167 171 194 180 437 438 775 Cristobal Crespin
I, Cristoval Crespin, a citizen of this jurisdiction of the new town of Santa Cruz de la Cañada, and of the families that were recruited in the city of Zacatecas by the Marquis de la Brazinas in the year of 1693, for the settlement of this province of New Mexico, appear before your Excellency in due legal form and state;
In this present year of 1714, I have remained in this province always serving His Majesty as there has not been allowed to my mother, Juana de Ansiso, who acted as head of the family, even a small lot of land to enable her to build a house, this prompted me to enlist as a soldier at this military presidio, where I served 14 years, but having an attack of sickness and being unable to perform my duties I withdrew the said enlistment some eight months ago.
Finding myself with a large family, a wife and children, and having no land to cultivate so as from the product I might gather there from to support my family, I therefore, register the land adjoining that registered by Ensign Salvador Santistevan and Capt. Bartolome Lovato, to the extent that there may be corn and wheat growing land at the said place on the Chama river, which land is uncultivated and unsettled and included in the public domain, and which I ask in a grant from your Excellency, who will please grant it to me together with the entrances with due respect exits.
I declare in due legal form that this, my petition is not made in dissimulation and as may be necessary, etc.
Signed Cristoval Crespin
Amendment – I will state that the grant I apply for is that our two families, that is to say my own and that of Nicolas Griego, may be accommodated; the available portion of said land to be divided between the two in equal portions, and in the form I ask the said grant… Cristoval Crespin
On 29 August 1714, granted whatever is left after granting 4 fanegas Salvador de Santistevan and Nicolas de Valverde, and the two fanegas with a house, lot and garden which in their outskirts I granted to Capt. Bartolome Lovato, then whatever land there shall remain I do, in the name of His Majesty... Signed Juan Ignacio Florez Mogollon, Roque de Pinto
On 31 August 1714, Capt. Sebastian Martin, Chief Alcalde and War Captain, placed Cristoval Crespin and Nicolas Griego in royal possession as required in the grand made by His Excellency the Governor. Having observed all the formalities, the land was granted. Boundaries are: adjoining the lands of Ensign Santistevan and Nicolas Valverde, whom were directed to place landmarks on the west of the said Chama River up to where the acequia madre will begin, on the south lands of Captain Bartolome Lovato, the south lands of Antonio de Salazar and to where the Chama joins the del Norte River; on the east the said Chama River and to he west the hills. Signed - Sebastian Martin.
A year later, Cristobal Crespin is asking for an extension of the title to his property as he has been very ill. He is also complaining that Jose Trujillo has encroached on his land since he has not been able to work on it. Trujillo is told to demolish the corrals and vacate the property since the land was given in royal possession to someone else. Signed Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollon, November 25, 1715.
SANM #171, Santa Fe
On 21 October 1718, Cristobal Crespin came to me that he had bought some lands and a house lot, in this villa on the other side of the river from Juan Martin, as it appears more in detail in the document... He sold to Miguel Duran resident of said villa, and solider of the royal garrison for the price of 160 pesos which he received and declared that he was contented, satisfied and paid. Witnesses were Bernardino Fernandez, Antonio Tafolla and Bernardo, signed Jose Bueno Bojorquez y Corona, (rubric)
In this villa of Santa Fe, on the 7th of November 1755, before me, don Francisco Guerrero, alcalde mayor, the teacher Sebastian de Vargas and resident of this villa, and whom I testify to know, presented himself and declared that he sold and did sell to Gregorio Crespin, also a resident of this villa to wit:
A portion of land capable of containing a fourth part of a peck of gran, for the consideration of 50 pesos, which the said Sebastian de Vargas received to his entire satisfaction and declared that the property was not worth any more. The boundaries were east to west 400 Castilian varas bounded on the east by the road to Los Pecos; west as far as the church and a clump of trees; north the lands of Juan de Urioste and south with the house of the purchaser. Signed Francisco Guerrero, rubric; wit/ Manuel Vigil and Estevan Rodriges.
Gregorio Crespin, a resident of the said villa of Santa Fe, appear before you and not having a piece of land to be able to plant, and in order to fulfill my obligations, I have been informed of a piece of land that is located on the other side of the river and which is leavings of Captain Juan Garcia de las Ribas, who was a resident of the said villa and the lands are bound by on the east the lands of Captain Juan Garzia; on the west by lands of Juan Felipe Rodriguez; north the lands of Captain Sebastian de Vargas and south by the road leading to El Alamo.
At the villa on the 8th of August 1742, I the Lt Colonel, don Gaspar Domingo de Mendoza, Governor and Captain of this kingdom, commanded the alcalde mayor, don Antonio Ulibarri to go upon the track of lands asked for and examine them.
I, Antonio Ulivarri, after examining the lands, took Gregorio Crespin by the hand and led him over the grounds – He plucked the grass, cast stones and shouted saying “Long Live the King of Spain, My Lord, don Felipe the Fifth” whom God preserve for many years, and showed him the boundaries which are east the lands of Miguel Garcia de las Rivas, west the lands of Felipe Pacheco, north the public road leading to El Alamo and south the ancient ditch which is the boundary of Juan de Arguello. At the said act of possession there were present, Felipe Tafoya, Juan Antonio de Apodaca, Juan de Arguello and Juan Antonio de Archuleta, whom I asked if they knew or had notice of any other person claiming such land and they said no. Signed Antonio de Ulibarri, rubric; wit/ Felipe Tafolla, rubric and Juan Manuel Chirinos, rubric.
I, Bartolome Lovato, a resident of the new town of Santa Cruz and one of the citizens who immigrated to the province of New Mexico for the purpose of settling under order of the most excellent Count de Galva appear before you. A piece of land which was granted to me in royal favor situated at the place called Chama on the other side of the river, said grant referred to but in conjunction with me the Ensign Salvador De Santistevan, Antonio Trujillo, Antonio Salazar and Cristoval Crespin together with Nicolas Griego, Nicolas Valverde and Juan de Mestas and we being placed in the settlement of the said place on 13th of January of the year. We ask that the tract of land be ruled in our favor — Bartolome Lovato.
In 1716, land is being questioned, the grant apparently being withdrawn, 14 November 1716; Land is redistributed so that they may reap the fruit of their labors, especially as the lands in question are upon the frontier and are a grant benefit to the new town of Santa Cruz and the Pueblos of San Juan and Santa Clara. Signed Juan Paez Hurtado, (rubric); Miguel Tenorio de Alba, Secretary of War
In this villa of Santa Fe, on 25 October 1718, appeared Cristobal Crespin, resident of Santa Cruz, said that he bought from Juana Martin some land and a house lot in this villa across the river, as well be evident by the instrument that was performed before me and was filed in the archives. He sold to Miguel Duran a resident of this villa and a soldier of this royal garrison, for a certain price and amount which he received and for which he acknowledges having been fully paid; Amount received was 166 pesos. Resigned and witnessed, Diego Arias de Quiros, (rubric)
At the request of Miguel Duran, there was added to this writing the price of 166 pesos, Signed don Francisco Joseph Bueno de Bohorquez y Corcuera, rubric; wit/ Juan Manuel Chirinos and Juan de Pas Bustillos.
At the villa of Santa Fe on the 29th of October 1762, before me, Manuel Gallego, alcalde mayor of this villa, appeared Gregorio Crespin, a resident who was giving and gave in royal sale to the soldier Antonio Ribera, one portion of land and house composed of three rooms. It is located at the place which they call Buena Vista and the boundaries are from north to south on the west side 267 ½ varas from west to east on the south side 316 ½ varas; from south to north of the east side 316 ½ varas; and east to west on the north side 198 ½ varas. The boundaries are the east side the Pecos Road; west the lands of Bisente Sena; north, the lands of Felis Uriosti and south the lands of Nicolas Moran and Ricardo Crespin.
Signed Manuel Gallego, rubric at the request of Gregorio Crespin, Diego Antonio Baca, rubric
Wit/ Antonio Domingues, rubric and Joseph Miguel Garduño, rubric.
References; Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Twitchell #'s 167, 171, 194, 180, 437, 438, 775.
©Henrietta M. Christmas