For those who may have information on their ATENCIO family line back to the 1700s, I found an excellent resource in the book " The Spanish Recolonization of New Mexico" by Jose Antonio Esquibel & John Colligan. The book is available for purchase (or perhaps your genealogy library may have a copy) for about $50 from the Hispanic Genealogy Research Center (HGRC) of NM.I had my ATENCIO line back to Cayetano Atencio (1730)[married to Barbara Gomez del Castillo].I knew that Cayetano was the father of Catarina de La Luz ATENCIO baptized 3 May 1763 in Santa Clara, NM (married to Antonio Domingo Santistevan).
Through the research done by Esquibel & Colligan I was able to follow the ATENCIO line back four more generations to Spain.This was exciting to me so I thought I'd share this information with others who may be searching the early history of this family line.
Esquibel & Colligan (p.116) note that over the course of the 18th century, the ATIENZA surname came to be prounounced and spelled ATENCIO."The proliferation of descendants of family is evident in the baptismal records of Santa Cruz and Abiquiu, particularly from the latter half of the 18th century to the middle of the 19th century.Unfortunately not all branches of this ATENCIO family can be linked to the early members who came to New Mexico in 1693 due to a lack of primary evidence needed to prove the genealogical connection.
"Although the ATIENZA family had settled at Santa Cruz, members of this family were residing at Ojo Caliente when it was settled in the 1730s and other branches of this family increased their number significantly at Abiquiu from about 1765 to 1850 and additional branches migrated to the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado in the early 19th century."
In the family genealogy below, it is the couple, Jose Atienza Alcala y Escobar & Gertrudis Sevillano Mancilla, whomigrated from Puebla (Nueva Espana) in Sep 1693 to New Mexico with the colonists who were recruited from Mexico to reconolize New Mexico.The couple settled at Santa Cruz, NM.
ATIENZA; | Cristobal Atienza & Maria San Baptista; | Juan Fernandez Atienza & Maria Margarita Alcala y Escobar; | Jose Atienza Alcala y Escobar & Gertrudis Sevillano Mancilla; | Juan Sevillano Atienza & Estefana Moreno de Trujillo; | Cayetano Atencio & Barbara Gomez del Castillo; | Catarino de La Luz Atencio & Antonio Domingo Santistevan; | Jose Manuel Santistevan & Maria Rosalia Medina; | Juan de Los Reyes Santistevan & Justa Sandobal; | Margarita Santistevan & Donaciano Cordova; | Jose Benito Cordova & Anna Maria Barron; | Louis Barron Cordova & Cora Carmona; | Gloria Cordova
I hope that this information is helpful to others. Gloria Cordova CordovaG@aol.com