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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Blended Families


Ignacio Torres and José T. Torres each had a stepchild in addition to their own kids. Here are two older photos representing the children. The first was taken in Socorro about 1917 and the second was taken in Los Angeles about 1942.
  • Ignacio's stepdaughter Manuelita Marquez holds baby Margarita. Teresita and José stand beside them. Manuelita later married Panteleon Baca. (Brother Anastacio was not yet born).

  • Children of José Torres (no, not the José in the other picture) are Santos, Esther and Dolores posing with their half-brother Ben Lubbon, right, and Ben's youngest daughter, Patricia. Ben was married to Monica Sanchez, the first cousin of his half-siblings. (Siblings not pictured are Robert and Audrey).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Veteran First Cousins


Although they look like World War I doughboys, these first cousins were both born in 1903 and couldn’t serve in the Army until after the Great War. These two Army photos were likely taken in the early 1920s. The photo on the left was signed and sent to an aunt in California.
  • Max V. Torres, at left, is the son of Apolonio and Aurora Torres. He probably signed up in New Mexico but lived in Los Angeles, California, as an adult.
  • Joe Sanchez, the son of Domitila and Moises Sanchez, lived most of his life in California.
If you know more about servicemen from this era, please share in Comments below. Also, contact Maurine Pool at maurinepool@gmail.com if you have photos and information about members of our family who served in the military during World War II. Many of them served.

Friday, September 10, 2010

First Communion - First Cousins

Here are separate pictures of two girls at the time of their First Communions in Socorro, taken not that many years apart. If the photos were made around age 7, a typical age for First Communion, the dates of the photos would be 1914 and 1919.


The girls are first cousins.



  • At left is Monica Sanchez (born 1907), the daughter of Domitila and Moises Sanchez. Her family moved to California when she was a teenager, and she married Ben Lubbon.

  • At right is Teresita Torres (born 1912), daughter of Ignacio and Andreita Torres. She married Robert Baca and lived her life in Socorro.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Did You Know?

Here are a couple of tidbits about related families.

  • Canuto Torres was an older brother of Crespin’s and a U.S. Army sergeant from the Civil War era. Canuto’s son, Anastacio Torres, was a state representative, superintendent for Socorro schools, and he published a Socorro newspaper from 1904 to 1959. See a clip from the modern-day El Defensor Chieftain here.
  • Juan Julian Trujillo, also in the Union Army as a corporal, was Andrea’s older brother. He married twice. His first wife, Monica, appears to be living sans husband in the Socorro household of Canuto Torres in 1870 at age 19. (Juan Julian is back in town as a lawyer at the time of the next census).
  • There’s a good chance Canuto and Juan Julian’s wives were sisters – they were both Padillas. (A Jose Padilla family in the 1860 census at San Ygnacio de la Alamosa, Socorro County, included sisters Monica and Ysabel, ages 11 and 7).