It’s been way too long since I last updated this blog. I had every intention of posting the records in succession to get to one of my Navajo ancestors, and then life happened.
But to review, my great grandmother Adelina Ortega Rael was the daughter of Jose de los Reyes Ortega and Juliana Molina. Jose de los Reyes Ortega was the son of Atanacio Ortega and Cecelia Velasquez. Atanacio Ortega was the son of Francisco Ortega and Juana Maria Montano, as was seen in the last post which included his baptism record.
In Atanacio’s baptism record, both sets of grandparents were also named. Last night I was looking through my records trying to find the marriage of Francisco and Juana, but it appears I don’t have it. My memory is a bit fuzzy, but I believe my friend Daria and I already looked for it. Sometimes certain records are missing or maybe they never existed. I need to review my research notes to see if I did in fact already comb through the marriage books from Nuestra Senora de Belen which was the ancestral church of this family.
However, despite missing the marriage record of Francisco Ortega and Juana Maria Montano, I still know who their parents were because of Atanacio’s baptismal record. The next record I have on file to lead us down the path is the baptismal record for Juana Maria Montano, which I am including below. She was baptized on December 3, 1815 at the Mission of Tome.
Juana Maria vecina de Tome
En tres de Dbre de 1815. yo Fr. Jose Ygnacio Sanches Mntro de esta Mission de Tome, baptise solemnemente y puse los Stos Oleos a una nina de tres dias de nacida a q.n puse por nombre Juana Maria hija legitima de Bartolo Montano y de Dolores Serna, fueron padrinos Antonio Sanches y Juliana Montano a q.s adverti su obligacion y parentesco spiritual y por q.e conste lo firme ut supra Fr. Jose Ygnacio Sanches Mntro.
Juana Maria citizen of Tome
On the third of December of 1815, I Father Jose Ygnacio Sanches minister of this Mission of Tome, baptize solemnly and place the Holy Oils on a female child of three days old to whom was given the name Juana Maria legitimate child of Bartolo Montano and of Dolores Serna, the godparents were Antonio Sanches and Juliana Montano to whom I advised of their obligation and spiritual relationship and for which I sign below Father Jose Ygnacio Sanches, Minister.
The above image of the baptismal record was found on the Family Search website, and is from a book from Purisima Concepcion, Tome, Valencia, New Mexico. FHL film #17026 image 472. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9DX-8F4Q?i=471&cat=431525
As we compare the names of Juana’s parents here to the baptism record for Atanacio, we see that Bartolo and Dolores are both listed and that matches, however Dolores is a Serna here rather than a Ribali. I have learned from other researchers that part of the Spanish naming tradition is that historically an individual could choose which apellido or surname to use. Sometimes an ancestor could have used their father’s name, or their mother’s name, or even a grandparent’s name. This can become confusing when you expect to see one name but your ancestor shows up in a document by another name. There is also the tradition of the padrinos being the ones presenting a child for baptism, and they may not always accurately provide the surnames of both father and mother. So you have to look at all of the pieces of the puzzle in these instances. I can see that the year this Juana was born is within a reasonable time frame to qualify as being the mother of my ancestor Atanacio and they are in a community with close ties to Belen. There are no other Juana’s during this time frame with the right names and location, so I can reasonably assume that this is my Juana, and that Dolores is most likely being listed by one of her ancestor’s surnames which may prove to be a helpful clue later in determining Dolores’ lineage.
For the purposes of the Montano line, however, we have confirmed that Juana’s father is Bartolo Montano.