METHODOLOGY USED IN IDENTIFYING AND COLLECTING DATA ON
- Names, and variations of names, of each settler were gathered from three
- The 1763 order of Governor Cachupin approving the Carnué Land Grant
in which 19 names of the petitioners is listed. An additional 6 names were
added to this document later.
- The 1768 cattle theft investigation conducted by Alcalde Francisco Trebol
- The 1771 petition written by Carnué residents to Governor Mendinueta
asking for permission to abandon the land grant.
- Baptismal, marriage, and death records were reviewed for anyone listed as
having lived in Carnué or San Miguel de Carnué between 1763 and
1771. Several children, spouses, and parents of settlers were identified and
initial family groups were formed.
- For those settlers who were identified, various additional primary and
secondary records (e.g. census, church records, SANM I and II, military
enlistments, probate records, other land grant records, etc.) were reviewed and
further family group information was collected. These family groups will be
presented in this series.
- For those settlers who were not identified, the following methodology was
- All records were searched based on the name of the settler and possible
family groups were compiled.
- All family groups with evidence that directly contradicted what was known
about the Carnué settler were eliminated as possibilities.
- The remaining possible family groups were analyzed for any of the following
connections. Those bearing the strongest possiblility of being Carnué
settlers were presented in this article.
- 1. Direct connections to known Carnué settlers by marriage to a
known settler or an immediate relative of a known settler either before or
during the land grant years.
- 2. Indirect connections to known Carnué settlers through:
- a. Godparent - godchild relationship before or during Carnué
years. (This is considered to be an indirect connection because although
relatives are often chosen as godparents, friends and neighbors may also be
- b. Witness at marriage before or during Carnué years.
- c. Descendants married a descendant of a Carnué settler.
- 3. Coincidental connections to known Carnué settlers because:
- a. Same or similar names or living patterns found between the possible
settler's family and a known settler's family.
- b. Possible settler and a known settler were neighbors or shared the
same place of origin.
- c. Neighbors of a possible settler are relatives of a known settler.