Atanacio Ortega & Cecilia Velasquez were Adelina Ortega’s grandparents, making them my third great grandparents. Below is their original marriage record found in the marriage records from Nuestra Señora de Belen, Belen, New Mexico. This particular record is found on FHL film 16734, available to view on the Family Search website.
Atanasio con Maria Cecilia. Pueblitos.
A los 4 de Nov.be yo case a Atanasio, solt. hijo leg. de Fr.co Ortega. dif. y de Juana Montaño con Maria Cecilia, solt. hija leg. de Toribio Belasquez y de Teodora Rivera. ambos de los Pueblitos. Padrs. Juan Simon Gurule, Maria Trujillo. E. Paulet
Atanasio with Maria Cecilia. Pueblitos.
On the 4th of November I married Atanasio, single legitimate son of Francisco Ortega, deceased and of Juana Montaño with Maria Cecilia, single legitimate daughter of Toribio Belasquez and of Teodora Rivera both from Los Pueblitos. Godparents Juan Simon Gurule, Maria Trujillo. E. Paulet
In the 1880 census, the Ortega family is in Los Jarales. Atanacio is a sheep herder, and Cecilia is keeping house. They are living next to a Felipe Ortega and his family, who is likely a relative. Living with Atanacio and Cecilia are their children, as well as a Juan Jose Castillo who is described as a step brother, who is a sheep herder, who happened to have been shot in the knee cap of his left leg! Wow. I wonder what the story behind that is! I’m not sure who’s family he is a part of, whether it’s the Ortega family or the Velasquez family. I included the couple living next door to them here since they are also Castillo’s and could be possibly related as well.
Adelina’s father Jose is found with his family of origin in the 1885 New Mexico Territory census. He is 15 years old and a laborer. His father Atanacio is a 45 year old farmer, and his mother Cecilia is 38 and a “housekeeper” which in this case means a homemaker, since most wives in this town are also listed as housekeepers.
We also see his siblings, Silvestra 13, Gregorio 11, Francisco 8, and Victorio 6 months.
En esta iglesia de Belen a las 19 dias de Enero despues de publicadas las banas yo Fco. Gatiynos par. case y vele a Jose de los Reyes Ortega solt. hij. leg. d. Atanacio Ortega y de Cecilia Velasquez con Juliana Molina solt. hij. leg. d. Geronimo Molina def.to y Simona Montoya. Pad: Ambrosio Paras y Beatriz Gurule.
In this church of Belen on the 19th of January  after the published banns, I Fco. Gatiynos married and veiled Jose de los Reyes Ortega, single, legitimate son of Atanacio Ortega and Cecilia Velasquez with Juliana Molina, single legitimate daughter of Geronima Molina, deceased, and Simona Montoya. Godparents: Ambrosio Paras and Beatriz Gurule.
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