Annette:This is getting tricky with our names being so similar.I think we have David confused.He responded to me re your question on Juan Pablo (see my response of this evening to him).My grandfather was Manuel de Aragon who married his distant cousin, Escolastica de Aragon.I do not know if Manuel was his first name or part of the string of names the old families would give to their newborns.I am sure that he had to be born in the late 1800s.I understand that one of them had red hair and blue eyes, oddly, but their being Castilian, I guess that would not be too unusual.Please see my posting to David of this evening if I have left anything out.I will share what stories were handed down to me:After my grandfather had died at an early age (heart attack), my grandmother Escolastica tried to keep the family together and to hold on to the large ranch from pursuing real estate "banditos."I was told she was not shy about telling the Santa Fe legislature how to run the state's business (this was back in the old days when NM was still rather wild).Also that there was so much family infighting as to who was going to divide up the ranch that she blew her top and took all the land grants, wills, and other precious documents handed down to the family (from Spain)and threw them into the drinking well.By the time everyone found out, the documents were destroyed.Well, unlucky for everyone, she finally decided she had had enough of the ranch, and sold it to one of the "banditos."
As I said in another posting, my Aunt Lupe quite a few years ago decided to return to their home town, and was distraught to see that she could not recognize anything that was left. The town had declined to nothing recognizable.I felt so sad.I just don't remember the town's name.
Well I believe that there is always some truth to family stories, families being what they are.Each member of a family usually has a different take/perception on how events occurred.Genealogy is great, but I love hearing family stories and, of course, the weaving of human events that one can pick up just from reading staid 'ole documents:land grants, guardianships, sales, births/deaths, etc.
Now if there is anyone out there who has heard any of this musing (?), please post.Thanks.