In this villa of Santa Fe, on April 28, 1784, I, don Antonio Jose Ortiz have been notified that Juan Antonio Fernandez has died intestate on the 22nd of said month. Requested by his widow, doña Mara de Sena and the children are to take an inventory of the property left by the deceased.
Under oath, Maria de Sena stated that they had five children, Maria Rosa, Maria Francisca, Maria Josefa, Maria de Jesus and Jose Domingo Fernandes. She also presented a bill of sale signed by Manuel Vigil and made before Manuel Gallegos in favor of his sister, doña Juliana Fernandez and said sale was not completed and in effect.
Writing presented by don Bartolome Fernandes to Fray Augustin de Iniesta with a notation at the foot.
A memorandum book with seven pages which contain accounts owed him by several persons, according to the heading, but having no date. There are eleven unwritten pages and in one leaf there are four entries of the same nature.
A memorandum book with eleven written pages, deeds of the ranch of La Majada, being the twelfth part.
A testament made by Bernardino de Sena containing seven pages.
A promissory note made by don Jose Garcia de la Mora for ten chamois skins or twenty pesos in silver.
Another paper signed by don Francisco Lobato in which he charges the deceased with 117 pesos and two reales as surety of Jose Lucero.
Another paper, being only a half sheet, whose heading says, “statement of merchandise which Juan Antonio Gonzales took out for sale.”
Another half paper, which shows power of attorney made by Juan Pedro Sisneros in favor of the deceased.
Another paper which shows that Domingo Lobato owes Bernardino de Sena, deceased, whatever evidence is the same? And the widow is liable for said debt and to be collected by the widow, doña Maria de Sena as legitimate inheritance from her father.
Another paper showing that Pablo Candelaria sold a piece of land to the said deceased. These conclude the inventory of the papers held by the widow. Signed Antonio Jose Ortiz (rubric)
Wit/ Bisente Armijo and Julian de Armijo
Guardian of Children-
Immediately appearing as it does appear by deposition of the widow, doña Maria de Sena, that of having five legitimate children left of the marriage with her deceased husband, Juan Antonio Fernandez, all minor children, and it being necessary to have a guardian appointed as to protect the minors of the father’s side, I, the alcalde mayor, appoint Felipe Sandobal, an uncle of the said minors. So told he complies and said he would do this to the best of his ability and understanding.
Inventory of Chattels-
Maria de Sena places before us the following items:
Two shots guns; one pair of pistols; two riding saddles; one embroidered and the other with a small covering; one pair iron stirrups; one bridle; one spur and saddle cushions. Two pairs of trousers, one pair of velvet and one pair of serge; two jackets, one of velvet, embroidered and one of silk cloth; two cloaks, one of white and second grade cloth and one of everlasting black cloth; two jackets, one embroidered and one with pisnes.
Seven varas of embroidered silk; six varas of everlasting cloth; 30 varas of Silecia Rouen; three bolts of unbleached muslin, one wide the other two narrow; one Patosi blanket; four of villa Alta; six cotton shawls, one made of silk; nine chopping knives; two pounds of bluing; one pound of Carmine; four sieve cloths; three cheap hats; 15 skeins of scarlet wool ten pairs of shoes; one pair of Cordovan; three new kettles; 80 pieces of maple sugar; two arrobas and ten an half pounds of chocolate, Beyte Brand; two jugs of whiskey; one barrel of whiskey, the El Paso Brand; one barrel of wine; five pack saddles, three covered with leather and two with chamois skins; one long box with its key; one large flour bin.
The widow’s wearing apparel that the deceased had given her:
One velvet dress skit, one embroidered silk skirt.
One ribbed silk skirt trimmed with gold thread.
One calico skirt.
One girls skirt.
One shawl of Campeche cloth embroidered with gold thread.
On silk mantilla.
Two aprons, on of Belio Cloth.
Two white scarves.
Two waist jackets, one of silk and one of satin.
One small cape of second grade cloth embroidered with silver.
And having asked the widow, if she had any other clothing or jewelry which she had when she married, she said that the clothing that she brought when she was married had been worn out and that her deceased husband had sold some of the balance of the clothing, one used brocaded skirt, half a bolt of fine serge, two veils, one embroidered and one plain, both of velvet and one linen towel.
References: Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell #280, Reel 8, Frames 811-877
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