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View Tree for Juan Alejandro RiveraJuan Alejandro Rivera (b. 25 Jan 1865, d. 16 Oct 1939)

Juan Alejandro Rivera (son of Fernando Rivera and Maria "Marillita" Marquez) was born 25 Jan 1865 in Cucharas, Huerfano County, Colorado, and died 16 Oct 1939 in Corrumpa Cemetery, Union County, New Mexico. He married Maria Natividad Mestas on Abt. 1883, daughter of Gregorio Mestas and Maria Ygnes.

 Includes NotesNotes for Juan Alejandro Rivera:
Juan Alejandro Rivera was born on January 25, 1865 in Cuchara, Huerfano County, Colorado to Fernando Rivera and Maria Marquez. He married Maria "Marillita" Natividad Mestas. Maria Mestas was born in Weston, CO about 1868. [Cuchara is located about halfway between La Veta and Weston on Colorado highway 12, called the Highway of Legends. Take highway 160 west from Walsenburg to highway 12.] Juan Alejandro and Maria Natividad had a ranch house and store room made of stone in Corrumpa. During their final years, Carmelita Rivera Archuleta Marquez, who had been raised by Juan Alejandro and Maria, brought her grandparents to live with her family on the Marquez ranch, also in Corrumpa. At the that time Corrumpa had a post office, a store, and a one-room school house. Today, all that remains of the Corrumpa community are two cemeteries and several housing foundations made of sandstone.

1900 Federal Census, Harrison Township, Beaver County, Oklahoma Territory; Roll: T623_1335; Page 1B; Enumeration District: 6; Enumeration Date: 7 June 1900. Household 20.

Name: Alejandro Rivera
Home in 1900: Harrison, Beaver, Oklahoma
Age: 34
Birth Date: Jun 1865
Birthplace: New Mexico
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: New Mexico
Mother's Birthplace: New Mexico
Spouse's name: Marihilde
Marriage Year: 1883
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 17
Residence : Harrison Township, Beaver, Oklahoma Territory

Alejandro Rivera age 34 Head (Juan Alejandro) Farmer
Marihilde Rivera age 33 Wife
Natividad Rivera age 14 Daughter
Socorro Rivera age 10 Daughter
Climaco Rivera age 7 Son (Juan Climaco)
Vorotia Rivera age 5 Daughter (Dorotea)

This data shows that my maternal grandfather had three sisters and not two as has been thought.

24 September 1927 -- Padrinos: Juan Alejandro Rivera and Maria Maestas
Baptismal record for Maria Juanita Rivera. New Mexico: Maria Juanita Ribera/Corrumpa: Septiembre dia 24 de 1927 bautice a Maria Juanita RIBERA nacida dia 6 de Mayo 1927, hija legitima de Basilio RIBERA y de Adelina Montoya. Padirnos: Juan A. Ribera y Maria Maestas. Footnote: Confirmada 16 Setiembre 1929.

At the time of the 1930 Federal Census, Juan Alejandro Rivera, age 62, and Natividad, age 56 lived in Folsom, Precinct 3, Union County, NM. Juan Alejandro raised sheep and had personal wealth of $500. [1930 Federal Census, Precinct 3, Union, New Mexico; Roll 1400, page 2B]. Neither Juan nor Natividad could read or write. Juan was 18 and Natividad was 14 when they married. Juan's father was from California and his mother from New Mexico. Juan was born in Colorado. Natividad's parents were born in New Mexico and she was born in Colorado.

Name: Juan A Rivera
Home in 1930: Precinct 3, Union, New Mexico
Age: 62
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1868
Birthplace: Colorado
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Spouse's name: Natividad

Juan A Rivera 62
Natividad Rivera 56

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 3, Union, New Mexico; Roll: 1400; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 4; Image: 354.0.


The 1910 Federal Census for Harrison Township, Cimarron, Oklahoma shows that Socorro Rivera was living there with Jose Isidro Archuleta and six children, ages 8 to 3 months. Living with them was Jose Isidro's younger brother, Jose G. By this time Juan Alejandro and Natividad were living alone. Their oldest child, son Juan Climaco Rivera, age 37 and Arcelina Vialpando Rivera, his wife,age 30 had relocated to Fountain, CO with their children Jose Cornelio, Lucy, and Genoveva who was a child of 2 or 3 years old. Maria Natividad died on June 2, 1935 at the age of 63 years and 6 months. Juan Alejandro Rivera died four years later, on October 16, 1939 at the age of 74 years and 6 months. [New Mexico On-line Death Index: 1899-1940]. Their youngest child, Dorotea Maria, was enumerated on two Federal Census, in 1920 and again in 1930. In 1920, Dorotea was living in Cuates, Union County, NM with her husband Isidoro Abeyta and four children. Living with them at this time was Isidoro's brother, Manuel, age 24. By 1930, Dorotea and family had moved to Corrumpa, Union County, NM and their family had grown by three more children. My mother, Genoveva, and father, Moises, along with my brothers Joe and Clayton visited Dorotea's and Isidoro's sheep ranch sometime around 1956.

Arcelina's parents, Rubel Vialpando and Asencion DeAguero, lived in Folsom at the time of both the 1900 and 1910 Federal Census'. By 1930, Rubel and Asencion along with their grown children had also moved to Corrumpa. Rubel was 71 years of age and Asencion was 57. Rubel's occupation is listed as that of farmer. No personal wealth is listed. Living with Rubel and Asencion were Francisco, age 39; Melaquias, age 31; and Larico, age 21. Also living with them was their grandchild, Conrado Mestas, Jesusita's child.

A 3 x 5 card entitled DEATH RECORD and containing the following information was given to me by the director of the Hass Funeral Home in Clayton, New Mexico in the summer of 2004.

Name: Juan A. Rivera Address: Des Moines, NM Age: 74; Sex: M; Color: W
Date of Death: October 16, 1939 Cause of Death: Chronic Myocarditis
Physician Signing: J.M. Wellman, M.D. Disposition: Corrumpa Cemetery Date: October 17, 1939
Registrar: J.E. Alexander

Juan Alejandro and Marillita Natividad had four children; Natividad, Socorro Maria Francisca, Juan Climaco, and Dorotea Maria. My father, Moises, Juan Climaco's son-in-law, tells that Juan Climaco often spoke of having a brother, but no information in support has surfaced.





More About Juan Alejandro Rivera:
Burial: Corrumpa Cemetery, Union County, New Mexico.

More About Juan Alejandro Rivera and Maria Natividad Mestas:
Marriage: Abt. 1883

Children of Juan Alejandro Rivera and Maria Natividad Mestas are:
  1. Natividad Rivera, b. Abt. Jun 1885, New Mexico.
  2. +Socorro Maria Francisca Rivera, b. Abt. Mar 1890, New Mexico.
  3. +Juan Climaco Rivera, b. 30 Mar 1893, Elkins, New Mexico319, d. 12 Apr 1972, Fountain, El Paso County, Colorado.
  4. +Dorotea Maria Rivera, b. 26 Feb 1896, New Mexico, d. 27 Oct 1960, Clayton, NM Cemetery.
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