She was reported born in 1766 in Valle de Allende, Chihuahua, and on January 17, 1793 in Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua. But I’ve verified her birth at November 5, 1761 in Parral.
I see a marriage for her on January 11, 1786 in Parral to Francisco Xavier Chaves. Yet, she had children with my direct ancestor, Ygnacio Rodriguez Armendariz, before and well after this previous marriage.
Births starting as early as that of Maria Dolores Rodriguez on September 20, 1780, and including Joseph Antonio Juan Nepomuseno Tobirio Rodriguez on July 18, 1786, the year of her marriage to the other man.
After Ygnacio Rodriguez Armendaris died of fever, Maria del Rayo Caballero married Jose Maria Jurado on August 4,1818, having children with him well into the next decade. Giving birth in October 1823 two days apart to a child as her daughter gave birth to her grandchild!
I would be very interested in anyone also researching Maria del Rayo Caballero. Perhaps we can compare notes, and piece together more of her life.
I know a great deal, but I would like to know her entire story. I know her recipes survive in her own hand. Also her personal, and business correspondence.
I even know the name of one of the African slaves who lived in her ranch household, and how her brother served in the Spanish military.
I even found a possible fourth marriage for her: Maria del Rayo Caballero married Cornelio Chaves on September 15, 1835 in Cusihuiriachic, Chihuahua.