Ygnacio Mestas

about 1761–before 1817 (Age 56)
Santa Clara, Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States

The Life of Ygnacio

When Ygnacio Mestas was born about 1761, in Santa Clara, Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States, his father, Juan Antonio De Mestas, was 17 and his mother, Maria Antonia Galvez, was 22. He married Maria Juana Gertrudis Torres on 20 February 1786, in Santa Clara, Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. He died before 1817, at the age of 55, and was buried in Picuris Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico, United States.

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Ygnacio Mestas
Maria Juana Gertrudis Torres
Marriage: 20 February 1786
Maria Bernarda Mestas
Maria Manuela Mestas
Maria De La Luz Mestas
Juana Mestas
Maria de la Luz Mestas
Juana Rosalia Mestas
Antonio Jose Mestas
Mattias Mestas
Jose Ygnacio Mestas
Maria Dolores Mestas

Spouse and Children


    Maria Juana Gertrudis Torres


20 February 1786
Santa Clara, Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States


    Maria Bernarda Mestas


    Maria Manuela Mestas


    Antonio Jose Mestas


    Maria De La Luz Mestas


    Mattias Mestas


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World Events (6)


Age 15

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 15

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

Age 30

Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.

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)

  • Ygnacio Mestas in entry for Jose Gabriel Olguin, "New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918"
  • Jose Mestas in entry for Maria Ygnacia Cruz, "New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918"
  • Tomas Mestas in entry for Jose Tomas Cruz, "New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918"

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