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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

4 Torres Siblings


Ignacio Torres and his wife Andreita had four children born between 1907 and 1920. All of these siblings have died, although some of their first cousins are still living. The families from Ignacio’s line live in New Mexico and California. The siblings are, in order of age, Jose, or Joe, Torres, pictured here with sister, Teresita Baca; Margarita Lujan; and Anastacio Torres.

Dad Ignacio was born Oct. 25, 1875 and died March 18, 1950.

Papa Crespin's birthday was Oct. 25, as well. Click HERE to see a discussion of his birth and baptismal dates.

See the children of Domitila Sanchez by clicking HERE.

Thanks to the families in Ignacio's line for sharing photos.

Monday, October 10, 2011

1590s and 1690s in New Mexico

If you follow New Mexico history, you know the 1690s was the era of reconquest. While Spanish settlers first came to New Mexico in the 1590s, starting with the expedition of Juan de Oñate, many of them were killed or forced to retreat farther south during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Groups of families returned north during expeditions in the 1690s.
If you’re following New Mexico families, you realize that you’re probably related to more than one of the lines coming to New Mexico during these expeditions. And if you’re researching several generations, the number of lines you can follow seems to grow exponentially. It’s hard to pick. One family worth following is the Chaves line. This blog concentrates on the ancestors of Crespin Torres and Andreita Trujillo, whose ancestries are linked to the Chávez line and others.
  • Here’s a Spanish Archives entry regarding Fernando Durán y Cháves, who was in the ranks of Diego de Vargas’ reoccupying volunteer army. It notes that Gen. Fernando Durán y Cháves “was a resident of New Mexico prior to the rebellion in 1680 and with all his family escaped to El Paso with Governor [Antonio de] Otermin.
    “He came from a most disginguished Spanish family. It is safe to say that the Cháves blood from this ancestor is found in nearly every family of Spanish or Mexican origin today in New Mexico,” the archives summary states.
  • A possible precursor to Crespin may be Cristóbal de Torres. Fray Angelico Chávez, in his book “Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period,” mentions a Cristóbal de Torres who lived in Guadalupe del Paso and passed muster in 1693 before coming to New Mexico. He married to Angela de Leyva. According to Cháves' book, Cristóbal de Torres may be the son of another man named Cristóbal de Torres, who was a refugee of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
  • Here’s another example of a likely ancestor of Crespin's named in the Spanish Archives – in a list of families reported to the viceroy by Capt. Gen. Diego de Vargas. He was: José Garcia Jurado, “son of Fernando, native of Mexico, forty years of age, tall, broad forehead and nose, small deep-set eyes" – who made the trek to Santa Fe in 1693 with a wife and two sons who had been born in Puebla. Check out the entire list by clicking HERE and scanning Pages 92-106.
Also of interest is the list of men who were part of the 1598 Oñate expedition. Click HERE.

These past few posts have given just a glimpse of 400 years in our family history. For now, we’ll head back to the future.

Source: “The Spanish Archives of New Mexico: Compiled and chronologically arranged with historical, genealogical, geographical, and other annotations, by authority of the State of New Mexico. Vol. 2.” By Ralph Emerson Twitchell. The Torch Press. 1914. Page 102 and Page 134.