth with gold trimmings. Another velvet jacket and coat. 1 pair of shag red pants. 1 cloak, flesh color.  Two old jackets. Spurs and bridle. 1 sickle. 1 large axe. 2 chisels. Copper pot. Five yoke of oxen. Five Indian women, with their 8 half-breeds. 3 axes. 1 cart.

Being about to account to God, declare and state that when I married my second wife, that she, Monica, did not bring into said marriage more than 50 cattle. 

Declare and state that it is my will, that after deducting all my funeral and mass expenses, that to each of my half-breeds be given 1 calf and to each one of my Indian servants one cow.

I also declare that I have as administrators and executors of my will, in the first place my wife, and in the second place my “compadre” Juan Ricardo Martin.

I declare that I have given my children the following property: 
To my son, Joseph 40 head of cattle, and one large buttress.
To my son, Julian, 40 head of cattle, the saddle and buttress and one spade.
To my daughter, Josepha, 40 head of cattle.
To my daughter, Maria Antonia, 40 head of cattle and one saddle.
Declare and state that I am not indebted to nobody.  The following are indebted to me:  don Manuel Paraje, one pattern of serge; Gregorio Lopez, 3 varas of linen of 2 spools of silk thread; Joseph Fresquez, 2 bulls; Corporal Jaramillo, 4 “patos” (ducks); my compadre don Francisco Guerra, one cow; Juan A. Lujan, one bridle; Domingo “el genisaro” of Bernalillo, 1 sheet; the Rev Minister, 2 calves.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell #781, Frames 1175-1201.
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Diego Romero ~ Will 1742, Taos

As part of the Cristobal de la Serna Grant aka Los Ranchos de Taos, many of the Romero documents are interspersed throughout as Serna turned over the Grant to Diego Romero.  Below is a listing of documents in order as they are found in the Spanish Archive Film for the Serna Grant.

On April 15, 1710, Cristobal de la Serna requests a land grant in the vicinity of Taos.
On June 15, 1715, he plucks grass, throws rocks and with two witnesses takes owenership.  The witnesses were Eusebio Rael de Aguilar and Miguel de Sandoval.

On November 21, 1724, the land is transferred to Diego Romero.

Partition of the Romero estate as Diego Romero had died and the children from his wife, Maria San Jose, are Andres, Francisco, Juan (deceased), and Ana Maria.

Diego Romero makes his will on June 13, 1742, noting the ranch at Las Trampas. [frame 49]

On January 10, 1765, the testament of Francisco Romero, son of Diego, recognized his 1,300 varas of land in the place called Rio de las Trampas; his heirs being Jose, Josefa and Maria Antonia.

On April 20, 1787, Jose Romero, son of Francisco, asked for a boundary check and was informed by the alcalde that the papers had been taken by the Comanches and were lost. [frame 50]

The entire land grant is noted being 20,000 acres more or less and covers Ranchos de Taos, Rio Chiquito and Llano Quemado. [frame 54]

The actual partial will of Diego Romero that exists is transcribed as "we procreated three male children, Andres, Francisco and Juan (deceased) and Ana Maria, to whom I declare are my legitimate children."  June 13, 1742

"I also designate half of my land to my wife (Barbara Montoya), of the Rio Trampas and I leave her half the house."  [frame 59]

By August 13, 1764, the sister Ana Maria Romero was deceased when lands are being distributed. [frame 61]

On January 10, 1765, the last testament of Francisco Romero, son of Diego, has one house and ranch. [frame 65]

On October 20, 1795, appears Francisca Zapata, resident of Las Trampas, and she sold to Bentura Romero resident of Trampas a parcel of cultivated land. [frame 102]

On October 20, 1795, Catarina Romero sells a parcel of land to Bentura Romero. [frame 104]

On October 20, 1795, Ana Maria Romero, sells a parcel of land to Bentura Romero.  [frame 106]

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Reel 29, SG #158. Frames 6-107.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Diego Romero husband of Barbara Montoya ~ 1714-1743 Land

Lands belonging to Diego Romero measured on May 5, 1743 a share falling to the widow, Barbara Montoya.  Bound on the east from the hill, a small white flat which is on the same slope and at the foot of the said hill as far as the boundary of Andres Romero, which runs from east to west and from north to south as far as the very Hot Spring and a little wood which in in front of the spring and from there, the mountain which is in front as far as the middle road.  I transferred to the elder son, Andres Romero his share and that inheritance of his mother, Maria de San Jose (Diego’s first wife), deceased and then all the three brothers are bound by one another.  Afterwards, Francisco Xavier Romero entered into the same and after that Antonio de Atencio who received the same for his wife, Ana Maria Romero.  They all signed content.  Francisco Guerrero, Jose Terrus and Juan Domingo Paez Hurtado.

In 1714, Diego Romero, a resident of Taos, appear before you and exhibit a design of a brand at the margin of this petition, in order that when being permitted by you, I may be entitled to the use of the same on all my livestock and horses as also recover all livestock with said brand, which has not been sold or given by me, or any person authorized by me. Anyone without the right to use the brand and if caught, should be criminally prosecuted, punished and fined.  Diego Romero.

On August 5, 1724 at Santa Cruz, the retired Alferez Cristobal Torres, Alcalde Mayor of said la Cañada appeared Juan and Sebastian de la Serna, residents and legitimate children of Captain Cristobal de la Serna and Josefa Madrid, both deceased, stating that their mother sold a portion of farming land, which her father was granted by His Majesty at the valley of Taos.  Their brother Ignacio de la Serna is out of the country and they sign for him.  The lands were formerly owned by Captain don Fernando de Chavez and deed said tract to Diego Romero for the sum not mentioned.  Jose Ph. Madrid, Cristobal Tafolla, Francisco Aban Rivera. 

At Taos on October 29, 1746, Antonio Atencio and Maria Romero, resident of Taos, do sell to Antonio Duran de Armijo, a two-storied house, which consists of eight rooms, also 2,000 paces of farming land.  Bounded on the east the acequia nearest the land and farthest from the pueblo, west the river of the said pueblo, north the camino real and south the first corn land of Francisco Xavier Romero, for the price of 200 pesos of the land and was paid by one squaw and four cows and calves.

References:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Roll 8, Twitchell #240, Frames 618-732.
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