Hernán Martín Serrano
Sargento Mayor Hernán Martín Serrano
(1558-After 1632)
(Abt 1560-)
Hernán (el mozo) Martín Serrano
(Between 1606/1607-After 1685)


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Hernán (el mozo) Martín Serrano

  • Born: Between 1606 and 1607, San Gabriel del Yungue, Nuevo Méjico, Nuevo España
  • Marriage: Isabel de Monuera 1465
  • Died: After Oct 1685, Nueva España 1465

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 252,
Hernán Martín Serrano, the son of the Hernán Martín Serrano who was among the first Spanish settlers of New México, was known as "el Mozo." In 1635, he gave his age as twenty-seven. In 1664, he declared himself to be an encomendero, a captain and a widower. He lived in Santa Cruz de la Cañada in 1635, but by 1660 he was living in Santa Fé. Later, 1667-1669, he was living in the Salinas district along with three of his children José, Juan and María. Juan died before the Revolt of 1680 since his widow was living with her in-laws at Corpus Christi de Ysleta in 1684. José is also not mentioned again, and died before the revolt.

Hernán's activities at the time of the Pueblo Revolt of 1689 testify to his vigor. He passed muster in 1680 in the company of the Salinas-Socorro area, as a captain of more than eighty years old. The next year he said he was seventy-six or seventy-seven, and was ready to serve as a soldier. He was described as a native of New México, married, of good stature, robust, with gray beard and partly gray hair, and a film on his left eye. He had become proficient in the languages of the Native Americans, so he served as an officer and interpreter of the Jumana language during the Domínguez Expedition into Texas in 1683-1684.

~The Origins of New México Families, p. 72.
Hernán Martín Serrano, who survived his brother Luis, and was so healthy and active when "more than eighty" during and after the Pueblo Revolt.

Having been born at San Gabriel del Yunque around the year 1606, he actually was about seventy-four in 1680; and if he did come back to New Mexico in 1693; he was then about eighty-seven years old. He may not have returned, but his many children did return to New México with Diego de Vargas.

His children by the first wife appear to have been: Juan; José; María, wife of Bartolomé de Ledesma, all dead before 1680; Cristóbal, certainly known to be María Montaño's son*, who married Antonia Moraga; and Pascuala, daughter of Hernando Martín and María Montaño*, who married Diego Durán in Santa Fé in 1694.

Cristóbal Martín II*, twenty, son of Hernando Martín and Catalina Griego, married a Juana de la Cruz at Guadalupe del Paso in 1697. Evidentally he had remained there with some of his mother's people being witness.

Children by Josefa de la Asención González* were: Mateo, who married Antonia Maese; Andrés, husband of Lucía de Torres; Tomasa, first wife of Bernardino de Sena; and María, married to Bernardo (or Bernadino) Fernández. Their mother, Josefa de la Asención, survived her aged husband for many years, ending her days in the house of Vicar, Don Santiago Roybal. The Vicar's sister, Manuela Roybal, had married Bernardino de Sena after Tomasa Martín's death.

~The Origins of New México Families, p. 224

* According to the research of José Antonio Esquibel, Capitán Hernan Martín Serrano married, as his first wife, Isabel de Monuera, who died before 1664; and married, as his second wife, María de Madrid. A child by his first wife was pesumably, María Martín Monuera who married Bartolomé de Ledesma. The other possible children of this Hernán Martín Serrano are: Juan Martín Serrano, mestizo, resident of the jurisdiction of Las Salinas, New Mexico in the late 1660s; José Martín Serrano; and Ines Martín Serrano.

There were many members of the Martín Serrano family who were named Hernán and Hernando in the various generations. In Origins of New Mexico Families, the wives attributed to this Hernán are inccorect. María Montaño was the wife of Hernando Martín Serrano, born circa 1661, la Cañada, Nuevo México, son of Luis II Martín Serran and Antonia de Miranda. It is not certain which Hernándo Martín was married to Catalina Griego, the parents of Cristóbal Martín, native of New Mexico who married Juana de la Cruz in 1697.

~ Descendants of Hernán Martín Serrano in New Mexico, pp. 7-8

• Background Information. 250
Hernán Martín Serrano declared he was a mestizo, a soldier, lived in the vicinity of Santa Fe and was twenty-five years old on 25 Sep 1632. In another record, he gave his birthplace as El Yunque, which likely meant San Gabriel del Yunque. During the 1660s he owned and operated an "obraje," or textile manufacturing shop that used Native laborers.

On 7 Mar 1662, he declared he was fifty-six years of age and a "vecino y natural," meaning citizen and native of Santa Fé. He named his wife to be Isabel de Monuera who probably died in the years prior to his marriage to María de Madrid which took place sometime between 1664-1675.

Later, on 1 Jun 1675, in Galisteo, Hernán Martín gave testimony before Inquisition officials. He then declared that he was sixty-eight years old, and was a citizen living in Santa Fe. He also gave his wife's name to be María Madrid.

~Beyond Origins, Vol. 8
Researcher: The Honorable Don José Antonio Esquibel
Sources: AGN, Inquisition (Inq.), t. 593, f. 288; AGN, Inq., t. 304, f. 184; AGN, Galería Concurso de Peñalosa, vol. 3, exp. 455, leg. 1, no. 1, f. 74.

Hernán married Isabel de Monuera. (Isabel de Monuera died before 1664 in Nuevo Méjico, Nueva España.)


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