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.

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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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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.

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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”.
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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.

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Musical Mammoth at Meow Wolf
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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.
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Reading Room at the Santa Fe Public Library near Governors’ Plaza.

Looking forward to our next visit!