Saturday, April 5, 2014

Married 145 Years Ago

This is the entry into the church records that Father Benito Bernard made 145 years ago today when he married our ancestors Crespin Torres and Andrea Trujillo at San Miguel Catholic Church. The couple, who married in Socorro, New Mexico on April 5, 1869, lived together for 56 years until her death in 1926. They were lifelong residents of Socorro. Witnesses to their marriage were Crespin’s first cousins Severo and Catalina Baca. Severo married later that same year.

April 5, 1869 marriage of Crespin Torres and Andrea Trujillo

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Town Blacksmith

Jan. 18, 1902.  Socorro Chieftain, Pg.1

The previous post about Juan Julian Trujillo spotlighted just one of Andrea’s brothers.

While the eldest brother, Juan Julian, was a respected educator and our matriarch Andrea was a midwife/nurse known throughout Socorro, another of the brothers, Atanacio Trujillo, was the town’s blacksmith.

Among the three of them, the Trujillos served Socorro well at the turn of the 20th Century. Andrea helped bring babies into the world and kept them healthy. Juan Julian gave those children an education. 

And Atanacio helped the townsfolk thrive, making and repairing their equipment and fitting their horses with hardware. A blacksmith often was the heart of a town. He was a craftsman and a master with tools, metals and engineering. Atanacio followed in the footsteps of his father, Jose; his grandfather,  Juan Antonio; and even his great-grandfather, Agustin. Agustin was listed as a blacksmith in the 1790 Spanish census in the town of Belen.

 Atanacio was mentioned briefly in a Socorro newspaper clipping at the time of his death in 1902. (see above)

Atanacio was born Aug  13, 1850 in Socorro and died there in January 1902. He married Telesfora Chaves and had sons Pedro, Moises, Manuel, Jose and Juan.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Man of Marked Ability

An important man in Socorro history was the brother of our matriarch, Andrea Trujillo.

The obituary of her brother Juan Julian Trujillo – published March 30, 1907 – points out that he taught many schoolchildren in many districts through the years. Born in 1847 and married twice, he appears in Socorro records sometimes as J. Julian and sometimes as Julian J. Our family always called him Juan Julian, and many descendants are named after him.

We can gain a glimpse of his later years by way of multiple newspaper entries.

This line is from a June 1884 column in the Socorro Chieftain: “he is making his residence at San Antonio for the present, and comes up to Socorro quite frequently.”

In a January 1905 Socorro Chieftain: Julian J. Trujillo was “in town” from Lemitar enjoying “this Saturday's holiday (Epiphany) with friends.”

In September of 1905: he left for Magdalena, where he will teach “for the next 10 months.”

And just before his death, the March 9, 1907 “From La Joya Jottings” column in the Chieftain newspaper reports: “Mr. Julian J. Trujillo and wife have been for the last month suffering with a severe attack of grippe. Mr. Trujillo is also suffering with rheumatism.”

Below are links and copies of the obituaries for his first wife, Monica, and for Julian himself. Juan Julian remarried in October 1897, the same year of his first wife's death.

July 2, 1897, Socorro Chieftain, Page 1  – In “Of Home Interest” column 
Mrs. Monica Padilla de Trujillo, the estimable wife of Julian J. Trujillo, died yesterday morning
at 6:15 o'clock. The funeral takes place this morning at the family residence at 10 o'clock, from which the procession will proceed to the Catholic cemetery where the remains will be interred. Mrs. Trujillo had been in poor health for some time but her death was not expected. She was a loving wife and mother, a kind and obliging neighbor and her death is sincerely mourned by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and one son to mourn her death.  The sympathy of the entire community is with the bereaved husband and orphaned son.

A Man of Marked Ability Suddenly Goes to His Reward.
Julian J. Trujillo is dead. Death claimed its own at eleven o'clock Tuesday night at Ranchos de La Joya where the deceased was teaching school. The news caused great surprise and profound sorrow among the many relatives and friends of Mr. Trujillo in Socorro and vicinity. Death resulted from a severe cold which developed into a fever and other complications.
The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at La Joya in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Mr. Trujillo was born in Socorro in 1844 (sic). He was educated for the priesthood but never took orders. At various times he occupied a variety of public positions, everyone of which he filled with credit to himself and satisfaction to those whom he served. It is doubtful whether any man in New Mexico ever taught public school in as many districts as Mr. Trujillo did. He was a man of unquestioned ability and kindly disposition. His sorrowing family have, therefore, the keen sympathy of an extremely large circle of friends and acquaintances. May he rest in peace.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A must read:
The Story of don Juan de Oñate and de la Cruz DNA:  Genetic Genealogist breaks through Adobe Walls, ties Ancestry to New Mexico's First Families

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Párbulos – Buried Babies

What a difference two decades makes.
When I first started looking into family records in 1991, I scrolled through burials from 1821-1853 of Socorro, New Mexico. I found only a couple of key people – such as our direct ancestors Santiago Torres and Barbara Ortiz, the grandparents of Crespin Torres. I recently took another look at microfilms of burials and rediscovered people in Socorro history, both young and old.
I was struck by all the “párbulos” – a word I didn’t know 23 years ago. Párbulos, sometimes spelled párvulos, are infants and toddlers. The names and dates for those buried babies often don’t advance our genealogy hunt, so it is easy to look past them. But think about how their deaths took a toll on their families. One couple, Joaquin Torres (a son of Santiago Torres and Barbara Ortiz) and wife Josefa Anaya, were particularly hard-hit with child losses in the 1840s.

The following is a short list of burial records of children who would have been aunts, uncles or first cousins of Crespin's. I didn't find any burial records for siblings of Crespin (but see the image at the bottom of this post and consider whether it could be for Crespin's brother Apolonio).
  • April 23, 1822: Juan Nepomuceno – child of Juan Montoya and Maria Manuela Garcia (He was born March 11)
  • January 20, 1823: Maria Antonia Torres – single child of Santiago Torres and Barbara Ortiz
  • March 23, 1824: Santiago Torres – párbulo and adopted Nabajo (note spelling with a b) – son of Santiago Torres and Barbara Ortiz (Baby Santiago was born on Feb. 25)
  • Sept. 26, 1832: Jose de la Cruz – child of Juan Montoya and Maria Manuela Garcia 
  • March 1840: Felipe and Maria Dolores Torres (2 separate entries on separate days) – children of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya
  • April 1843 Ana Maria – child of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya
  • Sept. 1843: Maria del Pilar – child of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya
  • Oct. 1, 1846: Maria Iona Aban – child of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya
  • Jan. 23, 1847: Antonia Abad – child of Jose Antonio Torres and Prudencia Jaramillo
  • March 12, 1848: Maria Benita – child of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya (this child was born March 19, 1847)
  • Jan. 1849: Jesusita – child of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya
  • Aug. 10, 1850: Juana de Jesus – child of Juan Montoya and Tomasa Luna
  • Jan. 1866: Maria Gertrudis – child of Jose Antonio Torres and Prudencia Jaramillo
  • March 23, 1872: Atanacio – child of Jose Antonio Torres and Prudencia Jaramillo
As for Polonio Torres, this August 1862 burial record could be for Crespin’s brother (about age 20 at the time). But it’s a strange burial listing, as Polonio Torres of Socorro is in the same entry as Ysabel Silva of Socorro and Camilo Varreras of Tajo. Who are they, and why are they in the same listing at a campo santo in Canada Alamosa?
Ysabel Silva, Polonio Torres y Camilo Varreras burial record

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Santiago Torres: The Last Record

Adulto, Santiago Torres del Limitar 1845

continued... Santiago Torres burial record

Santiago Torres received the Blessed Sacrament of Penance and was buried  "in the year of our Lord" 1845 on the 4th day of the month of March, according to records of the parish of San Miguel church in Socorro, New Mexico. 

Thanks to priest Jose Vicente Chavez, the historical record is clearly written … and thanks to luck, the pages were not torn or stained. This is how Santiago Torres' final record appears from the ledger that can be found on microfilm FHL16996 -- Pages 7 and 8 from Burial Book 1844-1853. 

Although the record doesn’t say so, Santiago was a viudo, a widower. Barbara Ortiz died 3 years earlier in the community of La Parida. It’s likely that Santiago moved from Parida to Lemitar after his wife’s death and lived at or near homes of his daughters, Isabel Baca and Tomasa Padilla, who at the time were established in Lemitar with their husbands and children.

Monday, November 4, 2013


Another Torres family that left an indelible mark on
Socorro was Anastacio "A.C." Torres. Born in 1868 to
Canuto Torres and Isabelita Padilla y Abeyta, he was
educated at the Sisters of Loretto Convent in Socorro.
In 1883 he worked as a clerk at the Price Brothers
Mercantile store in San Antonio. Studying to be an
educator, he mastered both the Spanish and English
languages. With these skills, he worked as a school
teacher and court interpreter in Socorro for many years.
In 1890, he was also elected City Clerk.
In 1904, while teaching 3rd grade in San Antonio, he
bought the El Republicano Printing Company. Armed
with a printing press and his language skills, he
published the first edition of Socorro's bilingual
newspaper, the "El Defensor," on May 7, 1904.
He married Margarita Montoya of Socorro in 1915,
raising 2 sons and 5 daughters. While still the publisher
and editor of the El Defensor, he was elected as State
Representative in 1931, and the following year as State
Senator, representing Socorro and Catron Counties for
two terms. From 1953 through 1957, A.C. Torres
proudly added "The Free State of Socorro" to the
newspaper's masthead, being a spirited supporter of the
In 1957, A.C. Torres semi-retired. After all, he was now
87 years old! He sold the paper to the Morgan family
from Kansas, though he stayed on as Honorary Editor
and continued writing the Spanish language portions of
the paper. In 1959, the Morgan's ceased publishing the
El Defensor for personal reasons. At 89 years of age,
A.C. Torres was in no position to reassume the daily
operation of the paper.
In October 1959, he merged his beloved newspaper
with the Socorro Chieftain. The first issue of the
combined "Socorro El Defensor-Chieftain" was
published on November 3, 1959.
Printing the El Defensor for 55 years, Anastacio C.
Torres was the longest enduring publisher and editor in
Socorro's history, and perhaps in New Mexico. The
merger of these two institutions has brought continuous
newspaper service to Socorro County for over 120
years. The El Defensor Chieftain is recognized as the
3rd oldest newspaper in New Mexico, and one of the
longest running historical records in the Southwest.

Originally published in El Defensor Chieftain
newspaper, Saturday, October 1, 2005

People and Places, Etc.

A large contingent of people in our Socorro, N.M., family moved north to Albuquerque in the 20th century, readers of this blog know.
It was a bit of a surprise to see that families of two of Crespin Torres’ brothers had moved south, near modern-day Truth or Consequences. So did a few other families whose names are known from earlier Socorro censuses and church records. Alamosa (now underwater at the Elephant Butte Reservoir) was a first stop for some of those southbound families. Then some people went even further south to Las Palomas. The Catholic parishes these families belonged to were San Ignacio and San Cristobal, which is now known as Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Our patriarch Crespin Torres’ brothers Epifano and Juan apparently lived their final days in Sierra County.
Etc. A contemporary of Crespin’s – a half-uncle named Juan Caterino Montoya who was raised by Tomasa (Luna) Montoya and Juan Jose Tafoya – lived a long, full life, much like Crespin. Caterino was born 6 months after Crespin and died 6 years before him on Jan 26, 1931. Caterino was a farmer in Monticello, Sierra County, and never married.
In Albuquerque, our northbound families attended the parishes of San Felipe de Neri in Old Town and Sacred Heart in downtown (that church was built in 1903). They often married spouses from Albuquerque. Over the years, families have spread out throughout the metropolitan area of Albuquerque, living in Moriarity to Rio Rancho and even up to Santa Fe.
Etc. A nephew of our matriarch Andrea (Trujillo) Torres met an odd and unfortunate end in the Santa Barbara neighborhood of Albuquerque. He died from tetanus on Nov. 8, 1931 after cracking his thumb with a hammer while hoofing a horse. He was Pedro Trujillo, 39, son on Atanascio Trujillo, who was married to Teofila Tafoya.
A large slice of the family wound up in California. Why California? Time and time again, family members say their predecessors came to California for jobs, though they sometimes returned to New Mexico. Brothers Joe and Crespin Sanchez were two young men in the early 1920s who came to California to start out anew, according to family stories. By that time, many individuals felt the need to spread their wings beyond farming. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fresno became destinations.
Etc. Two young boys had a brief brush with Hollywood. Moises Ramon and Joe, sons of Crespin and Felice Sanchez, appeared in bit parts in “The Greatest Story Every Told” and “Wagon Train”  as pre-teens in the 1960s. The roles were small and uncredited ones. The two L.A. boys have passed on. (Social Security death records show they each got SS cards at age 6, which was unusual in the ’50s).

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Crespin's Siblings

Crespin Torres had a sister and brothers. But we only know about three of his siblings as adults. Two of them moved outside of Socorro and another stayed in town. Perhaps the others died young.

The children of Anastacio Torres and Josefa Montoya were born in Socorro communities with a variety of names, but all in close proximity. We will continue to look for clues wherever we can, knowing that there are connections through godparents, neighbors, and primarily the four Torres aunts: Andrea, Isabel, Tomasa and Guadalupe. We know from his obituary that Crespin’s parents died in 1850, a few months apart, and that the children scattered. So here’s a rundown as best we know:

Juan Telesforo: born Jan. 3, 1837 in La Parida. There’s not any mention of this individual in Socorro records besides his Socorro baptismal record. (His godparents were Aunt Andrea Torres and her husband, Jose Ignacio Baca). Note that the 1845 census of the Socorro area – which lists the Anastacio Torres family in the community of San Miguelito de las Canas – states that the name of the child born in 1837 was Juan Abato. And Juan Abato IS in Socorro records. Perhaps Juan Teleforo is actually Juan Abato, or maybe Teleforo died as a baby. None of the elders in Crespin’s family recalled uncles with either of these names.

In 1850, a 13-year-old J. Torres lived in the Socorro household of J.J and M. Montolla.  It’s a good bet that Juan moved into the home of newlyweds Juan de Jesus Montoya – a younger brother of their deceased dad, Anastacio – and Maria Isabel Baca – a daughter of Aunt Guadalupe Torres and her husband, Pedro Baca. That Montoya couple had married in 1848.

Let’s follow the story of Juan Abato from available records.  He probably married the first time around 1857 or 1858. He was named in Socorro records as the widower of Candelaria Gonzales and the son of Anastacio Torres and Josefa Montoya at the time of his 1882 second marriage to Jesusa Baca (widow of Avelino Gutierrez). Juan A. Torres and family (Candelaria, Gregorio and Ambrosio) were in the 1870 and 1880 U.S. censuses living in Las Palomas. The previous decade – in 1860 – he and Candelaria and baby Gregorio lived in San Ignacio de la Alamosa. His son Gregorio married in 1882, as well. Both communities where the family resided are south of Socorro.

In the 1885 census, a couple named J.A. Torres and Jesusa lived in Escondida – north of Socorro. Is it the right couple? It must be, because he had a stepdaughter, T. Gutierrez, and stepson Avelino Gutierrez in the same household (Avelino married just four years later and that record confirmed that Jesusa and her first husband Avelino were his parents). In 1900, Juan A. Torres lived in Socorro – a husband of about 10 years, though the wife is missing from the census page. In 1910, widower Juan A. Torres, 74, lived in Monticello, Sierra County. It’s hard to confirm that this is the correct Juan, but it is a good possibility since he spent much of his life in the southern county.

Jose Canuto: born Jan. 20, 1839 in La Parida. He was a well-known resident of Socorro.  It appears that young Canuto was taken in by the Pedro Baca family after the parents died. He is listed as J.C. Torres in that household in 1850 and as Canuto in the 1860 census. (Crespin, too, was in the household of their Aunt Guadalupe Baca in 1860.)  Canuto’s godparents were recorded as Pedro Montoya and Maria Monica Ortega, but the name Pedro is probably wrong – his godparents probably were the boys' grandfather, Juan Montoya, and Juan Montoya's second wife named Maria Monica Ortega.

Canuto enlisted in the Union Army in July 1861 and served as a sergeant in Capt.  Roman Baca's Company of New Mexico, Company E, 2nd Regiment of Valencia County.  He applied for and received a government pension in his final years. 

He married Isabel Padilla in 1863 and had many children in Socorro before he died Jan. 6, 1908. Among Canuto and Isabel’s children were: Meliton, Anastacio, Ambrosio and Miguel. Family members from his line turn up again and again in our family history. For instance, Anastacio wrote the obituaries for Crespin and Andreita when they died. Anastacio was a state representative, teacher, newspaper publisher and editor of El Defensor del Pueblo.

Jose Apolonio de Jesus: born Feb. 8, 1841 in La Parida.  He must be the 8-year-old listed in the 1850 census with Crespin when they lived with their grandpa Juan Montoya and Montoya’s then-wife Tomasa Luna. But has anyone seen any other records of Apolonio, or Polonio, Torres? Perhaps he died when he was a child.

His godparents were Dolores Lucero and Ramualdo Baca (a son of Aunt Isabel Torres and her husband, Francisco Baca).

Epifano Torres, brother of Crespin
Jose Epifano: born April 6, 1843 in San Antonio de la Parida. We're not sure where Epifano was after the parents died. He was not in the household of his padrinos, Felipe Padilla and Juana Maria Garcia (she being the daughter of Aunt Guadalupe and her first husband, Francisco Garcia). Nor was Epifano in the homes of any of the Torres aunts and uncles. But many census entries that year only listed a first initial, and Epifano often was misspelled anyhow. 

Epifano married Perfecta Apodaca in 1865 and had many children – Prajedes, Jose, Beatriz Baca, Evangelista Montoya and Herminio. The family lived in Las Palomas, which was in Sierra County, south of Socorro. Epifano died between 1900 and 1910. He was alive for the 1900 census, listed as a 57-year-old head of household with his wife and children, plus two daughters-in-law and grandkids. All of that family resided in Las Palomas in separate households in 1910, except for the patriarch. Epifano’s wife Perfecta was a 60-year-old widow that year.

Ambrosio Melquiades: born Dec., 7, 1845 in Bosquecito. He was not mentioned in records besides the Socorro baptismal record. His godparents, also Bosquecito residents at the time, were Santiago Gonzales and Maria Victoria Trujillo – whose daughter married a son of Aunt Maria Andrea Torres and her husband, Ignacio Baca.

Maria Dolores: born March 19, 1850 in Socorro. Perhaps the mom died in childbirth with this girl Dolores, and the baby was taken in by her padrinos. Dolores Torres, age 1, resided in the household of the siblings’ Aunt Maria Isabel Baca in Lemitar in 1850. Aunt Isabel and her husband Francisco were Dolores’ godparents at the time of her baptism. Aunt Isabel died before 1856, based on a marriage record of one of her children. Did Dolores die that decade as well? (There’s also a Domingo Torres, 18, in that Juan Francisco-Isabel Baca household.  Could that be a misidentified Torres sibling?)

NOTE: Crespin’s home with his grandfather and wife probably was disrupted before 1854 when Juan  Montoya died and the wife, Tomasa (Luna) Montoya,  remarried and moved to San Ignacio de la Alamosa, near Fort Craig. Tomasa and Juan were Crespin’s padrinos in 1847. Tomasa and Juan also had a baby in 1850, who was just about the age of Crespin's little sister, Dolores.

CLICK HERE to read about the siblings of Andrea (Trujillo) Torres.
P.S. Corrected spellings and full names are used in this post despite variations in baptismal, marriage and census records. 

PPS. If you want to see families in the 1850 Socorro area censuses, page through the communities online. There aren’t that many pages, and the indexes are pretty useless because indexers misread names like Torres. If you’re familiar with families, the names and family groupings probably will jump out at you.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Reprint: Crespin Torres' Obituary

Here is the obituary printed on the front page of El Defensor del Pueblo newspaper in 1937 after Papa Crespin Torres died. (The photo is of the original newspaper from 1937). Crespin's obituary is in the middle column, to the right of an article about Alf Landon and President Roosevelt. Here's the obit in English and the original Spanish. The editor of the Socorro, N.M., Spanish-language newspaper was Crespin's nephew, A.C. Torres.

Courtesy of Esther Pool via her dad Jose.
Don Crespin Torres passed to a better life Thursday morning

Funeral took place today Friday October 22
Yesterday, Thursday, October 21. At 5:30 A.M., the respectable, aged Crespin Torres passed away at the age of 90 years, after having been prostrate in bed for 20 days in the residence of his daughter Doloritas Stapleton, in this city.
Don Crespin Torres first saw the light of day October 25, 1847, in this community; he was four days shy of 90 years old. His parents were Anastacio Torres and Josefita Montoya (both happily remembered), descendants of the large Torres and Montoya families of this county and state where are found offspring of the old stock that came to the New World and colonized the continent.
Don Crespin Torres became an orphan at an early age. At 2 ½ his mother died and seven months later his father also died, and he lived with his grandfather Juan Montoya. From 5 to 13, he lived in the house of his first cousin, Hon. Candelario Garcia and later with his aunt Lupe Torres de Baca, where he lived until he married Senorita Andreita, daughter of Don Jose Trujillo and Doloritas de Trujillo, who preceded him to the grave by 11 years and two months and from whose marriage survived three sons: Apolonio, Ignacio and José T. Torres; four daughters-in-law; three daughters, Domitila T. Sanchez, Lola T. Stapleton (wife of Don Vivian Stapleton) and Lupita T. de Olguin (wife of Don Tomas Olguin); 27 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren: and 7 great-great-grandchildren, also a large number of nieces and nephews and relatives.
The deceased during his lifetime was a faithful and tender husband, an amiable and kind father, and a peaceful and respectable citizen.
Under the direction of Mr. H.S. Torres, director of the funeral home of this city, the funeral was carried out at 9:30 this morning, Oct. 22, from the house of his children Mr. Vivian Stapleton and Lola T. de Stapleton to San Miguel Church; from there to the Catholic cemetery, where before closing the grave, at the request of the mourners, Mr. J.A. Torres, Mr. A.C. Torres and Mr. R.B. Rivera pronounced the funeral prayer with sentimental and emotional words which touched the hearts of the crowd that listened around the grave.
Through these columns of El Defensor del Pueblo, we thank all those who accompanied us at the wake and funeral of our beloved father, Crespin Torres.
Lola T. de Stapleton, brothers and sisters
We send our most heartfelt condolences to our beloved Torres cousins and relatives, asking the Almighty to quickly send his consoling spirit.
A.C. Torres and family

Dn. Crespin Torres pasó a
mejor vida el jueves
en la mañana.
El funeral Se Verificó
Hoy Viernes Octubre 22
Ayer, Jueves Octubre 21 – a las 5:30 A.M., falleció el respetable anciano Crespin Torres, a la edad 90 años, después de haber estado postrado en cama por veinte días, en la residencia de hija Doloritas T. de Stapleton, en esta ciudad.
Dn. Crespin vió por primera vez la luz del día el 25 de Octubre 1847 en esta comunidad, cuatros días para los noventa años, habiendo sido sus padres Anastacio Torres y Josefita Montoya (ambos de feliz memoria) descendientes de las grandes familias Torres y Montoya de este condado y estado donde se encuentran vástajos de aquellas viejas cepas que vinieron al nuevo mundo y poblaron el continente.
Dn. Crespin Torres quedó huerfano de madre a los dos años y medio, siete meses después también murió su padre; y se quedó con su abuelito Juan Montoya, después de los cinco a las trece anos vivió en las casa de su rimohermano Hon. Candelario Garcia, y por última con su tia Lupe Torres de Baca que estuvo hasta que se casó en ese tiempo con Srita. Andreita, hija de Dn. Jose Trujillo y Doloritas de Trujillo, quien le presidió a la tum once años y los dos meses ha y de cuyo matrimonio les sobreviven tres hijos Apolonio, Ignacio y José T. Torres, y cuatro nueras, tres hijas Domitila T. Sanchez, Lola T. Stapleton, esposa de Dn. Vivian Stapleton, Lupita T. de Olguin, esposa de Dn. Tomas Olguin, 27 nietos, 30 viznietos, y siete tataranietos, también un gran número de sobrinos y parientes.
El extinto, durante su vida fué un esposo fiel y tierno; un padre amable y bondadoso, un ciudadano pacifico y respetable.
El funeral se verificó al las 9:30 esta mañana – Oct. 22 – bajo direción de Sr. H.S. Torres, director de empresa funereria de esta ciudad de las casa de sus hijos Sr. Vivian Stapleton y Lola T. de Stapleton a la iglesia de San Miguel, de allí al panteón Católico en donde antes de sellar la sepultura, por súplica de los dolientes; Sres. J.A. Torres, A.C. Torres y R.B. Rivera pronunciaron la oración funebre con fraces (sic) sentimentales y emocionantes que conmovieron a la muchedumbre que los escuchaban arrededor de la fosa.
Por medio de estas columnas de El Defensor del Pueblo, damos las gracias a todos las personas que nos acompañaron en la velada y funeral de nuestro querido padre Crespin Torres.
Lola T. Stapleton, hermanos y hermanas.
Mandamos nuestras más sentidas condolencias de nuestros queridos primos Torres y deudos pidiendo al Omnipotente pronto les mande su espiritu consalador.
A.C. Torres y familia.
El Defensor del Pueblo, Oct. 22, 1937. Page 1

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Reprint: Andreita T. de Torres Obituary

This obituary has previously been published online, but here it is again on the 87th anniversary of the death of our matriarch Andrea (Trujillo) Torres, who died Aug. 17, 1926. The obituary was on the front page of El Defensor del Pueblo – on the next-to-the righthand column. Mama Andreita was a well-known member of the community of Socorro. She was a midwife and nurse to an untold number of families, although the obituary is rather vague and flowery.

This poor copy of the newspaper page comes from a microfilm collection from the University of California, Berkeley. The library has many editions – certainly not all – of the Socorro, N.M., newspaper from 1913 to 1930. (The newspaper was published from 1904-1950). The obituary is reprinted below in English and the original Spanish.

Mrs. Andreita T. de Torres
Died Tuesday in her
residence in this city

Mrs. Andreita T. de Torres, wife of  Don Crispin Torres, who was prostrate after a short illness, gave her soul to the Great Creator of the Universe Tuesday – August 17 – at 6 in the afternoon in her residence in this city aided by the sacraments of the Holy Catholic Church of which she was a devoted  member.
Mrs. Andreita was born the 8th of November 1853, her parents being  Mr. José Trujillo and Doloritas Marquez (both happily remembered) in this community. At the time of her death, she was 72 years, 9 months and 9 days of  age. In 1868,(sic) she married Mr. Crispin Torres with whom she lived an amiable, faithful and contented life for 58 years of her married life, from which 4 sons survive: Apolonio, Ignacio, José y Rogerio Torres, three daughters, Mrs. Domitila T. de Sanchez, widow of Dn. Moises Sanchez, Lola T. de  Stapleton, wife of Dn. Vivian Stapleton y Lupe T. de Olguin, wife of Dn. Tomás Olguin, 24 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, also surviving is her husband  Dn. Crispin Torres, a brother Rogerio Trujillo, a sister-in-law, Isabelita P. de  Torres, four daughters-in-law, a large number of nieces and nephews and relatives immersed in deep sorrow.
Mrs. Andreita was an obedient and model daughter, and a faithful and constant wife, a tender and caring mother and grandmother, a neighbor and fellow citizen, who with detachment and love, with the intelligence of which she was gifted, served all who frequently sought help from her and she earned the caring of all those who knew her.
The funeral was carried out Wedneday at 2:30 p.m. beginning at the house of  mourning, continuing the funeral procession to San Miguel and from there to the Catholic cemetery where before closing the grave our editor, nephew of the grieving husband, after manifesting thanks to the well-attended gathering and recital of the biography of the deceased in sorrowful phrases, presented Dn. Jose Anastacio Torres, who with his accustomed oratory discoursed praises in emotional formal address.
The newspaper sends from the fervent heart of the editor the most deep condolences to his uncle, cousins and relatives imploring that soon the Almighty will cover with a cloak their consolation.

We give thanks through these columns to all who accompanied us during the sickness, the wake and funeral of our beloved wife and mother.
Crispin Torres and sons


Sra. Andreita T. de Torres

Falleció El Mártes En Su

Residencia de Este Ciudad

Sra. Andreita T. de Torres, esposa de Don Crispin Torres después de una emfermedad que la tuvo postrada poco tiempo entregó el alma al Creador del Universo el mártes – Agosto 17 – a las 6 de la tarde en su residencia en esta cuidad auxiliada por los sacramentos de la Santa Iglesia Católica de la que era miembro devoto.
Sra. Andreita nació el día 8 de Noviembre 1853, siendo los padres Sr. José Trujillo y Doloritas Marquez (ambos de feliz memoria) en esta comunidad. Al tiempo de su muerte tenía 72 años, 9 meses y 9 días de edad. En 1868, se casó con Sr. Crispin Torres con quien vivió una vida amable, fiel y contentamente los 58 años de su vida conyugal de cuyó matrimonio le sobreviven 4 hijos: Apolonio, Ignacio, José y Rogerio Torres, tres hijas, Sra. Domitila T. de Sanchez, Vda. de Dn. Moises Sanchez, Lola T. de Stapleton, esposa de Dn. Vivian Stapleton y Lupe T. de Olguin, esposa de Dn. Tomas Olguin, 24 nietos, 11 viznietos, también sobrevive su esposo Dn. Crispin Torres, un hermano, Rogerio Trujillo, una cuñada, Isabelita P. de Torres, cuatro nueras, un gran número de sobrinos y parientes sumidos en el más acerbo dolor.
Sra. Andreita, fue una hija obediente y modelo, y una esposa fiel y constante, una madre y abuela tierna y cariñoso, una vecina y prójimo, que con desapego y amor con su inteligensia, de la que fue dotada, sirvió a todos los que frecuentemente, recurririan a ella y se grangeó el cariño de todos los que la conocieron.
El funeral se verificó el miércoles a las 2:30 p.m. empezando de la casa del luto siguió un cortejo funebre a la iglesia de San Miguel y de allí al panteón católico donde antes de cubrir la fosa nuestro editor, sobrino de la afligi esposo, después de manifestar las gracias al concurridisimo acompañamiento y recitar la biografía de la extinta in patéticas frases, presentó a Dn. Jose Anastacio Torres quien con su acosturbrada oratorio desertó el panegirico en emocionante alocución. Esta redacción manda desde lo mas ferviente corozón de su editor de familiares el más profundo pésame a su tio, primos y familiares implorando que pronto el Todopoderoso les cubra con el manto del consuelo.
Damos las gracias por medio de estas columnas a todos lo que no acompañaron durante la enfermedad, velorio y funeral de nuestra querida esposa y madre.
El Defensor del Pueblo, Aug. 20, 1926. Page  1

Sunday, August 4, 2013

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Let’s take another look at our Marquez family line. Ignacio Torres – frequently mentioned in this blog – married the widow of Miguel Marquez. There are two ways to connect Ignacio to a man named Antonio Marquez

Those of us doing New Mexico genealogy know there’s always more than one way to connect the dots.

The most direct link of Ignacio to the Marquez line is simple: He was the great-grandson of Antonio. (One of Ignacio's grandmothers was Antonio's daughter, Doloritas Marquez, who married Jose Trujillo).

Antonio married twice – first to Loreta Vigil, the mother of Doloritas – but later to Ana Maria Molina. It is through his second wife that we follow the thread back to Ignacio. One of their sons, named Jose Antonio married Juana Maria Lucero in 1858. They were the parents of Miguel Marquez, who married Andreita Montoya in August 1900. .. and then Andreita married Ignacio after Miguel died. But the connection isn’t lost there. Miguel’s mother, Juana, and his sister Nestora were actually living with Andreita and the daughter that she had with Miguel at the time that she and Ignacio married in 1906 … and they continued to live in the same household for many years.

So our well-known relative Ignacio is the great-grandson of Antonio Marquez … AND his wife’s first husband’s father is the step-brother of Ignacio’s grandmother.

By the way, Antonio Marquez – born in 1784 in Tome – first shows up in Socorro records in 1824. He married his first wife in Belen in 1816, and he was the son of Jose Mariano Marquez and Petra Yturrieta.

But that’s enough dot-connecting for now. Whew!

To read about 3 Marquez sisters, CLICK HERE