Your post is a wonderful find for me, as I couldn't discover the names of Buenaventura de la O's parents. How is it that you or your contact has this information? I'd love to be able to share the information we have.
Also, the location Senecu is no longer on any maps I have seen. Does your source know where this is?
I can provide you with scans of the October 1963 New Mexico Magazine article by Maria Abeyta Vasquez, entitled, "Village Teacher", concerning Buenaventura de la O's return to Doņa Ana, New Mexico in the summer of 1863. There is also an excellent photograph of Buenaventura. The "talented scupltor" mentioned in the article was my father, Joe Rodriguez Valles, who won awards for his scuplture and paintings in the late 1940s.
My cousin, Henry Turrey, probably has similar information as mine (we are both descendants of Buenaventura's daughter, Candellaria de la O), but there is another poster, Michael de la O, a descendant of Filipe de la O (brother of Candellaria), who has some interesting information on the murder of the parents of Buenaventura's wife, Nicanora Graves, in Doņa Ana in 1856.
There are, by the way, 12 children of Pasqual de la O and Nicolasa Fernandes.
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