Diego de Ribera
- Born: Guadiana (Durango), Nueva España
- Marriage: Juana de Beytia
Noted events in his life were:
• 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 -SANMI II: 63].
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
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.
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 Juana de Beytia. (Juana de Beytia was born in Guadiana (Durango), Nueva España.)