Vigil Family

The House of Vigil

The House of Vigil is a noble family that first began in the Kingdom of Asturias around the 5th to 8th century. The family originated from the Asturian countryside as watchmen, gradually rising in prominence until they were one of the first families to achieve titles of nobility.

The Vigil family were hidalgos; descendants of the ancient "Casa y Solar" (house and manor) of Vigil, one of the oldest and most prominent families of the San Martino de Siero area.

An hidalgo is a member of the Spanish nobility. In popular usage, the term hidalgo identifies a nobleman without a hereditary title. In practice, hidalgos were exempted from paying taxes, yet owned little real property.

The family attended mass at the church of San Martin in Siero (link)

Image: The kingdom of Asturia in 910.

The kingdom of Asturia was the first Christendom entity established after the Muslim conquest of Visigothic Hispania in 718 when Asturian kings defeated an muslim garrisons at the Battle of Covadonga, in what is usually regarded as the beginning of the Reconquista.The Reconquista (722-1400s) was a 700 year war between Christians and Muslims (moors) during the Middle Ages


It has been  confirmed that any individual who can trace a lineage verified by documentation to Francisco Montes Vigil (born circa 1666, Zacatecas) is a descendant of Charlemagne (born 748 A.D. - died 814 A.D.), Holy Roman Emperor. 

Source: Montes Vigil Royal Lineage Beyond origins of New Mexico Families

Generation 1: Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor, probably born April 2, 748, died January 28, 814, Aachen, married between May 1, 770 and April 30, 772, Hildegarde, probably born between May 2, 757 and April 30, 761, died April 30, 783, Saxony. They were the parents of Louis “The Pious,” who follows.

Image: Charlemagne or Charles the Great by Albrecht Dürer, 1512, Germanisches National museum

Charlemagne embodied the archetype of the European Middle Ages and remains its most distinguished conqueror.

Responsible for uniting most of Europe under his rule by power of the sword, for helping to restore the Western Roman Empire (becoming its first emperor), and for facilitating a cultural and intellectual renaissance.

His personal biographer and court scholar Einhard, in the work “The Life of Charlemagne,” described him as a large and strong man who enjoyed physical exertion, especially hunting, riding and swimming. Einhard also observed that Charlemagne had an unbridled appetite both for food and in his relationships with women. He was intellectually curious, spoke Latin and Greek and enjoyed the company of learned people, but in a seeming contradiction, he was illiterate.

Generation 2: Louis “The Pious,” Holy Roman Emperor, born between April and September 778, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, Aquitaine, died June 20, 840 on an island in the Rhine, near Mainz, , married about 794 with Ermengarde, died October 3, 818. They were the parents of Lothair I, who follows.

Generation 3: Lothair I, Holy Roman Emperor, born circa 795, died Prüm monastery in Ardennes, September 28 or 29, 855 and buried there, married October 821, Ermengarde of Tours, died March 20, 851. They were the parent sof Lothair II, who follows.

Generation 4: Lothair II, King Of Lorraine, born about 835, died August 8, 869, Piacenza, buried in the church of St. Antoninus the Martyr, married 862 Waldrade (marriage not recognized). They were the parents of Lothair II, who follows.

Generation 5: Bertha, died March 8, 925, Lucca, married before 880, Thibaud, Count Of Arles, died after June 887. They were the parents of Boso of Arles, who follows.

Generation 6: Boso of Arles, Margrave Of Tuscany, died after 936, married Willa. They were the parents of, Willa of Tuscany, who follows.

Generation 7: Willa of Tuscany, died after August 4, 966, married before 936, Berengario II, King Of Italy, born probably 900 or earlier, died Bamberg, August 4, 966. They were the parents of Adelberto, who follows.

Generation 8: Adalberto, Margrave of Ivrea, died April 20, 975 (?), married Gerberge, died December 11 between 986 and 992. They were the parents of Otto, who follows.

Generation 9: Otto alias Guillaume, Count Of Mâcon, Count of Burgundy, born ca 962, Italy, buried September 21, 1026 (or 1027?), Saint-Bénigne de Dijon, m. Ermentrude de Roucy, born about 950, died March 5 between 1002 and 1004. They were the parents of Renaud I, who follows.

Generation 10: Renaud I, Count of Burgundy, died September 4, 1057, buried Besançon, married Adélaïde of Normandy. They were the parents of Guillame I, who follows.

Generation 11: Guillaume I, Count of Burgundy, born about 1024, died 12 November 1087, Besançon, buried there, married Étiennette, died after October 19, 1088. They were the parents of Raymond of Burgundy, who follows.


Generation 12: Raymond of Burgundy, Count of Galicia, born Dijón, France, about 1070, died Grajal, León, September 20, 1107, bur. catedral de Santiago el Mayor, Santiago de Compostela, m. before 1090, doña Urraca I, Queen of Castila y León, died Saldaña, Palencia, between March 8, 1125 and 1126, buried in the Monasterio de San Isidoro, León, daughter of Alfonso VI, King of Castilla y León, and doña Constanza de Borgoña (Burgundy). They were the parents of Alfonso VII, who follows.

Image: Raymond in a miniature of the Tumbo A cartulary in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the chief bishopric of his dominion.

Raymond of Burgundy (c. 1070 – 24 May 1107) was the ruler of Galicia as vassal of Alfonso VI of León and Castile, the Emperor of All Spain, from about 1090 until his death. He married Urraca, future queen of León and heir of Alfonso VI, and was the father of the future Alfonso VII. By his marriage Raymond received as dowry the government of the Kingdom of Galicia

Generation 13: Alfonso VII, “El Emperador,” King of Castilla y León, born March 1, 1104 to 1105, Galicia, died La Fresneda, Teruel, Aragón, August 21, 1157, buried in the Catedral de Santa María, Toledo, married doña Berenguela Berenguer, died Palencia, February 1149, buried in the Catedral de Santiago el Mayor, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia.

Generation 14: Fernando II, King of León, born 1137, died Benavente, Zamora, January 22, 1188, buried in the Catedral de Santiago el Mayor, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, married doña Urraca de Portugal. died Valladolid, October 16, 1188.

Image: Ferdinand II in miniature of the Tumbo A of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

King Ferdinand II is known for uniting the Spanish kingdoms into the nation of Spain, Supporting the Spanish Inquisition (1478–1834), sponsoring Christopher Columbus's voyages of exploration across the Atlantic Ocean and commencing Spain's entry into the modern period of imperial expansion.

Generation 15: Alfonso IX, King of León, born August 15, 1171, Zamora, Reino de León, died September 24, 1230, on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela at Villanueva de Sarria, Reino de León, buried Catedral de Santiago de Compostela. With his mistress, doña Aldonza Martínez de Silva, daughter of don Martím Gómez de Silva and doña Urraca Rodríquez. They were the parents of doña Aldonza Alfonso de León, who follows

Generation 16: Doña Aldonza Alfonso de León, died 1267, married (2) before October 1235, don Pedro Ponce de Cabrera, ricohombre leonés, Señor del Valle de Aria, born between 1181 and 1202 (minor in 7 July 1202), died 1248/1254. Both buried in the Monasterio de Santa María de Nogales, León. They were the parents of Fernán Pérez de León, who follows.

Generation 17: Don Fernán Pérez Ponce de León, ricohombre leonés, Señor de la Puebla de Asturias, Cangas y Tineo, Adelantado Mayor de la Frontera de Andalucía, Mayordomo Mayor del rey Alfonso X ‘el Sabio’ Rey de Castilla (1284) y ayo de Fernando IV de Castilla (1290–1291), died 1291, buried in the Colegiata de San Salvador de Jérez de la Frontera (remains later removed to the Monasterio de Moreruela in Zamora Province), married doña Urraca Gutiérrez de Meneses, daughter of don Gutierre de Meneses and doña Elvira Añez de Sousa. They were the parents of don Fernando Pérez Ponce de León, who follows.

Generation 18: Don Fernando Pérez Ponce de León, ricohombre castellano, Señor de Marchena, Bornos, Espera, Rota y Chipiona, y in the Reino de Aragón he owned the Lugares de Frescano, Ponzano, y Celia and their castles, died circa 1315 or 1331, married in 1303, doña Isabel Pérez de Guzmán, daughter of don Alonso Pérez de Guzmán and doña María Alonso Coronel. They were the parents of don Fernán Pérez Ponce de León, who follows.

Generation 19: Don Fernán Pérez Ponce de León, noble castellano, elected Maestre de la Orden de Alcántara (1346), died circa 1355, buried in the church of Morón de la Frontera (remains later removed to the convento de San Benito de Alcántara, seat of the Military Orden de Alcántara). His wife has not been identified. He was the father of don Pedro Ponce de León, who follows.

Generation 20: Don Pedro Ponce de León, made his last will and testament on February 28, 1406 and requested to be buried in the church of San Salvador “en mi lugar de Vega,” married doña Teresa García. They were the parents of doña Beatriz Ponce de León, who follows.

Generation 21: Doña Beatriz Ponce de León, married circa 1394 with don Diego Fernández de Miranda. They were the parents of doña Inés de Miranda y Ponce de León, who follows.

Generation 22: Doña Inés de Miranda y Ponce de León (also known as doña Inés Ponce de Miranda), residing in Riello (Valdesampedro de Teverga) 1470-1474, died before August 26, 1476, married don Martín Vásquez de Quirós, Señor de la Casa de Llanuces, Señor de Valdecarzana, last will and testament dated October 13, 1456, son of don Lope de González de Quirós and his mistress Juana González. They were the parents of don Diego Fernández de Miranda, who follows.

Generation 23: Don Diego Fernández de Miranda, El Viejo, Señor y Fundador de la Casa, de Miranda, died circa 1506 and entered in the Monasterio de San Francisco de Oviedo, married (2) doña Isabel de Quirós, daughter of don Lope Bernaldo de Quirós. They were the parents of don Diego de Quirós Miranda, who follows.

Generation 24: Don Diego de Quirós Miranda, Señor de la Casa de Miranda de Cudillero, and his wife has not been identified with documented evidence. He was the father of doña María de Quiró y Miranda, who follows.

Generation 25: Doña María de Quirós y Miranda married don Diego de Argüelles, a resident of Candamo in Asturias in 1546, son of don Estaban de Argüelles, Señor de la Casa de Argüelles, and doña María González Valdés. They were the parents of don Lope de Argüelles, who follows.

Generation 26: Don Lope de Argüelles married doña María Valdés Vigil, Señora de la Torre y Solar de los Vigiles de San Martin de Vega de Poja. Don Lope married doña María de Estrada, daughter of don Diego de Argüelles, “El Sordo—The Deaf,” native of Consejo de Siero, and doña Leonor de Herrera, native of Ciudad Rodrigo. They recorded their last will and testament in 1573, and were the parents of doña Catalina de Argüelles, who follows.

Generation 27: Doña Catalina de Argüelles married Francisco Vigil de San Martino. They were the parents of María de Vigil, who follows.

Generation 28: María de Vigil married Juan Montes Vigil of Vega de Poja, Asturias, son of Lucas Montes Vigil and Isabel Vigil, each said to be hidalgos of the Casa y Solar de Vigil in Consejo de Siero, Asturias. They were the parents of Juan Montes Vigil, who follows.

The New World

Generation 29: Juan Montes Vigil II, native of San Martino de Siero, Consejo de Siero, Asturias, also known as Juan Montes Quiñones y Argüello, traveled to Nueva España July 21, 1611, Zacatecas, Nueva Galica, died before June 27, 1656, and married doña Catalina de Herrera Cantillana, a resident of Mexico City, Nueva España, and Zacatecas, Nueva Galicia. They were the parents of Juan Montes Vigil.

Image: This image is of Don John of Austria who was a ninth cousin of Juan Montes Vigil and is included for a age and period reference.

In 1611, Juan Montes Vigil had sought passage to the New World as an aide to don Jacinto Olmos. The permission document was prepared on behalf of Juan Montes Vigil by his uncle, Bartolomé de Vigil, Regidor (Councilman) of the "Villa del Consejo de Siero." Juan presented the document to the officials of the Casa de la Contratación de las Indias in Sevilla to provide information about the nobility of the Vigil family, declaring they were hidalgos  and verifying that Juan Montes Vigil was a descendant of the ancient "casa y solar" (house and manor) of Vigil, one of the oldest and most prominent families of the San Martino de Siero area. Juan Montes would have been between 12-15 years old when he traveled to America.

Source: Montes Vigil Wills and Record of Passage

Image: Map of the Viceroyalty of New Spain in 1800. Not including the viceroyalty's overseas territories in the Pacific Ocean

In the 1600s Nueva España consisted of all of Mexico, parts of central america, the Philippines and the U.S. lands that are today California, across Louisiana to Florida and as far north as Salt Lake city and into the southwest regions of Colorado.

Generation 30: Juan Montes Vigil III, also referred as Juan Montes Argüello uan Montes Vigil III, resided in Zacatecas, Nueva Galicia, and did not marry. He recorded his first will on October 2, 1682, Zacatecas, and his second will on April 25, 1683, Zacatecas.39 His natural son by either an Indian woman of a women that was part Indian and part African was Francisco Montes Vigil, who follows.

Image: Map of Nueva Galicia 1550, Archivos Estatales (España)

Juan Montes Vigil was native to Mexico city and resided in Zacatecas, Nueva Galicia. (Nueva Galicia was an autonomous kingdom of the Viceroyalty of New Spain).

In his first will he identified a son and daughter. He also declared the ownership of 2 mulatto slaves. One was named Tomasa de la Cruz and the other named Nicolása who was 29 and sold for 415 pesos.

In his second will, Juan Montes Vigil identified Francisco Montes Vigil as his natural (illegitimate) son. He also named his daughter, María de Herrera Cantillana.

Court records show that in 1664, Juan de Montes was compelled by the law to give a slave to the Royal Treasurer of the Holy Office of the Inquisition of New Spain for seventy-nine pesos.

Juan Montes had a very young daughter buried at Zacatecas in 1667. The fact that no mother was named is consistent with Juan’s testimony that he was single, and also that he was responsible in one way or another, for the children he fathered. 

In 1690, Juan Montes Vigil ran into more trouble and was jailed for not paying a debt he owed to the convent of San Francisco in the city of San Luis Potosi. He spent 30 days in jail.

Generation 31: Francisco Montes Vigil
born circa 1666, Zacatecas, Nueva Galicia, married María Jiménez (Ximénez) de Enciso (Anciso), and they settled New Mexico in 1695.

His father had dealt with issues such as losing a daughter at a very young age, spending time in prison for not complying with the law, buying and selling slaves, and writing out a will when facing death (twice). Whether Francisco ever knew his mother or not we may never know, but he and his wife María pioneered into the northern country of New Mexico to start a new life. Through their children, they became the progenitors of the Vigil family of New Mexico. Capitán Francisco Montes Vigil died 11 September 1730 and was buried at Santa Cruz de la Cañada (Sante Fe).

Through a muster roll of Colonists we know Francisco, his wife and their children came to New México in 1695 with the Juan Páez Hurtado expedition. He is described on the muster roll as thirty, an able-bodied Spanish native of Zacatecas with somewhat curly chestnut hair, and a scar on the left side of his face below his eye.

Source: The Resettlement of Santa Fe, 1695: The Newly Found Muster Roll, UNM

Image: An illustration of a group of Pueblo people hanging a Catholic priest. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

The Juan Paez Hurtado Expedition, under Capt. Juan Hurtado, was ordered by De Vargas (Spanish Governor of the New Spain territory of Santa Fe de Nuevo México, "Reconqueror of New Mexico") to resettle Santa Fe after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The expedition finally left Zacatecas in 1695. 46 families enlisted, totaling 146 persons.

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was a revolution against Spanish religious, economic, and political institutions imposed upon the Pueblos. It is the only successful Native uprising against a colonizing power in North America and helped preserve Indigenous culture in New Mexico.

Image: Casta painting of a Native American man and and a mixed race wife

Casta was the hierarchical race-based "caste system" dating back to Medieval Spain. Colonialism resulted in widespread mixed-race categories for official documentation such as Mestizo (Spaniard and an Indigenous person); and mulatto, (Spaniard and an African).

Francisco Montes Vigil and his son are given a caste designation of Mulato, indicating that they were considered to be part African. We do not know the name of Francisco's mother, but we know his father owned several black slaves and servants. Apparently there are no records in New Mexico that indicate Francisco Montes Vigil was a mulatto, instead using the term Mestizo. Ether way this is where the European line ends with either an African or an Indigenous Mexican Native American mother. His wife Maria is identified in documents as “María Ximénez, española"

Image: Villasur expedition painted on buffalo hide

Francisco Montes Vigil was granted land in 1710 in Alameda, Nuevo Méjico. He later sold the land and moved to Santa Cruz de la Canada. There is a land grant south east of Cordova, New México, in the Carson National Forest known as the Francisco Montes Vigil Land Grant.

Capitán Francisco Montes Vigil in 1712, was the Assistant Captain of the Santa Fe Presidio

In 1715, he and his wife María Jiménes de Ancisco distributed 40 cattle among several of their children

On August 1720, Lieutenant Francisco Montes Vigil was one of 14 survivors of Lt. Governor Pedro de Villasur expedition force that was massacred by the French and Pawnees near the Platte River in Nebraska.

Generation 32: Domingo Vigil
B Abt 1693 at Aguas Calientes, Zacatecas, Mexico
D Abt 1771 Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Nuevo México, Nueva España
Married Pascuala Salazar 1715
Married María Estela Marquez 1725

When Domingo Montes Vigil was two years old in 1965, his family was recruited in Zacatecas, Mexico, to move to New Mexico. Captain Juan Paez Hurtado was supposed to only recruit families so he "borrowed" the children from large families to assign as nieces and nephews to the single colonists. On the official list, Domingo was counted with two of his sisters as the nephew and nieces of José Antonio Romero from Spain

Since his father was a soldier, he may have grown up in Santa Fe near the Presidio. Eventually he settled in Santa Cruz where he served as the alcalde mayor in 1731 and 1732.

He first married Pascuala Salazar (daughter of Captain Agustin Maria de Salazar) in about 1715 and they had two sons: Juan Cristobal born about 1720 and Juan Bautista born about 1721. He was next married to María Estela Marquez and they had at least six children: Barbara, Francisco Antonio, Julian, Gregorio Pablo, Nicolasa, and Rosalia.

Generation 33: Juan Cristobal Montes Vigil
B 1722 Santa Cruz de la Canada (Sante Fe), NM
D 1797 New Mexico
Married Maria Teodora Medina

Juan Cristobal Montes Vigil married Maria Teodora Medina about 1742.
They were the parents of at least 10 sons and 4 daughters.

Juan Cristobal Montes Vigil married Juana de Luna on 24 Aug 1791 at Taos, New Mexico, Spain

With his half-brother Juan Bautista and Uncle Pedro Montes Vigil de Santillana they petitioned for the Los Lucero's Land Grant on August 9th, 1742 (SGR, Report 47, File 51 Frame3), NMG XXIX, No. 2, June, 1990. They were instead granted the land, later called the Antonio Leroux Grant.

Generation 34: Jose Felipe de Jesus Vigil
Born 4 Apr 1756 Santa Cruz De La Canada, NM
Died 3 Apr 1844 Tome, Valencia, N M
Married Maria Bartola Vallejo Aragon

Generation 35: Juan Antonio Montes Vigil
B: Abt. 1791 Belen, Valencia, New Mexico
D 15 Aug 1881 Tome, Valencia, New Mexico, USA
Married María Manuela Jirón (B:Abt. 1790 Abiquiu, New Mexico) - 2 Children including Jose Gabriel, who follows.
Married Maria Soledad Apodaca (1794–1881) M1807- 17 children
Married Maria Soledad Duran y Chavez (1817–1850) Married Sep 28,1830 (age 15) - 5 children
Maria Guadalupe Ballejos (1817–) Married 1832 - 3 children

Records for Juan Montes 'Antonio' Vigil are conflicting. He is sometime listed as Montes and sometimes Antonio. He may have been married 3 or 4 times with at least 30 children. Spouse and parent seem to suggest the same person.

Jose Gabriel's mother has been listed as Soledad Duran y Chavez (AKA Maria de la Soledad de la Cruz Chavez) and María Manuela Jirón (Giron). A birth record would be nice.

Generation 36: José Gabriel Vigil
B:1 Sep 1822 Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
D: Abiquiu , New Mexico
Married Maria Ysabel Lucero (B:1 SEP 1822 Ojo Caliente, Rio Arriba, New Mexico)

Census records of New Mexico list José Gabriel Vigil born circa 1822 in Santa Ana Co but, in some other references, Santa Ana Mission. Per Abiquiu baptisms 1754-1866, José Gabriel's parents were listed as Antonio Vigil, born circa 1791 and María Manuela Girón (Jirón) born circa 1790 (ref LDS). The latter couple were married circa 1820 (ref LDS) in Abiquiu, New Mexico and likely remained in this area. Their son José Gabriel Vigil was born 1 Sep 1822 in Ojo Caliente and was baptized on 8 Sep 1822 at the Santo Tomás Catholic Church in Abiquiu.

The children of José Gabriel Vigil and María Isabel Lucero began with Manuel Antonio Vigil and María Feliciana Vigil born in Ojo Caliente followed by the birth of María Tomasa Vigil circa 1849. The 1850 census lists José Gabriel as a resident of Rio Arriba, New Mexico. The next child was María Dorotea who was born in Abiquiu.

By this time José Gabriel was in search of a new residence. Another daughter, Maria Antonia Vigil was christened on 29 Sep 1855 at the Nuestra Señora de Dolores Church at Arroyo Hondo followed by Donaciano Vigil born on 23 Mar 1859 and baptized on 22 at the same church. (He was later christened on 22 Feb 1863 in Antonito, Colorado).

José Gabriel Vigil migrated and settled in Antonito during the early 1860s. A son José Juan Climaco Vigil and a daughter María Luisa Vigil were born here.

Source: Taos County Home page

An 1860 census list marks him as a 38 year old, illiterate farmer from Santa Ana along with his wife and 6 children, including Donaciano, age 3. His youngest son Manual was 1 and his oldest son, also Manual was 16 and listed as a laborer.

United States Citizens

Image: Battle of Cerro Gordo, lithograph
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2, 1848. It ended the Mexican War and extended the boundaries of the United States by over 525,000 square miles. The treaty was signed at Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo, a northern neighborhood of Mexico City. The war had begun almost two years earlier, in May 1846, over a territorial dispute involving Texas. Mexico ceded 55 percent of its territory with the stipulation that people of Mexican descent who lived in the United States were eligible for naturalized citizenship

Generation 37: Donaciano Vigil
B:8 MAR 1859 Taos County, New Mexico
D:20 November 1919 Weston, Colorado
M: Maria Juana Cortez (B:11 Sep 1861 Arroyo Hondo, CO, USA; D:3 Jan 1935 Weston CO)

Image: Donaciano y Jaunita
Born in Taos, New Mexico on 8 Mar 1859 to Jose Gabriel Vigil and Maria Ysabel Lucero. Donaciano Vigil married Juanita Cortez and had 6 children. He died on Nov 20, 1919 in Weston, Las Animas, Colorado of influenza; almost a year after his son, Leandro.

Generation 38: Jose Leandro Vigil
B:1 Sep 1822 Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
D: Abiquiu , New Mexico
Married Maria Ysabel Lucero (B:1 SEP 1822 Ojo Caliente, Rio Arriba, New Mexico)

Image: Leandro y Isabel
When José Leandro Vigil was born on March 11, 1892, in Abiquiu, New Mexico, his father, Donaciano, was 33 and his mother, Maria, was 30. He married Magdalena Martinez (age 14) on April 24, 1914, in Trinidad, Colorado. They had two children during their marriage. Felipe and Caroline. He died with influenza as a young father on November 24, 1918, in Weston, Colorado, at the age of 26.

Generation 39: Rev Felipe Jose Vigil
B:15 Mar 1917 Weston, Las Animas, Colorado, USAD:30 Aug 2009 Lakewood, Jefferson, Colorado, USAM: Mary Sesaria Gomez B:May 19 1922 Loma, CO D: May 23 2019 Lakewood, CO

Image: Felipe sitting on the wagon and at bible school in Saspamco Texas .

Philip was born in Weston CO, He was only 1 year and 10 months when his father dies during the worldwide flu epidemic in 1918. His sister ‘Tia’ Caroline, was only 2 months old. His mother, herself still very young, remarried to Nasario Vallejo.

The family moved to Fruita, CO for work as the coal mining industry around Trinidad dried up. It was there that the family converted to the gospel. Philip eventually attended bible school in Saspamco Texas where he started a correspondence with Sesaria Gomez; a girl at church whose family had also migrated from Weston he once considered ‘scrawny’.

Image: Felipe y Sesaria weddign photo
Felipe married Sesaria after he finished school on September 25, 1938. He was 21 and she was 16. He became a licensed minister in 1942 and was ordained in 1954. He built their first home, a 2 room adobe in 1939, where their first child, Bobby Vigil, was born. Their second child, Danny was born in Chama Colorado in 1942 where Philip was ministering.

Image: La familia Vigil
After pastoring for a while in Durango, the family returned to Fruita again where their daughter Dorothy was born in 1946. The family moved to pastor; once more to Chama and then again to Fruita and then to Price Utah where their last child Louie was born in 1955. In 1958, Philip was appointed the pastor on La Primeria Iglesia in Denver CO. The family settled in Denver (after another 2 year stay in Price) where he pastored various churches and worked various jobs; retiring from Martin Marieatta in 1984 to serve as a senior’s pastor in the church.

Generation 40: Nuestros padres, Tíos y Tías

Generation 41: Nosotros niños

Generation 42: Nuestros hijos