Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Daniel Carabajal]
Edith L. Crawford,
Carrizozo, N. Mex.
Date: January 20, 1939.
Topic: Pioneer Story.
Source of Information:
Daniel Carabajal, Lincoln, N. Mex.
JAN 23 1939
I was born at Lincoln, New Mexico, December 12, 1872, and have lived in Lincoln County continuously since that time.
My father, Jesus Sanchez Carabajel, was born at Tome, New Mexico, which was just across the Rio Grande river from [Belen?], New Mexico, in the year 1819. My mother, Dolorita Aguilar, was born in Belen, New Mexico, in the year 1807. My father and mother were married in Belen, Now Mexico. (I do not know the date.)
My father joined the army about 1862 and served part of his time at Fort Stanton, New Mexico. While a soldier at Fort Stanton father moved his family from Belen, New Mexico, to Lincoln County in 1870. They lived at the Torres Ranch, which is about three miles southeast of Fort Stanton, New Mexico.
I have heard my mother tell about the ox teams they drove from Belen to Lincoln County and how slow they traveled and were always on the lookout for Indians, as the Indians were pretty bad at that time. Soon after moving his family to Lincoln County my father was discharged from the army. He farmed on the Torres place and plowed his fields with ox teams and used a forked stick for a plow.
My father died about a month before I was born. I was the youngest of seven children, all of whom are dead except myself. My mother moved to Lincoln, New Mexico, soon after my father's death and I grew up there. I remember seeing Billy the Kid leave town the day he killed Bob