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Juan Baptist Coca Last Will and Testament,

Identifier: MSS-178-SC

Scope and Content

This collection consists of one three-page, bound, typewritten document pertaining to Juan Baptist Coca, resident of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. The document, dated 1898, outlines Cocas burial request (in which ceremony and how the mass should be held) and includes his last will and testimony. This document is valuable to researchers with regard to inheritance patterns of the time. In his will, Coca specifies that he has five living children (of a total of nine) and one wife. He left his property (land and house) to only two of four living sons. His daughter was not named in the will. The remainder of his property, not specified as being left to two sons, was left to his wife. The document is in English, but is peppered with Spanish words in common usage at the time in New Mexico (including land measurements and architectural terms).


  • 1898


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The collection is open for research.

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1 folder ( 1 item)


This collection is comprised of the last will and testament of Juan Baptist Coca of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. It is dated 1898.
Finding Aid of the Juan Baptist Coca Last Will and Testament, 1898
Processed by K. Stocker
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Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 178 SC::Juan Baptist Coca Last Will and Testament)//EN" "nmu1mss178sc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131