THEOPHILUS LALONE (Lalonde) & ESTANISLADA PADILLA  

 

          The LaLonde, LaLone name:  Somewhere along the line, Theophilus LaLonde's name changed and became Americanized, in Lincoln Co. on most official records and in the Census it is LaLonde; but other times it's written LaLone. Most of children that went to California use LaLone.  The spelling "LaLone" more carefully matches the French pronunciation.

 

        An interesting sidenote:  This still happens today.  A few years ago I met a fellow in Huntington Beach (a neighbor of mine, he has since moved to Norco, CA).  His name is Joe Lalone.  I told him about my family having the name LaLone and he said that his name wasn't really spelled Lalone, but was LaLonde, and he had changed it himself because he got tired of his teachers and others hearing and misspelling or mispronouncing his name all the time.  He was from New York State near Ogdenburg and said that there were many LaLonde's in the area where he lived, as well as across the river in Canada.  It would be interesting to do research in New York.  There must be a family historian in that area. Earl LaLone said he visited that area. Maybe someday someone can follow this up! Ed.

 

        A very large family, LaLonde traces it's roots back to Colonial Canada, 1665, when Jean de Lalonde came from Havre de Grace, France. Part of that family apparently migrated across the St. Lawrence River and settled in what is now New York State. Theophilus was born June 4, 1837 at Ogdenberg NY (although he always referred to himself as Canadian). His parents were Louis and Mary LaLonde; they had four other children that we know of: Antonio, John, Maria and Josephine. He left home at age 14 to find his own way on the busy St. Lawrence River working first as pilot, then mate and finally captain. In 1858 Theophilus left Kingston, Canada, in 1860 he shows up on the U.S. Census in Nebraska, Shorter Co. in the company of another Canadian who was a trader and two men from Mexico or perhaps, New Mexico, who may have been teamsters or muleteers. Shorter County was on the Oregon Trail but if he followed the South Platte River instead of the North Platte that would take him to Colorado then New Mexico is easy. By the mid 1860s he was associated with the Manzano folks who formed the community of Missouri Plaza on the Hondo

 

Note:  The March 1991 "National Geographic" contains an article about the Santa Fe Trail.  The article mentions that 20 French Canadians worked an 1846 wagon train.  Speculation says that if some French Canadians came down the trail, it might be safe to assume that more came later and perhaps settled together in New Mexico.  In a 1968 publication about Billy the Kid, there is a reference to a town or place named LaLande in De Baca County, near Fort Sumner, the spelling is somewhat different, but...something else to look into another day.

 

        Anyhow, back to the story.  Theophilus arrived in New Mexico in the early 1860s. An interesting comment from a book about Billy the Kid, by W. N. Burns will color the background: Discussing John Chisum, the cattleman, who settled near Lincoln Co...."In the southwestern corner of the United States, Spanish settlements had been flourishing for more than two hundred and fifty years.  Onate founded Santa Fe in 1608; the town was contemporary with Jamestown; it was a sturdy village when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.  When Chisum turned his eyes on New Mexico [1867], it was the metropolis of the Southwest, grown rich on the trade of the Santa Fe Trail". Somewhere along the line Theophilus met up with a local family, the Gueberra/Padilla family. Estanislada (‘Lada) Padilla was born May 9, 1847. Her mother was Julianita Lucero and her father was Jose Padilla. ‘Lada’s mother died when ‘Lada was young and she was raised in her uncle’s household, Ygnacio Guevara (Guebara), she is listed in the 1860 Census as part of his household in El Manzano, Valencia Co. In 1867 she was married to Pat Ryan, who was accidentally killed loading a gun into a wagon (such were the hazards of the west). In 1868 Theophilus and Estanisalada were married in Missouri Plaza on the Hondo.

 

        About 1868, a child named Lily Casey (Klasner) came to the Rio Hondo area in what is now Lincoln County, NM.  In her book, "My Girlhood Among Outlaws", she vividly describes growing up in the same area as the LaLone family.  In Chapter 5, she recounts her family's arrival: "Father thought it best to stop and rest at Missouri Bottom for a week or so before proceeding.  As this old settlement...one of the oldest in the Pecos Valley...has been obliterated by time, I think it should be described.  The village was simply a cluster of angular, flat-topped adobe houses scattered along the Hondo, a crooked road serving as a main street.  There was, I think, but one store, a general one, carrying supplies of dry goods, groceries, hardware and whiskey.  It was run by Colonel Buster and Major Voce, Confederate officers who were refugees in the area after the close of the Civil War.  Their clerk was Frank Reicken [Reagan?] who will be mentioned later.  In the community were two other American families, those of Heiskell Jones and a man named Scran about whom I know little.  There was also a Frenchman, Lalone who had married a Spanish-american woman, and John Newcomb, who also had a Mexican wife.  The rest of the community was composed of Mexicans."

 

        At one time Theophilus or, Tioflio as he became known, owned the ranch that the Casey's bought and settled on (it is describe in detail also in Chapter 5). This area was settled in the late 1850's when some Mexican's came down from the Manzano, area.  The LaLones eventually moved across to the Nogal area. Tioflio farmed on the lower Bonito at Magado Creek (MaGow) in Salado Flats during the Lincoln Co. War, then in Nogal. He raised hay for others, sold milk and butter to Fort Stanton and vegetables in White Oaks. Tioflio wasn’t much of a businessman, coupled with a penchant for drinking too much and then letting others take advantage of him, the family often went hungry. The 1885 Census shows uncle, Ygnacio Guebara, living on the farm with the LaLones.

 

The 1900 and 1910 Census show Tioflio living in White Oaks. The mines in White Oaks attracted many people. Locally ‘Lada’s cousins, the Guebaras came to work in the mines. From Texas, J.C. Lacey brought his family to ranch nearby and with them was his nephew “Doc” Lacey. The prosperity in White Oaks drew the LaLone children. Beckie married Dave Tinnon, foreman at the Old Abe Mine. Fannie worked in a household there and married P.E. “Doc” Lacey in White Oaks. Fred and his new wife, Margurite Vega, lived there for a few years. Carrie married a miner, Julian Leal. Addie married Joe Sanchez and Louis married Elvira Uderos. When the children left and times changed, the LaLones moved down to Carrizoso, NM. Theophilus seemed to be well liked, he was known by the name Tioflio (or Uncle Flio for those of you that don’t hable la lengua). He had many friends including Captain Saturnino Baca the father of Lincoln Co. Tioflio died January 3, 1908 and ‘Lada died May 9, 1913 in Carrizozo.  

 

        The children of Theophilus and Estanislada:

 

        Louis LaLone (#1)       b. October 21, 1869

                                        d. Died in infancy

 

        Rebecca ‘Beckie’ LaLone       b. March 18, 1871 at Picacho (?)

                                        d. May 26, 1934

                                        m. Dave Tinnon  

 

        Fannie LaLone (#1)     b. December 23, 1872

                                        d. Died in infancy

 

        Epifania ‘Fannie’ LaLone       b. Dec 3, 1876 at Magado Creek

                                        d. November 7, 1978

                                        m. Peter E. Lacey

 

        Frederico ‘Fred’ LaLone b. October 29, 1878 at Nogal

                                        d. December 31, 1958

                                        m. Margarite Vega

 

        Antonio LaLone           b. June 2, 1880 at Nogal

                                        d. Died in infancy

 

        Carolina ‘Carrie’ LaLone        b. November 8, 1881 at Nogal

                                        d. ?

                                        m. Julian Leal

 

        Pauline LaLone           b. June 15, 1884 at Nogal

                                        d. Died in infancy

 

        Adelaida ‘Addie’ LaLone        b. July 31, 1885 at Nogal

                                        d. 1914

                                        m. Joe Sanchez

 

        Louis H. LaLonde         b. September 11, 1887 at Nogal

                                        d. March 11, 1946

                                        m. Elvera Uderos

 

        Julian and Carrie (LaLone) Leal were attracted to Sierra Madre, CA, and most of the LaLone children followed in the 1920's.  As the world expanded after World War II, members of the family have moved out to other parts of California, the nation and the world.

Therefore, a lot has happened.  The family participated in the great western migration.  The LaLone's are truly a "family of the west", having settled down in the West, packed up and moved and resettled in the West and on and on.  We have a lot to be proud of so far as our heritage and it's contributions to developing the West.