What should stick out immediately for questioning is his name, Chief Gomez. How did an Apache get a Mexican name? Look no further than Chihuahua, Mexico. It is all tied to Valentin Gomez Farias, who was the 7th President of Mexico. He was a very wealthy Doctor and purchased a large tract of land in Chihuahua. The land was around what is now called Laguna De Babicora. There is a town west of the Laguna named after him. He instructed two of his sons to build a fortified settlement there to protect the area from the Apache who continually raided. The Apache were led by a warrior the Mexicans called "The Terror of Chihuahua." The westward expansion of the "white man" soon caused conflict and the Mexicans and Apache shared a common enemy. Valentin's grandaughter married the Apache leader with permission granted only if he be baptized. He did this and took the name Gomez.
we are also ancestors to chief gomez we live in texas our grandfather was refugio gomez his father was feliz gomez and then from there we don't know feliz father was after this is chief gomez so we are missing one generation
My grandfather's name was Refugio Gomez but not the same Refugio Gomez mentioned in an earlier post. He was born in Texas in 1898. His father was Cleto Gomez who was also born in Texas in the 1870's. My grandfather would tell a story about an Apache ancestor who was hunted by the cavalry. I don't know if it was his grandfather or someone before that. He referred to him as Papa Lolo. I don't know if we have any relation to Chief Gomez but I do know that we have Mescalero Apache blood. I was recently told by my aunt that the family took the Gomez name from a woman that was stolen from a Mexican family and that it was this Lolo that did it.