Nicolás Durán y Chávez
- Born: 1686, Guadalupe del Paso, Nuevo Méjico. Nueva Espańa 1041
- Marriage: Juana Montańo de Sotomayor on 20 Jul 1714 in Santa Fé, Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva Espańa 66,1042
- Died: After 19 May 1768, Los Padillas, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva Espańa 1042
Noted events in his life were:
• Background Information. 252
Nicolás Durán y Chávez was twenty-four and a resident of Atrisco when he had at least one natural child, already four years old in 1714, when he decided to marry the child's mother, Juana Montańo, of Santa Fe. The wedding took place on July 20. She was the sister of two other Montańo girls, Magdalena and Leonor, who had married his brothers Antonio and Luis. The men were second cousins of the women. Nicolás acquired much property south of Isleta, and appears in several land litigations.
Nicolás Durán y Chávez made his last will on May 19, 1768, in which he gave the names of his parents and of his wife, followed by his eight sons and five daughters: Jose, Gertrudis, Bernardo, Luis, Fernando, Isabel, Antonio, Maria Francisca, Maria Antonia, Juan, Vicente, Maria and Francisco. Of the girls, Gertrudis married Francisco Silva and Maria Antonia married Tadeo Romero and later a Domingo Baca.
The sons are as follows: Jose married Luisa de Aragon, February 3, 1732; Bernardo married an apacha, Maria Benavides, and then his first cousin's widow, Maria Josefa Nunez; Luis married Eduarda Yturrieta, April 20, 1747; Fernando married Antonia Sanchez and Francisco married Maria Gertrudis Alvarez de Castillo, April 6, 1756.
~The Origins of New México Families, p. 163 (Kindle Locations 7077-7079)
• Background Information. 312
In 1719 Nicolas acted as a pre-nuptial witness giving his age as twenty-six, hence born at El Paso del Norte around the year 1686. He was the sixth son of Don Fernando, and also residing with the family in Atrisco when he took the third on of the Montańo sisters to wife. Her name was Juana Montańo. This took place on July 20, 1714, when they already had at least one boy who was four years old. It could also have been a turbulent union for a time, since once, after he gave her a beating, she tried walking all the way to her own folks in Santa Fe before Nicolas caught up with her at Bernalillo. Yet they managed to produce a very large family of which we have a complete list, thanks to the extant will which he drew up on May 19, 1768. In it he stated the names of his parents, his wife, and the following eight sons and four daughters according to their ages: José, Gertrudis, Bernardo, Luis, Fernanado, Isabel, Antonio, María Antonia, Juan, Vicente, María and Francisco.
~Chávez, A Distinctive American Clan of New Mexico, p. 131
• Land Grant. 482
Don Nicolas Durán y Cháves was the founder of the community of los Cháves. He was the Alcalde of Alburquerque and a resident of Atrisco at the time, 1738, he made an application for a land grant to Governor Gaspar Domingo de Mendoza. This request was granted in 1739 to Don Nicolás.
In his petition for the grant, he told the governor, that he was a descendant of the original Chabes family and the son of Don Fernando Durán y Chabes, who was a a captain with Governor Diego de Vargas during the reconquest of New México in 1693.
Don Nicolás Chávez said that he had a large family, consisting of nine sons. He told the governor that he had sheep and cattle and no place to pasture them in the Atrisco area where he lived. He had established a small for in the Los Cháves area to protect his family and sheepherders from the wild marauding Indians, at great danger to his life and the safety of his family.
The goundaries of the land grant were, on the east by the Río Grande, on the north by land of Captain Bernabe Baca and the ruins of the home of Tomé Dominguez, the west by the Rio Puerco and the south by Los Esteros (swamp) de San Pablo (later called Sausal).
~Río Abajo, pp. 41-42
• Census: Spanish, 1750, Sitio de Gutierres, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva Espańa. 270
Don Nicolás de Chabes; wife, Juana Montańo; five children: Juan, María Antonia, Vicente, María, Francisco; servants: Rosa, widow, Andrés, Miguel, Xptóbal; orpahns: Juan, Josepha, Juana.
~Spanish Census of 1750, p. 93
Nicolás married Juana Montańo de Sotomayor, daughter of Juan Antonio Montańo de Sotomayor and Ysabel Jorge de Vera, on 20 Jul 1714 in Santa Fé, Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva Espańa 252. (Juana Montańo de Sotomayor was born in 1691 in Guadalupe del Paso, Nuevo Méjico. Nueva Espańa and died on 16 Sep 1768 in Atrisco, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva Espańa.)