Virden Catholic Cemetery History
Virden, Hidalgo County, New Mexico
Photos by Marcena Thompson 2 April 2007
Format and history by C. W. Barnum
Research by Janet Wasson
Additional data by Myrtle Nelson
CSA Research by James Taylor
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Virden Catholic Cemetery is in the western part of New Mexico between Lordsburg and Duncan, AZ. The Virden Catholic Cemetery is also known as San Antonio de Gila Cemetery. In 1980, Petra Rodriguez Mungia organized several families, Duart, Vegas, Bejarano and Tellez, to restore this cemetery. This cemetery is currently maintained by Raymond Bejarano and Tony Burrola. Myrtle Nelson provided additional data for this exhibit on 28 April 2007. The town of Richmond was settled on Highway 92 about thirty miles NW of Lordsburg in 1870. It was called the Virginia Mining District and dubbed Richmond referring to the capital of Virginia. This was an Hispanic settlement. In 1912 a wave of Mormon settlers left Mexico and purchased land from the New Mexico Mining company. The President at that time was Earnest W. Virden. In 1916 the town became Virden, changed from the name of Richmond.
Sources: Local residents, newspaper articles, a walking survey, photographs, census records, the SSDI, NMDI and NMDI-2. Please add a photo, name or Virden family history or FGS here.  To view Photos please click here.  To view Virden LDS Cemetery please click here.

San Antonio Church Cemetery and area.
Last Name          First           Date                 Date              Notes                  
Jackson            John C.         27 Feb. 1875         04 Mar. 1901                             
Jesus Candido      Tellez          13 Nov. 1896         23 Apr. 1842      54yrs 6mos 20dys       
Joe                Gonzalez        31 Jul. 1913         10 Sep. 1937      circa                  
Jones              Marvin                                                                        
Jones              Melvin                                                                        
Juanita            Herrera         06 Mar. 1850         25 Sep. 1898                             
Manuela            Bejarano baby   11 Jun. 1910         01 Jul. 1910                             
Martin             Telles          11 Nov. 1862         25 Oct. 1899                             
Morris             Eugene L.       1839                 ca. 1900          AL CSA Co H Inf (e)    
Rucker             Julius S.       20 Nov. 1804         22 Aug. 1884                             
White              Bessie D.       14 Oct. 1885         28 Aug. 1896                             

Virden Catholic Cemetery
AVR                unknown                                                                       
Bejarano           Ambrosio                                               a                      
Bejarano           Claudio Mata    01 Jul. 1918         22 Aug. 1954                             
Bejarano           Isabel Mata     08 Jul. 1928         06 Dec. 1961                             
Bejarano           Jesus Peru      20 Jan. 1903         19 May. 1984                             
Bejarano           Manuel          unknown              unknown           a                      
Bejarano           Maria Peru      1880                 Dec. 1945                                
Bejarano           Ramon P.        22 Oct. 1906         28 Dec. 1981                             
Bejarano           Ramona Mata     1900                 1968                                     
Bejarano           Rosalio         1887                 1969                                     
Bejarano           Tiofilo         28 Feb. 1946                                                  
Bejarano           unknown         1870                 1914                                     
Blancarte          Ricardo Alejandro                    1991                                     
Burrola            Domingo R.      09 Jun. 1912         06 Apr. 1950                             

Carbajal           Aurora                                                                          
Crencio            Lara O.                                                                       
Garcia             Asencion J.     15 Aug. 1922         21 Aug. 1970                             
Garcia             Jose L.         1888                 1951                                     
Garcia             Lupe                                 child             a                      
Garcia             Mercedes H.     Sept. 1906           19 Jan. 1989                             
Garcia             Rafael J.       24 Oct. 1907         02 Apr. 1983                             
Gonzales           Noroberta       8 Oct. 1935          28 Dec. 1936                             
Hernandez          Serapio A.      02 Oct. 1931         08 Sep. 1953                             
Manares            Albert Angel                                                                  
Martinez           Armando         03 Mar. 1947         4 Nov. 1990                              
McCurdy            Max Donald      09 Dec.1921          12 Jun. 1988                             
Monares            Albert A.       1962                 1981                                     
Monares            Alberto H.      09 Apr. 1931         x Jul. 1982       e                      
Monares            Ramon H.        15 May. 1933         01 Jan. 1963                             
Monares            Ricardo         1 Feb. 1958          x Feb. 1983       e                      
Peru               Doroteo G.      6 Feb. 1922          14 Feb. 1939                             
Peru               Enicacio "Nick" 12 Oct. 1899         07 Jul. 1965                             
Peru               Roque                                22 Feb. 1934                             
Radriguez          Pedro V.        01 Feb. 1910         22 Feb. 1985                             
Ramos              Carmen Flores D.08 Jul. 1933         13 Jul. 1959                             
Rodrigues          Frank C.        04 Oct. 1937         21 Aug. 1975                             
Rodriguez          Aurara C.       1933                 1934                                     
Rodriguez          Domingo C.      1954                 1954                                     
Rodriguez          Ignacio         1876                 1917                                     
Rodriguez          Jesusita C.     15 Oct. 1906         02 Jun. 1975                             
Rodriguez          Leonor P.       6 Feb. 1907          30 Sep. 1933                             
Rodriguez          Pablo V.        15 Jan. 1903         26 Nov. 1973                             
Rodriguez          Petra V.        1878                 1944                                     
Rodriguez          Pomposa Gomez                                                                 
Rodriguez          Stella C.       24 Sep. 1951         08 Sep. 1967                             
Rodriguez          unknown                                                                       
Rodriquez          Contosa                              ca. 1900          a                      
Rodriquez          Ignacio         1876                 1917              a                      
Rodriquez          Isabel Frank                                           a                      
Romero             Amad                                                                          
Romero             Antonia B.                                                                    
Romero             Tiofila                                                                       
Romero             unknown                                                                       
Ruiz               Alcaria P.      1880                 1969                                     
Ruiz               Brunor          12 Dec. 1880         15 Mar. 1976                             
Ruiz               Isidoro         1908                 1940                                     
Ruiz               child           04 Nov. 1937         (8 Nov.) 1937                            
Ruiz               Pablo           1912                 1974                                     
Ruiz               Thomas P.       ca 1904              1969              55 yrs                 
Ruiz               child           04 Nov. 1937         1937              10 Nov. 1931           
Tata               Ambrosio                                               a                      
Tata               Florentino                                             a                      
Teodoro            unknown                                                                       
Unknowns           over 100 graves                                                               
Vasquez            Francisco       1928                 10 Dec 1981       a                      
Vasquez            Francisco P.    10 Feb. 1928         10 Dec. 1981                             
Villa              Hilario R.      1906                 1971                                     
Villalba           Domingo B.      23 Dec. 1923         29 Apr. 1971                             
Villalba           Lionarda        1946                                                          
Villalba           Tirso                                                  a                      
Villalba           unknown                                                                       
Villalba           Anna Maria      18 Oct. 1966         18 Oct 1966       a                      
Zuniga             Fillipe         01 May. 1900         06 Jul. 1987                             
Zuniga             Maria B.        24 Mar. 1913         09 Aug. 1985                             
Garcia             Salvador                                               a
                                   e = data from records / a = name from records
     Last Name          First           Date                   Date              Notes                  
     Morris             Eugene L.       1839                 after 1900        AL CSA Co H Inf (e)    
     Bejarano           Ambrosio                                               a                      
     Bejarano           Manuel          unknown              unknown           a                      
     Garcia             Lupe                                 child             a                      
     Monares            Alberto H.      09 Apr. 1931         x Jul. 1982       e                      
     Monares            Ricardo         1 Feb. 1958          x Feb. 1983       e                      
     Rodriquez          Contosa                              ca. 1900          a                      
     Rodriquez          Ignacio         1876                 1917              a                      
     Rodriquez          Isabel Frank                                           a                      
     Tata               Ambrosio                                               a                      
     Tata               Florentino                                             a                      
     Vasquez            Francisco       1928                 10 Dec 1981       a                      
     Villalba           Tirso                                                  a                      
     Villalba           Anna Maria      18 Oct. 1966         18 Oct 1966       a                      
     Garcia             Salvador                                               a
                                        e = data from records / a = name from records
Some Hidalgo County related deaths, possibly buried at Virden
Bejarano, Fidel       26 Apr. 1940 child
Bejarano, Jose        06 Dec. 1938 child
Bejarano, Juana       30 Apr. 1936 child
Bejarano, Luciana     23 Dec. 1938 child
Bejarano, Niconar     14 Sep. 1935 child
Bejarano, Pedro       20 Nov. 1934 child
Bejarano, Erinina     07 12 42 Hidalgo    age 6
Bejarano, Eustolia    01 24 41 Dona Ana   age 14
Bejarano, Gregorio L  01 17 43 Hidalgo    age 6
Bejarano, Juan        02 21 49 Bernalillo age 30
Bejarano, Lydia       01 01 46 Hidalgo    age 1
Bejarano, Manuela R   08 14 47 Hidalgo    age 4
Bejarano, Victoria    05 11 47 Hidalgo    age 2
Monares,  Sara        18 Apr. 1930 19 Yrs. Died in Grant County
About Eugene L. Morris: He was born October 1838/1839 in Alabama and served in the Confederate Army then returned to Alabama. Ca. 1886, he moved to Duncan, Graham County, Arizona. He was married in Alabama to Elizabeth E. Stevens on Oct. 28, 1868 in Henry County, Alabama. Elizabeth had two children, Thomas Miller born in 1869, and a step-son Caswell B. Stephens born in 1860. Eugene was a farmer. Elizabeth was born 26 June 1841 and died in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona 14 December 1920 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery. L. B. Stephens was a witness to the death certificate. Supporting data from James Taylor (CSA researcher) He stated: Eugene L. Morris was wounded at Seven Pines, Virginia on 5/31/1962, and 3/7/1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and at Horse Shoe Court House in Virginia. Eugene applied for a pension 6/30/1885 in Choctaw County, Alabama. He was a volunteer from Burgaenat, Alabama. Morris research by Janet Wasson and C. W. Barnum.