Maria de la Merced Mestas

about 1823–
New Mexico Territory, United States

The Life of Maria de la Merced

When Maria de la Merced Mestas was born about 1823, in New Mexico Territory, United States, her father, Jose Gabriel Mestas, was 35 and her mother, Maria De La Encarnacion Gallego, was 30. She married Jose Miguel Mariano Trujillo on 14 December 1842, in San Juan, Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in San Jose, Rio Arriba, New Mexico Territory, United States in 1870 and Rio Arriba, New Mexico Territory, United States in 1880.

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Family Time Line

Jose Miguel Mariano Trujillo
Maria de la Merced Mestas
Marriage: 14 December 1842
Maria Arcaria Trujillo
Maria Francisca Trujillo
Jesus Maria Trujillo

Spouse and Children

14 December 1842
San Juan, Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States


    Maria Arcaria Trujillo


    Maria Francisca Trujillo


    Jesus Maria Trujillo


Parents and Siblings

    Jose Gabriel Mestas


    Maria De La Encarnacion Gallego




    Maria Francisca Mestas


    María Manuela Mestas



    Guadalupe Mestas


    Maria Marta Maestas


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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 2

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 7

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Age 40

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

Spanish: habitational name from Las Mestas in Cáceres province, or Castilianized form of Asturian-Leonese Les Mestes, name of a town and several villages in Asturies, all named with the plural of mesta ‘common (sheep) pasture’ (from Latin mixtas, past participle (plural) of miscere ‘to mix’, ‘to mingle’).

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

Sources (3)

  • Merced Trujillo in household of Jose Miguel Trujillo, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Merced Trujillo in household of Jose Miguel Trujillo, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Maria De La Merced Mestas in entry for Maria Arcaria Trujillo, "New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918"

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