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From research we find lots of information that backs this story up; and this web page is dedicated to the possibility that Luciano may be the real father of Juan N. Mestas. Furthermore, we present some possibilities that may make the story true; or at least presents enough of the facts to enable you to make up your own mind as to what is true and what is false.
We know that Juan was born on or near 20 Dec 1847, and if his real father died while buffalo hunting, it would have been in 1847. And if Luciano is his father, then he would have died while buffalo hunting in 1849 (the year he turned 21).
I tend to believe that Luciano Mestas is Juan's real father. He is listed in the baptism records as the father, and at the very least, he did the honorable thing and married Maria de la Luz Casias. He was 19 when Juan N. was born (definitely not elderly). He died in 1849, and in the 1850 census, Maria Casias is alone with the two children. I assume she could have then moved in with an elderly Mestas man (probably a relative of Luciano), who cared for her and her children until his death and her marriage to the Frequez man. However, the 1860 census indicates Juan Nepomusino Fresquis and Maria Luz Casillas with children: Juan 11, Teodora 9, and Jose de Gracia Fresquis age 8 (and other younger ones). Well if Jose is eight in 1860, then he was conceived in 1851, so events would have had to have moved fairly quickly.
Anyway, it sure would be nice to find someone's journal or governmental terriorial authority's record where they wrote about some men being killed by Indians in 1847 or 1849. This might help clear up this whole picture, and put our family history back in line. If so, we may be back to 26 Oct 1783, which lists Cristobal Clemente Mestas as marrying Maria Olalla Gonzales (both Spanish and single), with witnesses named as Vitor Archuleta and Juan Miguel Atensio.
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