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Testament of Juan Montañez

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By Nandin - Posted on 08 February 2016

Thank you, Danny, Manny, Paige, Chris and Armando for introducing me to Dropbox. I’ve created a folder "Juan Montañez Testament" and scanned my 2003 transcription of his 1648 testament. An archivist read from the original while I wrote in pencil in a small 6 x 9.5 spiral notebook. There were gaps and missing portions. Look at page four. You can see a small sketch that gives you an idea of the deteriorated condition of the document. There are twelve pages of my transcription. Some of these files are .pdf and others are .jpg. The scanner did this automatically.

I first saw the will on 4 July 1996 and reported on it in the SHHAR Genealogical Journal Vol. IV 1998 compiled by Ophelia Marquez and me. A copy of that research paper is also included in this link.

Mary Lou Montagna

Thank you Mary Lou. This is great. I love knowing about the lives of our ancestors. thank you for taking the time to upload this for us.

Danny C. Alonso

Hi Mary Lou,

Thank you so much for sharing this, it's a wonderful resource!

Manny Diez Hermosillo

Maria Lou,

In case you don't already have this, here is the carta de dote of Diego Martin Saldana, giving an account of what he received from Maria de Ruelas, at the time he married Teresa de Sotomayor. It includes an inventory. It's dated 19 Sep 1661 - years after the marriage, he says he didn't have a chance to do it, at the time he married, since he was always out in the fields.

Manny Diez Hermosillo

Thanks, Manny. It was fun to read that carta de dote. I don't remember seeing it when I was in the archives ages ago. The old archives where I would sit by a window for better light. Looks like you are heavily into SLP research. Please contact me at

Mary Lou

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