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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.

T.S. and Josephine Archuleta – 52 Weeks/52 Ancestors

True confession: If I know you, even just a little bit, I’ve probably stalked your ancestors. I know, I know, my daughter Taylor tells me I can’t just stalk other people’s ancestors but it is really fun to find a wealth of information from just knowing someone’s name, where they came from and where they might have lived. Now, at times, I’ve asked people if I can (Chris Perez and Tammy Lender) but others, I’ve stalked first then asked permission. I feel every ancestor has a story to tell, and I like to practice finding information on others because I may learn something from searching your ancestors that will help me with mine.

My research on my dad’s side of the family has been limited and I have not spent a great deal of time doing the research. But, I do like/dislike how every side of my dad’s family is related to everyone on the other side. Confused? Here’s why:


Tonita Archuleta               Sibling of                 Telesforo Simon Archuleta

Married to                                                                   Married to

CF Jacques                     Sibling of                     Josephine Jacques


We were at lunch the other day with my brother Tim, we ran into my cousin Wendy and her husband.  As soon as we left, my daughter Hailey asked the always dreaded question, “How are we related to them?”

I had to resist the urge to say “We just are” so I tried to explain.

“So, you know how it goes me, Papa Tim, Grandpa Celestino? On Wendy’s side it goes Wendy, her mom Linda, Linda’s mom Effie, Effie’s mom Aunt Celia…” Well, at that point her eyes were glazed over and I lost the battle,  finishing lamely with “We just are.”

Part of the problem stems from the Jacques/Archuleta-ness of where our ancestors came from: Blanco, New Mexico. On a trip to Blanco in the 1990’s, as my dad drove down the street, we saw the mailboxes that lined the road and it would be like this, “Oh, there’s a Jacques.” Two houses down, “Oh, there’s an Archuleta.”

So, now we have TS Archuleta, (brother of Tonita, my grandmother) married to Josephine Jacques, (sister of my grandfather Celestino). Telesforo Simon Archuleta was born on January 5, 1887 in Los Ojos, Parkview, Rio Arriba, New Mexico to Ricardo DeJesus Archuleta and Maria Adriana Valdez.

Los Ojos

This is a beautiful area.

Most of the pictures that I have are of Uncle Simon as a young man. This is him and his father, Ricardo. They must have been very close because most of the pictures are of the two of them.

Uncle Simon and his father

I love this shot of his wedding to Josephine Jacques. She was born on January 8, 1884  in Canon, Largo, New Mexico, and was the child of Juan N. Jacques and Anna Maria Lujan.

Uncle Simon and Aunt Josephine

Most of the pictures that depict T.S. and Josephine show them surrounded by family.


Uncle Simon was a sheep rancher. This picture is one given to me by Tommy Martinez, depicting a Jacquez ranch in Coyote Canyon, NM, north of Gallup, NM.



Josephine Jacques looks like she was a girl who was full of fun.  She has wide expressive eyes and a quick grin (I can tell a lot by photographs, lol)


In 1910, Josephine is living with her parents, Juan N. and Ana Maria and her siblings Bert, Sarah, Celestino, Alex, Onofre, Lucy, Celia, and her sister-in-law Tonita. Josephine is 24 years old. The census shows she marries Uncle Simon in 1910. Her occupation is listed as a teacher in a public school. I think that is so great. I always get a vision of the prim and proper single school teacher (a la Little House on the Prairie).  They live on the same street as the Ramon Jacques family, the Filiberto Jacques family and the Grigorio Jacques family. A lot of Jacques kids on that block. I found the 1880 Census (prior to her 1884 birth) of her parents, but that missing 1890 census could have been really helpful! The loss of the 1890 Census is so maddening.

Anyway, by 1920 she and Uncle Simon are living in Blanco, Josephine is 35 years old, and she has 7 children under the age of 8. They live one house away from Juan N. and Ana Maria (her parents). Also ensconced in Blanco are Celestino, Tonita, and their six children.  They are listed as farmers but I think it was more ranching than farming.


Here is a copy of his draft registration card for World War I. Everyone had to file a card, regardless of whether or not they would be joining the fray.

Uncle Simon Draft Card


Uncle Simon Draft Card 2

In 1929, Josephine Jaquez-Archuleta dies at the age of 45, leaving behind her husband who loved her greatly and 12 children, the youngest, Donald, being just 2 ½ years old. I consulted with Karen Valdez whose mother was Esther Archuleta, because I wasn’t sure how Josephine had died. She said she wasn’t sure either but would check with her brother. She called Uncle Milton who said he didn’t really know but that she had a lot of stomach problems but nothing really definitive. So, I am ordering a copy of her death certificate and will do a follow up once we receive it.

By the 1930 census, Uncle Simon is still living in Blanco, but now only six of his children are living with him.  I thought it was odd that I didn’t find Esther on any census with her parents but Karen said her mother was raised by Aunt Sarah, Josephine’s older sister and lived with them in Durango, Colorado during the school year then returned to her father and siblings during the summer. Once she told me that, I was also able to find Donald living with Aunt Sarah at the age of three. That was comforting to think his aunt had taken Donald home with her, so young to be without a mother.


By the 1950’s Uncle Simon is still working and living on the ranch. In 1953, a lawsuit was brought about by Standard Oil Company against just about every ancestor on our tree, including Uncle Simon.  Uncle Simon did benefit from this law suit. My research continues in this area so I will report more in another post. My cousin DeeJo (Deirdre Josephine), Donald’s daughter, said Uncle Simon was able to live on these funds for the balance of his life.

He stayed close to his family his whole life.


Uncle Simon and Grandma Jacques

My cousin Joey Telena had a copy of his rosary card along with the pictures of Grandma Tonita and Uncle Simon.

Uncle Simon's funeral card

I know most of the Archuleta children that live in California. We attended their weddings, their funerals, and family picnics.  I can’t wait until the 1950 census is released, so that we can see where the children were, where they lived and who they married. Of course, the census is released 72 years after it was recorded, which will be in 2022. Aaack, I don’t think I can wait that long.

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.