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.

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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

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Genealogy

Uncle C. Sauceda’s Genetic Communities

My uncle appears as a closer match to cousins from the Sauceda and Garza side of the family than my mother does, so I decided to focus on his genetic communities instead of hers.  I think Ancestry did very well with this feature.

C Sauceda Settlers of Central and South New Mexico
“Since the 1700s, New Mexico has been shaped by the clash and co-mingling of people and cultures. Native Pueblo peoples and Spanish settlers shared similar farming techniques and joined in defense against raiding Apache and Comanche bands—with whom they also traded. War, railroads, and homesteading brought Anglo settlers, who sometimes married into Hispanic families and sometimes encroached on traditional lands. Together they faced the changes drought, boom and bust, and war brought to a harsh and beautiful land.”

 

C Sauceda Mexicans in Nuevo Leon Tamaulipas and South Texas
“Those who answered Spain’s call to settle the Texas frontier were brave, determined, and incredibly resilient. For more than 100 years, they fended for themselves taming wild horses, raising livestock, and defending themselves against raiders, unpredictable weather, and the indifference of their government. When Texas joined the United States, Mexican and Anglo American settlers came together, creating the vibrant, rich culture that still distinguishes the area today.”

 

C Sauceda Mexicans in Tamaulipas Nuevo Leon and South TX
“Fiercely independent, for generations the people of the Rio Grande Valley demonstrated a determination to not only survive a brutal and unforgiving land, but thrive in danger, instability, and war. Decades of conflict created a legacy of strength in the face of opposition and dedication to their land, families, and heritage. Their descendants carried this legacy with them as they migrated north throughout the 20th century, adding it to the rich fusion of Tejano culture that still distinguishes the borderlands today.”

 

C Sauceda Mexicans in Nuevo Leon North Tamaulipas and South Texas
“Mexicans in Nuevo Leon, Northern Tamaulipas and South Texas were known for their fierce independence, persistence, and courage. They were instrumental in winning independence from Spain. And as history transformed their home from the Spanish frontier to the Mexican border (and even the United States), they came to embody the merging and clashing of Anglo and Mexican lifestyles on the border and in Texas Tejano culture.”
Genealogy

Romero Family of Santa Fe, New Mexico

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.

Eloy Martinez Dolores S. Romero Marriage
Marriage of Eloy Martinez and Dolores S. Romero January 1950 in Phoenix, Arizona. Eloy Martinez was grandma’s legal husband though not my grandfather.  The “S” here is exactly like the “S” for South in the street address listed above.

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.

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The marriage of Manuel Romero and Domitila Gonzales June 1924 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Manuel Romero’s birthday is February 11, 1891.
Domitila divorce Manuel Romero
By April 1934 Manuel Romero and Domitila Gonzales were separated. My grandmother Dolores would have been around 7 years old.

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.

Manuel Romero baptism
Manuel Romero born February 20, 1892 to Luciano Romero and Salomé Montoya.

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

Luciano Romero Salome Montoya marriage 1886
Luciano Romero and Salomé Montoya married November 27, 1886, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

After Salomé died, Luciano married Ursula Rodriguez.

Luciano Romero Ursula Rodriguez marriage 1900
Luciano Romero, widowed of Salomé Montoya, married Ursula Rodriguez in 1900.

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.

Manuel Romero 1900 census
1900 Census in Santa Fe, here Manuel Romero’s birthday is in May of 1891. This might be why he believed he was born in 1891. He is listed with his siblings, stepmother Ursula Rodriguez, father Luciano Romero and his paternal grandfather Desiderio Romero lives nearby.

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

Baltazar Montoya and Maria Leonor Ribera 1850
Salomé Montoya’s parents Baltazar Montoya and and Maria Leonor Ribera were married December 11, 1850 in Santa Fe. Their parents were Juan José Montoya & Juana Gonzales, and Francisco Ribera & Marcelina Quintana.