Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Back in 2012, I found a reference to Librada Campuzano, a sister of my 2nd-great-grandfather Vicente Campuzano, in a border crossing record dated 18 February 1918. She has largely remained a mystery, and I have been unable to find any other documents that might shed more light on how she fits into the Campuzano family puzzle. I now know that Librada was an older half-sister of Vicente, who lived to be at least 92 years old before passing in March 1921.
Painting by Frederic Whitaker, Village Fountain, 1954.

Librada Campuzano was a daughter of my third-great-grandfather Vicente Antonio Campuzano and his first wife Benancia Gutierrez. She was born in Arizpe, Sonora about 1829. Her death record is in the recently indexed Mexican Civil Registration records on Ancestry, showing that she died in the border town of Agua Prieta, Sonora on 31 March 1921. The document states she was born in Arizpe and lists her parents. It also shows she was a widow of man whose last name was Ayón. The witness on the death record was Jesus Osuna, who appears to have been her son-in-law.
Ancestry, Mexican Civil Registrations, Death records, Agua Prieta, Image 484.
In the 1900 US Census, Librada Ayón appears in the household of Jesus Osuna and his wife Loris Osuna in Pima County, Arizona. According to the census taker's notation, Librada had been in the US for 14 years, arriving in 1886. Loris is a short form of the name Dolores.

I have not yet been able to find other records on Librada, but she must have remained in Tucson for several years before moving across the border to Agua Prieta. 

There is a marriage record for Jesus Osuna and Dolores Calles in Arizona on 13 February 1893. It is curious to see the last name Calles as the maiden name for Dolores. Librada's sister, Maria Antonia Campuzano, had married Juan Bautista Calles. Right now I do not have much more to go on.

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