Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Blacksmith in Tucson

El Fronterizo, 22 Sep 1888. Tucson, Arizona.

I am returning to the research trail on the family of Ignacia Terrazas. In my earlier post, I had found some news articles based on interviews with Ignacia and family, recalling their arrival by covered wagon around 1870. Her parents, Ignacio Terrazas and Brigida Calles Herrera, were from Hermosillo. These two are interesting, as it looks like their parents have a connection to my Mexican roots in Hermosillo.

Ignacio's parents were Miguel Terrazas and Rosalia Flores. Brigida's parents were Jesus Herrera and Angela Calles. Flores and Calles were the family names of my 5th-great-grandparents from Hermosillo, Joseph Manuel Calles and Manuela Flores. So maybe we're close to a link on the AncestryDNA trail.


Ignacio (also spelled Ygnacio in some documents) was born about April 1842/3 in Hermosillo. He and Bridiga moved to Tucson around 1870. Ignacio set up a blacksmith shop in Tucson. They appear in the US Census in 1880.
1880 US Census, Pima County, Arizona.

Ignacio appears in a publication of taxes for Pima County on 3 August 1883, along with some other familiar names, Jose Salazar, Leonardo Suastegui and Antonio Urias.
El Fronterizo, 3 Aug 1883.
The 1900 US Census entry provides approximate birth dates for Ignacio and family.
1900 US Census, Pima County, Arizona.
Ignacio and Brigida had at least the following children:
- Miguel Terrazas, Feb 1872-24 Mar 1929
- Guadelupe Terrazas, 2 Dec 1876-1 Jun 1955
- Ignacia Terrazas, 31 July 1878-10 Jan 1975
- Antonio Brigido Terrazas, 8 Oct 1880-3 May 1961
- Angelita Terrazas, May 1883-6 Jun 1953
- Sara Terrazas, 17 Sep 1885-
- Francisco Terrazas, 14 Jan 1888-
- Altagracia Terrazas, Apr 1890-

Ignacio died on 20 April 1902 in Tucson.

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