Capitán Diego de Torres

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Diego de Torres

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Guadalupe del Paso, Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
Death: July 19, 1758 (62-70)
Los Padillas, Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
Immediate Family:

Son of Capitán Cristóbal de Torres; María Ángela de Leyba and Private
Husband of María Rosa Varela Jaramillo; María Martín Serrano y Salazar and María Rafaela Baca
Ex-husband of maria martin serano de salazar torres and rosa de torres
Father of francesca xaviera torres; martin torres; manuel de torres; juan de torres; nicolas de torres and 30 others
Brother of Maria Lucia de Torres; María Cecila Salazar; Maria Francisca Gomez de Torres; Maria Margarita Trujillo; Josefa Salazar and 7 others
Half brother of Josefa Vargas

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About Capitán Diego de Torres

Diego was one of the first settlers in Chama in 1731, after his father's death. At age 39 on this same year he was Assistant Mayor ( like Mayor Pro Tem today I suppose) of Santa Clara. Like his father before him, he became a Captain giving service to the crown. He too became Alcade Mayor y Capitan de Guerra at Santa Cruz de la Canada.Having lost his first wife, Rosa de Varela leaving him with two sons, Marcial and Salvador, he remarried in 1712 with Maria Martin from Santa Cruz but a native of Sonora, Mexico. He had eight children from this marriage. Two of them being twins (hmm). At one point he was caught trading knives with the Indians for buffalo hides a day before the annual trade fair. Having become a widower for the second time, he married Rafaela Baca and fathered six more children. Incedently one of them was named German (Herman). He hada total of sixteen children from his three wives. (wow, what tax exemption that would have made.)

He went south after losing his father's El Paraje de San Jose Grant in a web of claims and counter claims, and asked for and received the Belen Land Grant south of Albuquerque. Therefore all the Torres' in the Belen area are from our same lineage. He was retired when died in 1754 and is burried in the San Agustin Church at the Isleta Pueblo.


From the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico's Great New Mexico Pedigree Database:

Diego de TORRES [4090] [4091] [4092]

  • ABT 1692 - ____
  • NAME: Diego TORRES
  • BIRTH: ABT 1692, Guadalupe del Paso, New Mexico
  • EVENT: Petition for revalidation of grant on Chama River made to his father, Cristóval de Torres, 1731 [4093] [4094]
  • EVENT: Assistant Alcalde mayor, Appointed: 1731, Santa Clara, Rio Arriba, New Mexico
  • EVENT: One of the first settlers of the village of Chama, founder: 1731, Chama, (near Abiquiú), New Mexico
  • EVENT: Juan García de la Mora vs Diego de Torres, Lt /Alcalde of Chama for illicit trade with Comanches, 13 APR 1735 [4095]
  • BURIAL: BEF 1762, Los Padillas, New Mexico
  • EVENT: With his wife, María Martín, conveyed land to Nicolás Romero, Puesto de Chama, near present Espanola, New Mexico [4096] [4097]
  • DEATH: Y
  • Father: Cristobal de TORRES
  • Mother: Angela de LEYVA

Family 1 : Maria Rosa VARELA JARAMILLO

  • MARRIAGE: 8 JUL 1711, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico
  • 1. +Marcial TORRES


  • MARRIAGE: 25 DEC 1712, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico
  • 1. +Francisca Xaviera TORRES
  • 2. +Salvador de TORRES
  • 3. Manuel TORRES
  • 4. +Juan Domingo de TORRES
  • 5. +Martin TORRES
  • 6. +Nicolas TORRES
  • 7. Bartolome TORRES
  • 8. Juan Jose (Twin) TORRES
  • 9. Juana (Twin) TORRES
  • 10. Jose Antonio TORRES

Family 3 : Rafaela BACA

  • CENSUS: Belen, New Mexico
  • 1. +Cayetano TORRES
  • 2. Barbara TORRES
  • 3. +Juana Catalina Romana TORRES
  • 4. Maria Josefa de la Luz TORRES
  • 5. Lugarda Clementa TORRES
  • 6. Tomas TORRES
  • 7. Antonio German TORRES


  • [4090] Called a "Founder" of Belen
  • [4093] Inforamtin by Yolanda Romero Chavez
  • [4096] Info by Yolanda Romero C
  • [4091] [S799] ORIGINS OF NM FAMILIES, PAGE: pg. 295
  • [4092] [S393] Diligencias - NM Roots Ltd., Diligencias Matrimoniales, PAGE: pg. 1894
  • [4094] [S650] Spanish Archives of New Mexico II, PAGE: Reel 5 Frame 579 Item 950
  • [4095] [S650] Spanish Archives of New Mexico II, PAGE: Reel 7 Frame 363 item 402
  • [4097] [S650] Spanish Archives of New Mexico II, PAGE: Reel 4 Frame 939 Item 752
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Capitán Diego de Torres's Timeline

Guadalupe del Paso, Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
Age 19
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Age 20
Near San Juan de los Caballeros, Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
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Santa Fé, Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
Age 22
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Age 31