Monday, July 20, 2015

An early end for Gabriel

My weekend search through the FamilySearch files ended another mystery which brought a close to the life span for my 3rd-great-grandfather, Gabriel Vasquez. From my earlier research, I knew Gabriel was born in Valparaiso, Chile, and he came to Altar, Sonora, Mexico around 1858. He met and married Maria Jesus Suastegui in February 1864, and the couple had at least four children. Gabriel died on 12 November 1873 in Pitiquito, a small town located west of Altar in Northern Sonora. A copy of his death record is located in the Mexico, Sonora Civil Registration files for Pitiquito (image 32 of 368).

The record states that he was 34 years old, and again confirms he was Chilean. I am hoping to find documents on other members of his family.

A witness on this record was Jesus Vasquez, who appears to have been a leader in the town at this time. I do not yet know of his relationship, if any, with Gabriel.

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