Presentation of San Elizario County Judges Ceremony
On November 14, 2011 at the El Paso County Courthouse, Delia Briones, County Clerk, donated and presented historical pictures of San Elizario County Judges and Courthouse to the San Elizario Historical Genealogy Society Museum and the Montes Family.
People in picture that attended the presentation ceremony:
Telesforo's brothers and sisters, all born in San Elizario, were the following: Cecilia Montes, born in 1822; Anastacio Montes, born in 1824; Josefa Montes, born in 1826; Andres Montes, born in 1830; and Hermengieldo Montes, born in 1838. They were baptized and confirmed in the San Elizario Mission.
Telesforo Montes and Maria Quirina Alderete were married on December 3, 1840 at Nuestra Senora De Guadalupe, in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. They had the following children which were all born in San Elizario, Texas: Maria Angela Montes, born in 1842; Francisca Montes, born in 1845; Maria Rosenda Montes born in 1848, Juan Montes, born in 1849; Agapito De Jesus (Jesus Montes), born in 1851; Carlota Montes, born in 1852; J. Antonio Severo Montes (Severo Montes), born in 1854; Jose Elizario Montes, born in 1855, Marina Jenara Montes, born in 1856; Guadalupita Montes, born in 1857; Maria Dolores Montes, born in 1858 and Josefa Montes, born in 1859. Telesforo and Quirina had all their children baptized and confirmed in the San Elizario Mission. Josefa Montes became a "Sisters of Loretto" nun and was known as Sister Petra.
According to the 1860 Census, Telesforo Montes lived between Gregorio N. Garcia and Tomas Garcia in San Elizario, Texas. Tomas was the son of Gregorio and was married to Telesforo's daughter, Maria Angela Montes. Besides being neighbors, Gregorio and Telesforo were also compadres (Spanish word used to describe the relationship between the parents and godparents when the infant is baptized in the Catholic Church), in-laws, friends and colleagues. Like Telesforo, Gregorio had also been a captain in the Texas Rangers, a judge and a justice of the peace in San Elizario. Additionally, Telesforo's daughter, Marina Jenara Montes married Carlos Garcia, the son of Gregorio. Telesforo's son, Jesus Montes married Maria Maxima Garcia, the daughter of Gregorio N. Garcia.
When Telesforo was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Texas Rangers in 1874 he had in his command, 25 men. Under his command were his two sons, Jesus and Severo Montes. Although, Severo's name does not appear in the original roster, he did serve in his father's command (Severo's name can be found in the Texas Adjutant General Service Records, 1836-1935). Also included in his command were Tomas Garcia and Carlos Garcia. Tomas Garcia was the Sergeant in Telesforo's command, a very crucial and important rank during that rough period in Texas history. "These men were commissioned to provide protection of the frontier of the state of Texas against the invasion of hostile Indians, Mexicans or other marauding or thieving parties," as noted on the original document, dated April 10, 1874.
According to my father, Conrado Virgilio Montes of San Elizario, Telesforo and Gregorio N. Garcia were instrumental in establishing the first catholic school for girls, which is now Loretto Academy in El Paso, Texas. "The idea was bold for its time. When Loretto Academy was founded by the Sisters of Loretto in San Elizario, Texas, in 1879, it was the first Catholic preparatory school for women in the Southwest. Here, young women could receive a rigorous and challenging education in a supportive environment," as, acknowledged in the school's history section. Telesforo's granddaughter Maria, daughter of Marina Jenara Montes and Carlos Garcia, was the valedictorian of her graduating class at Loretto Academy in 1892. This was the last class to graduate from the Academy in San Elizario, taught by the Sisters of Loretto, before the Academy was moved to El Paso, Texas.
Telesforo Montes served as Mayor of San Elizario, Texas in 1884. His secretary was Octaviano A. Larrazolo. At the same time, Telesforo Montes was the President of the San Elizario Board of School Trustees
Gregorio's son, Tomas married Angela Montes, first daughter of Telesforo Montes and Quirina Alderete. Tomas served as First Sergeant to Telesforo Montes while in the Texas Rangers in 1874. His brother Carlos who married Marina, Telesforo's daughter, was also in the Texas Rangers. Also serving under Telesforo in the Texas Rangers were his two sons, Jesus and Severo Montes. Jesus married Maria Maxima, the daughter of Gregorio.
Maximo's daughter Carolina was married twice. Her first marriage was to Faustino Alarcon on September 23, 1889. The best man was Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo who later became Governor of New Mexico in 1919 and a United States Senator in 1928. The maid of honor was Octaviano's wife, Rosalia Cobos the daughter of Jesus Cobos and Francisca Montes. Francisca was the daughter of Telesforo Montes and Quirina Alderete. Octaviano married a second time when he became a widower. He married Maria Montes Garcia, the daughter of Marina Montes and Carlos Garcia. Marina was the daughter of Telesforo and Carlos was the son of Captain Gregorio Nacianceno Garcia I and Maria De Los Santos Alvillar. Jesus Cobos and Gregorio like Maximo and Telesforo were also very active in the leadership of the San Elizario community. Both Telesforo and Gregorio had served as captains in the Texas Rangers and everyone in San Elizario addressed them as such.
Carolina's second marriage was to Jesus Montes, the son of Telesforo Montes. The best man was Tomas Garcia and maid of honor was his wife, Angela Montes. Tomas was the son of Gregorio Nacianceno Garcia I. Angela was the first daughter of Telesforo Montes. Furthermore, this was also the second marriage for Jesus. His first marriage was to Maria Maxima Garcia, daughter of Gregorio Nacianceno Garcia I. Jesus and Carolina were both widowed when they wed.
The Aranda family that began with Ygnacio Aranda and Petra Lujan in the early 1800's will always be loved, cherished and remembered as one of the famous and distinguished pioneer families of San Elizario, Texas. The Aranda family makes us proud to be Americans and Texans. The families with roots in San Elizario will always have a special place in the illustrious history of our magnificent country.