He was born on April 6, 1852, in the Village of Rio Tesuque, New Mexico to Jose Miguel Ortega and Francisca Romero. He was baptized in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 11, 1852.
I somehow failed to notice his death certificate partial information on FamilySearch which gave me the date of his death and the names of his parents (ok, one was wrong, it happens).
Someone on Facebook was able to find his obituary, which read:
“Dionicio Ortega, aged 84 passed away at his home this morning after an illness of several months. He was born in Tesuque but had made his home in Santa Fe for the past 60 years where he made countless friends who will mourn his passing. He was a member of the Cathedral parish and had taken a very active part in church affairs. Surviving Mr. Ortega are four daughters, Mrs. Carolina Garcia, Mrs. Frank Narvize, Mrs. Frank Armijo, and Ms. Isabel Ortega; two sons Celestino and Manuel, all of Santa Fe, [?] grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren also survive. The body was taken to the home 323 Rosario Street this afternoon and will lie in state there [?] of funeral services, which will be announced later by the [?] Andrew funeral home.”
I looked to see if he was in Rosario Cemetery, the same cemetery Sarah Jane Taylor is buried but he wasn’t listed in this index. We visited Sarah Jane Taylor last December.
I asked this Facebook group where I would find a baptism record for Dionisio if he were born in Tesuque in 1852 and the esteemed Patricia Sanchez Rau told me he would have been baptized in Santa Fe, and that she already had the information on Dionisio and his family. Approximately 75% of this journey has been me asking the right people poorly worded questions.
For the record, Patricia sent me her tree for Dionicio Ortega’s family, but she doesn’t have Vitalia Garcia as Francisca Romero’s mother. Since I am just starting on his family I haven’t worked it all out yet. I’ve just looked for the 1860 Census since that would be the first Dionicio would appear. Out of curiosity, I looked up the family on the 1850 census as well.
Died August 13, 1912, in Iola, Allen County, Kansas.
I received his death certificate from the Kansas Health Department today and received help finding his obituary. I knew he was part of the IOOF in Cañon City, Colorado (his second wife Geraldine Denison and their son Samuel G. Taylor are buried in the city’s IOOF cemetery) and that he was active at some point in Iola, but it was unexpectedly relieving and heartwarming to see his funeral was well-attended by the local chapter.
There wasn’t any extra information, why does this always happen to me? It reads:
“We, the undersigned, do hereby acknowledge ourselves indebted to his Excellency, Wm Hawkins Esquire, Governer, &c. and his successors office, in the sum of five hundred pounds. But to be void on condition that there is no lawful cause obstruct a marriage between Elijah Gumbs and Nancy Evans for whom a liceace [?] no issues.
Witness, our hands and seals, this 17th day of Feb A.D. 1814
In presence of Tom Hughes Henry -x- Evans his mark”
We finally received a mitochondrial DNA match on October 20th. This person’s HVR1 and HVR2 results rolled in first, then the next day I was notified that it was a full sequence match! Here’s a good explanation from Roberta Estes of DNA Explained on why this kind of match is significant: “Locations are extremely important when tracking mitochondrial DNA because if you match someone who is in the same area as your ancestor, then you’re close to finding your common ancestor. The records that may well prove the connection may be located in that geography as well. Some people are lucky enough to connect to a surname. Since they change every generation, the surname will likely be buried in the information of the other individual. You should ask them for their info as well, along with the areas where their ancestor lived. Don’t neglect sisters and who they married. Your ancestor’s sister may hold the key to your ancestry as well. I generally take my matches’ ancestor’s names and compare them to names in my Gedcom file to see what I find. It’s amazing how often I find something close geographically or sometimes I find their ancestor already listed as a sibling or niece or cousin of one of my ancestors. That’s powerful information.”
UPDATE at the bottom, full match confirmed! Nancy Boon/Nancy Evans and Sarah Brummett/Sarah Evans were sisters!
A cursory Google search for Elijah Boon and Nancy Evans, Missouri turns up this link, a short biography about Mrs. Harriet Bills (Harriet Boone) from the book, The History of Caldwell and Livingston Counties, Missouri, 1886 mentions her parents “being Elijah and Nancy Boone, nee Evans. They were also both natives of North Carolina. The father was born in Northampton county, December 12, 1796, and by occupation was a farmer. He continued to live in the State of his birth until removing to Livingston county, Mo., in 1834. The mother was born October 12, 1796.” A few pages before, it mentions William Wm. Brummett and Elijah Boon both living in Township 59, Ranges 24 and 25, respectively. Our Sarah Evans and her husband William Brummett eventually end up in Livingston County. This is where their daughter Mary Ann marries James Taylor.
This excerpt from the book History of Chariton and Howard Counties, Missouri page 459 notes Elijah Boone was one of the “old settlers” of Chariton County along with a Brummett. This would put Elijah and Nancy Boon (Evans), and the Brummett Family in Chariton County prior to 1830. Remember, Sarah Evans and William Brummett married in 1827 in Chariton County, Missouri.
Family Tree DNA’s help desk got back to me Monday, October 24 via Facebook to confirm that this is a full mitochondrial sequence match! Sarah Evans and Nancy Evans are sisters! When our display glitch is fixed I will add the mtDNA match picture here. My mother also matches an AncestryDNA kit administered by user RossEddy1, both are descendants of Elijah Gumbs Boon and Nancy Evans.
Or however his last name is spelled. I copied and pasted this paragraph from a post I made elsewhere. Thanks to Ancestry.com users momworldorder and margos1776 for sharing their lovely family photos.
This is Beatrice Ortega. Her maternal grandmother was Mary Ann Brummett of Livingston County, Missouri. The gentleman is Thomas Benton Brummett, one of the few Brummetts I have seen a picture of so far. I’m sure I’m researching the correct family because of their similarities! Thomas Benton Brummett was Beatrice Ortega’s maternal grand-uncle. It was because Thomas named one of his daughters Sarah Evans Brummett in honor of his mother that I was able to confirm Sarah Evans as my 5th great grandmother. He’s one of those ancestors who stands out; I think he wanted us to know of him and his family and I’m very grateful for it.
Santa My mom, April Sauceda, agreed to do yet another DNA test as a Christmas gift this year! Here’s her family tree. I purposefully attached National Geographic Genographic Project’s image of the cute little girl with the skis to everyone like Thomas Benton Brummit who should be our mtDNA matches so people would be like, “Whaaaat?!” and stop to look. #trainwreckgenealogy
I started a new mitochondrial DNA project at Family Tree DNA, Mothers of Missouri. The only qualification necessary is that someone on your direct maternal line (this ancestor can only be a woman) started a family in Missouri at some point. That’s it. Boom. Join me. Open to men and women.
I submitted a new project proposal a while back. The website said I would hear from FTDNA within 7 business days. The self-doubter that I am, I thought maybe my project was so outlandish that they didn’t bother getting back to me. I decided to go another route and hire a professional genealogist instead. I was surprised to get an email on Wednesday September 30th, “My apologies for the delay in reviewing your project application, we have been a bit backlogged lately. We have approved your application for the Mothers of Missouri Project.” !!!
This project is open to anyone (male and female) who can trace their maternal line to Missouri.
The goal of this project is to identify the maternal lineages of the people of Missouri past and present. Participants are encouraged to share names, information, and pictures (if possible) of their Missouri maternal ancestors to aid our collaboration. Posts to the group, photos, and comments are only available to members of this project.
Maternal line ancestry can be so difficult to research, particularly because of changing family names every generation. Pairing knowledge of our ancestors’geographical locations along with genetic evidence gives us an edge in identifying families and clusters of related individuals. With that in mind, I started this project to hopefully one day provide Missouri researchers a catalog of Missouri maternal lineages.