Posted By:Liz Freeman
Subject:Lookup Assistance-Catholic Cemetary - San Antonino, NM
Post Date:January 15, 2006 at 08:07:47
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Forum:Socorro County, NM Genealogy Forum
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Thank you so much for the offer. I'm still trying to find my John Lewis Casner (born 1-1851 IA and died in 1903 or 1904) and where he might be buried.

I called the Church office in Socorro and they gave me an address to write to. That I did. Then I did a follow up call. Both resulted in "the only records the Catholic Church kept for San Antonio Church would have been those who were actually Catholic. Both said "if a non Catholic person asked for permission to bury a non Catholic there, they would have allowed the burial, but would not have kept a record of it".

Now my question becomes, if the Church kept only written records of Catholic burials, (and my person was not Catholic), then somewhere there must be a plot map of the cemetery showing who is buried where (so they don't dig up a grave when they are burying someone). The two people I spoke with in Church Offices did not seem to know what I was talking about (plot maps).

One family story says he died in 1-1903. Another family story says he died in 1904 (but doesn't give the month). I would love to locate the place/person who has knowledge of the plot map for the San Antonio Catholic Church Cemetery. This is the first clue I've had in years as to where this person is buried so I have to follow it through.

Any assistance you might give would be greatly appreciated.