Joseph Sanchez, a citizen of this villa of San Felipe de Albuquerque, appeared before me. That his father, Jacinto Sanchez, had given him a house with a lot within a piece of land he had in said villa, because he had not settled it. And at the time, was residing in La Cañada. As he did not have the means to build a house and being my father, I gave it to him, so he could live there and own it during his life. Now, after his death, my younger brothers want to have a right to said house and lot (it being mine and built at my expense and labor, as already mentioned), I ask that you summon my brothers so that they can declare the right that I have in said house and lot, so that, in the future, they may not argue or claim. As I have stated, as a son and heir, I have a share in the other land, as well as in other property which my father had; and with more force, because I had a large load to carry as I can give information when the times comes, and I ask Your Highness that a bond be furnished by the one who may hold the property, as my younger brothers say that they have been left without means and have been deprived of their share of what was justly theirs. My father did not leave very much on account of the heavy debts that he had. I ask and request Your Highness to compel them, without litigation to pay the debts and all of their expenses incurred and they may keep the land or else to withdraw their right, that belonging to each one of them, and for them not to express themselves to the contrary. All of which I humbly ask and request. Signed Joseph Sanchez, rubric.
On the 6th day of March 1735 in Albuquerque, before me Captain, Juan Gonzales of said villa and jurisdiction, the above petition was presented to me and after viewing I acknowledge and presented, according to law and having taken charge of the same and knowing the contents, I ordered the Lt. of the Alcalde Mayor, Jeronimo Jaramillo, so that of his own knowledge he may obtain the information desired and send appraisers to value the house. I so ordered, noting as Judge Receiver with two assistants. Juan Gonzales Bas, rubric; wit/ Alejandro Gonzales, rubric and Lupe Garcia, rubric.
At the villa of Albuquerque, on the 8th day of March 1735, I had Matias Romero appear before me. He said that he made for Joseph Sanchez for the house, where his deceased father, Jacinto Sanchez, lived; 1,800 adobes and he received for his labor 26 pesos that said Joseph Sanchez paid with one bull and 20 goats and cheese; and this the undersigned affirmed. Signed Jeronimo Jaramillo, rubric.
I summoned, Cristobal Varela, who took an oath, and he said that he had made for Joseph Sanchez, 1,800 adobes and the price paid for his labor was 26 pesos which he received to his satisfaction and was content. Signed Jeronimo Jaramillo, rubric.
I had, Joseph de Salas, appear before me and he took his oath and said that he made for Joseph Sanchez, 630 adobes and the price he received was 10 pesos which he received and was satisfied. Jeronimo Jaramillo, rubric.
Then immediately, I had Nicolas Duran and Felipe Barela, both masons, upon my order, went to the house and appraised it in the sum of 150 pesos and said valuation they made in my presence, making this amount more or less; and they signed it with me. Jeronimo Jaramillo, rubric; Felipe Barela, Francisco Antonio Gonzales, Nicolas Duran and Pedro Barela.
Whereas, having been appointed administrator of Jacinto Sanchez, deceased father of Joseph Sanchez, and for the distribution of the property of his father, who presents the expenses made and also all debts incurred by the deceased and to be paid from all of the property and for me to summon all the heirs of said Jacinto Sanchez, to satisfy the debts made by Jacinto Sanchez. There are two pieces of land, with all other chattels they may have and so that Joseph Sanches may satisfy the heirs of Jacinto Sanches, taking the necessary measures, not permitting the land to be sold to any person without the power of those who may be involved. (incomplete)
This 22nd of December 1724, God took my father, Jacinto Sanches, and the funeral expenses were the following: first a shroud loaned by Captain Juan Gonzales. Moreover, given to the priest, a yoke of oxen, 15 sheep, one ploughshare, an axe, and five pesos contributed for the repair of the church, and four pesos for the chanter’s candles. Pedro Varela who helped the chanters, two pesos. Thirty tallow candles, which would be worth three pesos, plus 80 tallow candles for the eight-day Mass besides the four of wax. Plus one fanega of wheat. Plus four pesos for the chanters; six pesos for the mandatory legacies and 13 pesos more as per testament.
Memorandum of repartition of the estate
First, Ana Sanches, received an arquebus valued at 10 pesos.
Maria Sanches, received a cloak and an auger valued at nine pesos.
Francisco Sanches, a branding iron, an axe, valued at 10 pesos.
Joseph Sanches, a bridle, a ploughshare, a chisel valued at nine pesos.
Joachin Sanches, turned his portion over to Joseph Sanches, nine pesos.
Nine pesos more to Juan Sanches.
Nine pesos more to Josefa Sanches.
Getrudis Sanches, pair of spurs at five pesos and four more are owed by her.
Migel Sanches, took a sword and a saw for seven pesos and three more are owed by him.
Two pesos paid to each by Joseph Sanchez. (incomplete)
Joseph Sanchez, a citizen of the villa of Albuquerque, appeared before me in the best form possible. I would like for the debts to be paid, the items appraised and then the distribution can take place. Joseph Sanchez, rubric.
On January 10, 1735, I will have the chattels and property appraised as requested. Juan Gonzales Bas, rubric.
The land is quarter league and uncultivated. The said piece of land was valued at 120 pesos, and the other piece of land was valued at the same price as evidenced by the bill of sale. Where the deceased resided, a house and cultivated lands, and said house was composed of four rooms and one porch, and valued at 300 pesos. The administrator exhibited the chattels of his deceased parent, first the blunderbuss which was valued at twenty pesos; one old sword, five pesos; one old saddle, eight pesos; one pair of spurs, five pesos, one uniform, six pesos, one old ax, four pesos; one cross-cut saw and one auger for three pesos; one cloak, eight pesos, one ox twenty pesos. Everything mentioned was valued at the sum of ninety pesos and divided between the ten children, giving each one nine pesos. This left Joseph Sanchez five pesos and he took five pesos from his pocket added the four to the five, making it nine which each had to have. The said Joseph Sanches has paid the debts which his deceased parent owed, as is evident by the receipts which he had written on the margin and also the funeral expenses. The house was valued at 420 pesos and the minor children will not have to pay any debts, nor surety who may pay for them.
Joseph Sanchez agreed and to all and was satisfied. Signed March 22, 1735. Juan Gonzales Bas, rubric.
At the request of Joseph Sanchez, Francisco Antonio Gonzales, rubric.
Witnesses: Francisco Antonio Gonzales, rubric; Pedro Barela, rubric; At the request of Francisco Sanchez, Pedro Barela, rubric; at the request of Migel Sanchez, Francisco Antonio Gonzales, rubric; at the request of Ana Sanchez, Francisco Antonio Gonzales, rubric
References: Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell 843, Reel 4, Frames 1504-1529.
©Henrietta M. Christmas