Sunday, January 22, 2012

Trujillos: Andrea's Siblings

At this point, there hasn’t been a lot of investigation into Andrea (Trujillo) Torres’ brothers. That group is ripe for study. Here are a few random bits gathered from Socorro records.

  • Veteran Juan Julian (born 1847) married Monica Padilla. There’s no evidence they had children although the couple show up time and again as godparents for many children born in the 1870s and 1880s in Socorro. Juan Julian was widowed and remarried in 1897 in Socorro to a woman named Maria Lopez. This is an online picture of his tombstone, though we’re not sure why he was buried at Contreras Cemetery. The last records of him that we can find are from the Socorro census of 1900 and his application for a veterans pension in 1907.

  • Andrea’s brother Atanacio (born about 1850) and his family stayed in Socorro, where he and wife, Telesfora Chaves, had several children. He was a blacksmith. The last record we see of him and Telesfora is the 1900 Socorro census. (That family lived in Jarales in Valencia County in 1885).

  • Manuel (b. 1856), along with his mother Doloritas (Marques) Trujillo, witnessed the baptism of Ignacio Torres in October 1875. That leads us to believe that Doloritas was widowed and Manuel was not married at that time.

  • A brother named Victoriano was named in the 1860 census as a 1-year-old. But the child isn’t in the household in 1870, so he probably died young.

  • Rogerio Trujillo (born 1863) shows up in a couple of baptismal records, although there aren’t many mentions of him in other Socorro records. He lived with brother Juan Julian and his wife, Monica, at the time of the 1880 census. Rogerio was alive in 1926 – the only surviving sibling of his sister Andrea, according to her obituary. He was a godfather for Victoriano Sanchez in 1893 along with godmother Marcelina Sanchez, and he was godfather for nephew and namesake Rogerio Torres along with a godmother named Francisca Baca in 1887. A year earlier in 1886, Rogerio and a woman named Marcelina Montoya were godparents for a Navajo woman who was being baptized. The woman was 25 and named Maria, the wife of Jose Abeyta.

CLICK HERE to read about the family in the 1860 census.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Remembering Mama Andreita

Check out this wobbly amateur video of two of Andrea's granddaughters talking about their grandmother. They were only girls when she died. We drop in as Dolores and Esther (in Fresno in late 2011) talk about their grandfather, Crespin, dying at around age 90. And then the conversation turns to the funeral and the work of midwife/nurse Andreita. Their grandmother Andreita died in her seventies. These two women, who are daughters of José T. Torres, are now closer to Crespin's age. See a few more details in a post from two years ago.

Untitled from Maurine Pool on Vimeo.