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29 March 2016

Death by "summer complaint" - Lilly Florence Baca, 1933

My paternal grandparents lost three of their children. One child was Lilly Florence Baca, who was born on April 30, 1933 and died four months and one day later on August 30, 1933.

Her death certificate indicates that she died of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by "Summer complaint" and infectious diarrhea. I had not heard of "Summer complaint", so I decided to look it up.

According to Dictionary.com, "Summer complaint" is

noun
1. an acute condition of diarrhea, occurring during the hot summer months chiefly in infants and children, caused by bacterial contamination of food and associated with poor hygiene.
 
It looks like she died of food poisoning. She was the daughter of Robert Bourguignon Baca and Maria Teresa Torres.
 
sources: 
 
"Socorro County Death Certificates, 1932 - 1935," database, Family Search (www.familysearch.org: accessed 29 March 2016), death certificate: Lilly Florence Baca, DOD August 30, 1930.
 
Definition: summer complaint, Dictionary.com, , accessed 29 March 2016. 

05 February 2016

Lieut. Edward Zimmerly mentioned in AP article, January 1944.


As I've been doing research on B-17 bomber Navigator Lieut. Edward Zimmerly, my maternal grandmother's cousin, I have become more appreciative of what he and others of "the Greatest Generation" sacrificed for his country. Lieut. Zimmerly made the ultimate sacrifice. On April 11, 1944, he was killed on board the Flying Fortress nicknamed the "Chief Cooke and his Bottle Washers". However, before that fateful flight,  exactly three months earlier, Zimmerly survived a harrowing bombing mission over Germany, navigating a B-17 nicknamed "The Hit Parade".  According to an email I received, this plane was so damaged in the raid that Lieut. Zimmerly and his fellow crew members were reassigned to other bombers. It was his first mission with the "Chief Cooke..." in which he was killed by enemy fire. His body jettisoned by his crewmates before the bomber crashed and the crew were captured. His body was later recovered.

The January 11th mission's story is brilliantly told in an AP report published in the Milwaukee Journal. I have transcribed the article for easier reading. You can find the digital image of  the actual article at this link. Please note how Edward is described navigating his plane to safety.

Milwaukee Journal, January 14, 1944. Page 2.

Americans Went Through to Targets in Spite of Desperate Opposition

by Gladwin Hill

London, England - (AP) - It was a grim aerial game of musical chairs, with one bomber moving up, step by step, taking the place of others shot down.

It was a shell fragment slicing an astonished gunner's ammunition belt and a boy jabbing himself with a morphine needle to numb an aching shoulder.

It was the hell of a plane plunging wildly, with no certainty it was ever going to come out of it.

The whole story of one of the war's great battles in American air bombarment of a central Germany Tuesday probably never will be told because it is a thousand things to thousands of men.

More than 700 bombers spread over many miles of sky, and each one's experience was different. Some got through unscathed and their crews couldn't believe that 60 of their bombers went down. Other fliers were amazed that they ever got home.

Aiming Close to Berlin

It started like other missions. Turning out in the blackness of an early winter morning. The briefing room. Red lines on a map. Main objectives: Three of the Nazis' prime fighter plants - a major stroke in the campaign to knock out the German air force and clinch air supremacy for invasion - plants hardly a hundred miles from Berlin.

"I kind of expected all hell to break loose." said Forterss Pilot Bernard Davey of Atlanta, Ga. "As we headed into enemy territory I kept thinking of the crew. With a good crew you always have a better chance of coming back."

The American bombers flew over one large, dead, black city. There was little traffic on German highways, but lots of trains were chuffing along.

The Nazis quickly ascertained that raiders with a 500 plane fighter escort were coming either for the capital or those prize industrial targets hidden deep in Germany. The Germans threw up everything they had - an array of single engined and twin engined fighters and even the Stukas originally made to frighten Frenchmen into their trenches - not to do aerial battle. There was their desperate, eleventh hour gadgets - tow bombs, rocket planes.

Nazis Attack Over Holland

"The enemy fighters started their attack over Holland at the Zunider Zee - in spite of our escort they came at us in bunches," said Brig. Gen. Robert Travis of Savannah, Ga., leader of one formation.

"Our first attack was from four Focke Wulfs, the next from 30, then from 12. They they just kept on coming. They attacked straight through our formation and from all angles without even rolling over."

The attack gathered intensity as the bombers fanned out toward Brunswick, Halberstandt and Oschersleben. As the factories came into bombardier's sights, mechanisms clicked and with a clank in the bomb bays thousands of squat projectiles nosed down through five miles in thin air.

"It was a perfect day for bombing and we could see plenty of damage," said Lieut. John Raedeke of Waterville, Minn.

The German fighters hadn't saved their spawning places.

But to the rivet gun hammering of thousands of American machine guns the Nazi rocket planes welled around like football lines or a naval flotilla and let fly with broadsides. Swifter enemy fighters zoomed in to the follow up.

Planes Drop "Like Flies"

The sky was smudged thicker and thircker with black explosions. Jagged fragments of German steel zinged through layers of American duralumin, clanked against American armor plate - and slashed into American flesh.

"I saw our right wing man go down in the smoke," said Waist Gunner Sergt. Everett E. Hudson of West Point, Miss., "and when I looked out the other waist window our left wing man was gone, too. It seemed as if planes were dropping like flies - ours as well as theirs."

"We were at the back of the formation when we started," Raedeke said. "But every time a Fort would go down we would move up. By the time we got hit we were in the lead squadron."

"Those fighters were coming in frantically mad - and personally I was scared." Bombardier Lieut. Walter Gibson of Lyndon, Ill., confessed.

The ninth German nailed by Raedeke's "Hit Parade" crew plunged out of control and hit a near-by Fortress, which burst into flame and crashed down across Hit Parad's tail, shearing off most of the stabilizers.

Pulls Plane Out of Spin

"After a complete loop we went into a spin." Raedeke said. "I told the boys to bail out. Before they could, I got the plane out of the spin. Five fighters were on our tail, so I kept diving. Four of them dropped off and we went into a cloud. When we came out the other fighter was gone."

On a hundred other ships, shells were smashing interphone lines over which men were frantically signaling. Fragments were cutting oxygen lines, sending men groping for emergency bottles. Forty below zero gales froze gunners' faces and hands.

Bleeding men were lifted into the protection of radio rooms. Their uniforms were cut away and sulfanilamide poweder was poured into their wounds. Thick, muscular hands fumbled with tiny morphine needles.

The Germans kept after them most of the way back to the coast - two hours or more.

Dusk was gathering and the weather was thickening. In the nose of the Hit Parade, Navigator Lieut. Edward Zimmerly of Socorro, N.M., lay flat on his face, peering through the glass for his home field.

Many set down at the first base they saw to get as or aid the wounded. Lieut. Jack Watson of Indianapolis came back all by himself in a plane so battered and burning he had made the rest of the crew bail out as soon as they were over England.

Sixty of the bombers and five of fighters didn't come back - less than half the casualties claimed in the hysterical communique from Hitler's headquarters - and only a third of the German casualties were admitted in the communique.

Most of the American fliers came back - battered but undaunted - to find new replacement planes and crews waiting on the runways for the next time and to hear from the lips of high officials at home they'd done a worthwhile job.

The Germans had lost one of the war's big battles.


Ancestry of Lieut. Edward Zimmerly

24 January 2016

Socorro High School Class of 1931

My grandmother Pablita (or Pauline) Zimmerly was the class valedictorian of the Socorro High School (Socorro, New Mexico) graduating class of 1931.

Here is some information about that class:

Class Roll:
Max Baca
Salomon Chavez
Walter Herkenhoff
Cristobal Romero
Matias Torres
Flora Baca
Edna Miller
Tersilla Olguin
Josephine Sickles
Juanita Sisneros
Pauline Zimmerly
Walter Darr

Class Motto: "Dig"
Class Flower: Poppy
Class Colors: Blue and Gold

It would be interesting to find out who these students were. If my grandmother were alive today, she would be 106 years old (born 10 December 1909.)

Click here to see a copy of the graduation program posted on Evernote.

03 January 2016

New Years Resolution 2016

It's the New Year! I may be a couple of days late, but I've decided to make a few of resolutions.

1. Take a look at the image below. This is my current genealogy database properties. Notice that there are currently 6,437 people in my database. I wish to have 10,000 by the end of the year. That means that I need to add 3,563 names to my database. If I add at least 10 names per day from now until the end of the year, I can make that goal. You, gentle reader, can help me by sending me obituaries, family group sheets, hints, etc. for people related to Socorro, New Mexico and my family. I will also collect information for my wife's family. You can send me an email at info AT socorrogrant.org.

My goal isn't to just fill up my database, but rather connect to as many relatives as possible. I will also share information as requested.

2. Publish a book on the Socorro Land Grant families. I've collected a lot of information, but there's a lot I need to "clean up" before publishing. Again, your help is appreciated.

3. Publish a few articles in certain journals/ magazines. I've yet to publish in HGRC's Herencia, the Historical Society of New Mexico's journal, and the El Defensor Chieftain. I hope this will be the year.

Do you have any genealogy resolutions? Post them here!

Have a Happy New Year!

28 November 2015

Looking for Socorro area obituaries

Dear readers of this blog:

I'm currently collecting obituaries for people who have connections the Socorro, New Mexico area. This includes people who lived and died elsewhere. If you have an obituary that you would like to share, please scan it and send it to me at info@socorrogrant.org. You may also send me transcriptions that you made of obituaries. If you have a link to a specific obituary that is online, please send it to me.

Once again my email is info@socorrogrant.org.

Thank you,

Robert Baca
Socorro Land Grant Research Project

29 October 2015

Tomasa Gonzales and Philip Bouguignon in the 1860 Census

A woman who marries a soldier often finds herself physically separated from him for substantial periods of time. Tomasa Gonzales is no exception.

Nineteen year old Tomasa Gonzales, the wife of Philip Bourguignon, can be found in the 1860 U.S. Census at Fort Craig, 30 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico. She was living in household #310, as head of family #222. She was a laundress. She is listed with three children: Abram (5 years old), Celsa (4) and Amado Gonzales (4 months.) Interestingly enough, it does not appear that any of these children were her own. She had been married just 3 years prior, and seems too young to have had 4 and 5 year old children. Also, I find no other documentation of her having children by those names. She should have had a daughter Margarita Bourguignon by this time. Margarita would have been born around 1858 or 1859, according to the 1880 and 1885 censuses.

Tomasa's 26 year old sister, Maria Ynes Gonzales, is shown in the same household, as the head of family #223. Maria Ynes is a laundress also. She is listed with two children: Margarita 2 years old, and Nestor 11 years old. Is this Margarita actually Margarita Bourguignon?

1860 Census of Fort Craig, Territory of New Mexico, p. 28
Meanwhile, Tomasa's husband is enumerated in a different military fort. Sgt. Philip Bourguignon is listed with his fellow soldiers of the 1st Regiment of the Mounted Rifles at Ft. Union in San Miguel County.

The couple had been married for only three years. What would it have been like to be living apart so early in the marriage?

1860 Census of Fort Craig, Territory of New Mexico, p. 127



Sources:
1860 U.S. Census, Socorro County, New Mexico, population schedule, Fort Craig, p. 28, dwelling # 310, families # 222 & #233, Tomasa Gonzales & Maria Ynes Gonzales; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 October 2015).

1860 U.S. Census, San Miguel County, Territory of New Mexico, population schedule, Military Camp at Red River, Fort Union, p. 127, dwelling #1263, family # 1268, Phil. Bourginon; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 October 2015).

1880 U.S. Census, Socorro County, Territory of New Mexico, population schedule, Palomas, enumeration district (ED) 45, p. 63, dwelling # 44, family # 44, Donaciano Montoya; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 July 2015).

1885 U.S. Census, Sierra County, Territory of New Mexico, population schedule, Las Palomas, Precinct No. 4, enumeration district (ED) 30, p. 2, household # 17, family # 17, D. Montoya; digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 4 July 2015).

Matrimonios: San Miguel del Socorro, 1 January 1854 - 31 December 1900; San Ignacio y San Cristobal, 1 March 1869 - 31 December 1900; San Marcial, 26 March 1883 - 31 December 1902; Our Lady of Sorrows of La Jolla, 1 January 1872 - 31 December 1900 (Alburquerque: Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, 1999), p. 20.





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).