Cristó de Anaya Almazán
- Born: 1626-1629, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 252
- Marriage: Leonor Domínguez de Mendoza 252
Noted events in his life were:
• Background Information. 252
Cristóbal de Anaya was born around the years 1626-1629, having been baptized and confirmed by Fray Alonso Benavides. Very much involved in Church-State politics of his time, he was arrested by the Holy Office in 1661 for supposedly heretical remarks. After almost four years in prison, during which he stood trial various times, he was lightly punished by taking part in a ceremonial procession in Mexico City and in others at Sandía on his return. But still he had the boldness to come back home on a white horse and wearing a red burnoose to prove, as he said, that the Holy Office had dismissed him with honor. Unintimidated by all these experiences, he continued in his old mocking ways, for as late as 1669 complaints were being made against him by Fray Juan Bernal, a future martyr. Although only thirty-eight in 1663, when he stated that he was a native of Santa Fe but a resident of the Sandía jurisdiction, he had served as Royal Standard bearer (Alférez Real), Inspector, and Captain of Militia. He had started soldiering at the age of eleven. His wife was Leonor Domínguez de Mendoza, daughter of Captain Tomé Domínguez and Elena Ramírez de Mendoza. They had these four children in 1663: Cristóbal II, eleven years old; Catalina, eight; Francisco, five; and María, two. In 1680 death fell suddenly on Cristóbal, his wife, six children, and four others of his household, when the Santo Domingo Indians pounced on his estancia at Angostura, leaving their naked bodies across the threshold. Two of his adult sons are mentioned as being soldiers. When Vargas' forces came in 1692, a youth was brought to the general who claimed to be a son of Cristóbal, having been a captive since 1680; he was placed in the care of his uncle, the Armorer Francisco Lucero de Godoy. This youth was most likely the Adjutant Francisco de Anaya Almazán who drowned when crossing the Río Grande in 1694.
Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period (Kindle Locations 425-445).
Cristó married Leonor Domínguez de Mendoza, daughter of Tomé Domínguez and Elena Ramirez de Mendoza.252 (Leonor Domínguez de Mendoza died in Aug 1680 in Angostura, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 252.)