My grandfather and grandmother are in the 1900 US Census for Monero Village. My grandfather, Jose Simon Garcia, son of Eugenio & Suzana Garcia, was only about 4 and in the same town was my grandmother Jesusita Montoya, daughter of Ramon & Francisca Montoya. My grandmother had been born in 1899.
Sadly, this census record has my great-grandfather listed as widowed, and the youngest child is only months old. I went on to see that my great grandmother Suzana Garcia had given birth on Feb 13, 1900 and been buried on Feb 15, 1900.
I am trying to find records from 1890 & 1880 but am having no luck. My mother had always said that my grandfather had grown up on an Apache reservation. I didn't start my research until after I'd lost my mom in 2010 so I can't ask her about it after I found out his mom had died when he was so young. In the 1920 Census I found my great grandfather, Eugenio Garcia and my grandfather and his brother in their early 20s living in the household of their brother in law, Amarante Ramiez, married to their sister Senaida, who had a few little kids already, including little Susanita, after her mother who she'd lost so young. My grandfather, her brother, also named my aunt Susana, after his own mother as well, I assume. I never knew this, or don't remember being told.
My grandparents married in 1920 or maybe '21, after my grandmother had already married, had my oldest uncle and been widowed and was head of household in the 1920 Census in Lumberton, I believe. By the 1930 Census they are living in Lumberton, Colorado, I think...and then by 1940 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where my mom had been born 5 years earlier.
Sorry for going on and on. Surnames Garcia, Montoya and also Montoya on the other side as well and Martinez. And Valdez, I have a set of great half-aunts/uncles from my widowed grandmother's marriage to Jesus G. Valdez.