Jesus Gil Abreu
|Jesus G. Abreu|
Jesus Gil Abreu, a leading citizen of New Mexico in 19th century
September 1, 1823|
Santa Fe, New Mexico
|Died||June 30, 1900(aged 76)|
During the Mexican-American War in 1845, he was engaged by a sutler to be an interpreter for the United States Army. When the troops were dispatched to Santa Fe, Ceran St. Vrain dispatched 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 interpreter 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 Rush
During the California Gold Rush he traveled to California in 1850–51.
Return to New Mexico
When he returned to New Mexico, he worked for Joseph Pley, a partner of Lucien B. Maxwell who, after marrying the daughter of Carlos Beaubien, had become the owner of the million-acre Maxwell Land Grant.
A history of New Mexico described the ranch house as "one of the most picturesque and attractive in New Mexico and is the scene of a most generous hospitality."
- Ralph Emerson Twitchell (1912). The Leading Facts of New Mexican History. Torch Press. pp. 273–.
- Lawrence R. Murphy (30 November 2013). Philmont: A History of New Mexico's Cimarron Country. UNM Press. pp. 132–. ISBN 978-0-8263-2345-3.
- History of New Mexico: Its Resources and People. Pacific States Publishing Company. 1907. pp. 190–.