Bernardo Valdes

about 1803–
Santa Clara, Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States

The Life of Bernardo

When Bernardo Valdes was born about 1803, in Santa Clara, Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States, his father, Lorenzo Valdez, was 51 and his mother, Maria De La Luz Montes Vigil, was 37. He married Maria Damasia Medina about 1829, in Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters.

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Family Time Line

Bernardo Valdes
Maria Damasia Medina
Marriage: about 1829
Catarina Valdes
Juan Santos Valdes
Jose Gabriel Valdez
Jose Rafael Valdez
Antonio Domingo Valdez
Maria Casilda Valdez

Spouse and Children

about 1829
Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States


    Catarina Valdes


    Juan Santos Valdes


    Jose Rafael Valdez


    Jose Gabriel Valdez


    Antonio Domingo Valdez


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



    Francisco Antonio Valdes


    Juan Carlos Baldes


    Maria Antonia Valdez


    Salvador Antonio Baldes


    Phelipe de Jesus Baldes


+12 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 0

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1803 · The U.S doubles in size

Age 0

The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 33

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Name Meaning

1 Asturian-Leonese and Spanish (Valdés): habitational name from either of the two places called Valdés in Málaga and Asturies.2 Catalan (Valdès): nickname from Catalan valdès ‘Waldensian’, i.e. a member of a Puritan religious sect which was founded in the 12th century by Peter Valdes (died 1205 ) in southern France. The widespread distribution of the surname in present-day Spain, however, suggests that other sources may also have been involved.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Bernardo Valdez, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Bernardo Valdez in entry for Juan Ygnacio Duran, "New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918"
  • Bernardo Valdes in entry for Maria Ygnacia Duran, "New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918"

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