Pueblo County, Colorado
Richens L. Wooten

Contributed by Karen Mitchell

Richens L. Wooten

From "Bent's Fort" by David Lavender: Wooton was born about 1816. Was raised and fairly well educated on plantations in Virginia and Mississippi.

From "Colorado, South of the Border", by Ralph Taylor: Wooton came to Colorado in December 1858. His ranch was 9 miles north of Pueblo, and he had a house in Pueblo and one of the first stores. He died at age 77, which would make that around 1893. There might possibly be a death certificate in Pueblo County. He had a ranch on the Huerfano and St. Charles River with Joseph B. Doyle.

From "Lady of Taos" by Richard Luna. Wooton's first wife was Dolores LeFebre, daughter of Manuel LeFebre. She died on March 6, 1855 at the birth of her 4th child. (I don't think it was her 4th child) Children of Wooton and Dolores: Eliza (age 5 at mother's death) Richens (age 4 at mother's death) Frances (age 2 at mother's death) The children were sent to live with their grandparents in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wife #2 was Mary Ann Manning, a widow.

Arkansas Valley, Colorado History
Dick Wooten lived at the foot of the Greenhorn at the place still known as Greenhorn. He sold crops to Fort Union, NM.

Richens Lacy Wooten born 5-6-1816, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, son of David C. and Francis Wooten, Died 8-23-1893.
1. Maria Dolores Lefebre 3-6-1848
2. Fanny B. Brown 1863 she died in 1864, buried at Doyle Cemetery
3 Mary Ann Manning
4 Maria Paula Lujan 12-1-1871

Children of Richens L. Wooten:
1 Maria Eliza born 2-2-1849 -m- married William Ryland Walker 1-30-1865 Huerfano County
2 Richens L Jr. born 7-28-1850 -m- Lucy M.
3 Maria Frances Dolores born 5-30-1852 -m- Thomas H. Young 8-17-1865 Las Animas County
4 Loretta born abt 1853
5 Ann born abt 1853
6 George born abt 1854
7 Joseph born abt 1855 -m- Alice Philipi 2-2-1878 Trinidad
8 Michael married Maria Elizabeth McDougal 10-10-1879 Trinidad (son of Mary Ann Manning)
9 William born abt 1857
10 Frank Christopher born abt 1861-m- Willa May Tynes, ch: Frank C Jr., Richens Lacy.
11 Maria Fidelis Sept 1872
12 Ida born abt 1874
13 Luz born July 1877
14 John born Dec 1878
15 Frank born Aug 1885
16 Jesse born March 1888

1850 census, Taos, NM 1278-1278
Richen L. Wooten 34, Merchant born Virginia
Maria Dolores Lopez wife 23, born Taos County
Maria Elisa 2 born Taos
R.L. 1 month Taos

1860 census, Denver, Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory 4324 H.R. Badgley 26 born NY
A.H. wife 27 born NY
Frances 2 female NY

4325 Joseph Wooten age 5 NM
Willie Wooten age 3 NM

Mary Chistne? age 34 trader NY
Ann Wooten 7 says NY but may be NM
Rich L Wooten 42 Mo

Fred Season trader Mo
Eliza Wooten 12 NM
Lorett 8 NM
George 6 NM
Willie C. Kelley 1 Illinois

1860census Golondrinas, Mora County, NM page 390 4129-4129
Manuel Levebere 54 farmer born St. Louis, Mo.
Leonore age 16 Taos
Teodora 11 Taos
Jose Manuel 8 Taos
Pacifica 5 Taos

1870 Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colorado census Page 30-31, 272-278
Richard L. Wooten age 53 born Virginia Keeps Toll Road
Joseph age 13 born Colorado
William age 11 born NM
Frank age 9 born NM

also Richard Wooten, age 20 born NM clerk in store

1870 Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colorado census page 14, 142-153
William R. Walker age 41 born Virginia Construction builder
Eliza A. (Wooten) age 21
Francis V. 2 female
Mary E. 11/12 female

1870 Valley of the Purgatory, Las Animas County, Colorado census 270-276
Thomas H. Young age 28 Brick mason born Missouri
Dolorez (Wooten) age 18 born NM
Albert age 3 born Co.
Minerva age 2 born Co.

1880 Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colorado census page 14
Richard L. Wooten age 64
Pablita age 28 wife
Maria de la Fidelis 8 daughter
Aide 6 daughter
Luz 3 daughter
John 2 son
R.L. Wooten Jr. age 30 cattle raising
L.M. 19 wife

1900 census ED#71 Hastings, Las Animas County, Colorado
M.E. Wooten head female Sept 1862 37 M 20 8-7 Kansas
Jones, Lillie daughter May 1882 18 m 3 1-1 NM
Jones, Mary E. gr-dau March 1899 1 Colorado
Wooten, William son June 1884 15 NM
Wooten, James son April 1888 12 Colo.
Wooten, Arthur son Jan. 1891 9 Colo.
Wooten, Alfred son Dec. 1893 6 Colo.
Wooten, Olie son Aug 1897 2 Colo.

1900 census ED#65 Trinidad City, Las Animas County, Colorado
345-289-295 Wooten, Richens L. head March 1852 48 m 20 NM
Lucy M. wife Feb 1862 38 m 20 0-0 Iowa
Wooten, Mary P. head May 1855 45 wd 10-6 NM
Fidelis daug Sept 1872 21 s Colo.
Lucy daughter July 1877 22 s Colo.
John son Dec. 1878 21 s Colo.
Frank son Aug 1885 14 Colo.
Jesse son Mar. 1888 12 Colo.
Luz Lujan mother April 1835 65 3-3 NM

Richens L. Wooten was the son of David Wooten and Mary Frances Green.
Wootens Ranch was on top of Raton Pass.

Taos Marriages:
3-6-1848 Ricardo Wooten single son of David Wooden and Maria Francisca Brin, resident of the plasa of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and native of the state of Virginia in North America with Maria Dolores Lafebre single daughter of Manuel Lafebre and Maria Teodora Lopes resident of the same place and native of Taos. Sponsors Carlos Beaubien and Maria Paula Lobata. Witnesses Juan Rafael Luna and Jesus Maria Tafoya residents of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

Taos baptismals
Eligia 2-24-1849
Richeur 7-28-1850
Maria Dolores 5-30-1852

12-12-1865 Richens L. Wooten sold property to Daniel S. Hayden and John W. Shaw. Huerfano County Book 1

12-12-1865 Richens L. Wooten filed a Quit Claim deed to Lanie J. Hayden and John W. Shaw Huerfano county Book 1

1-30-1865 Eliza Wooten married William Ryland Walker at the home of Alexander W. Robb by Richard Skeratt. Witnesses Jacob Beard and Isabel Beard. Huerfano County Book 1.

8-17-1865 Miss Frances D. Wooten married Thomas Young at Grays Ranch by J.D. Patterson. Huerfano County Book 1.

3-24-1870 Richard Wooten and Paula Lujan were witnesses at a marriage at Holy Trinity, Trinidad, Co.

10-10-1879 Michael Wooten son of Richard Wooten and Martha Manning of Raton married Maria Elizabeth McDougal of Kansas, daughter of Lloyd McDougal and Nancy Lamorie?. Witnesses Jesus M. Lujan and Maria del Reyes Salazar. Holy Trinity, Trinidad, Colorado

12-1-1871 Richard Wooten son of R.L. Wooten married Maria Paula Lujan daughter of Guadalupe Lujan. Witnesses Prudencio Lujan and Paula Trujillo. Holy Trinity, Trinidad, Colorado

2-2-1878 Jose Wooten from Raton son of Ricardo Wooten married Ales? Philipi. Witnesses Frederico Lujan and Maria A. Gillet. Holy Trinity, Trinidad, Colorado

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