Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Earlier Marriages

The previous post shows the marriage records of the parents of Crespin and Andreita Torres.
Here's information about the previous generation.
  • Anastacio Torres' father, Santiago Torres, was from the Belen area and his mother, Barbara Ortiz, was from Santa Fe. The Torres-Ortiz couple married in Santa Fe on April 15, 1792. See the record above. Note that Santiago is a soldado, or soldier, for the Spanish army. The couple married in a military chapel of St. Francis Parish.

  • Josefa Montoya's parents: Juan Montoya married Maria Manuela Garcia Jurado.

  • Jose Trujillo's parents: Juan Antonio Trujillo and Juliana Silva. The Trujillo-Silva couple married in Tome, Valencia County, N.M., on Nov. 3, 1813.

  • Parents of Doloritas Marques: Antonio Marques married Loreta Vigil in Belen, Valencia County, N.M., on Feb. 5, 1816.

Source: Family History Library Roll 16905 for St. Francis Parish and Military Chapel of Our Lady of Light (La Castrensa), Santa Fe, N.M., Pg. 38.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Early Socorro Marriages

The town of Socorro was founded as early as 1598 near El Camino Real and was resettled by Spanish families in the early 1800s. A group of residents in the town of Belen -- a community between Albuquerque and Socorro -- petitioned the crown for land in the area of Socorro around 1817. By 1833, the census listed more than 400 residents in the village of Socorro.

Read about Belen, Socorro and more at Robert Baca's "A Genealogy of a New Mexico Torres Family."

Among couples getting married in Socorro in the 1830s were the parents of Crespin and Andreita.

Anastacio Torres and Maria Josefa Montoya married in 1835 and had several children before Crespin. Jose Trujillo and Doloritas Marques married in 1837 and had two sons before Andreita.

Below are copies of those records from San Miguel Catholic Church. Essentially, the Spanish-language documents identify the couple and their parents/or earlier spouse and give the marriage date. The ledger entries aren't that easy to read. Note some shortened forms, such as Eno for Enero, Ma for Maria and lego for legitimo.

  • On January 20, 1835, the parish priest for San Miguel Catholic Church married Jose Anastacio Torres, son of Santiago Torres and Maria Barbara Ortiz, to Maria Josefa Montoya, widow of Antonio Chaves.

  • The priest on March 15, 1837, married Jose Trujillo, son of Juan Antonio Trujillo and Maria Juliana Silva, to Maria Dolores Marques, daughter of Antonio Marques and Maria Loreta Vigil.

Sources: Copies of microfilmed records: San Miguel Catholic Church, Socorro, N.M. Marriages; Family History Library Film 16996
Also, "San Miguel del Socorro Marriage Records, 1821-1853," Joe Sanchez III, extractor; Antoinette Duran Silva, Ed. (Independently Published. Whittier CA, 1999). (Yes, Joe Sanchez III is related)

Sunday, August 8, 2010


You’ve seen this 1919 picture from every angle? Dear family, here’s one more close-up for your photo album. (Just don’t blow it up too big). Thanks to cousin Monica B., a Photoshop wiz, we now have a nice portrait of Crespin and Andrea Torres from their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in Socorro, N.M.

Download it for yourselves! Enjoy!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Family Puzzle 4

José T. Torres, son of Crespin and Andreita, wasn’t at the family gathering in Socorro, N.M., in April 1919. This might be the reason why. He and wife, Josie, in January had a baby girl in California. José was 37 at the time.