Justiniano Chavez

I am currently researching my dad’s Chavez family via his mother’s paternal line. My great grandfather was baptized Justiniano Chavez, son of Placido and Maria Chavez in the parish of St. Johns (previously known as San Juan), Arizona. His baptism record is written in Latin, unlike the Spanish records I’ve grown accustomed to reading from Mexico while researching my mother’s family. His baptism record says he was born in “Tuzas” Arizona. I recently found some info on the small villages of north eastern Arizona bordering New Mexico, and apparently Las Tusas was a small community not far from St. Johns, but no longer exists as it is “now under the waters of Lyman Dam” according to an article written by Pauline Chavez Bent for the New Mexico Genealogical Society. http://www.nmgs.org/artGallup2.htm

Justiniano Chavez

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