Horse Springs Public Cemetery
Horse Springs, Catron County, New Mexico
By Nancy E. Brown, Catron County Genealogist, and Arlena Boggs
July 11, 2007
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The Horse Springs cemetery is a very old cemetery. I haven’t found when it was first established, but some graves seem to have been there quite a long time.
The cemetery sits atop a little hill on the north side of Horse Springs and is about a mile from the Catholic Church. There are far more unknown graves than
those with tombstones or markers. The persons listed as in an unmarked grave were listed as buried in this cemetery by the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico.

Apodaca        Lorenzo              no dates           Mar. 29, 1997      unmarked grave
Aragon         Amado                Jan. 04, 1915      Nov. 02, 1975
Aragon         Jacobo               Jul. 12, 1920      Oct. 26, 1969
Aragon         Rufina               Feb. 27, 1926      Aug. 26, 1994
Aragon         Erlinda Romero       1941               2000
Aragon         Fransisco Juan       Sep. 17            Mar. 31, 1995
Armijo         Jose Sanchez Y       Sep. 24, 1882      Apr. 28, 1959
Arvizo         Bertha               1941               1999
Candelaria     Jose                 no dates           no dates
Candelaria     Porfiria             Sep. 14, 1886      Sep. 19. 1963
Carrejo        Nellie Whiskers      May. 15, 1855      Sep. 26, 1943
Carrejo        Ernest               Feb. 15, 1925      Nov. 09, 2005
Chavez         Brigida              1904               Jul. 24, 1962
Chavez         Luis L               Jul. 13, 1921      Jan. 17, 2001
Chavez         Mary J               Jun. 19, 1941      Jul. 09, 2005
DeLaO          Delfido G            1912               Sep. 09, 2001
DeLaO          Elvira J             Feb. 29, 1920      Apr. 30, 1989
DeLaO          Martin               no date            Apr. 05, 1959
Encinias       Joaquin              1893               Sep. 10, 1960      unmarked grave
Gutierrez      Ricardo              Dec. 31, 1942      Oct. 18, 1995
Gutierrez      Mark                 Mar. 26, 1988      Jan. 10, 1994
Jaramillo      Samuel               1985               2007
J. E.                                                  8/20/1957
Leyba          Margarita            no dates           no dates
Leyba          Gregorio             68 years           Mar. 15, 1951
Lucero         Albert B             Jan. 29, 1916      Jul. 29, 1999
Lucero         Ramona               Aug. 18, 1917      Dec. 13, 1999
Lucero         Demetrio             1910               Jun. 26, 1987      unmarked grave
Lucero         M. K                 1949               Aug. 29
Lucero         Patrick Jr.          Aug. 31, 1956      Sep. 1956          twin
Lucero         Jose Romero          Aug. 31, 1956      1956
Lucero         ns
Lumpkin        Jason Scott          Oct. 03, 1970      Jul. 15, 1991
Mendez         Amado M              Dec. 22, 1975      Apr. 22, 1993
Najar          Michael Daniel Tramp Dec. 02, 1974      Oct. 15, 2002
Rael           Damian               Jan. 27, 1916      Jul. 26, 1991
Romero         Lupe                 no date            Oct. 18, 1935
Romero         Manuel Z             38 years           Mar. 03, 1951
Romero         Reyes                no dates           no dates
Saiz           Frances              no dates           unmarked grave     infant
Sanchez        Fermin A             Oct. 26, 1909      Oct. 06, 1933
Sanchez        Francisco            born 1800          ns 
Sanchez        Jose Ignasio         72 years           Jan. 03, 1948
Sanchez        Jose                 76 years           Apr. 29, 1959
The following are some of the graves that have only initials and dates carved into the stones:

J. C. Born 20
J. E. 8-20-57
J. L. M. Nac 10, 1903; Mar 10, 1930
Lucero     No name or dates 
There are at least 60 unknown graves. Some have unreadable markers; some have only a wooden cross that has fallen over years ago.
Some have only a large stone with initials or dates that were carved into the rock and many have only a large fieldstone to mark the head
of the grave with an outline of rocks around the grave. The unknown graves are numbered 1 through 60. I was told a story at Horse Springs.
A lady said that when they went to bury her brother in law, they were digging the hole with a backhoe. When they got down into the ground a
ways, they noticed some burlap and cloth. They stopped the digging and carefully started looking through the bag and material. Inside the
burlap bag and white cloth were some tiny human remains. She said they carefully wrapped it all up again and placed it back into the hole
and covered it up. They placed rocks over the grave so that it could be seen. This little grave had not been marked, so they didn’t know
it was there. It is number 60 on the list of unknowns.

Horse Springs Cemetery, Unknown graves:
There are at least 60 unknown graves. Some have unreadable markers; some have only a wooden cross that has fallen over years ago.
Some have only a large stone with initials or dates that were carved into the rock and many have only a large fieldstone to mark the head
of the grave with an outline of rocks around the grave. The unknown graves are numbered 1 through 60.
I was told a story while at Horse Springs. A lady said that when they went to bury her brother in law, they were digging the hole with a backhoe.
When they got down into the ground a ways, they noticed some burlap and cloth. They stopped the digging and carefully started looking through
the bag and material. Inside the burlap bag and white cloth were some tiny human remains. She said they carefully wrapped it all up again and
placed it back into the hole and covered it up. They placed rocks over the grave so that it could be seen. This little grave had not been marked,
 so they didn’t know it was there. It is number 60 on the list of unknowns.

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