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19 February 2006

Short biography of Jose Epitacio Torres

The photo above is from Volume II, page 619 of "History of New Mexico: It's Resources and People." The short biography below is also from that book. Jose Epitacio Torres was my 2nd great grandfather. He was my maternal grandmother's maternal grandfather.

"Jose E. Torres, county treasurer and collector of Socorro county, was born in
the city of Socorro, where he yet makes his home, his natal day being May 28,
1859, a son of Balentine and Josefa (Ortiz) Torres. His entire life has been
passed in the city of his nativity, and in early manhood he became connected
with the cattle business, while since 1901 he has given his attention to
merchandising. He still, however, has farming and ranching property and is
running cattle on the range. His fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and
ability, have called upon him to various public offices. He was first elected
city marshal on the Republican ticket in April, 1889, serving for a two years'
term, and subsequently was elected city counsel, continuing in that office for
four terms. As mayor of the city he gave a public-spirited, practical and
progressive administration. He was for three terms probate judge of the county,
and in 1904 was elected county treasurer and collector.

"On the 25th of
April, 1889, Mr. Torres was married to Miss Guadalupe Padilla, and to them have
been born the following children: Josefa, Delfino, (sic) Valentia,
(sic) Esteban, Moriana, Jose Felipe, Juana Maria, and Guadalupe."

Anderson, George, History of New Mexico: Its Resources and People, Volume II(Los Angeles: Pacific States Publishing Co.,1907) p. 618.
My maternal grandmother Paublita (Zimmerly) Baca is the daughter of Jose E. Torres' daughter Delfina (Torres) Zimmerly. Below are charts I created showing Jose E. Torres' children and his ancestors.
Descendants of Jose Epitacio Torres
copyright (c) 2006 by Robert J. C. Baca

Generation No. 1

1. Jose Epitacio7 Torres (Jose Valentin6, Simon5, Agustin4, Nicolas3, Diego2 de Torres, Cristobal1 Torres) was born May 23, 18581. He married (1) Josefa Abeyta2. He married (2) Maria Guadalupe Padilla April 25, 1889 in San Miguel Church, Socorro, NM2, daughter of Felipe Padilla and Juana Garcia. She died November 04, 1920 in Socorro, NM3.

Children of Jose Torres and Maria Padilla are:
2 i. Josefa8 Torres, born June 30, 1891 in Socorro, NM4.
3 ii. Delfina Torres, born March 02, 1893 in Socorro, NM4; died May 07, 1978 in Socorro, NM5. She married Esteban Zimmerly April 22, 1908 in San Miguel Church, Socorro, NM6; born October 30, 1887 in Socorro, NM7; died September 20, 1936 in Socorro, NM7.
4 iii. Valentin Torres, born October 25, 18948.
5 iv. Esteban Torres, born February 18, 18978.
6 v. Maria Dolores Torres, born October 09, 19048.
7 vi. Maria Guadalupe Torres, born February 04, 19068.


1. San Miguel del Socorro: Vol. 1 January 1854 - March1865, (Albuquerque: Hispanic Genealogical Research Center), p. 71, Baptismal records show that Jose Epitacio was born only two months after his sister Maria Dolores. One of them must be adopted.
2. Matrimonios San Miguel del Socorro, San Ignacio y San Cristobal, San Marcial & Our Lady of Guadalupe of La Jolla, (Albuquerque: Hispanic Genealogical Research Center, 1999.), pg. 186.
3. Death Certificate, Record says that she died of a cerebral hermorrage.
4. Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Roll # 16994.
5. Personal tombstone research.
6. Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Roll # 16997.
7. Death Certificate, #4066. New Mexico. County of Socorro.
8. Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Roll # 16994.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you forgot my gradfather joe e torres youngest of his family. realy cool stuff good job!!