Monthly Archives: July 2014

Samuel Jaques Revisited – 52 Weeks/52 Ancestors

Okay, when I am researching and writing, I go for a big picture of how a family lived, where they lived and what they did. I can’t do it on this post but we do have some answers! Yay!

I have done a lot of research on my own but I also have this wonderful big book of answers that is a fabulous resource. It was written by Tommy Martinez (I guess at some point I should start calling him Tom, but I just think of him as Tommy) in 1989.


As you can see from the cover, it is the descendants of Juan Joseph Jaquez and Maria Rosa Villalpando. However, in this big book of wonderfulness there are over 2,600 names and it is a bit of a challenge just to comb the pages to figure out where we need to be and how the descendants are linked.

Back to the question at hand, who is Sam Jaquez and how is he related to us?

Therefore, we must start at the beginning.

Felipe de Jesus Segundo Jaquez – Born on 9/20/1795, his parents were Jose Julian Jaquez and Maria Paula Martin. To put this in perspective, his father Jose Julian is the only child of Maria Rosa Villalpando and Juan Joseph Jaquez to survive the Native American raid and likely grew up in the home of his grandfather,  Pablo Villalpando. It was Jose Julian who goes to St. Louis after he discovered his mother was still alive and wanting to marry trader Jean Sale dit Lajoie. Jose Julian was paid 200 pesos to relinquish his claim to Maria Rosa Villalpando’s estate.  (Side note, Jose Julian must have taken a wrong turn somewhere because the New Mexican authorities contacted the Spanish Administrators in San Antonio, Texas and suggested that Jose Julian be forced to return to his home as he had a wife and children without support in Ojo Caliente, NM.)

Felipe was born in the Plaza de San Francisco, San Juan County NM

Felipe de Jesus Segundo Jaquez


Maria Del Carmen Lujan (born on 6/9/1799)

They married in 1817 in San Juan Pueblo, Rio Arriba.

To this union they had the following children:


Juan Ygancio Jaquez – 2/2/1818

Maria Josefa Jaquez – 1/30/1820

Maria Guadalupe Jaquez – 2/20/1822

Jose Salome Jaquez – 10/22/1826

Maria Jaquez – 1829

Jose Eusequio Jaquez – 1831 (This is my relative)

Maria Concepcion Jaquez – 1833

Jose Julian Jaquez – 1836


Felipe’s first wife, Maria Del Carmen Lujan died in 1836.

The last child, Jose Julian Jaquez, only lived for one year and died in 1837.

Then, in 1836 (approximately), Felipe De Jesus Segundo Jaquez


Maria Manuela Bustos

Jose Ynes (Inez) Jaquez was born in 1837



This is where our two families connect. Jose Eusequio (guy on horse) had a half brother by the name of Jose Ynes Jaquez. Same father (Felipe), but different mothers.

Then if we look at this half brother, Jose Ynes Jaquez, he married Maria de los Angeles Roybal in 1860.

Their children are


Jose de los Reyes Jaquez – 1864

Jose Gorgonio – 1865

Maria Francisca – 1867

Jose Jaquez – 1870

Anastacita Jaquez

Francisquita Jaquez

Jose Alfredo Jaquez – 1889

Leonardo Jaquez – 1884

Juan Julian Jaquez


Now Leonardo Jaquez is born in 1884 in Colorado

He marries Pablita Chavez and by 1910 they live in Blanco, NM.

Their children are


Samuel Jaquez

Frank Jaquez

Vicente Jaquez

Isodorita Jaquez


Now I show them living together until the 1920 census. By 1920, Pabilita has remarried and had additional children. She is now 45 years old, married to Manuel Montoya and has 5 year old Sostenes (Tina) Montoya, 3 year old Casimiro Montoya and 1 year old Filix Montoya.

Her Jaquez children are also living with her and Manuel Montoya, including Joseph V Jaquez, age 20, Sam Jaquez, age 16, Frank Jaquez, age 14, and Mary Jaquez age 10.

Samuel Jaquez married a woman by the name of Gregorita.

Their children are








Yay! We’ve arrived at Leroy and his wife Jane Jaquez.

So, we (myself and my siblings) and Leroy Jaquez are 3rd cousins, 1 x removed.

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This family looks like it was raised in the Blanco area as well, which makes sense why they would have a relationship with the Jaquez/Archuleta family that came from the Blanco area.

Easy, right? Okay, it wasn’t an easy path but we’ve made it.

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So, looking at this resource, we are missing at least two generations of descendants because if you look at just the page from my family the only grandchild listed is Tara Lynn O’Shea but in actuality (now) that is 16 additional people (all of my dad’s descendants). I think if this book were written today it would be close to 4,000 to 5,000 people. Now we know our connection to Leroy Jaquez.

Of course, our bigger connection is Maria Rosa Villalpando and Juan Joseph Jaquez. Two people over two hundred years ago started a life together that perhaps didn’t end the way they thought it would, but look what they created. They started a hell of a family.

Next up? I had a very nice email from a young lady by the name of Lisa Barrett who says she is a descendant of Maria Rosa Villalpando. Of course she is.



Jacques Questions, Answers and More Questions – 52 Ancestors/52 Weeks


I went to a funeral a couple of weeks ago for an aunt of mine. Now, I know people who are jumping up to say, “Well, she wasn’t really your aunt.” We know. But she was. Aunt Flora was such a kind hearted woman and I saw her a lot. Yes, she and dad were actually first cousins. In fact, they were double first cousins. They were raised to treat each other as family. So, I took my girls, Taylor and Hailey, and together with my sister Jackie we went to the rosary. If my dad were here, he would’ve gone, so we went.

We had the opportunity to meet some people that we didn’t really know. We (Jackie) randomly started talking to the people in the pew behind us. There were three women sitting together and when Jackie introduced herself, they immediately said, “Are you related to Sam Jacques?” We laughed and said, ” Nope, don’t know who that is.”

As soon as I got home, my cousin Bobby wrote to me, “Do you know who Sam Jacques is?”

It was a pattern. Whenever you would ask my dad how someone was related, he would explain it if he could but if not, he’d just say, “They just are.” Yes, the same answer I give my children.

So, without further ado, let’s figure it out.

First, I went on Facebook and friend-ed a woman by the name of Janie Jacques. I had seen her name a bit on Facebook but wasn’t sure who she was. Then, I asked her how she was related. She said that her husband was Leroy Jacques and that his parents were Sam and Vera Jacques. That still didn’t ring any bells for me but I thanked her and said I would have to look into it. She also said Sam Jacques’ parents were Leonardo and Pablita Jacques. I was thinking that this new information would make sense to me but it did not. However, the name Leonardo sounded like it was a name I had seen before, but I really couldn’t have pinpointed where.

Next, I went to my account. Someone said to me that we have more access to information than we ever have had in the past because of the internet and she was right. The medium has allowed us to instantly access thousands of records that our parents never could have dreamed of, right at our fingertips. I know my cousin Tommy had elaborate charts of people but sometimes it is easier to do the research yourself because then you can digest the information and really make a connection to whom you are researching.

First I started searching for a Leonardo Jacques. I found a couple of leads for a Leonardo born in 1884 in Colorado. There was a lot of jumping back and forth between New Mexico and Colorado by Jacques and Archuleta families back in the day so I figured I was headed in the right direction. Then I combined the name Leonardo with his birth date and came up with a Jose Ynes (Inez) Jacques (born in 1838), as his father, and a Maria de Los Angeles Roybal as his mother. That still didn’t mean anything to me, but I thought I had seen the name at one point.

Now, when I asked Janie Jacques if Leonardo was a brother to Juan N. (my thought) she said she didn’t know but thought there was an Alfred, Rosita, Anastasia, Georganio and a Franciquitos. Now that was interesting.

I found a 1910 Census listing for Leonardo Jaquez in Blanco, NM. He is married to Paulita Jaquez and his son is named Jose V. Jaquez. Leonardo is 26 years old, which would put his date of birth at about 1884. That seems about right.

Just looking at my tree, I do find a Leonardo who seems to be born in 1884 to Jose Eusequio Jaquez and Antonia De La Luz Ortega. Perhaps we are on the right track? Not positive. However, what was throwing me off were the names she gave me: Alfred, Rosita, Anastasia, Georganio, and Franciquitos.

My tree shows siblings for a Leonardo that include Alfredo, Remigio, Margarita, Enrique, Antonia, Patricio, Jose, Maria Francisca, Brigido, Entero, and Pedro. Well, that doesn’t  match up exactly but sounds close.

So then I started searching again, and this time I found a Gorgonio Jaquez. Now, I thought that seemed very close to what Janie had given me. This time, I found his parents were Jose Inez Jaquez and Maria de Los Angeles Ruybal. This list of siblings for Gorgonio Jaquez included Concepcion, Manuel, Juan Pablo, Clara, Anastacita, Carlota, Leonardo, and Lucia.

That Leonardo was born in 1905. So this might be the right line. Jose Inez Jaquez is the child of Felipe de Jesus Jaquez and Maria Manuela Bustos.

Head hurting yet? Mine is.

This weekend, I will pull out my information from Tommy Martinez and see if I can’t get us a better answer. It does seem likely that Jose Inez Jaquez and Maria Roybal were probably the parents and Jose Inez a son of Felipe de Jesus Jaquez.

Always more questions.

Also at this funeral, I spoke to the gentleman in the pew behind me. He said that their father was a friend of Pete Lujan and that he had worked in the mines with him. They lived in Durango, Colorado and that their father’s name was Salomon Quintana. This gentleman, too, asked if we were related to Sam Jaquez. Wow, really? Crazy family!


Jose Eusequio Jaquez – 52 Weeks/52 Ancestors

Jose Eusequio Jaquez

I know that I am not the only person to have to face ancestor stories that aren’t very pretty, and in fact, some are quite messy. To say Jose Eusequio Jaquez’ story is a bit of a mess would be appropriate.  His family could have had the 19 Kids and Counting show (I think!) Ha, well, dive in.  Let’s see if we can untangle this a bit. Now he is the father of Juan Nepomuceno Jaquez, my dad’s grandfather. My father had only warm feelings and great respect for Juan N.

Juan N’s father,  Jose Eusequio Jaquez


To say he was a prolific progenitor would be putting it lightly. But we’ll get to that later. Jose Eusequio was born in approximately 1831 in Ojo Caliente, Taos, NM to Felipe De Jesus Jaquez and Maria Del Carmen Lujan. We don’t have a lot information in regards to his early life but on January 22, 1954, he married Maria Francisca Vigil. They were married at the Our Sorrows Parish in Taos, NM. I don’t think that is the best place for the beginnings of a marriage. #justsaying

Anyway, in 1860 Eusequio, age 31 and Francisca, age 28, live in the precinct of Culebra in the Taos Territory of NM. This census was taken on July 18, 1860. Their children listed at this time are Victoria, age 5, Juan Nepi, age 3 and daughter Josefa, 9 months old.

Three short years later, in 1863, Maria Francisca Vigil Jaquez died in Conejos County, Colorado.

His children with wife Francisca are:

Ysidora Maria Victoria Jaquez – 1855
Juan Nepomuceno Jaquez – 1856
Joe Eusequio Jaquez 1857
Maria Josefa Jaquez 1859
Jose Ramon Jaquez 1860

Now, since Joe Eusequio isn’t listed on the 1860 census, I am thinking this one died as an infant. Also, Jose Ramon isn’t listed on this census because it appears that Francisca  was only three months pregnant with him at the time the census was taken, as he was born in November of 1860.

The last child I believe to have been born to this couple was Gertrudis Jaquez. Her date of birth is 7 May, 1863 in Conejos Co., Colorado.

It sounds like Maria Francisca either died during Gertrudis’ birth or shortly thereafter.

By the 1870 census Jose Eusequio has remarried.

In 1864, (only one year after his wife’s death, but with six small children, I can understand that he needed help) he married Antonia De La Luz Ortega. She was born in 1841 so she was near his age and it appears she was married before she married Eusequio in 1864. She was 23 years old and by the 1870 census, they lived in Costilla in the Colorado Territory. Living with them were

Victoria, age 14
Juan N. age 14
Josefa, age 12
Jose Ramon, age 10
Eusequio, age 9

and now

Jose, age 3
Teofilo, age 6 months old.

Looks like Eusequio is age 9 now, so maybe he survived after all. Not sure why he wasn’t on the 1860 census. Could be a mistake on the census taker’s part. It happens. Anyway, Antonia De La Luz Ortega took up where Francisca left off: having babies.

These are the children I have found listed to Maria Antonia De La Luz Ortega and Jose Eusequio

Pedro – born in 1857
Entero – born in 1861
Teofilo – born in 1867
Brigido – born in 1868
Maria Francisca – born in 1874 (Okay, wow, that surprised me. Same name as first wife?)
Jose Emmanuel – born in 1876
Patricio – born in 1877
Antonia – born in 1880
Enrique – born in 1882
Leonardo – born in 1884
Margarita – born in 1885
Remigio – born in 1887
Alfredo – born in 1889

The first two children could have been from the first spouse, so my guess is that his natural children start at Teofilo, but I am not positive. So, Antonia would have been 48 years old when she had her last child. Not unheard of but sheesh! That is a hell of a lot of kids. Made my head hurt trying to keep everyone straight. So Juan N. was one of six children between his father and mother, then he was a half brother to 13 more siblings, 19 all together.


This is Antonia De La Luz Ortega in the middle of this picture.  Also in this picture is Patricio Jose Jaquez. He does look a great deal like Juan N. to me (I believe them to be half brothers).

Also in the picture are his wife, Delfina Cordova and their adopted daughter Juanita. The last person in the photograph is Bernadino Valdez. The bottom of the picture says that he is called as Patricio’s father. Not sure who he is or why it says this. Could she have had an affair? I guess so. Could he really be a Valdez and not a Jaquez? Yikes, no way to be certain.

I found the 1910 Census and found them living in Costilla, Colorado. He is listed as age 32, she is 26 and Juanita is age 7. It appears that this is when this photograph was taken as well. This would make Antonia De La Luz Ortega Jaquez age 69. Wow, she’s really aged from having all those children.


This is a picture of Ysidora Maria Victoria Jaquez and her husband Jose Victor Trujillo. She is a full sibling to Juan N.


This is David Trujillo and his wife Maria Senobia Jaquez

David is the son of Victoria Jaquez Trujillo and Victor Trujillo.

Maria Senobia Jaquez  is the daughter of Juan Augustin Jaquez and Maria Silveria Vasquez of Blanco, NM.

Oh yes, of course, not only are we related to David Trujillo, his wife is related to us by blood as the daughter of Juan Augustin Jaquez.


*** Correction*** This photograph was mislabeled. The information below stays the same and is still correct. However, this photograph was labeled incorrectly. This is Maclovio Archuleta ans Benina Martinez. Thanks to Cordie Jacquez for the additional information.

Juan Augustin Jaquez

***I had an incorrect image for Juan Augustin Jacques. Here is the correct image

This is Juan Augustin Jaquez and his wife, Maria Silveria Vasquez.

Juan Augustin Jaquez is the son of Jose Salome Jaquez. Jose Salome is the brother to Jose Eusequio Jaquez. Hey look at that, we’ve arrived back where we started with Jose Eusequio.

Alright, people, move along, nothing to see here. I am certain your family twigs look just like this. Well, fairly certain. Fine, there’s lots to see, much to understand.