I am researching my Casner family that made it's way to NM in 1902.
One of the family members is said to "have died while working on a cattle drive in 1904 near San Antonio, NM. His two sons who were with him took his body to the Catholic Church in San Antonio and he was buried
in an unmarked grave there in the Catholic Cemetery next to the church"
One very nice person has give me some history on the Catholic Church and Cemetery at San Antonio. From the information provided, it appears there was an earthquate there in 1905 and the church was rebuilt at it's present location. The cemetery was moved to about a quarter of mile north of the present day church. It was each family's responsibility to move persons of their family buried there. It is doubtful that my Casner person was moved.
It seems that "the old church ruins are in the vieja plaza and only the adobe walls are left. A road runs thru part of the old campo santo. The campo santo was in front and side of the old church" I am assuming 'campo santo' means cemetery.
I had a friend who was driving to AZ and went thru San Antonio and took photos of the present day church and cemetery for me. This was before I learned about the site of the old church. However, I really want some photos of the old chuch and cemetery (of what remains).
Is there anyone reading this list who is actually in Socorro County who would be willing to take some photos for me. I would like to have some close up photos of the old church walls and of where the old cemetery would have been (weeds and all). When I have this done, I usually
have them purchase a one time use camera, take the photos, then mail the camera to me and I will have the film developed. I will also reimburse the person for costs.
I contacted the church office at San Miguel that oversees the mission church at San Antonio and was informed that the church would have allowed a non-catholic to be buried in the cemetery but they would not have kept a record since it was not a Catholic burial. Does anyone have any
suggestions on how I might prove/disprove this burial there?
I live in Oklahoma and it is unlikely that I will get to NM to do this myself. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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