Old Socorro Protestant Cemetery
Socorro, Socorro County, New Mexico
Cemetery: Old Socorro Protestant Cemetery
Street: Peralta Rd. Between Arroyo and Nicholas Ave.
County: Socorro County
State: New Mexico
Nation: United States
Directions: It begins about 200 yards from Blue Canyon Road on Peralta
Features: The area is rocky, desert grassland.
Availability: Some records have been located through the Baptist Convention of New Mexico
Condition: Cemetery destroyed
Contacted: Attorney General of New Mexico
Surnames: Baca, Chase, Chavez, Gilliatte, Shaw, Telles
There are also twenty-seven confederate soldiers buried in this cemetery who fought and were killed in the battle of ValVerde. The situation of cemeteries in New Mexico is horrifying and this is one of two that have been bulldozed and desicrated. The cemetery was originally purchased by my ggg-grandfather John Milton Shaw, a baptist missionary. The land has been deeded (unlawfully) to a family who bulldozed the site in the 1980's. We have repeatedly tried to stop further destruction, but need some help to save these graves. I do have a photograph from a funeral service in 1883. I have been unable to find any support through local or state officials. Possibly, the only support within the state would be two state genealogical societies and their members.
Charles Manderville, Confederate Sons of America, 505-835-2530.
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Name: Crystal Baca Slater
Date: August 12, 2003