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
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.
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.