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Passport Records 1828-1836
Mexican Records from the Port of Entry at
Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory
graphic Introduction

A circular dated 19 November 1825 from the Government of Mexico ordered each Mexican state and territory to make a monthly report of the number and movements of foreigners. The report was to be made to the Secretaria de Relaciones Interiores y Exteriores in Mexico City. All foreigners entering Mexico at Santa Fe were required to register and obtain passports at the Custom House.

Most of these foreigners were immigrant traders who traveled in caravans on the road from St. Louis, Missouri to Santa Fe, the frontier of Mexico. Although required to report at the Custom House in order to continue their journey through the Mexican states, not all went smoothly. A report dated 8 July 1827 by a customs official to his superiors outlined the troubles he was having with the great influx of travelers, many of whom were slipping through without registering. His frustration is evident in his statement, "84 foreigners arrived from North America in this Territory on the 8th of this month, but only 36 appear in this release . . . The mayors of the frontiers of Del Bado and Taos . . . are afraid to disobey the foreigners and [claim] they do not have the power to make them register . . . Of the foreigners that have arrived in the territory, many are staying and some are marrying without citizen papers, and . . . many of the worse ones already know our language. Some have no business and have no way to make a living . . . these are the ones that are introducing contraband and are inducing our people to commit [groserias] rudeness and bad language. I wish to talk to [the Supreme Governor] concerning these foreigners, whether I should leave them alone or ask them to return to their country."

The names on the following pages were extracted from New Mexico Passport Records, Santa Fe 1827-1828, Manuscript Collection 184, Folder 1, Center for Southwest Research, Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico. The collection consists of photoprints and several pages of transcriptions. Although titled 1827-1828, the collection contains entries through 1836. The following translation was taken from typewritten transcriptions of the passport records. Those transcriptions, of unknown origin and date, have numerous handwritten notations and corrections. During preparation of this article the typewritten transcriptions themselves were examined against the photoprints, and discrepancies found were corrected. As always, it is advisable for researchers to study further by consulting the source material whenever possible. The microfilm and photoprints are available at the Center for Southwest Research in UNM's Zimmerman Library.

Names are reproduced herein as they appear on the records cited.

A previous publication covering the years 1825-1828 is The Extranjeros (The Foreigners), Selected Documents from the Mexican Side of the Santa Fe Trail, edited and translated by Dr. David J. Weber, published by Stagecoach Press, Santa Fe, in 1967. See "Reports on Arrivals of Foreigners," pages 39-43. Copies are available at Special Collections Branch of Albuquerque Public Library, at the Center for Southwest Research at University of New Mexico, and at New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For further reading, see: Robert Glass Cleland, This Reckless Breed of Men: The Trappers and Fur Traders of the Southwest (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1976), and Max Moorhead's New Mexico's Royal Road: Trade and Travel on the Chihuahua Trail. (Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995.)

Inasmuch as the earlier years have already been well covered, our report begins with 14 August, 1828.

1Manuscript Collection 184, Folder 1, p. 2 CSWR. Translation by Luis Gilberto Padilla y Baca.

graphic Territorio del Nuevo Mexico
Registry of Passports presented by foreigners, as requested by this Governor since August 20 of this same year.
Translation by Luis Gilberto Padilla y Baca
graphic Year of 1828

No. 1. On 14 August a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Strother Rennick, to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 2. On 14 August a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of N. A. Santiago Rennick, to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora with commercial goods.

No. 3. On 20 August a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of N. A. Justo (Agustus) Storrs, to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 4. On 20 August a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of N. A. Enrrique L. Connelly, to enter the States of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 5. On 4 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Patricio M. Dillon, to enter the States of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 6. On 10 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Patricio Hurley, to enter the States of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 7. On 12 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Juan Belcher, to enter the States of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 8. On 12 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Jorge Braw Fuente, to enter the States of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 9. On 12 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Juan S. Patton, to enter the States of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 10. On 19 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Santiago Glen, to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 11. On 19 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of N. A. Juan Tomson, to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 12. On 20 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the U. S. of N. A. Dr. Guillermo Keith, to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business and to exercise his medical profession.

No. 13. On 20 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the U. S. of N. A. Rufus Doans, to enter and accompany the citizen Santiago Glen to the States of Chihuagua and Sonora.

No. 14. On 28 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the U. S. of N. A. Antonio Richardson, to enter the States of Chihuahua and Sonora or Durango on commercial business.

No. 15. On 28 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the U. S. of N. A. Antonio Wasserman, to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 16. On 30 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of N. A. David Waldo, to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 17. On 30 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of N. A. Ceran Sambrans [St. Vrain?] to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 18. On 30 September a passport was issued to the citizen of the U. S. of N. A. Ricardo Campbell to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 19. On 1 December a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of N. A. Tomas Gorham to enter the States of Chihuagua and Sonora with the objective to exercise his medical profession.

No. 20. On 15 November a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America

graphic Year of 1829

No. 21. On 14 February 1829 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Floy with the objective to enter the Chihuagua and collect payments.

No. 22. On 14 April 1829 a passport was issued to the citizen of the U. S. of N. A. John Pearson to enter and carry out his exile in El Puerto de Veracruz. He is accompanied by 6 citizens of Mexico classified as servants.

No. 23. On the same day and year a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America William Walker to enter as a class of dependent of the subject of S. M. B. [S.M. Britanica] John Pearson.

No. 24. On the same day, month and year, a passport was issued to the subject of S.M. B. Thomas Kemda [Kenida?] who accompanied in the same form said Pearson.

No. 25. On 29 August 1829 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of America, Guillermo Garr to enter on commercial business to the States of Chihuagua and Sonora.

No. 26. On 10 December 1829 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of N. A. John Findly, to enter on commercial business to the states of Chihuagua and Sonora.

No. 27. On the same day a passport was issued to the citizen of the U. S. of N. A. Juan Sutton to enter on commercial business to the states of Chihuagua and Sonora.

No. 28. On the same day, a passport was issued to Charles Bente for the states of Chihuagua and Sonora.

graphic Year of 1830

No. 29. On 21 June 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Julian Grin [Green?], to enter to the states of Chihuahua on personal business.

No. 30. On 11 August a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America, Edgecomb Samuel to enter the state of Chihuahua on personal business.

No. 31. On 11 August 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America William Finn, to enter the state of Chihuhua as a servant of the citizen Edgecomb Samuel.

No. 32. On 24 August 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Felipe Collins, with four servants from the United States of North America and two Mexicans to the State of Chihuahua on commercial business.

No. 33. On 28 August 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Guillermo Ward, to enter with two servants to proceed to the northern states and to the State of Chihuahua on commercial business.

No. 34. On 15 September 1830 a passport was isued to the citizen of the United States of North America Tyner [Jaime?] W. Walker, who is entering with one servant, named Guillermo Conner, to the states of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 35. On 15 September 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Guillermo Conner, to enter the states of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 36. On 23 September 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of France Federico Conings to enter Chihuahua on personal business.

No. 37. On 25 September 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America William Scott, to enter with one servant the states of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 38. On 28 September 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Santiago Glendi, to enter the states of Chihuahua and Sonora with one servant on commercial business.

No. 39. On 28 September 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America S. W. Howland, to enter with one servant the states of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 40. On 28 September 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Strother Rennick, to enter with one servant the states of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 41. On 9 October a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Alfred R. Head, to enter with one servant the states of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 42. On 9 October 1830 a passport was issued to the foreigner from North America George T. Winn, to enter the states of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 43. On 9 October 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Juan Hibbard, to enter the states of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 44. On 9 October 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Harding P. Benning, to enter the states of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 45. On 12 October 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Young E. Hicks, and his servants Patricio Ryder, Juan Reynolds, and Santiago Callahan, to enter the states of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 46. On 12 October a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Randolfo Coles, to enter the states of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 47. On 14 October 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Juan Geovitt, to enter the states of Chihuagua and Sonora on commercial business.

No. 48. On 14 October 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America [name missing], to enter the states of Chihuahua and Sonora on commercial business.

The passport was issued and the payment received according to the regulations of 12 October 1830 that were received on 12 November of the same year.

No. 49. On 19 November 1830 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America David Waldo, to enter the states of Chihuahua and Sonora, on commercial business; accompanied by two Mexican servants.

No. 50. On 13 December to the foreigner George K. Walker of North America to the states of Chihuhua and Sonora.

graphic Year of 1831

No. 51. On 5 January 1831 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America, Carlos Bentt to enter the Mexican states on commercial business.

No. 52. On 29 July 1831 a passport was issued to the citizen of the United States of North America Enrrique Steward to enter the states of Sonora and Chihuahua to practice medicine.

No. 53. On 16 August 1831 a passport was issued to Miguel Woods and 5 foreigners [unnamed] to the referenced states [as referred to in previous entry: Sonora and Chihuahua].

No. 54. On 16 August 1831 a passport was issued to Thomas Harrison to enter the referenced states.

No. 55. On 16 August 1831 a passport was issued to John R. White to enter the referenced states.

No. 56. On 16 August 1831 a passport was issued to William B. Giddings y Elliot.

No. 57. On 21 August 1831 to Don Jaquin Jon to Chihuahua.

No. 58. On 21 August 1831 to Don John R. White to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 59. On 21 August 1831 to Don Little Smithe to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 60. On 27 August 27 1831 to the foreigner Gentry to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 61. On 14 September to the foreigner Wm. Walker to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 62. On 19 September to the foreigner José Thomas to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 63. On 19 September to W. Pappost and Andrey and Evans [Andrew Y. Evans?] and José Reynolds.

No. 64. On 19 September to Don Tomas Shelfferd and Washington Wallden.

No. 65. On 30 September to the foreigner Juan A. Ackley for the capital of the Republic.

No. 66. On 3 October to the foreigner Patricio Ryder to Chihuahua and Sonoro on commercial business, accompanied by foreigners Antonio Donier and the Mexican citizen José Antonio Valverde.

No. 67. On 3 October to the foreigner Archibald Stevenson, to the Californias [could be Baja California] on his way to purchase mules. He is accompanied by the foreigner Juan Purcell.

No. 68. Mr. Waldo Lorenzo to El Paro and Sonora.

No. 69. The foreigner Samuel Parosson to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 70. The foreigner Carlos B. Bernard to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 71. The foreigner Alexandro Bertoldo to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 72. The foreigner Washington and his servant [unnamed] to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 73. The foreigner George Kerch to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 74. The foreigner Washington Gaviota to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 75. On 30 December the foreigner Federico Connir(?) to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 76. On 30 December the foreigner Cirilio A. Thomas to Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 77. On December 30, the foreigner W. Davis to Chihuahua and Sonora.

graphic Year of 1832

Don Santiago Abreau, of the Political Headquarters of this Territory, reported on 27 March 1832 that passports have been issued to the following:

No. 78. On 8 March 1832 a passport was issued to the foreigner Santiago C. M. Halliday to the states of Chihuahua and Sonora for commercial business for the naturalized citizen, Ceran Sambrano [St. Vrain].

No. 79. On 8 March 1832 a passport was also issued to Santiago Glenray to the same states and with the same business as the same Sambrano.

No. 80. On 13 July a passport was issued to the foreigner Tomas Harrison to the interior states of the Republic of Mexico.

No. 81. On 8 August 1832 a passport was issued to the foreigner Isidore Robidoux and Faraon, of the same surname, with their Mexican servant, to expend goods that belong to Don Antonio Robidoux, naturalized in the United States of Mexico.

No. 82. On the 16th of the same month and year a passport was issued to Josephus Perrin to the state of Chihuahua to expend goods belonging to D. Richard Steward.

No. 83. On 31 August 1832 a passport was issued to Hames [James?] Vendenleu.

No. 84. On 10 September a passport was issued to Luciano Gustan [Lucius Houston?] to Chihuahua.

No. 85. On 10 September a passport was issued to José Reynolds to Chihuahua.

No. 86. León Antonio (?) from North America on 16 September.

No. 87. Guillermo (?) from North America on 16 September.

No. 88. Federico (?) from North America on 16 September.

No. 89. Santiago Collins, American, on 19 August 1832.

No. 90. C. R. Harris, American, on 19 August 1832.

No. 91. Francisco Pier, American, on 19 August 1832.

No. 92. On 22 September, Roberto Hanna to the Mexican States.

No. 93. On 22 September, Lt. Fago Shepard to the Mexican States.

No. 94. On 22 September, Bethel Hickis to the Mexican States.

No. 95. On 22 September, Guillermo Driden to the Mexican States.

No. 96. On 6 October, José Paulding to the Mexican States.

No. 97. On 6 October, Guillermo Cord to the Mexican States.

No. 98. On 6 October, Cyues Alejandro to the Mexican States.

No. 99. On 6 October, Guillermo Fesh to the Mexican States.

No. 100. On 6 October, Daniel Sell to the Mexican States.

No. 101. On 6 October, Gerarder Hope to the Mexican States.

[No. 102 omitted]

No. 103. On 7 November 1832, Eusebio Mahena to Chihuahua and Sonora for personal business.

graphic 14 September 1833

Chief Political Officer Don Francisco Larradino. The following passports have been issued:

No. 104. Daniel Evens, 14 September, a passport for the interior states of the Republic.

No. 105. On the 14th of the same month, Juan R. White was issued a passport for the interior states of Mejico.

No. 106. On 15 September, John B. Hill, passport for Chihuahua.

No. 107. On 19 September, a passport for Chihuahua and Sonora for Alonso Bast.

No. 108. On the 19th of the same month the foreigner Santiago Gregg was issued a passport for Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 109. On the 20th of the same month, Wm. Henderson R. Searcey for Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 110 and 111. On 28 September, Morridz Franck and Marcos Feldman for Chihuahua and Sonora.

[No. 112 omitted]

No. 113. Carlos Woods on 8 October.

No. 114. Roberto Hanna on 8 October.

No. 115. Culvan Euney on 8 October.

No. 116. Benjamin -?-)

No. 117. Carlos Winggn on 8 October.

No. 118. W. Wood on 8 October.

No. 119. José Sutton on 8 October.

No. 120. Juan Ward on 8 October.

[No. 121-123 missing]

No. 124. Elias Hays on 10 October.

No. 125. José L. MaKay on 10 October.

graphic Year of 1834

No. 126. On 22 August, D. Juan T. Boggs for the states of Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 127. On 23 August, for Sonora on personal business with a cannon and seven foreigners, Eli E. Hammond.

[No. 128 omitted]

No. 129. On 7 October for Chihuahua, the foreigner Benjamin Brodes and 3 servants [unnamed].

No. 130. On 7 October for Chihuahua, Garat.

No. 131. On 7 October for Chihuahua, Tomas.

No. 132. On 10 October, Tobias Gregg for Chihuahua.

No. 133. On (?), Wobbs for Chihuahua.

No. 134. On (?), passport for Juan Kaskindel.

No. 135. On 13 October, Don Francisco Guerra, for exit only.

graphic Year of 1835

No. 2. [sic] On 23 April, Juan Kaskindal and 4 servants [unnamed] for the state of Chihuagua on business.

No. 136. On 9 September, Mister Antonio Smith for the interior states of the Republic.

No. 137. On 10 September, Tobias Gregg for the interior states of the Republic.

No. 138. On 10 September, David Suton for the interior states of the Republic. On the 17th for Eduardo F. Ara for Chihuahua.

No. 139. On 23 September, John Marsh for the interior states.

No. 140. On 23 September for William Diekey.

No. 141. On 29 September, James L. Monte for interior states.

No. 142. On 29 September, Nathaniel K. Chustiade for the interior states.[los Estados del Ynor]

No. 143. On 16 September, Juan Furnie y Frances for the states of Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 144. On 16 September, Francisco Picar for the same states.

No. 145. On 16 October, Ysidoro Rubidu for the interior states.

No. 146. On the same year, day and month, Nelson Ribidu for the interior states.

No. 147. On the same year, day and month, Alexio Tibean for the interior states.

No. 148. C. M. Cornenk for the state of Chihuagua, 19 October.

No. 149. George E. Bound for the states of Chihuagua and Sonora, 27 October.

No. 150. Juan Kaskendolf with 5 servants [unnamed] for the state of Chihuagua, commercial business. 28 October 1835.

No. 151. Pablo Baillio for Sonora, 31 October.

No. 152. Antonio Shuic (?) for Sonora, 31 October.

No. 153. Luis Lee for Sonora, 31 October.

No. 154. José Hanley for California on the 2nd of November, a subject of S. M. Britanica. [a British ship?]

No. 155. Mr. -?- for Sonora, a -?- son of [rest blank].

No. 156. Carlos Ames for Chihuahua on 24 November 1835.

No. 157. John D. Wes__d, for Chihuahua on 6 December 1835.

No. 158. Juan B. Waite for Chihuahua on 11 April 1836.

No. 159. Santiago Guidi for Sonora, with 4 Mexicans including his young man [all unnamed]. 11 April 1836.

graphic Year of 1836

September

No. 1. Eduardo Lisseter of Germany for Sonora on 1 September 1836.

No. 2. Juan Adolfo Gustavo Schmidt of Germany for Sonora on 1 September 1831.

No. 3. Marcos M. Causland, with three foreigners [unnamed], for Chihuahua and Sonora on 16 September 1836.

No. 4. Samuel Hobbs for Chihuahua and Sonora. No. 5. Manuel Pakwick for Chihuahua and Sonora.

No. 6. William Kesllenvoll on 18 September for Chihuahua.

No. 7. Francisco Tahuffu of Prussia for the Mexican States of the Republic on 21 September.

No. 8. Enrrique Almsidete (?) from Germany for the Mexican states of the Republic.

No. 9. V. Concielor of Sonora ______ September 1836, Sango Estte with three foreigners to Sonora on 21 -?-.

No. 10. Ricardo Cambell for Chihuahua, Domingo and Sonora on 25 September 1836.

No. 11. D. Luis Lee for the Departments of Chihuahua, Domingo, and Sonora on 25 September 1836.

No. 12. David L. Law and Charles Rodgers with their servant Phillip Barnes, North American, for Chihuagua and Sonora on 28 September 1836.

No. 13. Mr. Antonio Jorge Gold for Sonora on 22 October 1836.

From the New Mexico Genealogist 36:2 June, 1997 p. 53.

Luis Gilberto Padilla y Baca is an NMGS member and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Registrar. He is an employee of the City of Albuquerque, provides professional assistance to other genealogists.

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