Simon Delgado y Baca 1815-1867 and Peregrina Campbell
Portrait by the artist Ionitza drawn from a photograph once owned by Margaret Delgado de Ortiz

Simon Delgado was the oldest son of Manuel Salustiano Delgado and Maria de la Luz Baca.

Although he was only known by the name Simon in his adult life, he must be José de la Encarnacion, who according to the Santa Fe Baptisms book was baptized at the age of 2 days on March 25, 1815. His godfather was Fernando Delgado and his godmother Ana Maria Ortiz.

Simon married Peregrina Campbell (b. 1828) on April 24, 1843 in Albuquerque. He died on June 20, 1867. He left three heirs, Gregoria (baptized on May 9, 1856), Pedro (born about 1849) and Josefa (born about 1851). A daughter, Micaela, died two weeks after her birth. A son, Manuel Patricio, born in 1846, must have died at an early age too.

These obituaries serve to introduce him:

Obituary, Santa Fe Weekly Gazette, June 22, 1867

On Tuesday night departed this life Don Simon Delgado. With much sorrow and heartfelt sadness are we forced to record this melancholy fact: and with the most poignant regret do we announce the sad news to our whole Territory, whose whole extent hardly contains a man who was not a friend or had been befriended by Don Simon Delgado. Don Simon was one of our most worthy citizens, almost the most worthy, for through a long life of labor and contact with the trials and vicissitudes of this hard world, he had preserved his reputation for honesty, humanity, kind heartedness and all the attributes of a gentlemen singularly pure and unsullied. He was a man upon whom you could depend at any and all times, and no one, not even his political enemies, ever spoke of him without saying "Don Simon is a good man". All such men are an honor to their country wherever they are, and our Territory has suffered an incalculable loss, which we all deeply feel, in this untimely death -in the midst of an honorable career of goodness and usefulness - of one of her most prominent and worthy citizens. Don Simon never opposed any public spirited enterprise; and he never turned the beggar or the unfortunate away empty from his doors. Ready with his time, influence money, word or deeds for anything which was for the public good or alleviation of private misfortune; who deserved to be more appreciated and honored than he.

We deeply sympathize and condole with his immediate family who have thus lost a parent the most loving, and kind, and a guardian and protector the most just and vigilant. We would desire to join our lamentations with those of his relatives here --they form a body of influential, responsible and trust-worthy citizens, and most deeply feel this bereavement, so inopportunely visited upon them in the taking away of a loved Brother and friend.

To the whole Territory we would say that nothing more unfortunate for us could have happened. One of the main pillars of the cause of humanity and good will towards all men --one of the brightest examples set before the young and old of the country, of probity and straightforward integrity of character --and one of the Territory's most prominent men and chiefest reliance in times of doubt and peril, is gone.

Where shall we find his equal?

Death of Simon Delgado and Miguel E. Pino

In our last week's issue we made brief allusions to the decease of these highly valued and distinguished native citizens of this place, intending a more extended notice this week. The proceedings, however, of a public meeting of the citizens at the Council chamber upon the 23rd inst. Have superceded in full measure, what we might otherwise have said. They will be found in our Spanish Columns, and truthfully set forth the merits, character and standing of the deceased. We may add they were blood cousins, and had, during their lives been intimate and warm friends. Don Simon died at fifty-one years of age, and Don Miguel at forty-five. The first perished from dropsy, and the other from a cancer in the stomach. Both had been some time declining in health and anticipated the final close, to them, of the world's scenes. Not thirty-six hours intervened between the last heavings of their hearts. Both died, as they had live, in full faith and communion with the Catholic church its sacraments and mysteries. Both trusted for pardon and salvation from earthly sins in the promises, sacrifices and merits of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God.

Though each possessed the clearest kind of qualities of personal integrity, they differed somewhat in their traits for the stirring events of public life. Don Simon has a conciliatory spirit. He was generally satisfied to discharge, faithfully, his public and official trusts; but seldom became greatly aroused, unless under a strong sense of wrong inflicted upon himself, friends, countrymen or country. The spirit of Don Miguel was fitted to life's hardest and most dangerous storms. It was quick, high, bold and defiant. In public life it was ambitious and aspiring, and ever ready to contend against animosities, however, violent or unjust they were. He knew the disadvantages under which his countrymen had been born and circumstances had placed them, and was ever keenly alive to wrongs and oppression, whenever inflicted upon the poorest of his native countrymen, by any one, born and educated under more favorable circumstances. This was natural to his proud and lofty nature, and a high merit in his character. Both he and Don Simon sympathized deeply with the people in all their sufferings and hopes, and longed to see education and improvement elevate and bless the inhabitants. Both were devoted in their loyalty to the government, its form and principles. Don Simon has left a widow with three children. Don Miguel has left a widow, but no child. Our friends now sleep in their graves, but their memories will long be fondly cherished by their friends and countrymen.

Simon and Peregrina Campbell

Peregrina Campbell was born in January 1828 and died after 1900. (She was the daughter of Ricardo Campbell and Maria Rosa Grijalva married in 1828. The 1850 Territorial Census, p. 93, sheet 290, October 16 shows Richard Campbell 50, male, born in Va; Rosa 41, female, born in Mexico; Richardo, 14, male, born in NM; Gertrudes, 12, female, born in NM; Ignacio, 7, male, born in NM; Manuel, 5, male born in NM; Remalda, 20 female, born in NM, José, 5, male born in NM).

On Susan Boyle's list of merchants receiving papers from the customs house at Santa Fe between 1826-45, we find Simon in 1839 and 1846 (we find Juan José in November 1837, this could be Pablo) (p. 123).

Simon is said to have sponsored a new roof for San Miguel church in 1830 (The Missions of New Mexico p. 51). (the date must be wrong)

The 1850 Territorial Census, p. 80, sheet 87, December 13, shows:

Simon Delgado, 33 year old male, born in NM;

Pelegrena, 21 year old female, born in NM;

Pedro, a 1 year old male, born in NM.

The 1860 census lists Simon as a 44-year-old merchant with real estate assets of 20,000 dollars and a personal estate of 7,000 dollars (Boyle 142).

On December 22, 1866, The Santa Fe New Mexican lists Simon Delgado as being reappointed Territorial treasurer.

Simon bought the property of the Castrense Chapel on the Plaza and his family lived there for decades. He had a store there too. According to The Missions of New Mexico (p. 47), Archbishop Lamy asked the Holy See for permission to dispose of the Castrense because it sat in the middle of the row of houses just south of the Plaza and worshippers entering or leaving it were subjected to the ribaldries of disorderly park loungers, who with diabolic conduct and tumult disrupted the services inside. The Holy See agreed. The altarpiece was removed (now in Cristo Rey) and on February 22, 1859, Lamy sold the property to Simon Delgado for $2000 and a piece of land that was used for St Michael's College. Delgado razed the church back to the sanctuary, put up a commercial building out front, and incorporated the walls into a 2 storied residence in the back. In the store Delgado was said to have "kept an assorted stock of dry goods, groceries and liquors, and disposed of them for cash, as he found customers among the poor and needy." In 1881, Peregrina sold some of the land to the east to the Speigelberg brothers next door. This property is where the Penney's store was on the plaza.

0n March 18, 1873, The Santa Fe New Mexican talks of a new staircase on the plaza going up in the Don Simon Delgado building.

Simon's and Peregrina's Children:

Simon's will and other documents list three heirs:

Pedro (born about 1849)

Josefa (born about 1851),

Gregoria Naciansena (baptized on May 9, 1856)

The baptisms book says that he and Peregrina baptized a child Maria Micaela on October 2, 1844 and a Manuel Patricio on May 6, 1846. According to the burials book of St Francis Parish, Santa Fe (LDS 0016906), Micaela was buried on October 18, 1844.

In her book A Family To Be Proud Of, My Delgado Quintana Lineage, Connie

Gooch also lists: José Lazaro Francisco, born December 17, 1858 (source LDS 16894), and two Navajo children, Maria Rita (6 yrs.) and Maria Rita Ignacia (7 yrs.) adopted by them.

Gregoria married James C. MacKenzie on November 9, 1872.

They had two children Henry and Daniel Catalino McKenzie, who is buried in Simon's plot at Rosario Cemetery. The date of death is January 30, 1949. His wife, Felipita Leyba McKenzie is buried there too. The date of death is June 1937.

Widowed, Gregoria then married Alejandrino Garcia. The church record of her second marriage reads:

1892. Paroquia de San Juan a las veinte y tres de Enero despues de la diligencias echas las tres banas dispensanda y la dispensa al cuatro grado de consanguinadad, junté en matrimonio segun el orden de la Santa Madre Iglesia Romana a Alejandrino Garcia soltero hijo legt de Juan Garcia y de Perfina Thibaud. Con Gregoria Delgado viuda de James C. MacKenzie hija legt de Simon Delgado dfto y de Peregrina Campbell. (Ambos de San Juan) (LDS microfilm 0016979 Marriages San Juan Church 1857-)

Pedro married Maria Piedad Luzero. The church record of their marriage reads: 1867. A los quinze de diciembre en la … yo parroco despues de conseguidas dispensas de tres banas y de tiempo vetito presencié segun el orden de nuestra Santa Madre la Iglesia al matrimonio de Pedro Delgado soltero hijo lego de dif Simon Delgado y de Peregrina Campbell (de Santa Fe). Con Piedad Luzero (los Luzeros) soltera hija lego de Mariano Luzero y de Maria Guadalupe Ribera (Rio Arriba). Testigos Felipe Delgado. Juan Garcia. (LDS microfilm 0016979 Marriages San Juan Church 1857-)

Josefa married Manuel Campbell, her uncle. Children were Josefina and Peregrina.

I have a death certificate for Peregrina Campbell de Conklin. She had been born in Santa Fe on February 2, 1872 to Manuel Campbell born in Santa Fe and Josefina Delgado born in Santa Fe. She was female white and widowed. The name of her husaband is given just as deceased, but he must have been named Conklin. At the time of her death she was residing at 422 San Francisco St and had lived in the couty for 68 years; She died at 10 am on March 26, 1940 of Chronic myocarditis due to a toxic thyroid. She had suffered from the former for 4 years and from the latter for 4 or 5 years.

Here are some additional reactions to Simon's death.

This week, Santa Fé, has lost two of its prominent citizen. On the 19th Don Simon Delgado departed this life and on the morning of the 20th Don Miguel E. Pino. Both, were men of influence and well known in New Mexico, and for many years resident of Santa Fé. Both belonged to the ancient families of the territory, and were respected as good and useful citizens. Like all men they had their faults, and were frequently criticized and some times harshly, but their course in life is run and nothing remains but to pay the last tribute to the departed. Their virtues should be remembered, but their faults deposited in oblivion and forgotten. Death brings us all to the same level and warns us that the same lot is in store for all, --he is wise who is prepared to meet death with the lamp of life trimmed and burning.


Durante la semana pasada nuestra comunidad has sido profundamente apesarada, por las perdidas de dos de nuestros distinguidos e influencia ciudadanos. El Hon. Simon Delgado se separo de esta vida el Miercoles en la manana, el Jueves el Hon. Miguel E. Pino, callo en el sueno profundo, para dispertar en la resureccion de los justos; sus virtudes y ultilidad eran nada menos que los de sus amigos y parientes que les procedio un dia antes. Por muchos anos estos dos dignos ciudadanos coperaron juntos por el interes general del Territorio, y dedicaron sus medios y tiempo para el bien del pueblo, los pobres recibian su merecida atentcion, y el destituida de dos amigos en quienes siempre encontraban amparo y consuelo; sus lugares en esta comunidad estaran vacantes por un gran periodo de tiempo. La estimacion en que estos dignos ciudadanos eras tenidos fue plenamente manifestada por el gran numero de gnete que asistio a sus funerales.

Resolutions were passed at a community meeting. For example:

Resuelvase: Que deploramos profundamente la perdida que nuestra sociedad ha sufrido en la muerte de Hons. José Guadalupe Gallegos, Simon Delgado y Miguel E. Pino, y que al hacer esta manifestacion, descamos descubrirla de modo que nuestros sentimientos demuestren la estimacion en que teniamos a nuestros amables conciudadanos ya finados, pues su carrera brillante en el tiempo, de sus existencias, principalmente cuando ellos salieron de su pubertad, cual fue tal, que no es posible, que nosotros pasemes en silencio, sin hacer entera justicia a sus memorias.

Resuelvase ademas: Que acompanamos en su dolor y sentir a cada una de la personas de la families y parientes de nuestros ilustres finados, y considerames, sintiendo con veras de nuestros puros corazones la perdida de tan fieles esposos, tan tiernos padres, y de tan integros parientes.

Resuelvase ademas: Que sometemos reverentemente a la dispocion de aquel ser supremo regulador del universo cuyos designios son inconprehensibles a los hombres, e invocamos a el, para que reciba en su mansioe a las almas de nuestros…. Para siempre lamentables conciudadanos….

From Simon Delgado's Will:

"Know all men by these present, that I, Pablo Delgado, of the city and county of Santa Fe, Territory of New Mexico having been appointed, authorized and empowered by a power of attorney bearing date the fourth day of May A. D. 1867, duly executed by my brother Simon Delgado who was resident of the same country and Territory aforesaid, authorizing and empowering me to make and execute the last will and testament of him. The said Simon Delgado, and he having afterwards departed this life, I… make and ordain this to be the last will and testament of my said deceased broth Simon Delgado… I declare it to be the will and desire of my said deceased brother…. I declare the he left him surviving his widow Peregrina Campbell de Delgado and three children, to wit, Pedro Delgado, Josefa Delgado and Gregoria Naciansena Delgado…."