The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

28 February 2006

Obituary: Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas was my wife's father. This obituary is from an unknown newspaper.

Jerry Douglas
HINDSBORO - Jerry D. Douglas, 38, of Charleston, formerly of Hindsboro, died Saturday (Feb. 21, 1976) at home.

Funeral services willb e at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Taber Funeral Home, Oakland. Burial will be in VanVoorhis Cemetary, north of Hindsboro.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Douglas was born July 28, 1937 at Hindsboro, a son of Ralph and Ethel Hanks Douglas. He married Sharon Dunn March 12, 1960 at Redmond.

Surviving are two daughters Nancy Carol and Amanda Jean, and a son Jerald Andrew, all of Charleston; his parents, Hindsboro; two brothers, Bill, Hindsboro and Leon, Urbana; and two sisters, Mrs. Joyce Seitz, Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. Frieda Roberts, Indianapolis, Ind.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, a brother, and a sister.

He was a member of the Hindsboro United Methodist Church, Mattoon Moose, and was an engineering technician for the Illinois Division of Highways, Paris.

Below is a memorial card handed out at his memorial service

In Memory of
Jerry D. Douglas
July 28, 1937 Feb. 21, 1976

MEMORIAL SERVICES
Wednesday, February 25, 1976
1:30 O'clock P.M.
Taber Funeral Home
Oakland, Illinois

CLERGYMEN
Rev. Arthur Scott
Rev. Donald Lemkau

ORGANIST
Mrs. Robert Juriga
"Amazing Grace"

CASKET BEARERS
Howard Johnson Jerry Edgar
Tom Mood Dave Morgan
Jerry Shields Richard Dunn

INTERMENT
VanVorrhis Cemetary

27 February 2006

1900 New Mexico Census - Ramon Baca Family

Ramon Baca was the father of my mother's paternal grandfather Rafael. Rafael is listed on this census.

Dwelling No. 24, Family No. 25

Baca, Ramon, Head, White Male, Born: Aug 1837, 62 years old; Married for 39 years, Born in New Mexico, both parents born in New Mexico.

____, Maria A., Wife, White, Female, Born: May 1842, 58 years old, Married 39 years, Gave birth to 12 children, 9 still living, Born in New Mexico, both parents born in New Mexico.

____, Paula, Daughter, White Female, Born: Feb. 1864, 36 years old, Married 20 years, no children, Born in New Mexico, parents born in New Mexico.

____, Juliana, Daughter, White, Female, Born: Jan 1866, 34 years old, Married 13 years, no children, Born in New Mexico, parents born in New Mexico.

____, Gabriel, Son, White Male, Born March 1868, 32, Married 8 years, Born in New Mexico, both parents born in New Mexico.

____, Serito, Son, White, Male, Born Feb. 1870, 30 years old, Single. Born in New Mexico, both parents born in New Mexico.

____, Maria, Daughter, White, Female, Born January 1872, 28, Married 12 years, no children. Born in New Mexico, both parents born in New Mexico.

____, Maximiano, Son, White, Male, Born Feb 1874, 26 years old, Married 3 years. Born in New Mexico, both parents born in New Mexico.

____, Rafael, Son, White, Male, Born Feb 1878, 22 years old, Single. Born in New Mexico, both parents born in New Mexico.

____, Pascual, Son, White, Male, Born June 1884, 16 years old, Single. Born in New Mexico, both parents born in New Mexico.

____, Adrian, Son, White, Male, Born Oct. 1885, 14 years old, Single. Born in New Mexico, both parents born in New Mexico.

New Mexico. Socorro County, Township of Luis Lopez. 1900 U.S. Census.

1870 New Mexico Census - Ramon Baca family

Ramon Baca was the father of my mother's paternal grandfather. Her paternal grandfather Rafael Baca was not born when this census was taken, therefore is not listed on this census.

Dwelling # 36; Family # 33
Baca, Ramon, 35, Male, White, Farmer, Real Estate Value $200,Personal Estate Value $325, Birthplace: New Mexico, Cannot read nor write.

____, Anastacia, 28, Female, White, Keeping House, Birthplace: New Mexico, Cannot read nor write

____, Juana, 10, Female, White, Birthplace: New Mexico, Cannot read nor write.

____, Paublita, 8, Female, White, Birthplace: New Mexico

____, Juliana, 6, Female,White, Birthplace: New Mexico

____, Gabriel, 3, Male, White, Birthplace: New Mexico

____, Serito, 6/12, Male, White, Birthplace: New Mexico

New Mexico. Socorro County. San Antonio 7th District, p. 504. 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule.

22 February 2006

History Teachers: Teach Genealogy!

Presently, I am studying to become a high school history teacher. In one of my classes, we are working on lesson plans. One of the lesson plans that I created used genealogy. I believe that introducing a genealogy lesson in the classroom will help students to understand that history is not something that is distant. It shows them that their lives connects with history.

I found a great quote in a book that I'm reading called History Comes Home: Family Stories Across the Curriculum that brings this idea home:

"Family history offers a way out of the divisive trap of racializing our identities. The ominous divides of race are bridged by the actual complexity of our collective past, and the great lesson of our histories deliver: in many ways we are similiar [author's emphasis.] Our families and peoples of the world over have worked, struggled, fought through wars and hard times, adjusted to technology, and made it to this place and day. Further, by focusing on ethnic origins, migrations, and pathways, identity is constantly enriched and expanded. All of us come from somewhere. Family tree branch into glorious, bushy complexity, rich with a million stories. And our stories are linked."

Zemelman, Steven, et. al., History Comes Home: Family Stories Across the Curriculum. (York, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers, 2000.) p. 6.

I've skimmed through this book, and it seems good. I will post a review of the book on this site once I finish reading it.

-RJCB

21 February 2006

Obituary: Robert C. Baca

Robert C. Baca was my father. - RJCB.

ROBERT C. BACA, 67, of Socorro, NM, died Monday, June 7, 1999 at Socorro General Hospital in Socorro, NM. He was the husband of the late Frances Rosalin Baca, Mr. Baca was born in Socorro, New Mexico on April 6, 1932, son of the late Robert and Teresa (Torres) Baca. He is survived by his son Robert Baca of Albuquerque, NM; daughters: Janis Schwartzenberg and husband, Donn of Socorro, NM, and Cynthia Gonzales and husband, Sam of Fayetteville, NC; brothers David Baca of Albuquerque, NM, Ed Baca and wife, Patsy of Albuquerque, NM; sisters Teresa Rios and husband Manny of Socorro, NM; Mert Serna and husband, Ray (sic) of Socorro, NM; grandchildren: Shawn and Christine Schwartzenberg of Socorro; Joshua, Gabriel and Teresita Gonzales of Fayetteville, NC; great grandchild, Destiny Sposito of Polvadera, NM; and other relatives and friends. Rosary was recited Wednesday, June 9, at 7:00 PM at San Miguel Catholic Church, Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, June 10, at 10:00 AM at San Miguel with Father Arthur Anstiss as Celebrant. Inurnment (sic) was in the San Miguel Cemetary. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, Socorro, New Mexico.

"Obituary: Robert C. Baca." El Defensor Chieftan 12 June 1999: p. 3.

Obituary - Frances R. Baca

Frances Baca was my mother - RJCB.

FRANCES ROSALIN BACA, 64, passed away Friday, February 19, 1999 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born August 1, 1934 to Santiago and Pauline Zimmerly Baca in Socorro, NM. She is survived by her husband, Robert of their home in Socorro; son, Robert J. C. Baca of Albuquerque, NM; daughters: Janis Schwartzenberg of Socorro and Cynthia Gonzales of Fayetteville, NC; brother Jimmy Baca of Socorro; sisters: Josie Visocky of Champagne, IL, and Judy Viaza of Socorro; 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and other relatives and friends. Rosary was recited Monday, February 22, at 7:00 PM at San Miguel Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, February 23, at 11:00 AM at San Miguel Cemetary. Pallbearers were: Donn Schwartzenberg, Robert Baca, Jim Peralta, Steven Viaza, Morris Gonzales and Shawn Schwartzenberg. Arrangements by Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, Socorro, New Mexico.

"Obituary: Frances Rosalin Baca." El Defensor Chieftan 27 Feb 1999: p. 3.

NOTE: Frances Baca was also survived by her mother, Pauline (Zimmerly) Baca. My grandmother Pauline is alive to this day.

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.



Endnotes

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.

Toddler Images - Nancy C. Douglas de Baca and Robert J. C. Baca


These are toddler photos of Nancy and me. Since Nancy is eight year's older than me, her picture would be about eight years older than mine. It's interesting that we both had photos taken at approximately the same age in similar poses. My photo was originally in color, but I changed it to black and white to match Nancy's. I also did not want to blind you, the viewer. The leisure suit that I'm wearing in the photo is bright orange and yellow.

I originally created this montage for our wedding book, but I didn't have time to put the book together prior to our wedding. I guess I was thinking of other things at the time.

-RJCB