The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

06 April 2009

Finding Oodles of Socorro Records

Recently, I ordered a copy of a document from the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library in the Palace of Governors in Santa Fe, NM. I found it online through the Rocky Mountain Archive. It was a conveyance for land, dated June 30, 1941 1841 by Maria Rita Baca, widow of Mariano Trujillo, to her brother second cousin Pedro Baca of Socorro. As you may know, I've been interested in Pedro Antonio Baca's family for a few months now, I even did a presentation about his wife Maria Guadalupe Torres. (Pedro Baca is not my ancestor, even though he has the same surname as I. However, Maria Guadalupe Torres is my ancestor, with her first husband Francisco Antonio Garcia.)

Anyhow, I looked back at the contents of the collection, and realized that there were many other records with Socorro citizens listed on them. The names include: Colonel E. W. Eaton, Juan Jose Baca, Elfego Baca, Dionosio Jarmillo, - Robert Stapleton - just to name a few. The collection even has a public notice from the Socorro Committee on Safety, a vigilante group that terrorized (saved?) Socorro, as well as a list of its members.

Many of the names listed flow in and out of my family's genealogy. I can't wait to find out more about this collection. I think I'll have to go to the library to get some copies.

Link to the Mauro Montoya Collection 1709-1949.

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