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Remijio Jaquez 52 Weeks/52 Ancestors

Remijio Jaquez

About a year ago, I took a DNA test via a company by the name of FTDNA. I did this for someone who needed help with someone on her tree and wanted to see if we (she and I) had the same DNA. When the report came back, I had over 360 matches with people I’d never heard of and didn’t know anything about.

What they came up with was about 295 people on my dad’s side of the tree, the rest on my mom’s side. I’ve made contact with several people on the list. Still, I wasn’t sure about their results. Since I was searching for my mother’s relatives, I had concentrated on that side of the list, but I was really curious about the match that was listed as my closest relation on the DNA list. They had listed her as closely related as a second cousin. I thought that was odd because I thought I would have known someone that closely related. Oh yes, I was wrong.

Her name was Sherry Jaquez Rossi and I sent her an email asking about her connection. This was her reply:

My father Manuel spelled his last name as Jaquez but I have found two different spellings for my paternal grandfather Jose Remijio Jaquez (or Jacquez).  They both resided in San Acacio, Colorado as did some of my dad’s 1st cousins (Henry, Felix, Delfino, and their two sisters whose names I can’t remember right now).  The only thing I know about the New Mexico connection for my dad was that he had a 1st (?)  cousin in Aztec, New Mexico — I think his name was Buster Jaquez.  My paternal grandmother Clotilde Naranjo, was from Los Sauces, Colorado but I don’t know much about her.  Does this help?

Well, obviously, the only name that sounded familiar was Buster Jaquez (truly, who doesn’t know Buster?) and that was it. I hadn’t heard of anyone else’s name on the list and I knew nothing of people who were raised in Colorado. I didn’t really make any connections with the names at all and so I let it go.

One of the perks of being given over 450 photographs from my cousin Tommy with only about two hundred names on those photographs, is that I have studied them copiously. I have been trying to relate the photographs to who they might belong to, and to each other.

Yesterday, I was going through the photographs once again, searching for a different photograph and something caught my eye.


Jose Remijio Jaquez

Remijio was born on August 1, 1887 in Culebra, Colorado. His parents are Jose Eusequio Jaquez and Antonia De La Luz Ortega. Remijio and Juan Nepomuceno were half-brothers (same father, different mother).

He was married to Cleotilde Naranjo and their children were Antonia Jaquez, born in 1921, Annita Jaquez, born in 1923, and Manuel Edward Jaquez born in 1925.

This is the second photograph that was in the group.


As you can see, it is not as clear of a  view of this group of people, but their names were listed. On the left is Remijio, next to him is his wife Cleotilde, holding their daughter Antonia. What I missed when I looked at this picture originally, was that the two ladies on the end, Antonia and Maggie were in fact Remijio’s sisters. I didn’t understand that originally, because I was trying to make them into perhaps his parents, etc (a mother and an aunt, etc.). But now that I know they are his sisters, then the people in this picture that I already shared at one point:


are the same two women, again Antonia and Margaret Jaquez. So, they are both Juan N.’s sisters as well.

So we have a lot of photographs of the siblings of Juan Nepomuceno Jaquez, both full siblings and half siblings.

It appears Remijio was living with and supporting his mother (Antonia De La Luz Ortega-Jaquez) when he signed up for a waiver for the draft in World War 1 in 1918. It says that he was single and supporting his mother.

remijilio draft

The 1930 Census shows they lived in Old San Acacio, Costilla, Colorado and that Remijio was 33 when he married Cleotilde who was 16. Since their daughter Antonia was under 1 year, I think this photograph dates to 1922-1923.

So their son, Manuel Edward Jaquez is the father of Sherry Jaquez-Rossi, and Sherry Jaquez Rossi is my second cousin, 1 x removed.

The “cousins” that she spoke of were the children of Enrique Jaquez and Maria Benigna Quitana. Their children are Delfino, Felix, Henry, Edicia, Rosa, Aurelia, and Silviana. They, too, were from San Acacio, Costilla County, Colorado.

Here is a map of that area

map of blanco, nm to san acacio, co

It is a 185 miles from Blanco, NM to Costilla, Colorado. Must have been well-traveled roads for our family.

Jose Longino Jaquez 52 Weeks/52 Ancestors

I was recently contacted by a young lady by the name of Lisa Barrett. She said that she was a descendent of Maria Rosa Villalpando. Apparently three-fourths of New Mexico is related to our clan. She had also said that she had spoken to Tom Martinez (Tommy) and that she would like to talk. I was excited. Of course, with my schedule (and I’m sure her schedule is just as busy) a few days had passed. But I kept thinking about her. So, as soon as I could, I went back to the blog to send her a note asking her to contact me by email. On the blog, I had a message from her asking me to contact her. I laughed and thought we were on the same wavelength.

I had a quick email conversation with her and then she asked me if we could have a phone conversation. We set a time for the following Sunday. I was sitting at a baseball game, naturally, and pulled out my phone thinking I would write to her and find out a good time and she had already written to me. We really were moving in harmony.

She said her ancestor was Ramon Jaquez. Now that name meant something to me. I knew Ramon Jaquez was a full brother to Juan N. Jaquez.

1910 Census for Juan NHere we find Juan N. on the 1910 census, living next door to Ramon Jaquez and his family.

Juan N. as you will recall, is my dad’s grandfather. Now, I can tell you how Lisa Barrett fits in and what she was researching. Jose Ramon Jaquez, Lisa Barrett’s direct ancestor, was born on November 8, 1960 in San Luis, Co. The Jaquez clan traveled back and forth between New Mexico and Colorado regularly. I found them on the 1860 census here:

Juan N 1860 census for Jaquez familyAs you can see, Jose Eusequio is listed as age 31, wife Francisca Vigil is age 28 and their children are Victoria, age 5, Juan N. age 3, and Josefa, age 9 months old. I would suspect Francisca is pregnant with Jose Ramon since he was born in November of this same year.  This census was taken in the Taos Valley, NM.

1870  Census showing brothers Juan N and Jose RamonThis is from the 1870 census and now we see Juan N. age 14 and brother Jose Ramon age 10 living together.

To continue, Jose Ramon Jaquez marries Trinidad Maria Munoz on October 18, 1882 in El Rito, Rio Arriba, NM. The census shows they had 15 children. That is a big number in my book. It makes Celestino Jacques and T.S. Archuleta’s families of 12 children look paltry.

I am going to concentrate on their son Longino Jacques, but before we get to him, let’s look at something else.

maclovioOn the left side of this photograph is Ramon and Trinidad Jaquez. The couple in the middle is Tobias and Luisa Jaquez. Tobias is the son of Ramon and Trinidad, a brother to Longino. The couple on the right, they are Benina and Maclovio Archuleta. Of course, we’ve already met Maclovio and Benina Archuleta in my blog post entitled “Ricardo de Jesus Archuleta” as Maclovio is the brother of Ricardo Archuleta. Round and round we go, Jaquez to Archuleta and Jaquez again. Tough to follow, I know, and a little dizzying.

Anyway, I thought it was a great picture and a fun sidetrack but now back to Jose Longino Jacques.

Jose Longino was born on May 15, 1891 in Blanco, NM. He married Francesca Jaquez on September 2, 1914 in El Rito, NM.

248This picture shows it was taken in the 1920’s and it is Longino along with his brother Tomas Jaquez.

Longino Census 1920Their children include

John Glen Eldon, Ramon Arturo, Longino, Ramon, Triny, Eugenio Matthew, Severino, Ernesto and Nieves Jaquez.

247A second picture of Longino Jaquez.

So looking at the list, Eugenio Matthew Jacques is Lisa Barrett’s grandfather. I switched the spelling of his name as Lisa sent me a copy of a list she had made of her aunts, uncles, mother and her own children. That is how she spells her grandfather’s name. Funny, my own birth certificate is spelled Jacquez and my parents changed the spelling when I was in elementary school to Jacques. That is how I spelled my son’s name.

So Eugenio Jacques was born on February 15, 1918. He married Eginia Valdez and their daughter is Mary Louise Jacques. If you look at my Facebook friend list, Mary is listed as Mary Hill Schimmels and she is my (or if you are in my generation…lol) 3rd cousin, in case you want to say hi to her.

So, back to my conversation with Lisa Barrett. She lives in Elko, NV and is my 3rd cousin, 1x removed.  She is very interested in ancestry and was researching Maria Rosa Villalpando and our collective history. Her family had a small party and she had Tom Martinez speak to her relatives about research. She said they had a lot of questions. We all do.

I think you get the most benefit from doing the research yourself. When you find a document that pertains to your ancestor, pull it out and really read the entire document. Write down all of the pertinent information and contemplate what it means to you. The help of other researchers such as Tommy Martinez are invaluable. You may have questions about where researchers get their information. Ask questions. Question everything. Look for the proof.  There will be always be debate about proof, even if you believe information that others have found. Happens to me all the time .

Lisa Barrett would like to meet up at one of the Jaquez family reunions. Since our phone conversation lasted for an hour and a half, I think we would have a very good time together. I see New Mexico in our future.