Dave, I came across your message and wanted to pass along a link that may shed some light on the murky scholarship surrounding the possiblity that our New Mexico ancestors were closeted Jewry. Go to www.theatlantic.com and search the archives for "new mexico jews" and you will find a thought provoking article on the alledged Sephardic Jew migration to New Spain.You can decide for yourself.
My Aragon family left the Belen area in the early 1800's after marrying into the Perea clan of Bernalillo.Two Aragon brothers, Roman and Julian, struck out for the opening lands of the Eastern Plains specifically Anton Chico. Their success provided for other family members to follow. The earliest Aragon relative that I have traced was a Mariano Aragon and his wife Manuela Antonia Sanchez.They are recorded in the 1790 Spanish Colonial Census in Plaza No. 1 of Belen. Any connections?
Can you tell me what the "Conversos" refers to?I attended Pomona College and am interested in what drew you to Claremont. Sincerely, Richard Garcia