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Notes for María Ramona TAFOYA SALAS


Some records also show her as Romana "Romancita" Tafoya. Care must be taken in reviewing historical records for this person. In the 1860 US Census for New Mexico, for example, there are three listings for different persons named Ramona Tafoya and a fourth named Romana Tafoya. There are still others to be found in other census years and in other sources. At least two of the 1860 census listings share the same year of birth.

In the 1860 US Census for Precinct 14, Rio Arriba, New Mexico Territory (Los Luceros Post Office), 9-year-old Ramona, her parents and siblings were enumerated with the family of Pablo Vigil as follows:
Household #185, Family #185
Pablo Vigil; 26; M; Farmer; Real estate value $340; Personal estate value $34; b. Rio Arriba, New Mexico; Person over 20 years of age who cannot read or write
Simón Vigil, 2; M; b. Rio Arriba, New Mexico
Rosalia Vigil, 3/12; F; b. Rio Arriba, New Mexico
Francisco Tafoya, 60; M; Laborer; b. Rio Arriba, New Mexico; Person over 20 years of age who cannot read or write
Dolores Salas, 40, F; b. Taos, New Mexico; Person over 20 years of age who cannot read or write
Polona Tafoya; 20; F; b. Taos, New Mexico
Ramona Tafoya; 9; F; b. Rio Arriba, New Mexico
José Antonio Tafoya; 12; M; b. Rio Arriba, New Mexico
Casimiro Fernández; 11; M; b. Rio Arriba, New Mexico
Quemado is now called Cordova. Originally named Pueblo Quemado, after an ancient burned-out Indian pueblo located nearby, the town was settled by the Spanish prior to 1748, but was abandoned due to Indian attacks. Permanently re-settled by 1750, the village was renamed Cordova when the U.S. government established post offices. At that time there was another town in New Mexico named Quemado, so the name was changed to Cordova, the surname of the town's first postmaster. Quemado/Cordova is located near the Española Valley of New Mexico, north of Santa Fe. Nearby cities are Chimayo, Española and Nambé Pueblo.
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