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Ancestor 20: Jesus Valdez was a rancher who supported a large family

Jesus Valdez was a Texas rancher who had a large family
Judy Everett Ramos

This is the 20th article in the project, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

Jesus Valdez is a paternal great-great grandfather. He was born in Texas between 1818 and 1820. It is not known where in Texas he was born or who his parents were.

He first appears in the 1850 U.S. Census in the Rio Grande Valley. The census states he was born in Texas and that he was 32 years old, placing his birth in 1818.

In the 1850 census he was married to Maria Anastacia Ramirez and they had two children, Felix and Brigido, ages four and two, respectively. His occupation is listed as laborer.

Jesus does not appear in any records again until the 1870 census, which shows him living in San Diego, Texas, which is outside Corpus Christi. This time he is shown to have a large family of nine children, including great-grandmother Juana Valdez, who is eight years old. Only Felix, who was the first born, is not listed as living in the home. He would have been about 24 years old at the time and was likely married and living on his own. The census lists Jesus as a stock raiser with real estate value of $200 and value of personal assets of $1,665.

The last document for Jesus is the 1880 census, which lists his residence as Amargosa, which is just outside present day Alice, Texas, in Jim Wells County today. This residence is not far from San Diego, where he lived previously. The census lists 27 people in the Valdez household, including his children, his children’s spouses, and numerous grandchildren. His occupation is listed as rancher.

The 1880 census is the last known document for Jesus Valdez. He would be have been around 60 years old at that time. There is no other information about him, including when or where he died.

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