Antonio MONTOYA and Petra Garduño RIVERA were from San Miguel County
and had eleven children. Their second son, Adonio Rivera Montoya (1885-1973)
was baptized in Picacho in Lincoln County. Adonio's baptism 19 August
1885 is registered in the Carrizozo Santa Rita Catholic Church records,
as are those of his wife and children.
Adonio married Antonia Vigil, (1889-1957) born in in Lincoln County
to Daniel Trujillo Vigil and Elfida Fresquez Chavez. Antonia's paternal
grandparents, Manuel Vigil and Maria Polinaria Trujillo gave eighty
acres off the Pine Lodge Road on the north side of the Capitan Mountains
to Adonio and Antonia. Valued members of their community, Adonio worked
for the Block Ranch as a cowboy.
He was also a carpenter and a brick and rock mason. Antonia, a religious
woman, was the epitome of a country wife known for her generosity and
hospitality. She grew and canned her own food, raised chickens, and
was a good cook. Adonio and Antonia had eleven children. Mary taught
at the Richardson School, married Ruben Sanchez and raised four children.
Claudio married Juanita Chaves, bought property at Encinoso, and raised
eight children there. "Chonita" married Damacio Chavez, lived in Capitan,
and raised six children. Elfego lived in Capitan until his death in
1993. Elvira, currently living on the family property in Richardson,
married Anatalio Lucero Sanchez and raised four children. Cleotilde
married Daniel Vargas and raised three sons in California.
Delia married Ray Lucero and is the mother of two sons. Flora married
Evaristo Lucero Sanchez of Arabella and currently resides in California
with their three daughters. Ben, who never married, died in 1957 in
a car accident just outside of Capitan. Rosa died at the age of four.
Tony, who married Mary Guillen and had four sons, died in a 1966 automobile
accident. Submitted by: Flora Montoya Sanchez--daughter of Adonio and
Antonia, and her daughters, Martha Sanchez Wilson and Edythe Sanchez