Sunday, December 11, 2016


Source: Ancestry. Arizona Naturalization Records, image 4121.

Ambrosia Salazar de Urias, wife of Francisco Urias, filed a declaration of intention to become a US citizen in 1936. This is a fantastic document. In addition to the wonderful photo of Ambrosia, she provided key information on her immigration, her place of birth in Sonora, and information on her late husband's birth and immigration. Ambrosia came to Tucson as a baby, by wagon in April 1881.

According to her declaration, Ambrosia was born in Magdalena, Sonora on 7 December 1880. Magdalena was a home of Jesus Suastegui, brother of my 5th-great-grandfather Pedro Suastegui. This record provides a pointer for future research on Ambrosia's family. The declaration also notes that Francisco Barrios Urias was born on 2 August 1874 in Guaymas, Sonora, and he immigrated to Tucson about August 1877. The document also provides birth dates and current residences for her children then living.

Ambrosia received her citizenship on 20 May 1940 in a ceremony with 46 others. The ceremony made the Tucson newspaper. Her 1940 form was witnessed by grocery clerk Jose Ybarra and Daniel Palafox.

An earlier record shows Ambrosia on the Pima County voter registration list from 1914:

It is interesting to see Ambrosia, listed as Mrs. F. B. Urias, registered as a Republican in 1926. Her husband Francisco was registered as a Democrat in 1924 and 1926.

Ambrosia died on 12 January 1949 in Tucson. Her obituary from the Arizona Daily Star is below.
Arizona Daily Star, 14 Jan 1949.

Baptism Record

I looked on FamilySearch under the Mexico Catholic Church records and found Ambrosia's baptism record in Madgalena, Sonora on 12 February 1881. The entry lists her parents, Jose Salazar and Maria Jesus Varela.
Source: FamilySearch. Santa Maria Magdalena, 1881.
This is a helpful find for tracking Ambrosia's family further back in Mexico.

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