- Jesus Gil Abreu
Jesus Gil Abreu (September 1, 1823-June 30, 1900) was a
rancherand pioneer who owned a New Mexicoranch that now comprises Philmont Scout Ranch.
He was born in
Santa Fe, New Mexico. His father was on the staff of New Mexico Governor Albino Pérezand was killed along with the governor during the Revolt of 1837 (New Mexico).
After the revolt, he headed east on the
Santa Fe Trailwhere he worked for Kansas City, Missourifounder John Calvin McCoyat Westport, Kansas Cityand Independence, Missouri.
Mexican-American Warin 1845 he was engaged by a sutlerto be an interpretor for the United States Army. When the troops were dispatched to Santa Fe Ceran St. Vraindispatched Abreu in advance to buy up the goods of competing sutlers for St. Vrain so it could enjoy a monopoly with the United States.
Abreu worked in a store for St. Vrain in Santa Fe, and worked as an interpretor for the United States and in the winter of 1848-49 delivered the U.S. mail between Santa Fe and
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas(a process which took 40 days).
California Gold Rushhe traveled to California in 1850-51.
When he returned to New Mexico he worked for Joseph Pley, a partner of
Lucien B. Maxwellwho after marrying the daughter of Carlos Beaubienhad become the owner of the million-acre Maxwell Land Grant.
He at first worked in
Mora, New Mexicoand then at the Maxwell store in Rayado.
On November 26, 1859, he married Petrita Beaubien, another daughter of Beaubien. In 1862 he acquired convert|20000|acre|km2 of the land of the land grant for his Abreu Ranch.
A history of the New Mexico described the ranch:
:The ranch house is one of the most picturesque and attractive in New Mexico and is the scene of a most generous hospitality.
The family sold most of the ranch in 1911 after his death and was bought by
Waite Phillipsin the 1920s who was to donate 35,857 acres (145 km²) to the Boy Scouts of Americain 1938.
* [http://books.google.com/books?id=rbM1AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA190&dq=%22Jesus+Gil+Abreu%22#PPA191,M1 History of New Mexico: Its Resources and People By George B. Anderson, Pacific States Publishing Company, 1907] (available for download on print.google.com)
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