Tomás Antonio de Sena
- Born: Abt 1700, Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España
- Marriage: María Luisa García de Noriega in May 1723 in Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España252
- Died: 11 Feb 1781, Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España about age 81 247
- Buried: 3 Jul 1781, Santa Fé, Military Chapel La Castrense. Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 247
Spanish Recolonization of NM p. 355
Noted events in his life and other information:
• Family Background Information:
Tomás Antonio de Sena was the only legitimate child of Bernardino de Sena.
It is apparent that several orphan godchildren and servants adopted the Sena surname through baptism.
• Occupation: 252
It is through Tomás Antonio de Sena that the blacksmith trade of his father was passed on to a number of his sons and grandsons into the ninteenth century.
• Dates & Events: 252
From the book "Origins Of New Mexico Families."By:Fray Angelico Chávez.Page 287.
Tomás Antonio de Sena's profession was that of Blacksmith and Armorer, but he also held the post of Alcalde Mayor of Galisteo and continued in his father's footsteps as a piller of the church.
He and María Luisa had a family of fourteen, according to his last will. These were named as: María Ynez, María Yrene, Francisco de Paula, Bernardo, María Rosa, María Ynez de la Encarnación (all deceased by the time the will was made), Graciana Prudencia, Vicente, Pablo Antonio, José María, Matías David, Francisco and Gertrudis (these seven were alive and married at the time of the will).
María Luisa García de Noriega died on 3rd Day of July 1767;Tomas de Sena, widower, died on the 11th day of February 1781.
--Tomas de Sena was one of the three grantees of the Cayamungue Land Grant.
--In 1763,He and two others registered a mine "Nuestra Senora De Los Dolores," south of a hill called "Turquoise,"in Bernalillo. According to his will, they had at least 14 children.
• Dates & Events: 287,393
Tomás Antonio de Sena was Alcalde of Galisteo and Pecos Pueblos in 1749-56 and again in 1762-69 (Kessel, 1979, p. 505). Only individuals with political power felt safe in applying for mine grants. The best New Mexico example of this is the 1742 confiscation, by a new Governor, of all the mines in the Peñasco mining district as their owners were common miners without political power in the new administration (Milford, 1991, Appendix E).
During his second alcaldeship Sena requestors for the Nuestra Señora de los Dolores Mine Grant which is probably what we call the Castilian mine on Turquoise Hill. This 1763 mine grant and a transfer of partial ownership of it in 1764 are the only mining grants that have survived for the Cerrillos Mining District after the 1709 Santa Rosa Mine Grant until the U.S. Period in the New Mexico Archives.
He and his son, Bernardo, were granted land by Governor Juan Domingo Bustamante, 22 Feb 1721, which was known as the Cuyamungue, or Bernardo de Sena Land Grant. This grant is in what is now Rio Arriba County.,
• He appeared on the Spanish census in 1750 in Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España. 270
Tomas de Zena; María Luisa; María Rossa; Rossa; Vincenta; Pablo; Joseph; Joachín; Manuela; 3 Children.
Spanish and Mexican Census, pg. 5
Tomás married María Luisa García de Noriega, daughter of Tomás García de Noriega and Juana Hurtado de Mendoza, in May 1723 in Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España. (María Luisa García de Noriega was born before 12 Aug 1708 in Alburquerque, Bernallilo. Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España, christened on 12 Aug 1708 in Alburquerque. Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España and died on 3 Jul 1767 in Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España.)252
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Diligencia Matrimonial: 248
22 April 1723, Santa Fé. Tomás Antonio de Sena, son of Bernardino de Sena and Tomasa Gonsáles, and María Luisa García, daughter of Tomás García of Alburquerque and Juana Hurtado, deceased. Witnesses: Jose Manuel Giltomey, notary; Pedro Mondes de Oca (50), Dieglo Lucero (29), españoles ...
DMS, pg. 1807