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Alberto Celaya: A Family Memory

From: Journal of the Southwest
Volume 49, Number 3, Autumn 2007
pp. 419-432 | 10.1353/jsw.2007.0026

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Alberto Celaya:
A Family Memory


Alberto Bravo Celaya and Patricia Bravo Tanori, two of Alberto Celaya's grandchildren, grew up in Sonoyta, Sonora, and Ajo, Arizona. They particularly thank cousins Diane Celaya de Felix and Frascuelo Celaya, who at one time or another lived in the Celaya house in Sonoyta, Mexico. Special thanks to Sally Ortega Bravo, Alberto's wife, for her helpful reviews and edits; and to Steve Hayden for photos.


1. According to relatives, Refugio Ortega was a sister of Cipriano Ortega. Refugio married José Jesús Celaya (Zelaya), and out of that marriage José Jesús Celaya Ortega was born February 24, 1855. Then José de Jesús Matías Celaya Ortega married Inéz Rodríguez, and their son Alberto Celaya was born February 20, 1885. So Cipriano Ortega is a tío abuelo (great uncle) to Don Alberto.

2. Don Albertó's father was born February 24, 1855, and baptized February 28, 1855, at San Gabriel Mission, California (book III, page 532, number 2451, records of Old San Gabriel Mission, California). Baptism sponsors were José Ortega and Isidora Ortiz.

3. Don Alberto's children were Alberto (1906–1982), Federico (1907–1983), Herminia (1908–1952), Aurora (1911–1996), Eduardo (1914–1984), and Dolores (1926–2002).

Further Reading

Ezell, Paul H.
1991 The Areneños (Sand Papago)—Interview with Alberto Celaya [1951]. In Spanish Borderlands Sourcebooks: Ethnology of Northwest Mexico. Vol. 6, edited by Randall H. McGuire, 400–7. New York: Garland Publishing.
Ezell, Paul H. and Bill Broyles
1988 Desert Archaeology: An Interview with Paul H. Ezell, 1913–1988. Journal of the Southwest 30(3):398–449.
Hayden, Julian D.
1998 The Sierra Pinacate. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
2007 A Trip to Laguna Prieta. In Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert, edited by Richard S. Felger and Bill Broyles, 80–84. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
Ives, Ronald L.
1962 In Memory—Alberto Celaya. Explorers Journal 40(2):91–92.
1984 José Velásquez: Saga of a Borderland Soldier. Tucson: Southwest Mission Research Center.
Lumholtz, Carl
1912 New Trails in Mexico. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Reprint, Glorieta, N.M.: Rio Grande Press, 1971.
Munro, Guillermo
2002 Don Alberto Celaya: Guía del Gran Desierto. Nuestra Gente 1(1):12–13.