The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

28 January 2015

Cayetano Torres

On her "1598 New Mexico" blog, Henrietta Martinez Christmas published the 1780 "will" of Cayetano Torres (click her to read her post.) Cayetano Torres was my 6th great grandfather:

Cayetano Torres, father of Antonia Rita Torres, mother of Maria Clara Lorenza Silva, mother of Juan Tomas Montoya, father of Jose Casmiro Montoya, father of Juana Andrea Montoya, mother of Maria Teresa Torres,  mother of Robert C. Baca, father of Robert J. C. Baca.

Actually, this is not a will, as Cayetano (Calletano) Torres died intestate on 25 April 1780. According to the document that Henrietta translated, Cayetano Torres left his property to his wife and his four legitimate children and legal heirs.

Cayetano's widow was Feliciana Ballejos. His heirs were Javier Garcia, the widower of Cayetano's daughter Juana Maria Torres; Salvador Armijo, the husband of Cayetano's daughter Maria Francisca Torres; and Cayetano's other children Juan Francisco Torres and Antonia Rita Torres. Antonia Rita was not quite 6 years old when her father died.

The executor of the estate was Pablo de Salazar. The lieutenant to the Chief Alcalde, Juan Francisco Baca, appointed Feliciana Ballejos as guardian of the property. Jose Francisco Pino and Toribio Garcia Jurado witnessed Juan Francisco Baca's signature. Coincidentally, Pablo de Salazar, Juan Francisco Baca and Toribio Garcia Jurado were all my ancestors.

An inventory was taken of the deceased's estate. After paying funeral expenses, the property was divided half to the widow and the other half to the other heirs.

26 December 2014

January 17, 2015 NMGS Program: Henrietta M. Christmas "History of Chimayo through Genealogy"

January 2015

Please note that this presentation is at Botts Hall in the Special  Collections Library in Albuquerque. 

Botts Hall
Special Collections Library
423 Central Avenue Northeast
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
(Located at Edith and Central)
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Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Henrietta Martinez Christmas

The History of Chimayo Through Genealogy
Henrietta M. Christmas is a well-known and respected author, lecturer, and full-time genealogist. She lectures regularly on topics related to New Mexico Genealogy. A native New Mexican who descends from eleven soldiers who came with OƱate in 1598; she currently resides in Corrales.

Henrietta is the 2015-2016 NMGS President

This program is free and open to the public.

30 November 2014

Ancestor Birthday Blog - Andrea Montoya - November 30, 1883

Ignacio and Andrea (Montoya) Torres. Photo courtesy Edward Lujan.

Welcome to my mini-blog within a blog – The Ancestor Birthday Blog. On this blog, I will be posting short vignettes on my ancestors on their birthdays. Today is the genealogy of my great-grandmother Andreita (Montoya) Torres.

My great-grandmother Juana Andrea Montoya was born on November 30, 1883 in the Socorro, New Mexico area. Her parents were Jose Casmiro Montoya and Manuela Abeyta. Andreita (as most people called her) was the granddaughter of Juan Tomas Montoya and Ana Maria Estefana Perea and Jose Albino Abeyta and Maria Miguela Sanchez. Among her ancestors was Jose Tomas Candelaria, the maternal grandfather of her grandfather Albino Abeyta. Jose Tomas Candelaria was listed as a genizaro in the 1790 Spanish census of Alburquerque. A genizaro was an Indian usually kidnapped as a child who was raised in a Spanish household as a servant, and sometimes as family. Jose Tomas would have received his freedom before he married his wife Ana Maria Gallegos. According to family lore, my great-grandmother claimed to be part Apache, which is a possibility since her 2nd great-grandfather was Native American.

Andreita Montoya married two men. Her first husband was Miguel Marquez. She married him on August 18, 1900 in Socorro. He was the son of Jose Apoloniar Antonio Marquez and Juana Maria Bartola Lucero. Andreita and Miguel had one child: Manuelita Marquez. Her first husband would have died before she married her second husband.

Andreita’s second husband was my great-grandfather Ignacio Torres. Andreita and Ignacio married on August 25, 1906 in Socorro. They had four children who lived past their childhood: Jose Manuel (born 1907), Maria Teresa (1912), Margaret (1917) and Anastacio Torres (1920). Another child, Adelarda Torres (1909) shows up in the 1910 census of the family. It is unknown who this child is; she does not show up in any other records.

Andrea's children: Manuelita Marquez (sitting), Jose Manuel Torres (standing on the right), Maria Teresa Torres (standing on the left) and Margaret Torres (baby on Manuelita's lap.)

Andreita’s second husband Ignacio was the son of Jose Crespin Torres and Maria Andrea Trujillo. Ignacio was born on October 25, 1875 in Socorro. He died on March 15, 1950.
Andreita passed away on July 9, 1974. Although I was 5 years old going on 6 when she died, I for some reason do not remember her at all.

Andrea Montoya and Ignacio Torres (sitting.) Children, clockwise from the right: Jose Manuel, Anastacio, Margaret and Maria Teresa. Photo courtesy Maurine Pool.

If anyone wishes to post stories about Andreita, feel free to post comments on this blog.

Source information available upon request.

07 November 2014

Important Program Change - November 15, 2014 NMGS Program

November 2014

The Genealogy Center
On the Second Level of
the Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper Street SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the northwest corner of 5th and Copper)
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Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Robert Martinez, Assistant State Historian
"Casta Families New Spain to New Mexico"

This presentation will trace certain families that made their way north from places such as Mexico City and Guanajuato to New Mexico in the 17th and 18th centuries. These families eventually married into many New Mexican Hispano families, including the Tafoya, Martin Serrano, and Saes clans.
Robert Martinez is the assistant state historian of the state of New Mexico. Robert has an M.A. in Latin American history, and has worked as a research historian for the Sephardic Legacy Project and the Vargas Project. He has written numerous articles on New Mexico history, culture and also performs traditional Hispanic music with his family).

This program is free and open to the public.

Questions? Call (505) 796-0376 or email

03 November 2014

November 2014 NMGS Program - David Garcia - Northern New Mexico

November 2014

The Genealogy Center
On the Second Level of
the Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper Street SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the northwest corner of 5th and Copper)
nmgs logo

Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The New Mexico Genealogical Society
David Garcia
"Resolanas as a
Political Action Metaphor
in Northern New Mexico"

This presentation will address the historical and political context of the print and self-publishing culture produced by The Academia de la Nueva Raza, a local think tank in Embudo, NM, during the civil rights movement. Notable to this discussion is this group’s method of production and circulation of print materials through a politically engaged process known as Resolana. Also discussed will be the group’s efforts to document the subjected knowledge or "oro del barrio" of local communities through the production of popular educational materials such as political pamphlets, notebooks, and oral vignettes entitled Entre Verde Y Seco.

David F. Garcia, ABD is a Visiting Professor in Southwest Studies at Colorado College. He is a cultural anthropologist from San Antonio del Guache in Rio Arriba County. He is currently working on a doctoral dissertation at the University of Texas at Austin, looking at the significance of public spheres.
ELECTIONS: We will also be having elections for following board positions: President (2 year term), Vice-President (1 year term) and Secretary (2 year term).

This program is free and open to the public.

Questions? Call (505) 796-0376 or email

23 September 2014

Dionosio Antonio Baca and his son-in-law Agustin Torres

Dionosio Antonio Baca was one of the founders of modern-day Socorro, New Mexico. Although Socorro was originally founded in 1598, it had been abandoned before the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and not re-settled until 1815 or 1816. We do not have a list of people who re-settled Socorro; however, we do have a list of people who contributed to a war campaign against the Navajos in 1818. This is the best information that we have regarding who was living there in the early years of its existence. Baptismal records from Belen and Socorro confirm the identities of many of the settlers as well as suggest a few more names.

Dionosio Antonio Baca and Ana Maria Sanchez had at least 10 children. Below is a list of those children:

Individual summary for Dionosio Antonio Baca

I'm going to focus on two of the children: Jose Rafael Baca (1808- 1838) and Maria Felipa Josefa Bonaficia Baca (1767-1838). In my article "A Baca Family in Socorro County, New Mexico 1808-Present" (New Mexico Genealogist 49, December 2010, pp. 196-204), I conjectured that Jose Rafael Baca, who married Maria de Lus Jesus Nepomuncena Baca, was the son of Dionosio Antonio Baca and Ana Maria Sanchez. The problem was that there were many Rafael Bacas in Belen and Socorro, and all I had to confirm Jose Rafael Baca's existence was his son Ramon's marriage record, Jose Rafael's burial record, and his widow's marriage record to her second husband in which she proclaimed that she was the widow of Jose Rafael Baca. By comparing all of the Rafael Bacas in the area, I came to the conclusion that Jose Rafael Baca was the son of Dionosio Antonio Baca. Let's say that this was just an educated guess and not a firm conclusion. There was only one young man named Jose Rafael Baca in the 1833 census of Socorro and the surrounding area. All others had slightly different names, (including his brother Jose Rafael Marcos Baca) and all records mentioned him by his full name rather than by a truncated name (such as Rafael Baca.)

Jose Rafael Baca was my mom's 2nd great-grandfather, through her paternal Baca line:

Relationship chart - Jose Rafael Baca to Frances R. Baca

Maria Felipa Josefa Bonifacia Baca (Felipa, for short) was another one of Dionosio and Ana Maria's children. She married Agustin Torres, the grandson of the founder of Belen, Diego Torres. Felipa and Agustin were among the earlier settlers of Socorro, but may have not been there when it was initially founded. They are not listed among the people who donated goods to the war campaign of 1818. The first record of one of their children being born in Socorro was in July 2, 1823, and that was their son Santiago Torres. It is possible that they moved to Socorro to follow Felipa's parents. It also might be that they were trying to escape the notoriety of her husband's affair with another woman - one of Felipa's cousins. An 1806 prenuptial investigation in Belen indicated that the knowledge of the affair was widespread throughout the community.

Felipa and Agustin had nine children, most of them born in Belen:

Individual Summary - Felipa Baca

Two of Felipa's children are important to my ancestry: Ricardo Torres and Simon Torres.

Ricardo was the grandfather of my great-grandfather Esteban Zimmerly. Simon was the great-grandfather of Esteban's wife, Delfina Torres. This relationship made my great-grandparents 2nd cousins, once removed:

Relationship chart between Esteban Zimmerly and Delfina Torres.

Esteban Zimmerly and Delfina Torres had a daughter by the name of Maria Paublita Zimmerly. Paublita is my grandmother. She married the aforementioned Santiago Baca, the descendant of Jose Rafael Baca. My grandparents were 3rd cousins, once removed:

Relationship chart between Santiago Baca and Maria Paublita Zimmerly

In all, I am descended from Dionosio Antonio Baca and Ana Maria Sanchez three times, all on my mother's side of the family.

Maria Paublita (Zimmerly) and Santiago Baca


Robert J. C. Baca, "A Baca Family in Socorro County, New Mexico 1808-Present", New Mexico Genealogist, 49 (December 2010), 196-204.

Robert J.C. Baca, "Early Settlers of the Socorro Land Grant: An 1818 List, Part III," New Mexico Genealogist, 51 (September 2012): p. 119. 

Robert J. C. Baca, "The Zimmerlys of Socorro: A Swiss Civil War Soldier and an Old New Mexican Family", New Mexico Genealogist, 50 (June 2011), 50-59.

19 September 2014

Free Internet Genealogy Workshop

Workshop: Free Internet Genealogy 
by Robert J.C. Baca, New Mexico Genealogical Society President
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6 – 7 pm. 

St. John's Methodist Church
2626 Arizona St. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Room 149/151 

New Mexico Genealogical Society President - and St. John’s member - Robert Baca presents a workshop on Free Internet Genealogy. Find out how to use free resources on the web such as, USGenWeb, and the Albuquerque Public Library website to delve into your family history. This workshop will be hands-on, so please bring to the program a laptop computer or other device that is WiFi compatible. 

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Come to the church early - starting at 5 p.m. - and you can get dinner prepared by Chef Tim for only $10! September 24th's menu is Teriyaki Pork Chops. The children's menu is chicken tenders. Dinner includes dessert and a drink. The meal is $10 for adults (18 and older), $5 for children 12 to 17;  $2 for children 6 to 11; and children under 6 eat for free!

For more information, please visit the St. John's Methodist Church website at this link.

18 September 2014

Bacas, Garcia Jurados and a few Torreses and Montoyas for good measure

I've  become a fan of genetic genealogy. I don't believe it can replace conventional genealogy, but it sure can help clarify questions and find distant relatives.

Regarding the latter - I bought the Family Finder test last year, and I've found a few hundred relatives. A few of these relatives have posted their genealogies on the FamilyTreeDNA website. I've noticed a few trends in their genealogies.

First, I have a number of relatives who are related to me through my 4th great-grandparents Dionosio Antonio Baca and Ana Maria Sanchez. My closest relative on the site is Mr. F.M. who shares my 2nd great-grandparents Ramon Baca and Anastasia Padilla (making us 3rd cousins.) Ramon Baca is the the grandson of the aforementioned Dionosio Antonio and Ana Maria. Mr. R.M. is the fourth great-grandson of Dionosio Antonio and Ana Maria - making him my 5th cousin. Mrs. L.V.J.E. and Mrs. D.W are also my 5th cousins through this relationship. Mrs. L.T.A. has them as her 3rd great-grandparents, which makes her my mother's 4th cousin and my 4th cousin, once removed.

Dionosio Antonio Baca is the great-grandson of Ramon Garcia Jurado and his first wife Juana Antonia de Espindola y de las Heras. A number of my relatives are descendants of Ramon Garcia Jurado and his second wife Bernadino Hurtado. This latter couple are my 7th great-grandparents. Mr. F.T., Jr.; Mr. L.C.; Mr. G.G.R.; Mr. N.C.G.; Mr. B.M.; Mr. K.G.S and Mrs. N.C.P. are all descendants of this couple.

Other relatives are related to me through Diego de Torres, one of the founders of Belen, and various Montoya families. Two of my relatives, Mrs. H.M.C. and Mr. M.M., are descendants of Luis Maria Cabeza de Baca, my 4th great-grandfather. H.M.C. is descended from Luis Maria's first wife; both M.M. and I are descended from Luis Maria's 2nd wife.

I have personally contacted only a few of these people. A few of them are friends and genealogical colleagues of mine. One, who is a 5th cousin of mine, is the president of one of the leading genealogy societies in town. Many have roots either in Socorro, Belen or Pena Blanca.

I am still waiting to find a Zimmerly or Bourguignon family member to take a Family Finder test. I would also like to find a closer Torres family (one from Socorro, rather than Belen) on the site.