Our genealogy research has linked the Rubi and Hubbell families at Pajarito, New Mexico Territory and also in Arizona Territory at St. Johns, Winslow, and Ganado.
A Bit of History
During the Civil War Captain James Lawrence ( aka Santiago) Hubbell was the commanding officer of the New Mexico Volunteers (Union Army). Cruz Rubi, our known ancestor enlisted as a Private, and served with Captain Hubbell in the New Mexico Volunteers, Company N. Cruz’s daughter, Lina would eventually marry Captain Hubbell’s son, John Lorenzo (JL) Hubbell.
Who Is Lina Rubi – Hubbell?
Lina was the daughter of Cruz Rubi and Maria de los Reyes Tafoya, and a younger sister of our grandfather, Jose de Jesus Rubi. She was born on September 20, 1861 at Cubero, New Mexico Territory. Her marriage to John Lorenzo Hubbell took place on July 27, 1891 at St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona. She died on January 13, 1913 at the age of 54 at Keams Canyon, Arizona. Her grave site is located next to her husband, John Lorenzo Hubbell on Hubbell Hill at Ganado, Arizona.
There are many discrepancies in the information that is available about John Lorenzo and Lina’s relationship, and subsequent marriage. In the book, Indian Trader: The Life & Times of JL Hubbell, Author Martha Blue reveals that Lina married a man by the name of Encarnacion Lucero on January 1, 1873, when she was eleven years old. I was able to verify this union while researching the Laguna, Cebolleta, and San Rafael Marriages (from Gallup Diocese, extracted by David Gonzales). The following entry was extracted:
January 7, 1873
Encarnacion Lucero, hd Jose Lucero y Maria Tomotea Gurele con Lina Rubi, hd Cruz Rubi y Maria de los Reyes Talfolla, Padrinos: Teodoro Chavez y Espiridiana Sabedra
* Note: hd is hijo or hija which means son or daughter. Padrinos makes reference to Witnesses (i.e. Best Man/Matron of Honor)
Author, BLUE reports that Lucero abandoned Lina within a year of their marriage. Shortly thereafter, she must have joined her parents who had moved to St. Johns, Arizona shortly after the Civil War. Apparently a relationship with John Lorenzo evolved. They did not, however, marry until 1891. Lina gave birth to three children prior to their marriage – Adella (1880), Barbara (1881), and Lorenzo, Jr (1883). Their fourth child, Roman was born in the fall of 1891.
Though Lina had once been referred to as the most beautiful girl in the southwest, it appears that she developed numerous health problems during the final years of her life. She was described by her grandson, Hubbell Parker as a “rather large heavyset woman who was almost as tall as her husband”. A nephew, Phillip Hubbell, recalled that his Aunt Lina was an extremely kind woman who suffered a great deal because of her size. She was also remembered as a kind woman who sat in the chair while others cared for her.
I do not believe that Lina’s size was the cause of of illness (though it may have contributed. I think that Lina may well have been suffering from the effects of severe and crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is a disease that has been affecting our Rubi family for as long as I can remember. I can’t help but wonder?
A few years ago I was able to visit the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Park at Ganado, Arizona. What an amazing experience that turned out to be! I was able to tour Lina’s home and feel her presence. I have sealed the memories of her home and it’s lovely furnishings in my mind’s eye since I was not allowed to take photographs of the aging contents. After the house tour, I spent several moments looking at Ganado Hill from afar where she is buried next to her husband.
Who is John (aka Juan) Lorenzo Hubbell?
John Lorenzo Hubbell was the son James Lawrence (Santiago) Hubbell and Julianita Gutierrez y Chavez. He was born November 27, 1853 at Pajarito, New Mexico Territory and died on November 12, 1930, at Ganado, Arizona.
John Lorenzo and Lina were married during his term as Sheriff of Apache County. He had an unsuccessful campaign for United States Senator while living in St. Johns. Don Lorenzo Hubbell became one of the most respected and well known Navajo Indian Traders of his day. At various times, he owned up to 30 trading posts and stores in Arizona and New Mexico. Additional business holdings included wholesale houses, saloon/billiard halls, and stage and freight lines. He also owned several ranches and homes in Arizona and New Mexico. Throughout JL’s life he acquired many names: The Navajos called him Nakeznilib – Double Glasses, or Wearing Spectacles. He was also called Naakaii Sanf – Old Mexican. His Hispanic relatives called him Don Lorenzo. His business acquaintances, correspondents, and fellow politicians called him JL. The Rubi family referred to the Hubbell Family as Los Hobles. This was an affectionate term which implied that the Hubbell’s were of Hispanic heritage. He employed many of his relatives and in-laws including the Rubis, Armijos, Chavezes, and Bacas. Many of our Grandfathers, Fathers, and Uncles worked for the Hubbell Family. Don Lorenzo kept his employees housed, fed, and clothed during the Depression Years at his trading posts scattered throughout Northeastern Arizona.
The Hubbell family moved Ganado, Arizona prior to 1900. Lina and the children also had a home in Albuquerque where they lived during the school year. It was Lina’s wish that her children be educated as ladies and gentlemen. Lina was probably illiterate as her signature on her divorce petitions from Lucero was an X. She understood English, but chose to speak Spanish.
Indian Trader, The Life and Times of JL Hubbell, by Martha Blue
Hubbell Trading Post, by David M. Brugge
Special Words of thanks to the Hubbell Family Genealogists (particularly Carol Hubbell-Boggs and Harold Hubbell). They have been extremely helpful to me as I researched my Rubi ancestry. They have recommended and provided books, and contact persons. Carol continues to provide new clues as she learn more about this branch of this branch of her family. In addition, they have placed a link on their website, The Hubbell Historical Society Website to The RUBI-LOPEZ Family Genealogy Page. Please take the time to send them an e-mail and let them know that the Rubi family is appreciative of their willingness to help us in our search for our ancestors.
Follow the links on The Hubbell Historical Society Website to visit the Hubbell Trading Post which is located at Ganado, Arizona. This Trading Post and JL and Lina’s home at Ganado, Arizona were donated to the National Park Service in 1967.