Diego de Ribera
Juana de Beytia
Diego de Beytia
(1680-)

 

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Catarina Leal

Diego de Beytia

  • Born: 1680, Guadiana (Durango), Nueva España 248
  • Marriage: Catarina Leal on 13 Mar 1698 in Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 248,252

bullet   Other names for Diego were Diego de Abeytia 250 and Diego de Beitia.

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 252
Diego de Vectia was living in Santa Fe in 1701. When his daughter, Manuela Rosalía, married Juan Antonio Luján in 1727, the Alférez Diego de Abeytia was already dead. His widow's name was Catalina Leal. He and his wife came, most probably, with the colonists from Zacatecas in 1695. Catalina Leal, fifty years old and widow of Diego de Beitia, died in Santa Fe, July 8, 1727. Besides Rosalia, they had a son Antonio and, very probably, Baltasar and Paulín.

~ Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period, p. 119

Diego de Beitia was a native of Durango and the natural son of Diego de Ribera and Juana de Beitia, also of Durango. He was sixteen and a soldier of Santa Fe in 1696. When he married Catalina Leal, 28, natural daughter of María de la Concepción, native of New Mexico, he gave his birthplace as Durango, his age as 18, and that he was the naural son of "Ana de Abeyta."

~ Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period, Kindle Locations 15154-15155

• Background Information. 250
Diego de Vectia [aka Diego de Beitia and Diego de Abeytia; ONMF: 119] described himself as español, a native of Durango in Nueva Vizcaya, and the natural son of Diego de Ribera and Juana de Abeytia, both Durango natives when he sought to marry Juana Torres at Santa Fe in 1696 [a marriage which apparently never took place, as he was still single in May 1697 when given livestock by Governor don Diego de Vargas \emdashSANMI II: 63]. He gave his age as 16, indicating he was born circa 1680, and was a soldier of the Santa Fe Presidio at the time. Diego was recruited at Durango by Governor Vargas as a settler in the recolonization of New Mexico. In January 1698, at Santa Fe, he declared he had left Durango as a single man on June 18, 1693 and was given 70 pesos (approximately $210).

A search of the International Genealogical Index [IGI] reveals that the Abeitia family was residing in the City of Durango as early as 1624. This family name appears in the marriage and baptismal records of El Sagrario Metropoliano and San Juan Bautista de Analco (churches located in Durango) as Veitia, de Veitia, Veytia, de Veytia, Abetia, Abeytia, Abitia, Beitia, de Beitia, Beytia and de Beytia. The variation in spelling of this surname provides particular challenges for researching the genealogy of this family.

A review of the IGI for Durango shows baptismal records for two females with the name of Juana de Veitia. The first was Juana de Veitia Montealegre, bt. 21 March 1658 (Sagrario Metropolitano, Durango), the daughter of Martín de Veitia and Mariana de Montealegre. The second was Juana de Veytia Egurralo, bt. 22 July 1668 (Sagrario Metropolitano, Durango), the daughter of Martín de Veytia and Mariana Egurralo. The first question that comes to mind is whether the parents of these two Juana's are the same couple or not. More research is needed to determine the answer. In addition, further research is needed to determine if one of these two Juana's was indeed the mother of Diego de Beitia, the progenitor of the Abeyta family of New Mexico.

The IGI provides this information on the Abeitia/Veitia family of Durango:

Martín de Abetia and Ana de Frias had two children baptized at the Sagrario Metropolitano, Victoria de Durango:

1. María de Abetia Frias, bt. 3 June 1626.

2. Martín de Abetia Frias, that was bt. 30 April 1626.

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Antonia de Abetia md. 16 July 1626, Sagrario Metropolitano, Victoria de Durango, with Diego Núñez.
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Anna de Veytia md. 20 February 1645, San Juan Bautista de Analco Church, Victoria de Durango, with Tomás Mena.
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Pedro de Veitia md. 4 February 1652, San Juan Bautista de Analco Church, Victoria de Durango, with Beatriz Rodríguez. There is a second entry for this couple, most likely a veiling record among the marriage records, dated 6 November 1654, San Juan Bautista de Analco Church, Victoria de Durango.
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Martín de Veitia (possibly the son of Martín de Abetia and Anna de Frias), md. 29 April 1652, San Juan Bautista de Analco Church, Victoria de Durango), with Mariana de Montealegre. This couple had four known children baptized at the Sagrario Metropolitano, Victoria de Durango:

1. Ana María de Veitia Montealegre, bt. 28 July 1653.

2. María de Veitia Montealegre, bt. 20 September 1655.

3. Juana de Veitia Montealegre, bt. 21 March 1658.

4. Pedro de Veitia Montealegre, bt. 18 July 1661.
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Antonia de Veitia md. 21 December 1665, San Juan Bautista de Analco Church, Victoria de Durango, with Alonso Muñoz. There is a second entry for this couple, most likely a veiling record among the marriage records, dated 11 July 1667, San Juan Bautista de Analco Church, Victoria de Durango. In this second record, Antonia's surname is given as 'de Abeitia'.
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Martín de Veytia and Mariana Egurrola (perhaps the same couple named as Martín de Veitia and Mariana de Montealegre) had this one daughter baptized at the Sagrario Metropolitano, Victoria de Durango:

1. Juana de Veytia Egurrola, bt. 12 July 1668.
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Ana de Veytia (possibly the daughter of Martín de Veitia and Mariana de Montealegre) md. 18 December 1673, San Juan Bautista de Analco, Victoria de Durango, with Gabriel de Aragón. There is a second entry for this couple, most likely a veiling record among the marriage records, 9 January 1674, San Juan Bautista de Analco Church, Victoria de Durango.
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Antonia de Veytia md. 3 November 1680, Sagrario Metropolitano, Victoria de Durango, with Gerónimo Sorantes.
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Martín de Veytia md. 13 June 1694, Sagrario Metropolitano, Victoria de Durango, with María Leal. This may actually be a record of veiling since there is a baptismal record for two children of this couple:

1. Antonia Margarita de Veytia Leal, bt. 4 November 1693, Sagrario Metropolitano.

2. Joseph Caietano Abeitia Leal, bt. 11 November 1695, Nombre de Dios.
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Some diligent research into these church records and other historical documents pertaining to the City of Durango in the seventeenth century may eventually lead to revealing the lineage of Diego de Beitia, progenitor of the Abeyta family of New Mexico.

Researchers: José Antonio Esquibel and John B. Colligan

Sources: Chávez, New Mexico Roots, Ltd.", page 1 [DM 1696, Jan. 24, no. 21, Santa Fe]; John B. Colligan, "Vargas' 1693 Recruits for the Resettlement of New Mexico," in Genealogical Journal: Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, Vol. II, 1995, 202; Spanish Archives of New Mexico (SANM) II, no. 63; International Genealogical Index (IGI), Family History Library (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).


Diego married Catarina Leal, daughter of Unknown and María de la Concepción Leal, on 13 Mar 1698 in Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 248.,252 (Catarina Leal was born in 1670 in Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 248,252 and died on 8 Jul 1727 in Santa Fé, Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España 252.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

• Diligencia Matrimonial. 248
1698, March 13, Santa Fé. Diego de Beyta (18), native of City of Durango in Nueva Vizcaya, son of Ana de Beyta, and Catrinal Leal (28), daughter of María de la Concepcíon, natives of New Mexico. Witnesses: Sebastian Santisteban, español, native of Mexico City and soldier of Santa Fé; Antionio Hernandez (20), native of Real de Sombrerete; Cristobal Apodaca (40), native of New Mexico.

~ Roots Ltd., Diligencias Matrimoniales, p. 1


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