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MELENDREZ, MELENDRES, LUJAN, MONTOYA, PADILLA, RUIZ, PARRA, LOPEZ, SILVAS, SERNA, in DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO, circa 1850-1920

MELENDREZ, MELENDRES, LUJAN, MONTOYA, PADILLA, RUIZ, PARRA, LOPEZ, SILVAS, SERNA, in DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO, circa 1850-1920

Posted: 26 Oct 2004 6:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 26 Oct 2004 6:45AM GMT
I am the family historian for New Mexican families that migrated to California, following the statehood of New Mexico. I am sharing a sample of family information in hopes of locating an equally challenged individual that has collected documentation that may intersect with mine below.

The majority of these people were born in Dona Ana City, Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Many of the individuals with later birth dates (1900) were born in Las Cruces. Just a few were born in Organ but this was from a family that originated on Church Street, Dona Ana City. Those not born in New Mexico are individually indicated with reference to their birth location.

The principal church where records document specific religious rites received by these individuals is the St. Genevieve Catholic Church. The majority of these people/families are found in New Mexico and in the California census from 1860-1930.

I have additional names and dates to those listed below. As descendants, our historical ties are to Dona Ana, New Mexico. Following the statehood of New Mexico, many families migrated to California. Some stayed in Southern California, a significant group continued to Sacramento and Lincoln, California. All but a few that were born in New Mexico have since died but hundreds of us descendants remain and would like to know more about our cousins in New Mexico and Texas.

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Margarito Lujan, Jr., b. June 10, 1846, Dona Ana, Dona Ana, NM
Married to: Ambrocia Montoya, b. 18520
Children: Alfredo Lujan, b. 1869 / wife: Unknown Lopez, 2nd wife: Imelda Rodriquez
Darin Lujan, b 187
Helena (Elena) Lujan, Sept. 1874 / husband: Florentino Melendrez, b. Sept 1874
Manuela Lujan,
Tomisita Lujan
Juanito Lujan, b. 1894 / First Wife: Maria Perez, b. 1893
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Florentino Melendrez, b. Sept. 1874
Married to: Elena Lujan, b. Sept 1874
Children: Antonia Melendrez, b. Nov. 1895 / 2nd husband: Andres Cisneros (6 children from 2 marriages)
Maria Guadalupe Melendrez b. Dec. 26, 1898 / husband: Martin Padilla, b. Aug 12, 1896 (7 children)
Ramona Melendrez, b. March 6, 1901 / husband: Cruz Parra n/ 1898 (Mexico) – (4 children)
Albino Lujan Melendrez, b. Feb. 15, 1903 / wife: Isabel Carmona, b. Nov 20, 1905 (4 children)
Eujinio Melendrez, b. Sept 14, 1905 / wife: Ralphelia Lopez, b. Oct 25, 1907 (2 children)
Florentino Lujan Melendrez, b. July 1, 1909 / wife: Corina Padilla, b. March 8, 1911 (2 children)
Martha Mary Melendrez, b. July 9, 1913 / husband: Pedro Amador Flores, Dec. 4, 1916 (Mexico) - (4 children)
Lawrence Raymond Melendrez, b. Aug. 31, 1916 / wife: Julia Olivas, b. Jan 24, 1917 (Mexico) - (2 children)
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Pablo Melendrez, b. 1837, Mexico
Married to: Juana E. Unknown, b. 1840, Mexico
Children: Pablo E. Melendrez, Jr., b. May 1861
Guadalupe E. Melendrez, b. Dec 1862
Jacobo Melendrez, b. April 1884 / Mauricia Garcia, b. 1885
Children: Francisca Melendrez, b. 1911 / Henry Perez Elzingre, b. Dec. 19, 1899 (Philippines)
Solomon Garcia Melendrez, b. Jan. 19, 1913 / Vivian Garza
Guadalupe Melendrez, b. 1916 / Jacob Raymond
Henry Fred Melendrez, b. 1917 / Marie Urrutia
Juanita Melendrez, b. 1920 / Jesus Gonzales, b. 1912
Pablo Paul Melendrez, b. 1923 / Esmeraldo Unknown
Gilbert Melendrez, b. (California)
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Pedro Padilla, b. Aug. 1, 1831, Paso Del Norte, Chihuahua, Mexico, Died Aug. 5, 1901 Dona Ana, NM
Married to: Apolonia Degeree Romero
Children: Jose Margarito Padilla, b. June 1857 / Wife: Juana Vargas, b. 1857 (4 children)
Maria Joaquina Padilla, b. 1862
Andres Romero Padilla, b. Nov 30, 1863 / Wife: Felipa (Jesusita) Gonzales, b. March 5, 1873
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Andres Romero Padilla, b. Nov 30, 1863, Paso Del Norte/Juarez, Mexico
Married to: Felipa D. (Jesusita) Gonzales, b. March 5, 1873
Children: Maria Francis Padilla, b. Oct 4, 1888 / Juan Lopez Alderete, b. Oct. 20, 1888 (5 children)
Andres Pablo Padilla, June 7, 1890 / Lupe Tapia (4 children)
Maria Apolonia Padilla, April 19, 1892 / Pedro Montoya Serna, b. March 1, 1884 (6 children)
Martin Arturo Padilla, b. Aug 12, 1896 / wife: Maria Guadalupe Melendrez, Dec 26, 1898 (7 children)
Carolina E. Padilla, b. Nov. 13, 1898 / Juan Perez, b. Dec 1, 1887, Soccoro, TX (8 children)
Pedro M. Padilla, b. Jan. 24, 1901 / wife: Ramona Silvas, Aug 1, 1899, Yesleta, TX (5 children)
Elvira Padilla, b. Apr. 7, 1903 / Alfred Garcia Silvas, b. Nov 12, 1892, Ysleta, Texas (7 children)
Sofia Padilla, b. Dec. 30, 1905 / Luis Ruiz, b. April 18, 1899, Ventanas, Mexico (5 children)
Corina Padilla, b. March 1911 / Florentino Lujan Melendrez, b. July 1, 1909 (2 children)
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OTHER NAMES THAT ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE ABOVE FAMILIES:
Blasa Orcasitas, b. 1852 (Mexico), wife of Jose Gonzales (Mexico), parents of Felipa D. Gonzales
Apolonia Degeree Romero, wife of Pedro Padilla
Manuela Telles, wife of Albino Padilla of Juarez, MX
Ambrocia Montoya, b. 1852, wife of Margarito Lujan, Jr.
Miguel Montoya, b. 1818, father of Ambrocia Montoya (both born in Mexico)

Re: MELENDREZ, MELENDRES, LUJAN, MONTOYA, PADILLA, RUIZ, PARRA, LOPEZ, SILVAS, SERNA, in DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO, circa 1850-1920

Posted: 21 Jul 2006 11:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 2 Oct 2006 8:58PM GMT
Mil Gracias for your posting of my family. I was born Feb 10, 1942 in San Francisco, CA of Henry Fred Melendres and Marie Urrutia. My grandparents were Jacobo Melendres and Mauricia Garcia, who brought their children to Sacramento, CA from Dona Ana, N.M. My father and his sister, Juanita (Jenny) are the only living survivors in 2006.

My father's brother spelled his surname with a "z", Pablo Melendrez/s, the first mayor of Dona Ana, is referred to alternately with an "s" or "z", and a repeated listing of families who moved from Dona Ana to L.A., Sacramento, and Lincoln, CA list both Melendrez and Melendres. I suspect that these were actually one name, with the different spelling caused by misreading signatures.

Re: MELENDREZ, MELENDRES, LUJAN, MONTOYA, PADILLA, RUIZ, PARRA, LOPEZ, SILVAS, SERNA, in DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO, circa 1850-1920

Posted: 23 Jul 2006 4:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Henry, nice to meet you! My research agrees with all of you statements. I can add to your family story by sharing that your GGGrandfather’s name was also Pablo Melendres (1815-1868) and he was one of the original founders of the Village of Dona Ana Village. Following the requirements to establish a foothold in Mesilla Valley, the founders were awarded the Dona Ana Land Grant, and Pablo was appointed as Alcalde by the Mexican Government. A few years later and following the war between the USA and Mexico, Pablo was reappointed to that position by the U.S. Territorial Government.

The economy and life for that area remained agricultural until the mid 1800 as the new US economy joined the European interested in that region. While farming continued as the principal means of substance for the village and most of Dona Ana County, the boom in mining interests in the Organ Mountains served as a natural solution to the otherwise over crowding and subsistence economy pursued by the founders for Dona Ana County. With the end of the First World War which contributing to the failure of the mining interests, many of our ancestors set out to find a better life – ergo, you and I are now in California.

Something I hope you can help me with? Do you know the genetic link between the Melendrez families that settled in Lincoln (my branch), to your branch that settled in Sacramento?

Re: MELENDREZ, MELENDRES, LUJAN, MONTOYA, PADILLA, RUIZ, PARRA, LOPEZ, SILVAS, SERNA, in DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO, circa 1850-1920

Posted: 6 Aug 2009 5:35AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: melendez/belardo/perez/rosario/perea/Velardo/Abelardo/ILaraza/umpierre/catala
Hello I am family from p.R. and I just wanted to tell you that i haVE THE SAME SURNAMES IN fAJARDO, AND vIEQUES, pUERTO rICO. MY ROOT IS JOAQUINA MELENDEZ ROSARIO BELARDO ABT. 1895, AND HER SPOUSE i KOW OF WAS santiago belardo perea abt. 1890, I can not find them in P.R. in the 1900 at all. UMMMM I did see some name like catala umpierre that my great grandma was a house keeper foe UMMM

Re: MELENDREZ, MELENDRES, LUJAN, MONTOYA, PADILLA, RUIZ, PARRA, LOPEZ, SILVAS, SERNA, in DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO, circa 1850-1920

Posted: 6 Aug 2009 5:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: MELENDREZ, MELENDRES, LUJAN, MONTOYA, PADILLA, RUIZ, PARRA, LOPEZ, SILVAS, SERNA, in DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO, circa 1850-1920
Hello and thanks for responding to my post on the bulletin board. The families in my posting all lived in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, from 1840 through 1940. Many where founders in the Dona Ana Land Grant in Masilla Valley Bend, New Mexico. Following WW1, many of these families or branches from these families that lost their job of working in the mines, moved to California. One other notation is that my grandfather spelled his last name with an extra "R", Melendrez.

Does any of this sound familiar?

RichardF

Re: MELENDREZ, MELENDRES, LUJAN, MONTOYA, PADILLA, RUIZ, PARRA, LOPEZ, SILVAS, SERNA, in DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO, circa 1850-1920

Posted: 8 Oct 2012 3:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Richard,

I am researching some of the same lines, from what appears to be a different branch.
Re: Jose Pablo Melendres of MX/Dona Ana/Las Cruces married to Maria Francisca Guadalupe Orcasitas. Did you find a 2nd marriage for him after she died to Maria Simona Carrera and at least 2 children together - Jose Anselmo Melendres and Maria Louisa Melendres? One line moved to Los Angeles area 1926-1928.

Thanks!

Re: MELENDREZ, MELENDRES, LUJAN, MONTOYA, PADILLA, RUIZ, PARRA, LOPEZ, SILVAS, SERNA, in DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO, circa 1850-1920

Posted: 8 Oct 2012 7:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello passion4Ancestry,

Thanks for writing. I am researching all Melendrez lines that connect in DA Village. My/the posting that you responded to is specific to the branches that migrated to Northern California.

Your question is an easy one to answer but there are qualifications. The biggest being, what I suspect that will turn up from the currently underway transcription of the church records for all of Masilla Valley.

The quick answers to your two questions are yes, and yes.

While Simona was one of Pablo's wife's, remember that she was also married to Henry C Harding (of the California Column)and the two of them had children. (I'm not even going to mention the step-children and nieces that also show up on their records over the years of that marriage.

Last names of children during the Territorial years is deceptive. My aunt Antonia Melendrez changed the names of her children back and forth between Trujillo and Melendres.

This is my long way of sharing with you that Simona's two children show up in records as both Haring and Melendrez. Of the four children that i am aware of, Nicolasa, jose, and Luisa were born during the tine that Simona was married to Henry, Biatriz Melendrez is the only child that shows up in the records during the time period following Francisca's death.

As I said, i'm awaiting the outcome of the Masilla Valley Records Project (that is under the direction of Sally Keating), before i feel good about my records....RichardF

Re: MELENDREZ, MELENDRES, LUJAN, MONTOYA, PADILLA, RUIZ, PARRA, LOPEZ, SILVAS, SERNA, in DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO, circa 1850-1920

Posted: 8 Oct 2012 8:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for responding so quickly and confirming some of my research with yours. I was excited to see a project that will index the Mesilla Valley church records which will be helpful to many people in this small yet complex area with surnames, given names, and saint names so commonly similar.

I’ve looked for Maria Francisca Guadalupe Orcasitas Melendres’ death information and found court records that indirectly indicate she was deceased by May 1851.

I’m also still looking for Maria Simona Carrera and Don Jose Pablo Melendres’ marriage record.

I found Simona and Henry C Har(r)ing married 29 Jul 1869 at Santa Genevieves in Santa Cruz NM after his duty in Civil War had ended. I haven’t found any children born to Simona (or them) after that date. I’m interested in what you may have found. I wonder if the index date is wrong? since you said 3 showed up after they were married but the birth records I found were before 1869. You mentioned Beatriz who I haven’t found unless you are referring to Maria Beatriz Melendres born Sep 1883. Her parents were Jose Anselmo Melendres and Maria Ana Black’s per indexed church records for birth and marriage. Her parents apparently died and she lived with her grandmother Simona. I did see the 1900 census listing her as daughter, but I’ve found census records with many errors.

Below are the indexed records for children I found born to Simona and marriage/census records which help. I haven’t researched Jose Epifanio or Nicolasa much yet:

Jose Anselmo Carrera christened 12 May 1855 SAN ALBINO
Jose Epifanio Carrera christened 30 Apr 1857 SAN ALBINO

Maria Nicolasa Sipriana Carrera Christened 26 Sep 1852 SAN ALBINO CATHOLIC, MESILLA

Maria Luisa Carrera christened 13 Sep 1860 Dona Ana

So many similar names. . .
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