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Fernando Durán y Chávez

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
Death: Died in Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
Cause of death: Probably during an expedition against Indians in the Great Plains
Immediate Family:

Son of Don Pedro Gómez Durán y Chávez and Isabel de Bohorquez Baca
Husband of Ana María de Caravajal y Holguin
Father of Agustin Durán y Cháves; María Durán y Chávez; Cristóbal Durán y Cháves and Fernando Duran y Chaves, II
Brother of Sargento mayor Pedro Durán y Cháves; Isabel Durán y Cháves and Agustin Durán y Cháves
Half brother of Juan Ruíz Caceres; Sebastiana Juana Ruiz Cáceres and Elena Ruiz

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About Fernando Durán y Chávez

On August 17, 1644, Don Fernando declared that he had been born in New Mexico and was thirty-five years old, while his younger brother Pedro was thirty-three. This would place their births around 1609 and 1611. In 1660, he gave his age as forty-three.

By April 1, 1669, Don Fernando was referred to as dead in a letter by Fray Juan Bernal. In 1668, the year before, Don Fernando had led an expedition against the Indians of the plains, so he might have died during that campaign.

Fernando married Maria Carvajal, daughter of Juan De Vitoria Carvajal and Isabel Olguin.

He testified against Governor Rosas in favor of the friars and attend the execution of the eight conspirators to get in good graces with the new Governor, Pacheco. But then, the Governor condemned him along with thirteen others to be executed for sedition for his support of the friars. He escaped with his brother-in-law Agustín Carvajal and the others. He later returned to New Mexico and died about 1668.


Don Fernando Duran y Chávez, I

Conquistador of New Mexico.

December 22, 1692 - January 2, 1693. He and his family are listed on Don Diego de Vargas census of El Paso district.

He signed his last will and testament on February 11, 1707.

Sources

Conquistadors and Pueblos, by Olga Hall-Quest.

Origins of New Mexico Familes, by Fray Angelico Chavez, Revised Edition. Page 160.

To The Royal Crown Restored, The Journals of Don Diego de Vargas, New Mexico, 1692-1694. John L. Kessell, Rick Hendricks, a Meredith Dodge, Editors.

With the Makers of San Antonio, by Frederick C. Chabot.

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Fernando Durán y Chávez's Timeline

1610
1610
Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
1630
1630
Age 20
Santa Fé, Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
1639
1639
Age 29
Pueblo de Sandía, Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
1650
1650
Age 40
1651
1651
Age 41
New Mexico
1668
1668
Age 58
Provincia de Nuevo México, Reino de Nueva España
1987
April 7, 1987
Age 58
April 7, 1987
Age 58