Genealogy, History

Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Jose Viterbo de Ribera

I originally planned on applying for the Daughters of the American Revolution through my ancestor Baltasar Gonzales, but as I explained in the last post, he was not present at the presidio at the time that would have made him eligible as a patriot.

It turns out another of my ancestors, Jose Viterbo de Ribera was present at the time and is eligible as a DAR patriot so I applied through him.

He was baptized Joseph Viterbo de Ribera at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 11, 1754, son of Antonio de Rivera (Rivera/Ribera alternates) and Maria Graciana Prudencia de Sena.

Jose Viterbo married Maria de la Luz Pacheco March 14, 1778 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They had at least three children: Juan Estevan de Ribera, Juan Manuel de Ribera, and my direct ancestor Jose Francisco Ribera who was baptized March 15, 1802 in Santa Fe. Jose Viterbo was about 48, his wife Maria de la Luz was around 40 years old.

Jose Francisco Ribera married Maria Marcelina de los Dolores Quintana (widowed of Antonio Jose Alarid) of Nambe (listed from Pojoaque at her first marriage) in Santa Fe on June 1, 1831. My ancestor Maria Leonor Ribera was baptized May 20, 1838.

Maria Leonor Ribera married Baltasar Albino Montoya in Santa Fe on December 11, 1850.  They had many children; my ancestor Salome Montoya was born around 1864. She can be seen on the 1870 census as a six year old with her parents and siblings.

Salome Montoya married Luciano Romero November 27, 1886. My great grandfather Manuel Romero was baptized February 28, 1892. He married my great grandmother Domitilia Gonzales in Santa Fe on June 9, 1924.

Domitilia Gonzales Manuel Romero Marriage 1924
Manuel Romero and Domitilia Gonzales marriage, Santa Fe, New Mexico June 9, 1924. Notice his parents are listed Luciano Romero and Salome Montoya.

My grandmother Dolores Romero was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico a few years after their marriage.

My certificate from Daughters of the American Revolution recognizing my patriot ancestor Jose Viterbo de Ribera. His state is listed as Spanish America, which I love. I can’t wait until my son is of the age to appreciate how our Mexican-American ancestors contributed to history.


Here are some links about the Hispanic/Latino contribution to the American Revolution:

Somos Primos: Spanish Patriots in the American Revolution

Presidial Soldiers Donation to the American Colonies

Spain in the American Revolution

Bernardo de Galvez (not New Mexico, but very important)

VIDEO: Spanish Participation in the American Revolution

BOOK: The Santa Fe Presidio Soldiers: Their Donation to the American Revolution

Genealogy, History

Baltasar Gonzales and the King’s Deer

My ancestor Baltasar Gonzales, who was married to Maria de la Cruz Lopez (sometimes she appears as Ana Maria Lopez), was mentioned in the book The Santa Fe Presidio Soldiers: Their Donation to the American Revolution by Henrietta Martinez Christmas (HMS for short).  The soldiers in the book are recognized by Sons of the American Revolution or Daughters of the American Revolution, so naturally, my curiosity was piqued.

As it turns out, King Charles III of Spain asked his colonists to donate money to the American cause; the “donativo” qualifies some soldiers for DAR.  That’s the short version of it, there’s also the huge assist by Bernardo de Galvez of Spain.  I think I didn’t learn about this in school, did you?

HMS on Youtube!

Anyway, I was set to apply to DAR as a descendent of Baltasar Gonzales but he is one of the few soldiers of the Presidio who are not considered patriots because they were elsewhere during the donation collection.

So where was he?  Long story short again, he was selected to take five fancy New Mexico mule deer back to King Charles III of Spain as a gift.  Captain don Francisco Trebol Navarro selected Manuel Saenz Garvisu, Bartolome Gonzales, Joaquin Trujillo, Julian Ortiz, and Rafael Baca for the long journey, expected to be about three years time.

New Mexico mule deer. Outdoor Life Magazine.

They arrived in Mexico City from Santa Fe, when Rafael Baca went back home.  The others arrived at the Port of Veracruz by May 1781.  They set sail on the battleship Arrogante and arrived at the Port of Cadiz October 1781.  Author Jose Antonio Esquibel wrote an article about this event for the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico’s journal Herencia entitled “Deer for the King and a Journey to Spain: The Commission of don Francisco Trebol Navarro, 1779-1785” that appeared in one of the 1993 issues.

Deer for the King Esquibel Herencia 1993
Jose Antonio Esquibel’s article “Deer for the King” Herencia Journal 1993

What a surprising and interesting turn of events that allowed my ancestor to travel on a battleship to Spain.

Genealogy, Uncategorized

Ortega House Santa Fe NM Trip 2018

A while back I was contacted by the current owners of Dionicio Ortega and Sarah Jane Taylor’s adobe Pueblo house.  We had a Santa Fe trip planned months ago, so I asked them if we could stop by while we where visiting the city and they accepted.

The current owners have done extensive research on their property which revealed that the Ortegas owned much of the surrounding property and that it was later divided among Dionicio and Sarah Jane’s children.

Dionicio Ortega and Sarah Jane Taylor House, original (or near-original) floors and ceilings. Mr. Current Owner told me he did a little digging when they were fixing the place up and found “a lime-coated floor, and that was probably what was there when Sarah Jane and Dionicio moved in. They may have later put in the wood planks that are still there because they are very old. Two inches beneath the lime floor was another floor made of animal blood mixed with dirt, which makes for a linoleum-like surface.” (see linked post, “The House They Lived In”) Little Guy is clearly jazzed to stand on the floors where his ancestors once stood.
Mr. C.O. described how this, the original house consisting of a small living/dining area, had only one window. They hired people familiar with the old Pueblo homes to cut (saw, that’s the motion he’s making) new windows out of the thick adobe walls.
This room with the tiny door (they were all tiny doors!) was originally the stable. As we know, Dionicio was a muleteer and kept a few mules here. When the owners were doing renovations, they discovered a donkey jaw bone and various other small bones in the walls. The stepping stone outside the door (which was then an exterior door) was actually the overturned headstone of New Mexico’s first attorney general, Hugh N. Smith. Apparently when the old cemetery was demolished people salvaged the stones for use in their homes.  My husband and Mr. C.O. pictured here.
Said headstone of New Mexico’s first attorney general Hugh N. Smith. At first I was embarrassed, but then again, the Ortegas wasted nothing. The C.O.s decided to keep it and turn it the correct side up. This wing of the house is a new addition by the C.O.s It is lovely.
My family and I in front of the original house. Dionicio and Sarah Jane’s children added on later, as did the current owners. The surrounding properties once belonged to this Ortega family but are now owned by other people. It was a large tract of land!
The current owners. They are very nice and have taken wonderful care of the house. I am so grateful they gave me the opportunity to show the house to my Little Guy!  Thank you so much C.O.s!

We like to visit Rosario Cemetery when we go.

Visiting Sarah Jane Taylor, my 3rd great grandmother, Little Guy’s 4th great grandmother. We confirmed with the office staff that Dionicio is buried in the same cemetery but even they don’t know where he is buried further than the “old cemetery”.
Little Guy found Beatrice Ortega Taylor’s grave 1896-1922. She married Alejandro Shoemaker, son of Sheriff Shoemaker, who was excited about a new gun he’d received and went home to show his young wife. According to the article in the local paper, the gun went off and hit her; she died a couple of days later. She was 26 years old.

We again didn’t make it to Santa Fe’s National Cemetery adjacent to Rosario Cemetery which is a shame, especially considering today is Memorial Day.

Next time we will visit my 4th great grandfather there, Ruperto Armijo, who was part of the 2nd New Mexico Regiment Infantry during the Civil War.

We also visited St. Francis of Assisi, Cross of the Martyrs, Fort Marcy Park, the public library, the Palace of the Governors Museum Shop to buy books, and Meow Wolf while we were there this time. I highly recommend Meow Wolf.

Musical Mammoth at Meow Wolf
Little Guy and I at St. Francis Cathedral. Off the top of my head my second great grandparents Luciano Romero and Salomé Montoya were married there 27 Nov 1886, and the ill-fated Beatrice Ortega Taylor de Shoemaker on April 28, 1916.
Reading Room at the Santa Fe Public Library near Governors’ Plaza.

Looking forward to our next visit!

Ancient DNA, Genealogy, Uncategorized

mtDNA V7 in Dr. Knipper’s “Female Exogamy and Gene Pool Diversification”

The full title of the article is Female exogamy and gene pool diversification at the transition from the Final Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age in central Europe published 19 September 2017.

One day I was looking at my grandmother’s submission to mitochondrial haplogroup V7 on and noticed three “Germany-ancient” samples credited to Dr. Knipper; that’s how I found her article.

Dolores Romero mtdna phylotree
Maternal grandmother Dolores Romero’s mitochondrial DNA sample highlighted in orange.

It is interesting because she and her research team extracted isotope ratio data to determine whether the individuals were local or non-local to the site, in addition to genomic data from the samples found.

The three V7 individuals are from the Königsbrunn, Obere Kreuzstraße (OBKR) site.

From Knipper et. al 2017 “Female Exogamy and Gene Pool Diversification”. the three V7 individuals were found at the Konigsbrunn-OBKR site in Bavaria, Germany.

I’m not exactly sure of the ages of the samples, but they were labeled Early Bronze Age by the research group.  I wondered if Dr. Knipper and her group considered the V7 samples local or not, so I emailed her to ask.  She is really nice and helpful by the way!  I was nervous because I’m not very familiar with anthropological terminology and was concerned about asking something that might be very obviously stated in the article for those who are familiar with the terminology.

We exchanged a few emails and she gave me permission to paraphrase her answer:

Based on strontium and oxygen isotope ratios found in their teeth, the V7 individuals are considered local by the research group, and were found in the Lech River Valley, Bavaria, Germany. Dr. Knipper did, however, say we can’t be 100% sure they are local because there is a possibility the isotope ratios happen to appear local by chance since the ratio is not exclusive to this area.

Additional note: There was an older paper with a different V7 individual found related to the Novosvobodnaya Culture.  I remember the big splash that paper made when it was published.  Professionals, please weigh-in on the two findings and their implications on the geographical origin of haplogroup V7, please!


Chariton County Missouri May 5, 1862

Tip o’ the hat to Laura P.N. who left a comment on a previous post which reminded me I didn’t share this finding.  I don’t know how they fit into the whole scheme of things, but it is a mysterious day in history.

I found two entries for Brummetts in Chariton County Wills and Administrations, 1861-1875 by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry; one for James Brummett and one for Thomas Brummet.  Both died on May 5, 1862.  Looking at the page, there are other deaths on May 5, 1862.

Chariton County Wills and Admins 1861-1875 Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry
James Brummett, Thomas Brummett, Alexander W. Seward, Hugh H. Bond, Amos Bond, Mary White, and John Lehman all deceased May 5, 1862 Chariton County, Missouri


A quick Google search reveals the Battle of Yellow Creek occurred in Chariton County, but that was on August 13, 1862.

William Brummit did have sons James and Thomas; but Thomas Benton Brummit/Brummet died 1933.  So, I don’t know if these two gentlemen in Prather Ellsberry’s book are related.  Furthermore, I sent a message to the Chariton County Historical Society but they said they  “do not have a James Brummett. We do have James S Brummell and James S Brummall. (2 different records).”  I didn’t request the records.

But I am curious, what happened in Chariton County, Missouri to cause so many deaths on May 5, 1862?


Jose Froilan de la Garza Valdes of Santiago, Nuevo León, Mexico b. 1803

Since I haven’t been able to make any breakthroughs researching Froilan/Froylan de la Garza (father of Candelario de la Garza) directly, I went back to look at his first child, Jose Ysidro Garza Martinez’s baptism record.

Jose Ysidro Garza Martinez baptism FS
Jose Ysidro Garza Martinez baptism 18 May 1830, Santiago Apostol, Santiago, Nuevo Leon,Mexico. Son of Froylan Garza and Maria Rita Martinez. Godparents listed as Antonio Escamilla and Maria Josefa de la Garza.

It names Antonio Escamilla and Maria Josefa de la Garza as the padrinos (godparents), so I researched Maria Josefa.

Maria Josefa de la Garza and Jose Antonio Escamilla were married in Santiago Apostol, Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in April of 1826. The record says her parents were Anastacio de la Garza and Maria Ignacia Valdez. 

Maria Josefa de la Garza Antonio Escamilla marriage 1826
Maria Josefa de la Garza marriage to Jose Antonio Escamilla, 1826. Her parents were Anastacio de la Garza and Maria Ygnacia Valdes.

Looking at baptism records naming this couple as the parents, I found one for a Jose Froilan Garza Valdes in Santiago Apostol, Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on 10 October 1803. It says he was “Español”.

Jose Froylan Garza Valdes baptism 1803
Jose Froilan de la Garza Valdes baptism in 1803, same parents as Maria Josefa, Anastacio Garza and Maria Ygnacia Valdes. Padrinos Jose Cosme Valdes and Maria Manuela Garza.

Compared to Maria Josefa de la Garza’s baptism in 1810, Santiago Apostol, Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  It is also noted on her baptism record that she was “Española”.

Maria Josefa de la Garza baptism img 1810
Maria Josefa de la Garza’s baptism in 1810. Parents Anastacio de la Garza and Maria Ygnacia Valdes. Padrinos Simon Villaton (?) and Manuela Gonzales

I think Maria Josefa de la Garza and Froilan de la Garza were siblings, and that their parents were Anastacio de la Garza and Maria Ignacia Valdez.

Full disclosure: A cousin has another suspected Froilan Garza ( attached to our Family Search Tree, but that Froilan’s wife is listed as Maria Antonia Salazar and he was from Vallecillo, Nuevo Leon instead of Santiago.  This all is important to note as we know our Candelario‘s mother was Maria Rita Martinez, not Maria Antonia Salazar, and that Candelario was born and baptized in Santiago as this family I’ve shared here.


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