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09 May 2015

Socorro Land Grant Presentation, May 16, 2015 in Socorro, New Mexico


From Immediate Release

Genealogist to Speak about Socorro Grant

Family historian Robert J. C. Baca will speak on “The History and People of the Socorro Land Grant”, on May 16, 2015, at 10 A.M., at the Cottonwood Valley Charter School in Socorro. This program is being presented by the New Mexico Office of the State Historian, the New Mexico Genealogical Society and the Socorro County Historical Society.

Baca has been researching Socorro genealogy and local history for over 15 years. Recently, his research has focused on the Socorro Land Grant. Baca has identified over 60 families who appear to be those who re-settled Socorro in 1815. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the land grant. 

Baca’s presentation will focus on the controversies regarding the land grant. He will also do a case study on a few of the founding families.

Baca has deep roots in Socorro, going back its founding. He grew up in the community and is a 1986 graduate of Socorro High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from the University of New Mexico. He presently teaches history at Foothill High School in Albuquerque.
This presentation is in fulfillment of a scholarship presented to Baca by the New Mexico Office of the State Historian.

25 April 2015

Socorro Land Grant presentation in Socorro, May 16, 2015


Cottonwood Valley Charter School
Socorro, New Mexico

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM


Office of State Historian

Presents
Robert J. C. Baca
The History and People of the Socorro Land Grant
In 1815, 60+ families re-settled the community of Socorro, New Mexico. They established a land grant that was later challenged in court by the U.S. Government. Two centuries after its founding, genealogist and Socorro native Robert J. C. Baca investigates the history and people of the Socorro Land Grant.

02 April 2015

Juan Jose Baca, born circa 1796-1799, of Socorro, New Mexico



 Here's some information about Juan Jose Baca, possible son of Juan Dionosio Baca and Maria Rita Pino. His parents were among the founders of the Socorro Land Grant.

Juan Jose Baca was not born in Socorro, as Socorro was not resettled until 1815. However, he probably arrived there as a teenager or young man.
 
Father  Juan Jose BACA

Birth
ca 1796–1799
New Mexico12
godfather/padrino
5 May 1825
Maria Atencia GALINDO; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico3
godfather/padrino
7 May 1827
Maria de la Cruz ROMERO; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico4
godfather/padrino
31 May 1829
Juan Pascual Vayla JOJOLA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico5
godfather/padrino
23 Oct 1835
Juana Maria Salome BACA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico6
godfather/padrino
7 Feb 1837
Maria de Jesus BACA Y PADILLA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico7
godfather/padrino
22 Apr 1838
Juan Dionosio Aniseto BACA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico8
godfather/padrino
8 Apr 1846
Maria Selestina Dionisia PADILLA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico9
godfather/padrino
15 Nov 1846
Jose Teodoro BACA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico10
godfather/padrino
22 Nov 1846
Maria Felistia PINO; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico11
godfather/padrino
3 Mar 1850
Matias Miterio TORRES; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico12
godfather/padrino
12 Sep 1851
Jose Serapio JARAMILLO; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico13
Death


Burial


Census (fam)
1833
1833 Mexican Census; La Parida, New Mexico1
Census (fam)
1845
1845 Mexican Census; San Antonio de la Parida, New Mexico2
Census (fam)
30 Jul 1860
1860 U.S. Census; dwelling #1293, household #1187, La Parida, The Pueblitos de la Parida, Socorro County, Territory of New Mexico14
Marriage

 1
Father
Juan Dionosio BACA (1763-    )
Mother
Maria Rita PINO (1774-    )
Mother  Maria Antonia JARAMILLO

Birth
ca 1805–1808
New Mexico12
godmother/madrina
5 May 1825
Maria Atencia GALINDO; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico3
godmother/madrina
7 May 1827
Maria de la Cruz ROMERO; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico4
godmother/madrina
31 May 1829
Juan Pascual Vayla JOJOLA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico5
godmother/madrina
23 Oct 1835
Juana Maria Salome BACA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico6
godmother/madrina
7 Feb 1837
Maria de Jesus BACA Y PADILLA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico7
godmother/madrina
22 Apr 1838
Juan Dionosio Aniseto BACA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico8
godmother/madrina
8 Apr 1846
Maria Selestina Dionisia PADILLA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico9
godmother/madrina
15 Nov 1846
Jose Teodoro BACA; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico10
godmother/madrina
22 Nov 1846
Maria Felistia PINO; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico11
godmother/madrina
3 Mar 1850
Matias Miterio TORRES; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico12
godmother/madrina
12 Sep 1851
Jose Serapio JARAMILLO; San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico13
Death


Burial


Father

Mother

Family Sources2,10,14
Children
M
Francisco BACA

Birth
ca 1813
New Mexico1
Enumerated
1833
Juan Jose BACA and Maria Antonia JARAMILLO; 1833 Mexican Census; La Parida, New Mexico1
Death


Burial


Marriage


M
Miguel BACA

Birth
ca 1815
New Mexico1

Enumerated
1833
Juan Jose BACA and Maria Antonia JARAMILLO; 1833 Mexican Census; La Parida, New Mexico1
Death


Burial


Marriage


M
Felipe BACA

Birth
ca 1818
New Mexico1
Enumerated
1833
Juan Jose BACA and Maria Antonia JARAMILLO; 1833 Mexican Census; La Parida, New Mexico1
Death


Burial


Marriage


F
Maria del Pilar BACA

Birth
ca 1820–1825
New Mexico12
Enumerated
1833
Juan Jose BACA and Maria Antonia JARAMILLO; 1833 Mexican Census; La Parida, New Mexico1
Death


Burial


Spouse

M
Dionosio BACA

Birth
ca 1831
New Mexico2
Death


Burial


Marriage


M
Jose Alejandro BACA

Birth
ca 1833
New Mexico2
Death


Burial


Marriage


F
Maria Romana BACA

Birth
ca 1843
New Mexico2
Death


Burial


Marriage


M
Jose Dinicio BACA

Birth
ca 1845
New Mexico2
Death


Burial


Marriage


M
Jose Teodoro BACA

Birth
12 Nov 1846
La Parida, New Mexico10
Baptism
15 Nov 1846
San Miguel Church, Socorro, New Mexico10
Death


Burial


Marriage


F
Crecencia BACA

Birth
ca 1847
New Mexico14
Enumerated
30 Jul 1860
Juan Jose BACA and Maria Antonia JARAMILLO; 1860 U.S. Census; dwelling #1293, household #1187, La Parida, The Pueblitos de la Parida, Socorro County, Territory of New Mexico14
Death


Burial


Marriage


Preparer
Comments
Robert J. C. Baca
Albuquerque, New Mexico









FAMILY NOTES
Census (fam) (1833):
Juan Jose Baca         37
Maria Xaramiyo        28
Maria del Pilar            8
Franco                      20
Miguel                      18
Felipe                        15
Census (fam) (1845):
(married) Juan Jose Baca        46
                Ma Anta Jaramo     37
                Jose Alejandro       12
                Diono                     14
                Ma del Pilar            25
                Ma Romana              2
                Jose Dinicio             ___
Census (fam) (30 July 1860):
Juan Jose Baca, 60 years old, male, farmer, real estate $1,500, personal estate $3,500, born in New Mexico.
Maria Anta ", 54, female, born in New Mexico, person 20 years or older who can neither read nor write.
Crecencia ", 13, female, born in New Mexico.
Ramona ", 11, female, Indian, Nabajoe.
Jose Fabian Gutierrez, 15, male, born in New Mexico.
Filomeno ", 12, male, born in New Mexico.
General:
There is a 10 year difference between Maria Romana Baca and her next youngest sibling and a 12 year difference between Jose Dinicio Baca and the same sibling that it appears that it may be possible that neither Romana and Dinicio were actually the children of Juan Jose Baca and Maria Antonia Jaramillo. It is possible that the children are adopted OR are actually their grandchildren.

Jose Teodoro Baca is named as the son of "unknown". He is baptized by Juan Jose Baca and Maria Antonia Jaramillo. Therefore, he is listed here are adopted by this couple.

Crecencia Baca is listed as being 13 years old in the 1860 U.S. Census. This would make her birth date as 1847. Once again, it appears that she may not be a daughter of Juan Jose Baca and Maria Antonia Jaramillo, but rather possibly a grandchild or adopted child.

CHILD NOTES: Jose Dinicio BACA
Birth (circa 1845):
There is no actual age listed on the 1845 census, so he may have been a baby at this time.




        1. Teresa Ramirez Alief Jose Gonzales and Patrica Black Esterly, New Mexico Censuses of 1833 and 1845: Socorro and Surrounding Communities of the Rio Abajo (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1994), p. 24.
        2. Alief, New Mexico Censuses of 1833 and 1845, p. 72.
        3. Lila Armijo Pfeufer, Margaret Leonard Windham, and and Evelyn Lujan Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church: 1821-1853 (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1998), p. 25.
        4. Pfeufer, Windham, and Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church, p. 35.
        5. Pfeufer, Windham, and Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church, p. 46.
        6. Pfeufer, Windham, and Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church, p. 89.
        7. Pfeufer, Windham, and Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church, p. 99.
        8. Pfeufer, Windham, and Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church, p. 112.
        9. Pfeufer, Windham, and Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church, p. 218.
        10. Pfeufer, Windham, and Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church, p. 227.
        11. Pfeufer, Windham, and Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church, p. 228.
        12. Pfeufer, Windham, and Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church, p. 280.
        13. Pfeufer, Windham, and Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church, p. 304.
        14. 1860 U.S. Census, Socorro County, Territory of New Mexico, population schedule, La Parida, The Pueblitos of La Parida, p. 137, dwelling #1293, household 1187, Juan Jose Baca; digital iages, Ancestry Library Edition (www.anestrylibrary.com : accessed 31 March 2015).
 

Juan Jose Baca is probably the son of Juan Dionosio Baca and Maria Rita Pino. Curiously, there is definite lack of evidence for Juan Jose Baca’s parentage. There is no baptismal or marriage record for Juan Jose, and few sacramental records for his children. Before 1833, there are no census records listing Juan Jose Baca before 1833, even though he was apparently born between 1796 and 1799 and could have been listed in the 1802 Spanish census of the Albuquerque Confraternity, the censuses of Las Huertas and Bernalillo (1803-1807), or even the San Antonio del Sabinal census of 1827, just to name a few.[1]

Since it appears that all the Baca families that arrived in the Socorro area in its first few decades were from the Rio Abajo area, a review was made of the Albuquerque, Isleta, Tomé, Belen and Socorro records. Other than a couple of baptismal records for the illegitimate children of Juan Jose Baca’s daughter Maria del Pilar Baca, there are no other sacramental records for his children. The evidence of Juan Jose Baca’s parentage therefore must come from two other sources.
First, Juan Jose Baca and Maria Antonia Jaramillo are listed as padrinos for four of Juan Dionosio Baca and Maria Rita Pino’s grandchildren and great grandchildren: Mariade Jesus Felipa Baca (1837),  Juan Dionosio Aniseto Baca (1838), Maria Felistia Pino, and Jose Serapio Jaramillo (1851). All of the baptisms took place in either Socorro of in La Parida.[2]

Second, Juan Jose Baca and Maria Antonia Jaramillo are continually listed as living in La Parida in the 1833, 1845 and 1860 censuses (see above.) Descendants of Juan Dionosio Baca and Maria Rita Pino who also lived in the area include Jose Miguel Baca, Antonio Maria Baca and Jose Leon Baca.[3] Certainly, there are other Baca families in this area who definitely or possibly not related to this family;[4] however, Juan Jose Baca and Jose Miguel Baca are enumerated very near each other in the 1860 census.[5] This may be significant, or it may mean nothing. In any case, the circumstantial evidence seems to point to Juan Jose Baca being a relative of this Baca clan.


[1] See Virginia Langham Olmsted, C.G., Spanish and Mexican Censuses of New Mexico 1750 and 1830 (Albuquerque: The New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1981), pp. 125-147, & 250-260.
[2] Lila Armijo Pfeufer, Margaret Leonard Windham, and Evelyn Lujan Baca, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church: 1821-1853 (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1998), pp. 99, 112, 228, and 304. To be fair, Juan Jose and Maria Antonia are also listed in the baptismal records of Juana Maria Salome (1835), whose grandfather is a certain Juan Miguel Baca, (not to be confused with Jose Miguel Baca) whose parentage is unknown; and Matias Miterio Torres, who was the grandson of Altagracia Baca, who was the daughter of Dionosio Antonio Baca, a different, yet similarly named, founder of Socorro. Ibid, pp. 89 and 280. Juan Jose Baca and Maria Antonia Jaramillo are also listed as padrinos for at least four other children not directly related to this Baca clan. Ibid, pp. 35, 46, 218 and 280.
[3] Teresa Ramirez Alief Jose Gonzales and Patrica Black Esterly, New Mexico Censuses of 1833 and 1845: Socorro and Surrounding Communities of the Rio Abajo (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1994), p. 26.
[4] See Ibid, pp. 24 - 27, and 72-75 for a full listing of residents of La Parida in 1833 and 1845.
[5] 1860 U.S. Census, Socorro County, Territory of New Mexico, population schedule, La Parida, The Pueblitos of La Parida, p. 137, Juan Jose Baca and Jose Miguel Baca households; digital images, Ancestry Library Edition (www.anestrylibrary.com : accessed 31 March 2015).