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Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle

By Rick Hendricks

Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle became governor of the province of New Mexico in 1754 and remained in office until 1760. Before departing México City to take up the governorship, Marín del Valle executed a series of documents, one of which was an obligation to repay a loan of 22,000 pesos de oro común at 5 per cent annual interest to Captain Martínez y Aguirre, a México City merchant who was also Marín del Valle's future father-in-law.[1] Another document was an acknowledgement of his receipt of the dowry provided by the parents of his new bride, María Ignacia Martínez, and an assessment of the value the items included in that dowry.[2]

In México City on 24 April 1754, before me, the escribano and witnesses, don Francisco Marín del Valle, resident in this capital, husband and marriage partner of doña María Ignacia Martínez de Ugarte, whom I swear that I know, stated that because he is about to contract matrimony with the aforesaid, he executes in her favor a dowry receipt for the sum of ten thousand pesos in reales of circulating currency that Captain Jacinto Martínez de Aguirre, her father, delivered to him along with the clothing she wears; her trousseau and house-warming gifts; various pieces of gold, pearl, and diamond jewelry; a four-seater coach; and other property that because of the time pressure and closeness of the aforesaid marriage, no inventory and appraisal of its worth was made even though for the said jewels, property, and house-warming gifts they were considered delivered, and he planned to execute a document of receipt as soon as they have been appraised by knowledgeable persons as is established from the aforesaid dowry to which he refers.

Because the jewels, gold, pearls, diamonds, and garments have now been appraised by knowledgeable persons with whom he was satisfied in pursuit of what was proposed in the aforementioned document of receipt for the dowry and obligation made therein, he executes in my presence and that of the witnesses, for which he asks that I vouch, a receipt for the property, dowry, and known sums belonging to the aforesaid doña María Ignacia Martínez de Ugarte, his wife, the jewels, gold, pearls, diamonds, garments, house linens, house-warming gifts, and the rest that are enumerated in the following manner:



Appraised at

First, a cream-colored lustrine suit with silver flowers on the collar and at the skirt hem

125 pesos

A silver glacé silk suit with silver lace and blue lining

80 pesos

A mother-of-pearl flowered silk suit in the Turkish style with silver lace and yellow lining

70 pesos

Some underskirts smooth, embroidered satin

25 pesos

A pearl grograin skirt and cassock with gold lace

40 pesos

Another skirt and cassock of melendre with gold flowers and braid

50 pesos

A black skirt and cassock lined with buckram

16 pesos

Some small taffeta petticoats with wide ribbon

10 pesos

Two pairs of blue, ribbed silk underskirts

10 pesos

Some rainbow underskirts with lace ruffle 

12 pesos

An interlining with two lace ruffles and gold and silver ribbon

40 pesos

Another one with two lace ruffles and velvet ribbon

30 pesos

A blue one with lace ruffles like the previous one

25 pesos

Another one of several colors like the previous one

16 pesos

Another one embroidered with worsted yarn

14 pesos

Two lustrine cloaks at 12 pesos each

24 pesos

A new cloak trimmed with lace

25 pesos

A mother-of-pearl, gold, and silver rebozo trimmed with lace

30 pesos

A blue and silver rebozo trimmed with lace

16 pesos

A rebozo of ribbons and silver

30 pesos

A rebozo of cream and silver

18 pesos

A smooth black and white rebozo

10 pesos

A small, blue velvet cape with silver galloon

30 pesos

A smooth blue satin pinafore with silver lace

14 pesos

A pinafore, palatine, and bib with silver adornment

10 pesos



All these entries amount to:  780 pesos



A new, ribbed silk, farthingale for said garments

25 pesos

Some blue underskirts of grosgrain with silver lace on the outside and hem

100 pesos

A skirt for church and a new coffee and gold, lustrine cassock with gold galloon

302 pesos, 4-1/2 reales

Another new gold one with gold galloon

339 pesos, 3 reales

Another new one of blue and silver lustrine

273 pesos, 3 reales



House Linens

Eight used Brittany blouses at 8 pesos each

   64 pesos

Two cambric blouses, one of Dutch linen with Flemish lace 30 pesos each


60 pesos

Four pairs of used Brittany underskirts at 4 pesos each


16 pesos

Two pairs of cambric underskirts with lace at 16 each

 32 pesos

Ten new and used jackets, 2 of Dutch linen, 8 of Brittany  

 15 pesos

Eight white handkerchiefs, 4 smooth, 4 of lace

 7 pesos

One set of sheets of Dutch linen with large pillows, cambric pillows adorned with fine Flemish lace

158 pesos

One complete set of superfine Brabant sheets

 40 pesos

Seven pinafores, 3 of worked cambric at 8 pesos, 3 of gauze at 6, 1 of Brittany at 2 pesos each 

44 pesos

Two pairs shirred skirts, 2 cambric orders with fine lace de 2 ½ and 4 de 2 in width

160 pesos

 Five pairs de two used orders of cambric with lace of various widths and quality

90 pesos

One pair of two orders of embroidered muslin

 4 pesos

Four used handkerchiefs for snuff at 4 reales each

 2 pesos

Six pairs of common and fine under stockings at 1 peso each

 6 pesos

Four pairs of smooth, silk socks at 2 pesos each

 8 pesos

Two cloths with gold and silver embroidery at 8 pesos each

 16 pesos

One pair of garters with silver embroidery

 2 pesos

One bed of three slats with headboard painted in the current style with gilt conch

34 pesos

One new, crimson damask, Chinese hanging with bedspread and footstool

265 pesos, 4 reales

Two new mattresses covered in the same material

91 pesos, 6 reales

One new, large folding screen depicting the four seasons of the year

50 pesos

One wooden trunk carved with various figures

 20 pesos

One wooden clothes closet with gilt designs

 60 pesos

Some pearl bracelets with diamonds set in the current style

 950 pesos

Some garnet bracelets with set in silver overlaid with gold

 25 pesos

Two pair of enameled, gold bangles from China at 100 pesos each

200 pesos

One string of pearls with earrings and diamond bucklers

 130 pesos

One three-piece set of diamond jewelry in the current style

1,500 pesos

Two gold rings

 10 pesos

One Jerusalem rosary mounted in gold

 12 pesos

Another mounted in silver

 2 pesos

Some gold buckles

 65 pesos, 6 reales

One enameled mother-of-pearl fan with fine painting

50 pesos

 Another old one of ivory with fine painting

 6 pesos

Two gold reliquaries, one with diamonds at 60 and the other with emeralds at 30 pesos

90 pesos

 A new, black church dress silk damask

 71 pesos

One pinafore with palatine, bib, and gold embroidered lace

77 pesos, 2 reales

One new cloak with wide melendre

38 pesos, 4 reales

A new four-seater coach with metal and embroidery adornments and new traces

860 pesos

 Two new liveries for a coachman and lackey

121 pesos



 Total of:   7,282 pesos, 1 real




On 25 April 1754, Marín del Valle executed a power of attorney in favor of his father-in-law; a power of attorney in favor of his father-in-law, brother-in-law, and his wife's uncle; and a safeguard in favor of his father-in-law, brother-in-law, and his wife's uncle.[3] He also made his will in which he stated that he was a native of Lumbreras, Calahorra, the son of the late Francisco Marín del Valle and Manuela Saenz de Tejada.[4]

On 27 April he and his father-in-law executed a contract and obligation in which Marín del Valle and his father-in-law agreed to have the latter collect whatever is provided for the presidios in New Mexico.[5] Marín del Valle obligated himself to repay a loan of 30,454 pesos 7 1/2 reales for New Mexico presidios and his personal needs.[6]

Eighty soldiers from the Santa Fe Presidio granted their powers of attorney to Governor Marín del Valle to collect their salaries on 2 January 1755.[7]

 Teniente de Castellano Nicolás Ortiz
Afz. Juan Felipe de Ribera
Sgto. primero Francisco Esquibel
Sgto. segundo Cristóbal Martín Serrano 



Juan Benavides

Luis Jaramillo

José de Herrera

Bartolomé Maese

Andrés Sandoval

Miguel Tenorio

Antonio Zedillo





José Antonio Alari

Francisco García
Juan de Alari    
Marcos de Apodaca    
Juan Esteban Baca    
Salvador Casillas    
Tomás Casillas    
Juan José Durán    
Salvador Durán    
Juan José Gallegos    
Manuel Gallegos    
Alonso García    


Cristóbal Madrid



Juan Eusebio Maese



José Maldonado



José Mares



Nicolás Mares



Diego Antonio Márquez



Isidro Martín



Vicente Martín



Eduardo Martínez



Francisco Nieto



Antonio Ortega


Francisco García

Francisco Ortega


Santiago García

Juan Antonio Ortiz


José Miguel Garduño

José Miguel de la Peña


Cristóbal González

Nicolás Rael


Francisco González

Pedro Marcial Rael


Marcial González

Antonio de Ribera


Nicolás González

Salvador de Rivera


Agustín Griego

Esteban Rodríguez


José Antonio Griego

Francisco Javier Rodríguez


Antonio Guerrero

Juan Antonio Rodríguez


Bartolomé Gutiérrez

Juan Diego Romero


Mateo Gutiérrez

Miguel Sánchez


Juan Bautista Herrera

Juan Manuel Sandoval


Cristóbal Jaramillo

Miguel Tafoya


Agustín Lobato

Juan Tafoya primero


Bartolomé Lobato

Juan Tafoya segundo


Cristóbal Lucero

Tomás de Tapia


 Domingo Luján

Cayetano Tenorio


 Francisco Luján

José Torres


 Santiago Luján

Martín Torres


Antonio Trujillo


Juan Trujillo


Pedro Antonio Trujillo primero



Pedro Antonio Trujillo segundo



Alejandro Valdés


 By September the document had arrived in México City and Martinez de Aguirre put the power of attorney he held into effect.

[1] Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle to Jacinto Martínez y Aguirre, Obligation, México City, 15 March 1754, Archivo General de Notarías, México City (AGNot.) 744.

[2] Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle, Receipt and assessment of dowry, México City, 24 April 1754, AGNot. 744.

[3] Jacinto Martínez y Aguirre to Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle, Power of attorney, México City, 25 Apr. 1754, AGNot. 744; Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle to Jacinto Martínez y Aguirre, Juan Martín de Aztiz, and Juan José Martínez de Aguirre, Power of attorney, México City, 25 Apr. 1754, AGNot. 744; and Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle to Jacinto Martínez y Aguirre, Juan Martín de Aztiz, and Juan José Martínez de Aguirre, México City, Safeguard, 25 Apr. 1754, AGNot. 744.

[4] Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle, Will, México City, 25 April 1754, AGNot. 744.

[5] Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle and Jacinto Martínez y Aguirre, Convenio and obligation, México City, 27 April 1754, AGNot. 744.

[6] Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle to Jacinto Martínez y Aguirre, Obligation, México City, 27 April 1754, AGNot. 744.

[7] Soldiers of presidio of Santa to Francisco Antonio Marín del Valle, Power of attorney, Santa Fe, 2 Jan. 1755, AGNot. 744