Sunday, December 8, 2013

Santiago Torres: The Last Record

Adulto, Santiago Torres del Limitar 1845

continued... Santiago Torres burial record

Santiago Torres received the Blessed Sacrament of Penance and was buried  "in the year of our Lord" 1845 on the 4th day of the month of March, according to records of the parish of San Miguel church in Socorro, New Mexico. 

Thanks to priest Jose Vicente Chavez, the historical record is clearly written … and thanks to luck, the pages were not torn or stained. This is how Santiago Torres' final record appears from the ledger that can be found on microfilm FHL16996 -- Pages 7 and 8 from Burial Book 1844-1853. 

Although the record doesn’t say so, Santiago was a viudo, a widower. Barbara Ortiz died 3 years earlier in the community of La Parida. It’s likely that Santiago moved from Parida to Lemitar after his wife’s death and lived at or near homes of his daughters, Isabel Baca and Tomasa Padilla, who at the time were established in Lemitar with their husbands and children.


  1. I noticed Gregorio Torres in one of the earlier blogs. Do you know if he homesteaded on Las Animas in 1912? Do you have any additional information about him?

  2. Michael Holloway: The Gregorio Torres that I wrote about was the son of Juan A. Torres (Gregorio was a 1-year-old in the 1860 U.S. census). Gregorio married Marcelina Gonzales in 1882 in Sierra County. But I lose his trail after that and am unable to link him to Las Animas.