THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN BY MY SISTER ANNIE RIGHT AFTER MOM AND TONY RETURNED FROM THE CHINO COURTHOUSE IN MAY 1973 FOLLOWING THEIR MARRIAGE.  TONY'S FIRST WIFE PASSED AWAY ABOUT THE SAME TIME AS MY DAD.  MY MOM'S FIRST BORN, SISTER ANNIE, GAVE THE BRIDE AWAY.

 

THIS IS MY MOM SALLY IN 1972.  SHE WAS RECENTLY WIDOWED AT THAT TIME AS MY DAD PASSED ON IN APRIL OF SAID YEAR. OF COURSE, WE WERE ALL BROKEN-HEARTED AND WE ALL TOOK TRIPS TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AS A FAMILY.  THE FIRST THING WE DID, WAS PUT MY MOM ON AN AIRPLANE AND FLEW HER TO SACRAMENTO TO VISIT ONE OF HER SONS AND FAMILY.  SHE WAS BRAVE AS SHE HAD NEVER FLOWN BEFORE.  THEN, WE ALL WENT THROUGH THE MOTHER LODE AREA; FISHING, CAMPING,  GOING ON PICNICS AT THE AMERICAN RIVER AND EVEN CAMPED AT THE RUSSIAN RIVER. WE GOT TOGETHER WITH UNCLES AND AUNTS, INCLUDING ALL THE COUSINS WHO WERE BORN AND RAISED IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.  ONE YEAR AND ONE ONE MONTH AFTER MY DAD'S DEPARTURE, MOM MARRIED FOR THE SECOND TIME.  AFTER HER SECOND HUSBAND PASSED ON, SHE TOLD ME SHE WANTED TO GET MARRIED AGAIN.  I KNEW SHE WAS IN NO CONDITION TO PUT UP WITH A THIRD HUSBAND.  HER KIDNEYS WERE FAILING AND I KNEW WHAT THAT MEANT.  I WOULD HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF TWO ELDERLY PEOPLE INSTEAD OF JUST ONE.  MOM HAD BEEN MARRIED TO MY DAD FOR 52 YEARS AND 11 YEARS TO HER SECOND HUSBAND, TONY.  

TO THE RIGHT IS A PICTURE OF MY OWN FATHER AUGUST BOTELLO SEDILLO WHOSE ANCESTORS WERE THE FOUNDERS OF SANTA FE  AND ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO.  HE WAS MARRIED TO MY MOM 52 YEARS UNTIL THE LORD CALLED HIM.  THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN ABOUT 1929 IN SAN BERNARDINO, CA.  SEE STORY OF CAPTAIN PEDRO CEDILLO (SEDILLO) RICO DE ROJAS OF THE SPANISH ARMY AND A MEMBER OF THE CONQUISTADORES SOCIEDADES IN THE 1600S IN NEW MEXICO.  PEDRO WAS BORN IN 1611 AND HAD EIGHT CHILDREN WHEN THE NATIVE AMERICANS RAIDED HIS HOME IN 1680 AT SANTA FE,  FORCING HIM TO FLEE AND SETTLE JUST NORTH OF ALBUQUERQUE.  THE TOWN OF SEDILLO WAS FOUNDED THERE AND THERE IS A SEDILLO ROAD, SEDILLO CANYON, SEDILLO MOUNTAINS, SEDILLO CEMETERY, ETC. MY FAMILY WAS THERE BEFORE THE VILLA OF ALBUQUERQUE WAS FOUNDED 26 YEARS LATER IN 1706.  IN 2006, THERE WAS A 300-YEAR CELEBRATION OF THE FOUNDING.  THE NATIVE AMERICANS PROTESTED THE STATUE OF JUAN ONATE THE CONQUISTADOR WHO WAS IN THE AREA IN 1598 AND BEYOND.  HIS PROGENY MARRIED INTO THE SEDILLO FAMILY.  THE JEWISH PEOPLE TELL US THAT ONATE AND HIS WIFE WERE BOTH JEWISH.  I AM NOT SURPRISED AS IN SPAIN THERE WERE PLENTY OF JEWS AND, OF COURSE, ARABS.  I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED EITHER IF I WAS TOLD THAT THE SEDILLO ANCESTORS WERE BASQUE AS THEY COME FROM LEON, SPAIN, IN THE NORTHERN PART NEAR THE MOUNTAINS.

I HAVE NOT BEEN ACTIVE IN THE NEW MEXICO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY FOR SOME YEARS NOW AS I DON'T HAVE THE SPACE TO SAVE ANY MORE BOOKS AND BROCHURES BUT I STILL ENJOY ITS HISTORY.  I HAVE ALWAYS COMMUNICATED WITH FAMILY VIA THE INTERNET, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY WERE WRITING A HISTORICAL BOOK FOR THE 300-YEAR ANNIVERSARY.

MANY MEMBERS OF THE SEDILLO FAMILY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN POLITICS, HAVE BEEN MAGISTRATES, AND ARE STILL LAW PROFESSORS AT THE UNIVERSITY IN ALBUQUERQUE, THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.  





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