Old Socorro Protestant Cemetery
Socorro, Socorro County, New Mexico

Cemetery: Old Socorro Protestant Cemetery
Sign: No
Street: Peralta Rd. Between Arroyo and Nicholas Ave.
City: Socorro
County: Socorro County
State: New Mexico
Nation: United States
Zip: 87801
lat_ns: N
long_ew: W
Status: Abandoned
Size: Medium
Directions: It begins about 200 yards from Blue Canyon Road on Peralta
Type: Road-private
Location: Surburban
Terrain: Level
Watersource: No
Features: The area is rocky, desert grassland.
Property: Private
Access: Inaccessible
Enclosure: None
Gate: None
Established: 1853
Gravestones: 200
Oldest: 1853
Newest: 19??
Removed: Yes
Relocated: No
Repairs: No
Methods: Adhesives
Restoration: Yes
Association: No
Records: Unsure
Inventory: No
Availability: Some records have been located through the Baptist Convention of New Mexico
Landscaping: No
Paths: No
Trees: No
Crypts: No
Fencing: No
Brickwork: No
Ironwork: No
Sculpture: No
Fountains: No
Roads: No
Buildings: No
Cement: Unsure
Granite: Unsure
Marble: Unsure
Native: Unsure
Slate: Unsure
Others: Unsure
Wood: Unsure
Materials: Unsure
Architectural: No
Angels: No
Draperies: No
Fraternal: No
Hands: No
Lambs: No
Monograms: No
Plants: No
Photos: No
Religious: No
Scrollwork: No
Urns: No
Carvings: No
Condition: Cemetery destroyed
Unmarked: Yes
Broken: Yes
Toppled: Yes
Disintegrating: Yes
Buried: Yes
Weather: Yes
Pollution: No
Vandalized: Yes
Report: No
VA1: Gravestones-Overturned
VA2: Gravestones-Broken
VA3: Gravestones-Stolen
VA5: Graves-Desecrated
Drainage: Good
Problem1: Encroachment
Problem2: Apathy
Owner: Private
Use: Residential
Bordering: Residential
Change: Unknown
Reason: Roads
Visited: Unknown
Archeology: No
Habitat: Unknown
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.
Betty Danielson, Baptist Convention of NM, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 505-288-0465

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Name: Crystal Baca Slater
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Date: August 12, 2003