Alejandro de la O, the son of Severo de la O and Nestora Apodaca, was born in 1880 at the Pueblo of Doña Ana, New Mexico. He was my great-uncle.
Alejandro’s maternal grandmother Rita Pedrasa, an “adoptiva” from Paso del Norte, lived to a very old age in Doña Ana.
The de la O family moved to Doña Ana from the Pueblo of Senecú del Sur in the early 1850s. Alejandro’s grandfather (Pascual de la O) and uncles were musicians by profession and brought their music to Doña Ana.
Alejandro’s family is still active in taking care of the historical village of Doña Ana; more than a few of them are talented musicians.