Links regarding San Elizario, El Paso and the Montes Family

San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society
Some San Elizario History: San Elizario is the site of the first Thanksgiving in what is now the United States, 23 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The site of the Salt Wars of 1877, the only time Texas Rangers were defeated. The Historic San Elizario Jail (1850) is the only jail Billy the Kid ever "broke into", to help a friend escape. Did you know that San Elizario was named after the patron saint of the military, San Elzéar, a French saint born in 1295?

El Paso Genealogical Society
County Judges 1850 - 1991
Census Information
Cemeteries - Cemetery Listings can be found El Paso County web page
Genealogical data that includes some information on San Elizario

San Elizario: Spanish Presidio to Texas County Seat
by Rick Hendricks and W. H. Timmons. The book traces the colorful history of this small town near El Paso, Texas. This is a captivating look at this rapidly growing town that began as a presidio and evolved into the town of San Elizario, which became El Paso's county seat. Through county records, the authors reveal the struggle of the Mexican-American leadership in San Elizario as it faced the problems of incorporation, crime, taxes, schools and an inadequate water supply.

The Handbook of Texas On-Line: San Elizario Presidio.
The Presidio de Nuestra Señora de las Caldas de Guajoquilla was established in 1752 on orders of Viceroy Revilla Gigedo at the site of present-day Jiménez, Chihuahua. The Marqués de Rubí (qv) after his inspection of the late 1760s, recommended removal of the presidio to the Valley of San Eleceario as part of the new line of defense to be established by Hugo Oconór (qv) in the next decade. In 1789 the Presidio of San Elizario, named for St. Elzéar-spelled Elceario and otherwise in Spanish and Mexican documents-was moved up the Rio Grande to the hacienda of Tiburcios, the approximate site of the present town of San Elizario. Also includes the Salt War of San Elizario.

Partial List of Texas Ranger Company and Unit Commanders.
Frontier Men 1873-1875.

Texas Adjutant General Service Records, 1836-1935
FF: Frontier Forces, 1870-71, MM: Minute Men, 1855-62, 1872-74

El Paso County:
Includes History; Vital Records; Cemeteries (San Elizario Cemetery); Archives and Organizations

Marriage record of Telesforo Montes and Maria Quirina Alderete.
December 3, 1840 at Nuestra Senora De Guadalupe, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

El Paso Judges 1850 – 1991
Telesforo Montes 1872-1874

Message Board for Montes (
Also provides Search Records, Family Trees, Genealogy Help and Ancestry Shops.

The Handbook of Texas Online - San Elizario, Texas..