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New Mexico Marriages
Churches of
Immaculate Conception of Tomé
1793-1826 and 1809-1855
Our Lady of Belen

NMGS Press Item #C2, 1994
Indexed and spiral bound. $28.00 includes shipping. 222 pages.
Map of the area

Excerpts from the introduction:

"Tomé was originally an estancia (homestead) owned by the 17th Century New Mexican, Tomé Dominguez de Mendoza, before the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. After the Spanish Reconquest, the land continued to be identified as the "Post of Tomé Dominguez," even though none of the man's family returned to New Mexico." . . . "In 1743 the villagers began construction of a church. Finished by 1750 and consecrated three years later, the parish building became the spiritual center of the communities on the east side of the Rio Grande." . .. "The Valencia Valley, which includes old towns such as Los Lunas, Peralta, and Los Chavez, developed into an extended farming community. Many of New Mexico's elite began to make their homes in the area, in haciendas (estates) and estancias (homesteads) located on either side of the Rio Grande. This was evidenced in the increased number of Españoles in the region's parish registers, along with the earlier Genízaros and other Native Americans." . . . "Tomé in particular developed a strong affiliation with the Holy Brotherhood (Los Penitentes) and became well known, at least throughout the province, for its Holy Week observances. The area suffered from Plains Native American attacks as the outpost towns of Belen and Tomé were particularly susceptible to Comanche and Apache raids. . .. [The introduction continues, describing the deep roots in this historic valley.]

Included are lists of abbreviations and phrases used in the publication, and a name index.

Extraction and Introduction by Raymond Salas. Compiled by Margaret Leonard Windham with the assistance of Virginia Langham Olmsted, Lila Armijo Pfeufer, Evelyn Baca, Eloise Arellanes, Andres Segura, Marie Roybal, and Luis Padilla. Map by Ernie Jaskolski. A publication of the New Mexico Genealogical Society.

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