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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Marquez Sisters in the 1820s

The mother of Andrea (Trujillo) Torres was Doloritas (Marquez) Trujillo, who was born around 1824. According to census and marriage records, Doloritas had two sisters named Victoria and Clara – born about 1821 and 1826 respectively. They lost their mother when they were very young.

No family stories are known about the sisters. Family stories are very clear that Doloritas married by age 14 and that she was so young when she moved into the Trujillo household that she was still a playful child more than she was a woman. Her marriage to Jose Trujillo, who was 10 years older than her, took place at San Miguel church in Socorro on March 15, 1837.

While a search of Socorro birth records from 1837-1850 would be expected to show many children being born to the newly married couple, that’s not the case. Doloritas and Jose didn’t have their first child until 10 years after they married. But they acted as godparents for at least seven children born in their community during those years. The couple even witnessed the baptism of one of the children born to her father and his second wife. An examination of the baptismal ledgers shows that sisters Victoria and Clara did have children during those years.

In the 1800s, it wasn’t unusual to marry so young. But it was unusual to marry so young and have only six children. We have to wonder if Doloritas had numerous miscarriages.

Doloritas and Jose had children in the 1850s and early '60s. She was still living in 1875, when she witnessed the baptism of her grandson Ignacio Torres, but her husband had probably died by then. Doloritas is listed as dead in 1897, when her eldest, Juan Julian, married for a second time. But she probably died long before that.

Doloritas’ sisters married closer to age 20 to spouses near their age. Victoria married Felipe Montoya in February 1844, and they lived many years together in Socorro. Clara was born and baptized at San Miguel parish in August 1826, and she married Toribio Molina in May 1846. The last Socorro census record of Clara was in 1860 at age 35 in a household with her father, Antonio Marquez, who was age 70. He had remarried.

The three girls’ mother, Loreta Vigil, had apparently died around 1830 as Marquez had remarried in August of that year. The three girls had other siblings – a couple of older ones who didn’t move to Socorro – and other half- and step-siblings.


  • An interesting twist: Clara married a boy who lived in their blended-family household. His parents were unknown – according to an 1846 record of their child’s baptism.

  • One more twist: Victoria’s husband Felipe is a son of Juan Montoya. In other words, he is an uncle of Crespin Torres. … So that means that an aunt of Andrea’s married an uncle of Crespin’s.



Sources: Socorro, N.M. Baptisms 1821-1850; Family History Library Film No. 16993.
Also, "San Miguel del Socorro Marriage Records, 1821-1853," Joe Sanchez III, extractor; Antoinette Duran Silva, Ed. (Independently Published. Whittier CA, 1999). Pgs. 24, 40 and 48

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