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Colfax County, New Mexico

Santa Fe Trail
175th Anniversary Celebration
Corazôn de los Caminos Chapter
Santa Fe Trail Association

Santa Fe Trail 175th. Anniversary Celebration, 1996-1997
Santa Fe Trail Family History Project

In Celebration of the 175th Anniversary, information was collected by the Corazôn de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association on families related to the Santa Fe Trail, 1821-1880. Copies of the family histories received were filed in the Santa Fe Trail Archives at the Las Vegas Carnegie Public Library, Las Vegas, New Mexico, and the Special Collections Branch, Albuquerque Public Library, Edith and Central, Albuquerque, New Mexico, courtesy of the New Mexico Genealogical Society.

"Who were the freighters, stage coach drivers, and soldiers? What do you know about the Jicarilla Apaches, Mouache Utes, Kiowas and Comanches? Do you have any family stories about ciboleros, comancheros, traders or trappers? Who operated the mills, forage stations, and blacksmith shops? What do you know about the Texas Rangers, penitentes, or Gorras Blancas? Were your ancestors cattle drovers, sheep herders, or stone masons? Did they run a store, boarding house, or stage station? When did your family come to the area? Where did they come from and where did they settle? What adventures did they have? Do you have old maps, photographs, drawings, diaries, or other records?"

Previously published references include census enumerations such as La Junta Precinct No. 11, 1860, 1870, 1880, [Fort Union, New Mexico] transcribed and edited by Harry C. Myers, New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1993, and the classic Carson-Bent Boggs Genealogy and Supplement, by Quantrille D. McClung, Denver Public Library, 1962. Some information on the families of Jesus G. Abreu, Carlos Hipolyte Trotier Beaubien, Joel Curtis, Thomas Dawson, John deGraffenried, Charles L. Fraker, Matthias Heck, Henri Lambert, Marion Littrell, Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell, and Richens Lacy Wootton had already been collected locally.

Various materials were received, including simple family trees, newspaper articles, and copies of original journals. The newly collected materials include:

Santa Fe Trail Traveler


Boney, James
Ortiz, Fructuoso and Pedro

Nancy Ligon de Ita

Brown, Matthew Hayes

Betty J. Dewey

Browning, Jamettie Belle,
Lafferty, James Annis

Mary Lafferty Wilson

Calhoun, Hugh

Evon M. Acker

Campbell, Richard

Douglas Daniels

Cosby, Manter H.

Litlmary Robb Harvey


Santa Fe Trail Family History Project

May Hays

Ray John de Aragon

Holladay, Ben

J. Stephen Bush

Lillie, Cynthia Pitcher

Carol A. Wood

Mestes, Diego Antonio
Armijo, Jose Encarnacion
Romero, Antonio Jose
Martin, Santiago de Jesus

Sandra Landinguin

Mestas, Diego Antonio,
Roybal, Desidero

Leroy D. Martinez

Ribera, Ramon,
Gilday, Cornelius

Lloyd David Rivera

Sayre, Smith A

Glenna Sayre Mangino

Springer, Myer

Eleanor A. Vigil

Wallace, John Francis

Michael Eugene Winter

Wasson, James Buchanan

Don Michael Mahan

Wootton, David C.

Helen Wootton Cloutier

Yount, George C.

Jean Yount

It is hoped that the celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail will encourage genealogists and family historians to share their materials with others. Please feel free to submit your families' data to be included within this website.

For more information about the Santa Fe Trail Archives or Family Project, please contact the Las Vegas Carnegie Public Library, 500 National, Las Vegas, NM 87701, Phone 505 454-1403, the Albuquerque Special Collections, or Nancy Robertson, PO Box 1516, Raton, NM 87740.


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