Las Animas County, Colorado

These are the early Queries of Las Animas County. All of these Queries were checked by Angela Lewis in July 2006 for valid email addresses. More recent Queries are now posted on the Ancestry Message Board at:

Submitter: Aileen Brewer (
Date: 13 Dec 1997

ELLIOTT, ALEXANDER HUNTER (called Zan) was my gr-gr-uncle who left Missouri some years after the Civil War to drive cattle to Santa Fe. He either purchased land or homesteaded land near Trinchera where he lived for many years. We do not believe he ever married, although we heard that someone claimed to be a relative when Zan died in 1924. I believe he was involved in mining, cattle and gambling in Trinidad and probably died in Trinidad as he became almost blind. We believe he died about July 1924. I would appreciate any information, where he is buried, date of his death, details of property he once owned, etc. Thanks, Aileen Brewer in Arizona

Submitter: Patty Smith (
Date: 16 Jan 1998

I am looking for ancestors (maternal) of the MEDINA family. Jose Leon Medina had a son, Juan Antonio, born 2-8-1868 in San Luis Valley. The family moved to Pishpa (now Aguilar) to Walsenburg about 1872. Juan married Estefanita Martinez (born 8-7-1877 in Aguilar to Juan Francisco Martinez and Jesusita Quintana Martinez). Juan and Estefania had eight children: Fred, Joe, Albert (my grandfather), Leo, Mary, Lola, Chrispina and Susie. I would like more information on Jose Leon Medina.

Submitter: Charles Dwight Wilder (
Date: 1 Apr 1998

William H. Wilder and wife Sarah. He was born in Vermont in <1845>. He owned a Hardware Store on Commercial St. in Trinidad and homesteaded land at Spanish Peak. Sarah was born in <1857> and died in Trinidad. They had four children in Trinidad, Patrick and Michael 1879 (twins), Henrietta 1881 and Harrison 1883. I am looking for a marriage record for them and Sarah's maiden name and any related information about them. I am from Santa Fe, NM and I am in Mesa, AZ doing research at the Mormon Family History Center. I need this information to continue my search. I will be here until about the first of May. If you can help me it will be greatly appreciated. I am planning a trip to Trinidad this summer for detailed research on the Wilder family.

Submitter: Kathlene Clark (
Date: 14 May 1998
Currently researching family of Samuel C. CLARK (1854-1932) IN - TX - KS - CO who married Alice Maude SERBY/SURBY (1686-1932) KS - CO.
Married 1886 in Medicine Lodge, Barber, KS. They raised the following children all born in Las Animas Co.

Oliver P. (1888 - 1943)
Oscar (1890 - 1969)
Austin (1892 - 1969)
Alice M. 91899 - 1900)
Samuel C. (1902/3 – 1984)
Joseph S. (1907 – 1952)
Forest C. (1911 – 1911)
I'm trying to locate parents of Samuel and fill in some blanks. Anyone researching this family, please get in touch.

Submitter: Robert Amador (
Date: 7 Sep 1998

I am looking for information on Issac Amador. He was the constable/marshal around 1920/30. He was married to Samirinda and had two children? and "Brownie" She died and he remarried the town's court reporter and they eventually moved to Santa Fe. ? Lived in Primero and married Margaret Merlo and had three children, Orlando (my dad), DeeDee and John. They moved to Los Angeles around 1935. Any info would be appreciated Bob.

Submitter: Frank Schneider (
Date: 12 Sep 1998

Looking for burials of Elvira Helen Gammon Champion wife of William Julius Champion and children - Malel, Carrie, Walton, Rosalie. The site is supposed to be under Fisher Peak near Starkville. I have considerable info on Champion's if someone is interested.  He was a master carpenter believed to have worked on tunnel and probably living near by after the loss of his planning mill to flood waters and subsequent loss of property by foreclosure - In Trinidad 1875-1885 - Married Ida Beard in Trinidad after Elvia's death. I would like to visit the site if someone can provide direction to the site location.

Submitter: Richard Haycook (
Date: 15 Dec 1998

Searching for any HAYCOOK/HAYCOCK/HACO*K/ or other variations in Colorado at any time. Especially trying to locate/identify "E.J.HAYCO*K" who lived at 1266 Hamlin Street, Denver with his son from about 1898. I have a letter from him to his father in OH dated 1 October 1902. He was originally from Columbus, OHIO. Also, his brother HOMER Q. HAYCO*K, might have lived in the Trinidad area (Hicks, Las Animas Co?) at about the same time. Homer was a Span-Amer War veteran. I don't know what happened to either of them after 1902. Anyone with any info on them, or any ideas/clues, please let me know. If you are tracking this family I have a large database from present back to about 1770 NJ. Still have lots of holes to fill. Will be glad to share what I have. Rich in New Hampshire.

Submitter: Judy Kay Roatcap-Haselwood (
Date: 16 Feb 1999

Looking for any and all information about the life of my grandmother and her first husband. Walter Charles RAISH married Emma Grace ROPER on 18 June 1914 in Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colorado. The minister was Randolph COOK, Christian Church. Witnesses were Chas J. Klink and Orris O. CORRALL (Orris O. CARROLL) Orris' name is spelled both ways on the Certificate of Marriage. They had two children, Walter L. RAISH and Lucille RAISH. I have no information about Emma's family. Her death certificate indicates that she was born in Chicago, Illinois, but I am having difficulty with a birth certificate. I have reason to believe that she had a sister by the name of Effie who had a son whose name was Orris. I believe Orris Carroll, who was a witness at their wedding, may have been Effie's husband or a close relative. After Walter died Emma married his brother, Clair Kelsey RAISH, who is my grandfather. I would appreciate any information that you might be able to provide.

Submitter: Chris Weghorst (
Date: 13 Apr 1999

I am looking for info on a Henry Christian WEGHORST and his wife Clara Margaret Schafer who moved to CO (when?) and lived in Trinidad around 1936 or earlier. Any info would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

Submitter: Barbara Bailay O'Hara (
Date: 1 Jun 1999

I'm looking for information on JOHN ROYSE and any possible descendants. John Royse was born 17 Feb 1885 in Bath Co, KY. He married Sally DAWSON in KY in 1913 and moved south of Las Animas in 1915. The Royse's had seven children, Charles, Lloyd, Elbert, John, Dee (Schedlbauer), Iva (Ward) and Rose (Bain). John Royse died in La Junta 24 March 1962.Any information on John Royse or any of his descendants would be greatly appreciated.

Submitter: Tom Madrid (Thomas.Madrid@Colorado.EDU)
Date: 6 Jul 1999
URL: http://www.users.usw

Willing to share information on the following families from the Las Animas County area: Madrid, Vialpando, Sanchez, Cruz, Fernandez, DeAguero. I also have information on these families on my home page:

Submitter: Mary Rautenstrauch (
Date: 4 Aug 1999

Looking for any information on John Young, a fireman in Trinidad in 1901. He was originally from Indiana. Married to a Mary Riley originally from Texas. Their home was on 719 Arizona Ave. These are the parents of my mother. She was born in Trinidad in December 31, 1901. Also looking for any information on Harry George Barnes born November 7, 1898 in Denver. He is my father. Thanks for any help anyone can give.

Submitter: Linda Smith (
Date: 06 Sep 1999

I have info on Albert SMITH who lived in Trinidad, Colorado in 1912. He was born 1865 in England. He married Alice WILLIS. Looking for descendants who may still live in Colorado.

Submitter: Brian Romero (
Date: 10 Oct 1999

I am looking for any info. on Alfredo Baca and Seferina Arguello-Baca. They were both born in 1896, Alfredo in the Trinidad area and Seferina in Wagon Mound, N.M. Their parents' names would be greatly appreciated.

Submitter: Teresa (
Date: 24 Oct 1999

Father: Jason Copeland..birth...Dec.7, 1919 in Trinidad. Parents: Jason C Copeland/Lillian Hopper- Copeland....not sure where to start in Trinidad anyone who can help would appreciate it...Thank you.

Submitter: Marcy Ugstad (
Date: 26 Oct 1999

Looking for information on my g-g-grandparents: Leroy P. GRAY, Jr. and Martha Emily ALDRICH. They were married 5 June 1887 in Trinidad. They lived in Colorado and northern New Mexico.
Their children:
Adelaide Verna GRAY b.15 March 1888 Las Animas Co
Sarah Eugenia GRAY b.13 April 1890 Hastings
Perry Owen GRAY b.24 March 1892 New Mexico
Edward Dean GRAY b.15 Jan 1894 New Mexico
Ruth Alberta GRAY b.26 Oct 1898 New Mexico
Leroy Emmett GRAY b.11 July 1901 New Mexico
Antoinette Harriet GRAY b.24 Aug 1903 New Mexico

**We have a photo of Leroy GRAY, Martha and 2 daughters - photographer studio was in Mayhill, NM. Thanks to anyone with info on this family!

Submitter: Tanya Nauman (
Date: 28 Oct 1999

I am looking for information on my great uncle, William F. MEGGINSON. He was born in Mississippi and lived in Trinidad, Las Animas Co., for 43 yrs. until his death on Nov., 27, 1963 at 83 yrs of age. He was m. to Isabel(le). He was a shoe salesman. He is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad. I'd appreciate any information about him or his family.

Submitter: (
Date: 1 Nov 1999

My sister-in-law's great grandfather William Riley Lemons (born in Arkansas around 1870) married Martha Melinda (Mattie) Davis (born in Texas around 1871). Family legend has it that Martha descends from a brother of Jefferson Davis. They lived in Canadian, Hemphill, Texas in 1910 Census and had 9 children the youngest being her grandmother Velma (born 1909) Do not know William nor Martha's lineage nor when they died. We believe they are buried in Kim, Colorado. Do know for sure Martha was still alive in 1947--living in Pueblo, CO.

Submitter: Johnny Milnes (
Date: 12 Jan 2000

Am researching my great-great grandfather...John S. Hughes. He served in the civil war on the Union side....moved from Missouri to Colorado....know he located in the Trinidad area. Am searching for any clues as to his whereabouts. According to his muster card he was born in Whitley Co., KY and was in the 7 Reg't Cav. S.M. Vol...serving as a sergeant in Co. L. His time of service was 24 Feb 1862 until 6 April 1865. Would appreciate any leads.... alternate email address is

Submitter: Judith Sanchez (
Date: 26 Jan 2000

Where would I look for a 1870 marriage record in Las Animas County? Michael Keleher (b. 1842, LA) married about Feb 1870 to Maria Josefita (b. abt 1849, NM).

Submitter: R. Herzig (
Date: 6 Feb 2000

Looking for any info. on the Dasis/Romero/Kuyates families. My grandmother, Angelina Romero was born in 1912 in Trinidad. Her parents were Erineo and Arencionita Romero. She married Arthur Dasis and had 8 children. Arthur died and she had her last son who was fathered by Harry Kuyates. He was 60 yrs old from Crete, Greece and lived in Trinidad. He operated a pool hall in Berwind, the Western Pool Hall in Trinidad, and a tavern in Viola. If anyone has any information that would help me please let me know!!

Submitter: D Standing (
Date: 4 Jun 2000

Searching for information on Mary Anna Sarah (born 28 Jun 1889 in Grey Creek, CO) or Phillip Sarah (her father, born in England).

Submitter: Toni Gomez-Giovanetti (
Date: 7 Jun 2001

Looking for death record on Maria Paula (Pablita) Cruz baptized 2-2-1856, Mora, NM. She married Manuel Abeyta 2-06-1873 in Mora County, NM. Pablita's parents are Maria Dolores (Gonzales?) Roybal and Jose Ygnacio Cruz. She died before 1910 in Aguilar, CO 

Submitter: Rebecca Herzig (
Date: 11 Jun 2000

Looking for any information on the surname Serve'. I know that the family migrated from New Mexico but cannot link my family to any others. I have a baptism with my Ggrandmother's name listed as Maria Acencion Serve'(Cerve). Her parents are listed as Joseph Serve' and Maria Salazar. Maria Acencion Serve' baptism shows DOB July 19th, 1876 baptized at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish on July 25th 1876, Trinidad Colorado. Her sponsors are listed as Juan Andrea Sandoval and Maria Luisa Sandoval.
This is the tricky part......
In the 1880 census for Las Animas county Acencion Serve, 4 years old, is listed as living with her Grandparents Segundo and Tomasa Lopez. There is one other granddaughter listed, Betrabe Santistevan, 2 years old.
Where would have her parents been only 4 years after she was born?
I don't understand how Maria's Grandparents surname is listed as Lopez, but her parents surnames are Serve' and Salazar? Maybe someone could explain. If anyone has a clues please reply...

Submitter: Bobbi Grove (
Date: 27 Jun 2000

I'm looking for the family of Juan and Frances(Duran)Martinez. They were in Las Animas Co. in 1910, but were in Colorado Springs in 1920. They had numerous children including Refugio, Thomasa, Julian, and Clorinda+. My grandfather was Refugio (Joseph) and when he died 1948, my grandmother abandoned his family. Any info would be appreciated. Also looking for Demetro and Eulalia Trujillo

Submitter: Katharine Cotrell (
Date: 11 Jul 2000

Looking for information on John Cotrell and Edith Hill Cotrell. She was from North Carolina and he was from Tennessee. we think. Grandfather said his mom (Edith) was part Cherokee. Settled around Trinidad, CO in circa 1880. Had a son named Tom (my grandfather, born about 1884) who ran away from home at age 13, around 1897. May have had a son named Watson.

I did find mention of him in an old Montana cowboy's memoirs, but their encounter was after he left Trinidad. (From the Pecos to the Powder, as told by Bot Kennon to Ramon F. Adams, FYI.) 

My grandfather was born in your county, in or near Trinidad, I think in 1888, or maybe it was 1884. I have some records upstairs that will tell me the right year.  I can't access them right now because I have a broken leg . He ran away to Texas and joined a cattle drive when he was 13. He never saw his family again. He was very closed-mouthed about his history. I'd love to find that side of the family. He spelled his surname COTRELL. That is a fairly unusual variant, so I'm not too sure his family spelled their name that way. In 2001 I visited Trinidad and searched records, and found several variants of the name on land titles.

Submitter: Jamie Schenkel (
Date: 1 Aug 2000

I have run into many dead ends in my search for ancestors in Las Animas Co. Does anyone have information about Emerson Wheat and his wife Margaret Fordyce? They were married in 1907, and lived in Starkville. His father was Joseph Freeman Fordyce, mother Julia Rose Plows. Thank you!

Submitter: Jim Dunham (
Date: 12 Aug 2000

Trying to locate info on the Dunham family.
Lived on Linden Av till approximately 1920. Father- Wesley, worked for RR Mother Auria (Fox), Zan, Harry, Starr, Mary, Harold (called Jim). Also the Fox and Ramey Family. John Fox had barbershop on Commercial. Wesley and Mary / John Fox buried in Trinidad. Harold and Tony Giagos (not sure of spelling) lifelong friends. Tony had a sister that lived in Trinidad all her life.

Submitter: John Ellis (
Date: 29 Sep 2000

I am searching for any information whatsoever regarding my great grandmother, Rilda WALDRON, who married my great grandfather Edward ELLIS. She lived with her parents, Lafe C. and Laura WALDRON and her two siblings (Lafe Jr. and Bessie) at 217 Johnson Ave in Trinidad in 1900. I believe she met my great grandfather in Trinidad, married there, and subsequently had my grandfather (John), his brother William and his sister Dorothy B. My grandfather listed his birthplace as Trinidad, and he was born August 5th, 1912. I believe Edward ELLIS worked for a railroad as a carpenter. Any information or records or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Submitter: Martha Wyckoff (
Date: 07 Oct 2000

Looking for lost family members who could be buried in the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery. Names include Janet Campbell, W.S Campbell, unknown Hill. Two unknown sons or daughters of George and Isabella Hill died between 1889 and 1918. Isabella McLean Hill had several McLean brothers and sisters who migrated west from Pennsylvania and may also be there as could their parents, Allen and Jenet McClain.

Submitter: Rebecca Herzig (
Date: 24 Oct 2000

I am looking for any information on the following people...
Maria Ascencion SERVE B. 1876 Las Animas County
Maria SALAZAR (possibly Maria Ascencion Salazar)
Jose and Juanita SALAZAR (Maria's parents?)
Joseph SERVE

Braulio VALENCIA (Married Maria Ascencion SERVE in 1897)
Epeminio VALENCIA B. 1899
Jose Benito VALENCIA B. 1901
Maria Sopia VALENCIA B.1903
Jose Rodolfo VALENCIA B. 1905

Eusebio ROMERO (Married Ascencion SERVE abt. 1893??)
Tomasita ROMERO B. 1893
Julian ROMERO B. 1894
Cecilia ROMERO B. 1895
Jose Eusebio ROMERO B. 1897

Any information on these people or related families would be appreciated.
Rebecca Herzig

Submitter: LaDon Page (
Date: 6 Nov 2000

I'm looking for info on my great grandfather his name was John Charles Peper all I know about him is that he was the county commissioner for Las Animas, CO in the late 1920's

Submitter: Dave Silva (
Date: 15 Nov 2000

Seeking info on Leonarda Vigil who was married to Anastasio Duran. They had three children, one of them being Cenaida, born in 1899 around Stonewall. Info on either of her parents would be welcomed. Cenaida went by the Ida (or Sadie), was raised by Jose Millard Silva and Albinita Vigil. Albinita was a cousin to Leonarda.

Submitter: Gerald E. Nelson (
Date: 16 Nov 2000

I am seeking information about the ancestors of Nels Elmer Nelson, born in Trinidad, Colorado on 4 January 1894. His father was Andrew Nelson|Neilson|Neilsen, born in Denmark? 4 Aug 1863. His mother was Hannah Trulson, born in Sweden? 7 February 1867. The parents came to Trinidad at an unknown date before 1894 and I believe that Andrew did business in the city as a tailor. I do know that Andrew Nelson's family moved to Las Animas from Trinidad sometime before 1915 and then moved to Denver about 1920.

Submitter: Andrew Young (
Date: 29 Dec 2000

Looking for info on James "Jim" Grey (Gray?) ranch in 1850s-1870s. Would like to talk to descendants on his historical significance. He is part of my historical research project.

Submitter: Sue Montague (
Date: 7 Feb 2001

Looking for information about Harris Montague and his wife Juana Romero, their two children, Feliz b. 1872 and Samuel Clay, b. 1876. Also Feliz' wife Maria Rayos-Johnson and their children Maria Edjuvien, Placidus, Teresina, and Maria. Children of Maria Rayos-Johnson and Feliz Montegues (Montes) were baptized at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinidad from 1900-1910.

Submitter: Jim Larsen (
Date: 21 Feb 2001

I'm searching for information on the "Haurin" Family. They lived in Trinidad, Las Animas county from the 1880s thru 1947 and maybe longer. All family information was lost when Maria "Wentzal" Haurin died in 1947. Son Frank sold the family home with all the family history stored within. He was the last survivor in Trinidad and he died a short time later I believe.

August Haurin and Frank Haurin were employed in the Schneider Brewery as Brew Masters. Two other son's Emil and August Jr. left home to seek their fortunes elsewhere. August Jr. moved to Los Angeles and died there in 1971. He left one daughter who still lives there.

Any information about this family would be deeply appreciated. We don't know where August Haurin Senior or his wife Maria Wentzel came from or when August Sr. died. Don't know where either are buried. Thanks for any help!

Submitter: T. Titus (
Date: 23 Feb 2001

I am trying to locate any information on Pedro C. Diaz who died in a coal mine explosion with 121 others on April 27,1917. The mine was called Hastings located in Delagua, Colorado. His wife's name was Petrita. I believe he died with a man named Saveriano Diaz who was married with one child and who might have been a relative. At the time of his death he had a unborn child who is my Grandpa and his name is the same as his father's. I believe Pedro originated from somewhere in Mexico. He was 26 when he died. Thank-you

Submitter: Teri Cabrera (
Date: 19 Mar 2001

Researching the following names:
Benjamin VALDEZ b. between 1890-1895 / d. 1965 in CA. Raised in Valdez, Co, Las Animas Co - family owned the Silver mine in Valdez. Ben married Eva Apodaca. Ben had four brothers, one of which was named Morris Valdez, also died in CA.

Maria Eva APODACA b. 1895 / d. 1965 in CA. David Louis VALDEZ b. Sep 2, 1916 d. Jun 24, 1989.

Any information would be appreciated.

Submitter: Mary Mills (
Date: 3 May 2001

Need information on the following person and his family, location, and places to search:
Las Animas County, CO, WWI 1917-1918, Thomas BARRY, Fireman 1st Class, US Navy, Place: Valdez. Any information on any BARRYS in the area.

Submitter: Gayle Gutierrez (
Date: 18 May 2001

Looking for info on Antonio Cipriano Gutierrez. He married Clara F. Salazar in 1872. Antonio was said to hold several county offices in the late 1800's and was also an interpreter for the Legislative assembly and District Court. Antonio's parents were Juan N. Gutierrez and Filomena Santistevan.
Any help would be appreciated.

Submitter: Lesley Argent (
Date: 19 May 2001

Looking for background information on Earnest Benjamin THOMAS and his wife Edna MORRIS. Earnest worked for the railroad in the Wootton/Walsenberg/Tollerberg areas around 1915-1922. Edna had a child, last name GROVER, by a previous relationship, and was probably from northern New Mexico.

Submitter: Angela Lewis (
Date: 04 Feb 2001
URL: http://www.GuruleFamily.Org

I research the Gurule surname - please visit the web site. There were several Gurule families appearing in the 1870 and 1880 census for Las Animas county, including my great-great-grandfather, Damascio Gurule.

Submitter: David Silva (
Date: 19 Jul 2001

I am looking for info on ancestors of Cenaida Duran, born in 1899 to Anastasio Duran and Leonara Vigil. Her brother was Jacobo Duran and sister name (nickname) was Ruth. She was born in Stonewall. Cenaida married Olegarrio Silva from Huerfano County. She move to California during WW2 but returned to Weston often to visit. Jacobo had a daughter Anna who married a Trujillo and lived in Weston. I have been in Email contact with Jose Trujillo and we are both researching.

Submitter: JoEllen Langwell (
Date: 26 Jul 2001

Am looking for information pertaining to the SPAGNOLA family. LUIGI and ROSALIA SEVERINO immigrated from Italy sometime before 1900. I have found a few of their children being baptized at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinidad. Am looking for information for the names of their children and descendants. Am willing to exchange what info I have....Luigi and Rosalia's youngest children were twin sons Guiseppe (Joseph) and Francesco (Frank) born in 1903.

Submitter: Sandy Pratt (
Date: 30 Jul 2001

According to the 1910 Census, my great grandparents were living in Cokedale, Las Animas County, Colorado. They were living on Lacaivanna Avenue. My great grandfather was a coal miner. Their names were Rafael Sena and Eva Sena. Their children were Estella Sena (age 4) born in Premiro, Colorado; Macloria Sena (age 2) unknown place of birth, and Veronis Sena (age 1 1/2) born in Segundo, Colorado. They had two more children, Andres Sena (born 12/1910 - my grandfather) born in Cokedale and Aguinaldo (born abt. 1914) - in Cokedale? Andres was baptized at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Trinidad on November 19, 1911. A cousin by the name of Vivianita (age 12) was living with them. I believe Macloria died in childhood. I don't know at what age she died or from what and I don't know where she is buried. Rafael and Eva were from New Mexico. I am also interested in any information for the following:

During this same time period I believe Eva's father, sister, and two brothers were also living in Cokedale. Father's name was Abran Martinez (age 47), sons Manuel C. Martinez (age 21) and Jose A. Martinez (age 18) and daughter Maria (age 23). Father and sons were coal miners. According to 1910 Census they were living on Lacaivanna Avenue. All were from New Mexico.
I also believe Rafael's father, Francisco Sena (age 54), 6th wife, Pastona (age 24), son Bernardino (age 8) and daughter Romanlita (age 4) were living on Potomac Street in Cokedale. Francisco was also a coal miner. Bernardino may have also died in childhood. Rafael and Pastona were from New Mexico.
I am interested in any additional information on the above and if possible, which mine(s) they worked at. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Submitter: Amelia Seaton (
Date: 21 Aug 2001

Was there a photo shop in Las Animas as early as 1880 or thereabouts? I have pictures indicating a photographer in Las Animas about then. How can I check further on the pictures to help identify the people?

Submitter: Ron Sykes (
Date: 4 Sep 2001

Looking for information or descendants of James W. Hall (1860-1936) and his wife Nora Whitman Hall (1855-1911). They had several children. They moved from IA to Florence, CO and then to Trinidad. Nora is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad.

Submitter: Connie Mincy (
Date: 10 Sep 2001

Would like to know if someone could look up an obit for me. It would be for Beatrice Valdez McGuffie. Not sure of dates. Only know that it was either in 1956 or 57. Thanks for any help.
All help appreciated.

Submitter: Jean Mann (
Date: 14 Oct 2001

Looking for information on (Richard) Bowen Daniel who moved to Aguilar about 1907 from Jacksonville, FL. He was an insurance salesman or an auditor.

Submitter: Cindy English (
Date: 3 Nov 2001

Henry Nelson MORELOCK and Margaret Emoline MORRISON MORELOCK had 5 boys in Rugby early 1900's. There is rumor they had a girl who died as an infant or toddler. Does anyone know about this family. Some of the boys moved to CA and a couple moved to NM.

Submitter: Martha DeWitt Nakajima (
Date: 20 Nov 2001

My grandfather, Roland O .ADAMS, was a railroad engineer who drove a train (Santa Fe, I think) between Trinidad and Texline, Arkansas. Does anyone know S. Colorado railroad history from early this century? What was the name of the RR co. and its successors? Would they have old personnel records? My grandfather died in 1918 in his 30s, either of TB or the flu epidemic of that year. His wife, my grandmother, was Mabel SMITH. My mother Sydna ADAMS was born May 18, 1910. Does anyone know about the railway history or the Adams family? They were immigrants from Canada.

Submitter: Vicki Barker (
Date: 29 Dec 2001

I am looking for information on Thomas Alderson who married my ggrandmother, Ellen Sherratt, in 1888. He was killed in the El Moro Mine in 1891. The El Moro Mine, owned by the Colorado Coal & Iron Company. Does anyone have any information on where the mine is/was located and who might have the records? Or, how do I get a death certificate from that time period? I would also like to locate his burial place.

Submitter: Cindy English (
Date: 27 Jan 2002

According to a newspaper article in New Mexico, my great grandparents we married in Aguilar, CO in 1915.
Rachel Martha Ellen Morelock married George W. Bailey.
Before I go to the expense of purchasing a marriage certificate, I was hoping someone in that area might know more about the couple or could look up the record to verify it is there. I'm trying to verify the groom's information. Thanks for your help.

Submitter: Linda (
Date: 8 May 2002

I am looking for a marriage certificate(s) for : Ana (Anna, Annie) Elsbeth (Elizabeth) Sensenbach born Switzerland abt. 1865. I obtained a marriage license for Ana and a John Flury (Flurry, Fleury) while visiting Trinidad a few years ago but have misplaced it. I found it downstairs with the older marriage licenses. I think the date was somewhere between 1880 and 1882. I need a replacement copy.
Also, Ana may have taken out a second Marriage License to a William R. Allen somewhere between 1882 and 1885, also in Trinidad. I did find a marriage license for a William Allen to a Cary(Cory) ______dated very close to the one Ana took out with John Flurry. Wm Allen was my greatgrandfather and Ana Sensenbach was my great grandmother. Please help.

Submitter: Bob Aswell (
Date: 8 Apr 2002

Seeking anyone connected to the following family: OREN TREADEAY married BLANCHE NIDEY. Child is:

Leona Caroline Treadway, b.1902, Trinidad, CO.
Oren Treadway and Blanche Nidey lived in Trinidad between 1897 to at least 1904. Oren is son of William Richard Treadway and Sarah Elizabeth Clements of Crawford Co,. IL. I have many OLD photos that were handed down to me from Leona Treadway. Many of them were taken in Trinidad at the turn of the century.
Need help in placing names to some of the faces in these pictures.

Submitter: Bob Lull (
Date: 26 Nov 2002

My great-grandfather, James Monroe Williams (1833-1907), was a cavalry officer who resigned from the army in 1873 as a result of incapacitation from wounds during fights with Indians in Arizona, and during the Civil War.  He had been a brevet brigadier general in the Civil War, and a brevet major in the 8th Cavalry during the Indian Wars in the Southwest. In 1873, he settled in Trinidad, where he resided until sometime in the 1880's (I think).  He left Colorado for Kansas, and ultimately Washington, D.C.  I have attached two photos of him from Civil War days.  

At the time he moved to Trinidad, he was married and had one child.  His wife's name was Mary Elizabeth (Brawner) Williams.  Their children were John Absalom Williams (born 1870) and James Williams (born 1872) born at Fort Selden, New Mexico. They subsequently had two more children in Trinidad:  George Williams (1875), and Robert L. Williams (1879).  

Robert L. Williams was my grandfather.  He and my grandmother Hattie Harrower Williams are buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad.  

I'm interested in obtaining any possible information about James M. Williams during his tenure in Trinidad.  I know that he operated a general store, and raised cattle. I have a photo of his house (attached).  

Also of great significance is any information as to what happened to my grandfather's brothers.  I'm not certain, but believe James Williams lived in Denver as an elderly man.  We lived in Denver when I was in high school, and there was some mention of him.  My grandfather never mentioned his brothers George and John.  I don't know if they survived to adulthood.  They are in the 1880 census.  

My parents died many years ago, and there is no surviving information from them.  Family legend has it that one of my grandfather's siblings was killed in a gunfight over a poker game in Trinidad, but I don't have any clue as to the veracity of that claim...but it's fun...sort of like having a horse thief in the family. Anyway, that's a lengthy description of the context of my search for information. Thank you for your help.

Submitter: Marshall Clow (
Date: 11 Jul 2002

My great-aunt (Jeanne CLOW) was born in Trinidad around 1907. She is mentioned in her mother's obituary in 1934 as Mrs. Clarence ABLE, living in Trinidad. Family lore says that she married a 'Guy' Able. The puzzle is in the marriage records. There is a record of a Jean Clow marrying a J.A. Atkinson in Trinidad on 10-10-1928. The witnesses on the marriage license are Mr and Mrs M. J. Clow (Her brother, my grandfather, is Milton John Clow, and he was married in 1926). So the puzzle is: What happened to J.A. Atkinson? Where and when did Jeanne and Clarence Able get married? [ It's not in Las Animas, nor in any other online record in Colorado or New Mexico ]

Submitter: Sharon Cunningham (
Date: 19 Jul 2002

A photo of Clay Allison with an injured leg shows in imprint of "Gittings copy," indicating a print pulled from the original tintype. If City and/or County Directories are available for Trinidad and Las Animas county, could someone please check to see if there was a GITTINGS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO in the area ca. 1867-1868?

Submitter: Peggy Dick (
Date: 13 Aug 2002

Would like to have information on Frank Inman, b 27 Mar 1900,Grant Co IN, son of Ross Inman, died Jul 1986, Trinidad. Did he have son, Vincent M. Inman, b 13 Aug 1944, died 19 Aug 1996, Trinidad, CO.? Need place of burial.

Submitter: Dale Nulph (
Date: 28 Aug 2002

I am looking for any info about William Alfred Garner. My understanding is that he settled there after the war, and was very prolific. William was a pretty colorful character according to what I have been told, but I can't find anything about him after he was discharged from the Union Army as Capt.

Submitter: Dorothy West (
Date: 07 Sep 2002

William Francis Craft b: 2/19/1868 d: 12/15/1946
Married Alvira Annie Sale 12/25/1889 in Liberal, MO.

William Francis Craft moved to live with son Charles Dallis Craft who died 11/7/1975 in Las Animas, CO. No info on how long he had been living with son. I am looking to purchase a copy of my grandfather's death certificate. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Submitter: Solveig Berry (
Date: 20 Oct 2002

Isaac LUNDBERG born Aug. 1866 in Sweden appears on 1910 Las Animas census. He immigrated to the US in 1887. He is single. I have an Isak LUNDBERG born Oct. 1867 in Sweden. He immigrated to the US late 1887. He was single. Said he was heading for Denver, CO. These may be two different Isaacs/Isaks, but I would love to hear from anyone with info on either one of them. Thanks for your time!!!

Submitter: Jami (
Date: 1 Dec 2002

Searching for any information on the Brady family. Zephaniah, his wife Louisa and their sons William and Virgil were residents of Trinidad in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Zeph died in 1899, but Louisa remained a resident into the 1900's. She may have died there. She lived at 112 N. Ash Street when the 1900 census was taken, and was still living there in 1903. Not sure how long she stayed after that.
Would love any info!

Submitter: Geno Lucero (
Date: 27 Jan 2003

My father, Luis Peter Lucero, was born in Trinidad, CO, Aug. 23, 1926. His father, Jose (middle name Ezequiel?) was married to Celina (maiden name Pacheco). I have very little information on my father's family since he passed away in 1995 in San Francisco, CA. Any help to locate potential sources to start my genealogy searches is most appreciated.

Submitter: Ed Bolli (
Date: 16 Feb 2003

Looking for information on family of Luella Schwyn, b abt. 1894, daughter of Henry Schwyn. Visited Luella, her daughter and grandson in Trinidad in 1957.

Submitter: Robin Cacy (
Date: 2 Apr 2003

I am searching for information on Andrew or Andy McDonald from Trinidad, Colorado. Family lore says he immigrated from Scotland and settled in Trinidad. Supposedly he was elected to the Colorado senate in the early 1900's. He is buried in the Trinidad cemetery. I am his great grand daughter and am beginning to trace genealogy.

Submitter: Debbie Koch (
Date: 16 Aug 2003

I am looking for a marriage date of Augustus Lewis and Sarah Adeline (Addie) Leedham Handell. They were married sometime after 1880 and I believe that they were married in Trinidad from the family information that I have. They were the parents to at least four children, Perry, Bessie, Robert and Grace. Any information on this family is appreciated.

Submitter: Jerry Knock (
Date: 9 Sep 2003

I am trying to find a birth or baptismal record for Ida Agusta ZIMMERMAN, who is supposed to have been born in Trinidad, Las Animas County, on 11 Aug 1876. May have been baptized in Methodist church in area. I am most interested in determining her parents. Ida Augusta Zimmerman is on the 1880 census back in Minnesota, listed as stepsister living with brothers William, Otto & August.  Could not have been in CO very long, as Zimmermans were still in MN in 1875 state census.  Am completely baffled as to Colorado connection, especially since father John Frederick Zimmerman would have been almost 70 yrs old in 1876!  So the stepsister term may be incorrect the Zimmermans were strong Methodists, so church records may be the salvation. Any help is appreciated to help clear up the confusion. Thank you for any help you may be able to offer!

Submitter: Tracy Elliott (
Date: 14 Sep 2003

I am attempting to research my great grandparents. John Posega born 12-12-1884 Strane Austria/Yugoslavia Now Slovenia, immigrated in 1910, he worked in the mines. He married Mary Rus born 1-13-1889 also in Slovenia. They had the following children:

Mary Posega B 1912 married Frank Kemprle in Trinidad;
Jennie Posega B 1914 married Francis Edward Elliott in Colorado Springs;
Teresa Posega b 1918; Violet Posega b 1920 married Jerry Reed and Rudy Udovich;
John Jr b 1916 married Syliva L. Unknown;
Annie Posega b 1924 married Ray Herath and John Futur.

All the kids born in Delagua. I have a newspaper article that says John Futur committed suicide after death of Anne. Would like to correspond with anyone familiar with these family names. John and Mary married in Colorado maybe Delagua, Trindad or Pueblo. Maria Lovsin a cousin, came to US from Yugoslavia/now Slovenia in 1924 to stay with John Posega.

Submitter: Leila Cornell (
Date: 10 Nov 2003

Looking for information and family of Charlotte WESTERFELD, born 1841 Germany arrived US in 1882. 1900 Census lived in Trinidad with son August born 1866, daughter Lizzie born 1871 and son William born 1876 all born in Germany. 1910 census she lived in Albuquerque, Bernalillo, NM with daughter Lizzie. I believe Charlotte is mother of Henry WESTERFELD, my gr-grandfather, who arrived US in 1881 from Belm, Germany and owned a cigar store in Albuquerque from 1900-1925. Any information would be appreciated.
Thank You
Leila Cornell

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