Crespin’s maternal great-grandparents were among the founding Socorro families who came south, mostly from the Belen area, to settle an area that had not been inhabited by Spaniards since the 1600s. Crespin’s grandfather, Xavier Garcia, wrote a letter in 1818 on behalf of the 70 families occupying the land, petitioning for proper documentation of the Socorro Land Grant – which had been granted by the Spain crown a couple of years earlier. The land grant papers were subsequently lost. Socorro and surrounding communities such as La Parida were part of Valencia County during that time, and did not become a separate county until mid-1850.
Almost all of Crespin’s aunts and uncles were born in Socorro. Crespin’s mother was one of the first Socorro births – that was in late 1819. Some Socorro children were born as early as 1816. Their baptisms were documented at Our Lady of Belen church until San Miguel church was established in Socorro in 1821.
Crespin’s grandfather and great-grandfather, Juan Montoya and Antonio Montoya, show up in early Socorro documents, as well. Antonio died in Socorro in 1822.
Crespin’s paternal grandparents, Santiago Torres and Barbara Ortiz, were married in Santa Fe in 1792 at the military chapel. Santiago and Barbara died in Socorro.
Crespin’s great-grandparents Joaquin Torres and Isabel Padilla lived in Belen at the time of the 1790 census, and great-grandparents Xavier Ortiz and Josefa Tenorio lived in Santa Fe.
Source: “Who Were the Settlers of the Socorro Town Land Grant?” By Ronald Miera, “Herencia,” Vol. 9, Issue 3, July 2001. Pages 8-30
Family History Library Rolls 16993 and 16996, San Miguel Catholic Church, Socorro, New Mexico.