Cristóbal de Torres
(Abt 1668-1726)


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Cristóbal de Torres

  • Born: Abt 1668, Santa Fé, Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España
  • Marriage: Ángela de Leyva in 1693 in Guadalupe del Paso, Nuevo Méjico. Nueva España
  • Died: Dec 1726, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España about age 58
  • Buried: 2 Dec 1726, Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 587

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 252
Cristóbal Tórres, a native of New México, gave his age as thirty in 1698, and forty-four or forty-five in 1710. His wife was Angela de Leyva, which can be found in his last will and the marriage records of his children. In 1698, he was Guadalupe del Paso.

He was married, a soldier, and by 1710 he was an Alférez amd resident of Alburquerque, New México. Several years later he established himself at Santa Cruz. In 1724, he was given a large grant near the "Old Pueblo" of Chama. He was accused, in 1726, of reporting to Juan Páez Hurtado the names of poor people who were trading illegally with non-Pueblo Natives.

He made his will in 1726, declaring his wife and the following children: Diego, Francisca, María, Josefa and Margarita. The following year, his widow made her own will in Chama, and named the same children.

His daughter Francisca married Felix Luján and was murdered by him in 1713. María married Antonio de Salazar in 1713. Josefa was the wife on man whose last name was Martín, and they had a son named Manuel Martín. Margarita became the wife of Bartolomé Trujillo.

~ Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period, p. 294

• Military Service, 1693, El Paso del Norte, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España. 287
Cristóbal Torres passed muster in 1681. Torres was on inactive-duty statatus with the El Paso presidial troops in 1700. He participated in the 1715 Apache campaign. In 1719, he was alcalde mayor of Santa Cruz. He recieved a land grant near Chama in 1724. On 9 Dec 1926, he made his will at San José de Chama. His wife, Angela Leyba made her will on 2 Mar 1727, San José de Chama.

~ Royal Crown Restored, p. 177

• Children. 252
Maria de Tórres b: abt. 1695 in Santa Fé, New México
Maria Francisca Gomez de Tórres
Maria Lucia de Tórres
Diego de Tórres b: abt. 1692 in Guadalupe del Paso
Maria Josefa Tórres b: 1694
Maria Margarita Tórres b: 1701 in New México

• Dates & Events. 269
Cristóbal Tórres, on 16 Feb 1724 wrote a letter to Lieutenant-Governor Juan Paez Hurtado notifying him of the theft of horses of José Luján by the Ute Indians.

~The Spanish Archives of New México, Vol. 2, p. 193

• Military Service. 464
Cristóbal Torres is listed on the Muster passed by the soldier of the Presidial Fortress of the Villa de Santa Fé. of their arms and horses, the 18th of June of 1723. before General Don Domingo de Bustamante, Governor and Captain General of the Kingdom and Provinces of New Mexico.

"Muster Rolls and Militia Lists," New Mexico Genealogist, Vol. 32, #2, p. 34

• Death. 250
Cristóbal de Torres [ONMF: 294 & 396] was buried at Santa Cruz de la Cañada on 2 December 1726. His age was given as 77, indicating he was born circa 1649. His wife, Angela Leiba [ONMF: 54, 294, & 396] was buried four months later at Santa Cruz on 1 April 1729. Her burial record identified her as age 70 ( 1657) and as the widow of Cristóbal de Torres.

Researcher: José Antonio Esquibel; and Benceslado López, Jr.
Sources: Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe (AASF), Roll # 39, Santa Cruz: Burials 1726 - 1859

Cristóbal married Ángela de Leyva, daughter of José de Leyva de Nevares and Juana Frésqui, in 1693 in Guadalupe del Paso, Nuevo Méjico. Nueva España. (Ángela de Leyva was born in 1657 in Galisteo, Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España,250 died in Mar-Apr 1729 in Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 250 and was buried on 1 Apr 1729 in Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 250.)

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