Tomás Antonio Becerra
- Born: Abt 1771, Nueva España 441
- Marriage: Maria de la luz Archuleta on 8 Aug 1815 in Taos, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 252
- Died: Bef 1845, Socorro, New México Territory 248
The name Becerra is no where to be found in New Mexico before the marriage of Tomás Antonio Becerra married Marría de la Luz Archuleta in Taos on 8 Aug 1815. The marriage record names Tomas Antonio Becerra as the son of Don Antonio Becerra and Doña Nicolasa Obando. The only people in New Mexico/Mexico I could locate with these names and married to each other are Antonio Becerra and Nicolasa Obando who given as the parents of Ygnacio baptized in Santiago, Nopalucán, Puebla in 1794; Cayetano, baptized in Acatzingo, Pueblo in 1782; Gabriel, baptized in 1778 in Santiago, Nopalucán, Puebla; José Augustín baptized in 1774 in Santiago, Nopalucán, Puebla. New Mexico Cesuses give the age of Tomás Becerra the age of 62 in 1833 which would give him a birth date of about 1771, which would fit with the children of Antonio and Nicolasa. I have yet to find a baptismal record for Tomás Becerra, so for now this is just a speculation that the parents named in Tomás's marriage record, Don Antonio Becerra and Doña Nicolasa Obando are the same Antonio Becerra and Nicolasa Obando of Puebla.
Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1833, Socorro, New México, Republica de México. 256
Tomas Beserra 62
Maria Josefa de la lus Archuleta 31
Maria Josefa 15
Maria de la Lus 13
Jose Maria 11
Juan Jose 6
Jesus Maria 4
• Background Information. 252
Tomás Antonio Becerra, the son of Don Antonio Becerra and Nicolasa Obando, married María Luz Archuleta at Taos, August 8, 1815 [M-37, Taos]. A son of theirs, Jesús María José Roque, was baptized on August 23, 1829 [B-10, Belén].
~ Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period, Kindle Locations 15387-15390
• Occupation: Preceptor, a teacher or instructor.
Taken from the footnotes of Old Santa Fe: A Magazine of History, Archaeology, Genealogy and Biography. 1912-1914, Volume 1 , p. 274: "On 8 Nov 1830, M. Abreua was made regular preceptor de primeras letras; at the same session some of the deputies wanted to close all the schools except Santa Fe until the teachers should have passed proper examinations. At tyhat time Deputy Martinez was the schoolmaster of Taos; M. Abreu reported a general examination which his pupils had passed on September 13th. November 9th schools of Alburquerque, Cañada, and Sabinal mentioned, the being now transferred to Belen and Citizen Tomas Beserra made preceptor."
Tomás married Maria de la luz Archuleta, daughter of Francisco Archuleta and María Nicolasa Montes Vigil, on 8 Aug 1815 in Taos, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España.252 (Maria de la luz Archuleta was born on 28 Aug 1802 in Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España, baptized on 5 Sep 1802 in Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 329 and died after 1850 in New México Territoy 248.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Records and Notes. 248
Diligencias Matrimoniales, Vol. 2, p. 216, Tomás Becerra and María Luz Archuleta are mentioned as the parents of José María Becerra, married on 11 Jun 1848 at the age of 26 and Vicente Becerra who married in 1849 at the age of 24.
• Marriage Record: Taos County Marriages.
8 Aug 1815 - Tomas Antonio Becerra, son of Don Antonio Becerra and Doña Nicolasa Obando married Maria de la Luz Archuleta, daughter of Francisco Archuleta and Nicolasa Bigil
reference 2:40GG2KC; FHL microfilm 17,022 1489