Las Animas County, Colorado
El Ojito Cemetery
The following graves are marked but there are some that are not. Anyone with information about burials in this cemetery please notify me Karen Mitchell
El Ojito is the Spanish phrase for "little spring of water." The name was given to the area because of an
actual spring that runs through the properties.
The El Ojito Cemetery a.k.a. Lo Jito was the original cemetery for the Francisco Montoya family, descendents
and community located on the Homestead Land Grants of Francisco Montoya, his son, Jose Crespin
Montoya, and son-in-law, Juan Sanchez, who was married to Francisco's daughter, Salome Montoya.
The cemetery is now on private property and is located at the end of Las Animas County Road 91.2, off CR 38.
The cemetery is approximately 2.5 miles southeast of the Las Animas County Airport. About a quarter mile of off
road travel is encountered once you turn right off CR 91.2.
The cemetery is located on a barren bluff that overlooks the surrounding properties. It is encircled by a barbed
wire fence with gate access that is shared by the adjoining properties. There are a few discernible gravestones
and some weathered and deteriorated markers highlighted by two prominent bed frames used as markers.
Genealogical documents and research has been used and will continue to be used to verify additional unmarked
burials that have taken place. Listing contributed by Orlando Mestas.
Barela, Nicanor born May 27, 1860 died December 15, 1906
Son of Julio Barela and Francisca Gallegos "Esposo de Luz Montoya Barela"
Duran, Doroteo born June 18, 1889 died 1929
Son of Catalino Duran and Perfecta Sanchez
Gallegos, Marcelino born June 1881 died November 1, 1908
Gallegos, Gertrude no dates
Griego, Jose Daniel born June 26, 1884 died April 22, 1926
Husband of Natividad Martinez and son of Jose Ignacio Griego and Maria del Refugio Paiz
Herrera, Benjamin born April 5, 1902 died August 9, 1937
Son of Eugenio Herrera and Francisquita Moya
Herrera, Eugenio born 1877 died February 1955
Husband of Francisquita Moya and son of Pascual Herrera and Manuela Garcia
Herrera, Francisquita Moya born 1872 died November 1954
Wife of Eugenio Herrera and daughter of Juan Cristobal Moya and Maria Nabora Lobato
Martinez, Jose Trinidad born September 22, 1846 died June 21, 1924
Son of Rafael Martinez and Maria Ascencion Apodaca
Martinez, Juan born November 24, 1869 died November 24, 1936
Son of Rafael Martinez and Anastacia Madrid
Mestas, Celina born April 23, 1922 died December 2, 1927
Daughter of Silverio Mestas and Fructosa Montoya
Montoya, Jose Crespin born October 26, 1851 died July 27, 1906
Husband of Maria Gertrudes Salazar and son of Francisco Montoya and Maria de la Natividad Bueno
Montoya, Maria Gertrudes died April 17, 1915
Wife of Jose Florencio Montoya son of Francisco Montoya and Maria de la Natividad Bueno
Montoya, Maria Pablita Griego born abt 1874
Wife of Jose Florencio Montoya and daughter of Jose Ignacio Griego and Maria del Refugio Paiz
Salazar, Maria Gertrudes born 1865 died April 17, 1915
Wife of Jose Crespin Montoya and daughter of Guadalupe Salazar and Maria del Refugio Paiz
Samora, Francisco Co. A. Inf.
Sanchez, Juan born abt 1853 died November 3, 1940
Husband of Salome Montoya and son of Jose Antonio Sanchez and Rafaela Gallegos
Sanchez, Pedro born Abt. 1880
Son of Antonio Sanchez and Matilde Romero
Sanchez, Salome Montoya born May 1, 1848
Wife of Juan Sanchez and daughter of Francisco Montoya and Maria de la Natividad Bueno
Torres, Vicentita Griego born Jan 1878
Wife of Leandro Torres and daughter of Jose Ignacio Griego and Maria del Refugio Paiz
Trujillo, Francisco born 1861 died 1946
Son of Jose Maximo Trujillo and Juana Maria Lucero
Watson, Catarina Moya born April 20, 1872 died November 15, 1918
Wife of Samuel Watson and daughter of Juan Nepomuceno Moya and Maria Juana Josefa Montoya
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