Seeking the hidden stories behind Kit Carson Cemetery

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Posted 9/26/19

What is a cemetery? It is more than a place where we bury our loved ones who have passed. It is a place that - if we listen quietly and look deeply - will share with us the stories of our past and of …

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Seeking the hidden stories behind Kit Carson Cemetery

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What is a cemetery? It is more than a place where we bury our loved ones who have passed. It is a place that - if we listen quietly and look deeply - will share with us the stories of our past and of our community.

And that is where our story begins. Taos Mountain Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution has undertaken a project to share with the community the stories of those who helped to shape Taos. Those buried at Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery are a cross section of our community and many of them have streets named after them: Witt, Santistevan, Quesnel, Gusdorf, Burch, Mable Dodge Lujan, Ferguson and so many more.

Buried there are the soldiers who died in the Battle of Cieneguilla, as well as babies, farmers, shepherds, ministers, a priest, businessmen, elected officials, an Italian stonemason and even a Bible salesman.

By sifting through church records, death certificates, obituaries, newspaper articles, reference books and census records, the Taos Mountain Chapter, Daughters of the Revolution have identified over 75 people who are buried without a marker.

Taos Mountain Chapter is working on the first draft and will have it ready for editing by our meeting in September. We would like to ask the community of Taos to share with us favorite stories or a photograph of their relatives buried at Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery. Our intent is to tell their story, and not just to record birth and death dates.

Taos Mountain Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonpolitical, nonprofit, lineage-based society. As such, any profits generated from the sale of the Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery book will be shared back into the community of Taos.

If you have stories or photographs that you would like to share, and are interested in genealogy, membership, upcoming events and activities cities of the Taos Mountain Chapter, email dartaospat@gmail.com.

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