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Aunt Ramona – Maria Ramoncita Montoya Gallegos

19 Mar

Maria Ramoncita Montoya Gallegos was my grand-aunt – she was known as Aunt Ramona to my father – and she was the dearly loved grandmother of my second cousin Carma Gallegos Owen.

Ramoncita Montoya Gallegos - Photo from the collection of Carma Gallegos Owen

Ramoncita Montoya was the first child born to Maximiano de Herrera Montoya and Maria Juana Adelia Martin”ez.”  Born 27 Feb 1897 in Bosque, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, her birth and christening (7 Mar 1897) are recorded in the books of the San Juan de los Caballeros Catholic Church.

Aunt Ramona lived in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico her entire life.  We can find her there in the 1900 census where she is three years old.  Her parents at this point have been married four years.  Her mother has given birth twice but only Ramona is alive.  Sister Elisa was born in 31 Jan 1899 and died before the 1900 census.  Living nearby is Ilario J. Montoya and wife Josefa Montoya.  Ilario is Ramoncita’s grandfather.  Also close by is her grandmother – Agustina Herrera with several of Ramoncita’s aunts and uncles.  Additionally, her future husband, Florentino Gallegos can be found in the census living nearby with his uncle Roybal Soledad. 

By the 1910 census Ramona is 13 years old.  She is with her parents, Max and Juanita, who have been married 14 years.  Her siblings present in the home are:  Francisca, 10, Leopoldo, 8, Celestino, 6 (my grandfather), and Juan, age 6. 

On 5 July 1916, Ramona married Florentino Gallegos in the San Juan de los Caballos Catholic Church in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.  Florentino was born on 11 Nov. 1873 to Juan Francisco Gallegos and Maria Isabel Martin. 

Florentino and Ramona Gallegos - abt 1947 - photo from the collection of Carma Gallegos Owen

My Aunt Margie and Uncle Louie (along with their other siblings, including my father) spent some summer vacation time with their grandparents in New Mexico.  What Aunt Margie remembers the most about Aunt Ramona was that her house was always very neat and clean.  She doesn’t remember much about Ramona’s husband other than she remembers him being very tall and quiet.  Aunt Ramona spoke no English – only Spanish so there was somewhat of a language barrier.  Margie said that one afternoon she was at Aunt Ramona’s house – in one of the bedrooms – and a snake slithered in and hit itself under the bed.  Margie was screaming out the Spanish word for snake – but must have gotten it wrong – because Aunt Ramona just laughed and shook her head at little Margie!  

My cousin Carma Gallegos Owen has done extensive research on her grandparents, and all her family, and has written about them comprehensively.  Here is an excerpt of a piece that was published in the New Mexico Genealogist – The Journal of the New Mexico Genealogical Society, which was published June 2006 (Vol. 45, No. 2): 

Florentino and Ramoncita had five children, two of whom died in childhood.*  Florentino was a well-respected carpenter and was known for his large vegetable garden and fruit orchard.  He was well over 6 feet tall.  In contrast Ramoncita was short.  She enjoyed sewing and embroidery and was an excellent cook.  Besides raising their family, one of their contributions to the community was the assisting in building of the Capilla de San Francisco de Asis in 1936.  The construction, in the center of Estaca village, took two years to complete. 

*Maria de los Angeles born 1918; Jose Eugenio born in 1920; Juan born in 1923 and Josifita “Josie” born in 1926.  The name and birth year of the fifth child are unknown to me.  

Florentino Gallegos died at the age of 84 on 5 Nov. 1958.  He is laid to rest in El Guigue Cemetery in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.  Ramona lived to be 84 years old as well, dying on 27 Oct 1981 in Espanola, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.  She is laid to rest with her husband in El Guigue Cemetery.  

Ramona Montoya and Florentino Gallegos

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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in Gallegos, Montoya

 

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4 responses to “Aunt Ramona – Maria Ramoncita Montoya Gallegos

  1. Susan

    March 31, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I found this such a wonderful post and have enjoyed reading through your blog. I would like to share the “One Lovely Blog” award with you as one of my favorite newly discovered blogs. If you would like to accept the award you can read about it at http://nolichuckyroots.blogspot.com/2011/03/awards-and-awardees-sharing-love.html.

     
  2. Raymond J. Garcia

    November 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

    My name is Raymond Garcia. My father was Joe M. Garcia son of Celestino and Sarah Garcia (Maidem Name Gallegos). My grandmother would be sister to Florentino Gallegos. They moved to Arboles Colorado in the 1920’s where my my father was born. It is so exciting to come across pictures and connections to ones Ancestry. So many of the records that I have found are from the San Juan de los Caballos Catholic Church. Thank you for this site and information.

     
    • Judy Curbow

      November 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Raymond. Thanks for stopping by the website! I added your notes to the database. If you want to send more information on Sarah Gallegos, then I will be happy to add it. I didn’t have her down as one of siblings of Florentino, so this is new information. Most of what I have on the Gallegos family comes from my cousin Carma Gallegos Owen – granddaughter of Florentino and Ramoncita. I will forward your note to her and may the two of you can get to know each other. Thanks again for contacting me. I’m glad you are enjoying the website. Best regards, Judy Curbow

       

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