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Montoya

The surname Montoya is of Spanish origin.  The earliest documented Montoya families  lived in the mountainous Basque region in northern Spain.  It was derived from the Spanish word monte which means “hill” or “highland.”   

Montoya – Coat of Arms

Bartolomé de Montoya, a Spanish Conquistador, arrived in New Mexico on 24 Dec. 1600.  A conquistador is a term used for a soldier or an explorer.  The conquistadors in the Americas were more volunteer militia than an actual organized military. They very often were required to supply their own materials, weapons and horses.  Bartolomé was described in census records as being short in stature, black bearded and 28 years old in December of 1600. 

Spanish Conquistador

He arrived in San Gabriel del Yunque with his wife Maria de Zamora (born in Mexico City at San Sebastian, the daughter of Pedro de Zamora (Mayor of Oaxaca, Mexico)).  With the couple were their children:  Francisco, Diego, José, Lucia and Petonia.  The family came as part of the second Onaté  expedition, whose colony consisted of 65 settlers.  The Montoya family brought with them 25 servants, cattle and equipment needed to start a new life in Nuevo España.  Bartolomé was a Spanish Loyalist who settled and remained in New Mexico.  He was a native of Cantillana, Spain, the son of Francisco de Montoya. 

From the family of Bartolomé de Montoya the Montoya surname was firmly established in New Mexico – and virtually all Montoya families from New Mexico descend from him.  

 

 My Montoya research focuses on: 

Jose Ylario Montoya (1844 – 1902) and mistress Maria Augustina de Herrera

Maximiano de Herrera Montoya (1871-1945) and wife Maria Juana Adelia Martin

Jose Celestino Montoya (1905-1988) and wife Pearl Eva Spencer

 

28 responses to “Montoya

  1. Debi Stubbs

    July 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    You’ve written a very nice condensed biography. Found you by searching for San Gabriel del Yungue in connection with Bartolome Montoya. I am a10th great-granddaughter of Bartolome Montoya.

     
    • Judy Curbow

      July 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      Hi Debi – thanks for stopping by! Wow…..ten generations. I am having a very difficult time getting past my great great grandfather. I think I know…but can’t prove it just yet. Frustrating! Any advice on researchng New Mexico church records? That seems to be key.
      Best regards, Judy

       
  2. Debi Stubbs

    July 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    http://www.hgrc-nm.org/surnames/GNMPD.html/surnames.html

    This is the web site of the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center which I recently found and which has allowed me to trace my Hispanic ancestors. Until last year, I didn’t know my great-grandmother was of Hispanic descent. This website has documentation from many church records and Spanish government records. It’s a treasure. I also just enter whatever I’m currently looking for into a search engine, usually google and just like I found your blog, I often find what I need. And like you, I especially enjoy learning about the places and events that my ancestors lived and lived through. Good Luck and Happy Hunting.

    Debi Stubbs, Barboursville, VA

    p.s. I was lucky enough to be born when I had 6 great-grandparents living and I quizzed them constantly about what life was like when they were young and I heard many (sometimes hair-raising) tales of my ancestors from them.

     
    • Judy Curbow

      July 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Debi – thanks for this tip…I’ll go check it out. Thanks!

       
  3. Debi Stubbs

    July 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    One last request, can I quote you in my family tree on ancestry.com?

     
    • Judy Curbow

      July 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      Not a problem. You can also go to http://www.curbowfamily.com and look at my Montoya family to see if we have a connection somewhere. Most of mine were from Rio Arriba County.

       
  4. Gene DeHerrera

    January 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Judy. I am Gene DeHerrera. I am the son of Ester Lujan, the daughter of Lucas Lujan, and Reveca Montoya of Canones, New Mexico. I am also the great grandson of Edibujen Abeyta, and Antonia Garcia, of New Mexico. On my father’s side I am a decendant of Luciano Herrera of Chamita, Estanislada Dominquez of Abiquiu, and the Chacon family of Abiquiu. Our family is of mixed heritage. Of course of Spanish descent with marriages to Tewa, Cochiti, and Navajo indian blood mixed in. We call ourselves the descendants of the Genizaro’s of Abiquiu. I would love to invite you to my family tree with ancestry.com as some of the names you mention tie right into my ancestry. Keep in touch cuz!!

     
    • Judy Curbow

      January 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Yes, I would love to connect with you! Thank you for stopping by the blog and for taking the time to comment. My Montoya research is farily slow going because I’m just not that well versed in the New Mexico genealogy AND I have a lot of trouble figuring out the church records. Please drop me a line at jlcurbow@att.net when you get a minute. Thanks again. Judy Curbow

       
  5. nicholas ortega

    April 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Hi my name is nicholas ortega and i am the great grandson of david montoya and the grandson of david`s doughter madeline. I live in salt lake city utah, i live just a few blocks from him and i acually showed him thiz website and all of the pictures u have of him and his family and he thought it was really cool and he rembers who you are and would love to get in tuch with you so if there is any way he can get a hold of you that would be really be nice he would like that alot !

    ps: I am onl y14 years old and i really eprecuate you putting this stuff on the internet ! i really think it is cool knowing about my family.

     
    • Judy Curbow

      April 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Hi Nicky! I’m so glad you found the website. I love connecting with family. I send you an email on your private address. I hope I hear back from you. Give your great-grandpa David my love. Judy

       
  6. Greg Montoya

    February 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Hello Judy,
    My Grandfather Alejandro Montoya was born in 1873, Tularosa, New Mexico, Do have any information about Montoya’s in that area ? I have also send you an e mail requesting your help.

     
    • Judy Curbow

      February 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Dear Greg: I am sorry – I don’t. My family for at least three generations was located in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. Good luck on your search. Judy

       
  7. christinafajardo

    June 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Judy, I am a Montoya and related to many Montoyas in New Mexico. I really enjoyed your blog. My father was Felipe Montoya Fajardo and his mother’s maiden name was Montoya.

     
    • Judy Curbow

      June 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Christina – thanks so much for stopping by the blog and for taking the time to leave me this note. My grandfather was Jose Celestino Montoya – most of his ancestors came from Rio Arriba County – which is in northern New Mexico. I am sure we are all somehow related! Best of luck on your family search. Judy

       
  8. Henry Paul Montoya

    August 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Judy, My name is Henry Montoya. My Father was Ray Montoya and my Grandpa was Frank (Francisco) Montoya. I know my father was born in Cleveland, N.M. and my grandpa moved to Ut. (no sure when) I also know that my family does trace back to Bartolome Montoya. But I don’t know anything in between. Do you have any info that would help in my family search.

     
    • Judy Curbow

      August 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Henry – thanks for stopping by the website and for taking the time to post this note. Unfortunately, I am not recognizing any of these Montoya names. Most of my Montoya family (at least back to 1850) resided in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico…which is in northern New Mexico. Where is Cleveland? My research has been slow going on this family tree. Best of luck to you! Judy

       
  9. Pricilla G. Montoya

    November 23, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Pricilla G. Montoya

    Judy, I have been doing research on the Montoya’s for about five years. I was a nosy little girl growing up and very curious. I always wanted to know about my ancestry. What’s strange is that my father and mother were both Montoya’s. They always figured that they weren’t related because he was from San Pedro, NM (Socorro County), and she was from Madrid, NM (Santa Fe, County). Her father, Luis Montoya, was born in La Jolla, (present-day Velarde) New Mexico, Rio Arriba County.
    So, I began searching at the Hispanic Genealogy Research Center in Albuquerque. About the fourth time that I went there a gentle man overheard my cousin talking about running into a road block on one of the Montoyas. He came over and offered his information on the Montoya’s. It was a gift from up above! Yes, my parents are descendants of Bartolome. They are both descended from Diego
    Montoya I. My father descends from Capitan Antonio Montoya, and my mother from Diego Montoya II.
    Once I started putting the information together, it started falling into place. What is so great is that Diego Montoya was an encomendero and that encomienda (land grant) is still in my family. It was an encomiendo by the San Pedro native Americans, which as far as I know do not exist any more. It is quite big and sits on the bosque.
    I would also like your permission to quote some of your work. I will be willing to answer anyone’s questions, if I have the info. g,montoya46@yahoo.com Thanks for your patience.

     
    • Judy Curbow

      November 28, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Hi Pricilla – thanks for taking the time to send me this note. Since your Montoya family is from Rio Arriba County, New Mexico – I feel certain that we are related….but how?! My grandfather was born 1906 and his name was Jose Celestino Montoya; my great grandfather was Maximiano de Herrera Montoya and my great great grandfather was Jose Ylario Montoya – and after that I hit a brick wall. I’ll send you a note on your email address. Thanks again. Judy

       
  10. Pricilla G. Montoya

    December 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Judy, my grandfather’s name was Jose Luis Montoya. He worked on the railroad and traveled up and down northern NM. I’m still researching his side of the of the Montoya’s. I was busy researching my paternal side of the Montoya’s, which I am pretty satisfied with….I will contact you when I have more info on the northern NM Montoya’s. May I please use your info for my tree? You are more than welcome to use mine. MORE TO COME!!!!

     
    • Judy Curbow

      December 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Pricilla – please do keep in touch. Your family is from Rio Arriba County – and so is mine. My grandfather worked on the railroad – and so did mine. We probably are connected and just need to figure out how. Please feel free to use whatever information you need of mine to further your search. Good luck ! Best regards, Judy

       
  11. Pricilla G. Montoya

    December 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Judy, thank you so much for keeping in touch and also letting me use your info. Here is what I found: Francisco, Bartolome & Maria de Zamora y Abarca; Diego I & Maria Ortiz de Vera; Diego II & Maria Josefa de Hinojos; Salvador & Maria Manuela Garcia de la Riva, Manuel Antonio & Maria Gertrudis de la Luz Pena; Nicolas Maria & Maria Rosalia Flores; Salvador & Maria Micaela Jiron;
    Jose Miguel & Maria Isabel Archuleta and Jose Luis & Catalina Dimas; Hortencia (my mother) & Florentino (my father); my siblings and I.

     
    • Judy Curbow

      December 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Let me know what you find out as you move along. I don’t have any of the more recent names in my database…..I have no idea how we are connected.

       
  12. Pricilla G. Montoya

    December 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Will do…….good luck to both of us!!

     
  13. Aubrey N Anita Robinson

    January 3, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I am researching my wife’s family of Montoyas from New Mexico. Her great grand father Ursulo Montoya ( 31 Oct 1883 in NM – abt 1942 – Cleveland, Mora, NM) He married Adelida Aragon (21 April 1888 CO – 23 March 1977 Sacramento, CA). They had three children. One one died young and is unknown. Louis Montoya Sr ( 22 Aug 1906 in NM – 11 Mar 1996 in Sacramento, CA. Eralia Montoya (2 Sep 1910 in Raton, NM – 21 Sep 1995 in Sacramento, CA).

    Any help or pointers to locate they information would be greatly appreciated.
    Aubrey N Anita Robinson
    treetrackers@icloud.com

     
    • Judy Curbow

      January 17, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by the website and for taking the time to leave a comment. Unfortunately, I do not recognize any of the names you mentioned. Montoya is a very prevalent name in New Mexico. I first started with trying to find my grandfather in the census records. I also found a lot of baptismal records at familysearch.org. That is how I started piecing the family together. Facebook has a great New Mexico genealogy page – and the New Mexico has a great historical society. I wish you the best of luck on your family search! Judy

       
  14. Pricilla Gloria Montoya

    January 17, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Cleveland, NM is farther north of Santa Fe. I believe it’s near Mora,NM. I don’t know which one of Bartolome’s children were that far north. Will let you know if I find out anything.

     
  15. Isidro Cazares Jr.

    February 1, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Hello, wanted to say hi, I like this historic Biography, Thank you, Happy New Year, Sincerely, Isidro Cazares Jr.

     
    • Judy Curbow

      February 7, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Isidro – thanks for stopping by the blog and taking the time to leave this comment. Best regards – Judy

       

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