© Kathy Duncan, 2014
My New Mexico research would have suffered greatly without the supreme efforts of so many transcribers making records available online. It is because of this that I finally stumbled across the death record of Rafael Sandoval, father of Diego Antonio Sandoval of Taos, New Mexico:
3 Oct 1856: Rafael Antonio Sandoval widower Freques Apolonia, burial; Lady of Guadulape, died suddenly and did not receive the Sacraments, no city of residence named
[Source: 1856 Taos County Record of Deaths, transcribed by Louanna Gortarez, 2008]
Of interest in this record is the addition of the middle name Antonio, indicating that his name was Jose Rafael Antonio Sandoval. This adds another name variation for my searches.
Everything indicates that he is the same Rafael Sandoval who was the father of Diego Antonio Sandoval: he is a widower, specifically of Apolonia Fresques.
Unfortunately, there is no age provided, and I have yet to find Rafael Sandoval on the 1850 census.
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