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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Crespin's Siblings

Crespin Torres had a sister and brothers. But we only know about three of his siblings as adults. Two of them moved outside of Socorro and another stayed in town. Perhaps the others died young.

The children of Anastacio Torres and Josefa Montoya were born in Socorro communities with a variety of names, but all in close proximity. We will continue to look for clues wherever we can, knowing that there are connections through godparents, neighbors, and primarily the four Torres aunts: Andrea, Isabel, Tomasa and Guadalupe. We know from his obituary that Crespin’s parents died in 1850, a few months apart, and that the children scattered. So here’s a rundown as best we know:

Juan Telesforo: born Jan. 3, 1837 in La Parida. There’s not any mention of this individual in Socorro records besides his Socorro baptismal record. (His godparents were Aunt Andrea Torres and her husband, Jose Ignacio Baca). Note that the 1845 census of the Socorro area – which lists the Anastacio Torres family in the community of San Miguelito de las Canas – states that the name of the child born in 1837 was Juan Abato. And Juan Abato IS in Socorro records. Perhaps Juan Teleforo is actually Juan Abato, or maybe Teleforo died as a baby. None of the elders in Crespin’s family recalled uncles with either of these names.

In 1850, a 13-year-old J. Torres lived in the Socorro household of J.J and M. Montolla.  It’s a good bet that Juan moved into the home of newlyweds Juan de Jesus Montoya – a younger brother of their deceased dad, Anastacio – and Maria Isabel Baca – a daughter of Aunt Guadalupe Torres and her husband, Pedro Baca. That Montoya couple had married in 1848.

Let’s follow the story of Juan Abato from available records.  He probably married the first time around 1857 or 1858. He was named in Socorro records as the widower of Candelaria Gonzales and the son of Anastacio Torres and Josefa Montoya at the time of his 1882 second marriage to Jesusa Baca (widow of Avelino Gutierrez). Juan A. Torres and family (Candelaria, Gregorio and Ambrosio) were in the 1870 and 1880 U.S. censuses living in Las Palomas. The previous decade – in 1860 – he and Candelaria and baby Gregorio lived in San Ignacio de la Alamosa. His son Gregorio married in 1882, as well. Both communities where the family resided are south of Socorro.

In the 1885 census, a couple named J.A. Torres and Jesusa lived in Escondida – north of Socorro. Is it the right couple? It must be, because he had a stepdaughter, T. Gutierrez, and stepson Avelino Gutierrez in the same household (Avelino married just four years later and that record confirmed that Jesusa and her first husband Avelino were his parents). In 1900, Juan A. Torres lived in Socorro – a husband of about 10 years, though the wife is missing from the census page. In 1910, widower Juan A. Torres, 74, lived in Monticello, Sierra County. It’s hard to confirm that this is the correct Juan, but it is a good possibility since he spent much of his life in the southern county.

Jose Canuto: born Jan. 20, 1839 in La Parida. He was a well-known resident of Socorro.  It appears that young Canuto was taken in by the Pedro Baca family after the parents died. He is listed as J.C. Torres in that household in 1850 and as Canuto in the 1860 census. (Crespin, too, was in the household of their Aunt Guadalupe Baca in 1860.)  Canuto’s godparents were recorded as Pedro Montoya and Maria Monica Ortega, but the name Pedro is probably wrong – his godparents probably were the boys' grandfather, Juan Montoya, and Juan Montoya's second wife named Maria Monica Ortega.

Canuto enlisted in the Union Army in July 1861 and served as a sergeant in Capt.  Roman Baca's Company of New Mexico, Company E, 2nd Regiment of Valencia County.  He applied for and received a government pension in his final years. 

He married Isabel Padilla in 1863 and had many children in Socorro before he died Jan. 6, 1908. Among Canuto and Isabel’s children were: Meliton, Anastacio, Ambrosio and Miguel. Family members from his line turn up again and again in our family history. For instance, Anastacio wrote the obituaries for Crespin and Andreita when they died. Anastacio was a state representative, teacher, newspaper publisher and editor of El Defensor del Pueblo.

Jose Apolonio de Jesus: born Feb. 8, 1841 in La Parida.  He must be the 8-year-old listed in the 1850 census with Crespin when they lived with their grandpa Juan Montoya and Montoya’s then-wife Tomasa Luna. But has anyone seen any other records of Apolonio, or Polonio, Torres? Perhaps he died when he was a child.

His godparents were Dolores Lucero and Ramualdo Baca (a son of Aunt Isabel Torres and her husband, Francisco Baca).

Epifano Torres, brother of Crespin
Jose Epifano: born April 6, 1843 in San Antonio de la Parida. We're not sure where Epifano was after the parents died. He was not in the household of his padrinos, Felipe Padilla and Juana Maria Garcia (she being the daughter of Aunt Guadalupe and her first husband, Francisco Garcia). Nor was Epifano in the homes of any of the Torres aunts and uncles. But many census entries that year only listed a first initial, and Epifano often was misspelled anyhow. 

Epifano married Perfecta Apodaca in 1865 and had many children – Prajedes, Jose, Beatriz Baca, Evangelista Montoya and Herminio. The family lived in Las Palomas, which was in Sierra County, south of Socorro. Epifano died between 1900 and 1910. He was alive for the 1900 census, listed as a 57-year-old head of household with his wife and children, plus two daughters-in-law and grandkids. All of that family resided in Las Palomas in separate households in 1910, except for the patriarch. Epifano’s wife Perfecta was a 60-year-old widow that year.

Ambrosio Melquiades: born Dec., 7, 1845 in Bosquecito. He was not mentioned in records besides the Socorro baptismal record. His godparents, also Bosquecito residents at the time, were Santiago Gonzales and Maria Victoria Trujillo – whose daughter married a son of Aunt Maria Andrea Torres and her husband, Ignacio Baca.

Maria Dolores: born March 19, 1850 in Socorro. Perhaps the mom died in childbirth with this girl Dolores, and the baby was taken in by her padrinos. Dolores Torres, age 1, resided in the household of the siblings’ Aunt Maria Isabel Baca in Lemitar in 1850. Aunt Isabel and her husband Francisco were Dolores’ godparents at the time of her baptism. Aunt Isabel died before 1856, based on a marriage record of one of her children. Did Dolores die that decade as well? (There’s also a Domingo Torres, 18, in that Juan Francisco-Isabel Baca household.  Could that be a misidentified Torres sibling?)

NOTE: Crespin’s home with his grandfather and wife probably was disrupted before 1854 when Juan  Montoya died and the wife, Tomasa (Luna) Montoya,  remarried and moved to San Ignacio de la Alamosa, near Fort Craig. Tomasa and Juan were Crespin’s padrinos in 1847. Tomasa and Juan also had a baby in 1850, who was just about the age of Crespin's little sister, Dolores.

CLICK HERE to read about the siblings of Andrea (Trujillo) Torres.
P.S. Corrected spellings and full names are used in this post despite variations in baptismal, marriage and census records. 

PPS. If you want to see families in the 1850 Socorro area censuses, page through the communities online. There aren’t that many pages, and the indexes are pretty useless because indexers misread names like Torres. If you’re familiar with families, the names and family groupings probably will jump out at you.

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