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El Paso Presidio Enlistment Papers

By Rick Hendricks

 

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Vicente Antonio Archuleta, son of Cristóbal and Francisca Ortega, native of Socorro, dependent of this jurisdiction of El Paso, laborer by profession, widower, thirty, height 5 feet 1 inch, Roman Catholic, brown hair, ruddy complexion, brown eyes, normal lips with a scar on the upper lip below the nose, enlisted as a militiaman for ten years in the Third Company of Provincial Dragoons of Our Lady of Guadalupe of El Paso on 3 February 1782. He was read the penalties as the regulations proscribe. Because he did not know how to sign his name, the made the sign of the cross, being advised that it is in compliance with justice and that he should not make himself of any excuse. The witnesses were Vicencio Antonio López and Cristóbal Madrid, soldiers of the same company.[1]

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Juan Antonio Varela, son of Diego and Josefa Prudencio, native of Socorro, dependent of this jurisdiction of El Paso, laborer by profession, married, twenty-six, height 5 feet, Roman Catholic, light-brown hair, white, blue eyes, somewhat thick lips, enlisted as a militiaman for ten years in the Third Company of Provincial Dragoons of Our Lady of Guadalupe of El Paso on 3 February 1782. He was read the penalties as the regulations proscribe. Because he did not know how to sign his name, the made the sign of the cross, being advised that it is in compliance with justice and that he should not make himself of any excuse. The witnesses were Julián Archuleta and Vicente Archuleta, soldiers of the same company.[2]

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Simón Guerra, son of Lorenzo and Francisca Márquez, native of the pueblo of Socorro, government of New Mexico, laborer by profession, twenty-five, single, height 5 feet 2 inches, Roman Catholic, red hair, blue eyes, ruddy complexion, normal beard, enlisted for ten years in the Third Company of Provincial Dragoons of Our Lady of Guadalupe of El Paso on 1 September 1785. He was read the penalties as the regulations proscribe. Because he did not know how to sign his name, the made the sign of the cross, being advised that it is in compliance with justice and that he should not make himself of any excuse. The witnesses were Juan José Lucero and Francisco Fresqui, sergeants of the same company.[3]



[1]. Vicente Antonio Archuleta, Filiación, [El Paso], 3 February 1782, Juárez Archive, 1874, roll 46, frame 14.

[2]. Juan Antonio Varela, Filiación, [El Paso], 3 February 1782, Juárez Archive, 1874, roll 46, frame 17.  

[3]. Simón Guerra, 1 September 1785, Juárez Archive, 1874, roll 46, frame 11. Simón Guerra, Filiación, [El Paso], Juárez Archive, 1874, roll 46, frame?