Grandma Dolores didn’t speak much of her father, she said she didn’t remember him very well. When I was a child I didn’t think much of it. She did always claim her middle name was Salomé though, but no one on her mother Domitila Gonzales’ side of the family had that name.
After she passed I took another look at her birth certificate and saw she didn’t have a middle name, though she did use the middle initial “S” on some of her important documents, such as on the affidavit for her marriage license. She insisted that it stood for Salomé.
Her parents Manuel Romero and Domitila Gonzales were married in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1924. On the application for the marriage license, Manuel says his birthday is February 11, 1891.
In the book, New Mexico Baptisms, Santa Fe, NM, January 1884-December 1899 there is a record for Manuel Romero born February 20, 1892. The day and the year are off, but the month is the same. His parents were Luciano Romero and Salomé Montoya. I believe this Manuel is my grandmother’s father. I had seen them on the Santa Fe census in the past and wondered if they were Manuel’s family, but I didn’t have any clue about Manuel’s birthday back then. The scanned page of the baptism book was provided to me by Denver Public Library.
Luciano Romero and Salomé Montoya were married November 27, 1886, at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. Their parents were Desiderio Romero and Guadalupe Lujan, and Baltazar Montoya and Eleanor Ribera. On other documents, she is written as Leonor Ribera. From the book Santa Fe Marriages, St. Francis Church/Cathedral January 1858-October 1889
After Salomé died, Luciano married Ursula Rodriguez.
On some census records, Manuel’s birthday is in May, but the names all match up so I’m sure this is the correct family.
Salomé Montoya’s parents Baltazar Montoya and Leonor Ribera were married December 11, 1850 in Santa Fe. Their parents were Juan José Montoya and Juana Gonzales. From the book New Mexico Marriages, Santa Fe, St. Francis Parish and Military Chapel of Our Lady of Light (La Castrense) 1728-1857