Friday, March 26, 2010

What Is This Blog?

If your family is from New Mexico, you may be related to our Torres Family. This blog will focus on lifelong Socorro residents Crespin and Andreita Torres, their ancestors, and their many descendants. We’d like to hear from you. Share stories, photos and comments. Many of the early posts on this blog are shared with the already well-established family blog of Robert Baca's. To check out his blog, click here. Below is information about our family in the form of a flyer from 2008.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

1930 Snapshot

While we're filling out 2010 census forms, let's take a moment to look back at our Torres Family relatives in 1930. That's the most recent U.S. Census data available for viewing. The public will get access to the 1940 census in April 2012, which is exactly 72 years from the official census date (to protect individuals' privacy -- although many people live long past age 72). See who lived where then:
  • Ignacio Torres lived in Socorro with his wife Andreita and children Jose, Teresita, Margaret and Anastacio. Also in the household was his stepdaughter Manuelita and her husband Pantaleon and their two daughters. On top of that, Ignacio's household included wife Andreita's first mother-in-law Juana Marquez and Juana's grown daughter Nestora.
  • Guadalupe Olguin and her husband Tomas lived in Val Verde, Socorro County with children Tersila, Rosela, Jose de la Cruz and Crespiniano.
  • Dolores Stapleton and her husband Vivian Stapleton lived on Mt. Carmel Avenue in Socorro, three doors down from her brother Rogerio.
  • Rogerio and his wife Clara lived on Mt. Carmel Avenue with Annie, Rogerio, Clara, Frances, Della, and another daughter, who is still living.
  • Jose Torres and his wife Josefa live on Anna Street in Fresno, California, with their five children, three of whom are still living. Also living in the home was Jose's stepson Benny and his wife Monica.
  • Apolonio Torres and his wife Aurora lived on San Pedro Street in Los Angeles with children Luis, John, Nestor, Josephine and Clarence. Son Max and his wife Rita lived nearby.
  • Living on Vallejo Street in Los Angeles were widow Domitila Sanchez with her sons Henry, Crespin, Joe and Joe's wife and son. Also living there that April was her father, Crespin Torres, 82. (See previous post). Other grown children of Domitila's lived in New Mexico.
  • Juan Jose Montoya, the only survivor of Monica Montoya, was living in Tucson, Arizona on Contzen Street with his wife Sara and three sons, two of whom are living.
Note: Incorrect census spellings have been corrected for this post.
Individual photos taken between early 1900s to early 1940s

Monday, March 1, 2010

Our Dear Matriarch Andrea Torres

Born about 1854, Maria Andrea (Trujillo) Torres became a midwife and nurse in the community of Socorro, N.M. Her obituary doesn't specifically say that she was a midwife, but it did say: "She served all who frequently sought help from her and she earned the caring of all those who knew her." (See her obituary in an earlier blog entry and at Robert Baca's blog.) Esther Pool, 91, remembers her grandmother's funeral in 1926 and looking back from a seat in a Model T at a long, long line of mourners walking from the church to the cemetery. Seems she was a pretty well-respected lady from the respected Trujillo family.
Andrea's parents were Jose Trujillo and Maria Dolores Marquez, who married in 1837 in Socorro.
We don't have Andrea's baptismal record (yet). She married Crespin Torres in 1869 at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. They raised Domitila, Monica, Apolonio, Ignacio, Jose, Dolores, Rogerio and Guadalupe.
As with many women in the family, she was usually addressed with the endearing "-ita" at the end of her name.
Wish we had more pictures of our dear matriarch.