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Río Arriba County Surnames

Rio Arriba County, New Mexico Surnames being researched


Archuleta              email
Armijo              email
Atencio              email
Barella [Varella]              email
Brito              email
Cordova and Sandoval              email
Espinosa              email
Espinosas              email
Gallagos              email
Garcia              email
Gonzales              email
Gonzalez              email
Griego              email
Herrerra              email
Howard              email
Maese              email
Martinez              email
Martinez [Martin]              email
Miera              email
Noble              email
O'Conner              email
Ortega              email
Ortiz              email
Pineda              email
Rael              email
Rivera              email
Romero              email
Roybal              email
Torres              email
Sandoval              email
Valdez              email
Vigil              email

The queries below feature some of the surnames people were researching with a Río Arriba County connection. The e-mail addresses probably no longer exist, but the queries may provide you with some clues for your research.

BRITO 2007

"Miguel Antonio Brito and Maria Ygnacia Varela came to Embudo, Rio Arriba, New Mexico before the birth of their first son in 1807. I cannot find MAB in any of the Colonial Mexico records, tho I know who he was NOT. I have not researched MYV, and the records at Ancestry.com do not match what I know about this couple. Please email me if you have anything on this family or if you would like a free email copy of my book, BRITO BEGINNINGS, which has 91 Brito family trees from Colonial NM plus many yet-to-be-connected families. Earthchild_Marie@yahoo.com Mike & Marie Brito of Spokane WA"

GARCIA 2003
Need info on Bonefacio Garcia who was married to Cedelia Martinez ca 1905 in New Mexico. Mary Ann Atencio email

HOWARD 2004
I am seeking information regarding Jim Wood Howard and his wife Bertha who according to their oldest daughter homesteaded in what she called "the Bosque" somewhere in NM in the middle 1930's. I do know that Bertha was delivered of a boy child in the city of Espanola during their stay in NM. It appears that the land on which they settled (homestead? no land patent recorded in either name) was not suitable for farming and the US government bought them out and they moved to Texas ca. 1936. Any information about the farm or any relatives they may have had in the area would be appreciated.

I have some new information. There were at least two Howard families alleged to have homesteaded in the Rio Arriba County with Ojo Caliente being the home of record for Bertha Howard when she gave birth to a son in Espanola in 1933. I would appreciate any information about the Marion J. Howard family and/or the Jim Wood Howard Family. The county seems quite positively to be Rio Arriba but the land records contain no information-- at least the ones to which I have access. Please post this inquiry in whatever site would be the most likely to be productive. Thank you for your attention. Earl Russell email

MARTINEZ / ATENCIO 2003
Info needed on Martinez/Atencio family in Rio Arriba County. Asisclo Martinez m Cedelia Martinez. First wife was Placida Vaca. Cedelia's first marriage to Bonifacio Garcia. Any help appreciated. Mary Ann Atencio email

Older Queries:

Pam Gonzales Sat Mar 22 21:53:48 1997 I am looking for the parents of Pedro Antonio Gonzalez born approximately 1730 who married MarÍa Manuela Durán y Chaves in 1760 in Santa Fe. They had many children, but the direct decendent for us was Santiago Gonzalez who married MarÍa Rosa Francisca Padilla in Santa Fe. The decedents of this family migrated to the El Rito/Abiquiu area and eventually settled in the Tres Piedres area.

Thomas Gebe Sun May 4 02:18:04 1997
Am researching ROYBAL, BACA and ORTEGA in Rio Arriba Co.

Ron Ware Sun May 11 17:55:56 1997
My Great Great Grandfather, Michael Patrick O'Connor, and his wife Anna lived in Rio Arriba County in the mid 1880's. Michael and Anna had at least 4 children, Joe, Martin, Roderick and Thomas Lennis O'Connor. Thomas was my Great Grandfather. Michael was murdered in a dispute over a coal mine at Amargo on August 24, 1886. He was murdered in a gun fight my a man named Daniel Crowley. The Denver Times ran two articles about the, one on August 26, and the second on August 30, 1886. After Michael's murder, the family eventually moved to Raton where Anna remarried in 1891. If anyone would like more information or has information to add to this, please contact me.

John A. Olivas Fri May 23 23:55:54 1997
Searching for Francisco ARMIJO (born cir 1835), his wife, Dolores VIGIL (born cir 1839) and their son Jose Pablo ARMIJO (born 1851 or 1852). José Pablo Armijo (a widower with a male child, Miguel whose mother is said to have been Indian) married MarÍa Carmelita Barela (born 1863 in Las Truchas, Rio Arriba County, NM) cir 1885 in Santa Cruz. José Pablo & Carmelita had two children while living in Las Truchas, Juan Lorenzo (born cir 1886) and MarÍ Emiliana (born 17 Dec 1887). Around 1888, José Pablo and family moved northward through Taos & into Colorado. They were living Avondale, Colorado on 29 Dec 1904 when Emiliana married Francisco (Davis) Olivas. José Pablo Armijo was an educated man (a teacher) whom we understand spoke three languages (Spanish, English & French). Francisco Armijo is said to have been born in France, having a French mother and a Spanish father. Arriving in New Orleans by boat from Sergerg, Franch cir 1839 at age 4 or 5, along with at least his father and a brother. They arrived in Santa Fe within weeks of arriving in New Orleans.

Patricia Lucero Thu May 29 21:58:03 1997
Looking for any information on a Gallagos family from Rio Arriba. Pablo Gallagos & Melita Lucero Gallagos. I have no dates. They had five daughters . Two of them married into the Jaramillo family. Piedad & Ana MarÍ. Melita Lucero Gallagos sister MarÍ Magdalena Lucero married Gaspar Antonio Nemesio (Ortiz) I am researching the Lucero, Gallegos & Jaramillo families. I would appreciate any information on these families. Pat

Joe Sandoval Wed Aug 6 13:39:23 1997
The parents of ALONSO SANDOVAL, as well as Alonso's birth is the information I've been searching for quite some time. Does anyone know where I have to look? Also, the birth record of FRANCISCO MARIA SANDOVAL, son of Alonso Sandoval and MarÍ Rita Romero, residents of Santa Cruz de la Canada...Thank you!!!

Toni Noble Wed Sep 3 17:17:07 1997
Looking for any information of my Great Grandfather who's family lived in Tierra Amarilla New Mexico. They owned several stores in this area. John Burns

Mike Rael Dec 10 1997 I am searching for the ancestors of Ruperto Rael, born 17 March 1877 in Rio del Medio, NM. Ruperto's son, José Rael (born 27 August 1905 in Chimayo, NM), is my paternal grandfather. Ruperto married Manuelita Romero Martinez (born 1887 in Chimayo, NM) as well as a woman with a first name of Chenta. Other children of Ruperto were Juan, Tomás, Louisa and Ophelia. I would appreciate any information; and I have many of Ruperto Rael's descendants for anyone who might be interested.

CLEspinoza@aol.com 10 Dec 1997 I am looking for information about Espinosas of Rio Arriba County for 1854 and prior. In particular, I am trying to identify the parents of a Tiburcio Espinosa born in Rio Arriba County in 1830. I do have an extensive collection of family history for Las Animas County, Colorado for Espinosa, Sanchez, Mitotes, Leal, Apodaca, Madrid, Trujillo and other families from circa 1860 to 1900.

Beatrice Martinez De Vos Tue Jun 2 23:07:38 1998 I am looking for info. on Pedro Alonso Maese, born abt 1748 San Juan Parrish, Rio Arriba, NM. Married Ma Barbara Balentinna Martin Mar 19, 1775 in Sante Fe. NM. they had 6 children. Antonio de Jesús Maes, born in SanteFe, Sante Fe, NM Juan de Jesús Mases, born abt. 1775 in Embudo, Rio Arriba, NM. Married Maria Guadalupe Martin, MarÍ Francisca Maes, born Oct 5, 1777 in Embudo, Rio Arriba, NM MarÍ Franca Maese brn. Oct 15, 1783 in Embudo, Rio Arriba, NM Juan Parinilo Maes, brn. 24, 1787 in Rio Arriba NM, Died Mar 24, 1787. Pedro Maes, brn about 1788 in Embudo, Rio Arriba, New Mexico. Thank you for any help you may give me these are my ancestors on my mothers side.

Ward Fridell 3 Jul 1998 I am looking for Valerio surname and Corralez in the Rio Arriba area. Grandfather Ventura Valerio married Placia Maestas they lived in and around Rio Arriba county. Email me at Anntik@aol.com anything you have will be of help. Placida is buried in the green ? cemetery in Durango Colorado