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Inez Delgar Trujillo Banta
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Birth: Sep. 1, 1881
Socorro County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 1911
Socorro County
New Mexico, USA

Born in Socorro county, New Mexico (NM) Territory on September 1, 1881 (see Note 1 below) as the fourth of five children (and only daughter) of Luis and Bacilia Trujillo (maiden name, Duran), both of whom were born in "Old Mexico" (see Note 2 below). Was christened as "Ines" at the San Miguel de Socorro Catholic Church in Socorro, NM Territory on July 4, 1882. Met Abram B. ("Abe") Banta, originally of Hackensack, NJ, at an annual picnic sponsored by a convent school she once attended in what is now Aragon, NM. He had migrated west seeking adventure and started a sheep ranch in the Aragon area with an initial purchase of 50 acres of land in 1894.

They married in 1901 and Inez eventually bore two children: William Andrew ("Bill," b. 1908) and Inez (her namesake, b. 1910). Tragically, Inez Delgar Banta died just 5 months after the birth of her daughter as a result of resuming "rigorous outdoor activities" (probably horseback riding) too soon after a difficult second pregnancy. A written source left by one of her nephews attributed her death to blood poisoning.

After about a year, her widowed husband, Abe, sent his two children "back east" to be raised by Banta family members in Hackensack. He remained in the Aragon area for several years thereafter and even expanded his ranch but eventually he pushed westward again and settled on Magdalena Island in Baja California. He died when a car in which he was traveling was struck by a train at an ungated railroad crossing in Santa Monica, CA on October 6, 1918.

Sadly, her son Bill was killed in action in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

Her daughter Inez, however, lived a long life of 88 years and gave birth to nine children from whom an extended family of 200+ members has grown as of the time of writing. Although struck down in the prime of life, "this Inez" gave birth to "our Inez" which makes her a very important person indeed....

Note 1: Both christening and census records seem to indicate a birth year of "1881" and not "1882" as inscribed on Inez' headstone.

Note 2: It should be noted that Inez' heritage was irrefutably "Hispano-Mexican" and not "Spanish" as was claimed for years by certain members of the Banta and Westervelt families in NJ for the sake of social propriety and maintaining the illusion of "ethnic purity."
Family links: 
  Luis Trujillo (1845 - 1909)
  Bacilia Duran Trujillo (1848 - 1926)
  Abram Bartholf Banta (1872 - 1918)*
  Inez Banta Ganey (1910 - 1999)*
  Pablo Trujillo (1871 - 1921)*
  Antonio Trujillo (1878 - 1936)*
  Canderlario Trujillo (1880 - 1939)*
  Inez Delgar Trujillo Banta (1881 - 1911)
  Pedro Trujillo (1889 - 1910)*
*Calculated relationship
Aragon Cemetery
Catron County
New Mexico, USA
Maintained by: Bill McElveen
Originally Created by: Arlena Boggs
Record added: Aug 07, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40389438
Inez Delgar <i>Trujillo</i> Banta
Added by: Arlena Boggs
Inez Delgar <i>Trujillo</i> Banta
Added by: Bill McElveen
Inez Delgar <i>Trujillo</i> Banta
Added by: Bill McElveen
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It was about time you were formally acknowledged for who you REALLY were rest in peace.
- Your great-grandson, Bill
 Added: Nov. 22, 2013
May You Rest in Peace.
- Arlena Boggs
 Added: Aug. 31, 2009

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