One of my Great-Grandmothers was named Theodora Tago.
Would anyone know the origin of her last name? She was from the Pinos Altos/Santa Rita area of New Mexico born in the 1800's. She gave birth to my beloved grandmother in Pinos Altos New Mexico.
From what I have learned so far she was either Apache or Navajo? Unfortunately my grandmother rarely mentioned her to me only in little tidbits. She never even told me her name. Don't ask me why? My cousin found her name when living in New Mexico in the archives there.
Sounds very interesting, I wish you that you find some more information about your great-grandmother!
Do you know if there are any surviving people that knew her personally, people that may tell you something about her?
Thanks. All I know is that she died at a very young age. About 26- she was in bed ill with a cold or flu and was coughing very hard and while coughing hard she ruptured something in her intestines. She had my grandmother and her brother run to get neighbors but when they got back Theodora sat up and placed her hand in a goodbye motion with her finger in the air as to bid farewell and died. My grandmother told my mother that my great grandmother was a very brave woman. At night (this was in Santa Rita New Mexico) if the chickens made noise like they were in trouble Theodora would get up and go out to see what was bothering them. She was fearless! My grandmother would walk behind her in absolute fear. My grandmother was meek and mild throughout her life nothing like her mother. Since she died so long ago in the 1920's I don't think there is anyone alive that knew her. I will send for the marriage certificate of my great grandparents in Silver City. It might contain more information about my great-grandmother? It would have been so cool to know who her parents were?
If only in those days there would have been information about coughing hard. Placing a pillow on one's tummy might have saved Theodora's life?