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Juan Antonio Benavides
Santa Fe Presidio Soldier
and SAR Patriot
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by Leroy Martinez
Chancellor, South Coast Chapter,
The image at left, designed by the author, is an illustration of the
military flag used by Governor Galvez of "LuisyAna" during the American Revolution
From the New Mexico Genealogist Military
Issue, December 2003, p. 208.
On 23 July 2003, the National
Society Sons of the American Revolution admitted NMGS member Leroy
Frank Martinez to their membership, based on descent from Juan Antonio Benavides,
approved by the Registrar General under National Number 160748 and the California
Juan Antonio Benavides assisted in establishing American Independence while
acting in the capacity of soldier at the Santa Fe presidio during the American
Revolution. He enlisted 1 July 1779, and was killed in a battle with Indians on
6 October 1796. The statement of descent is presented below to assist other researchers
who may be able to prove descent to this patriot.
Leroy Frank Martinez, born 10 February 1945 at Globe, Arizona.
Son of Jose Leopoldo Felipe Martinez, born 18 August 1914 at San Pedro, Rio
Arriba County, New Mexico, and his wife, Guadalupe Sanchez, born 1 April 1922 at
Miami, Gila County, Arizona. Married 31 July 1943 at Miami, Gila County, Arizona.
Grandson of Jose Nicasio Martinez, born 11 October 1893 at San Pedro, Rio
Arriba County, New Mexico, died 22 November 1918 at Santa Cruz, Santa Fe County,
New Mexico, and Maria Vitalia Trujillo, born 4 April 1892 at San Ildefonso, Santa
Fe County, New Mexico, died 16 March 1916 at Santa Cruz, Santa Fe County, New Mexico.
Married 11 May 1914 at Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Great-grandson of Jose Apolinar Trujillo, born 22 July 1862 at Santa Cruz,
Santa Fe County, New Mexico; died at San Ildefonso, Santa Fe County, New Mexico,
and Basilia Garcia, born ca. 1866 in New Mexico, died at San Ildefonso, Santa Fe
County, New Mexico. Married ca. 1887 at San Ildefonso, Santa Fe County, New Mexico.
Great-great grandson of Jose Sisto Trujillo, born 5 April 1839 at Pojoaque,
Santa Fe County, New Mexico, and Maria Faustina Duran, born ca. 1842 at Santa Fe,
Santa Fe County, New Mexico. Married 7 January 1861 at San Ildefonso, Santa Fe County,
Great-great-great grandson of Jose Dolores Trujillo, born 31 March 1811 at
Santa Cruz, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, and Maria Estefana Quintana, born 4 July
1815 at Pojoaque, Santa Fe County, New Mexico. Married 7 March 1836 at Pojoaque,
Santa Fe County, New Mexico.
Great-great-great-great grandson of Jose Antonio De Jesus Quintana, born
25 March 1778 at San Ildefonso, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, and Maria Juliana De
Jesus Benavides, born 8 January 1786 at Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico. Married
9 March 1801at Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico.
Great-great-great-great-great grandson of Juan Antonio Benavides, born 20
February 1753 at San Juan De Los Caballeros, New Mexico, and died 6 October 1796
in New Mexico, and Maria Rosa Esquivel. Married 18 May 1777 at Santa Fe, Santa Fe
County, New Mexico.
The above article was published in the New Mexico Genealogist
(Military Issue), Vol 42, No.4, p. 208. The author, who has
accepted the position of Chancellor of the South Coast Chapter in California SAR,
provides the additional information below. It is his hope that other members of
Spanish Soldier Patriots apply. He can be reached at
Members of California and New Mexico SAR and DAR at close of
1998 Peter David Hill. Ancestor: Jose Maximo Alanis, San Diego Presidio,
1998 Stephen Darrel Machado. Ancestor: Manuel Machado/Orchaga, Santa Barbara
1998 John William Heaney. Ancestors: Captain Jose Ortega, Corporal Manuel
R. Arellano, Corporal Jose M Ortega, and Francisco S. Lugo, all of California
1998 Ted Felix Spriggs. Ancestor: Lt. Juan Pablo Grijalva, de Anza Expedition
to California and San Francisco Presidio.
1999 Paul Edgar Trejo. Ancestor: Manuel Butron, Catalonian Bluecoat, Monterey
1999 Charles Martinez y Vigil. Ancestor: Francisco Martin Torres, Soldado
2000 Jodi McGinnis Porter. Ancestor: Jose Antonio Ortiz, Alcalde Mayor.
2001 Jose T. Sanchez. Ancestor: Antonio Xavier Madrid, Soldado de Cuera.
2001 Joey R. Torrez. Ancestor: Antonio Xavier Madrid, Soldado de Cuera.
2002 Eva Torres Aschenbrener. Ancestor: Juan Luis de Herrera, Corporal.
2002 James A. Lovato. Ancestor: Juan Antonio de Urioste, Soldado de Cuera.
2002 Virginia Sanchez. Ancestor: Antonio Xavier Madrid, Soldado de Cuera.
2002 Eric A. Hernandez. Ancestor: Antonio Xavier Madrid, Soldado de Cuera.
2003 Henrietta M. Christmas. Ancestor: Antonio Xavier Madrid, Soldado de Cuera.
2003 Leroy F. Martinez. Ancestor: Juan Antonio Benavides, Santa Fe Presidio.
Qualifying for SAR Membership
Dates of Service: Spanish Patriot participation dates for acceptance are
from 1779 to 1783.
In March 2003 the rules were expanded to include an ancestor who was a Spanish soldier
anywhere in the world during those dates. See precise qualifications for membership
(Source - Antonio Jose Esquibel,
"Any man shall be eligible for membership in this Society who, being of the age
of eighteen years or over and a citizen of good repute in the community, is the
lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and
rendered active service in, the cause of American independence, either as an officer,
soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman or Minuteman, in the armed forces of the Continental
Congress, or of any one of the several Colonies or states; or as a Signer of the
Declaration of Independence, or as a member of the Committee of Safety or Correspondence;
or as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislation;
or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance
to the authority of Great Britain." In addition, the SAR defines as one aspect of
acceptable services as 'Rendering material aid, such as furnishing supplies with
or without remuneration; lending money to the Colonies, munition makers, and gunsmiths;
or anything which furthered the Cause."
Questions regarding the SAR application can be directed to any of the following
The man who helped bring Spanish Patriots of California to New Mexico as part of
SAR, Dr. Grandville W. Hough, at
New Mexico State SAR President Charles Martinez y Vigil at
South Coast California Chapter Chancellor Leroy Martinez at
or (949) 581-3270.
A list of Patriots from various Presidios (i.e. Santa Fe) who qualify for the Sons
of the American Revolution under Spanish Soldiers can be found on the South Coast
Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution website,
http://www.southcoastsar.org/SantaFe.htm) or other
Jose Antonio Esquibel's website (http://pages.prodigy.net/bluemountain1/sar.htm)
DAR or SAR Membership
See (on this web site): DAR New Mexico Colonial Patriot
Soldiers and Alcalde Mayores and American Battle Monuments
Commission by NMGS member Virginia Sanchez.
She also maintains a highly informative web site at
. It contains guidelines and answers questions about both DAR and SAR applications.
Virginia can be reached by email at
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