Jose Antonio Esquibel's Blog - Posts Tagged "concha-ortiz-y-pino"

I'm updating my bibliography, which I haven't done since January 2007. I kept it current when I had the 'Beyond Origins of New Mexico Families" Web site. I'm tracking down everything I have had published in the past six years and locating the articles that are available on the Internet. Check out Part 1 of my article on the remarkable Josefa Antonia de Pas Bustillos y Ontiveros, the founder of the Bustos family of New Mexico (and one of my dad's ancestors) published in 'The New Mexico Genealogist in 1998:

This article is based on a paper I presented at the 1996 annual conference of the Historical Society of New Mexico held in my dad’s home town of Las Vegas, NM. Josefa de Pas Bustillos y Ontiveros (born circa 1684-1685, Mexico City) was a founding mother of New Mexico having come from Mexico City to New Mexico in 1694 in the household of her uncle, Juan de Pas Bustillos, also known as Juan de Bustos.

Josefa and her uncle were among the original founder of the Villa de Santa Cruz de la Cañada, now part of the City of Española. Juan de Bustos later moved to Santa Fe where he worked as a teacher in Santa Fe in the early 1700s.

Josefa was a rather determined woman who never married but had as many as five natural children and was apparently a foster mother to several “children of the church,” that is children born out of wed lock whom she raised. She resided in the area of Santa Crus de la Cañada and some of her sons became landowners along the Chama River toward Abiquiu.

What made Josefa remarkable was her that she leveraged her social status as a “settlers of this kingdom [of New Mexico] as granted by the royal crown of Spain and presided over a large extended family in her long life, ensuring that her children married well and also acquire land. Her own natural children went by various surnames: Bustillos, Bustos, Ontiveros, González, González de la Rosa, and de la Rosa.

At the time of her death on December 1772 at about age 88, she had been a resident of Santa Cruz de la Cañada for nearly seven decades and had as many as 70 descendants.

It was at the 1996 annual conference of the Historical Society of New Mexico that I was introduced to and made the acquaintance of Concha Ortiz y Pino, the matriarch of the Ortiz y Pino family of New Mexico until her death at age 94 in 2004. Concha’s has a remarkable history of her own, having been elected as the third women to serve in the New Mexico State legislature in 1936 (my own grandmother’s first cousin, Fidelia “Faye” Lucero having been the first in the 1930-31 legislative session).

If you like to read about women’s history in New Mexico, I recommend the book “Concha Ortiz y Pino: Matriarch of a 300-Year-Old New Mexico Legacy,” by Kathryn M. Córdova (A La Herencia Publication: Gran Via Incorporated, Santa Fe, 2004). I complied the Pino family and Ortiz y Pino family genealogy charts found on pages 188 and 189 of the book.
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Published on February 20, 2012 08:02 • 299 views • Tags: concha-ortiz-y-pino, kathryn-m-cordova