The child baptized in this document (top of the page) is Crespin Torres’ father, Jose Anastacio Torres, the legitimate son of Santiago Torres and Barbara Ortis – when the family worshiped at Our Lady of Belen church in the early 1800s.
Anastacio was baptized two days after his birth, so he would have been born on Nov. 20 1810. His godparents were Don Dionicio Baca and Dona Ana Maria Sanchez – not relatives, but a couple who would soon move to Socorro, N.M.
Our Torres family moved to Socorro around the time that Anastacio was a teen.
On Jan. 20, 1835, Anastacio married a Socorro widow named Josefa Montoya – who was 9 years younger and who had been married only about a year to her first husband. Anastacio and Josefa had six sons and one daughter. They died separately, but in the same year of 1850.
There doesn’t appear to be any record of Josefa’s death, but there is a burial record for Anastacio on Nov. 8, 1850 at San Miguel parish in Socorro. He had not yet celebrated his 40th birthday. The record shows that his wife was already dead at the time, and he didn’t receive any sacraments. The record states: "no se confeso ni recibio otras sacramentos." Perhaps that means that the death was sudden, but there is no mention of a cause of death. Nor are there any family stories lingering about the young man’s death.
Sources: Our Lady of Belen baptisms 1793-1851 - FHL # 16730 and San Miguel Catholic Church, Socorro burials 1821-1850 - FHL # 16996