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Deluvina Sinforosa Jaquez


Deluvina Sinforosa Jaquez was born on October 7, 1912. She was the second child with her older brother Eppie born the year before and her younger brother Ernest born the year after her. She was the first girl, of course followed by all of the other siblings.

jacques kids

Aunt Della is seated on the chair in front.

By 1920, she was 8 and living with her parents and grandparents in Largo, New Mexico. She grew up very close to her cousins.

Jaques family

Here is part of the Jacques family, Aunt Jane, Aunt Dorothy, Aunt Della, Tim,  Tonita, Frank Angie and Celestino.

Aunt Della was much more like a Grandmother to me than an Aunt. She was 15 years old when my dad Timothy was born. She must have felt like he was her baby.

My dad was about 5 when Aunt Della got engaged to Joseph Serna. Uncle Joe proposed in the dining room of my grandparents’ home in Colorado. My dad was hiding under the kitchen table and as soon as Della said yes, Tim ran out from under the table yelling for his mother that Della was getting married.


She was married to Joseph Serna on December 23, 1933 in Montrose, Colorado.


This is a nice picture of them with Celestino and Tonita.

wedding couple

This shot includes her brother Eppie, his wife Nora, and family friends.

She was very close to her siblings and her cousins.

Here she is with her double first cousin, Flora, Joe Serna, and Rosemary and Donald.


By 1940, Uncle Joe was working in a gold mine in Jackson, CA.

Joe and Fred in the as miners

Uncle Joe is in the middle row, third miner from the right (seated). Uncle Fred is sitting right next to Uncle Joe, fourth from the right in the same row.

He was 36 years old and Aunt Della was 27. Rosemary was 5 years old and Donald 4 years old. They had both been born in Colorado. Aunt Della raised her children and had a big hand in raising her two oldest grandchildren, Joey Telena and Toni Jean Telena Kelly.

jacques family

Love this shot of Uncle Fred, Uncle Ernest, Aunt Nora, Aunt Dorothy, Aunt Della, Aunt Jane, Dad, Grandpa Jacques, Aunt Angie and Grandma Jacques.

Aunt Della was such a wonderful, mothering person. She always made everyone feel at home and was an incredible cook. My personal favorite was her Jello salad. Her chili and beans were legendary. Aunt Della was jovial and sweet, always busy, and always had something to do.



They lived their married life together in San Jose, raising their children, Rosemary and Donald.

One year, my parents had a kick-ass Halloween party. This is in their living room on Shafer Drive. Aunt Della is on the right in the first picture. In the second shot, my mother is on the right.

Halloween 1

halloween 2

Here is a picture from their 40th anniversary party. (Which I, at 8 years old, was not invited to. Not Bitter.)


On September 10, 1977, Uncle Joe passed away from cancer. I can still see him sitting in his bathrobe, looking gaunt and thin.




When I was little, Uncle Joe would give me coins when you walked into his house. He had a funny accent and liked to say “Son of a biscuit” as his cuss word. He had several brothers including Uncle Johnny and Uncle Fermin. His sister was Aunt Lucy, married to Della’s double first cousin Milton. I always assumed his relatives were our relatives too, as they attended all family functions.

After Uncle Joe passed away, Aunt Della moved to Manteca and lived in a small apartment with other senior citizens. She liked to go to the bingo games to help “the old people” as she called them. She was a devout Catholic and went to church often.  If there was a party, wedding or funeral, my father would go get Aunt Della or send one of us after her.

jackie and aunt della

This is Aunt Della and Jackie at my Aunt Jean’s funeral. As soon as I told Jackie that I was doing an Aunt Della post she said, “Oh, she used to keep a Kleenex in her sleeve.” Such a funny tidbit but she’s so right. As soon as she said that, I could picture it myself.

When my mother was recovering from surgery, Aunt Della came to stay with us. Ordinarily, my dad didn’t like anyone coming in when my mother was recovering because he felt between us kids and himself, we could handle it. However, he had great respect for Aunt Della and she really wanted to help, so she came to stay at our house. Now, because Momma was not in the best of health, we’d grown up doing our own laundry and helping clean the house. Not with Aunt Della there. Jackie and I were still in school and came home to find our laundry folded in a perfect pile on our beds. She made me homemade rice pudding just because she knew I loved it. My father complained privately that it wasn’t as good as my mother’s rice pudding but that’s only because he was biased; he always thought that my mother made the best of everything. One day, Jackie and I got up first thing in the morning to go to the bathroom (with every intention of going back to bed) and upon returning to our bedroom, found that she’d already made our bed. She was so funny. She had a particular way of calling me Cookie that I can still hear in my mind. My mother loved Aunt Della a lot and looked up to her with great respect.

I think Aunt Della was a nicer version of my Grandmother. Obviously, my grandmother raised her children well and Aunt Della wasn’t perfect, but she was such a loving person. When Paul and I would take her grocery shopping or to lunch, she really liked my husband. I think she thought he was good looking. He still is. But Aunt Della used to say, “He’s such a good looking guy but how can you stand to kiss him?” (Because he was a smoker). She used to say it would be like licking an ash tray.

She was so funny. Beneath her loving personality lurked a crazy woman when it came to Roller Derby. Back in the 1960’s and  1970’s, Roller Derby was a big deal and Aunt Della and Uncle Joe used to go watch the matches of the San Francisco Bay Bombers. They saw Charlie O’Connell, Joanie Weston and Ann Calvello. Aunt Della would turn into a raving lunatic when she watched them from the bleachers.

When we got married, I had no grandparents left, so I had Aunt Della treated as if she were my grandmother. She had a corsage and was seated with my parents. I so appreciated that I had Aunt Della. She and I were great friends.
Aunt Della and me

Aunt Della passed away on April 7, 1991. My mother was in the hospital and couldn’t attend her funeral.
Here is her family at her funeral.

For only having two children, she had a hell of a big family.

Aunt Della is buried with Uncle Joe in Santa Clara, CA at the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery. Aunt Della’s loving nature lives on in everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

I also want to thank my cousin Joey Telena for generously sharing his photographs from his Ancestry.Com account. Some of these pictures are mine but I really appreciated the ones he had uploaded. I love that everyone will get a chance to see all of her pictures.

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.

Juan Nepomuceno Jacquez – 52 Ancestors/52 Weeks


Juan Nepomuceno Jaquez was born on April 6th, 1856 in San Pedro County, Colorado to Jose Eusequio Jacquez and Maria Francisca Vigil.

daddy and Juan NThis is a great picture of my daddy, sitting in front of Juan Nepo’s headstone.  My dad made a special trip to the cemetery to see his grandfather’s grave, and I love that dad’s cigars are firmly in his pocket, a fresh cigar in his hand. I think my dad’s strong sense of family pride came from his grandfather.

Ha, I’ve digressed.


Juan N (Dad called him Juan N) was born in Colorado but by 1880 was living in Blumfield, New Mexico, in the Rio Arriba area. He was 26, his bride Ana Maria Lujan was 19, and they had a one year old daughter, Sara.


juan n 2

This is such a great picture of the Jaquez family. Here is Ana Marie Lujan, Juan N. (young lady between them is labeled as a servant) then the baby in her lap is my Great Aunt Celia, the little boy in the middle is Great Uncle Onofre and the little girl on Juan N’s lap is Great Aunt Lucy.  The notes at the bottom show this photograph was taken in approximately 1899.

Juan N. ancestors

This is his ancestry: His father is Jose Eusequio Jaquez, Grandfather Felipe de Jesus Jaquez, Great Grandfather Jose Julian Jaquez (son of  Maria Rosa Villalpando in my previous post).

While Juan was born in Colorado, on the 1860 Census we find him in Culebra, Taos, New Mexico Territory. His father is listed as Jose Eusequio Jaques, age 31, mother Francisca Vigil 28, and siblings Victoria Jaques, age 5, Juan Nepi Jaques, age 4, and Josefa Jaques, 9 months old.  His father is listed as a farmer.

In 1875 he married Ana Maria Lujan in San Pedro de Culebra, Costilla Parish, Colorado, USA. There seemed to be a lot of travel between New Mexico and Colorado and that was a tradition that continued for many years.


According to the Territory of New Mexico Report of the Secretary of New Mexico, the State Representatives for Rio Arriba County in 1907 were Diego Archuleta and Juan N. Jaques. Not the first time you will see those two names, Archuleta and Jaques, linked.


This picture hung in my dad’s home for years and is now hung in my living room.

In 1925 Juan N. and Ana Maria celebrated 50 years of marriage.


I think I love this picture the best. He looks so proud, so proper, and so pleased with themselves, as if we have been let in on a secret. His occupation is always listed as farmer and yet in these pictures they are dressed in their Sunday best, ready for their close ups. What a great looking family.




Look at this big bunch of grand kids he has, too. Everyone wanting to get in the picture.

381Names are written around this picture, by I assume my cousin Tommy, looks like Juan N. is seated on the tail end of a pick up, surrounded by more grandchildren.

jacques family This is one of the most recent photographs I have featuring Juan N. I love this picture. It looks like it is from Aunt Dorothy’s wedding. They were married January 14, 1939. In the center, wearing a flower corsage, is Aunt Dorothy, holding her hand is Uncle Sam. Just behind him is my dad, behind my dad is Uncle Ernest (look at Aunt Elsie’s face directly between Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Sam). Next to Aunt Dorothy is Grandpa (Celestino) Jacques, then next is Grandma (Tonita) Jacques and next to her is Juan N. He came to California a lot, spending time with all of his children and grandchildren. Aunt Angie is at the top of the porch, Aunt Celia at the end of the porch, Aunt Della and Uncle Joe on the step above. Just behind Aunt Della is Uncle Eppie holding Perpie. Here is a different shot of the same day, more kids in the background.


This is another great picture of Juan N. here with his son Celestino, Grandsons Ernest and Eppie and Great Grandsons Ernie and Frank.

Juan 2


Juan Nepomuceno died on May 29, 1943 in Denver, Colorado. This is what he left behind:

244This is only part of it, of course. This was taken at a Jacques-Jaquez-Jacquez family reunion in New Mexico.

I implore each of you, if you can, to ask your parents what they know of their history, where their parents came from, where they lived, who they loved and how they died. I promise you there are great stories buried in their history. Okay, I’m off my soapbox now.