Jose Ortega & Juliana Molina with baby Adelina in 1900 US Census Santa Rita, Socorro, NM

Jose Ortega & Juliana Molina & Adelina 1900 US Census Santa Rita Socorro NM

1900 is the first census my great grandmother Adelina Ortega appears in with her parents Jose Ortega & Juliana Molina. She is 1 year old! I wonder what kind of baby she was. Jose & Juliana have been married for 7 years, and Adelina is their first child. What was it like being a first time mother in 1900 Socorro? Looking at the entire page, I noticed that there are several Ortegas living near them. These were likely Jose’s family. Jose, 26, and Juliana, 25, are both listed as day laborers. Jose and Juliana were both born in New Mexico, as were their parents. At the end of the line, there is an H indicating they live in a house, and not on a farm.

Jose Ortega & Juliana Molina & Adelina 1900 birthplace & occupation detail

Santa Rita later became known as Riley, and is now a ghost town. This pdf brochure from the Socorro Chamber of Commerce tells a short history of the town.

Santa Rita history

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